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As a part of the Energy Save Richmond program, builders with active building permits in Richmond can receive up to three free pre-drywall (mid-construction) blower door tests to increase energy efficiency in preparation for the implementation of the BC Energy Step Code.

Eligibility Requirements

  • The home must be a detached home, duplex or duplex unit, or row house unit.
  • The pre-drywall blower door test must be performed by a pre-approved energy advisor. The list of pre-approved advisors can be found here.
  • Qualifying builders are listed as the applicant, owner and/or lead contractor, on an issued Building Permit for a new Part 9 residential building under construction in Richmond.
  • The building permit must not be subject to Energy Step Code requirements implemented by the City, at least one building under construction covered by this permit must have an approved Survey result from the Building Department.
  • At least one building under construction covered by this permit must have not yet have received permission to drywall.
  • No company can receive more than three coupons, and no single development can receive more than three pre-drywall blower door tests.

How to Apply

  1. Carefully read the terms and conditions to confirm your eligibility.
  2. Submit an online application form.
  3. Once your pre-qualification is confirmed, you will be provided with a coupon number, which can be redeemed with a pre-approved energy advisor.
  4. Contact a pre-approved energy advisor found on the Energy Save Richmond.
  5. Once the pre-drywall blower door test has been completed, the energy advisor will provide both you and the City with a short report. Upon receipt of a report acceptable to the City, the builder can request an additional coupon from the City for a blower door test.


  • Coupons are limited, and administered on a first-come, first-served basis. Holding a valid coupon does not guarantee that the pre-drywall blower door test will be covered by the program. No more than 63 blower door tests can be funded.


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