FortisBC’s Indigenous Community New Home Construction program is designed to support the adoption of the BC Energy Step Code, advance higher efficiency new construction, and enable both First Nations and homeowners to enjoy lower energy bills and more comfortable, durable, and healthy homes. Where permits are required, FortisBC Indigenous Community New Home Step Code Rebates are available for homes with building permits after March 29, 2018. These rebates are offered until December 31, 2022.
Choose from Option A or Option B below. For projects located in FortisBC’s electricity service area, additional ENERGY STAR appliance rebates are also available.
Option A – Build a Home to BC Energy Step Code 2 or higher
Can be combined with the Design Offer. Build a home to BC Energy Step Code 2 or higher using natural gas space and water heating (or electricity space and water heating in FortisBC’s electricity service area) to access:
|Home performance rebate||Energy advisor support rebate||Additional rebates|
|Step 2 – $4,000||
|Step 3 – $5,000|
|Step 4 – $8,000|
|Step 5 – $13,000|
Option B – Build a Home to BC Energy Step Code 1 and select from the following rebates
Cannot be combined with the Design Offer.
|Eligible high-efficiency water heaters||Energy advisor support rebate||Additional rebates|
|ENERGY STAR 0.67 EF storage tank- $650||
|ENERGY STAR condensing tankless- $1,300|
|ENERGY STAR condensing storage tank – $1,300|
|ENERGY STAR natural gas combination heating and hot water system – $1,500|
|P9 combination heating and hot water system – $1,500|
|Heat pump water heater – $2,600|
FortisBC’s Design Offer is a new incentive offered to First Nations who are pursuing Step 3, 4 or 5 (Option A) to offset the costs of engaging consultants. First Nations can choose to participate in one, two or all three elements of the offer and receive up to $7,000 to reimburse the cost of the consultants hired to complete the work. The incentive is available per detached home or unique unit in a multi-family complex (up to $50,000 in multi-family projects).
The three elements are:
- Integrated Design Process (IDP): $1,000 rebate, must use a pre-approved IDP facilitator
- Envelope Design and Mechanical Design: consultant costs are reimbursed up to $6,000 in rebates*
* Must use a building science consultant and/or mechanical design specialist.
- If your project is located in FortisBC’s electricity service area, additional rebates are also available on ENERGY STAR washers, electric dryers and fridges:
- Eligible washers – $150
- Eligible electric dryers – $150 to $350
- Eligible fridges – $75 to $150
- Heat pump water heater – $2,600 (available only when choosing option B above)
- The home must be new construction and built in FortisBC’s electricity* and/or natural gas service area.
- The home must be one of the following building types:
- Detached House (may include a secondary suite)
- Attached House (e.g. semi-detached, townhouses, duplexes, triplexes, row house)
- Laneway House
- The home must be build on a permanent foundation.
- First Nations must work with a registered EnerGuide Rating System energy advisor in order to access the New Home Construction program.
- First Nations pursuing Step 5 rebates must contact the program to confirm program eligibility.
- Where permits are required, the building permit must be issued March 29, 2018 or later.
- Qualifying makes and models are listed at fortisbc.com/newhome.
*Includes Grand Forks, Penticton, Summerland and Nelson Hydro
How to Apply
- Carefully review the terms and conditions available at fortisbc.com/newhome to confirm your eligibility.
- To register your project, contact your Energy Advisor. Supporting documents include:
- Applicant Declaration
- BC Energy As-Built Compliance Report
- EnerGuide N Report (EnerGuide Homeowner Information Sheet)
The following forms must be submitted within 6 months of the completion date:
- Online application
- Natural gas appliances application
- Electric appliances application
- If a home does not meet target metrics, rebates for the equivalent lower step can still be pursued.
- Check out our rebate search tool for other energy efficiency upgrades rebates.
- Did you see a building science or energy efficiency term you did not understand? Check out our glossary.
Program Contact Information