Certified Energy Advisor: Vancouver

The City of Vancouver produced a new building bylaw released on January 1, 2015 that includes requirements which will result in a more energy efficient home. For 1 and 2 family residential homes, the Vancouver Building Bylaw means:

  • An energy efficiency and energy modelling report is required before applying for permit
  • A Vancouver Certified Energy Advisor visual verification is required before applying for permit

JRG Building Engineering is proud to offer these premium CEA services in the City of Vancouver and across the Lower Mainland:


Mechanical equipment improvements

In order to comply with the requirement for a CEA’s visual verification, it is critical to seek out a Vancouver Certified Energy Advisor who not only is versed in City of Vancouver code, policies and procedures, but also has a thorough knowledge of BC Building Code requirements and understands building envelope assemblies, acceptable materials and technical terms. From inception to delivery of the project, a knowledgeable CEA will be able to foresee areas of future concern and suggest a variety of solutions, which will lead to the successful construction of the home. 

Pre-Application Requirements

CEA visual verification confirms the following:

  • Construction drawings conform to VBBL 2014,
  • Energy modelling file aligns with energy requirements from VBBL 2014.
  • Prior to Insulation Inspections by the City (Pre-Drywall):
    • CEA to provide confirmation of visual verification of window ratings,
    • CEA to Complete the City of Vancouver Thermal ByPass Checklist,
    • CEA to perform and complete a pre-drywall Blower-Door Test.
  • Prior to Final Inspection by the City:
    • CEA to provide final Energuide Report,
    • CEA to ensure that Air Change per Hour is lower than 3.5 ACH.*
    • CEA to submit final Checklist

* Additional work may be needed should the number be higher.*** A CEA needs to be experienced in City of Vancouver codes, policies and procedures with respect to the new home construction, mechanical requirements, energy efficiency and the building envelope.