British Columbia Residential Financial Incentives for Insulation

BC Hydro Home Renovation Rebates for Insulation

BC Hydro Home Renovation Rebates for Insulation

Upgrading insulation will help you save at least 10% of your home’s energy cost and improve your home’s comfort year ’round. When planning an insulation upgrade, you’ll need to understand R-value, which is the measure of insulation’s ability to slow the transfer of heat. Rebate amounts are calculated by the amount of R-value you’re adding to your home.

UPGRADE REBATE AVAILABLE
Attic insulation $0.02 x R-value added x sq ft Maximum $900
Basement/crawlspace insulation $0.09 x R-value added x sq ft Maximum $1,200
Exterior wall cavity insulation $0.09 x R-value added x sq ft Maximum $1,200
Exterior wall sheathing insulation $0.09 x R-value added x sq ft Maximum $1,200
Other insulation $0.07 x R-value added x sq ft Maximum $1,000
Bundle your upgrades to get $300-$2000 bonus

If you complete two or more eligible upgrades, you may qualify for bonus offers of up to $2,000.

OFFER DETAILS
Two Upgrade Bonus Install any two eligible upgrades within 18 months and receive a $300 bonus.
Home Energy Improvement Bonus
  • To receive this bonus, you’ll need to complete a pre and post-upgrade EnerGuide home evaluation by a program certified energy advisor.
  • Install any three eligible upgrades within 18 months and receive $20 per % gigajoule improvement in your home’s EnerGuide report.
  • $750 up to $2,000 maximum.
EnerGuide Home Evaluation Rebate
  • Get a pre-upgrade EnerGuide Home Evaluation and receive a $200 rebate.
  • Get a post-upgrade EnerGuide Home Evaluation and receive a $100 rebate.
CleanBC Better Homes New Construction Program

 

See all program details here.

The CleanBC Better Homes New Construction Program provides rebates up to $15,000 for the construction of new, high-performance, electric homes. Through the CleanBC plan, the Province is supporting the adoption of the BC Energy Step Code and making energy efficient, climate-friendly homes more affordable and accessible for British Columbians.

Available Rebates

Choose your rebate pathway:

  • Energy Step Code pathway: build a new home that meets a minimum BC Energy Step code level and uses electric space and water heating systems.
    OR
  • Heat pump pathway: build a new home that uses an electric heat pump for space heating or water heating, regardless of Energy Step Code level.

Choose your add-on rebates:

  • All-Electric Bonus: build a home with no fossil fuel (e.g. natural gas, propane, oil) connection whatsoever (including for cooking, fireplaces, or other uses) and receive an additional $4,000 per home.
  • Energy Advisor Support Rebate: work with a Program Qualified Energy Advisor and receive an additional $1,000 per home.

Energy Step Code Pathway

Build a home to BC Energy Step Code 3 or higher using electric space and water heating systems.

ESC Step Rebate Energy Advisor Support Rebate All-Electric Bonus (optional)
Step 3 $4,000 $1,000 per individually modelled home or unit

 

  • $800 to the builder
  • $200 to the Energy Advisor
$4,000 per home or unit
Step 4 $6,000
Step 5 $10,000

 

Heat Pump Pathway

Build a home that uses an electric heat pump for space heating or water heating.

Heat Pump Type Requirements

Rebate

Energy Advisor Support Rebate (optional) All-Electric Bonus (optional)
Air source heat pump Variable speed mini-split, multi- split, or central (Tier 2) air source heat pump

 

HSPF ≥9.3, SEER ≥16
Variable speed compressor

Must be on the Qualifying Product List

$3,000

$1,000 per individually modelled home or unit

 

  • $800 to the builder
  • $200 to the Energy Advisor
$4,000 per home or unit
Air-to-water hydronic heat pump Must be on the Qualifying Product List

$3,000

Combined space and water heat pump Must be on the Qualifying Product List

$4,000

Heat pump water heater Must be on the Qualifying Product List

$1,000

  • You are eligible for a maximum of one primary space heating system rebate and one primary water heating system rebate per home or unit, regardless of the number of systems installed.

Eligibility Requirements

  • The program is open to builders, developers and owner builders who are building a new home in B.C.
  • Homes must be constructed in compliance with Part 9 of the BC Building Code and, where applicable, the municipally-adopted minimum BC Energy Step Code requirement.
  • The home must be one of the following building types:
    • Single-family home
    • Laneway home
    • Duplex
    • Row/townhome
  • The new home must be located in BC Hydro or New Westminster Electrical Utility service territory.
  • Builders participating in the Energy Step Code pathway or applying for the Energy Advisor Support Rebate or All-Electric Bonus in the Heat Pump pathway must work with a Program Qualified Energy Advisor.
  • You must receive a building permit for the home(s) on or after April 1, 2020.
  • You must receive pre-approval for the program by submitting a pre-registration form.

Additional requirements apply. Confirm eligibility by reviewing the Rebate Eligibility Requirements and Terms and Conditions.

How to Apply

  1. Carefully read the Rebate Eligibility Requirements and Terms and Conditions to confirm your eligibility.
  2. Fill out and submit the pre-registration form. Within 30 days of submitting this form, we’ll send you an email with the status of your submission.
  3. Complete your project within 12 months of the date of your pre-approval confirmation email. If 12 months have passed, submit a new pre-registration form.
  4. Submit the post-construction application and required supporting documentation:
    • As-Built BC Energy Compliance Report and EnerGuide (N) Evaluation Homeowner Information Sheet for the Energy Step Code pathway, All-Electric Bonus and Energy Advisor Support Rebate;
      • Passive House certified homes to submit the Passive House Planning Package in lieu of the EnerGuide (N) Evaluation Homeowner Information Sheet.
        OR
      • Heat pump installation invoice for the heat pump pathway. See sample invoices.
See The Heat Program

See The Heat Program

This program enables you to sign out a thermal imaging camera that connects to your smartphone to learn about the heat loss inside your home. The thermal imaging camera will allow you to see how well your home is insulated, how well doors and windows are sealed, what plug in’s and outlets are leaky and the effect of leaving chimney flues open when not in use.

This program is free to all Library card holders.

Indigenous Communities Conservation Program

Indigenous Communities Conservation Program 

Indigenous communities (Bands) can get training, free energy-saving products and rebates to implement home energy upgrades for their community members.

Building envelope (air sealing, insulation, windows and doors) Incentives:

Attic insulation and draftproofing $0.05 per R-value added/sq foot (Minimum R12 added) Maximum $1,800
Basement/crawlspace insulation and draftproofing $0.20 per R-value added per square foot (Minimum R10 added) Maximum $2,000
Exterior wall cavity insulation $0.20 per R-value added per square foot (Minimum R12 added) Maximum $2,000
Exterior wall sheathing insulation $0.20 per R-value added per square foot (Minimum R3.8 added) Maximum $2,000
Other insulation $0.125 per R-value added per square foot (Minimum R20 added) Maximum $1,500
Residential Energy Rebate Program

Residential Energy Rebate Program

Back for a limited time, the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) is making it easier for homeowners to reduce monthly utility costs with the Residential Energy Assessment Rebate Program.

The rebate program offers Whistler homeowners $250 towards an Energuide for Homes home energy evaluation, helping homeowners access hundreds or even thousands of dollars in utility program rebates-and ongoing reductions in monthly bills.

EXISTING HOMES  
Initial Home Energy Assessment $250
Follow-Up Blower Door Test $125
NEW HOMES  
New Home Plan Evaluation $250

 

Non-Profit and Aboriginal Housing Upgrades

Non-Profit and Aboriginal Housing Upgrades

Non-profit housing providers and aboriginal communities can get free help upgrading their housing units with energy efficient products to help tenants and members save on their electricity costs and improve their overall comfort.

All upgrades are completed by a professional contractor at no cost to you or your tenants. The contractor will evaluate each home’s efficiency to determine the necessary upgrades. They’ll also provide tenants with tips for how they further reduce their electricity use.

Available upgrades

Single-family detached homes, townhomes, row homes, duplexes, apartments and mobile homes are all eligible. The exact upgrades installed will be determined by the housing type and individual characteristics of each home.

HOUSING TYPE AVAILABLE UPGRADES
Single-family detached
  • Installation of energy-saving products
  • ENERGY STAR fridge
  • High efficiency furnace
  • Insulation in walls, attic, or crawl space
Row/townhome/duplex
  • Installation of energy-saving products
  • ENERGY STAR fridge
  • High efficiency furnace
  • Insulation in walls, attic, or crawl space
Mobile home
  • Installation of energy-saving products
  • ENERGY STAR fridge
Apartment/condo
  • Installation of energy-saving products
Fortis BC Insulation Rebates

Fortis BC Insulation Rebates

Upgrade location Rebate Minimum R-value added1
Attic – flat and cathedral ceiling

$0.02 x square feet x R-value, up to $900

R12
Exterior wall cavities

$0.09 x square feet x R-value, up to $1,200

R12
Exterior wall sheathing

$0.09 x square feet x R-value, up to $1,200

R3.8
Basement/crawlspace walls

$0.09 x square feet x R-value, up to $1,200

R10
Other – exposed floor or floor over basement/crawlspace

$0.07 x square feet x R-value, up to $1,000

R20
How to Apply

1. Apply online within six months of completing your installations with the following information:

  • your FortisBC natural gas and/or electricity account number, or municipal electricity account number from Grand Forks, Penticton, Summerland or Nelson Hydro
  • your email
  • scanned copies of all paid invoices showing details of all work performed, including the purchase date, make, model and installation permit numbers (if applicable). Invoices for insulation rebate applications should indicate the location(s) of installation, type of insulation (batt, loose fill, board or spray foam), the R-value of new insulation added and the total amount of insulation added in square feet.

2. If you’re not the utility account holder (e.g. property is a rental), have the account holder complete the consent form.

3. Applications may take up to 90 days to process.

Fortis BC Energy Conservation Assistance Program (ECAP)

Fortis BC Energy Conservation Assistance Program (ECAP)

A program for lower-income earners.

  • Free home energy evaluation
  • Free installation of energy saving products (including insulation in attics, walls, and crawlspaces)
  • Free energy efficiency advice
Clean BC

Clean BC

Rebates are calculated based on the R-value of new insulation added and not the total combined final R-value of the new and pre-existing insulation, including in cases where the pre-existing insulation is removed.

Location Installed Rebate Amount Minimum R-value Added Maximum Rebate
Attic – flat and cathedral ceiling $0.02 x R-value x square feet R12 $900
Exterior wall cavities $0.09 x R-value x square feet R12 $1,200
Exterior wall sheathing $0.09 x R-value x square feet R3.8 $1,200
Basement/crawlspace walls $0.09 x R-value x square feet R10 $1,200
Other (exposed floor, floor over crawlspace*, basement header) $0.07 x R-value x square feet R20 $1,000

*Rebate available for crawlspace walls OR floor over crawlspace, but not both.

East Kootenay District: Kimberley Energy Efficient Building Incentive Program

East Kootenay District: Kimberley Energy Efficient Building Incentive Program

Offered by the City of Kimberley, the program offers financial incentives to existing and new buildings.

  • Existing buildings: 1% building permit rebate for every EnerGuide (EG) point improvement
  • New builds: building permit fee rebate based on the achieved EG rating
    • EG 78-79: 10% rebate
    • EG 80-82: 20% rebate
    • EG 83-85: 40% rebate
    • EG 86-90: 60% rebate
    • EG 91-100: 80% rebate
Nanaimo and Lantzville District Home Energy Assessment

Nanaimo and Lantzville District Home Energy Assessment

The Regional District of Nanaimo offers the following incentives to its residents:

  • $150 rebate for an initial home energy assessment resulting in an EnerGuide (EG) rating;
  • $10 per EG rating point improvement ($200 maximum).
Nelson EcoSave Energy Retrofits Program

Nelson EcoSave Energy Retrofits Program

The City of Nelson and Nelson Hydro have partnered up to offer homeowners the following for retrofit upgrades:

  • Free post-energy assessment (value $150);
  • 3.5% on-bill financing, amortized 5-10 years with a one-time dispersal fee of $100.
Energy Save New West

Energy Save New West

The City of New Westminster is offering homeowners a limited number of pre-upgrade energy assessments for $60 (total savings of $240). The assessments help identify available incentives and rebates for energy upgrades through BC Hydro and FortisBC.

Insulation rebates up to $5500 available through the program for existing homes.

Saanich Step Code Rebate

Saanich Step Code Rebate

The Step Code Implementation Rebate is intended to assist builders with the costs of an energy advisor and mid-construction blower door test during the early phases of the BC Energy Step Code requirement in Saanich.

One $500 rebate is available per building permit application in the District of Saanich until Dec 31, 2020 or until funds are exhausted.

City of Kamloops Step Code Incentive Program

City of Kamloops Step Code Incentive Program

Projects are eligible for the incentive that corresponds with the step that is achieved according to the as-built form that the energy advisor completes.

Step Achieved
  Step One Step Two Step Three Step Four Step Five
Incentive $1,000 $2,000 $3,000 $3,000 $3,000
Comox Valley Regional District Energy Efficient Houses Rebate

Comox Valley Regional District Energy Efficient Houses Rebate 

For new homes with permits dated after and including March 29, 2018:

Step Code Achieved Description Rebate
Step 3 20% More Energy Efficient than BC Building Code;Comparable to Energy Star or Built Green 25%
Step 4 40% More Energy Efficient than BC Building Code; Comparable to R-2000 50%
Step 5 Net Zero Energy Ready 100%
City of Kelowna Energy Step Code Building Permit Rebates

City of Kelowna Energy Step Code Building Permit Rebates

The City of Kelowna is offering $500 – $1,000 building permit fee rebates for achieving Step 4 and 5 of the BC Energy Step Code until May 31, 2021.

For new Part 9 residential homes with building permits issued after and including May 20, 2019:

Step Code Level Achieved Rebate
Step 4 $500
Step 5 $1,000
District of Sparwood Energy Step Code Policy Initiative

District of Sparwood Energy Step Code Policy Initiative

  • Incentive #1 – Aligning with Step 1
    • 100% contribution to a maximum of $500 provided to new home construction that complies with the BC Building Code via performance pathway (Step 1 of the BC Energy Step Code). To achieve Step 1, builders need to use a whole-building energy model to calculate the energy use of the building and conduct an airtightness test, but the performance of the building only needs to be as good as the base BC Building Code requirements for energy efficiency. The District will offer a 100% contribution toward Community Energy Advisor fees (to a max of $500) as a limited, one-year offer for performance pathway compliance. The goal of this incentive is to familiarize builders with this model of measuring energy efficiency.
  • Incentive #2 – Aiming for higher steps
    • Incremental building permit fee rebate for energy performance aligned with BC Energy Step Code tiers.
      • Step 2 = 50% rebate of Building Permit Fee
      • Step 3 = 75% rebate of Building Permit Fee
      • Step 4 = 100% rebate of Building Permit Fee d.
      • Step 5 = 100% rebate of Building Permit Fee
    • A building permit fee rebate will be offered in addition to the Community Energy Advisor fee (to a maximum of $500), when a home achieves energy performance aligned with Steps 2 to 5 of the BC Energy Step Code as shown above.
    • In order to receive Incentive #2, builders must apply the EnerGuide Label within their home on the electrical panel.
City of Kimberley Energy Efficient Building Incentive Program

City of Kimberley Energy Efficient Building Incentive Program

New buildings with Building Permits issued after January 1, 2018 are eligible for an initial rebate of $500 off the Building Permit cost to offset the fees associated with hiring an energy advisor.

BC Energy Step Code Level Rebate Amount (% of Building Permit Fee)
Step 2 10%
Step 3 20%
Step 4 40%
Step 5 60%
FortisBC New Home Program

FortisBC New Home Program

Option A – Build a Home to BC Energy Step Code 2 or higher

Home performance rebate Energy advisor support rebate Additional rebates
Step 2 – $1,000
  • Mid-construction – the energy advisor receives $100
  • Construction completed – the builder receives $400
  • ENERGY STAR natural gas dryer – $100
  • EnerChoice® natural gas fireplace – $300
  • Drain water heat recovery system – $250
  • Connected Thermostats – $100
Step 3 – $2,000
Step 4 – $4,000
Step 5 – $8,000
Nanaimo Sustainable Development Checklist Rebate

Nanaimo Sustainable Development Checklist Rebate

There are three levels to rebates that are available:

Level 1 $500
Level 2 $750
Level 3 $1,000

Rebates are administered based on which minimum score your home must achieve in order to qualify for the incentive. The minimum score is based on the square footage of the home, and how many bedrooms the home has.

Your score is calculated as:

  • EnerGuide Rating + Bonus Points = Total Score

Bonus Points are points acquired with the Sustainable Development Checklist. Homeowners and owner-builders can pursue additional points through two different options to achieve a higher Checklist score:

  • Option A: Shortcut. The project has achieved an eligible building standard, including LEED or ENERGY STAR®.
  • Option B: Step-by-step. The project receives points for including energy efficiency upgrades in the project.
Township of Langley - Upper Steps Initiative

Township of Langley – Upper Steps Initiative

New Construction Single Family Dwellings

Level of Step Code Achieved Rebate
Step 4 $1,000
Step 5 $1,500

New Construction Multi-Family Dwellings

Level of Step Code Achieved Rebate
Step 4 $300 per dwelling unit*
Step 5 $500 per dwelling unit*

*End units receive 25% more than the amount specified (for Step 4 ($375) and for Step 5 ($625).

Vancouver

City of Vancouver Home Renovation Rebates

City of Vancouver Home Renovation Rebates

Individual Upgrades Rebate
Insulation (attic, basement crawlspace, exterior wall cavity/sheathing) Up to $5,500
ENERGY STAR® windows/doors Up to $3,000​
Air source heat pump Up to $9,000
Natural gas ENERGY STAR furnace Up to $700
Natural gas ENERGY STAR boiler $1,000
Electric heat pump water heater $1,000
Natural gas water heater Up to $1,000
Natural gas combination heating and hot water system $1,500
EnerChoice® fireplac $300 per un
Heritage Energy Retrofit (Pilot Program)

Heritage Energy Retrofit (Pilot Program)

Vancouver Heritage Foundation (in partnership with the City of Vancouver Sustainability Group and City Green Solutions) is offering homes on the Vancouver Heritage Register or built before 1940 up to $3,000 for retrofits (including insulation) that result in measurable reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Homes must be heated by oil or gas.

VanCity Home Energy Loan

VanCity Home Energy Loan

VanCity is offering Vancouver residents a loan to leverage the cost of renovation projects, including insulation upgrades. $3,500-20,000 loans are offered at prime + 1% for up to 15 years, with flexible payment options.

For those who participate in BC Hydro’s Home Renovation Rebates, VanCity is adding a $200 VanCity Home Energy Rebate to help save up to $6,400 on a variety of energy efficiency upgrades.