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Solar Hot Water Ready Regulations

The Town has adopted the BC Building Code Solar Hot Water Regulations (SHWR) to require that new single family homes be built to structurally accommodate the installation of solar hot water, either at the time of construction or at a later date.

The Town joins 47 other B.C. communities in adopting the SHWR regulations, which enables local governments to increase options for single family residents to conserve energy, and become more energy efficient, while saving money on energy costs. The SHWR regulation also provides an opportunity for municipalities to show leadership in taking action against climate change at a local level. The SHWR regulations became effective June 21, 2013.

The Provincial Guide gives information about what the regulations mean for the construction of single-family dwellings and for retrofitting existing homes.