Codes Canada Seminars

Get to know the new Codes Canada publications!

New editions of the National Building, Fire, Plumbing and Energy Codes have just been published. Almost 600 technical changes ensure that codes keep pace with industry change and provide effective building and safety regulations that are harmonized across Canada.

To help code users understand the new code provisions and their impacts, the National Research Council of Canada is in the process of developing a variety of products to engage and inform stakeholders on the significant technical changes in the 2015 Codes.

Some of these changes include the following:

  • The National Building Code of Canada 2015 now permits construction of six-storey wood buildings with additional protection measures. There are updates to accessibility requirements, airborne sound transmission ratings, seismic design and climatic data. There are also changes to stairs, ramps, handrails and guards, including a change that increases the run dimension for steps inside houses.
  • The National Fire Code of Canada 2015 includes requirements resulting from the introduction of mid-rise wood buildings and the classification system used by Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) to define dangerous goods.
  • The National Plumbing Code of Canada 2015 includes more design and material choices. It also introduces new water-use efficiency requirements that aim to reduce water usage in all buildings, regardless of water source.
  • The National Energy Code for Buildings 2015 now includes requirements for pressure-sensing controls for service water and efficiency regulation of heat rejection equipment. There are also updates to lighting power density values.

The information products, which will be available in early 2017, include on-site seminars, handbooks and online presentations. For more in-depth training in a particular area, customized workshops may also be available.

These products will appeal to builders, codes officials, manufacturers, fire protection services, designers, architects, engineers and anyone with a general interest in construction and codes.

Stay tuned! Product details will be posted in the weeks to come.

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