Volume 20, Number 1
The national model codes governing construction in Canada—the National Building Code, National Fire Code, National Plumbing Code and National Energy Code for Buildings—are now collectively called Codes Canada. While new in name, Codes Canada publications will continue to be developed by experts, for experts, through a well-honed collaborative process that has been 75 years in the making. As always, they build on the best available knowledge from Canada and around the world to provide effective building and safety regulations that are applied in a harmonized fashion across the country.
The knowledge forming the basis of Codes Canada is derived from new and validated technologies, materials, construction practices and research results, as well as evolving social policies and the changing needs of Canadian society. The collaborative process relies on the voluntary contributions of construction industry experts as well as the public to ensure that this valuable knowledge drives meaningful change. It allows construction professionals to innovate with confidence while ensuring safety, reducing risks and keeping compliance cost low by establishing uniform, trusted regulations that keep pace with industry change.
The Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes (CCBFC), together with NRC, launched the 2015 editions of Codes Canada in December 2015 with the publication of the National Energy Code for Buildings (NECB). The other three codes, National Building Code (NBC), National Fire Code (NFC) and National Plumbing Code (NPC) were published on January 25, 2016. Visit CodesCanada.ca to order your copy now!