ARCHIVED – Quebec adopts new Construction Code v5n3-2

Volume 5, Number 3, Summer 2000

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Chapter I of the Quebec Construction Code was adopted on July 26, 2000 with an effective date of November 7, 2000. The fact that this chapter, entitled "Building," largely adopts the National Building Code of Canada (NBC) 1995 goes a long way toward standardizing construction regulation throughout Canada. Chapter I is one of seven chapters that make up the Quebec Construction Code. The other chapters cover gas and plumbing systems, pressure vessels, elevators and lifts.

Chapter I of the Quebec Construction Code differs from the NBC in that certain amendments have been made. The principal amendments include the creation of a new category of occupancy (i.e. residential board and care occupancy), relaxed requirements pertaining to sprinklers, and measures intended to make buildings more accessible to persons with physical disabilities.

The new Quebec Construction Code also contains important and long awaited changes with respect to the scope of the Code and the responsibilities of the different stakeholders. Firstly, under the new Code any new building not excluded by regulations must comply with the Code. Secondly, contractors are responsible for the application of the Code during construction, while the Régie du bâtiment or, by delegation, the municipalities, are responsible for controlling the application of the Code.

The Institute for Research in Construction (IRC) of the National Research Council of Canada and the Régie du bâtiment du Québec have concluded an agreement concerning publication of Chapter I of the Quebec Construction Code. The NBC 1995 provisions will be integrated into those of Chapter I of the Code. The user-friendly Code, which will be published this fall, will be available in print (full size binder and soft cover) and in CD-ROM format. You can order or reserve your copy by calling IRC, toll-free, at 1 800 672-7990.

For more information, contact:

Yvon Migneault
Régie du bâtiment du Québec
(418) 643-9906

Guy Gosselin
Institute for Research in Construction
(613) 990-0458