New interim edition of the National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings, available free online!

Codes Canada is pleased to announce the launch of the National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings 2017 (NECB). The NRC and Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) are publishing this interim edition of the NECB in response to proposals received that improve the overall energy performance of buildings over the 2015 edition. Modelling for these changes indicates a potential energy efficiency improvement between 10.3 and 14.4% over the NECB 2011.

The NECB 2017 builds on Canada’s commitment to work closely with the provinces and territories on the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change to meet emissions reduction targets, grow the economy, and build resilience to a changing climate.

To help prepare Canadians, NRC and NRCan are giving Canadians free online access to the NECB 2017. This pilot marks the first time that a Canadian building code has been made freely accessible, and will provide Canada with the opportunity to evaluate the benefits of moving towards such a distribution model. For example, studies in other countries suggest that providing free regulatory documents to the construction industry could lead to productivity and economic gains.

The NECB is a must-have for building designers, energy consultants and subcontractors, construction professionals and regulatory officials. For free electronic access to the NECB 2017, please complete and return the order form. To order the document in printed format, visit the NRC Virtual Store.


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