Category: Health, Safety and Wellbeing

New name, new look for 2015 Construction Codes

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.

CCBFC and Codes Canada 2015

For over 75 years, the provinces, territories and the federal government have worked together in supporting an open collaborative process for developing model building, fire, plumbing and energy codes with the aim of harmonizing building and safety regulations across Canada.

Validating technologies that provide clean and safe indoor air

Under the Building Regulations for Market Access initiative, NRC is collaborating with Health Canada and manufacturers to develop a technological framework for assessing the effectiveness of building products and systems that aim to improve cleanliness and safety of air in buildings. The methods and criteria being developed are also suitable for the development of regulations incorporating performance-based requirements for clean and safe indoor air.

Improved wall systems for fire performance of houses

NRC is investing in a new phase of research to support industry clients on the fire performance of single-family houses constructed with innovative materials, products and systems. The work is part of an exhaustive long-term study to assist code authorities and builders to understand how these innovative technologies behave in a fire and affect the safety of occupants.

Testing critical infrastructure in extreme fire

Fires in critical infrastructure are not only a hazard when they occur, but continue to be a risk to public safety when the damaged structures—such as bridges and tunnels—are left standing.