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April 08, 2008— Ottawa, Ontario

NRC and Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) have joined forces to update the Model National Energy Code for Buildings, which was last published in 1997 by NRC. The new energy code will establish minimum energy efficiency requirements for new construction, bringing technological innovation and energy-related concerns to the fore.

NRCan is providing technical expertise and up to $5 million to support this initiative. As home to Canada's model national construction codes, NRC is managing the updating process, which will ultimately help buildings save energy while reducing air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions as added benefits.

"The development of a single national energy code will encourage Canadian companies to create new energy-efficient technologies — thus promoting sustainability across the country," explains NRC President Dr. Pierre Coulombe.

Dr. Richard Normandin, Vice-President NRC Physical Sciences, announces the update to the Model National Energy Code for Buildings.
Dr. Richard Normandin, Vice-President NRC Physical Sciences, announces the update to the Model National Energy Code for Buildings.

The new code will be developed following the same broad consensus process that is used for the National Building Code of Canada and other model codes. Under the direction of the Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes (CCBFC), a standing committee will review and develop proposed technical changes to the current code.

"Interested stakeholders will have opportunities to provide feedback during our annual two-month review process that takes place every fall," says Cathleen Taraschuk, an officer with the Canadian Codes Centre at NRC. "And if anyone feels that we need to add or change something in the existing code, they can submit a code change request through our website. Every single comment we receive will be reviewed and assessed by the standing committee."

With support and input from the provinces and territories, the updated model energy code will be published in 2011. The new code will complement the next version of the model national construction codes, which are scheduled for publication in 2010.

Once enacted into legislation by the provinces and territories, the model energy code will apply to new buildings and provide Canada's construction sector with a single source of minimum requirements for energy efficiency in buildings. Today, provincial and territorial governments and industry rely on other regulatory and non-regulatory standards to design energy-efficient buildings. But with an updated national energy code, builders, designers, product manufacturers and the enforcement community will have access to a single made-in-Canada approach to energy efficiency, enabling them to conduct their business in more than one region.

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