Features

General

The electronic formats offer a number of useful features such as hyperlinks and instant search capability (see "Searching") that are not possible with the paper format while preserving the same layout as the printed documents.

Secure PDF Files

The 2005, 2010, and 2015 Code documents are available as secure PDF files (Single user, online; Concurrent user, online; Single user, downloadable offline):

  • Digital Rights Management (DRM) technology is used to protect copyrighted material from reproduction and redistribution.
  • You will need to install a free DRM tool, FileOpen Plug-In for Adobe Acrobat or Reader, in order to view the documents.
  • Copy and paste function for text excerpts is enabled.
  • Limited printing (20 pages per print request) is permitted for 1-year subscriptions (Single Online and Concurrent Online) to the 2015 Codes and Guides
    Printing is disabled for :
    • all electronic versions of the 2005 and 2010 National Codes and Guides.
    • downloadable offline PDF files of all publications.
    • See Printing for details
  • The downloadable offline, single user file is locked to an individual computer and cannot be transferred. It cannot be installed on a network drive.

Preview a sample document (to view Secure PDF files go to http://www.adobe.com to download and install Adobe Reader and download and install the FileOpen plug-in (http://plugin.fileopen.com)).

NEW: Secure OPN Files

The 2005, 2010, and 2015 Code documents and Historical Codes are also available as secure OPN files (Single user, online; Concurrent user, online). The CODES-GUIDES documents are provided in OPN file format as an alternative to PDF:

  • Digital Rights Management (DRM) technology is used to protect copyrighted material from reproduction and redistribution.
  • Copy and paste function for text excerpts is enabled. Please note that selecting content is limited for some older scanned publications in Historical Codes Collection. Use your operating system tools (such as Snipping Tool) to select content from pre-1995 Code documents.
  • Limited printing (20 pages per print request) is permitted for 1-year subscriptions (Single Online and Concurrent Online) to the Historical Codes.
    Printing is disabled for the OPN versions of the 2005-2015 Codes and Guides.
  • OPN files can be opened with Adobe FlashPlayer in a browser (PC/Mac/Win 8 tablet) (they do not require Adobe Reader/Acrobat and the FileOpen plug-in):
    Preview a sample document.
  • OPN files can be viewed on mobile devices using FileOpen Viewer (iPad/Android tablet):
    Preview a sample document.

Updates

With the CODES-GUIDES Online Library subscriptions, you always have access to up-to-date publications, including any approved revisions and errata. Your main Library page shows the latest printing of your publication along with the previous printings. A Revisions and Errata section at the beginning of each Code lists the changes that have been made since the text was first published.

Searching

You can search for terms and phrases within your publications using the built-in search functionality of Acrobat Reader or FileOpen Viewer (not available in FileOpen Viewer on iOS/Android; use fully linked Index on these devices).

Printing

Limited printing (20 pages per print request) is permitted for subscriptions as described below:
You can also copy and paste excerpts into a word-processing application, such as MS Word, and then print the page.

Printing permissions
Document TitleOnline Subscriptions - Concurrent UserOnline Subscriptions - Single UserSingle Downloadable
2 month4 month1 year5 year10 day2 month4 month1 year5 year
Historical Editions of the National Construction Codes (1941-1998) n/a n/a yes n/a no n/a n/a yes n/a n/a
National Building Code of Canada 2005 n/a n/a no no no n/a n/a no no no
National Fire Code of Canada 2005 n/a n/a no no no n/a n/a no no no
National Plumbing Code of Canada 2005 n/a n/a no no no n/a n/a no no no
User's Guide - NBC 2005: Structural Commentaries (Part 4 of Division B) n/a n/a no no no n/a n/a no no no
Alberta Building Code 2006 n/a n/a no no no n/a n/a no no no
Alberta Fire Code 2006 n/a n/a no no no n/a n/a no no no
Quebec Construction Code, Chapter I -­ Building, and National Building Code of Canada 2005 (amended) n/a n/a no no no n/a n/a no no no
Quebec Construction Code, Chapter III, Plumbing, and National Plumbing Code of Canada 2005 (amended) n/a n/a no no no n/a n/a no no no
National Building Code of Canada 2010 n/a n/a no no no n/a n/a no no no
National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings 2011 n/a n/a no no no n/a n/a no no no
National Fire Code of Canada 2010 n/a n/a no no no n/a n/a no no no
National Plumbing Code of Canada 2010 n/a n/a no no no n/a n/a no no no
User's Guide - NBC 2010: Structural Commentaries (Part 4 of Division B) n/a n/a no no no n/a n/a no no no
Illustrated User's Guide - NBC 2010 Part 9 Housing and Small Buildings n/a n/a no no no n/a n/a no no no
User's Guide - National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings 2011 n/a n/a no no no n/a n/a no no no
Alberta Building Code 2014 n/a n/a yes yes no n/a n/a yes n/a no
Alberta Fire Code 2014 n/a n/a yes yes no n/a n/a yes n/a no
Quebec Construction Code, Chapter I -­ Building, and National Building Code of Canada 2010 (amended) n/a n/a yes yes no n/a n/a yes n/a no
Quebec Construction Code, Chapter III - Plumbing, and National Plumbing Code of Canada 2010 (amended) n/a n/a yes yes no n/a n/a yes n/a no
Quebec Safety Code, Chapter VIII - Building, and National Fire Code of Canada 2010 (amended) n/a n/a yes yes no n/a n/a yes n/a no
National Building Code of Canada 2015 no no yes n/a n/a no no yes n/a no
National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings 2015 no no yes n/a n/a no no yes n/a no
National Fire Code of Canada 2015 no no yes n/a n/a no no yes n/a no
National Plumbing Code of Canada 2015 no no yes n/a n/a no no yes n/a no

Copying

The publications to which you have subscribed are copyrighted by the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) and protected by Canadian Copyright Law and international treaty provisions. Your right to reproduce portions of the documents is limited by the license agreement: please read it carefully before copying any extracts. Extracts may only be incorporated into a single new document and must not be altered in any way that could affect their meaning. The source of extracts must be acknowledged.

You can copy document extracts (text, tables, figures and intent statements) into any word-processing or clipboard software using the Adobe Reader/Acrobat or Operating System built-in functionality:

  1. Text only: highlight the extract with the cursor and press the "Ctrl" and "c" keys simultaneously, or select "Edit" then "Copy" from the menu bar. This method does not preserve exact formatting of the content.
  2. Text, tables, figures, equations, etc.: scroll to the page/content that you want to copy and use your OS screen capture tool, such as Snipping Tool (Windows 7 and Vista) or Alt + PrintScrn key (Windows XP). This method copies content as an image and preserves the formatting of the extract as it appears in the document.
  3. Please note that selecting content is limited for some older scanned publications in Historical Codes Collection. Use your operating system tools (such as Snipping Tool) to select content from pre-1995 Code documents.

Product Comparison

2015 National Codes and Guides and Provincial Codes (see full list of available documents)
FeaturesSingle User, SubscriptionSingle User, DownloadableConcurrent User, SubscriptionFootnote 1
Access while connected to the Internet yes yes yes
Access while not connected to the Internet no yes no
Term: 2 months yes no yes
Term: 4 months yes no yes
Term: 1 year yes no yes
Term: Effective in perpetuityFootnote 2 no yes no
Requires Username and Password yes yesFootnote 3 no
Requires Network Address Registration no no yes
Computer-specific (not transferable and not accessible on another device) no yes noFootnote 4
File Format: PDF yes yes yes
File Format: OPN yes no yes
Accessible on tablets yes no yes
Printing yesFootnote 5 no yesFootnote 5
Commenting yes yes yes
Content Copying yesFootnote 2 yesFootnote 2 yesFootnote 2
Updates (Revisions and Errata) included yes yes yes
Access to previous printings yes yes yes
2005 - 2010 National Codes and Guides and Provincial Codes (see full list of available documents)
FeaturesSingle User, SubscriptionSingle User, DownloadableConcurrent User, SubscriptionFootnote 1
Access while connected to the Internet yes yes yes
Access while not connected to the Internet no yes no
Term: 1 year yes no yes
Term: 5 years yes no yes
Term: Effective in perpetuityFootnote 2 no yes no
Requires Username and Password yes yesFootnote 3 no
Requires Network Address Registration no no yes
Computer-specific (not transferable and not accessible on another device) no yes noFootnote 4
File Format: PDF yes yes yes
File Format: OPN yes no yes
Accessible on tablets yes no yes
Printing yesFootnote 5 no yesFootnote 5
Commenting no yes no
Content Copying yesFootnote 2 yesFootnote 2 yesFootnote 2
Updates (Revisions and Errata) included yes yes yes
Access to previous printings yes yes yes
Historical Collection Codes and Guides (see full list of available Historical documents)
FeaturesSingle User, SubscriptionSingle User, DownloadableConcurrent User, SubscriptionFootnote 1
Access while connected to the Internet yes NA yes
Access while not connected to the Internet no NA no
Terms: 10 days yes NA NA
Term: 1 year yes NA yes
Requires Username and Password yes NA no
Requires Network Address Registration no NA yes
Computer-specific (not transferable and not accessible on another device) no NA no
File Format: PDF yes NA yes
File Format: OPN yes NA yes
Accessible on tablets yes NA yes
Printing yesFootnote 5 NA yesFootnote 5
Commenting no NA no
Content Copying yesFootnote 2Footnote 6 NA yesFootnote 2Footnote 6
Updates (Revisions and Errata) included yes NA yes
Notes to tables
Footnote 1

Available only to organizations

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Footnote 2

See license agreement

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Footnote 3

For activation and download

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Footnote 4

Access limited to any PC on registered network

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Footnote 5

Printing is limited to 20 pages per print request, see Printing for details.

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Footnote 6

Please note that selecting content is limited for some older scanned publications in Historical Codes Collection. Use your operating system tools (such as Snipping Tool) to select content from pre-1995 Code documents.

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