Issue #6Building Codes April 11, 2007


Contents: Issue #65 Building Codes

  1. Basics: History, Construction System, Code Objectives
  2. Develop: System, Authorities, Code Adoption, Change
  3. National Code: Web Site, Changes, Objective-Based
  4. BC: FAQ, Changes, Resources, Purchase, Vancouver
  5. Enforce: BC Act, Inspectors, Appeal, Policy, Interpret, LoA
  6. Future: BC Green & Energy Codes, National Priorities
  7. Resources: Links, Experts, Newsletter, Reno, U.S.
  8. Kenís Top Picks: If you have time to surf only two sites

1. Basics: History, Construction System, Code Objectives

History Of Canadian Code For Housing 
National Codes site has a brief history of Canadian code for housing & accessibility, CMHC standards to 1958, National Code in 1960, Canadian Housing Code in 1990, and Part 9.

History of BC Building Regulations
BC Building Policy Branch provides a brief history of its building code adoption and a timeline with effective dates for implementation of building code regulations up to 2005. 

Canadian Construction System & Codes
Canadian Commission on Building & Fire Codes gives roles of codes, responsibilities of parties, quality control, systems for knowledge, protecting customers, recourse, and more. (PDF) 

Objectives Of Building Code In Canada
How Canada decides which objectives for buildings should be included in the code, and how they determine the best way of achieving them, are described by Bruce Clemmensen. (PDF)


2. Develop: System, Authorities, Code Adoption, Change

Canadaís Code Development System
National Codes paper covers code development introduction, historical background, roles & responsibilities, scope of codes & standards, process, and new technology evaluation. (PDF)

Directory Of Authorities Responsible 
This ULC directory has links to national building, plumbing, fire, electrical, and gas code development bodies, plus the provincial/territorial authorities responsible for implementation. 

National Code Adoption Across Canada
National Codes chart describes how the national model building, fire, and plumbing codes are adopted or adapted in the various provinces and territories across Canada.

To Request A Code Change
Typical code change requests, guidelines for requesting changes, what to include, and links to submission forms for either online or mail-in are provided on the National Code site                    


3. National Code: Web Site, Changes, Objective-Based

Web Site For National Model Codes 
The National Codes site has information on national building, fire, and plumbing codes, plus codes development process, standards organizations, objective-based codes, and more.

Changes In 2005 National Codes 
National Research Council explains the new objective based format, new organizational structure, and some highlights of technical changes in the 2005 National Building Code. (PDF)

Code Development & Objectives Based Format
This detailed presentation of Canadian National Research Council outlines our national code development process, and the new objective-based format, with some examples. (PPT)

Objectives Based National Code 
Here is a brief overview of objectives based codes, why they are included, and samples of acceptable solutions, objectives, and functional statements from Building Envelope Forum.

Acceptance/Approval Methods  
CCBFC & NRC committee paper examines how objective-based codes might affect methods used for acceptance or approval of designs, products. and approaches. (PDF)                      


4. BC Code: FAQ, Changes, Resources, Purchase, Vancouver

FAQ On New BC Building Code 
These FAQs from the BC Building Policy Branch cover the new 2006 BC Building Code, where to get it, costs, objective-based format & advantages, alternative solutions, and more.

Changes To BC Code Part 9 
BC Homeowner Protection Office bulletin highlights some of the most significant changes for residential construction that are covered by Part 9 of the 2006 BC Building Code. (PDF)

Resources & Educational Courses  
HPO offers information and links to resources on the National Code, educational seminars & courses, BC Code, City of Vancouver Building By-law, building code basics, and more. 

Purchasable 2006 BC Building Codes 
You can purchase the BC Building Code from the Queens Printer in formats including print, CD-ROM, and online access with options for 10-day, annual, and full code duration periods. 

Vancouver City 2007 Building By-law 
City of Vancouver outlines their 2007 Vancouver Building By-law, with effective date, transition period, format, bulletins, technical changes, publication, and additional information.


5. Enforce: BC Act, Inspect, Appeal, Policy, Interpret, LoA

Local Government Act For Code Enforcement 
The BC Local Government Act outlines various provincial and local government roles, responsibilities, and procedures for enforcement of the BC Building code and building regulations.

Inspection Officials 
Building Officials Association of BC is the building inspectors trade association. It provides consistent Code interpretation, a forum for discussion, education, certification, and more. 

BC Building Code Appeal Board 
The BC Building Code Appeal Board provides rulings to settle disputes over code interpretation or application. Here are the submission requirements, application forms, and decisions.

Bulletins On Policy & Opinions 
BC Building Policy Branch bulletins give you updates on code related government policies, and code opinions such as vinyl siding and rainscreen, and insulation above exterior walls.

Interpretations Committee & Decisions
The makeup of BC Building Code Interpretations Committee, request form, log of past requests, and list of interpretations is offered here on the Building Officials Association of BC site. 

Letters Of Assurance 
BC Building Policy Branch gives a guide and schedules for Letters of Assurance, which are documents that clearly identify responsibilities of key individuals in a building project.                    


6. Future: BC Green & Energy Codes, National Priorities

BC Green Building Code 
This BC government bulletin describes the Green Building Code goals of removing barriers within provincial codes and proposing new provisions for green building regulation. (PDF)
 
BC Energy Efficient Standards For Houses 
Item #5 in the BC Energy Plan proposes to develop, by 2010, energy efficiency standards for houses, which may include incentives, voluntary targets and/or regulations. (PDF)

Improving Code Development System In Canada
A NRC paper recommends a single, coordinated building, fire, and plumbing code review and development system that will better meet the needs of the provinces and territories. (PDF)

Technical Issues For 2010 National Code
Canadian National Codes site lists the priority technical issues for consideration in the next development cycle for the National Model Building, Plumbing, and Fire codes. (MS Word Doc)

Policy Issues For 2010 National Code 
Canadian National Codes site lists the priority policy issues to be considered during the development of the 2010 National Model Building, Plumbing, and Fire codes. (MS Word Doc)

Systemic Issues For 2010 National Code
Canadian National Codes site lists the priority systemic issues for consideration during the development of the 2010 National Model Building, Plumbing, and Fire codes. (MS Word Doc)


7. Resources: Links, Experts, Newsletter, Reno, U.S.

Links To Codes & Standards 
Here are links to ministries, codes & standards, product & systems testing and evaluation, industry associations, and governments, compliments of Canadian National Codes site. 

Experts & Staff Of Canadian Codes Centre 
This Canadian National Research Council directory provides a listing of Canadian Code Centre staff available to offer their opinions on the content of national model building codes.

Free Newsletter With National Code Info 
Canadian National Research Council publishes the free Construction Innovation quarterly, with news of recent research results, product evaluations, code developments and conference highlights.

Applying Code To Existing Buildings 
The Users Guide NBC 1995: Application of Part 9 to Existing Buildings explains principles by which the National Building Code requirements should be applied to existing buildings. 

US Codes & Standards 
US National Association of Home Builders has information on codes and standards for structural design, materials, energy conservation, fire safety, electrical, plumbing, and much more.                      


8. Kenís Top Picks: The BC & National Code Sites

BC Government Site On Building & Fire Codes 
The BC Building Policy Branch provides information on our BC building and fire codes, changes, errata & revisions, appeal, bulletins, regulations, publications, policies, and more.

Canadian National Codes Site 
For info on National Building, Fire, and Plumbing Codes, code development process, standards organizations, objective-based code, and more, visit the Canadian National Code site.    


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