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NRC to hold seminars on Building Code Changes

December 6, 2016

Early in 2017 Canada’s National Research Council will be holding seminars to explain technical changes to the 2015 editions of the National Building Code, National Fire Code, National Plumbing Code and the National Energy Code for Buildings.

The new versions include some significant changes. For example:

The National Building Code of Canada 2015 now permits construction of six-storey wood buildings with additional protection measures. There are updates to accessibility requirements, airborne sound transmission ratings, seismic design and climatic data. There are also changes to stairs, ramps, handrails and guards, including a change that increases the run dimension for steps inside houses;

The National Fire Code of Canada 2015 includes requirements resulting from the introduction of mid-rise wood buildings and the classification system used by Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) to define dangerous goods;


The National Plumbing Code of Canada 2015 includes more design and material choices. It also introduces new water-use efficiency requirements that aim to reduce water usage in all buildings, regardless of water source; and

The National Energy Code for Buildings 2015 now includes requirements for pressure-sensing controls for service water and efficiency regulation of heat rejection equipment. There are also updates to lighting power density values.

To find out details about the seminars, click here.



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