building codes

Building codes are a cool issue because of the major impacts these have on the environment, productivity, safety and quality of life. As building codes are created and approved by volunteers and stakeholders rather than government staff, the provide solid working examples of participatory democracy. Building codes are in the provincial jurisdiction, but national guidelines are published by the National Research Council which influence provinces and territories.
  • The National Building Code of Canada (NBC) provides minimum requirements for health, life safety and structural sufficiency in new buildings.
  • The National Fire Code of Canada (NFC) provides minimum fire safety requirements for buildings, structures and areas where hazardous materials are used, and ensures an acceptable level of fire protection and fire prevention in the ongoing operation of buildings.
  • The National Plumbing Code covers the design and installation of plumbing systems in buildings.
  • The National Farm Building Code deals with the particular needs of farm buildings.
  • The National Housing Code and Illustrated Guide is a compendium of those requirements in the NBC which apply to housing with no horizontal fire separation or shared egress; that is, detached, semi-detached and row houses.
  • The Model National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings and the Model National Energy Code of Canada for Houses provide technical requirements for the construction of energy-efficient buildings and houses.

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sources and resources

Canadian Codes Center