Public Review of Canadian Building and Fire Codes Open

Originally published by: National Research Council CanadaMarch 9, 2020

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The National Research Council of Canada is in its final stages of developing model building codes for 2020, which are updated every five years. The public review of the proposed changes to the Codes Canada publications listed below runs from January 13, 2020 to March 13, 2020:

  • National Building Code of Canada 2015 (NBC)
  • National Fire Code of Canada 2015 (NFC)
  • National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings 2017 (NECB)

Updates to the documents referenced in the 2015 and 2017 National Model Codes

Canada has committed to a net-zero energy ready model building code by 2030 in its Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change. The Commission is developing energy requirements in the model codes that can help Canada meet this longer-term climate goal.

The public review closes at 4 pm PDT on March 13, 2020, after which comments will no longer be accepted (although requests for extensions have occasionally been considered on a case-by-case basis, there will be no extensions to this public review). The relevant committees of the CCBFC will review every comment that was received up to that date. The committees will then either withdraw the proposed change; recommend that it be reviewed further for possible re-submission in revised form in a future public review; or recommend that it be approved by the CCBFC, with or without modification. If approved by the CCBFC, the technical changes will be published in the 2020 editions of Codes Canada publications.