N.S. government delays National Building Code adoption

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CaDCR Staff writer

The Nova Scotia government will delay the adoption of new national building standards after receiving feedback from the public and the construction industry.

The province announced on Dec. 28 that more time is needed to educate and train people on the new requirements, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. (CBC) has reported.

Originally, an initial set of building code updates was to go into effect on Jan. 1, with further updates taking place over four years.

The updates include national codes for building, plumbing and energy, all of which aim to improve energy efficiency and fire protection — among other areas — of newly constructed buildings

“In the current environment, with labour shortages and supply chain issues, more time is needed to effectively plan and adapt to the new code requirements,” John Lohr, minister responsible for the fire marshal’s office, said in a provincial news release.

Provinces and territories regulate building construction, but can adopt and modify the national building codes that are developed as a model.

The province did not provide a timeline for when the building code updates will be made, saying in the release it will adopt the amendments needed in the Nova Scotia Building Code Regulations at a “later date.”

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