Public review on proposed changes to National Model Construction Codes

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The Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes (CCBFC) has invited stakeholders and code users to participate in a public review of the National Plumbing Code of Canada 2015 (NPC) and the National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings 2015 (NECB). The deadline to participate is December 9, 2016.

The National Research Council Canada (NRCC) website says the intent of the review is to “provide code users and stakeholders with a detailed look at proposed technical changes and seek comment on each proposed technical change as to whether it should be approved, altered, or rejected.”           Among the 13 proposed energy code changes: Proposed Change 958: Accounting for Thermal Bridging Calculations; Proposed Change 959: Thermal Characteristics of Above-ground Opaque Building Assemblies; Proposed Change 960: Thermal Characteristics of Fenestration and Doors; Proposed Change 949: Demand Control Ventilation Systems; and Proposed Changes 934 and 943 LPD Improvements for interior and exterior lighting.

Proposed plumbing changes include: Proposed Change 919: Air Pressure Tests – Appendix Note; Proposed Change 924: Connection of Systems; and Proposed Change 975: Backflow Preventers from Fire Protection Systems.

Once the review and comment period closes, a selected committee will review each comment and then will 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.”

Changes approved by the CCBFC will be published in the 2020 editions of Codes Canada publications.

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