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25-MAY-2017 The Residential Construction Council of Ontario (RESCON) has kindly shared a legal opinion prepared by Leo Longo, one of the most respected authorities on building and planning law in Ontario.
In his legal opinion, Leo has conclude that:
  • Ontario municipalities do not have the authority to impose on land developers/builders a construction standard for energy efficiency which exceeds the Ontario Building Code.
  • Sections 41 and 51 of the Planning Act do not grant municipalities the authority to regulate energy efficiency construction as part of their site plan control or draft plan of subdivision processes.
  • It is unlawful for site plan or subdivision agreements to link occupancy permits to energy efficient construction.
  • The City of Toronto does not have the authority to impose construction standards for energy efficiency through its Green Standard.
It remains to be seen whether any developer will challenge municipal planning departments in Ontario Courts on this.
RESCON has kindly shared Leo Longo’s May 4, 2017 letter with CodeNews.
17-MAY-2017ONTARIO
2012 Building Code
The Ontario government filed Ontario Regulation 139/17 on May 17, 2017 to amend the 2012 edition of the Ontario Building Code.
The changes to the Ontario Building Code are scheduled to come into effect on July 1, 2017 and January 1, 2018.

Of course, clients of CodeNews Consulting Corp., Consulting Architect, will be provided with specific information on how the changes affect their projects.

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs has issued Ontario CodeNews Bulletin 248, which statess that:
These new requirements support the Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy by establishing construction standards for retirement homes and two-unit houses. The requirements for two-unit houses apply to single-detached, semi-detached and row houses, but not to stacked townhouse units.
The new requirements also support Climate Change Action Plan commitments through new requirements for the installation of electric vehicle charging in new houses and workplaces. Lastly, an interim amendment has been made to incorporate requirements for the use of a new effluent distribution technology to support the protection of ground and surface water quality.
03-MAY-2017ALBERTA
Electrical Utility Code
Alberta Municipal Affairs announced that a new edition of the Alberta Electrical Utility Code came into effect May 1, 2017.
The announcement states that:

Effective as of January 1, 2016, the Electrical Code Regulation was amended by Alberta Regulation 126/2015 to facilitate automatic code adoption.  Generally, electrical codes will now come into force one year after the month of their publication, unless otherwise prescribed by the Minister.  The first such code automatically adopted under the amended regulation will be the Alberta Electrical Utility Code.

Effective May 1, 2017, the following codes will be in force as per the Electrical Code Regulation:

  • CSA- C22.1-15 – Canadian Electrical Code, Part 1  – This code provides the minimum safety standards for the installation and maintenance of electrical equipment.
  • Code for Electrical Installations at Oil and Gas Facilities – 5th Edition, 2015  – This code applies to electrical installations used in the search, transmission or production of oil, natural gas and related hydrocarbons, and it provides area classification guidelines.
  • Alberta Electrical Utility Code – 5th Edition, 2016  – This code provides the minimum safety standard for the installation and maintenance of electrical utility systems in Alberta.
14-APR-2017ONTARIO
TSSA Gaseous Fuels and Propane Code Adoption Documents
The Technical Standards & Safety Authority (TSSA) has announced that the Gaseous Fuels (FS-225-17) Code Adoption Document Amendments and the Propane (FS-224-17) Code Adoption Document Amendments [link updated: April 20, 2017]were issued on April 10, 2017 and will become effective on  July 1, 2017.

Significant changes to the Gaseous Fuels CAD include:
•    Adoption of B149.1-15 Natural gas and propane installation code (with Ontario amendments)
•    Incorporating Director’s Order FS-156-09 (re: new or replacement boilers) into the code for ease of reference
•    Incorporating Director’s Order FS-056-06 R1 (re: Mobile Food Service Equipment) into the code for ease of reference
•    Adoption of TSSA Field Approval Code TSSA-FA-2016 (which adopts B149.3-15)
•    Adoption of TSSA Digester, Landfill & Biogas Code TSSA-DLB-2016 (which adopts B149.6-15)
•    Extending deadline for compliance for existing unvented heaters installed prior to October 14, 2014 inside a building housing livestock or poultry

Significant changes to the Propane CAD include:
•    Adoption of CSA B149.2-15 for propane storage and handling requirements (Item 1)
•    Adoption of, CSA B149.5-15 for propane vehicle conversion requirements (Item 2)
•    Adoption of CSA B149.1-15 for appliances and equipment on highway vehicles, mobile units, etc. when propane is used for fuel purpose (moved from B149.2 to B149.1 in 2015) (Item 3)
•    Adoption of TSSA Field Approval Code TSSA-FA-2016 (which adopts CSA B149.3-2015) (Item 4)
•    Adoption of TSSA Mobile Food Service Equipment Code TSSA-MFSE-2014 (Item 5)
•    Exemption of vehicular protection for cylinders of 20 lb. or less stored in cabinets (Item 1.12)
•    New requirements for inspection of tanks and inspection/replacement of relief valves (Item 1.14 and 1.15)
Annex Q is added for requirements for use of non-refillable cylinders in classrooms in schools (Item 1.13 and 1.22).
07-APR-2017ONTARIO
TSSA/ESA
Excavation Guideline
TSSA’s Fuels Safety Program  recently adopted the new CSA Z247 Code  for damage prevention to underground  infrastructure – effective April 1, 2017.
To align with this standard, TSSA is updating the current 2008 ESA TSSA Excavation Guideline, which is under final review by stakeholders, including the Electrical Safety Authority.
Highlights will include
•    updating definitions to align with CSA Z247, TSSA, ESA, and Ontario One Call regulations;
•    accepting electronic locates as well as paper; and
•    adding CSA Z247 hyperlinks to guide the user.
Stay tuned for the updated TSSA/ESA Excavation Guideline.
07-APR-2017ONTARIO
Building and Development Branch
The Ontario Building Officials Association announced that Hannah Evans has been named the new Director of the Building and Development Branch in Ontario's Ministry of Municipal Affairs, starting on April 3, 2017.

Who is Hannah Evans?   The new Director comes from the Syrian Refugee Resettlement Secretariat in the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration, where she was the Director since 2015.  Prior to that, she was the Director, Municipal Programs and Education Branch in the former Ministry of Municipal Affairs & Housing, from 2013-2015.  She started her career in the Ontario government as the Director, Ontario Growth Secretariat, Partnerships & Consultation Branch, in the Ontario Ministry of Infrastructure, in 2005.  She has a B. Comm. degree from the University of Toronto and a Master of Environmental Studies degree from York University. [updated: April 13, 2017]

The Director of the Building and Development Branch is also the Chief Building Official for Ontario.
According to the Ministry's web site, the Building Code Act, 1992 requires all Chief Building Officials to obtain a Building Code Identification Number (BCIN) and be qualified and registered with the Ministry.
The new Chief Building Official for Ontario is not listed on the QuARTS Public Registry at this time.
26-MAR-2017NOVA SCOTIA
Building Code Regulations
Joe Rogers P.Eng., Building Code Coordinator, of the Nova Scotia Office of the Fire Marshal has announced that the revised Nova Scotia Building Code Regulations (NS Reg 26/2017) was printed on March 17, 2017 in  the Royal Gazette and adopts the 2015 editions of:
•    the National Building Code,
•    the National Plumbing Code, and
•    the National Energy Code for Buildings.

The only areas within the proposed regulation consulted on last year that did not move forward were:
•    the requirement for approval of certain building plans from the Office of the Fire Marshal prior to construction, and
•    the requirement for adaptability for residential dwellings.

These changes will come into effect on April 1, 2017.
A User's Guide is currently being worked on and will be posted shortly on the Nova Scotia website.    
The Nova Scotia government has also issued a press release, dated March 17, 2017.
18-MAR-2017QUÉBEC
Le chapitre Bâtiment du Code de sécurité du Québec
La Régie du bâtiment du Québec has issued a reminder (French only) that Québec Security Code requires an architect or engineer to thoroughly inspect the facades of every building  of 5 or more storeys.  Owners of buildings that are older than 15 years, but less than 25 years, as of March 18, 2013, must obtain a 1st audit report by March 18, 2017.
It is the responsibility of the building owner to comply with the regulations applicable to his/her building. An owner who contravenes a provision of the Safety Code is guilty of an offence and is liable to a fine of $ 1,105 to $ 5,523 in the case of an individual and $ 3,314 to $ 16,569 in the case of a corporation.
17-MAR-2017ALBERTA
Regulation under the Safety Codes Act
STANDATA
Alberta Municipal Affairs announced the availability of the following new STANDATA Building Code Interpretation:
The purpose of this Standata is to clarify the intended locations for Visual Signal Devices in buildings governed by Part 3 of Division B of the Alberta Building Code 2014.
Unfortunately, Ontario's Ministry of Municipal Affairs stopped providing Building Code Interpretations of its Building Code many years ago, on the advice of its legal experts.  Apparently, it is far easier to abandon municipal enforcement agencies, designers, and the construction industry than provide leadership and promote uniform Building Code interpretation in Ontario.
15-MAR-2017ONTARIO
2012 Building Code
The Ministry of Municipal Affairs established Technical Advisory Committees to  review  public comments on the Ontario Building Code changes proposedduring its public consultation held from October 21 to December 20, 2016.
CodeNews.ca has obtained the public comments that were presented to members of the following Technical Advisory Committees:
Although the Ministry of Municipal Affairs has not made any public announcements about the  Technical Advisory Committees, it appears that the TACs members met in February 2017 and that all of the proposed changes will come into force in July, 2017 and January, 2018.
CodeNews.ca believes that the design and construction industry should operate on a level playing field and that all Code users should have equal access to proposed code changes and the public cooments. 
15-FEB-2017ONTARIO
TSSA Boilers and Pressure Vessels Code Adoption Document
The Technical Standards & Safety Authority announced that it is holding a public consultation on a proposed Draft Boilers and Pressure Vessels Code Adoption Document Amendment that will adopt three CSA standards that govern pressure equipment in Canada.  These include the latest editions of:
  • CSA B51 - the boiler, pressure vessel and pressure piping code, which is the national document for non-nuclear pressure equipment in Canada
  • CSA B52 - the mechanical refrigeration code
  • CSA N285.0  - general requirements for pressure-retaining systems and components in Canada Deuterium Uranium(CANDU) nuclear power plants/material standards for reactor components for CANDU nuclear power plants
This proposal has been posted for a 30 day public review and comment period starting February 14, 2017 and will close on March 28, 2017. If you have any questions, or would like to submit your comments using the TSSA Boilers and Pressure Vessels Docket form, please do so by email to:
Cathy Turylo, Manager of Engineering, Boilers and Pressure Vessels cturylo@tssa.org
All comments received prior to March 28, 2017 will be considered as part of the decision-making process by the TSSA.
04-FEB-2017Climate Gate 2 - Manipulation of Alleged Global Warming Data
UN CLIMATE CONFERENCE
Paris, 2015
The Mail on Sunday reported, on February 4, 2017, that the United States' National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) breached its own rules on scientific integrity when it published a sensational but flawed report on global warming, aimed at making the maximum possible impact on world leaders at the UN climate conference in Paris in 2015.  This information was provided to The Mail on Sunday by Dr John Bates, a top NOAA scientist.
The effect of these revelations about a "blatant attempt to intensify the impact" of what became known as the "Pausebuster paper" is likely to cause many nations to review their commitment to the 2015 Paris Agreement.
At this time, it is not know whether the Ontario government's climate change initiatives to amend the Ontario Building Code will be affected by this report on politically correct Fake Science.
30-JAN-2017ALBERTA
Regulation under the Safety Codes Act
STANDATA

Alberta Municipal Affairs announced changes to the following STANDATA Plumbing Safety Information Bulletins:

P-07-03 Expansion and Contraction Revised Jan 2017
P-08-01 Single Wall Heat Exchangers Revised Jan 2017
P-09-01 Drainage of Water from Elevator Pits Revised Jan 2017
P-09-02 Floor Drains and Trap Seal Replenishment Revised Jan 2017
P-10-03 Drainage and Venting Requirements for Floor Sinks Revised Jan 2017
P-11-02 Requirements for Solar Domestic Hot Water Systems Revised Jan 2017
P-13-01 Interceptors Revised Jan 2017
P-14-01 Drainage Systems with Municipal Requirements Revised Jan 2017
P-17-01 Reclaimed Water Systems within a Single Property New Jan 2017

Plumbing Safety Variance VAR-P09.01 "Requirements for the Drainage of Water from Elevator Pits" was revised in Jan 2017.

A Fact Sheet titled "Alternative Solutions Guide for Small System Reclaimed Water Reuse" was revised in Jan. 2017.

23-DEC-2016ONTARIO
2012 Building Code
Minister's Ruling MR-16-S-27
Supplementary Standard SB-10
The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing issued Ontario CodeNews e-bulletin #247, dated December 23, 2016, to announce that Minister's Ruling No. MR-16-S-27, dated December 22, 2016, has amended the current edition of Supplementary Standard SB-10, "Energy Efficiency Requirements".
The revisions to Divisions 3 and 5 of Supplementary Standard SB-10 will apply to construction for which a permit has been applied for after December 31, 2016.
However, where an application for a permit is made between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017, the construction is permitted to comply with  the current editions of Division 3 and Division 5 of Supplementary Standard SB-10 (i.e. as it reads before the new changes take effect).
The revised Supplementary Standard SB-1, containing the December 22 , 2016 update, and Minister's Ruling No. MR-16-S-27 are available in .pdf format for free download from the Ministry's web site.
Since the Ontario government has not published Ontario CodeNews e-bulletin #247 on its web site as of December 26, 2016, CodeNews.ca will continue to publish the complete list of the government's Ontario Codenews Bulletins, issued in 2016, for convenience only.
23-DEC-2016ONTARIO
2012 Building Code
The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing issued Ontario CodeNews e-bulletin #246, dated December 23, 2016, to announce new fees that will come into effect on January 1, 2017 for Building Practitioner Registration, Building Code Commission Applicaionts, and Minister’s Rulings Applications.  The fees will increase by 2.3 per cent, based on the Consumer Price Index.
Since the Ontario government has not published Ontario CodeNews e-bulletin #246 on its web site as of December 26, 2016,, CodeNews.ca will continue to publish the complete list of the government's Ontario Codenews Bulletins, issued in 2016, for convenience only.
20-DEC-2016ALBERTA
Regulation under the Safety Codes Act
STANDATA
Alberta Municipal Affairs Minister Danielle Larivee signed a Ministerial Order, effective December 30, 2016, to amend the Exemption Regulation under the Safety Codes Act so that residences of adults with developmental disabilities are not subject to care or treatment standards under the building and fire codes.
This decision supports recommendations that residences of adults with developmental disabilities should be treated no different than any other home when interpreting and applying safety codes.  Safety codes inspections will not occur in homes where adults with developmental disabilities live, unless there is a request, incident or complaint - as is the case with any other home in Alberta.  Alberta Human Services had noted that the application of safety codes has been of significant concern for many individuals and their families.
For more information and detail, refer to the December 20, 2016 joint letter issued by the Minister of Municipal Affairs and the Minister of Human Services. The Exemption Regulation will be posted on the Alberta Municipal Affairs website in the near future for easier reference.

The August 2015 STANDATA is no longer in force or effect.  See:

16-DEC-2016ONTARIO
Building Code Act
The Regulatory Registry Alert advised on December 16, 2016 that the Ontario government launched the Red Tape Challenge for "Financial Services: land use and planning regulations", including the Building Code Act.  The Red Tape Challenge for Financial Services will be active from December 1, 2016 to January 31, 2017.  A final report is expected to be available on July 31, 2017.
According to the Red Tape Challenge web site:
"The Red Tape Challenge is an online consultation platform designed to engage businesses, the public, and other stakeholders to help identify and improve Ontario regulations that are unclear, outdated, redundant or unnecessarily costly for business. Help Ontario cut red tape; submit your ideas today!"
The Building Code Act page has a very simplistic question about the Building Code Act:
"Tell us what to do with this regulation [sic]
   - Keep it the same
   - Improve it
   - Eliminate it
- Tell us more:"
It is not clear what the government will do with the responses, other than publish a report on July 31, 2017.
21-NOV-2016NOVA SCOTIA
Building Code Regulations
Joe Rogers, P. Eng., Building Code Coordinator for the Province of Nova Scotia, has announced proposed amendments to the Nova Scotia Building Code Regulations pursuant to the Building Code Act, R.S. N.S. 1989, Chapter 46, which are expected to come into effect on or about April 1, 2017.

The proposed amendments are required due to the issuance of the 2015 editions of the National Building Code, National Plumbing Code and National Energy Code for Buildings.  In addition to the adoption of the 2015 Codes, these amendments are proposing to remove the Nova Scotia-only provisions for sprinkler systems and align the requirements for sprinklers within Nova Scotia with the rest of Canada.  Schedule “C” of the proposed regulation increases accessibility and provides for adaptability within a residence should a need arise.  This is applicable to all newly constructed residential buildings.  There are no requirements to retrofit existing buildings.

The proposed amendments have been vetted by the Nova Scotia Building Advisory Committee, which had an opportunity to review the proposed amendments and agreed that they should move forward.

Copies of the proposed replacement regulation has been attached and will soon be  available for inspection online at: Joe Rogers, P. Eng., Building Code Coordinator welcomes your comments (on or before January 20, 2017) and questions and can be reached by:
02-NOV-2016CSA Group
CSA A500-16
The CSA Group has published the new CSA A500-16, "Building Guards" standard.  This 118 page standard is available, as a .pdf file, from the ShopCSA website for $175.00.   Although the standard is intended for reference by progressive building codes, it is too new to have been referenced by any code.
01-NOV-2016CSA Group
BSR/CSA/ICC B805-201x
The CSA Group is holding the Second Public Review of Draft 2 of the BSR/CSA/ICC B805-201x, "Rainwater Harvesting Systems" standard.
Public comments are requested on this Second Public Review Draft, beginning November 1, 2016, and are due by December 16, 2016 and must be submitted using the CSA Group Public Review site.  In order to view the proposed revisions, you will need to register with the CSA Group.
The First Public Comment Draft of the standard has been posted for comparison purposes but you do not need to register to view it.
Questions regarding the public review process or comment submission process can be directed to the committee secretariats:
  • Paul Gulletson - e-mail:  paul.gulletson@csagroup.org
  • Shawn Martin - e-mail:  smartin@iccsafe.org
22-OCT-2016ONTARIO
2012 Building Code
The Ministry of Municipal Affairs issued Ontario CodeNews e-bulletin #244, dated October 21, 2016, to announce that it is holding a public consultation on various proposed amendments to the Ontario Building Code, as follows:
  • Interim Amendments to the 2012 Building Code that include.
    • Amendments proposed to come into in-effect in July, 2017:
      • Retirement home amendments intended to implement the Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy
      • Secondary suites in houses amendments intended to implement the March 2016 Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy
      • Require drain water heat recovery units in all new houses (One wonders how much the lobbyist paid for this one?)
    • Amendments proposed to come into in-effect in January, 2018:
      • Promote Electric Vehicle Use by adding electric vehicle requirements for houses and workplaces
      • Increase Energy Efficiency by clarifying water supply pipe size requirements
  • Proposed Amendments for the Next Edition of the Ontario Building Code, proposed to come into in-effect in January, 2019:
      • Environmental protection and safety
      • Fire safety
      • Structural integrity 
      • Public health and safety
      • Accessibility
      • Harmonization and consistency with the 2015 National Codes of Canada and other provincial legislation
  • Potential Future Building Code Amendments:
    • Construction of new community hubs
    • Protection of Ground and Surface Water Quality
    • Energy Efficiency to support GHG emission reductions in the building sector
    • Adapting to Climate Change
The above proposed changes are part of  "PHASE 1" of the consultation, which runs from October 21 to December 20, 2016.
 "PHASE 2" of the consultation will seek input on proposed requirements to support the implementation of the government's 2016 - 2020 Climate Change Action Plan, which was released in June 2016.  No time frame has been announced for this consultation. (See the 08-JUN-2016 entry below.)
The Ministry of Municipal Affairs has published:
Unfortunately, the Ministry of Municipal Affairs has published each of the 500+ files containing the proposed technical changes separately...!!!!!.  You will have to download each proposed technical change individually.
15-OCT-2016CCBFC
Construction Codes of Canada
The Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes (CCBFC) has invited Code users and stakeholders to participate in the fall 2016 public review of proposed changes to Codes Canada publications:
  • National Plumbing Code of Canada 2015 (NPC), and
  • National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings 2015 (NECB).
This national public review takes place from October 11th to December 9th, 2016.  The purpose of this public review is to:
If approved by the CCBFC, the technical changes will be published in the 2020 editions of Codes Canada publications.
05-OCT-2016ONTARIO
2012 Building Code
Supplementary Standard SB-10
The Ministry of Municipal Affairs has shared a draft of “Supplementary Standard SB-10: Energy Efficiency Requirements” with "key" stakeholders in the building, design, manufacturing and government sectors to help finalise this standard.  The revised contents of Supplementary Standard SB-10 include ways to meet the energy efficiency requirements for buildings in the Building Code that will come into effect as of January 1, 2017.  The Ministry has asked for comments by October 21, 2016.

The consultation documents consist of:
  • a proposed draft of Supplementary Standard SB-10
  • a "Background Document", dated September 30, 2017, which includes instructions on how to comment on the proposed revisions to SB-10.
If you did not get a copy of these documents, the Ministry of Municipal Affairs does not consider you a "key" stakeholder. 
CodeNews.ca believes that the design and construction industry should operate on a level playing field and that all Code users should have equal access to proposed code changes. 
Ontario should not degenerate into a Clintonesque banana republic where "pay to play" and other filth is the norm.
Every user of the Ontario Building Code is a "key" stakeholder.

Therefore, in the spirit of Snowden, Assange, and others, CodeNews.ca has published the proposed draft of Supplementary Standard SB-10 here.
15-SEP-2016ALBERTA
Fire Code
Alberta Municipal Affairs announced that Fire Code Variance AFC 6.1.1.5.(3), "Alternative Tags for Outdoor Portable Fire Extinguishers" has been published on its website.
This variance is intended to help alleviate the issue of tag damage or destroyed tags due to weather exposure on fire extinguishers located outdoors.
31-AUG-2016ONTARIO
2012 Building Code
In its September, 2016 issue of "RESCON Industry News", RESCON has announced that it is collaborating with the  Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry to develop an alternative solution for the current Ontario Building Code: this would involve creating a guideline to be used by designers, builders and municipal building departments, that would lead to mid-rise mass timber construction that is safe and performs as well or better than what’s outlined in the Ontario Building Code.
It will be interesting to see whether the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs will approve an alternative solution joinlty developed by industry and another Ontario Ministry.
30-AUG-2016CSA Group
CSA S406 Standard
CSA O121 Standard
CSA O151 Standard
CSA B64.10-11/ /B64.10.1-11 Standard
ASME A112.19.3/CSA B45.4 Standard
The CSA Group has announced the publication of the fourth edition of CSA S406 "Specification of Permanent Wood Foundations for Housing and Small Buildings". The $110.00 standard applies to the selection of materials for, and the fabrication and installation of, permanent wood foundations.
This edition has been revised with the following changes of significance:
  • Tables 5A to 5L and 10A to 10L series, as well as Tables 3A and 3B and 7A and 7B and some figures, have been modified to reflect the new load combinations in the National Building Code of Canada, 2015.
  • Reference to "preserved wood foundations" has been corrected to the new industry term of "permanent wood foundations".
  • More details have been added to the concrete footings supporting walls and columns.
  • Revised details have been added to the requirements for high wind and seismic forces.
The design provisions and tables have been updated to comply with the 2014 edition of CSA O86, "Engineering Design in Wood", and the National Building Code of Canada, 2015.

The CSA Group is holding a public consultation on the following standards and is inviting the public's comments:
In order to view the proposed revisions, you will need to register with the CSA Group.
03-AUG-2016NOVA SCOTIA
Building Code
Following extensive public consultation, Joe Rogers, P. Eng., Building Code Coordinator for the Province of Nova Scotia, has announced that new changes to the Nova Scotia Building Code Act Regulations came into effect on August 1, 2016.

These changes exempt home-based businesses from some of the rules in the regulations and will benefit home-based businesses in Nova Scotia.  Home-based businesses no larger than 25 per cent of the total floor area (50 m2) of a home that the business owner occupies will be exempt from certain parts of the Building Code Act Regulations intended for commercial spaces.
These exemptions include:
  • Requirements for wider doors and a barrier-free entrance;
  • Fire separations, loading, fire-rated doors with self-closures; and
  • Additional washroom facilities.
These changes will:
  • bring clarity to business owners and Building Officials; and
  • prevent undue regulatory burden for home-based businesses.
These changes demonstrate Nova Scotia's concern for its home-based businesses and taxpayers, unlike Ontario which continues to pander to emissions trading banksters and minority special interest groups at the expense of its taxpayers.
31-JUL-2016ONTARIO
TSSA Oil and Gas Pipeline Systems Code Adoption Document.
The Technical Standards & Safety Authority announced that Oil and Gas Pipeline Systems Code Adoption Document Amendment FS-220-16 was issued on July 19, 2016 and will become effective on August 1, 2016.

This Code Adoption Document (CAD) amendment adopts the following:
(a) CSA Z662-15 – Oil and Gas Pipeline Systems (replaces the previous edition – 2011)
(b) CSA Z276-15 – Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Production, Storage and Handling (replaces the previous edition – 2011)
(c) CSA-Z247-15, Damage Prevention for the Protection of Underground Facilities (New)*

*CSA Z247-15 standard will be effective April 1, 2017. Even though this new standard mirrors the requirements set out in the joint TSSA/Electrical Safety Association “Guidelines on Excavation and Damage Prevention” issued December 2008, the delayed implementation date will provide industry with time to prepare.
13-JUL-2016National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings 2011
CAN-QUEST version 1.1
A new version of CAN-QUEST 1.1 is now available for download from the NRCan website.
CAN-QUEST can be used to demonstrate performance path compliance with the National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings 2011 (NECB 2011). CAN-QUEST is recognized as the Canadian building energy simulation tool for modelling whole-building energy performance and compliance with the NECB 2011.
CAN-QUEST, which is a Canadian adaptation of eQUEST, includes complete Canadian weather data, support for metric and imperial units, and English and French language interfaces.
07-JUL-2016ONTARIO
2012 Building Code
Supplementary Standard SB-12
The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing issued Ontario CodeNews e-bulletin #243, dated July 7, 2016, to announce that Minister's Ruling MR-16-S-26 was issued on July 7, 2016 to adopt a new edition of:
MMA Supplementary Standard SB-12, Energy Efficiency for Housing, July 7 2016 Update.
The MMA Supplementary Standard SB-12, Energy Efficiency for Housing, July 7 2016 Update is available for free download, in .pdf format.
The new Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs has published Ontario CodeNews e-bulletin #243 on its website.
05-JUL-2016ALBERTA
Safety Codes Act
Gas Safety
Alberta Municipal Affairs announced that following gas safety STANDATA changes:
The following two STANDATA have expired:
  • VAR-GAS-01-13 [Rev2]    Engineered Designs for Site Specific Gas-Fired process Equipment
  • G-02-13 [Rev1]    Engineered Designs for Site Specific Gas-Fired Process Equipment
The following Safety Tips have been issued:
The following STANDATA Gas Safety Information Bulletins have been revised and are now available on the Alberta Municipal Affairs website:
05-JUL-2016CCBFC
2015 Construction Codes of Canada
Codes Canada is preparing for Phase 2 of the work of the Joint Task Group (JTG) on Combustible Construction.
The purpose of Phase II is to:
  • Completely rework the allowable heights and area provisions in the NBC Div. B, Subsection 3.2.2.; and
  • Consider whether the Codes should be stating combustible vs. noncombustible when stipulating design requirements or merely stating performance-based requirements.
10-JUN-2016ONTARIO
Technical Standards & Safety Act, 2000
In a letter dated June 10, 2016, Elizabeth Kay-zorowski, Director of the Public Safety Branch, Ontario Ministry of Government and Consumer Services (MGCS), announced that, as a result of the feedback received on a proposed amendment to the Technical Standards and Safety Act, 2000, the Ministry revised the proposed time limit to 90 days.
CodeNews had reported on 30-SEP-2015 that MGCS had requested comments on a proposal for a 30 day time limit.
Congratulations to Ontario's MGCS for holding a public consultation and taking the public's comments into account!
08-JUN-2016ONTARIO
Climate Change Action Plan
Ontario Building Code

On June 8, 2016, the Office of the Premier issued a new release to announce Ontario's Five Year Climate Change Action Plan for 2016 - 2020. This 86 page document promises to reduce emissions from fossil-fuel use in buildings in the following ways:
  • 4.1  "Ontario intends to help homeowners purchase and install low-carbon energy technologies such as geothermal heat pumps and air-source heat pumps, solar thermal and solar energy generation systems that reduce reliance on fossil fuels for space and water heating."

    • Estimated cost to you and me: $500,000,000 to $600,000,000

    • Timetable:  Start in 2017/18

    •  [In other words, the government will give your tax $$$ to people who own million dollar homes to lower their energy bills.]

  • 4.2  "A new program targeting northern and rural communities, including Indigenous communities, would encourage households to switch out older polluting wood stoves for new high-efficiency wood stoves."

    • Estimated cost to you and me: $1,000,000 to $4,000,000

    • Timetable:  Start in 2017/18

  • 4.3  "Rebates will go to individuals who purchase or build their own near net zero carbon emission homes, with energy efficiency performance that sufficiently exceeds the requirements of the Building Code. In addition to reducing the higher up-front costs for homebuyers, this program will encourage construction of high-efficiency homes that pollute less."

    • Estimated cost to you and me: $180,000,000 to $220,000,000

    • Timetable:  Start in 2017/18

    • [In other words, the government will give your tax $$$ to people who want to build their own multi-million dollar mansions - Can't wait! - Where do I apply???]

The Building Code will be updated, as follows:
  • 5.1 "The government intends to update the Building Code with long-term energy efficiency targets for new net zero carbon emission small buildings that will come into effect by 2030 at the latest, and consult on initial changes that will be effective by 2020. Ontario will consult on how to best achieve these targets through Building Code improvements."

    • Timetable:  Start in 2017/18

31-MAY-2016ALBERTA
2014 Building Code
Alberta Municipal Affairs announced that following new STANDATA Alberta Building Code 2014 Bulletin on the Alberta Municipal Affairs website:
Building Code Bulletin
14-BCB-001 – Steel Building Systems

This STANDATA directs code users to the requirement for certification of steel building systems to the CSA A660 standard for “Certification of Manufacturers of Steel Building Systems.” In particular, this STANDATA notes there are examples of steel building systems in rural areas where buildings are purported to be farm or agricultural buildings when in fact the purpose or use of these buildings is commercial or other use regulated by the Alberta Building Code.

The Province of Alberta continues to provide code interpretations for users of the Alberta Building Code and promotes uniform code interpretation in the province.
29-MAY-2016ONTARIO
2012 Building Code
On May 16, 2016, the Director of Ontario's Building and Development Branch sent letters to municipal Chief Building Officials to provide them with the name and contact information of their designated Code Advisor.  According to the letter:
"Each municipality will be assigned a specific Building Code Advisor from the Building and Development Branch as their point of contact.  Municipalities will direct all questions related to the Building Code to their designated advisor, who will be responsible for providing answers/advice back to the municipality in a timely manner."

NO BUILDING CODE ADVISOR has been assigned for architects, engineers, other designers, manufacturers, or builders - If you belong to one of these groups, you will be a proverbial schist out of luck.
Since the Ontario government has not made this letter available to the general public, a copy of the letter template has been provided on this site so that you can see what you are missing.
25-MAY-2016CSA Group
CSA S157 Standard
CSA B66 Standard
The CSA Group is holding a public consultation and is inviting the public's comments on new editions of the following standards:
  • CSA S157, "Strength Design in Aluminum" Standard - now open for review and comments until June 26, 2016.
  • CSA B66, "Design, material, and manufacturing requirements for prefabricated septic tanks and sewage holding tanks" - now open for review and comment until July 20, 2016
In order to view the proposed new editions, you will need to register with the CSA Group.
16-MAY-2016ONTARIO
Climate Change Action Plan
Ontario Building Code
The Globe and Mail's Adrian Morrow and Greg Keenan published details about the Ontario government's climate change plan, which includes:
  • Ontario Building Code changes to ensure that all “new homes and small buildings”, built in 2030 or later, do not use fossil fuels, such as natural gas, for heat or cooling; by 2050, this requirement would apply to all buildings.
  • The Ontario Building Code changes to require all major renovations improve energy efficiency, such as by using better insulation.
  • Municipalities will also be allowed to impose even tougher energy efficiency standards than those contained in the Ontario Building Code.
The Globe and Mail reports that:
"The 57-page Climate Change Action Plan was debated by Premier Kathleen Wynne’s cabinet Wednesday [May 11, 2016] and subsequently obtained by The Globe and Mail.
Stamped “Cabinet Confidential,” the document lays out a strategy from 2017 to 2021.
It contains about 80 different policies, grouped into 32 different “actions.”
Each action has a price tag attached to it, as well as an estimate of the amount of emissions it will cut by 2020."
WHICH BRINGS US TO THE QUESTION:  Who leaked this report ......   and why?
09-MAY-2016ONTARIO
Fire Safety During Construction for Five and Six Storey Wood Buildings in Ontario
On May 6, 2016, Ontario's Ministry of Municipal Affairs & Housing published it long awaited best practice guideline for Fire Safety During Construction for Five and Six Storey Wood Buildings in Ontario on its Building Regulation website.

The Guideline was developed by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management  and the Ministry of Labour. This Guideline draws on the advice and experience of stakeholders in the building, design, fire protection, manufacturing, municipal enforcement and insurance sectors, as well as on documents and standards in other leading jurisdictions.

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing issued Ontario CodeNews e-bulletin #242, dated May, 2016, to announce the New Guideline on Fire Safety During Construction of Five and Six Storey Wood Buildings in Ontario.  Since the Ontario government has not published Ontario CodeNews e-bulletin #242 on its website, CodeNews.ca will continue to publish the complete list of the government's Ontario Codenews Bulletins, issued in 2016, for convenience only.
03-MAY-2016QUÉBEC
Code de construction du Québec
Dominic Esposito, M.A.Sc., P.Eng., Technical Advisor, Codes Canada, has advised that the NRC will be offering seminars on the Québec Construction Codes.
The French language presentations will be held on
  • Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at the Hôtel Château Laurier Québec in Québec City
  • Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Montreal
The English language presentation will be held on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Montreal.
Further details are available at the Online Registration Portal for the 2016 Quebec Seminars.
28-APR-2016ALBERTA
2014 Building Code
Alberta Municipal Affairs announced that following new STANDATA Joint Fire / Building  Code Variance:

Joint Fire/Building Code Variance
AFC 5.6.1.3./14-BCV-001 – Construction Site Fire Safety Plans

This STANDATA was issued to  provide authority for building safety codes officers to accept fire safety plans, where fire safety codes officers and fire departments are not readily available, as a matter of public safety.

Unlike the Province of Ontario, the Province of Alberta continues to provide practical code advice and interpretations for users of the Alberta Building Code to promote uniform cost-effective code interpretation in the province.
06-APR-2016ALBERTA
2014 Building Code
Alberta Municipal Affairs announced that following new STANDATA Building Code Interpretation on the Alberta Municipal Affairs website:

Building Code Interpretation
14-BCI-001 – Application of Energy Efficiency Requirements and Enforcement Dates

This STANDATA was developed to provide interpretations respecting the application of energy efficiency requirements under Section 9.36. of the Alberta Building Code 2014 and the National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings 2011 and covers:
  • Extension of the transition period to November 1, 2016
  • Manufactured homes and energy efficiency
  • Safety Codes Officer Authority to inspect and enforce energy efficiency requirements
  • Documentation of design compliance for energy efficiency and NECB 2011
The Province of Alberta continues to provide code interpretations for users of the Alberta Building Code and promotes uniform code interpretation in the province.
05-APR-2016NOVA SCOTIA
Building Code
Nova Scotians are invited to share their views on proposed changes to Nova Scotia's Building Code Regulations for home based businesses.
The proposed changes would bring clarity and support consistent use of the regulations for businesses operated in homes by exempting home based businesses from certain building code rules intended for commercial spaces if the business occupies less than 25 per cent  or 50 square metres of a residence.
More information on the proposed amendments, and information on how to submit comments is provided on Nova Scotia's Municipal Affairs' Building Safety web page.
Nova Scotians are asked to submit their comments on the proposed changes by May 20, 2016.
04-APR-2016ONTARIO
TSSA Fuel Oil Code Adoption Document.
The Technical Standards & Safety Authority announced that Fuel Oil Code Adoption Document Amendment FS-219-16 was issued on April 4, 2016 and will become effective on July 1, 2016.

This Code Adoption Document (CAD) amendment revokes and replaces the previous amendment (FS-202-2012, dated November 1, 2012).
It also adopts the new CSA-B139 Series-15, consisting of the following:
  • B139.1.0-15, General requirements for large installations
  • B139.1.1-15, General requirements for stationary engines
  • B139.1.2-15, General requirements for special installations
  • B139.2-15, Installation code for oil-burning equipment for residential and small commercial buildings
The TSSA has scheduled Workshops across the province for June, 2016 to provide industry stakeholders with information related to key components of the new Code, including:
  • indoor and outdoor aboveground tanks
  • diesel engines - generators and fire pumps
  • exhaust/vent systems
  • piping installations
  • leak detection
  • residential equipment and installation
  • underground tanks
23-MAR-2016CSA Group
CSA S16 Standard
The CSA Group is holding the second public consultation on changes to its CSA S16-14, "Design of Steel Structures" Standard and is inviting the public's comments.
The new amendment includes a new Annex that will provide rules and requirements for the design, fabrication and installation of steel storage racks.
The second of two public review periods for the CSA S16-14, "Design of Steel Structures" is now open for review and comments until April 25, 2016.
The first review period ended on February 21, 2016 and covered multiple technical updates and greater clarification on various sections of the standard.
In order to view the proposed revisions, you will need to register with the CSA Group.
14-MAR-2016CCBFC
2015 Construction Codes of Canada
The National Research Council of Canada announced the publication of the 335 page National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings 2015 (NECB). The NECB 2015 includes over ninety changes improving the overall energy performance of buildings over the 2011 edition.  It will be available in the NRC's Virtual Store in the following formats:
  • Binder ($260.00)
  • SoftCover ($245.00)
  • Downloadable, offline access PDF file ($260.00)
  • Online access subscriptions
01-MAR-2016ALBERTA
2014 Fire Code
On February 26, 2016, Alberta Municipal Affairs Standata 14-FCE-001 announced the availability of Errata Package #1 to Alberta's 2014 Fire Code.
25-FEB-2016ONTARIO
2012 Building Code
Supplementary Standard SB-12
The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing has circulated a draft of Supplementary Standard SB-12 to "key" stakeholders in the building, design, manufacturing and municipal government sectors.  The Ministry has asked for comments by March 11, 2016.
The revised contents of Supplementary Standard SB-12 include ways to meet the energy efficiency requirements for houses in the Building Code that will come into effect as of January 1, 2017.  
If you did not get a copy of the draft, you are not a "key" stakeholder.  Schmucks who were not consulted by the Ministry will have to wait for the revised standard to be published in order to know what is in it.
25-FEB-2016ONTARIO
Ministry of Energy
The Ministry of Energy is proposing to implement an Energy and Water Reporting and Benchmarking (EWRB) regulatory requirement for large buildings.  This proposal is posted on the Environmental Registry as EBR Registry Number 012-6904.
  • Types of Buildings Affected:     Commercial, multi-unit residential buildings ≥50K sq ft to be included.
  • Annual Reporting: "Green" Energy Star Portfolio Manager to be used to report building data on an annual basis, including monthly energy and water consumption, GHG emissions, building characteristic information such as gross floor area.
  • Data Verification: Building owners will be required to confirm in GEStaPo ManagerTM that the reported data is accurate.
  • Electricity, Natural Gas and Water Utilities: will be required to make whole building, aggregated, consumption data available to building owners.
  • Annual Disclosure: Your building's data will be publicly disclosed on Ontario’s Open Data website.
  • Conservation and Demand Management Plans: may be required in future years of reporting
Government and Non-Government Organizations, George Soros, David Suzuki and other pompous Ecoterrorists, will be able to use this information to inform future energy conservation, climate change, and water conservation initiatives.  Due date for comments is April 10, 2016.
28-JAN-2016ALBERTA
Elevating Devices Code
Alberta Municipal Affairs announced that following new STANDATA and Notices on the Alberta Municipal Affairs website:

Elevating Devices
Passenger Ropeways
28-JAN-2016ONTARIO
Fire Code
OFMEM e-Bulletin #001/16 announced that Articles 9.7.2.1. and 9.7.4.4. of Section 9.7 (Buildings with a Care Occupancy or Retirement Home) of Division B of the Fire Code came into force on January 1, 2016.

Article 9.7.2.1. requires self-closing devices on doors that open onto corridors from suites and doors that open onto corridors from sleeping rooms not within suites and Article 9.7.4.4. requires voice communication systems in high buildings.
25-JAN-2016CCBFC
2015 Construction Codes of Canada
The National Model Codes of Canada 2015 are now available in print format.  
The National Model Codes and the User's Guide series are now collectively referred to as Codes Canada.
Codes Canada 2015 are now available for purchase.
The electronic versions of the NBC 2015, NFC 2015 and NPC 2015 will be available in late February.
However, the printed versions of these Codes Canada publications are available now.
Costs for the binder versions are:
2015 National Building Code - 2 volume binder version consisting of:
               - Volume 1 - 716 pages +
               - Volume 2 - 702 pages
$350.00
2015 National Fire Code - 335 page binder version  $225.00
2015 National Plumbing Code - 243 page binder version$195.00
25-JAN-2016NOVA SCOTIA
Building Code
The Hon. Zach Churchill, Minister of Municipal Affairs of the Province of Nova Scotia has proposed certain amendments to the Nova Scotia Building Code Regulations (the Building Code), which will come into effect throughout the Province of Nova Scotia on or about May 1, 2016.  The proposed amendments are required due to the making of new On-Site Sewage Disposal Systems Regulations by the Department of Environment which are to take effect on May 1, 2016.

Written comments on the proposed amendments to the Nova Scotia Building Code Regulations are welcome on or before March 11, 2016, and should be forwarded to:
Hon. Zach Churchill
C/O Joe Rogers
Building Code Coordinator
P.O. Box 231
Halifax Central
Halifax, Nova Scotia  B3J 3M4

The proposed changes are:

1.4.1.1. General

(1) A permit is required if work regulated by the Code is to be done.

(2) The authority having jurisdiction may place a value on the cost of the work based on an accepted costing standard for the purpose of determining permit fees to be applicable.

(3) The authority having jurisdiction may, if applicable, withhold a building permit until satisfied that there is a valid on-site sewage disposal system permit approval issued by the Department of the Environment or notice has been given to the Department of the Environment for systems that do not require an approval for the construction of a building requiring a new private sewage disposal system.  (See Appendix A)

(4) The authority having jurisdiction may, if applicable, withhold an occupancy permit

(a) until satisfied that there is a valid electrical permit issued by the electrical authority having jurisdiction,

(b) until satisfied that the civic address is posted where a municipality has so provided by by-law, in accordance with Section 313 of the Municipal Government Act, or

(c) until the certificate of installation for the on-site sewage system, where applicable, is provided.

Appendix A

Where an approval is not required for the installation of a new on-site sewage system a copy of the notification form and the receipt issued by the Department of Environment would be the acceptable documentation required.  Under the new regulations installation of a Pit Privy is exempt from notification or approvals by the Department of Environment.  

21-JAN-2016ALBERTA
Private Sewage Systems Regulation and
Standard of Practice
Alberta Municipal Affairs announced that the 2015 Private Sewage Systems Standard of Practice was adopted under the Private Sewage Disposal Systems Regulation (AR 229/1997 with amendments up to and including AR196/2015). The regulation and adopted Standard of Practice came into effect on January 1, 2016.

A transition rule announced in Standata Information Bulletin PST-2016-001 permits the Private Sewage Systems Standard of Practice 2009 to be applied to a private sewage system if a permit application was submitted to a safety codes officer or other person designated by an Administrator pursuant to section 44 of the Safety Codes Act prior to January 1, 2016.

Alberta Municipal Affairs announced in Standata Information Bulletin PST-2016-002 that holders of an Alberta Private Sewage Certificate of Competency (PS ticket) must successfully complete an Update Training Course on the Alberta Private Sewage Systems Standard of Practice 2015 by March 31, 2017.
20-JAN-2016CSA GroupThe CSA Group is holding a public consultation on changes to its CSA S16-14, "Design of Steel Structures" Standard and is inviting the public's comments.

The first of two public review periods for the CSA S16-14, "Design of Steel Structures" is now open for review and comments.  The first review period started on December 21, 2015 and ends on February 21, 2016 and covers multiple technical updates and greater clarification on various sections of the standard.

The second review period is scheduled to start in February, 2016 and will introduce a new Annex on industrial storage racking.

In order to view the proposed revisions, you will need to register with the CSA Group.
20-JAN-2016ONTARIO
Ontario Association of Architects
The Ontario Association of Architects issued revised OAA Practice Tip PT. 8 on January 20, 2016.

OAA Practice Tip PT. 8 advises architects not to be the applicant for a permit for construction or demolition of a building. The Building Code Act, 1992 and the 2012 Building Code, prescribe both responsibilities and liabilities for the applicant. Architects avoid this exposure when they do not sign as the applicant. Professional liability insurance policies exclude coverage for some of this liability.
11-JAN-2016ALBERTA
Gas Code Regulation
Alberta Municipal Affairs has announced that its Gas Code Regulation (AR 111/2010) adopted the following CSA Gas Codes, that came into effect on January 1, 2016, under the Safety Codes Act:
  • CSA-B149.1-15 – Natural Gas and Propane Installation Code
  • CSA-B149.2-15 – Propane Storage and Handling Code
  • CSA-B149.3-15 – Code for the Field Approval of Fuel-Related Components on Appliances and Equipment
  • CSA-B149.5-15 – Installation Code for Propane Fuel Systems and Tanks on Highway Vehicles
  • CSA-B108-14 – NGV Refuelling Stations Installation Code
  • CSA-B109-14 – Natural Gas for Vehicles Installation Code
The government's notice is posted on the Alberta Municipal Affairs website.
01-JAN-2016ONTARIO
Build Right Ontario
Aubrey L. LeBlanc, M.Sc. MBA, Chief Administrative Officer, Ontario Building Officials Association, announced on December 23, 2015 that a single technical website called Build Right Ontario has been established by a consortium of three building regulatory organizations:
  • LMCBO (Large Municipalities Chief Building Officials)
  • OBOA (Ontario Building Officials Association)
  • TACBOC (Toronto Area Chief Building Officials)
The purpose of the Build Right Ontario website is to:
  1. Be the central repository of information and interpretation relating to the Ontario Building Code, Act, and related standards and technical information; and
  2. Better serve the information and professional needs of the building regulatory community in Ontario.
The Build Right Ontario website is organized in seven areas: five are public and two are restricted to those with a password.

One of the public areas is a Building Code Training Course Registry, offered at OBOA Head Office in Woodbridge, or through OBOA chapters, community colleges, or municipalities under contract to OBOA, or online.

One of the restricted areas is a large Reference Library of technical documents in various categories (the largest segment of the site).  Over the first few months of 2016, a significant portion of the Reference Library will not require a password and be accessible to the public.
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Seminars:

DATE
SEMINAR
Wednesday
08-JUL-2015
Alek Antoniuk delivered a presentation titled: "Considerations for Building & Fire Departments in Enforcing the Code" at the Fire and Life Safety in Modern Construction Seminars, in Waterloo, Ontario, hosted by the University of Waterloo and Sereca Consulting.  This presentation examines the implications of 6-storey wood framed construction for building and fire officials.  Ontario's Exit Cocoon Conundrum is explained.

The slide deck for this presentation contains slides from a presentation titled: "Mid-rise Wood Frame Buildings", dated April 7, 2015, presented by Alan Shaw, CBO, City of Sarnia, Vice President of the Ontario Building Officials Associaiton (OBOA).  Use of the OBOA's material in this slide deck is authorized by Mike Seiling, President of the OBOA.
8:30-12:00
14:00-17:30
Friday
09-MAY-2014
Alek Antoniuk delivered a presentation titled: “New Accessibility Changes to the Building Code” at the 2014 OAA Conference.  A morning session and an afternoon session were held at the Queen Elizabeth Fairmont Hotel, 900 René-Lévesque Boulevard West, Montréal.

The “New Accessibility Changes to the Building Code” presentation consists of Slide Deck 1 and Slide Deck 2 and references the following documents:
Tuesday
01-APR-2014
Alek Antoniuk delivered a presentation titled: “Ontario Building Code - April 2014 Update” at the Dinner Meeting of the Toronto Chapter of Construction Specifications Canada.
Thursday
13-FEB-2014
The Society of Fire Protection Engineers, National Capital Region Chapter, held its 32nd Annual Meeting and Education Forum in Ottawa, Ontario.
Keynote Speakers for the topic of Mid-Rise Wood Frame Construction were:
  • Ineke Van Zeeland, M. Eng., ASFPE – Manager, Codes & Standards, Canadian Wood Council
  • Alek Antoniuk, B.E.S., B. Arch., OAA – Code Consultant
  • Evelyne Cardinal, OAA, MRAIC – Farrow Dreessen Architects Inc.
  • Sean Tracey, P.Eng., MIFireE – Assistant Deputy Chief Community Standards, City of Ottawa
Alek Antoniuk's presentation is titled: "Mid-Rise Combustible Construction - A Building Code Perspective" and reviewed the following areas:
  • Ontario’s interest in mid-rise combustible construction
  • Ontario’s code consultations
  • Fire safety during construction
  • Ontario’s policy dilemma
The presentation references the following documents:
Wednesday
22-JAN-2014
Alek Antoniuk and David Johnson presented a seminar on " Understanding the Impact on Multi-residential Construction of Changes to Part 3, 2014 Ontario Building Code & the Announced Requirements for Accessibilty for 2015".  This seminar is sponsored by RESCON and buildABILITY.

Alek Antoniuk's presentation is titled: "An Overview of the Accessibility Amendments to Ontario’s Building Code" and is intended to cover the highlights of the changes to the 2012 Ontario Building Code resulting from the filing of O. Reg. 368/13, as they apply to “Part 3" multi-residential buildings.
The presentation references the following documents:
David Johnson's presentation was on the "Changes to Part 3 of the 2012 Ontario Building Code for Multi-Residential construction".
Tuesday
10-DEC-2013
Alek Antoniuk delivered a NORR ed presentation titled: “2012 Ontario Building Code Update”.
The presentation referenced the following documents:

Newsletters:

RESCON News Letter

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RESCON Industry News
October 2015
In this issue, Alek Antoniuk's RESCON CodeLetter #10 provides an update on current consultations on building related legislation and standards and provides further information on the "X" Permit proposal for Ontario.
RESCON Industry News
September 2015
In this issue, Alek Antoniuk's RESCON CodeLetter #9 examines whether  it is possible to cut the Gordian Knot around construction regulations in Ontario and points to the example of Quebec and Alberta.
RESCON Industry News
August 2015
In this issue, Alek Antoniuk's RESCON CodeLetter #8 provides a chronological list of changes to Building Code documents related to the barrier-free changes
and also asks the question: “Is Information on the OBC Accessibility (Barrier-Free) Changes Readily Accessible?”
RESCON Industry News
May 2015
In this issue, Alek Antoniuk's RESCON CodeLetter #7 reports on efforts to release the more than 92 unpublished rulings that have been made by the Building Code Commission since 2010, including recent rulings on standpipe and hose systems.
RESCON Industry News
April 2015
In this issue, Alek Antoniuk's RESCON CodeLetter #6 examines whether Ontario's building regulatory system is capable of efficiently adapting to new technologies, such as off grid buildings.
RESCON Industry News
March 2015
In this issue, Alek Antoniuk's RESCON CodeLetter #5 reports on a recent ruling by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice that a municipality is not liable for any harm or damage resulting from any act or omission of a Registered Code Agency.
RESCON Industry News
February 2015
In this issue, Alek Antoniuk's RESCON CodeLetter #4 reviews the new Ontario Building Code mid-rise combustible construction requirements of Ontario Regulation 191/14 and how Ontario's building exit rules may create problems for your design.
RESCON Industry News
December 2014
From the December 2014 RESCON Industry News:

Regulatory reform is long overdue


I encourage you to read and comment on Alek Antoniuk’s latest RESCON CodeLetter #3.
RESCON has long been an advocate of Regulatory Change in Ontario as we believe the current system that regulates Development/Building activities is no longer capable of responding in an efficient manner to the rapid changes in processing information and construction activities, resulting from the use of new and emerging technologies.
I asked Alek to tackle this subject, given that the expertise he developed while at the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing puts him in a unique position to share his perspective on this topic.
RESCON believes it’s time to start a conversation between industry stakeholders and the regulators who control our Industry on how we can affect the changes that would benefit all by:
  • Reducing redundant practices and minimizing red tape
  • Recognizing entrepreneurial expertise
  • Encouraging the use of emerging technologies  
Join the conversation. Now is the time for action.

Michael Steele. B. Tech. (C.M.)
Director, Technical Standards / RESCON
Email: michael.steele@rescon.com
RESCON Industry News
September 2014
In this issue, Alek Antoniuk's RESCON CodeLetter #2 reviews the new Ontario Building Code accessibility and barrier-free design requirements of Ontario Regulation 368/13 and how they may affect your building project if you apply for a building permit after January 1, 2015.
RESCON Industry News
August 2014
This issue includes Alek Antoniuk's first article of the RESCON CodeLetter, of a series of articles that will be released throughout the year.

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