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TS103 - "Ontario Building Code Update: Three of the Most Recent Changes You Need to Know"

on Thursday, November 29, 2018 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building.
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The changes to the Ontario Building Code arising from Ontario Regulation 139/17 came into effect on July 1, 2017 and January 1, 2018.
Newer Code amendments have made further changes to the implementation rules. This seminar will be of particular interest to designers and builders as topics cover what is a "house" as defined in the Ontario Building Code, what electric vehicle charging facilities are required in new buildings and more.
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05-NOV-2018 CCBFC
Construction Codes of Canada
Revisions and Errata packages are now available from the NRC Construction Research Centre for the following documents:

2017 print publications:
    National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings 2017 – Revisions and Errata – Sept. 2018 (PDF, 514 KB)

2015 print publications:
    National Building Code of Canada 2015 – Revisions and Errata – Sept. 2018 (PDF, 2 MB)
    National Fire Code of Canada 2015 – Revisions and Errata – Sept. 2018 (PDF, 416 KB)
    National Plumbing Code of Canada 2015 – Revisions and Errata – Sept. 2018 (PDF, 1.3 MB)
    National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings 2015 – Revisions and Errata – Sept. 2018 (PDF, 234 KB)

Please e-mail Alek Antoniuk to obtain a direct link to download the files.

CodeNews.ca thanks Joe Rogers, P. Eng., Building Code Coordinator for the Province of Nova Scotia, for this update.
31-OCT-2018 NOVA SCOTIA
Building Code
Joe Rogers, P. Eng., Building Code Coordinator for the Province of Nova Scotia, has announced a public consultation on proposed amendments to the Nova Scotia Building Code Regulations pursuant to the Building Code Act, R.S. N.S. 1989, Chapter 46 .

Schedule “A” of the proposed amendments will offer additional compliance options to the Nova Scotia Building Code for the construction of tiny homes and recreational cabins and, subject to the public consultation, will come into effect on April 1, 2019.

Schedule “B” of the proposed amendments will add "adaptable housing requirements" for certain houses, duplexes, triplexes, townhouses, row houses, and boarding houses and, subject to the public consultation, will come into effect on September 1, 2019. 
The consultation period will run from October 31, 2018 until December 14, 2018.
Comments or questions on these changes can be sent by:
  • facsimile tot (902) 424-3239
  • e-mail at OFM@novascotia.ca
  • regular mail to:  Attn: Joe Rogers, P. Eng., Building Code Coordinator
    NS Office of the Fire Marshal , Department of Municipal Affairs
    PO Box 231, Halifax Central
    Halifax, NS
    B3J 2M4
22-OCT-2018 ONTARIO
2007 Ontario Fire Code
aka:  2015 Ontario Fire Code
In its Bulletin #006/18, dated October 22, 2018, the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM) announced that it is conducting a public consultation on proposed amendments to the Fire Code related to floor areas or portions of floor areas containing hazardous extraction operations, associated with cannabis production. 
In farm buildings, the requirements would apply where hazardous extraction operations specifically pertain to cannabis processing. 
These proposed amendments were supported in principle by a Technical Advisory Committee comprised of various stakeholder groups that was convened by the OFMEM as part of the consultation process.   
Public comments must be submitted before the consultation period ends on November 21, 2018.   
Follow this link to the consultation on the Ontario Regulatory Registry.
The proposed changes may entail a consequential amendment to Ontario's Building Code to reference applicable provisions in the Fire Code as they apply to new or renovated farm buildings that contain cannabis extraction processes where flammable liquids, combustible liquids or flammable gases are used as extraction solvents. This consequential amendment, should it proceed, would be consulted on separately by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs at a future date.
04-OCT-2018 ALBERTA
Building Code Variance
Building Code Interpretation
Fire Code Interpretation
STANDATA
On October 4, 2018, Alberta Municipal Affairs announced the publication of the following Building Code and Fire Code STANDATA:

Building Code Variance
Building Code and Fire Code Interpretation
02-OCT-2018 ONTARIO
Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing
Steve Clark, Ontario Minister of Municipal Affairs and HousingOn Monday, October 1, 2018, the Honourable Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing for Ontario, addressed the 2018 annual convention of the Ontario Building Official’s Association in Kingston, Ontario..

A copy of Minister Clark's speech is available here.

Minister Clark specifically stated:

"During the election campaign and at the recent AMO conference, people told me that our regulations can be too cumbersome and complicated."
"Business owners and municipalities alike told me that they are drowning in paperwork…  Struggling to keep up with regulations…  And are being held back by red tape from innovating or taking advantage of business opportunities."
"For too long, excessive regulations have discouraged business owners and some have walked away from operating in our province.  Others never bothered to invest in the first place."
"Our government is committed to shortening development and building approval timelines, so that we can unlock development."
"I look forward to working closely with you as we update the Building Code, reduce red tape, and make sure that the people of Ontario are safe."
19-SEP-2018 ONTARIO
2007 Ontario Fire Code
In its Bulletin #005/18 issued on September 10, 2018, the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM) announced that Amendment Package No. 2018-1 is now available for the “2015 Fire Code Compendium” publication in cooperation with ServiceOntario Publications.  The amendment package relates to the content of O. Reg. 108/18 that amends the Fire Code in relation to testing of standpipe fire department connections.  The Fire Protection and Prevention Act, 1997 has also been updated with the latest amendments, including three new regulations made under the Act.

The revised pages are available from the ServiceOntario Publications site.  The document may be retrieved by typing document number “112128” in the Search bar and then may be directly downloaded at no cost.
20-JUL-2018 ONTARIO
2012 Building Code
Ontario Regulation 388/18, which amends the Ontario Building Code, was filed on July 20, 2018 under the Building Code Act, 1992, S.O. 1992, c. 23.
The regulation was made, filed, and published on the e-Law website on July 20, 2018.
It is scheduled to be printed in The Ontario Gazette on August 4, 2018.
This scope of this amendment is limited to Toronto's Lower Don area, specifically identified as land outlined in red on a map numbered 230 and filed at the Toronto office of the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing located at 777 Bay Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
The amendment specifies the conditions for occupancy of buildings on this land, including a requirement that hydraulic modelling demonstrates that the lot or parcel of land on which the building is constructed is no longer susceptible to flooding due to the completion of the flood protection features described in Section 4.5 of Waterfront Toronto's , “Port Lands Flood Protection and Enabling Infrastructure Due Diligence Report”.
18-JUL-2018 In a July17, 2018 article in The Register, Thomas Claburn has reported that the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Tuesday vacated injunctions that prohibited Public.Resource.Org (PRO) from publishing copyrighted technical standards online.  PRO was sued for intellectual property violations in mid-2013 by the ASTM and was joined by the NFPA, ASHRAE, and  the American Educational Research Association.  The standards published by these standards development  organizations (SDO's) are referenced by government legislation.

The court's ruling addressed only the statutory fair use issue – which may provide a full defense to some, if not all, of the SDO’s infringement claims in this case – and leave for another day the question of whether the United States Constitution permits copyright to persist in works incorporated by reference into law.

It is likely that this case will be decided, eventually, in the U. S. Supreme Court.

If publication of standards referenced by legislation (such as the Ontario Building Code) is deemed fair use, then it would be a lot easier to comply with the legislation because the standards could be referenced at almost no cost.
11-JUL-2018 ALBERTA
Canadian Electrical Code
STANDATA
On July 11, 2018, Alberta Municipal Affairs announced the publication of the following Canadian Electrical Code STANDATA:
This STANDATA was published in response to requests for clarification on solar photovoltaic (PV) dc arc fault protection and how this relates to rodent protection requirements.
04-JUL-2018 ONTARIO
Planning and Building Regulatory Policy
On July 4, 2018, the Residential Construction Council of Ontario (RESCON) released its report, titled "Streamlining the Development and Building Approvals Process in Ontario".
Richard Lyall, RESCON President, has characterized the report's recommendations as follows:
"This is low-hanging fruit for Premier Doug Ford and the new Ontario government. One of their platform planks was to cut red tape to help industry thrive – we recommend they start here."

The report's key recommendations are directed mainly at the Province but also the municipal sector, and are as follows:
  1. Pass a Transparency Act to improve timelines, support a transparency checklist.
  2. Implement Working Group recommendations on other timelines.
  3. Endorse a “client-centric agency checklist.”
  4. Establish a common data/file platform for e-permitting.
  5. Organize an e-permitting pilot project funded by excess reserve funds. (Excess funds? - What are those guys smoking?  There is no such thing.  If a municipality accumulates more money than necessary in its Building Permit Stabilization Fund, it must lower the cost of building permits.  A Building Permit Stabilization Fund is not a slush fund...!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
  6. Require a coordinating professional, and supporting documentation.
  7. Pilot test an expanded version of “complete professional submissions”
On July 4, 2018, The Builder Advocate newsletter of the (OHBA) announced that the OHBA has corresponded directly with nearly a dozen cabinet ministers who have portfolios directly impacting the land development, new housing and professional renovation industries and that its key issues for the new Ontario government range from (but not limited to):
  • Inclusionary Zoning
  • HST threshold on new homes
  • Regulations being developed under the Conservation Authorities Act
  • Modernizing apprenticeship ratios
  • Ontario Building Code
  • The structure of the new home warranty system in Ontario
  • OMB / LPAT Land Use Planning Appeals
  • Growth Plan Implementation
03-JUL-2018 ALBERTA
Canadian Electrical Code
STANDATA
On July 3, 2018, Alberta Municipal Affairs announced the publication of the following Canadian Electrical Code STANDATA:
29-JUN-2018 ONTARIO
Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing
Steve Clark, Ontario Minister of Municipal Affairs and HousingOntario Premier Doug Ford has appointed Steve Clark, who represents the riding of Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes, to be the new Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing for Ontario.

Steve Clark served as mayor of Brockville from 1982 to 1991. He was first elected at age 22 and was the youngest mayor in Canada at the time.  He later worked as an advertising salesman for the Brockville Recorder and Times, as an administrative assistant to Bob Runciman, and as the chief administrative officer of the township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands.  He was first elected to the provincial Legislature in a by-election on March 4, 2010.
CodeNews.ca congratulates Steve Clark and wishes him success in implementing the long overdue changes required to make Ontario an affordable place to build safe buildings for people.
29-JUN-2018 ALBERTA
Fire Code Variance
On June 29, 2018, Alberta Municipal Affairs announced the publication of the following Fire Code STANDATA:

Variance
16-JUN-2018 ONTARIO
Technical Standards and Safety Act, 2000
Amusement Device Code Adoption Document
The Technical Standards & Safety Authority (TSSA) announced, on June 14, 2018, that it is hold a public consultation on proposed amendments to the Amusement Device Code Adoption Document (CAD).
The Code currently adopted in Ontario for amusement ride design is the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) published Z267-00  Safety Code for Amusement Rides and Devices. This standard was last updated in 2000 and CSA has no active working committees to maintain or modernize the Z267 Code.
The CSA and ASTM’s F24 Committee created a subcommittee that developed a new amusement ride standard referred to as the F2783 Standard Practice for Design, Manufacture, Operation, Maintenance, and Inspection of Amusement Rides and Devices in Canada.
The draft CAD amendments are available for viewing on the TSSA website.
Should you have comments, questions or feedback to share with TSSA, please fill out and submit the CAD Feedback Form no later than June 27, 2018.
31-MAY-2018 ALBERTA
Fire Code Interpretation
Fire Code Bulletin
Building Code Interpretations
Building Code Bulletin
STANDATA
On May 30, 2018, Alberta Municipal Affairs announced the publication of the following Fire Code STANDATA:

Interpretation
Bulletin
Alberta Municipal Affairs also announced the publication of the following Building Code  STANDATA:

Interpretation
Bulletin
04-MAY-2018 ONTARIO
2012 Building Code
The Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs issued Ontario CodeNews e-bulletin #264, dated May 4, 2018, to announce revisions to the existing Appendix Notes. The revisions affect existing Appendix Notes A-8.6.2.2. and A-8.6.2.2.(5).
The Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs has advised code users that an electronic version of the updated pages of the Building Code Compendium will be available through ServiceOntario Publications.
A copy of the revised Appendix Notes, that was provided by the Ministry, is available for readers of CodeNews.
02-MAY-2018 ALBERTA
STANDATA
Joint Code Interpretation
On May 2, 2018, Alberta Municipal Affairs announced the publication of the following STANDATA:
Code Interpretation:   14-FCI-003   Mobile/Temporary Cooking Equipment
The purpose of this interpretation is to assist owners/operators of mobile cooking operations and safety codes officers with the minimum requirements under the Safety Codes Act for mobile cooking operations.
The joint interpretation was signed by:
  • Tina Parker, Provincial Fire Administrator
  • Sidney Manning, Provincial Plumbing and Gas Administrator
  • Paul Chang, Provincial Building Administrator
  • Clarence Cormier, Provincial Electrical Administrator
Unlike Ontario, the Province of Alberta has ONE  Safety Codes Act for Fire, Plumbing & Gas, Building, and Electrical matters and there are no bureaucratic hurdles to prevent the administrators to issue one joint code interpretation.  Hell would freeze over before something like this happened in Ontario.
30-APR-2018 Ontario Building Code Commission Justice A decision by Ontario Superior Court Justice Edward M. Morgan was released on April 27, 2018, in a case where the Toronto Star newspaper challenged the application of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) to 14 administrative tribunals, all of which are designated as “institutions” in the Schedule to the FIPPA General Regulation. Among other things, FIPPA sets out terms on which access is granted to documents held by government and wider public sector institutions. The Toronto Star contended that, by applying FIPPA to tribunals that preside over adversarial processes, adjudicate disputes, and act judicially or quasi-judicially, FIPPA violates the open courts principle embedded in s. 2(b) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

The learned Justice issued a declaration that the application of ss. 21(1) to (3) and related sections of FIPPA pertaining to the presumption of non-disclosure of “personal information” to Adjudicative Records held by the institutions named in the Notice of Application infringes s. 2(b) of the Charter and is not justified under s. 1. It is therefore of no force or effect.

Ontario Superior Court Justice Edward M. Morgan's ruling applies only to requests for Adjudicative Records from the 14 institutions named in the Toronto Star's Application and, by extension, any other analogous institution listed in the Schedule to FIPPA that operates in an adjudicative capacity and that holds Adjudicative Records.  
THEREFORE, THE RULING APPLIES TO THE BUILDING CODE COMMISSION.
The impact of this decision is that the Building Code Commission will have to be more open to requests for information from the public. It will not be necessary to file FOI requests to obtain BCC rulings.  The BCC will have to release ALL BCC DECISIONS in a timely manner, as well as the Applicant's and Respondernt's written arguements.
The learned Justice suspended the declaration of invalidity of this aspect of FIPPA 12 months in order to allow the government to change its rules.
The citation for this case is:  Toronto Star v. AG Ontario, 2018 ONSC 2586
24-APR-2018 ONTARIO
2012 Building Code
The Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs issued Ontario CodeNews e-bulletin #261, dated April 24, 2018, to announce that it has developed the following tools to help designers and building officials implement and enforce the current requirements of Supplementary Standard SB-10 "Energy Efficiency Requirements", as amended on December 22, 2016:
1. Checklists
•    The Ministry has developed checklists that can be submitted with building permit applications for all buildings other than Part 9 residential buildings.
•    The checklists highlight the key energy efficiency requirements to help designers and building officials ensure designs comply with the current set of requirements.
•    The Ministry strongly advises users to consult with the authority having jurisdiction, if the checklist is going to be submitted to that authority.
•    The checklists are available for downloading by visting the buildrightontario website.
2. COMcheck
•    MMA has secured updates to COMcheck software developed by the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (US Department of Energy).
•    The COMcheck software helps designers calculate trade-offs using the ASHRAE 90.1 compliance path.
•    Updates for Ontario reflect the energy efficiency values included in the SB-10 that was released in December 2016.
•    The customised version of the COMcheck software for Ontario is available from the United States of America's website.
3. Energy Modelling Guidelines
•    MMA has developed guidelines to help improve the consistency in annual energy use simulation results following questions from stakeholders about rules and assumptions used in calculating building energy use.
•    The guidelines aim to support designers in fulfilling their professional and contractual obligations to produce designs that meet the energy efficiency requirements and building officials to verify that designs meet these requirements.
•    In supporting compliance with the Building Code’s energy conservation requirements, these guidelines also support broader government efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the buildings sector.
•    The Ministry has indicated that these guidelines are likely to undergo changes in the future as opportunities for further synthesis are identified. (or, alternatively, when the current money squandering Liberal government is voted out of office on June 7, 2018 by voters who have had enough of climate change experiments paid by fleeced taxpayers)
•    You can obtain a copy of the guidelines, including requests for this document to be produced in alternate formats, by contacting: codeinfo@ontario.ca
19-APR-2018 ONTARIO
2012 Building Code
The Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs held a webinar for "selected" code users on Thursday, April 19, 2018 to provide further information on electric vehicle charging requirements.
CodeNews Consulting Corporation, Consulting Architect, is pleased to provide a copy of the slide deck prepared by the Ministry, for the unwashed masses who were not privy to the contents of the webinar.
24-MAR-2018 ONTARIO
2012 Building Code
Ontario Regulation 79/18, which amends the Ontario Building Code, was published in The Ontario Gazette on March 24, 2018.
The regulation was:
  • Made on February 21, 2018
  • Filed with the Registrar on March 6, 2018
  • Published on the e-Laws website on March 7, 2018
The regulation deletes references to the "Ontario Municipal Board" and substitutes them with the term: “Local Planning Appeal Tribunal”.
Although the Building and Development Branch has not made any announcements concerning this change to the Ontario Building Code, CodeNews Consulting Corp., Consulting Architect, is an avid reader of The Ontario Gazette and we are pleased to be the first publication to announce this code change to our esteemed readers.
22-MAR-2018 ONTARIO
2007 Ontario Fire Code
In its Bulletin #004/18 issued on March 20, 2018, the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM) announced that Ontario Regulation 108/18 has been filed.  This regulation was made under the Fire Protection and Prevention Act, 1997 and comes into force on July 1, 2018.  It amends the 2007 Fire Code (Ontario Regulation 213/07) with changes related to the checking, inspection, and testing of hose standpipe systems.
Enquiries regarding the new regulation may be directed to the Technical Services Section of the OFMEM.  Staff members may be reached by telephone at (647) 329-1100 or by e-mail at FireSafetyStandards@ontario.ca
15-MAR-2018 ALBERTA
STANDATA
Building Code Interpretations
Building Code Bulletins
Building Code Variance
Energy Codes Information
On March 15, 2018, Alberta Municipal Affairs announced the publication of the following STANDATA:
Interpretations:
•  14-BCI-019/14-FCI-002 - Occupancy Classification for Buildings Used For Parking, Repairing and Servicing Tank Vehicles
•  14-BCI-020 - Non-Liquid Disposal Systems
Bulletins:
•  14-BCB-004/14-FCB-003 - Occupancy of Buildings Under Construction
•  14-BCB-005/14-FCB-004 - Commissioning of Life Safety and Fire Protection Systems (Integrated Systems Testing)
Variance:
•  14-BCV-018 - Sprinkler-Protected Glazing in Fire-Resistant Wall Assemblies
Information related to Energy Codes:
•  ABC Section 9.36 – Q & A – Performance Path
13-MAR-2018 QUÉBEC
Le chapitre Plomberie du Code de construction du Québec
On March 13, 2018, La Régie du bâtiment du Québec announced that the Master Plumbing Mechanics of Quebec, in collaboration with the Régie du bâtiment du Québec, has prepared a Good Practices sheet on the removal of condensate from appliances. This document provides details and solutions on the different ways to safely remove condensate from a heating, ventilation or air conditioning system to the drainage system.
The good practice sheets are available only in the French language......  tant pis, anglophones!
08-MAR-2018 ONTARIO
2012 Building Code
The Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs issued Ontario CodeNews e-bulletin #260, dated March 8, 2018, to announce that:
  • Minister's Ruling MR-17-S-28 was issued by the Director of the Building and Development Branch on December 29, 2017 to amend MMA Supplementary Standard SA-1, "Objectives and Functional Statements Attributed to the Acceptable Solutions".  The amended document is labelled as the "December 11, 2017 Update".  Since the Minister's Ruling is not available on the Ontario government's website at this time, CodeNews Consulting Corp., Consulting Architect, has published a copy of Minister's Ruling MR-17-S-28 for the convenience of users of the OBC.
  • New English and French language editions of "Technical Support for Electric Vehicle Charging Requirements in the Building Code that are in Effect January 1, 2018 - Houses - Questions and Answers - Provided on March 8, 2019" has been published.  Since these documents are not available on the Ontario government's website at this time, CodeNews Consulting Corp., Consulting Architect, has published the English language copy and the French language copy for the convenience of users of the OBC.
  • New English and French language editions of "Technical Support for Electric Vehicle Charging Requirements in the Building Code that are in Effect January 1, 2018 -Non-residential Buildings - Questions and Answers - Provided on March 8, 2019" has been published.  Since these documents are not available on the Ontario government's website at this time, CodeNews Consulting Corp., Consulting Architect, has published the English language copy and the French language copy for the convenience of users of the OBC.
  • "Electric Vehicle Appendix Notes", dated March 2018, has been issued.  Since this document is not available on the Ontario government's website at this time, CodeNews Consulting Corp., Consulting Architect, has published a copy of "Electric Vehicle Appendix Notes" for the convenience of users of the OBC.
An electronic version of the updated pages of the Building Code Compendium will, eventually, be available at ServiceOntario Publications.
08-MAR-2018 ALBERTA
Building Code, Fire Code,
Energy Efficiency Code, &
Elevating Devices Code
On March 8, 2018, Alberta Municipal Affairs announced that the next editions of the Alberta Building, Fire and Energy Codes (that are currently based on the 2010 editions of the National Building Code and National Fire Code, and the 2011 National Energy Code for Buildings) are planned to be updated to the 2015 national code editions, including the 2017 interim changes to the National Energy Code for Buildings.
The currentl 2013 edition of the Elevating Devices Codes will also be updated.
06-MAR-2018 ONTARIO
Electrical Safety Code
The Electrical Safety Authority (ESA)  is seeking the views of contractors, consumers, businesses and other stakeholders on 25 proposed amendments to the Ontario Electrical Safety Code (OESC).
The ESA has provided instructions (.pdf format) and a template (in MS Word .docx format) for comments and other feedback.
The consultation runs from Tuesday March 6 to Friday April 20, 2018.
The Electrical Safety Code regulation (O. Reg. 164/99) under the Electricity Act, 1998 provides for the adoption of the Canadian Electrical Code (CEC) together with Ontario specific amendments to the CEC as the OESC.  If approved, the Electrical Safety Code regulation would be amended to adopt the updated OESC.
05-MAR-2018 NOVA SCOTIA
Electrical Code Regulations
David MacLeod, C.E.I., P.Eng., the Provincial Chief Electrical Inspector, Province of Nova Scotia, issued Electrical Bulletin 2018-01 announcing that, effective May 1, 2018, the 2018 Canadian Electrical Code, Part 1- 24th. edition will be adopted per Nova Scotia's Electrical Code Regulations, which are made under the authority of section 6 of the Electrical Installation and Inspection Act.
Questions regarding the bulletin may be forwarded to the Provincial Chief Electrical Inspector:
David MacLeod, C.E.I., P.Eng.
Phone:     902-424-8018
Email:      David.MacLeod@novascotia.ca
24-FEB-2018 ONTARIO
Fire Protection and Prevention Act, 1997
In its Bulletin #003/18 issued on February 20, 2018, the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services (MCSCS), Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management announced that it is holding a public consultation on proposed regulation under the FPPA that is intended to increase transparency and accountability by requiring all fire departments report to the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM) on a number of standard response times.
This new regulation is based on expert advice MCSCS received from a Fire Safety Technical Table that was established in January 2017 to help develop recommendations for modernizing the delivery of fire services in Ontario.  
Summaries of the proposed regulation and instructions on how to provide comments are available on the Ontario Regulatory Registry.  MCSCS has announced that "public comments must be submitted before the consultation period ends on March 18, 2018".
When some people run around in uniforms, they get the idea that others MUST do things ...... ! (Hint: try: "we ask you to .....")
17-FEB-2018 SASKATCHEWAN
The Uniform Building and
Accessibility Standards Act (Adoption of Codes)
The province of Saskatchewan has published an Order in Council #44/2018, dated January 24, 2018 and filed on January 25, 2018, to revise the  Appendix to The Uniform Building and Accessibility Standards Regulations.
The revisions include:
  • Definition of Care Occupancy
  • Alternative Family Care Homes
  • Barrier-free Residential Occupancies
  • Carbon Monoxide Alarms
The Order in Council was published in the Saskatchewan Gazette on February 2, 2018 and the revisions came into effect on January 25, 2018 (the date when the Order in Council was filed with the Registrar of Regulations).
When will civil servants realize that the design and construction industry needs TIME to prepare for changes to Building Codes?
Projects take months, if not years, to design and here we have a case where a civil servant wants you to comply with a requirement BEFORE it is even published.
17-FEB-2018 BRITISH COLUMBIA
2012 Building Code
The BC Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing issued Ministerial Order No. M013 on January 8, 2018, pursuant to the Building Act, S.B.C. 2015, c. 2, s. 3 to amend Book I  (General) of the British Columbia Building Code, established by the British Columbia Building Code Regulation, B.C. Reg. 264/2012.  
The changes to the Building Code include:
  • Window Guard Relaxations
  • BC Energy Step Code
  • Letters of Assurance Schedules
They became effective on January 31, 2018.
07-FEB-2018 ALBERTA
STANDATA
Electrical Update
Fire Code Bulletin
On February 6, 2018, Alberta Municipal Affairs announced the publication of the following STANDATA:

Electrical Update:
Fire Code Bulletin:
31-JAN-2018 ALBERTA
Interpretation
STANDATA
Energy Code
On January 30, 2018, Alberta Municipal Affairs announced the publication of the following new STANDATA Building Code Interpretation:
Alberta Municipal Affairs has published an NECB 2011 Compliance Checklist (.xlsm format) for providing information required by the Authority Having Jurisdiction  to show compliance with requirements to meet the National Energy Code for Buildings 2011 (NECB 2011).
An electronic copy of this Checklist must accompany project plans and specification documents being submitted to the Authority Having Jurisdiction when applying for a building permit in Alberta.
18-JAN-2018 CCBFC
Construction Codes of Canada
National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings 2017
The 2017 edition of the National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings is now available for purchase.
CodeNews thanks Gary Chu, Construction & Standards Regulations Specialist at BASF Canada Inc. for providing the update.
18-JAN-2018 ONTARIO
2007 Ontario Fire Code
In its Bulletin #001/18 issued on January 18, 2018, the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM) announced that it is holding a public consultation on proposed amendments to the Fire Code related to new requirements for:
•    Combustible Furniture Located in Corridors / Lobbies
•    Notification for Out of Service Firefighters’ Elevators
The proposed changes to the Fire Code reflect feedback received from two Technical Advisory Committees led by the OFMEM and comprised of a wide range of stakeholder groups.
Public comments must be submitted before the consultation period ends on February 20, 2018.
Summaries of the proposed amendments and instructions on how to provide comments are available on the Ontario Regulatory Registry.
View the proposed changes at:
•    Proposed Change to 2015 Ontario Fire Code - Table 1.2.1.A
•    Proposed Change to 2015 Ontario Fire Code - 2.4.1.1. and 2.4.1.2
•    Proposed Change to 2015 Ontario Fire Code - 7.1.1.1
•    Proposed Change to 2015 Ontario Fire Code - 7.2.2.2
12-JAN-2018 ALBERTA
Variance
STANDATA
On January 12, 2018, Alberta Municipal Affairs announced the publication of the following new STANDATA Building Code Variance:
01-JAN-2018 ONTARIO
2012 Building Code
On January 1, 2018, the following requirements contained in Ontario Regulation 139/17, as amended by O. Reg. 462/17 and O. Reg. 563/17, come into effect:
  • Sewage System Leaching Chambers Amendments
  • Certain Plumbing Amendment
  • Electric Vehicle Charging Systems
For a consultation on how these changes affect your project, contact Alek Antoniuk, OAA, CodeNews Consulting Corp., Consulting Architect, at:
+1-416-856-0241 or by e-mail.
01-JAN-2018 BRITISH COLUMBIA
2012 Building Code
2012 Plumbing Code
2012 Fire Code
The Building and Safety Standards Branch of the Office of Housing and Construction Standards in the BC Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing has invited code users and other stakeholders to participate in a public review to provide feedback on proposed changes for the next edition of the BC Building, Plumbing, and Fire Codes.
The proposed changes have been categorized as:
     BC Building Code
        - Area Calculation of Exposing Building Face
        - Asbestos
        - Energy Efficiency Standards
        - Exit Signs
        - Factory-Constructed Buildings
        - Fenestration
        - Heritage Buildings
        - Mid-Rise Combustible Construction
        - Outdoor Design Conditions and Air Cleaning
        - Radon
        - Stairs - Dimensions of Tapered Treads
        - Stairs - Handrails in Curved Stairs
        - Stairs - No Spiral Stairs
     BC Plumbing Code
        - Asbestos
        - Plumbing Fixtures
     BC Fire Code
        - Application - Fire Systems
        - Emergency Lighting
        - Smoke Alarms
        - Use of Elevators
The public review started on  December 12, 2017 and ends on February 28, 2018.
A separate consultation is planned on proposed accessibility changes early in 2018.
The next editions of the British Columbia Codes are anticipated to be available in 2018, with an effective date late in 2018.
2017 SEE 2017 NEWS ARCHIVES Link to archives of News at CodeNews for items posted between January 1 - December 31, 2017.
2016 SEE 2016 NEWS ARCHIVES Link to archives of News at CodeNews for items posted between January 1 - December 31, 2016.
2015 SEE 2015 NEWS ARCHIVES Link to archives of News at CodeNews for items posted between January 1 - December 31, 2015.
PRIOR TO
01-JAN-2015

SEE NEWS ARCHIVES
Link to archives of News at CodeNews for items posted prior to January 1, 2015.

Seminars:

DATE
SEMINAR
Thursday
29-NOV-2018
Alek Antoniuk will be a speaker at The Buildings Show 2018. The event will take place on November 28 - 29 in the South and North Buildings of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
He will be speaking at Session, TS103 - Ontario Building Code Update: Three of the Most Recent Changes You Need Know, which is scheduled for Thursday, November 29 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. in Room 715 (the room number might change closer to the show if more people register) of the South Building.
Friday
22-JUN-2018
Due to popular demand, Alek Antoniuk delivered a repeat seminar on the recent major changes to the Ontario Building Code and Act that was delivered at the 2018 AATO Annual General Meeting and Conference.  
Friday
27-APR-2018
Alek Antoniuk delivered a seminar on the recent major changes to the Ontario Building Code and Act at the 2018 Annual General Meeting and Conference of the Association of Architectural Technologists of Ontario, on Friday, April 27, 2018, in Vaughan, Ontario.
Wednesday
21-MAR-2018
Alek Antoniuk delivered a seminar on the major changes to the Ontario Building Code, contained in O. Reg. 139/17, for the Golden Triangle Chapter of the OBOA on Wednesday, March 21, 2018.
The Golden Triangle Chapter has opened the presentation to designers and other code users for a nominal fee of $40 for the seminar.
Thursday
25-JAN-2018
Alek Antoniuk delivered a seminar on the major changes to the Ontario Building Code, contained in O. Reg. 139/17, which came into effect on July 1, 2017, as well as the  changes that will come into effect on January 1, 2018 and January 1, 2020, for the Greater Toronto Area Chapter of the OBOA.  Three slide decks were presented:
  •     the retirement home changes that came into effect on  July 1, 2017
  •     the “house” changes  that came into effect on  July 1, 2017
  •     the electric vehicle charging system changes that will come into effect on January 1, 2018 and January 1, 2020, as a result of O. Reg. 563/17
Continuing education certificates have been issued to OAA members who attended the seminar.
Thursday
18-JAN-2018
Alek Antoniuk delivered a seminar on the major changes to the Ontario Building Code, contained in O. Reg. 139/17, which came into effect on July 1, 2017, as well as the  changes that will come into effect on January 1, 2018 and January 1, 2020, for the Niagara District Chapter of the OBOA..  Three slide decks were presented:
  •     the retirement home changes that came into effect on  July 1, 2017
  •     the “house” changes  that came into effect on  July 1, 2017
  •     the electric vehicle charging system changes that will come into effect on January 1, 2018 and January 1, 2020, as a result of O. Reg. 563/17
Tuesday
12-DEC-2017
Alek Antoniuk delivered a seminar on the major changes to the Ontario Building Code, contained in O. Reg. 139/17, which came into effect on July 1, 2017, as well as the  changes that will come into effect on January 1, 2018, for the City of Niagara Falls' Building and Fire Services staff..  Three slide decks were presented
  •     the retirement home changes that came into effect on  July 1, 2017
  •     the “house” changes  that came into effect on  July 1, 2017
  •     the electric vehicle charging system changes that will come into effect on January 1, 2018
Tuesday
14-NOV-2017
Alek Antoniuk delivered a seminar on the major changes to retirement homes and houses, contained in O. Reg. 139/17, which came into effect on July 1, 2017, as well as the electric vehicle charging station requirements that will come into effect on January 1, 2018, to a meeting of the Wellington Waterloo District Chapter of the OBOA.

CodeNews Consulting Corp., Consulting Architect, has prepared an additional presentation that will be of interest to architects, engineers, other designers, building officials, and builders on:

  • Electric Vehicle Charging Systems (30 minutes long)
Wednesday
26-JUL-2017
Alek Antoniuk delivered a presentations on the major changes to retirement homes and houses, contained in O. Reg. 139/17, which came into effect on July 1, 2017, for the Town of Orangeville's Building Department and its invited guests, including selected architects, engineers, and municipal building officials.

Presentations are now available for your organization.  CodeNews Consulting Corp., Consulting Architect, is not aware of the general availability of any presentations on the recent OBC changes. Therefore, CodeNews has prepared the following two presentations that will be of interest to architects, engineers, other designers, building officials, and builders:
  •     the retirement home changes (45 minutes long)
  •     the “house” changes (90 minutes long)
To arrange for an on-site presentation for your staff or the members of your organization, call Alek Antoniuk at +1-416-856-0241.
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

Alek Antoniuk is a contributor to the RESCON News Letter - Subscribe here
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.

A number of regulatory authorities in Canada publish newsletters to inform code users about code changes::

JURISDICTION
CODE
PUBLICATION
British Columbia Building Code Technical Bulletins
Alberta Building Code STANDATA
Saskatchewan Ministry of Government Relations Announcements
Manitoba Office of the Fire Commissioner Bulletins and Announcements
Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs & Housing Ontario CodeNews (Building Code, including plumbing)
Electrical Safety Authority ESA Newsletters (Electrical)
Technical Standards & Safety Authority Corporate News
(Boilers & Pressure Vessels, Elevating Devices, Hydrocarbon Fuels)
Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management OFM e-Bulletin (developments of interest to the fire safety community, including items pertaining to fire safety standards, legislation and codes)
Régie du bâtiment du Québec Les nouvelles
Nova Scotia Labour and Advanced Education Building and Plumbing Code Newsletter

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Final words and images:

November 11, 2018 marks the 100th. anniversary of the independence of the Republic of Poland.

Starting in 1772, the Russian Empire, the Kingdom of Prussia (Germany), and the Habsburg Monarchy of Austria divided Poland among themselves, so that by 1795, Poland was wiped off the map of Europe.

For the next 123 years, the Russians and Germans attempted to wipe out the Polish language and culture but the Polish people resisted.  In the words of Poland's current national anthem: "Poland shall not perish as long as we are alive."

During the First World War, the Russian Empire was devoured by its communist revolution, the Austro-Hungarian Empire fell apart, and the Germans were forced to surrender.  The end of the First World War provided Poland with an opportunity to gain independence.  On November 11, 1918, Marshal Józef Piłsudski assumed control of Poland, formed a new centralized government, and organized parliamentary elections thereafter.

Poland was freed from Russian and German colonialism on November 11, 1918.  
Unfortunately, the Russians and Germans re-occupied Poland during World War 2, when Poland became a victim of the Nazis and Communists.
Although Russian control of Poland was finally overthrown in 1990, socialist and marxist elements in the European Union continue attacking 
Poland's judicial system and its immigration policy to force its government into a new colonialism.

100th Anniversary of Polish Independence


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