Comments invited on national code changes

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Sidney Manning, chief plumbing and gas administrator for Alberta Municipal Affairs, chats with contractors following a seminar on plumbing and building codes.

Sidney Manning, chief plumbing and gas administrator for Alberta Municipal Affairs, chats with contractors following a seminar on plumbing and building codes.

The Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes (CCBFC) has opened the public review period of proposed changes to the 2015 editions of the National Building, Fire, and Plumbing Codes, and the National Energy Code for Buildings. The review period will run Oct. 22 to Dec. 23.

The purpose of the public review is to provide users of the model codes with a detailed look at the changes being considered and to get comments as to whether proposed changes should proceed as proposed, or be edited, revised or withdrawn. Every comment will be considered by the standing committee.

Final changes are subject to approval by the CCBFC and will be published by the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) in the 2020 editions of the Codes Canada publications.

This will mark the fourth public review of the 2015 code cycle and will focus on changes being proposed to the 2015 editions of the National Building Code, National Fire Code, and the National Plumbing Codes.

A final national public review will take place Jan. 2020, which will include changes being proposed to the National Energy Code for Buildings and changes related to accessibility, large farm buildings, and updates to referenced standards.

The NRC offers free access to the electronic formats of the National Model Codes and provincial codes published by the NRC.

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