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Energy efficiency a new objective in the National Construction Codes


December 9, 2009
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The Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes (CCBFC), following consultations with the provinces and territories, has decided that energy efficiency will be considered as a new objective in the National Construction Codes and has agreed on the approach it will follow in developing requirements.

A new edition of the National Energy Code for Buildings (NECB) will be published in
2011. One of the main steps is to develop an energy efficiency
objective, which does not fit within the current four code objectives (accessibility, safety, health, fire and structural protection). The objective will form the basis for energy efficiency
requirements in both buildings and houses.

It will be developed by a joint task group established by the CCBFC and
the Provincial/Territorial Policy Advisory Committee on Codes (PTPACC).
The task group is considering the results of a bottom-up analysis of
the 1997 Model National Energy Code for Buildings and working to
finalize the proposed sub-objectives and functional statements.
Meanwhile, a CCBFC standing committee is moving forward on developing
proposed changes for the NECB. Consultations on the new objective and
its functional statements, as well as the proposed changes, will take
place during the fall 2010 public review.