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British Columbia adopts National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings

June 21, 2013   HPAC Magazine

British Columbia has officially adopted the National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings (NECB) 2011, which will take effect in December of this year. While British Columbia is the first to adopt the code, the adoption processes in other jurisdictions are well underway. The NECB 2011 provides minimum requirements for the design and construction of energyefficient buildings excluding those that are covered in Part 9 of the National Building Code of Canada. The NECB is a model code intended for provinces and territories to adopt and adapt for their needs. The 2011 version is an update of Canada’s first building energy code, which was introduced in 1997. That original code was modeled after the U.S. ASHRAE regulations, which some provinces such as British Columbia and Ontario had already incorporated in their building codes. The Canada-wide adoption of the NECB 2011 would bring uniformity to building energy performance and its measurement. The adoption process is lengthy, starting with research on issues such as industry readiness, followed by public consultations, adaptation of the code, and a final public review prior to adoption. Ten provinces and three territories have been involved in the adoption process, with all but one territory indicating their intent to adopt the NECB. Manitoba will be ready to adopt by the end of 2013 and Ontario has an equivalent standard that is as stringent as the NECB 2011. For more information on the National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings 2011, visit Natural Resources Canada’s energy code for buildings web page, the National Research Council Canada’s National Model Construction Codes web page or write to info.services@nrcan-rncan.gc.ca.