National Energy Code compliance to be mandatory
June 8, 2016
The Alberta government is reminding Albertans that the transition period for voluntary application of the National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings (NECB) 2011 ends on November 1, 2016. Additionally, Section 9.36. Alberta Building Code (ABC) 2014 for housing and small buildings, ends on the same date.
The notice explains that when an application for a building permit is received for a site-constructed building on or after November 1, 2016, the building design must comply with the requirements of the NECB 2011 or Section 9.36. ABC 2014.
For more information, see the STANDATA – Application of Energy Efficiency Requirements and Enforcement Dates.
The development of the new Model National Energy Codes started in 2007 at the initiation of the Council of Energy Ministers from across Canada. In 2008, all provincial and territorial governments endorsed the upgrading of the original 1997 Model National Energy Codes by 2012 for both buildings and houses. The development of the new energy efficiency codes has been undertaken by the National Research Council (NRC) with full participation of all provinces and territories.
The NECB and energy efficiency requirements for houses and small buildings in the NBC is the result of an extensive consultation process involving stakeholders from Canadian industry, multiple levels of government (federal, provincial, territorial and municipal), the construction industry, and the general public. It was developed by the Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes with technical support and funding provided by NRC and Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) as part of its commitment to improving the energy efficiency of Canadian buildings and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The energy codes place Canada on a comparable footing with most countries that lead the world in energy efficient building construction.