Alberta updates building codes to align with Pan-Canadian framework
By Jillian MorganHPAC General HVAC Systems
The next editions of the Alberta building, fire and energy codes will be updated to the 2015 national code editions, including the 2017 interim changes to the 2011 National Energy Code for Buildings (NECB). The elevating devices codes will also be updated to the currently published 2013 edition.
Municipal Affairs, the National Research Council and Alberta’s Safety Codes Council, including the elevating, building and fire sub-councils, will review code content and complete the publications.
There is now an added incentive for making the NECB 2015 (including the 2017 interim changes) the new required standard as part of the Pan-Canadian Framework, which aims to achieve Net-Zero Energy Ready Buildings by 2030.
NECB 2017 aims to reduce overall thermal transmittance of roofs, fenestration and doors, losses through thermal bridging in building assemblies and the allowable percentage of skylight area. It also introduces more stringent requirements for energy recovery systems and interior and exterior lighting requirements.
NECB 2011 is currently the required standard in Alberta until updated by the NECB 2015 edition. Further details on dates, training and costs will be made available throughout the year as the codes are developed and updated.
The Alberta buildings, fire and energy codes are based on the 2010 editions of the National Building Code and National Fire Code and NECB. www.municipalaffairs.alberta.ca