Friday, November 13, 2015

New Building and Energy Codes for Alberta

The 2014 edition of the Alberta Building Code came into effect on November 1st, following a standard six month transition period for the implementation of new provincial codes. As of November 1, 2015 all new projects will require compliance with the new Alberta Building Code.

“The adoption of the new code advances us in terms of innovation and design”, explains Kevin Griffiths, Director of Inspections and Permit Services. “The new code also advances us in terms of safety allowing us to formalize processes like six storey wood frame construction, which provides a lot more options for builders and the public”.

The City is preparing to update to make reference to the new edition. These changes will take time to complete. People can contact 311 with any code inquiries.

The National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings 2011 is also now in effect, with its transition period ending as of May 1, 2016, at which point the adopted code will be mandatory.

“We recognize that many developers may be well into an application based on previous standards”, says Griffiths. “The transition period allows us to get up to speed on the new code and work with industry on this transition as well”.

The timelines for the new Alberta codes are as follows:

Implementation Date
Transition Period End Date
Alberta Building Code 2014
May 1, 2015
November 1, 2015
National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings 2011
November 1, 2015
May 1, 2016

“We are working with our industry partners to ensure they are aware of the new building and energy code”, says Griffiths,” as all new applications will need to be compliant with the new code”.

The Alberta Building and Fire Codes 2014 and the National Energy Code for Buildings 2011 are available from the National Research Council, both online and in hard copy. For further information about the latest edition of the Alberta Building Code please visit Alberta Municipal Affairs.

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