Industry experts cautiously optimistic about new code harmonization committee

By John Bleasby
The Daily Commercial News
December 7, 2022
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

On Nov. 22, the Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes (CCBFC) was dissolved and replaced with a new committee called the Canadian Board for Harmonized Construction Codes (CBHCC). …Apparently, this was a result of two years of collaboration between provincial, territorial and federal officials under the Construction Codes Reconciliation Agreement, a Regulatory Cooperation Table agreement under the Canadian Free Trade Agreement. This realignment of code development will not impact the public review of the 2020 National Building Code (NBC), now underway, or its provincial adoption, but will instead look towards the 2025 NBC and beyond. Code harmonization has become an issue given the inconsistent provincial application of the 2020 NBC, particularly regarding energy efficiency. …Some provinces have aimed higher than others. Notably, Ontario has chosen the lowest possible level.

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