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Free National Codes (NBC, NFC, NPC, NECB) and Commentaries + Training Courses / Videos

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Free National Codes (NBC, NFC, NPC, NECB) and Commentaries + Training Courses / Videos

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You no longer have to jump through the hoops to get the codes for free. Please note that the Ontario Building Code IS different. Some provinces adopt the National Codes without any modifications. The Illustrated Guide for Housing is useful for everyone!

National Building Code https://nrc-publications.canada.ca/eng/ ... 74ba258d99
National Fire Code https://nrc-publications.canada.ca/eng/ ... bd39332275
National Plumbing Code https://nrc-publications.canada.ca/eng/ ... 19afd8deae
National Energy Code https://nrc-publications.canada.ca/eng/ ... 148744f8f1

Structural Commentaries https://nrc-publications.canada.ca/eng/ ... 76aa09dd7c
Illustrated Guide for Housing https://nrc-publications.canada.ca/eng/ ... ce4b7f3837
User's Guide - National Energy Code https://nrc-publications.canada.ca/eng/ ... 8e11752095

Volume 1 on the Ontario Building Code has always been available here:
https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/120332

UPDATE 1
NBC Training Courses, Videos, and Checklists have also been made available for FREE

Online courses

The NECB 2017 training courses are self-paced and interactive. The course on Navigating and Applying the Code provides a general overview for all users. The Contractor and Designer courses offer a more detailed explanation of selected technical requirements and the prescriptive, trade-off and performance compliance paths.

NECB 2017 Training – Navigating and Applying the Code (20 minutes)
http://outreach-nrc.canada.ca/T/OFC4/L2 ... bQT8Ce0770
NECB 2017 Training – Contractor (4 hours)
https://www.csagroup.org/store/product/ ... y_20210521
NECB 2017 Training – Designer (4 hours)
https://www.csagroup.org/store/product/ ... y_20210521


Videos

The training videos explain the full and abridged compliance checklists for the NECB 2015/2017, which users can obtain from their local authority having jurisdiction (i.e., municipality). While the full checklist can be used for any project, the abridged checklist can only be used for projects following the prescriptive compliance path. The Designer Perspective videos explain how to complete the checklists. The Enforcement Perspective videos, which are targeted to building officials, explain how to review the checklists.

NECB 2015/2017 – Full Compliance Checklist: Designer Perspective (12 minutes)
http://outreach-nrc.canada.ca/T/OFC4/L2 ... EYsSQT7Fr4
NECB 2015/2017 – Abridged Compliance Checklist: Designer Perspective (7 minutes)
http://outreach-nrc.canada.ca/T/OFC4/L2 ... v2RPJpy008
NECB 2015/2017 – Full Compliance Checklist: Enforcement Perspective (12 minutes)
http://outreach-nrc.canada.ca/T/OFC4/L2 ... NrNLj5GRpc
NECB 2015/2017 – Abridged Compliance Checklist: Enforcement Perspective (7 minutes)
http://outreach-nrc.canada.ca/T/OFC4/L2 ... Hw4mS32HDo

NECB 2017

These training materials complement the NECB 2017, which is available in print format in the NRC Virtual Store, and in free electronic format from the NRC Publications Archive.
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Jun 27, 2011
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KINGSTON
That's cool, these are always a pain in the ass to get. Nice that there's a quick easy way to do it now.
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Apr 19, 2021
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Why the hell would something like this be charged for in the first place?
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Aug 7, 2011
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Thanks! I've just started down the path of doing a owner builder project to rebuild my house. Since 2016 BC now requires approval from BC Housing along with taking an owner builder exam. Apparently the exam has no real study material available and you just need to know all the information already or take some rip off online course for $800 which is put on by the same guy that made the exam a requirement... at least according to some random realtor on youtube lol.

I already found this CMHC Wood Frame House Construction document on the NRC which is supposed to help (http://publications.gc.ca/site/eng/9.70 ... ation.html) but these code documents may come in handy too.

If anyone else from BC with owner builder experience or has done the exam, please post any useful material here :-)
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FiveFingerDeals wrote: Why the hell would something like this be charged for in the first place?
I believe the ostensible reason is that these codes do take quite a lot of effort and person power to write and maintain and that has to be paid for somehow. The original thinking was that it's primarily engineers and architects using the code so they may as well pay for it since they can all afford it and then its just paid for by the construction industry in general. It's also somewhat of a legacy from back when these were essentially textbook sized and had to actually be physically printed and shipped to places.

Of course, even if that system made some sense at the time (arguable) it makes very little sense today when distribution costs are essentially zero and the government can afford to make this available to every single citizen who might be doing a home reno / project. The government still has to pay for people to write and maintain these codes but that money is now coming from the general tax base instead.
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goozy1 wrote: Thanks! I've just started down the path of doing a owner builder project to rebuild my house. Since 2016 BC now requires approval from BC Housing along with taking an owner builder exam. Apparently the exam has no real study material available and you just need to know all the information already or take some rip off online course for $800 which is put on by the same guy that made the exam a requirement... at least according to some random realtor on youtube lol.

I already found this CMHC Wood Frame House Construction document on the NRC which is supposed to help (http://publications.gc.ca/site/eng/9.70 ... ation.html) but these code documents may come in handy too.

If anyone else from BC with owner builder experience or has done the exam, please post any useful material here :-)

Pls PM your email, I have a study guide for BC.
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Illustrated Guide for Housing https://nrc-publications.canada.ca/eng/ ... ce4b7f3837 is quite handy for anyone wants to know more about how to design their homes.
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The 2018, 2012, and 2006 BC Building, Plumbing, and Fire codes as well as the Vancouver 2019, 2014, and 2007 Building and Plumbing Bylaws are all online for free here: https://www.bcpublications.ca/BCPublications/ Scroll through the "Public Library". We expect the 2022 BC Codes to be posted there for free as well once they have been published. The codes have been free in BC for 5 or 6 years now.
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Jan 1, 2008
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Great post, thanks!

It's great all these codes are becoming free ... with all the tax dollars we have paid.
Newbie
Sep 8, 2017
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For the b.c. codes, I don't see where to download like the national publications??
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Are these used in Quebec as well or is it like always and Quebec has their own set of rules?
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From this site: https://www.insblogs.com/uncategorized/ ... anada/8626

Provincial building codes

In Canada, a building code must be adopted by a ‘regulatory authority’ in order to come into effect and in this country, that regulatory authority must be a province or territory.

Currently, six provinces (Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Manitoba and Saskatchewan) and the three territories adopt the CNBC with only minor variations. Adoption of the National Fire Code and the National Plumbing Code varies more widely among the nine noted here.

British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and Quebec each publish their own codes that are based on the national model codes (building, fire and plumbing), with modifications and additions.

Vancouver has its own Building Code independent of British Columbia

Prince Edward Island only adopted the NBCC for commercial construction on January 1 of 2018 with the residential portion of the NBCC (Part 9) to come into effect in 2020. This made PEI the last province in the country to fully adopt NBCC standards. Up to the end of last year, the NBCC was only recognized in Charlottetown, Summerside and Stratford. Buildings in rural areas of the province were not required to meet a building code.
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BuciMaci wrote: Vancouver has its own Building Code independent of British Columbia
Vancouver does have it's own Building, Fire, and Plumbing codes, but they are based on BC's codes, with Vancouver variations.
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What is this for? Free course or exam?
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Thatdealguy wrote: What is this for? Free course or exam?
You build or remodel your house? You must adhere to the building codes, or get your hand slapped and your renos/build undone.
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Aug 22, 2007
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yyzz wrote: Great post, thanks!

It's great all these codes are becoming free ... with all the tax dollars we have paid.
When you think about it, it's not dissimilar to the whole system of government/taxpayer funded research ending up locked behind paid access journals that normal citizens can't read.

Though thankfully that's starting to change as well.
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Penguin Warlord wrote: When you think about it, it's not dissimilar to the whole system of government/taxpayer funded research ending up locked behind paid access journals that normal citizens can't read.

Though thankfully that's starting to change as well.
They still get paid, just via a different avenue whereby the citizen doesn't pay directly.
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Feb 1, 2021
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Alberta uses the CEC for electrical.

Canadian electrical code.

You might find a mega link one of these days (give it a week) of the current CEC
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So how does one become a safety codes officer. Exams? Experience?

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