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

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  • May 21st, 2021 4:51 pm
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Apr 12, 2013
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BC
goozy1 wrote: If anyone else from BC with owner builder experience or has done the exam, please post any useful material here :-)
Background: commercial and residential construction including many home reconstructions. Technically I've not self built, but completed major Reno's and extensions (less paperwork!).

BC is abysmal with its outdated and inflexible codes. Instead of supporting people to do better (homeowners especially) it hides behind walls of red tape that just exasperate the problems. Technical Safety BC is itself a black hole, and won't even respond to emails notifying it if breaches.

The CHMC framing book is excellent, and should be read many times before, during and after. The BC Hydro grants page also has a guide to proper insulation details (surprisingly nuanced). You will also need to complete a pretty technical forum for you homeowners electrical permit. Code changed recently so make sure your books are very recent. A great way to learn is watch progress at local sites and use the books to answer questions.

The best advice I can give is to be open with your inspectors. They are there to keep you safe, and will sometimes even positively advise you. Photograph everything (literally). You will be amazed how often you need to know exactly where wires, pipes and framing runs and this can save so much drywalling... Also helps if inspector has a concern.

Sorry, that was a bit waffle and off track. I'm in East Kootenay if your local. Best of luck, will be well worthwhile in the end.
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886 posts
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Victoria
AndrewBond wrote: BC is abysmal with its outdated and inflexible codes.
BC is at the whim of the NRC and their publication timelines. They have no control over that.
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UPDATE 1
NBC Training Courses, Videos, and Checklists are now FREE as well. I updated the first post

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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