Public review of proposed changes to the 2020 National Model Codes now open

The CBHCC is encouraging Canadians to participate in the code development process from now until July 29, 2024.

The Canadian Board for Harmonized Construction Codes (CBHCC) is inviting code users, the Codes community, and the public to participate in the spring 2024 public review of proposed changes to the 2020 editions of the National Model Codes.

The proposed changes included in this public review address various topics in the National Building Code of Canada, the National Fire Code of Canada, the National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings, and the National Plumbing Code of Canada.

The purpose of this public review is to provide code users, the Codes community, and the public with a detailed look at proposed technical changes, and seek comment on each proposed technical change as to whether it should be approved, altered or withdrawn.

The public review will run from now until 11:59 pm PDT on July 29, 2024, and is an opportunity for all Canadians to participate in the code development process.

The result of the public review process is a collection of comments on proposed code changes. The comments will be sorted and analyzed by Codes Canada staff. Draft resolutions are validated by the responsible code development committees, which form the recommendations to the CBHCC.

The recommendations could be one of the following: approve for publication, revise for publication, defer publication pending further development – subject to subsequent public review, or withdraw proposed code change.

The CBHCC decides which changes will be published in the next edition of the National Model Codes based on the recommendations of the code development committees.

All comments will be considered by the relevant code development committees following the review and recommendations on the proposed changes will be made to the CBHCC. If approved, the changes will be included in the 2025 editions of the National Model Codes.

Feedback on the proposed changes will help shape the National Model Codes, which are adopted, with or without modifications, by the provincial or territorial authorities having jurisdiction over local building, fire, plumbing and energy regulations.

More information about the code development process and the CBHCC can be found here.

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