An Overview of the 2015 National Building Code (NBC) Revisions

Online /
Mar 21 - 22, 2022 /
Course Code: 12-1047-ONL21

  • Overview
  • Syllabus
  • Instructor


Please note, This instructor-led course has specific dates and times:
This course is held online over 2 days on the following schedule (All times in Eastern Time Zone):
9 am to 1:00 pm daily Eastern Time (3.5 hrs per day and includes two short 15 minute breaks each day)

The course is highly interactive so students are required to purchase and bring their copy of the 2015 National Building Code.

After participating in this course, you will be able to:

  • have a better understanding of the 600 technical revisions made to the Code
  • see the new definitions and learn of how they impact various areas of the NBC
  • discover how the reconfiguration of the entire Code has made it easier to use
  • learn the new location of the Part 9 Fire and Sound tables and through exercises gain an understanding of how to use them
  • be exposed to the new arrangement of Section 3.8 Barrier Free
  • find out what the new Section 3.10 is all about


In 2015 the NBC contains over 600 revisions to the 2010 version. This course is not intended to cover every revision but will be of significant use particularly to those designers responsible for both part 9 and Part 3 Buildings. Materials to be covered will include the new structure of the NBC.

Course Outline

  • Division A Part 1 (Compliance)
  • Division B Part 1 (General)
  • Division B Part 3 (3.1. Fire Protection, Occupant Safety, and Accessibility)
  • Division B Part 3 (3.2. Building Fire Safety,)

Who Should Attend

Building officials • Building code, Architectural and Engineering Consultants • Home Inspectors • Designers • Developers • Individuals who are required to achieve compliance

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Time: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM Eastern Time

Please note: You can check other time zones here.


Division A Part 1 (Compliance)

  • building size determination
  • new definitions

Division B Part 1 (General)

  • the new list of referenced documents

Division B Part 3 (3.1. Fire Protection, Occupant Safety, & Accessibility)

  • Combustible construction – New 6 storey combustible buildings
  • Foamed plastic protection – New rules
  • Exterior Cladding – New provisions
  • Noncombustible construction – Combustible components in exterior walls

Factory assembled panels – Walk in coolers

Combustible insulation – New provisions for other than Foamed plastic

Foamed plastic insulation

  • Fire resistance ratings Supporting Construction

Fire dampers/Smoke dampers – where required – installation

Hold open devices – new acceptable solutions

Fire stopping/blocking – Clarification

Division B Part 3 (3.2. Building Fire Safety,)

  • 6 storey combustible buildings Mixed occupancy rules

Group C 6 storey combustible buildings

Group D 6 storey combustible buildings

Hybrid buildings

Exposed building face

Residential fire warning systems- in lieu of smoke alarms

Voice communications

Access route design – 6 storey combustible buildings

  • Smoke control, Emergency lighting, Electrical conductors, Fire protection & safety systems testing
  • Cooking equipment
  • Door swing/door hardware, Tapered treads in a curved flight
  • Spiral stairs (now allowed in specific circumstances.
  • Exit capacity
  • Guards
  • Transparent doors & panels
  • Exhaust ventilation and explosion relief
  • Handrails in aisles and steps
  • Guards – new


  • Separation, Principal entrance as an exit, Landings, handrails, guards, curved flights, Door swing, Door release hardware, emergency cross overs
  • Lighting protection system
  • Grease ducts
  • Plenums

Barrier Free 3.8.

  • New organization
  • Revisions

Self Service Storage Buildings

  • Definition
  • Application
  • Fire safety
  • Access Route
  • Safety in floor areas
  • Sanitary facilities

Part 4

  • Loads on guards
  • General
  • Changes to glass loads

Part 5

  • Surface/ground water/hydrostatic pressure
  • Sound transmission – New requirements and methods of ensuring compliance

Part 6

  • Description of changes

Part 9

  • Various revisions that impact dwellings in Part 3
  • Stair revisions – substantial changes


Albert Peach, CBCO, CRBO, CET, MAATO

Albert J Peach has over 30 years of Code enforcement and interpretation coupled with in excess of a decade of teaching Code specific courses to Building Officials, engineers, architects and designers.

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Fee & Credits

$595 + taxes

  • 0.7 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • 7 Professional Development Hours (PDHs)
  • ECAA Annual Professional Development Points

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