Ensuring Compliance with Part 9 (Small Buildings) of the National Building Code

Online /
Sep 18 - 19, 2024 /
Course Code: 15-0901-ONL24

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  • 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):

10 am to 1:45 pm Eastern Time ( 3.5 hours of instruction per day plus a 15-minute break)

This is an interactive course where you are working with the code as well as the instructor with real examples. Students are required to purchase and bring their copy of the current National Building Code to the course.

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

  • Develop valuable knowledge on key parts and interpretation of the National Building Code with respect to Part 9 (Small Buildings)
  • Discover key elements of the use of the National Building Code
  • Find out how the objective-based codes can work to your advantage and save thousands of dollars
  • Comply with rules of construction in future, preventing litigation, reducing the risk of costly building

The National Building Code is divided into several parts dealing with the size and the use of the building as well as parts dealing with various specialty fields involved in the design of building elements (e.g. Fire Protection, Barrier free). This course is focused on how to use the National Building Code.

It is of a general nature and will teach you and familiarize you with finding the pertinent section dealing with the subject matter. It specifically deals with those buildings of Residential, Office, Mercantile, Medium and Low Hazard use that are 3 stories or less in building height or 600 m2 or less in building area.

This is an interactive course where you are working with the code as well as the instructor with real examples. Students are required to purchase and bring their copy of the current National Building Code to the course.

Course Outline:

  • Structural requirements/limitations
  • Barrier Free requirements
  • Means of Egress
  • Fire Protection
  • Footings/Foundations
  • Masonry Construction
  • Wood Frame Construction
  • Roofing and Cladding
  • Plumbing and Mechanical

Who Should Attend
Building code, Architectural and Engineering Consultants • Home Inspectors • Designers • Developers • Building Officials • Individuals who are required to achieve compliance 

Special Features & Requirements 

Students are required to purchase and bring their copy of the current National Building Code to the course. Students should also be prepared to answer questions based on the NBC.

More Information

Time: 10:00 AM - 1:45 PM Eastern Time

Please note: You can check other time zones here.


Welcome, Introduction, Preview, Learning Outcomes and the Assessment Method

Design of Building Code

Volume One

Division A

  • Part 1 Compliance Objectives
  • Part 2 Objectives
  • Part 3 Functional Statements

Division C

  • Part 1 General
  • Part 2 Administrative Provisions

Volume Two

Division B

Part 1 General

    • General
    • Terms and abbreviations
    • References documents

Part 2 Reserved

Part 9 Housing and Small Buildings

  • Classification of buildings
  • Major occupancy
  • Multiple occupancy
  • Multiple occupancy and fire protection requirements

Structural Requirements

  • Requirements and limitations
  • Specified loads
  • Deflections
  • Foundation conditions

Design of Areas and Spaces

  • Barrier-free
  • Room sizes
  • Kitchens and Bathrooms
  • Windows, doors & skylights
  • Stairs, ramps and guards
  • Landings and handrails

Means of Egress

  • Types of exits
  • Means of egress dimensions
  • Exit fire protection
  • Exits from floor areas
  • Egress from dwellings

Fire Protection

  • Occupancy classification
  • Building size
  • Fire separations
  • Permitted openings
  • Smoke-tight barriers
  • Spatial separation of dwellings and other buildings
  • Alarm and detection systems
  • Smoke alarms
  • Firefighting


  • General requirements
  • Trenches beneath footings


  • Foundation
  • Surface
  • Materials

Footings and Foundations

  • Masonry
  • Pier type
  • Wood
  • Support
  • Flat insulating concrete
  • Floors on the ground
  • Columns

Crawl and Roof Spaces

  • Masonry
  • In unsprinklered area
  • Travel distances
  • Height and width of exit
  • Protection -fire compartmentation
  • What type of glass- G.W. or tempered
  • Number of exits

Masonry and Insulating Concrete Forms

  • Masonry
  • Mortar
  • Bonding and tying
  • Anchorage
  • Corbelling
  • Reinforcement for Earthquakes
  • Above ground flat insulating concrete form walls

Chimneys, Flues and Fireplaces

  • Chimney flues and liners
  • Masonry chimney construction
  • Clearances
  • Fireplace liners
  • Hearth, damper
  • Factory built
  • Clearances to combustibles

Wood Frame Construction

  • Spans
  • Notching and drilling
  • Anchorage
  • Beams
  • Joists
  • Studs
  • Roof and ceiling framing

Sheet Steel Stud Wall Framing

  • Size
  • Installation


  • Materials
  • Eave protection
  • Underlay
  • Shingles
  • Wood/cedar roofing
  • Sheet metal roofing
  • Hot applied roofing


  • Materials
  • Required protection
  • Sealants
  • OSB

Interior Finishes

  • Wall and ceiling
  • Plaster
  • Gypsum Board
  • OSB
  • Flooring

Plumbing Facilities

  • General
  • Water distribution systems
  • Required facilities
  • Service water heating


  • Ventilation
  • Required heating systems
  • Design temperatures
  • Appliances and equipment
  • Radiators and convectors
  • Piping for heating and cooling systems
  • Chimneys and venting

Electrical Facilities

  • Lighting outlets
  • Emergency lighting

Garages and Carports

  • General
  • Foundations
  • Walls and columns

Part 8 Safety Measures at Demolition and Construction Sites

  • General
  • Protection of the public

Questions and Answers and Feedback to Participants on Achievement of Learning Outcomes

Summary and Final Adjournment


Albert Peach, CBCO, CRBO, CET, MAATO

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

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Fee & Credits

$695 + taxes

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

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