Ensuring Compliance With the Alberta Building Code

Online /
Nov 3-6, 9-10, 2020 /
Course Code: 1119-ONL20

  • Overview
  • Syllabus
  • Instructor


Please Note:
This course is held online over 6 days (November 3-6, 9-10, 2020) on the following schedule (All times in Eastern Time Zone):

10 am to 1:30 pm Eastern


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

  • develop valuable knowledge on key parts and interpretation of the Alberta Building Code 2019
  • discover what new areas of the Building Code
  • find out how the objective based codes can work to your advantage and save thousands of dollars
  • enforce rules of construction in future preventing litigation, reducing risk of costly building

The Alberta Building Code 2019 is divided into a 11 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. Combustible/Non-combustible construction, Barrier free). This course is focused on how to use the 2019 Alberta 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 the use of the building code and which parts apply to the different types of buildings .

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 National Building Code – 2019 Alberta Edition to the course.

Course Outline:

  • The Alberta Safety Codes Act
  • Fire Protection, Occupant Load, Occupant Safety and Accessibility
  • Combustible/Non-combustible Construction
  • Building Size and Construction Relative to Occupancy
  • Fire Alarm and Detection
  • Additional Requirements for High Buildings
  • Emergency Lighting and Power Supply
  • Exit Requirements
  • Vertical Transportation
  • Plumbing

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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Please Note:
This course is held online over 6 days (November 3-6, 9-10, 2020) on the following schedule (All times in Eastern Time Zone):

10 am to 1:30 pm Eastern


Day I

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

The Alberta Safety Codes Act

  • Powers to enforce Building Code
  • The Alberta Building Code Act
  • Different order enforcement
  • Powers of the inspector
  • When do you require a building permit
  • Building Bylaws
  • Some drawings and applications for a building permit
  • Design of building code

Volume one


Part 1 Compliance Objectives

  • Compliance
  • Application
  • Defined terms
  • Reference Documents & Organizations

Part 2 Objectives

  • Application of Objectives

Part 3 Functional Statements

  • Application of Functional statements

Division C

Part 1 General

  • Terms and Abbreviations

Part 2 Administrative Provisions

  • Application
  • Administration
  • Alternative solutions
  • Professional design and review

Division B

  • Attribution Tables

Volume Two

Division B

Part 1 General

  • General
  • Terms and abbreviations
  • References documents

Part 2 Reserved

Part 3 Fire Protection, Occupant Load, Occupant Safety and Accessibility

  • Fire protection through compartmentalization, sprinkler system
  • Classification of buildings
  • Major occupancy
  • Multiple occupancy
  • Multiple occupancy and fire protection requirements

Combustible Construction

  • Non-combustible construction
  • Foamed plastic
  • Fire resistance rating
  • Fire separations
  • Closures
  • Fire walls
  • Fire stopping
  • Flame spread rating
  • Roof assemblies
  • Occupant load
  • Building fire safety

Building Size and Construction Relative to Occupancy

  • Building classification
  • Number of streets
  • Sprinkler vs non sprinkler
  • Sprinkler in lieu of roof rating
  • Spatial separation and exposure to fire
  • Exposure protection
  • Number size of unprotected openings
  • Limiting distance

Day II

Fire Alarm and Detection

  • Fire alarm
  • Types of fire alarms
  • Sprinklers in lieu of fire detectors
  • Voice communications

Provisions for Fire Fighting

  • Access to basements, access to fire routes
  • Water supply
  • Sprinkler systems

Additional Requirements for High Buildings

  • Limits to smoke
  • Fire fighters elevator
  • Smoke venting
  • Stand pipe system requirements
  • Pressurization

Emergency Lighting and Power Supply

  • Main lighting levels
  • Emergency power supply


  • Openings through rated floor assembly
  • Exit requirements from mezzanine
  • Interconnected floors
  • Smoke control

Safety within Floor Areas

  • Separations of suites
  • Hazardous area
  • Public corridors
  • Number of exits
  • Assembly occupancy
  • Care
  • Detention occupancy

Exit Requirements

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

Vertical Transportation

  • Elevator requirements
  • Fire separations
  • Linen and refuse chutes
  • Fire separation make up
  • Service facilities

Health Requirements

  • Room sizes
  • Size of windows
  • Windows protection in apartment buildings
  • How to calculate the number of plumbing fixtures in different types of buildings

Care and Detention

  • Hospitals and nursing homes
  • Residential occupancies

Barrier-Free Design

  • Path of travel
  • Occupancy requirements
  • Design standards
  • Assistive listening devices
  • Ramps

Tents & Air Supported Structures  3.1.6 & 4.4.1.

  • Spatial separation
  • Clearances to surrounding
  • Flammable materials
  • Structural requirements
  • Back up emergency power
  • Professional design


Part B4 Structural Design Overview

  • Design requirements
  • Building higher buildings
  • Loading live and dead load
  • Use and occupancy
  • Wind loads
  • Live loads due to earthquakes
  • Foundations
  • Excavations
  • Signs

Part 5 Wind, Water and Vapour Protection (Environmental Separation)

  • Separation of environment
  • Environmental loss
  • Heat transfer
  • Air leakage
  • Precipitation
  • Surface water
  • Moisture in the ground
  • Prevent mould

Part B6 Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning Overview

  • Design and installation
  • Air duct design system
  • Supply, return air, exhaust air system

Part 7 Aquatic Facilities

  • Private or Public pools
  • Fences
  • Filtration systems

Part 7 National Plumbing Code

  • Water distribution systems
  • Traps and interceptors
  • Plumbing facilities
  • Materials, fixtures
  • Corrosion resistant materials
  • Connections to drainage
  • Protection from contamination

Part 8  Safety Measures at Demolition and Construction Sites

  • General
  • Protection of the Public

Part B9 Housing and Small Buildings

  • Scope of part 9 in detail
  • Different materials, systems and equipment
  • Compressive strength of concrete
  • Wood products
  • Snow loads
  • Design of areas and spaces
  • Resistance to forced entry
  • Fire protection of exits
  • Occupancy classification
  • Spatial separations
  • Damp proofing  vs waterproofing
  • Footing and foundations
  • Masonry
  • Wood frame construction
  • Wood design use of tables
  • Heat transfer, air leakage and condensation
  • Cladding, stucco, interior finishes
  • Ventilation
  • Design of floor system framing
  • Design of roof system framing  

Part 10 Relocatable Industrial Accommodation

  • Application
  • Structural Requirements
  • Fire Safety
  • Health requirements
  • General Safety

Part 11 Exterior Acoustic Insulation

  • Application
  • Design


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

$1995 + taxes

  • 2.1 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • 21 Professional Development Hours (PDHs)
  • ECAA Annual Professional Development Points

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