Ensuring Compliance With the National Building Code

Online /
April 22, 25-29, 2022 /
Course Code: 12-0416-ONL22

  • Overview
  • Syllabus
  • Instructor


Please note, This instructor-led course has specific dates and times:
Course Date is April 22, 25-29, 2022 (6 days)

9:30 am to 1:15 pm daily

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

  • develop valuable knowledge on key parts and interpretation of the National Building Code of Canada 2015
  • 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 2015 National Building Code of Canada is divided into a number of 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. Energy efficiency, Barrier free) This course is focused on how to use the 2015 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 the use of the building code and which parts apply to the different types of buildings.

Students are required to bring their copy of the 2015 National Building Code of Canada to the course. This is an interactive course where you are working with the code as well as the instructor with real examples.

Please note that this is general course without any provincial amendments.

Course Outline:

  • Fire Protection, Occupant Load, Occupant Safety and Accessibility
  • 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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Time: 9:30 AM - 1:15 PM Eastern Time

Please note: You can check other time zones here.


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

The Building Code Act

  • Design of building code
  • Some drawings and applications for a building permit

Part 1A-Scope and Definitions

  • Abbreviations
  • Legal definitions
  • Defined terms

Part 2A -Objective A2

  • Application
  • Notes to objectives

Part 3A

Functional Statement

  • Application
  • Notes to functional statements

Part 1B General

  • Application
  • Objective and functional statements
  • Climatic and seismic data
  • Terms and abbreviations
  • Reference documents

Part 3B 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

Construction Types

  • 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

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

Service Facilities

  • Service rooms
  • Vertical service space
  • Horizontal service space

Health Requirements

  • Room sizes
  • Size of windows
  • Windows protection in apartment buildings

Care and Detention

  • Hospitals and nursing homes
  • Residential occupancies


  • How to calculate the number of plumbing fixtures in different types of buildings
  • Nova Scotia adopts the National Plumbing Code of Canada

Barrier-Free Design

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

Air Supported Structures

  • Spatial separation
  • Clearances to surrounding
  • Flammable materials
  • Structural requirements
  • Back up emergency power
  • Professional design (see 4.4.1)

Part B4 Structural Design Overview

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

Part B5 Wind, Water and Vapour Protection (Environmental Separation)

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

Part B6 Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning Overview

  • Design and installation (planning)
  • Air duct design system
  • Supply, return air, exhaust air system
  • Chimneys and venting equipment

Part B7 Plumbing Overview

  • Design and installation
  • Required facilities
  • Objectives and functional statements

Part B8 Safety Measures at Construction and Demolition Sites

  • Scope
  • 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

Miscellaneous Overview

  • Equivalents
  • Climate date

Part I-C1

  • Definitions and abbreviations

Part C2-Alternative Solutions Disputes

  • Administration
  • Alternative solutions

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 in excess of a decade of teaching Code specific courses to Building Officials, engineers, architects and designers.


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Fee & Credits

$1575 + taxes

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

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