National Energy Code for Buildings available for free
The National Research Council of Canada and Natural Resources Canada are now providing free online access to the 2017 edition of the National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings.
The pilot project marks the first time that a national building code has been made freely accessible and will provide the government an opportunity to evaluate the benefits of moving toward such a model.
Other countries, such as Australia, have found that providing tradespeople free access to codes has been linked to strong gains in productivity and the economy.
Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, said, ”For small businesses, the cost of purchasing building codes has made it harder to succeed and grow. That’s why we are making access to the National Building Codes free across the country, starting with this pilot project.
”This will reduce the costs to business, encourage innovation, increase Canadians’ comfort and well-being, while reducing pollution. Everybody wins.”