National Research Council Canada-NRC

National Research Council Canada-NRC

September 26, 2005 09:05 ET

NRC/A New Era in National Construction Codes: Canada World Leader in Objective-Based Codes

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Sept. 26, 2005) - The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) today launched the twelfth edition of the National Construction Codes in a new "objective-based" format. Ten years in production, the 2005 Codes are unique in the world.

"As the author of the National Construction Codes, NRC is proud that these improvements will facilitate use and remove barriers to innovation in the construction industry," said NRC President, Dr Pierre Coulombe. "The implementation of the new codes and the elements that make them more useful to industry is leading-edge and uniquely Canadian."

The National Construction Codes are the model documents used by provinces and territories to establish their own building and fire regulations. According to Bruce Clemmensen, Chair of the NRC Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes (CCBFC), the 2005 National Construction Codes provide numerous technical updates and new features that will help code users understand what must be done to satisfy the Codes' provisions. They are clearer, easier to apply to existing buildings and encourage more innovation by the industry.

Canada is the first country in the world to develop objective-based codes. These codes provide for a better understanding of the intent behind code requirements, by providing an explanation for each provision. "This new information will help designers and regulators determine what minimum performance must be achieved, thereby facilitating the evaluation of new products and construction techniques", says Robert Bowen, Director General, NRC-IRC. " We are pleased to offer the construction sector these cutting-edge Codes".

Since 1998, a new coordinated national codes development system has maximized provincial/territorial participation at all stages of the process. This partnership between the NRC and the provinces and territories, mediated by the CCBFC, has significantly improved the development of the national model code documents. In addition, public involvement is another important feature of the national code development and maintenance process. Canada's building code development has used one of the most extensive public review procedures in the world.

The National Construction Codes comprise:

The National Building Code 2005 (NBC)
The National Fire Code 2005 (NFC)
The National Plumbing Code 2005 (NPC)

The 2005 Codes are available for purchase on-line at or by calling 1 800 672-7990 or (613) 993-2463 in the Ottawa-Gatineau region.

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