New BC Building code energy requirements for houses adopted this year, effective 2014, noticeably lacked revisions relating to ventilation requirements. In short, they simply could not come to consensus in time. Now, a public review is underway in an effort to finalize new ventilation requirements to be implemented concurrently in December 2014. “Deferred implementation” is a fancy way of saying “trying to catch up”. The attached link provides a general outline of the issues, and a link to a survey where you can contribute your thoughts towards the new code language. There are also some good graphics which demonstrate the basics of different types of home heating and ventilation systems.
While this is not late breaking news, nor particularly relevant for another year or so, BC has adopted the new National Building Code energy efficiency standards for housing published in December of 2012, which will be effective in our provincial Building Code as of December 19, 2014. In short, this revision introduces Building Code performance standards for windows and heating equipment for the first time.
Short of combing through the NBC model code language, I haven’t seen a great summary of the standards until I was referred to a good resource available through the National Codes website. The online presentation outlining the revisions is broken out into a series of short videos, bundled into four categories as follows:
General Introduction – Click Here
Building Envelope – Click Here
HVAC & Service Water Heating – Click Here
Performance Path for Housing – Click Here
Congratulations to this year’s CARE Award winners! Check out the media release by the Victoria Builder’s Association for the complete list of all winners