The absence of national code requirements for existing buildings is resulting in a patchwork approach to dealing with alterations across Canada. This causes confusion in the industry, among regulators and building owners/operators, and may even result in unsafe practices.
In order to address these concerns, the Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Code (CCBFC) and the Provincial and Territorial Policy Advisory Committee on Codes (PTPACC) created a Joint Task Group on Alterations to Existing Buildings (JTG AEB). The group is composed of three members of the PTPACC and four members of the CCBFC, and is supported by NRC Technical Advisors.
The JTG AEB’s work is identified in a Report on Alterations to Existing Buildings. The report describes the overarching principles and a general concept of the triggers and decision points of potential future code requirements that would apply to the alterations to existing buildings (AEB).
The report was developed with input from a variety of stakeholders including industry, provincial and territorial officials, regulators and the general public. The report was approved in principle by the CCBFC in December 2018.
The JTG AEB is now seeking broader stakeholder input and would appreciate if you could provide your thoughts on the following questions by August 30, 2019.
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