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CCBFC considering options for model code requirements for energy efficiency for houses

The Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes (CCBFC) is currently updating the Model National Energy Code for Buildings for publication in 2011. This model code applies to all buildings regardless of size with the exception of housing within the scope of Part 9 of the National Building Code.

At its annual meeting held in February 2008, the CCBFC received requests to address energy efficiency in houses. It noted there is currently a will to address energy efficiency at the provincial and territorial levels. It reviewed these requests and confirmed a desire to undertake work to condiser energy efficiency in houses.

As is the case with all codes produced by the CCBFC, the energy efficiency requirements for houses would be included in an objective-based model code. The requirements would be suitable for consideration by all provinces and territories, thereby encouraging consistent regulations in energy efficiency in houses across Canada.

The CCBFC is inviting stakeholders to participate in a dialogue regarding model code requirements for energy efficiency for houses. Please send your comments to the Secretary of the CCBFC at 613-993-5569, fax 613-952-4040, or e-mail at

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