Building Magazine


Ontario houses undergoing new energy efficiency standards

Ontario’s building code now requires all new-home construction to have full-height insulation on foundation walls. This is estimated to increase home efficiency by 28 per cent over the 1997 building standard. The new requirement is the second of three steps mandated by the 2006 Building Code. Energy efficient measures in the 2006 Building Code include more energy efficient windows, higher insulation levels in ceilings, walls and foundation walls, and high-efficiency gas and propane-fired furnaces.


Ontario’s Building and Development Branch works with the municipal and building sectors and consumer groups to improve and streamline the building regulatory system. This leads to efficient development and more construction jobs, while protecting public safety. The Branch administers the Building Code Act (BCA) and the Ontario Building Code (OBC), which govern the construction of new buildings and the renovation and maintenance of existing buildings.


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