On December 19, 2014 the provincial government's long anticipated revisions to the 2012 British Columbia Building Code will come into effect.
New building permit applications submitted on or after December 20, 2014 will be governed by these revisions. The revisions include changes to the energy efficiencies for new buildings and the inclusion of ventilation requirements for residential dwelling units, such as houses, apartments and secondary suites and increased safety provisions in daycare facilities providing care for children under the age of 30 months.
There are a number of resources available to help Code users understand these changes, who they impact and how to comply with the new requirements. Some of these changes amend existing sections of the Code, while others introduce new content and concepts. We encourage all builders and consultants to review these technical bulletins and guides in preparation for the effective date of December 19, 2014.
- The Homeowner Protection Office (HPO) has developed a new illustrated guide to these energy efficiencies. Please visit the HPO website to learn more about the guides and download your free copy. Hard copies of the guide are now available at City Hall.
- The Provincial Office of Housing and Construction Standards has posted bulletins summarizing some of the changes.