GNWT adopts the NFC (2015) and NBC (2015) - effective November 15, 2016

The Office of the Fire Marshal, GNWT, will initiate implementation of the National Building Code of Canada 2015 and the National Fire Code of Canada 2015 effective Tuesday, November 15, 2016. All the plans of construction and specifications received on November 14, 2016 before 5 pm shall be reviewed under the National Building Code 2010 and the National Fire Code 2010. Plans of construction and specifications received after 5 pm on November 14, 2016 shall be reviewed under the National Building and Fire Codes 2015.

 

The National Fire Code of Canada 2015

     Source: National Research Council Canada

The National Fire Code of Canada 2015 … “sets out the technical provisions regulating activities related to the construction, use or demolition of buildings and facilities, the condition of specific elements of buildings and facilities, and the design or construction of specific elements of facilities related to certain hazards as well as the protection measures for the current or intended use of buildings. There are 77 technical changes in the NFC”; click here for more information.

 

The National Building Code of Canada 2015

     Source: National Research Council Canada

The National Building Code of Canada 2015 … “sets out technical provisions for the design and construction of new buildings. It also applies to the alteration, change of use and demolition of existing buildings. Over 360 technical changes have been incorporated in this new edition”; click here for more information.

 

Legislation

Section 3.d of the NWT's Fire Prevention Act states that the Fire Marshal "review(s) plans and specifications for the construction, alteration or repair of structures with a view to determining that proper precuations are taken against fire and the spread of fire". The associated regulations establish "minimum building standards for fire prevention purposes" (23.1.f) consistent with relevant codes and standards, which include the NBC and NFC. So, the OFM will review construction plans and specifications under the newest editions of the applicable codes, NBC 2015 and NFC 2015, effective November 15, 2016.