Building Safety Code a hot topic

By Jessica Dempsey

March 21, 2018 3:36 PM

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It was an information filled day at the Governance and Priorities Committee meeting, with a number of topics up for discussion.
On Monday the committee talked about the adoption of a new building safety code.
The City of Lloydminster currently follows the 2005 National Building Code, but the need for an update to the code has been identified, as the code currently used is well behind industry norms and practices.
Administration came to council with two code options. One is the National Building Code 2015, which has been adopted in Saskatchewan.
A hesitation surrounding this model was about Section 9.36, Energy Efficiency, which will come into force on Jan. 1.
The other option was the Alberta Building Code 2014, which has been in force in Alberta since May 1, 2015. And has been the National Energy Code for Building 2011, which has been in force since Nov. 1, 2015.
“What we are looking for is a code that we can apply across the city, that doesn’t disadvantage either side, but at the same time provides the best direction for the industry,” said Mayor Gerald Aalbers.
In November of last year, the Lloydminster Construction Association submitted a letter to the city noting their preference of building code being the National Building Code 2010, which does not include the 2011 National Energy Code.
“The energy code is going to continuously change, they referred to the energy codes because we want to be more efficient and build more efficiently, but at the same time you can also dampen the development if it’s cost prohibited,” said Aalbers.
“We have asked administration to go back and do a little more information gathering. There are various pieces because our city has two provincial pieces to it. It’s important that we try to keep consistent,” said Aalbers.
Council had asked to further talk to the construction association, builders and developers to understand their perspective.

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