Proposed amendments to the Building Code (O. Reg. 350/06)
O. Reg. 350/06
Bill or Act:
Building Code Act, 1992
Summary of Decision:
Ontario's Building Code, O.Reg. 350/06 was amended by O. Reg 503/09, which was filed on December 21, 2009.
The Building Code and the amending regulations can be found at the hyperlinks provided below.
October 10, 2009
Summary of Proposal:
The government is proposing a package of interim changes to the Building Code. The proposed changes are intended to support business and promote a greener Ontario.
Many of the proposed changes are clarifications or housekeeping in nature. The proposed changes also include prescriptive equivalent requirements to the EnerGuide 80 energy efficiency requirements; and a reduction in the minimum height of septic tanks, from 1200 mm to 1000 mm. The prescriptive equivalent to EnerGuide 80 would provide home designers and builders with the choice of a variety of prescriptive alternatives to Natural Resources Canada’s performance-based EnerGuide 80 standard, which is currently referenced in the Code, while maintaining or exceeding its level of energy efficiency. The new energy efficiency requirements would apply to houses - residential buildings covered by part 9 of the Code. The reduction in minimum septic height depth would increase the flexibility in design choices.
The Ministry in currently undertaking a consultation to seek public input regarding the content of these potential changes. See the Building Code website: www.ontario.ca/buildingcode
James Douglas, Manager
Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing
Municipal Services Division
Building and Development Branch
777 Bay Street
Phone: (416) 585-6753
December 21, 2009