The Ministry of Municipal Affairs (MMA) is proposing to revoke the current version of the Building Code (Ontario Regulation 332/12) and replace it with a new edition under the Building Code Act, 1992. It is proposed that the new edition come into effect in January 2019.
As part of developing the next edition of the Building Code, MMA is seeking input on proposed requirements to support the implementation of the government’s Climate Change Action Plan (CCAP), which was released in June 2016. MMA is seeking input on proposed requirements to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the building sector through changes to the Building Code.
Potential changes for the next edition of the Building Code that are being considered to reduce GHG emissions include:
- Energy efficiency requirements for houses
- Energy efficiency in large buildings
- Energy efficient renovations in houses and large buildings
- Electric vehicle charging in new multi-unit residential buildings
- Other green technologies
Additionally, MMA is seeking input on potential changes that would support adaptation to climate change, specifically related to the potential for increased frequency of extreme weather events. These potential changes would include hurricane straps in new houses.
This consultation will also seek input on how to inform potential future changes to the Building Code that will support CCAP by promoting increased energy efficiency in Ontario, such as the commissioning of large buildings, adaptive thermostats and sub-metering.