Code Changes coming in 2014

The New Year has once again crept up on us and with this New Year, some new additions have been implemented to the 2012 Ontario Building Code. For those contractors outside of the Province of Ontario, take note as past history has shown that the Ontario Building Code tends to apply to the other provinces shortly after. Additionally, the changes to the Building Code will not only improve safety and the environment, but can improve your pocketbook too!

The Building Code was initially developed so that all homes met minimum safety standards and therefore, homes wouldn't topple from too much snow or a good Chinook wind. Now that the structural components are solid in all homes built, enhancements have been adding to the Building Code to make the home's residents safe from non-builder related elements. Revisions to the Code in 2014 will see that every bedroom in a home must have a ''hard wired'' smoke detector. In multi-unit residential units, an integrated sprinkler and fire alarm system will be required. Another safety feature in the Building Code is that homes must have a carbon monoxide detector and revising the average annual concentration of radon gas from 250 Bq/m3 to 200 Bq/m3.

The environmental improvements to the code continue in 2014.

Some of the improvements include:
- Drain Water Heat Recovery
- Toilets that are 4.8L or 3L/6L Dual flush
- Grey Water Systems
- Shorter runs for hot water lines (this is an appendix not as a best practice)
- Hot Water pipe insulation
- Programmable Thermostat
- Shower heads at 7.6L/min.

Whether your business resides in Ontario or not, these are good practices to follow. Informing your customers that their home will be Building Code compliant for years to come will be reassuring to customers. Noting these enhancements to customers will show that you are a qualified, cutting edge contractor who is concerned for their safety and also, with some of the environmental components, show your customers that you are trying to save them money over the long term as well as doing their part for the environment.
For more information regarding the new changes to the building code, contact your local Home Hardware Building Centre for local expert advice or seek the guidance of your local building inspector.