2012 Ontario Building Code Now in Effect
As of January 1, 2014, the 2012 Ontario Building Code came into effect. Parts of the code, especially those concerned with energy efficiency and on-site sewage systems, will come into force over the next few years, but the 2012 Ontario Building Code contains regulations that all property managers and building owners should be aware of.
Property Protection and Health
The 2012 Building Code has enhancements to property protection and health, including:
- Removing window screens as an acceptable fall protection device. Window guards or controlled sashes will still be required under the Code
- Revising the average annual concentration of radon threshold in the Building Code to reflect the new national threshold
- Clarifying that sewage back-water valves are required in residential buildings connected to a public sewage system, if deemed necessary at a local level
- Protecting public water supplies from contamination from medium hazard uses by requiring backflow preventers
The 2012 Code has new requirements to enhance fire protection, including requiring:
- Hard-wired smoke alarms with battery back-up in each sleeping room for houses and large buildings
- Integrated sprinkler and fire alarm systems in multi-unit residential buildings
- Large Buildings, for which building permits are applied on or after January 1, 2017 , must meet an energy efficiency level that is 13% higher than required in 2012
- Houses, for which building permits are applied on or after January 1, 2017, must meet an energy efficiency level that is 15% higher than required in 2012
- Newly installed toilets in residential occupancies must be high efficiency
- Newly installed urinals in residential occupancies must be high efficiency
- Showerheads in residential occupancies must be high efficiency
To read an overview of the 2012 code changes, please visit here.
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