CPD Offering – Building Officials Guide to Understanding HVAC Building Code Requirements – October 2021

Course Topic: Building Officials Guide to Understanding HVAC Building Code Requirements

Course Dates: October 26 and 27, 2021 – (This course is now full)

Time: 8:30am – 12:00pm (PST)

Registration Fee: $299.00 + GST

Registration: (Maximum of 30 participants for this course)

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CPD Eligibility: 5 points – Category A3

Presentation Overview:

This course has been designed to provide Building Officials with an understanding of the BC Building Code requirements for 9.32-Ventilation (CSA F326), and 9.33- Heating and Air-conditioning (CSA F280-12). It contains a short introduction to Building Science relating to ventilation and air change design (ducts); 9.32 Ventilation requirements, a summary overview of all the changes in the new CSA F280-12, CAN/CSA-F326, and a review of key requirements for Heating and Air-conditioning systems. Typical installation procedures and code requirements will be presented using photographs of installed systems and other documentation. Residential Heat Loss and Heat Gain calculation methodology, Air Systems design and installation requirements will be reviewed including an overview of some of the design methods.  Click here for more details


Francis Belle, RASDT, RHDT, CEA

With 30+ years of experience within the residential housing sector, Francis has extensive background in home construction, building science and energy efficiency and has operated his own residential design and consulting firm since 1982.  A Certified Energy Advisor for the Energuide for Houses Program operated by Natural Resources Canada, Francis has taught many building science programs and was originally with the HRAI instructor team from 2007 to 2013.  Francis rejoined the team in the Summer of 2017.

Organization Overview: 

Founded in 1968, the Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI) is a non-profit national trade association that represents more than 1,150 member companies in the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR) industry.  Our members include manufacturers, wholesalers and contractors who employ more than 50,000 people in Canada and represent an industry that delivers more than $7B annually to the Canadian economy.

CPD Offering – AHJ Training on S1001 Integrated Systems Testing – October and November 2021

Presentation Topic: AHJ Training on S1001 Integrated Systems Testing Of Fire Protection and Life Safety Systems

Dates: October 7, October 19, November 10, November 16, 2021

Time: 10:00am – 1:00pm (PST)

Registration Fee: No Charge

Registration: (Maximum of 50 participants per date)

Thursday, October 7, 2021 10:00 am – 1:00 PM PST : Click here to register – This session is full

Tuesday, October 19, 2021 10:00 am – 1:00 PM PST at: Click here to register – This session is full

Wednesday, November 10, 2021 10:00 am – 1:00 PM PST at: Click here to register – This session is full

Tuesday, November 16, 2021 10:00 am – 1:00 PM PST at: Click here to register – This session is full

After registering you will receive a confirmation email from the host (ULC) containing information about joining the training

CPD Eligibility: 3 points – Category A4

Presentation Overview:

Since the publication of the 2015 National Building and Fire Codes of Canada, ULC has been receiving numerous inquiries from building and fire officials across the country in regards to CAN/ULC-S1001 – Standard for Integrated Systems Testing of Fire Protection and Life Safety Systems.

As a result of this, ULC has developed an interactive 3-hour free virtual AHJ training. Here are some of the topics that are covered:

• The history of the Canadian National Building and Fire Codes and the origin of the CAN/ULC-S1001 Standard. We will also discuss testing qualifications, the testing process, and some of the key requirements for periodic, retroactive, and modifications testing.

• Integrated testing requirements and procedures as outlined in Section 6 of the CAN/ULC-S1001 Standard.

• Documentation and testing forms found in Section 7 of the CAN/ULC-S1001 Standard, as well as the sample integrated testing plan found in Appendix C.


Brian McBain, Senior Regulatory Services Representative, Underwriters Laboratories of Canada Inc.

Organization Overview: 

Underwriters Laboratories of Canada (UL Canada) is an independent product safety testing, certification and inspection organization. We have tested products for public safety for 100 years and we are accredited by the Standards Council of Canada and International Accreditation Service, Inc.

Founded in 1920 and celebrating our 100th anniversary, ULC is a key architect of the Canadian National Safety System, administered by the Standards Council of Canada (SCC). UL Canada’s time-tested system supports governmental product safety regulations, and it complements federal, provincial, and municipal public safety initiatives. UL Canada also works with other governments and international safety systems to help further international trade with adherence to local and international safety requirements.


August Building Code Webinar

The BOABC held a third Building Code Webinar on August 26, 2021.  Please click here to view this presentation.

There is a Plumbing Code Webinar being planned for September 23, 2021.

Fall 2021 Professional Development Offerings!

In collaboration with our industry partners, the BOABC is pleased to offer its members the following professional development opportunities:

Cloudpermit E-permitting Platform – September 15, 2021

NFPA 915 Standard for Remote Inspections – September 20, 2021

IAS Building Department Accreditation and Recognition Programs – October 20, 2021

Details about each offering, including registration information, can be found by clicking on the links above. These offerings are being delivered free of charge to members.

If you have any questions about the registration process, please contact the Association at info@boabc.org or 604-270-9516.

Stay tuned for information about additional professional development opportunities that will be offered this Fall.


July Building Code Webinar

The BOABC held a second Building Code Webinar on July 29, 2021.  Please click here to view this presentation.

The next Building Code Webinar will be held on August 26, 2021.

There is a Plumbing Code Webinar being planned for September 23, 2021.

Building Knowledge – Best Practices for Accessory Dwelling Units

BC Housing is offering a free 2-hour webinar on Sept 15, 2021 from 10 am – 12 noon PDT entitled Building Knowledge – Best Practices for Accessory Dwelling Units.  This webinar is worth two (2) CPD points.

In many communities across BC, there continues to be an increased demand for rental housing and housing diversity. Despite the introduction of policies and zoning that support secondary suites and accessory dwelling units (ADUs), there has been a slow uptake of these housing options.

A recent report Accessory Dwelling Units: Case Studies and Best Practices from BC Communities conducted by WCS Engagement and Planning, and BC Housing, examined the main barriers limiting the construction of this built form in B.C.’s small and medium-sized communities.

This webinar will cover leading practices in policy and bylaw amendments, community engagement, and other initiatives to more successfully implement ADUs.

To register, click here.

The Professional Governance Act – How does this impact the permitting process

On April 29, 2021, Engineers and Geoscientists BC distributed information to municipalities and regional districts about new legislative requirements from the Professional Governance Act  (PGA) that affect the practice of engineering and geoscience.

The PGA has introduced the requirement for Engineers and Geoscientists BC to regulate entities in the public and private sector that engage in the practice of professional engineering or geoscience.  Starting July 2, 2021, firms that engage in the practice of professional engineering or geoscience will be required to register with Engineers and Geoscientists BC and hold a Permit to Practice.

Building Officials need to be aware of this change and how it impacts the permitting process.  Beginning October 1, 2021, Professional Engineers are required to provide their firm’s Permit to Practice number (a seven digit number) with permit applications to provide proof  of registration with Engineers and Geoscientists BC.  Local authorities may wish to review building bylaws, application forms, and administrative processes to ensure consistency with these new requirements.

General information and background on this regulation can be found in this document prepared by Engineers and Geoscientists BC , at the website egbc.ca/firms, or by contacting Engineers and Geoscientists BC directly at firms@egbc.ca or 604-430-8035.

Important Notice – Imported Structural Lumber and Enquiries about Plywood and OSB

To: Canadian Building Associations and Officials, CLSAB Accredited Agencies and CLSAB Staff

From: Chuck Dentelbeck, President & CEO, CLSAB

Date: July 8, 2021

Subject: Imported Structural Lumber and Enquiries about Plywood and OSB

The price and availability of lumber is introducing a lot of creativity around sourcing products.
Every piece of structural lumber needs to be stamped with a CLSAB approved grade mark. This requirement appears in in CSA-O141 Softwood Lumber where it states:
Softwood lumber may be designated as Canadian Standard Lumber if the following conditions are met:
a) The lumber complies with the minimum requirements of CSA-O141.
b) The lumber is graded in accordance with grading rules approved by an accreditation board (CLSAB).
c) The lumber is inspected and identified in accordance with the regulations of that accreditation board (CLSAB).
The two exceptions to the foregoing are as follows:
1. D.Fir-L or Hem-Fir grown in the United States and stamped with an American Lumber Standards Committee Accredited Agency grade stamp as CSA-O86 provides this equivalency.
2. For all other imported lumber, the homeowner or builder must consult with a structural engineer to determine design values for the lumber and then each piece must be inspected by a CLSAB Accredited Agency to ensure the material meets the required NLGA grade.
If you have questions about plywood or OSB, the APA – The Engineered Wood Association (apawood.org) is the organization to contact. The APA Help Desk can be contacted by email at help@apawood.org or by phone at 253-620-7400 from Monday to Friday, 7 am – 4 pm PST. The Help Desk can answer basic questions, if not, they’ll escalate to Field Services or Technical Services.
If you have questions about this memorandum, do not hesitate to contact me at cdentelbeck@clsab.ca or 613-482-2480

Click here for printable copy of the memo