Invitation to Participate in NRC Public Review

Subject: Invitation to Participate in NRC Public Review

Dear Code Users:

I am writing to advise that the National Research Council of Canada has launched a Public Review that will run from October 22, 2019 to December 23, 2019. The Public Review provides an opportunity to provide feedback on proposed changes to Codes Canada Publications, including:

• National Building Code of Canada 2015 (NBC)
• National Fire Code of Canada 2015 (NFC)
• National Plumbing Code of Canada 2015 (NPC)
Please Note: A final national public review will take place in January 2020, which will include changes being proposed to the National Energy Code for Buildings.

The BC Building, Plumbing and Fire Codes (BC Codes) are based substantially on the model Codes Canada Publications. Changes to the Codes Canada Publications are typically adopted into the BC Codes.

The Public Review is set to close at 4:00 p.m. EST on December 23, 2019. For more detailed information on the proposed technical changes and the steps required for submitting comments, please visit the NRC website.

Summary of proposed changes:

• National Building Code of Canada
o Encapsulated Mass Timber Construction
o Safety Glazing
o Grab Bars in Bathtubs and Showers
o Snow Loads for Roofs with Solar Panels
o Snow Loads in High Roof Steps and on Canopies
o Insulating Concrete Form (ICF)
o Climatic Data: Wind
• National Fire Code of Canada
o Water-Miscible Liquids
o Fuel Dispensing Stations
• National Plumbing Code of Canada
o Water-Use Efficiency
o Water Temperature Control
o Ingress of Soil Gases
o Piping
o Materials and Equipment
o Potable Water Systems
o Non-Potable Water in Health Care Facilities
o Drainage Systems

For More Information:

• For code interpretation questions, please email
• For general questions about code adoption, please email
• For information about code products and pricing, please email

Please share this information as appropriate within your organization.


Jarrett Hutchinson | Director, Building Policy
Building & Safety Standards Branch