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Revision 12 of the BC Building Code Takes Effect January 31, 2018

BC Building Code Users:

The Honourable Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, has approved changes to the 2012 BC Building Code effective January 31, 2018. These changes constitute Revision 12 of the 2012 BC Building Code and are available online.  The changes concern Letters of Assurance and a number of other Code revisions.

Letters of Assurance: Changes include editorial revisions to Schedules B and C-A. These Schedules are now available on the BC Codes website.

Other Code Changes: Changes include removing a relaxation for guards and opening restrictions for windows in dwelling units that are not above other dwelling units; permission for passive ventilation supply air for secondary suites in buildings conforming to the BC Energy Step Code; and editorial changes to the BC Energy Step Code, including clarification of the term “floor area” for energy modelling.

Revision 12 has been consolidated and posted within the online BC Building Code. For customers using hard copies of the BC Building Code, the convenience copy of the BC Energy Step Code will be updated and available online once consolidation of the recent revisions is complete.

Further explanation of the changes can be found in two technical bulletins that will be available online:

  • Technical Bulletin 18-01: January 2018 Update to Letters of Assurance (attached to this message).
  • Technical Bulletin 18-02: Miscellaneous Revisions to the 2012 BC Building Code (available soon).

Questions about Revision 12 should be directed to codequestion@gov.bc.ca. More information about the BC Building Code is available at www.gov.bc.ca/buildingcodes.

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