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Building Code Regulations
made under Section 4 of the

Building Code Act

R.S.N.S. 1989, c. 46

N.S. Reg. 176/2014 (November 18, 2014, effective January 31, 2015)

Part 1: Repeals, Interpretation, Scope, Definitions and Administration

1.1. Repeals, Adoption and Interpretation

 

1.1.1.       Title, Repeals, and Effective Date

 

1.1.1.1.     Title

These regulations may be cited as the Nova Scotia Building Code Regulations.

 

       1.1.1.2.      Repeal and Effective Dates

       (1)    The Nova Scotia Building Code Regulations, N.S. Reg. 330/2013, made by theMinister of Labour and Advanced Education on November 5, 2013, are repealedeffective January 31, 2015.

 

       (2)    These Nova Scotia Building Code Regulations made by the Minister of MunicipalAffairs are effective on and after January 31, 2015.

 

1.1.2.       Adoptions

 

       1.1.2.1.      Nova Scotia Building Code

       (1)    These regulations adopt the National Building Code of Canada, 2010, including allrevisions, errata and corrections to errata made by that body on or before December31, 2013, which together with these regulations shall be known as the “Nova ScotiaBuilding Code” and may be referred to as the “Code”.

 

       (2)    Effective December 31, 2013, these regulations adopt the National Energy Code ofCanada for Buildings, 2011, including all revisions, errata and corrections to erratamade by that body on or before December 31, 2013, except for their application tobuildings within the scope of Part 3 of the National Building Code, and incorporatethese as part of the Nova Scotia Building Code.

 

       (3)    Effective December 31, 2014, these regulations adopt the National Energy Code ofCanada for Buildings, 2011, including all revisions, errata and corrections to erratamade by that body on or before December 31, 2013, and incorporate these as part ofthe Nova Scotia Building Code.

 

1.1.3.       Interpretation

 

       1.1.3.1.      Numbering System

       (1)    These regulations have been prepared following the same decimal numberingsystem as used in the Code.

 

       (2)    The first number indicates the Part of these regulations; the second, the Section inthe Part; the third, the Subsection and the fourth, the Article in the Subsection. AnArticle may be further broken down into Sentences (indicated by numbers inbrackets), and the Sentence further divided into Clauses and Subclauses. They areillustrated as follows:

 

A

Division

3

Part

3.5

Section

3.5.2.

Subsection

3.5.2.1.

Article

3.5.2.1.(2)

Sentence

3.5.2.1.(2)(a)

Clause

3.5.2.1.(2)(a)(i)

Subclause

 

       1.1.3.2.      Schedules The Schedules “A” through “A-9” inclusive, “B”, “C” and “D”form part of these regulations.

 

1.1.4.       Nova Scotia Building Advisory Committee

 

       1.1.4.1.      Appointment of Nova Scotia Building Advisory Committee

       (1)    The Minister may appoint to the Committee such number of members as theMinister determines, for such terms as may be specified in the appointments.

 

       (2)    The Committee shall include

                (a)    a representative of the Fire Marshal for the Province,

                (b)    a representative appointed from among persons nominated by the DisabledPersons Commission,

                (c)    a representative of municipal government appointed from among personsnominated by the Executive of the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities,

                (d)    a representative appointed from among persons nominated by the Executive ofthe Association of Professional Engineers of Nova Scotia,

                (e)    a representative appointed from among persons nominated by the Executive ofthe Nova Scotia Association of Architects,

                (f)    a representative appointed from among persons nominated by the Executive ofthe Nova Scotia Home Designers Association,

                (g)    a representative appointed from among persons nominated by the Executive ofthe Association of Interior Designers of Nova Scotia,

                (h)    a representative appointed from among persons nominated by the Executive ofthe Nova Scotia Home Builders Association,

                (i)     a representative appointed from among persons nominated by the Executive ofthe Construction Association of Nova Scotia,

                (j)     a representative appointed from among persons nominated by the Executive ofthe Nova Scotia Building Officials Association,

                (k)    a representative appointed from among persons nominated by the Executive ofthe NS & PEI Regional Council of Carpenters, Millwrights & Allied Workers,who shall be a resident of Nova Scotia, and

                (l)     up to 3 additional members, as selected by the Minister.

1.2 Scope and Application

 

1.2.1.       Application

 

       1.2.1.1.       Scope

       (1)    These regulations apply to the administration and enforcement of the Building CodeAct in the design, construction, erection, placement and occupancy of new buildings,and the alteration, reconstruction, demolition, removal, relocation, occupancy andchange of occupancy classification of existing buildings and to the work necessary tocorrect unsafe conditions in existing buildings reported to the authority havingjurisdiction or observed during an inspection.

 

       (2)    Any construction or condition that lawfully existed prior to the effective date ofthese regulations need not conform to these regulations provided that suchconstruction or condition does not constitute an unsafe condition in the opinion ofthe authority having jurisdiction.

 

       (3)    Construction pursuant to a building permit in effect prior to December 31, 2009, andstill in effect, need not conform to these regulations provided that such constructionconforms to the regulations in force on the date that the building permit was issued.

 

       (4)    Where a building or any part thereof is altered, these regulations apply to the parts ofthe building that are altered.

 

       (5)    Where the whole or any part of a building is relocated either within or into the areaof jurisdiction of the authority having jurisdiction these regulations apply only to theparts of the building that are being altered or constructed.

 

       (6)    When the whole or any part of a building is demolished, these regulations apply tothe work involved in the demolition and to the work required to any parts remainingafter demolition to the extent that deficiencies occurring or remaining afterdemolition require correction.

 

       (7)    When a building is damaged by fire, earthquake or other cause, these regulationsapply to the work necessary to reconstruct damaged portions of the building.

 

       (8)    “Alternate Compliance Methods for Existing Buildings”, contained in Schedule “D”of these regulations, or a combination of the “Alternate Compliance Methods forExisting Buildings”, and the Code, may be used where a building existed prior toMarch 13, 1987, and

                (a)    the existing building is undergoing construction other than for a change of use,or

                (b)    the existing building is undergoing construction, and where a change ofoccupancy classification results in an occupancy with a reduced fire hazardrisk.

 

       (9)    When a heritage building or part thereof is undergoing a change in occupancyclassification, the owner may choose the “Alternate Compliance Methods forExisting Buildings” contained in Schedule “D” of these regulations, or acombination of the “Alternate Compliance Methods for Existing Buildings” and theCode.

 

       (10)  When any building in a Heritage Conservation District is undergoing a change inoccupancy classification, the owner may choose the “Alternate Compliance Methodsfor Existing Buildings” contained in Schedule “D” of these regulations, or acombination of the “Alternate Compliance Methods for Existing Buildings” and theCode.

 

       1.2.1.2.      Exemptions

       (1)    The Code does not apply to:

                (a)    sewerage, water, electrical, telephone, rail or similar systems located above,below or on an area that has been dedicated or deeded for public use,

                (b)    public utility towers and poles, television and radio or other communicationaerials and towers, except for loads resulting from those located on or attachedto buildings,

                (c)    flood control, dams for public water supply, hydroelectric dams and theirrelated structures (not excluding buildings),

                (d)    mechanical or other equipment and appliances not specifically regulated by theCode,

                (e)    above-ground or below-ground bulk storage tanks not regulated under Part 6 ofthe Code, or the National Farm Building Code of Canada,

                (f)    free-standing signs,

                (g)    fences,

                (h)    retaining walls or exterior steps not attached to, and forming part of, abuilding’s construction,

                (i)     manufactured homes built to CSA Z240 MH Series Standard “ManufacturedHomes”, except for

                         (i)     the notifications required by Sentence 2.1.1.11.(1) where themanufactured home was constructed before January 1, 2010, and has notbeen structurally altered, or

                         (ii)    the notifications required by Sentence 2.1.1.11.(1) and the requirementsof Section 9.36. Energy Efficiency Measures where the manufacturedhome is constructed after December 31, 2009,

(See Appendix Note A-1.2.1.2.(1)(i) and (j). NSBCR)

                (j)     modular homes certified to CAN/CSA-A277-08 “Procedure for FactoryCertification of Buildings” as complying with the technical requirements ofthis Code, except for

                         (i)     the notifications required by Sentence 2.1.1.11.(1) where the modularhome was constructed before January 1, 2010, and has not beenstructurally altered, or

                         (ii)    the notifications required by Sentence 2.1.1.11.(1) and the requirementsof Section 9.36. Energy Efficiency Measures where the modular home isconstructed after December 31, 2009.

(See Appendix Note A-1.2.1.2.(1)(i) and (j). NSBCR)

 

       (2)    Unless a municipality otherwise requires by by-law, or where regulations are inanother enactment, the Code applies but a building permit is not required for

                (a)    accessory buildings not greater than 20 m2 (215.2 ft.2) in area,

                (b)    except under Clause 1.2.1.2.(2)(c), interior and exterior non-structural materialalterations and material repairs with a monetary value of $5000.00 or less,

                (c)    replacement or installation of a new plumbing fixture that does not increase thehydraulic load of the drainage system or require alterations to an existing waterdistribution system or drainage system.

1.3 Definitions of Words and Phrases

 

1.3.1.       Definitions

 

       1.3.1.1.      General Definitions contained in Section 2 of the Building Code Act alsoapply in these regulations.

 

       1.3.1.2.      Italicized Words The words and phrases defined in Article 1.1.3.2. of theCode, identified in these regulations in italics, also apply in these regulationsunless otherwise defined.

 

       1.3.1.3.      Specific Definitions In these regulations the following definitions apply:

 

“Architect” means a member licensed to practice [practise] or licensee of the NovaScotia Association of Architects.

 

“Building Code Act” or “Act” means Chapter 46 of the Revised Statutes of NovaScotia, 1989, the Building Code Act.

 

“Building Official” means a person appointed as an inspector pursuant to Section 5of the Act.

 

“Camping accommodation” means any building within a campground that isintended to serve the public or is intended as rental accommodation for thetravelling or vacationing public.

 

“Code” means the Nova Scotia Building Code.

 

“Construct” means to do anything in the erection, installation, extension, relocation,material alteration or material repair of a building and includes the installation of afactory-made building fabricated or moved from elsewhere.

 

“Demolition” means the doing of anything in the removal of a building or anymaterial part thereof.

 

“Electric space heating” means an electric energy source that provides more than10% of the heating capacity provided for a building and includes

 

                (a)    electric resistance unitary baseboard heating,

                (b)    electric resistance unitary cabinet heating,

                (c)    electric resistance ceiling cable or floor cable heating,

                (d)    electric resistance central furnace heating,

                (e)    electric hot water space heating, and

                (f)    air source heat pumps in combination with electric resistance backup heating.

 

“Field Review of Construction” means, and is limited to, the inspection of theconstruction work at intervals appropriate to the stage of construction, at the projectsite and where applicable at the fabrication location where building components arefabricated for use at the project site, that the designer in their professional discretionconsiders necessary to determine general compliance with the design drawingsaccepted by the authority having jurisdiction and all revisions thereto.

 

“Field Review of Construction” does not include the coordination, quality andperformance of construction.

 

“Heritage Building” means a registered heritage property, registered under theHeritage Property Act by the Province or by a municipality.

 

“Heritage Conservation District” means a heritage conservation district designatedby a municipality in accordance with the Heritage Property Act.

 

“Interior Designer” means a member licensed to practice [practise] or a licensee ofthe Association of Interior Designers of Nova Scotia.

 

“Manufactured home” means a transportable, single- or multiple-section dwellingunit certified by an accredited certification body, as complying with the CAN/CSASeries Z240 Series “Manufactured Homes” at the time of manufacture, prior toplacement on the site.

 

“Modular home” means a finished section or sections of a complete dwelling unitbuilt in a factory for transport to the site for installation, and certified to CSAStandard A277-08 “Procedures for the Factory Certification of Buildings”, by anaccredited certification body, at the time of manufacture, prior to placement on thesite.

 

“National Building Code of Canada” means the National Building Code of Canada,2010 as issued by the Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes, NationalResearch Council of Canada, NRCC No. 53301, including all revisions, errata andcorrections to errata made by that body on or before October 31, 2014.

 

“National Energy Code for Buildings” means the National Energy Code forBuildings 2011 as issued by the Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes,National Research Council of Canada, NRCC No. 53301, including all revisions,errata and corrections to errata made by that body on or before December 31, 2013.

 

“National Farm Building Code of Canada” means the National Farm Building Codeof Canada, 1995 as issued by the Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes,National Research Council of Canada, NRCC No. 38732, including all revisions,errata and corrections to errata made by that body on or before October 31, 2014.

 

“National Plumbing Code of Canada” means the National Plumbing Code ofCanada, 2010 as issued by the Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes,National Research Council of Canada, NRCC No. 54435, including all revisions,errata and corrections to errata made by that body on or before October 31, 2014.

 

“Owner” includes a person controlling the property under consideration, and alsoprima facie the assessed owner of the property whose name appears on theassessment role prepared in accordance with the Assessment Act.

 

“Professional Engineer” means a member or licensee of the Association ofProfessional Engineers of Nova Scotia.

 

“Roofed accommodation” means a building, part of a building, or a group ofbuildings that is intended as rental accommodation for the travelling or vacationingpublic.

 

“Work” means any construction duty or function regulated by these regulations,carried out on or about a construction site or on, in, or about a building or partthereof.

1.4 Administration

 

1.4.1.       Permits

 

       1.4.1.1.      General

       (1)    A permit is required if work regulated by the Code is to be done.

 

       (2)    The authority having jurisdiction may place a value on the cost of the work based onan accepted costing standard for the purpose of determining permit fees to beapplicable.

 

       (3)    The authority having jurisdiction may, if applicable, withhold a building permit untilsatisfied that there is a valid on-site sewage disposal system permit issued by theDepartment of the Environment for the construction of a building requiring a newprivate sewage disposal system.

 

       (4)    The authority having jurisdiction may, if applicable, withhold an occupancy permit

                (a)    until satisfied that there is a valid electrical permit issued by the electricalauthority having jurisdiction,

                (b)    until satisfied that the civic address is posted where a municipality has soprovided by by-law, in accordance with Section 313 of the MunicipalGovernment Act.

 

       (5)    The authority having jurisdiction may, if applicable, withhold a building permit untilsatisfied that there is a valid “Minister’s Consent For Building and Access toProperty” issued by the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal,under the Public Highways Act.

 

       (6)    Where a municipality has so provided by by-law, the authority having jurisdictionmay withhold the issuance of a building permit until satisfied that any and allapplicable regulations of the Heritage Property Act, and the Municipal GovernmentAct, including any Land Use Bylaw, Subdivision Bylaw, lot grading plan orDevelopment Agreement, have been complied with and all required permits havebeen issued by the Development Officer.

 

       (7)    Unless a municipality in accordance with Section 7 of the Building Code Act hasprovided other or additional regulations by by-law, an occupancy permit is required

                (a)    to allow the initial occupancy of a building or part thereof,

                (b)    when the occupancy classification of a building or part thereof is changed, or

                (c)    to allow partial demolition or alteration of a building.

 

1.4.1.2.     Application To obtain a permit the owner shall file an application asprescribed by the authority having jurisdiction.

 

       1.4.1.3.      Required Information

       (1)    Every building permit application as a minimum shall

                (a)    identify and describe in detail the work and occupancy to be covered by thepermit for which application is made,

                (b)    describe the land by including where Nova Scotia property mapping exists theunique Parcel Identifier (PID) or where this mapping does not exist theassessment account number, and a description that will readily identify andlocate the building lot,

                (c)    include plans and specifications as required by Division C, Subsection 2.2.2. ofthe Code,

                (d)    state the valuation of the proposed work and be accompanied by the requiredfee,

                (e)    state the names, addresses and telephone numbers of the owner, architect,professional engineer, or other designer, constructor and any inspection ortesting agency that has been engaged to monitor the work or part of the work,

                (f)    describe any special building systems, materials and appliances, and

                (g)    such additional information as may be required by the authority havingjurisdiction.

 

       1.4.1.4.      Letter of Undertaking when Professional Required to Design

The owner shall, along with the application referred to in Article 1.4.1.2., submit a letter ofundertaking to the authority having jurisdiction for the Field Review of Construction whenthe building, or part thereof, has been designed within the Scope of Part 4 of the Code andas provided under 2.1.1.6. for Part 9 buildings.

 

1.4.1.5.     Dimensional Tolerances If, in the opinion of the authority having jurisdiction,safety to life will not be reduced and barrier-free design and access will not be adverselyaffected, an authority having jurisdiction may accept a minor variation, not more than 2%,in a dimension or measure given in the Code. (See Appendix A-1.4.1.5 NSBCR)

 

1.4.1.6.     Deviations The owner shall not deviate, nor authorize a deviation, from theCode, or the conditions of a permit, without first obtaining permission in writing to do sofrom the authority having jurisdiction.

 

1.4.1.7.     Land Survey In addition to Clause 1.4.1.3.(1)(c) the owner, if requested bythe authority having jurisdiction, shall submit an up-to-date plan of survey or real propertyreport, prepared by a registered Nova Scotia Land Surveyor, containing sufficientinformation regarding the site and the location of the building,

                (a)    to establish before construction begins that the provisions of the Code relatedto the site and the location of the building will be complied with, and

                (b)    to verify, upon completion of the work, compliance with all such provisions.

 

1.4.1.8.     Responsibility for carrying out work The acceptance of drawings andspecifications, the granting of a permit, and inspections made by the authority havingjurisdiction shall not in any way relieve the owner, owner’s agent, the constructor, thearchitect, the professional engineer, or the designer, of a building from their respectiveresponsibility for carrying out the work or having it carried out in accordance with theseregulations, including ensuring that the occupancy of the building, or any part thereof, is inaccordance with the terms of the permit.

 

1.4.1.9.     Inspection Exemption Modular and Manufactured Homes Modular homesand manufactured homes are subject to the notification for inspection required by sentence2.1.1.11.(2) of these regulations, and are exempt for the work certified at the factory ascomplying with CAN/CSA Series Z240 Series “Manufactured Homes” or certified to CSAStandard A277-08 “Procedures for the Factory Certification of Buildings”. (See AppendixNote A-1.2.1.2.(1)(i) and (j) NSBCR)

 

1.4.1.10.     Site Grading The authority having jurisdiction may require an owner to havea building site graded in conformance with any storm drainage plan, prepared or acceptedby the authority having jurisdiction, for the area in which the building is located.

 

1.4.1.11.     Permission to Proceed in Part

       (1)    The authority having jurisdiction may allow, at the risk of the owner, withconditions if necessary, to ensure conformance with the Code, the owner to proceedwith excavation or construction of part of a building before the plans of the entirebuilding have been submitted.

 

       (2)    If the authority having jurisdiction allows excavation or construction of part of abuilding under Sentence (1), the owner shall submit all such plans and specificationsas may be required in connection therewith by the authority having jurisdiction,including at a minimum, complete plans and specifications for the work that isauthorized under sentence (1).

 

       (3)    If an owner proceeds to excavate or construct part of a building under Sentences (1)and (2), the owner proceeds without assurance that the excavation or construction ofother parts of the building will be allowed.

 

       1.4.1.12.    Temporary Building or Occupancy (see Appendix Note A-1.4.1.12.)

       (1)    Notwithstanding anything contained elsewhere in these regulations, a permit for atemporary building or part thereof, or a temporary change of occupancy classificationof an existing building, may be issued by the authority having jurisdiction,authorizing for a limited time only the erection and existence of a building, or partthereof, or for a temporary change of occupancy classification, for an occupancy that,because of its nature, will exist for a short time, under circumstances that warrantonly selective compliance with the Code.

 

       (2)    A permit for a temporary building or temporary change of occupancy classificationshall state the date after which and the conditions under which the permit is nolonger valid.

 

       (3)    A permit for a temporary building or temporary change of occupancy classificationmay be extended provided permission in writing is granted by the authority havingjurisdiction.

 

       (4)    A permit for a temporary building or temporary change of occupancy classificationshall be posted on the building.

 

       (5)    A permit issued for a tent or temporary air-supported structure, shall be required tobe renewed every 12 months.

 

       (6)    A permit issued for a temporary change of occupancy classification shall be requiredto be renewed every 12 months.

Part 2: Responsibilities and Obligations

2.1 Obligations of Owner

 

2.1.1.       General

 

       2.1.1.1.      Required Permits and Plans Review

       (1)    Every owner shall obtain all required permits or approvals prior to commencing thework to which they relate.

 

       (2)    Prior to the start of construction, an owner of a building or facility containing one ofthe following classes of occupancies must provide building plans for the constructionor alteration of the building or facility to the Office of the Fire Marshal:

                (a)    an assembly occupancy (Group A) to which one or more of the followingapply:

                         (i)     it is more than 3 stories high including the stories below grade,

                         (ii)    it has an area greater than 600 m2,

                         (iii)   it is in a non-residential building that is used for a school, college oruniversity and that has an occupant load of more than 40 persons,

                (b)     a care or detention occupancy (Group B),

                (c)    a residential occupancy (Group C) that is licensed or regulated under theHomes for Special Care Act, or

                (d)    a high hazard industrial occupancy (Group F, Division 1) that is more than 2storeys high or has an area greater than 600 m2.

 

2.1.1.2.     Start-up Date Every owner shall give written notice to the authority havingjurisdiction of the date on which the owner intends to begin work prior to commencingwork on the building site.

 

       2.1.1.3.      Notice of Employees

       (1)     Every owner shall, prior to commencing the work, give notice in writing to theauthority having jurisdiction of the name, address and telephone number of

                (a)    the constructor or other person in charge of the work,

                (b)    the designer of the work,

                (c)    the architect(s), professional engineer(s), and prime consultant(s) performingthe Field Review of Construction(s), and

                (d)    any inspection or testing agency engaged to monitor the work or part of thework.

 

       (2)    Every owner shall give notice in writing to the authority having jurisdiction

                (a)    as soon as any change in ownership or change in the address of the owneroccurs prior to the issuance of an occupancy permit,

                (b)    prior to occupying any portion of the building if it is to be occupied in stages,and

                (c)    of any change in or termination of employment of a person referred to inSentence (1) during the course of the construction, as soon as practical but notlater than 72 hours after such change or termination occurs.

 

2.1.1.4.     Plans at Site Every owner shall ensure that the plans, specifications andrelated documents on which the issuance of the building permit was based are available atthe site of the work for inspection during working hours by the authority havingjurisdiction, and that the permit, or true copy thereof, is posted conspicuously on the siteduring the entire execution of the work.

 

2.1.1.5.     Professional Design and Review The owner who undertakes to construct orhave constructed a building or part thereof within the scope of Part 4 of the Code shall,

                (a)    ensure that an architect, professional engineer, or interior designer, asrequired, are appointed to undertake the design of the building or part thereof,and

                (b)    complete and submit a letter of undertaking in the form specified in Schedule“A” for the Field Review of Construction of such buildings.

 

2.1.1.6.     Design Regulations for Structural Components Where the dimensions of astructural component are not provided in Part 9 of the Code for use in a building within thescope of that Part, and such dimensions are to be determined on the basis of calculation,testing or other means of evaluation, the owner shall

                (a)    ensure that a professional engineer is appointed to undertake the design of thestructural component, and

                (b)    when required by the authority having jurisdiction, complete and submit aletter of undertaking in the form specified in Schedule “A” for the FieldReview of Construction for this structural component.

 

2.1.1.7.     Site Conditions, Size, or Complexity Requiring Professional Design andInspection Where the site conditions, the size or complexity of a building, part of abuilding or building component warrant, the authority having jurisdiction may require theowner to file a Letter of Undertaking and have appropriate Field Review of Constructionletters submitted as deemed necessary.

 

       2.1.1.8.      Design Regulations for Sprinklered Building

       (1)    Where a building is required or intended to be sprinklered, the owner shall

                (a)    ensure that a professional engineer is appointed to undertake the design of thesprinkler system, and

                (b)    complete and submit a Letter of Undertaking in the form specified in Schedule“A” of the Field Review of Construction.

 

       (2)    Where the alteration of an existing building requires changes to an existing sprinklersystem, the authority having jurisdiction may waive compliance with Clauses2.1.1.8.(1), (a) and (b). Where Clauses 2.1.1.8.(1), (a) and (b) are waived, the designdocuments and test results conducted on the system, required under the provincialmaintenance regulations made under the Fire Safety Act must be filed with theauthority having jurisdiction.

 

2.1.1.9.     Alteration to Property Boundary or Ground Elevation No owner or personhired by the owner shall allow the ground elevations or the property boundaries of abuilding lot to be changed so as to place a building or part thereof in contravention of theseregulations, unless the building or part thereof is so altered, after obtaining the necessarypermit, that no contravention will occur as a result of the change of the property boundaryor grades.

 

2.1.1.10.     Right of Entry Every owner shall allow the authority having jurisdiction toenter any building or premises at any reasonable time for the purpose of administering andenforcing these regulations in accordance with the provisions of subsections 10(1), 10(2),and 10(3) of the Building Code Act.

 

2.1.1.11.     Notification for Inspection and Certification of Field Review ofConstruction

       (1)    The owner of a building being constructed under the scope of Part 9 of the Codeshall notify the authority having jurisdiction to inspect for compliance with the Codeat the following stages of construction:

                (a)    footings in place,

                (b)    subfloor plumbing,

                (c)    subfloor and foundation insulation,

                (d)    pre-backfill,

                (e)    except for manufactured and modular homes

                         (i)     the framing, roof, and plumbing and mechanical systems,

                         (ii)    insulation and vapour barrier before wall framing is covered, and

                (f)    for manufactured and modular homes,

                         (i)     superstructure installation and anchorage systems,

                         (ii)    foundation insulation and vapour barrier before wall framing is covered,and plumbing connections below the first floor, and

                (g)    before occupancy.

(See Appendix Notes A-2.1.1.11.(1) and (2) and A-1.2.1.2.(1)(i) and (j) NSBCR)

 

       (2)    The owner of a building being constructed outside the scope of Part 9 of the Codeshall notify the authority having jurisdiction to inspect for compliance with the Code

                (a)    of the intent to undertake construction that will be inspected and will bereviewed as per the appropriate Letter of Undertaking required by Article2.1.1.5., 2.1.1.6., or 2.1.1.7.,

                (b)    of intent to cover construction that has been ordered to be inspected by theauthority having jurisdiction before covering,

                (c)    at intervals deemed necessary by the authority having jurisdiction based on thecomplexity of the building, and

                (d)    when construction has been completed so that a final inspection can be made.

(See Appendix Note A-2.1.1.11.(3) NSBCR)

 

2.1.1.12.     Occupancy Prior to Completion Should the owner require occupancy tooccur prior to the completion of all work the owner shall apply for the occupancy permitand shall ensure that no unsafe condition exists or will exist because of the work beingundertaken or not completed.

 

2.1.1.13.     Test or Inspections to Prove Compliance Every owner shall make, or havemade at their own expense, the tests or inspections necessary to prove compliance withthese regulations and shall promptly file a copy of all such test or inspection reports withthe authority having jurisdiction.

 

2.1.1.14.     Repairs to Public Property Every owner is responsible for the cost of repairof any damage to public property or works located therein that may occur as a result ofundertaking work for which a permit was or was not required.

 

2.1.1.15.     Discontinuation of Work Every owner who is unable to continue work owingto bankruptcy or other cause is responsible, before leaving the site of the work, forensuring that no unsafe condition remains at the site.

2.2 Obligations of Professional

 

2.2.1.       General

 

2.2.1.1.     Design The architect, professional engineer or interior designer whoundertakes to design a building or part thereof shall do so in accordance with theirrespective statutes and bylaws to ensure that the design meets the intent of the Code.

 

2.2.1.2.     Field Review of Construction The architect(s), professional engineer(s) orinterior designer(s) who undertakes the Field Review of Construction shall do so inaccordance with their respective statutes and bylaws, and shall

                (a)    inspect the building at intervals appropriate to the stage of construction todetermine general compliance with design referred to in Article 2.2.1.1.,

                (b)    coordinate with the authority having jurisdiction the review of changes to thedesign documents for consistency with the intent of the plans andspecifications,

                (c)    file with the authority having jurisdiction the Certification of Field Review ofConstruction.

2.3 Obligations of Constructor

 

2.3.1.       General

 

2.3.1.1.     Construction Safety Regulations Every constructor shall ensure that allconstruction safety requirements of the Department of Labour and Advanced Education,Occupational Health and Safety Division, are complied with.

 

2.3.1.2.     Work on Public Property Every constructor is responsible for ensuring thatno excavation or other work is undertaken on public property, and that no building iserected or materials stored in whole or in part therein without approval having first beenobtained in writing from the appropriate government authority.

 

2.3.1.3.     Responsibilities for the Work Undertaken

       (1)    Every constructor is responsible jointly and severally with the owner for all and anywork actually undertaken.

 

       (2)    Every constructor who is unable to continue work owing to bankruptcy or othercause is responsible, before leaving the site of the work, for ensuring that no unsafecondition remains at the site.

 

2.3.1.4.     Owner Deemed to be constructor Where the work for which a permit isissued is not under the control of a constructor, the owner shall be deemed to be theconstructor and shall accept the responsibilities and obligations of a constructor.

 

2.3.1.5.     Materials, Systems, to Comply with Code Every constructor shall ensure thatall materials, systems, equipment, used in the construction, alteration, reconstruction orrenovation of a building meet the provisions of the Code for the work undertaken.

2.4 Obligation of Authority having Jurisdiction

 

2.4.1.       Qualifications of Building Officials

 

2.4.1.1.     Appointment A person appointed or eligible to be appointed by a municipalityas a building official shall

                (a)    hold a valid diploma from the Nova Scotia Building Code Training andCertification Board, and

                (b)    be a member in good standing of the Nova Scotia Building OfficialsAssociation.

 

2.4.1.2.     Administration and Enforcement of the Building Code Act andRegulations

       (1)    Building Officials are required to administer and enforce the provisions of theBuilding Code Act and regulations.

 

       (2)    Building Officials may only administer and enforce the provisions of the BuildingCode Act and regulations within the scope for which they hold a valid diploma fromthe Nova Scotia Building Code Training and Certification Board.

2.4.2. General

 

2.4.2.1.     Administration and Enforcement The authority having jurisdiction shalladminister and enforce these Regulations.

 

2.4.2.2.     Copies of Applications, Inspections, and Tests The authority havingjurisdiction shall keep copies of all applications received, permits and orders issued,inspections and tests made and of all papers and documents connected with theadministration of these regulations for such time as is required by law.

 

2.4.2.3.     Notices and Orders The authority having jurisdiction shall issue, in writing,such notices or orders as may be necessary to inform the owner where a contravention ofthese regulations has been observed. Such notices or orders may specify any remedial orother measures that are required to meet the regulations in accordance with the provisionsof Section 12 of the Act. Where the authority having jurisdiction issues such written noticeor order, a copy shall be retained by the authority having jurisdiction and a copy shall besent to

                (a)    the owner, by regular mail, at the address given on the permit application,

                (b)    the designer, architect or professional engineer by regular mail, at the addressgiven on the permit application,

                (c)    the constructor, by regular mail, or if the constructor is present during theinspection, may be given to the constructor.

 

2.4.2.4.     Responding to Code Inquiries The authority having jurisdiction shall answersuch relevant questions as may be reasonable with respect to the provisions of theseregulations when requested to do so, but shall refrain from assisting in the laying out ofany work and from acting in the capacity of a designer.

 

2.4.2.5.     Authority having Jurisdiction to Issue Permits The authority havingjurisdiction shall issue a building permit or an occupancy permit to the owner when, to thebest of authority having jurisdiction’s knowledge, the applicable conditions, as set forth inthese regulations, have been met.

 

2.4.2.6.     Safety Regulations The authority having jurisdiction shall, when inspectingbuilding sites and structures, comply with the safety regulations made pursuant to theOccupational Health and Safety Act, Department of Labour and Advanced Education,Province of Nova Scotia.

 

       2.4.2.7.      Duty to inform owner of plans review requirement

The authority having jurisdiction shall inform the owner that prior to the start ofconstruction, an owner of a building or facility containing one of the following classes ofoccupancies must provide building plans for the construction or alteration of the buildingor facility to the Office of the Fire Marshal:

                (a)    an assembly occupancy (Group A) that is one or more of the following:

                         (i)     is more than 3 stories high including the stories below grade,

                         (ii)    has an area greater than 600 m2,

                         (iii)   is in a non-residential building that is used for a school, college oruniversity and that has an occupant load of more than 40 persons,

                (b)    a care or detention occupancy (Group B),

                (c)    a residential occupancy (Group C) that is licensed or regulated under theHomes for Special Care Act, or

                (d)    a high-hazard industrial occupancy (Group F, Division 1) that is more than 2stories high or has an area greater than 600 m2.

2.5 Powers of Authority having Jurisdiction

 

2.5.1.       General

 

2.5.1.1.     Right to Enter Property The authority having jurisdiction may enter andinspect any building or premises at any reasonable time for the purpose of administering orenforcing these regulations

in accordance with the provisions of subsections 10(1), 10(2), and 10(3) of the BuildingCode Act.

 

       2.5.1.2.      Orders

       (1)    The authority having jurisdiction is empowered to order

                (a)    a person who contravenes these regulations to comply with them within thetime period that may be specified,

                (b)    work to stop on the building or any part thereof if such work is proceeding incontravention of these regulations, or if there is deemed to be an unsafecondition,

                (c)    the removal of any unauthorized encroachment on public property,

                (d)    the removal of any building or part thereof constructed in contravention ofthese regulations,

                (e)    the cessation of any occupancy in contravention of these regulations,

                (f)    the cessation of any occupancy if any unsafe condition exists because of workbeing undertaken or not completed,

                (g)    correction of any unsafe condition, and

                (h)    the owner to uncover and replace at their own expense

                         (i)     work that has been ordered to be done pursuant to an order issued by theauthority having jurisdiction and that has been covered without beinginspected, and

                         (ii)    work for which notification to inspect is required to be given pursuant toArticle 2.1.1.11., and where uncovering the work is necessary todetermine compliance with the Code.

 

2.5.1.3.     Tests Required to Prove Compliance The authority having jurisdiction maydirect that tests of materials, equipment, devices, construction methods, structuralassemblies or foundation conditions be made, or sufficient evidence or proof be submittedat the expense of the owner, where such evidence or proof is necessary to determinewhether the material, equipment, device, construction or foundation condition meets theseregulations.

 

2.5.1.4.     Reports Regarding Failure or Potential Failure The authority havingjurisdiction may require the owner or the owner’s representative, where any failure occursthat causes or has the potential to cause injury or loss of life, to submit a report stating thenature and details of the failure and the name and addresses of the constructor.

 

2.5.1.5.     Conditional Building or Occupancy Permit

       (1)    The authority having jurisdiction may issue a building or occupancy permitconditional upon

                (a)    the submission of additional information not available at the time where suchinformation is of such a nature that withholding of the permit until theinformation becomes available would be unreasonable,

                (b)    completion of such work that is incomplete at the time of inspection, where theapplication is of such a nature that no unsafe condition exists and thatwithholding of the permit would be unreasonable.

 

       2.5.1.6.      Refuse to Issue Permit

       (1)    The authority having jurisdiction may refuse to issue any permit

                (a)    whenever information submitted is inadequate to determine compliance withthe provisions of these regulations,

                (b)    whenever incorrect information is found to have been submitted,

                (c)    that would authorize any building work or occupancy that would not bepermitted by these regulations, or

                (d)    that would be prohibited by any other Act, regulation or bylaw.

 

       2.5.1.7.      Revoke a Permit

       (1)    The authority having jurisdiction may revoke a permit by written notice to thepermit holder if

                (a)    there is contravention of any condition under which the permit was issued,

                (b)    the permit was issued in error, or

                (c)    the permit was issued on the basis of incorrect information.

 

2.5.1.8.     Occupancy Prior to Completion The authority having jurisdiction may issuean occupancy permit, subject to compliance with provisions to safeguard persons in orabout the premises, to allow the occupancy of a building or part thereof for the accepteduse, prior to commencement or completion of the construction or demolition work.

 

2.5.1.9.     Provide Reasons for Refusal The authority having jurisdiction shall providethe reasons for refusal to grant a permit, when requested to do so.

Part 3: Amendments to National Codes

3.1 Amendments Made to Division[s] A, B and C of the National Building Code

of Canada, the National Energy Code of Canada, and the

National Plumbing Code of Canada

 

3.1.1.       Amendments

 

3.1.1.1.     Definition of Owner deleted and replaced. The definition of “owner” inSection 1.4 (Part 1, Division A), of the National Building Code of Canada is deleted andreplaced herein with the definition of “owner” in Article 1.3.1.3. of these regulations.

 

3.1.1.2.     Sentence 1.1.1.1.(2) (Part 1, Division A) amended. Sentence 1.1.1.1.(2) (Part1, Division A) of the National Building Code of Canada is amended by deleting sentence(2) and substituting the following:

 

Sentence 1.1.1.1.(2)

Except as provided by Clauses 1.2.1.2.(1)(i) and (j) of this regulation, the Codeapplies to both site-assembled, and factory built buildings. (See Appendix Note[s] A-1.2.1.2.(1)(i) and (j) NSBCR)

 

3.1.1.3.     Article 1.3.3.2. (Part 1, Division A) amended. Article 1.3.3.2. (Part 1,Division A) of the National Building Code of Canada is amended by adding new Sentence1.3.3.2.(2) (Part 1, Division A):

 

Sentence 1.3.3.2.(2)

Except as provided in Sentence 1.1.1.1.(3) (Part 1, Division A) and Clause[s]9.10.1.2.(12)(b) and (c) (NSBCR), Articles 3.2.2.18. and 3.2.2.44. to 3.2.2.53.inclusive (Part 3, Division B), apply to all buildings used for major occupanciesclassified as Group C, residential occupancies exceeding 300 m2 in building area.(See 3.1.1.19. and Appendix A-1.3.3.2.(2) NSBCR)

 

3.1.1.4.     Article 1.3.1.2. (Part 1, Division B) Applicable Editions amended. Article1.3.1.2. (Part 1, Division B) of the National Building Code of Canada is deleted andreplaced with the following:

 

1.3.1.2

                (1)    Except as provided under sentence (2), where documents are referenced in thisCode, they shall be the editions designated in Table 1.3.1.2. (Part 1, DivisionB) except those documents designated under the following Acts andregulations of the Province of Nova Scotia in which case the edition soreferenced shall be deemed to be in force:

                        (a)    Technical Safety Act and Sections 4 (boiler and pressure equipmentstandards) and 6 (fuel safety standards) of the Technical Safety StandardsRegulations,

                        (b)    Elevators and Lifts Act and Elevators and Lifts General Regulations, oras that Act and regulation[s] are replaced by the Technical Safety Act andTechnical Safety Standards Regulations,

                        (c)    Electrical Installation and Inspection Act and Electrical CodeRegulations, or as that Act and regulation[s] are replaced by theTechnical Safety Act and Technical Safety Standards Regulations.

(See Appendix note A-3.1.1.4. NSBCR)

 

                (2)    Where amendments to documents adopted by this Code apply, theseamendments shall apply to the particular provisions of those documentsadopted by the above Acts and regulations unless amended by this regulation.

 

3.1.1.5.     Sentence 1.3.1.2.(1) (Part 1, Division B) of the National Building Code ofCanada is amended by adding to Table 1.3.1.2. the following:

IssuingAgency

Document Number

Title of Document

Code Reference

ULC

CAN/ULC-S545

Standard forResidential FireWarning SystemControl Units

 9.10.19.3.(1)

ULC

CAN/ULC-S319-05

Electronic AccessControl Systems

3.4.6.15.(4)(f)(ii)

3.4.6.15.(4)(i)

 

3.1.1.6.     Sentence 3.1.5.22.(1) (Part 3, Division B) of the National Building Code ofCanada is added:

 

                3.1.5.22.    Combustible Solar Collector Systems

                (1)    A combustible solar collector system is permitted to be installed above the roofof a building required to be of noncombustible construction.

 

3.1.1.7.     Table 3.2.2.49. (Part 3, Division B) deleted and replaced. Table 3.2.2.49.(Part 3, Division B) of the National Building Code of Canada is deleted and replaced with:

Table 3.2.2.49.

Maximum Building Area, Group C, up to 3 Storeys

No. ofStoreys

 Maximum Area, m2

Facing 1 Street

Facing 2 Streets

Facing 3 Streets

1

2400

3000

3600

2

1200

1500

1800

3

800

1000

1200

 

3.1.1.8.     Table 3.2.2.51. (Part 3, Division B) deleted and replaced. Table 3.2.2.51.(Part 3, Division B) of the National Building Code of Canada is deleted and replaced with:

Table 3.2.2.51.

Maximum Building Area, Group C, up to 3 Storeys, Increased Area

No. ofStoreys

 Maximum Area, m2

Facing 1 Street

Facing 2 Streets

Facing 3 Streets

1

1200

1500

1800

2

600

750

900

3

400

500

600

 

3.1.1.9.     Table 3.2.2.52. (Part 3, Division B) deleted and replaced. Table 3.2.2.52.(Part 3, Division B) of the National Building Code of Canada is deleted and replaced with:

Table 3.2.2.52.

Maximum Building Area, Group C, up to 3 Storeys

No. ofStoreys

 Maximum Area, m2

Facing 1 Street

Facing 2 Streets

Facing 3 Streets

1

900

1120

1350

2

450

560

675

3

300

375

450

 

3.1.1.10.     Article 3.2.2.55. Group D, up to 6 Storeys (Part 3, Division B) deleted andreplaced. Article 3.2.2.55. Group D, up to 6 Storeys (Part 3, Division B) of the NationalBuilding Code of Canada is deleted and replaced with:

 

3.2.2.55.

                (1)    A building classified as Group D is permitted to conform to Sentence (2)provided

                        (a)    it is not more than 3 storeys in building height, and

                        (b)    it has a building area not more than the value in Table 3.2.2.55.

Table 3.2.2.55.

Maximum Building Area, Group D, up to 3 Storeys

No. ofStoreys

 Maximum Area, m2

Facing 1 Street

Facing 2 Streets

Facing 3 Streets

1

not limited

not limited

not limited

2

7200

not limited

not limited

3

4800

6000

7200

 

                (2)    The building referred to in Sentence (1) shall be of noncombustibleconstruction, and

                        (a)    floor assemblies shall be fire separations with a fire-resistance rating notless than 1 h,

                        (b)    mezzanines shall have a fire-resistance rating not less than 1 h,

                        (c)    roof assemblies shall have a fire-resistance rating not less than 1 h,except that in a building not more than 1 storey in building height thisrequirement is waived, and

                        (d)    loadbearing walls, columns and arches shall have a fire-resistance ratingnot less than that required for the supported assembly.

 

3.1.1.11.     Section 3.2. (Part 3, Division B) amended. Section 3.2. (Part 3, Division B)of the National Building Code of Canada is amended by adding Article 3.2.2.89.“Alternate Compliance Methods For Existing Buildings”:

 

Article 3.2.2.89. Alternate Compliance Methods For Existing Buildings

                (1)    Scope

 

                (2)    Application. The Alternate Compliance Methods for Existing Buildingscontained in Schedule “D” of these regulations are hereby adopted and may beused in accordance with Sentences 1.2.1.1.(8), (9), and (10) of theseregulations.

 

       3.1.1.12.    Sentence 3.3.1.13.(3) (Part 3, Division B) deleted and replaced.

Sentence 3.3.1.13.(3) (Part 3, Division B) [of the] National Building Code of Canada isdeleted and replaced with:

 

                3.3.1.13.(3)        Except as permitted by Sentence (4) or Subclause [Clause]3.4.6.16.(4)(f), door release hardware shall be operable by one handand the door shall be openable with not more than one releasingoperation. (See also Sentence 3.8.3.3.(3).)

 

       3.1.1.13.    Sentence 3.4.6.16.(4) (Part 3, Division B) deleted and replaced.

Sentence 3.4.6.16.(4) (Part 3, Division B) of the National Building Code of Canada isdeleted and replaced

with:

                3.4.6.16.(4)        Electromagnetic locks that do not incorporate latches, pins or othersimilar devices to keep the door in the closed position are permittedto be installed on exit doors, other than doors leading directly froma high-hazard industrial occupancy, provided all of the followingare met:

                                          (a)    the building is equipped with a fire alarm system,

                                          (b)    the locking device, and all similar devices in the access toexit leading to the exit door, release upon actuation of the firealarm signal from the building fire alarm system,

                                          (c)    the locking device releases immediately upon loss of powercontrolling the electromagnetic locking mechanism and itsassociated auxiliary controls,

                                          (d)    the locking device releases immediately upon actuation of amanually operated switch readily accessible only toauthorized personnel,

                                          (e)    except as allowed by Clauses (f) and (m), a force of not morethan 90 N applied to the door opening hardware initiates anirreversible process that will release the locking device within15 s and not relock until the door has been opened,

                                          (f)     in an occupancy classification Group B, Division 2 or GroupB, Division 3 located in a building, or part thereof, licensedby the Province of Nova Scotia, the locking device on exitdoors or doors in a means of egress, is permitted to bereleased by

                                                    (i)     a force of not more than 90 N applied to the dooropening hardware that initiates an irreversible processthat will release the locking device within 15 s, and notrelock until the door has been opened, or

                                                    (ii)    activating a blue manual pull station, installed in closeproximity to the door, and not relock until the door hasbeen opened.

(See Appendix Note NSBCR A-3.4.6.15.(4)(f) [sic])

                                          (g)    upon release, the locking device must be reset manually bythe actuation of the switch referred to in Clause (d),

                                          (h)    a legible sign is permanently mounted

                                                    (i)     for a locking device release in Clause (e) or Subclause(f)(i), on the exit door to indicate that the lockingdevice will release within 15 s of applying pressure tothe door-opening hardware,

                                                    (ii)    for a locking device release in Subclause (f)(ii), on theexit door or door in a means of egress to indicate thatthe locking device will release by actuating the bluemanual pull station,

                                          (i)     devices installed under Subclause (f)(ii) shall conform withCAN/ULC-S319-05 “Electronic Access Control Systems”,

                                          (j)     the total time delay for all electromagnetic locks in any pathof egress to release is not more than 15 s,

                                          (k)    where a bypass switch is installed to allow testing of the firealarm system, actuation of the switch

                                                    (i)     can prevent the release of the locking device during thetest, and

                                                    (ii)    causes an audible and visual signal to be indicated atthe fire alarm annunciator panel required by Article3.2.4.9. and at the monitoring station specified inSentence 3.2.4.8.(4),

                                          (l)     emergency lighting is provided at each door, and

                                          (m)   where they are installed on doors providing emergencycrossover access to floor areas from exit stairs in accordancewith Article 3.4.6.18.,

                                                    (i)     the locking device releases immediately upon theoperation of a manual station for the fire alarm systemlocated on the wall on the exit stair side not more than600 mm from the door, and

                                                    (ii)    a legible sign with the words “re-entry door unlockedby fire alarm” in letters at least 25 mm high with astroke of at least 5 mm is permanently mounted on thedoor on the exit-stair side.

(See Appendix A.)

 

3.1.1.14.     Article 3.4.6.18. Emergency Access to Floor Areas deleted and replaced.Article 3.4.6.18. Emergency Crossover Access to Floor Areas is deleted and replaced with:

 

3.4.6.18. Emergency Crossover Access to Floor Areas

                (1)    In a building more than 6 storeys in building height, except as permitted inSentence (2), doors providing access to floor areas from exit stairs shall nothave locking devices to prevent entry into any floor area from which the traveldistance up or down to an unlocked door is more than 2 storeys.

 

                (2)    Doors referred to in Sentence (1) are permitted to be equipped withelectromagnetic locks, provided they comply with Sentence 3.4.6.16.(4).

 

                (3)    Doors referred to in Sentence (1) shall be identified by a sign on the stairwayside to indicate that they are openable from that side.

 

                (4)    Locked doors intended to prevent entry into a floor area from an exit stair shall

                        (a)    be identified by a sign on the stairway side to indicate the location of thenearest unlocked door in each direction of travel, and

                        (b)    be openable with a master key that fits all locking devices and is kept ina designated location accessible to firefighters or be provided with awired glass panel not less than 0.0645 m2 in area and located not morethan 300 mm from the door opening hardware.

 

                (5)    Where there is access to floor areas through unlocked doors as required bySentence (1) or through doors permitted to have electromagnetic locks inaccordance with Sentence (2), it shall be possible for a person entering thefloor area to have access through unlocked doors within the floor area to atleast one other exit.

 

3.1.1.15.     Barrier-Free Design Section 3.8. (Part 3, Division B) deleted and replaced.Section 3.8. (Part 3, Division B) of the National Building Code of Canada is deleted andreplaced with the Section 3.8 “Barrier-Free Design” contained in Schedule “C” of theseregulations.

 

3.1.1.16.     Section 9.1. General (Part 9, Division B) amended. Section 9.1. (Part 9,Division B) of the National Building Code of Canada is amended by adding Sentence9.1.1.1.(2):

 

       (2)    The Alternate Compliance Methods for Existing Buildings contained in Schedule“D” of these regulations are hereby adopted and may be used in accordance withSentences 1.2.1.1.(8), (9), and (10) of these regulations.

 

3.1.1.17.     Barrier-Free Design. Sentence 9.5.2.1.(1) (Part 9, Division B) deleted andreplaced. Sentence 9.5.2.1.(1) (Part 9, Division B) of the National Building Code ofCanada is deleted and replaced by the following sentence:

 

       (1)    Subject to Article 3.8.1.1. of this regulation every building shall be designed inconformance with Section 3.8.

 

3.1.1.18.     Exception for Apartment Buildings Article 9.5.2.3. (Part 9, Division B)deleted. Article 9.5.2.3., Exception for Apartment Buildings (Part 9, Division B) of theNational Building Code of Canada. is deleted.

 

3.1.1.19.     Article 9.10.1.3. amended. Article 9.10.1.3. Items under Part 3 Jurisdiction isamended by adding:

 

9.10.1.3.(12)(a) Except as provided in Sentence 1.1.1.1.(3) (Part 1, Division A), andas provided in Clause[s] 9.10.1.3.(12)(b) and (c), Articles 3.2.2.18. and 3.2.2.44 to3.2.2.53, inclusive (Part 3,Division B) apply to all buildings used for majoroccupancies classified as Group C, residential occupancies exceeding 300 m2 inbuilding area or greater than 3 storeys in building height.

([See] Appendix A-1.3.3.2.(2) NSBCR)

 

9.10.1.3.(12)(b) Single detached dwelling units are exempt.

 

9.10.1.3.(12)(c) A residential building containing two dwelling units, with a buildingarea of less than 600 m2 or not more than 3 storeys building height is exempt.

 

3.1.1.20.     Article 9.10.19.4. (Part 9, Division B) Power Supply amended.

Article 9.10.19.4. (Part 9, Division B) of the National Building Code of Canada is deletedand replaced with:

 

9.10.19.4.

                (1)    Except as provided in Sentences (2), (3) and (4), smoke alarms described inArticle 9.10.19.1. shall

                        (a)    be installed with permanent connections to an electrical circuit (see A-3.2.4.21.(6)(a) in Appendix A),

                        (b)    have no disconnect switch between the overcurrent device and the smokealarm, and

                        (c)    in case the regular power supply to the smoke alarm is interrupted, beprovided with a battery as an alternative power source that can continueto provide power to the smoke alarm for a period of no less than 7 daysin the normal condition, followed by 4 minutes of alarm.

 

                (2)     In a single dwelling unit, smoke alarms may be installed

                        (a)    as a component of a household fire warning system which includes acertified control unit that meets the applicable requirements ofULC-S545 “Standard for Residential Fire Warning System ControlUnits”, and

                        (b)    in case the regular power supply to the control unit is interrupted, beprovided with a battery as an alternative power source that can continueto provide power to the control unit for a period of no less than 7 days inthe normal condition, followed by 4 minutes of alarm.

 

                (3)    Where the building is not supplied with electric power, smoke alarms arepermitted to be battery-operated.

 

                (4)    Suites of residential occupancy are permitted to be equipped with smokedetectors in lieu of smoke alarms, provided the smoke detectors

                        (a)    are capable of independently sounding audible signals within theindividual suites,

                        (b)    except as permitted in Sentence (5), are installed in conformance withCAN/ULC-S524, “Installation of Fire Alarm Systems”, and

                        (c)    form part of the fire alarm system.

(See A-3.2.4.21.(7) in Appendix A.)

 

                (5)    Smoke detectors permitted to be installed in lieu of smoke alarms as stated inSentence (4) are permitted to sound localized alarms within individual suites,and need not sound an alarm throughout the rest of the building.

 

3.1.1.21.     Replace Article 9.25.3.2. (Part 9, Division B) Air Barrier SystemProperties (See Appendix A, Division B A-9.25.3.2. NBC). Article 9.25.3.2. (Part 9Division B), Air Barrier System, is deleted and replaced with:

 

       (1)    Sheet and panel type materials intended to provide the principal resistance to airleakage shall have an air leakage characteristic not greater than 0.02 L/(s.m2)measured at a differential of 75 Pa.

 

       (2)    Where polyethylene sheet is used to provide airtightness in the air barrier system, itshall conform to CAN/CGSB-51.34-M, “Vapour Barrier, Polyethylene Sheet for Usein Building Construction”.

 

3.1.1.22.     Sentence 9.27.2.2.(5) (Part 9, Division B) amended. Sentence 9.27.2.2.(5) isamended by replacing the comma after the word break with a period and deleting thebalance of the sentence including deletion of Clauses 9.27.2.2.(5)(a) and (b) and thereference to Appendix C for information on the moisture index.

 

3.1.1.23.     Article 9.32.3.6. (Part 9, Division B, Volume 1) deleted. Article 9.32.3.6.(Part 9, Division B, Volume 1) is deleted and Appendix Note A-9.32.3.6.(Appendix A,Division B, Volume 2) is deleted.

 

3.1.1.24.     Article 9.36.1.3. amended. Article 9.36.1.3. is amended by adding “(SeeAppendix NSBCR A-9.36.1.3.1.)”.

 

3.1.1.25.     Sentence 9.36.1.3.(1) deleted and replaced. Sentence 9.36.1.3.(1) is deletedand replaced with:

 

                (1)    Except as provided in Sentences (2) to (6), buildings shall comply with

                        (a)    the prescriptive or trade-off requirements in Subsections 9.36.2. to9.36.4. and shall meet the requirements for climatic Zone 6,

                        (b)    the performance requirements in subsection 9.36.5. based on the climaticdata for where the building is located, or

                        (c)    the NECB.

 

3.1.1.26.     Article 9.36.1.3. amended. Article 9.36.1.3. is amended by adding Sentence9.36.1.3.(6) as follows:

 

                (6)    Section 9.36. does not apply to

                        (a)    farm buildings,

                        (b)    buildings intended primarily for manufacturing or commercial orindustrial processing,

                        (c)    non-heating season, or intermittently occupied buildings,

(See Appendix A, Division B A-9.1.1.1.(1) NBC)

                        (d)    heritage buildings.

 

3.1.1.27.     Sentence 9.36.2.7.(1) amended. Sentence 9.36.2.7.(1) is deleted and replacedby:

 

                (1)    Except as provided in Sentences (2) to (9) and Article 9.36.2.11., fenestrationand doors shall have an overall thermal transmittance (U-value) not greaterthan, or an Energy Rating not less than the values listed in Table 9.36.2.7.A.for the applicable heating degree day category. (See Appendix A, NBC)

 

3.1.1.28.     Article 9.36.2.7. amended. Article 9.36.2.7. is amended by adding newSentence 9.36.2.7.(9) as follows:

 

                (9)    Thermal characteristic of fenestrations and doors protected by storm windowsor storm doors need not comply with efficiencies specified in Table 9.36.2.7.A.or Table 9.36.2.7.C.

 

3.1.1.29.     Table 3.9.1.1. is amended by replacing functional statement 3.8.3.17. andadding functional statement 3.8.3.18.

3.8.3.17 Sleeping Units in Roofed Accommodations

3.8.3.17.(1)

F 74-OA2

3.8.3.17.(2)

F 74-OA2

3.8.3.17.(3)

F 74-OA2

3.8.3.18 Suites of Residential Occupancies

Required to be Barrier-Free

3.8.3.18.(1)

F 73-OA1, F 74-OA2

3.8.3.18.(2)

F 73-OA1, F 74-OA2

3.8.3.18.(3)

F 73-OA1, F 74-OA2

3.8.3.18.(4)

F 73-OA1, F 74-OA2

 

3.1.1.30.     Division A and NPC 2.2 Objectives added. Add the following objective toDivision A Sentence 2.2.1.1.(1) (See Appendix Note NSBCR A-3.1.1.24.):

 

OR Resource Conservation

An objective of this Code is to limit the probability that, as a result of the design orconstruction of a building, a natural resource will be exposed to an unacceptable riskof depletion or the capacity of the infrastructure supporting the use of the resourcewill be exposed to an unacceptable risk of being exceeded.

 

OR1 Water Conservation

An objective of this Code is to limit the probability that, as a result of the design orconstruction of a building, water resources will be exposed to an unacceptable risk ofdepletion or the capacity of the water supply, treatment and disposal infrastructurewill be exposed to an unacceptable risk of being exceeded, caused by theconsumption of water.

 

3.1.1.31.     Division A and NPC 3.2 Functional Statement added. Add the followingfunctional statement to Division A, Sentence 3.2.1.1.(1):

 

F 130 To limit excessive water consumption.

 

3.1.1.32.     Article 2.4.9.1. No Reduction in Size replaced. In Article 2.4.9.1. of theNational Plumbing Code of Canada, Division B, Sentence (1) is deleted and replaced andSentences (2) and (3) are added, as follows:

 

2.4.9.1. No Reduction in Size

                (1)    Except as permitted in Sentence (3), no drainage pipe that is of minimum sizerequired by this Part for the purpose for which it is installed shall be soconnected as to drain to other drainage pipe of lesser size.

 

                (2)    Where a building drain connects to a stack through a wall or floor, the drainshall retain its full size through the wall or floor.

 

                (3)    A sanitary drainage pipe may be connected to a pre-engineered waste waterheat recovery system that incorporates piping of a lesser size than required bySentence (1) provided that it does not convey sewage

                        (a)    from a sanitary unit, or

                        (b)    that contains solids.

 

3.1.1.33.     Article 2.6.1.8. Solar Domestic Hot Water Systems In the NationalBuilding Code of Canada Division B replaced. Article 2.6.1.8. Solar Domestic HotWater Systems In the National Building Code of Canada Division B is replaced with:

 

2.6.1.8. Solar Domestic Hot Water Systems

                (1)    Except as provided in Sentence (2), a system for solar heating of potable watershall be installed in accordance with good engineering practice.

 

                (2)    Systems for solar heating of potable water in residential occupancies shall beinstalled in conformance with CAN/CSA-F383, “Installation Code for SolarDomestic Hot Water Systems”.

 

3.1.1.34.     Subsection 2.6.4. Water Efficiency added. Subsection 2.6.4. WaterEfficiency is added in the National Plumbing Code of Canada as follows:

 

                2.6.4.         Water Efficiency

 

                2.6.4.1.      Water Supply Fittings

                (1)    The flow rates of fittings that supply water to a fixture shall not exceed themaximum flow rates at the test pressures listed for that fitting in Table 2.6.4.1.

 

                (2)    Sentence (1) does not apply to a fixture located in a heritage building.

Table 2.6.4.1. Maximum Flow Rates for Water Supply Fittings

Forming Part of Sentence 2.6.4.1.(1)

Fitting

Maximum Flow, L/min

Test Pressure, kPa

Lavatory Faucet

8.35

413

Kitchen Faucet

8.35

413

Shower Heads

9.5

550

Column 1

2

3

 

                2.6.4.2.      Plumbing Fixtures

                (1)    Water closets and urinals shall be certified to CAN/CSA-B45.0, “GeneralRequirements for Plumbing Fixtures”.

 

                (2)    The flush cycle for each fixture that is a water closet or urinal and that isinstalled as a replacement for a fixture in a building that existed before the 1stday of January 2010 shall not exceed the maximum flush cycle listed for thatfixture in Table 2.6.4.2.A.

Table 2.6.4.2.A. Maximum Flush Cycles for Sanitary Fixtures

Forming Part of Sentence 2.6.4.2.(2)

Fixture

Litres

Water Closet (Tank Type)

13.25

Water Closet (Direct Flush)

13.25

Urinal (Tank Type)

5.68(1)

Urinal (Direct Flush)

5.68(1)

Column 1

2

Notes to Table 2.6.4.2.A.

(1)Urinals equipped with automatic flushing devices shall be controlled to preventunnecessary flush cycles during building down time.

 

                (3)    Except as provided in Sentence (2) the flush cycle for each fixture that is awater closet or urinal shall not exceed the maximum flush cycle listed for thatfixture in Table 2.6.4.2.B.

Table 2.6.4.2.B. Maximum Flush Cycles for Sanitary Fixtures

Forming Part of Sentence 2.6.4.2.(3)

Fixture

Litres

Water Closet (Tank Type)

6

Water Closet (Direct Flush)

6

Urinal (Tank Type)

3.8(1)

Urinal (Direct Flush)

3.8(1)

Column 1

2

Notes to Table 2.6.4.2.B.

(1)Urinals equipped with automatic flushing devices shall be controlled to preventunnecessary flush cycles during building down time.

 

                (4)    Urinals which utilize water-free technology and conform to CSA-B45“Plumbing Fixtures Series” may be substituted under 2.6.4.2.(1).

 

                (5)    Sentences (2) and (3) do not apply to a fixture located in a heritage building,care or detention occupancy or passenger station.

 

3.1.1.35.     Sentence 3.7.2.1. (1) Plumbing and Drainage Systems amended. TheNational Building Code of Canada (Part 3, Division B), Sentence 3.7.2.1.(1) is deleted andreplaced as follows:

 

3.7.2.1. Plumbing and Drainage Systems

       (1)    Except under clause 3.7.2.2.(5)(b), if the installation of a sanitary drainage system isnot possible because of the absence of a water supply, sanitary privies, chemicalclosets or other means for the disposal of human waste shall be provided.

 

3.1.1.36.     Sentence 3.7.2.2.(5) Water Closets amended. The National Building Code ofCanada (Part 3, Division B), Sentence 3.7.2.2.(5) is deleted and replaced as follows:

 

3.7.2.2.(5) Water Closets

                        (a)    Urinals are permitted to be substituted for two-thirds of the number ofwater closets required by this Article for males, except that if only 2water closets are required for males, one urinal is permitted to besubstituted for one of the water closets.

                        (b)    Where urinals are permitted they may be of a type that utilizes water-freetechnology and shall conform to CSA-B45 “Plumbing Fixtures Series”.

 

3.1.1.37     Sentence 1.1.2.1. (Part 1, Division B) National Energy Code of Canadaamended. Sentence 1.1.2.1. (Part 1, Division B) National Energy Code of Canada isdeleted and replaced as follows:

 

                (1)    Buildings shall comply with

                        (a)    the prescriptive or trade requirements stated in Parts 3 to Part 7 and shallmeet the requirements for climatic Zone 6, or

                        (b)    the performance requirements stated in Part 8.

 

3.1.1.38.     Appendix Notes. The Appendix Notes to the National Building Code ofCanada edition apply as appendix notes to the Code and the amendments made by theseregulations unless specifically replaced or amended herein.

Schedule “A”

Letter of Undertaking

Confirmation of Commitment by Owner

to the Municipal Authority Having Jurisdiction

Field Review of Construction

Preamble

Whereas the Building Code Act, R.S.N.S. 1989, Chapter 46, hereinafter referred to as the “Act”applies to the construction or demolition of a building;

And Whereas the Minister of Municipal Affairs has by regulation adopted the NationalBuilding Code and the National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings, with amendments as theNova Scotia Building Code, requiring compliance with the Nova Scotia Building Code in theconstruction or demolition of buildings;

And Whereas architects, interior designers, and professional engineers are required by theirrespective statutes, regulations, and bylaws, to ensure the general public of competent standardsand ethical conduct in the design of buildings;

And Whereas Part 2 of the Nova Scotia Building Code requires professionals to designbuildings in conformance with the minimum standards of the Nova Scotia Building Code withsufficient drawings and documents to show how these standards have been met;

And Whereas Part 2 of the regulations made pursuant to the Act, requires that these buildingsbe inspected at intervals appropriate to the stage of construction to determine generalcompliance with the design drawings accepted by the authority having jurisdiction and allrevisions thereto;

To:

 

 

 

Authority Having Jurisdiction  

Date

 

Address

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dear

 

 

Authority Having Jurisdiction

Re:

 

 

Address of Project

 

 

 

Name of Project

 

 

 

Legal Description of Project

I (the owner) submit this Letter of Undertaking to the authority having jurisdiction along with acompleted application for a building permit.

The undersigned has appointed an architect(s), professional engineer(s), interior designer(s), ordesigner(s), or prime consultant(s) to undertake, as required in Articles 2.1.1.5. and 2.1.1.6. ofthe regulations, the Field Review of Construction and I have attached to this Letter ofUndertaking

(check appropriate boxes)

□      Field Review of Construction Commitment Certificates completed by me or the primeconsultant appointed by me to coordinate the Field Review of Construction.

 

□      Field Review of Construction Commitment Certificates (identified below) completed byindividual designers appointed by me to perform the Field Review of Construction for theapplicable discipline(s).

 

□      shall forward Field Review of Construction Commitment Certificates for those not yetappointed.

(Initial the disciplines that apply to this project. All disciplines will not necessarily be employedon every project)

□ Building Design

□ Interior Design

□ Structural

□ Plumbing

□ Mechanical

□ Electrical

□ Geotechnical

□ Fire Suppression System

□ Resource Conservation- Energy

 

 

I shall notify the authority having jurisdiction if the architect, interior designer, or professionalengineer, named in the attached “Review of Construction Commitment Certificate(s)” ceases,for whatever reason, to provide the Field Review of Construction for this building and shallappoint another architect, interior designer, or professional engineer immediately so that theField Review of Construction will continue uninterrupted.

This notice and the necessary Field Review of Construction Commitment Certificates shall beforwarded to the authority having jurisdiction as soon as practical, but not later than 72 hoursafter the change in an individual responsible occurs, if the contract for Field Review ofConstruction is terminated at any time during construction.

 

 

Signature of Owner

Date

Print name

 

Address

Postal Code

Phone

Fax

E-mail

Schedule “A-1”

Field Review of Construction

Inspection Commitment Certificate

Prime Consultant

Preamble

Whereas the Building Code Act, R.S.N.S. 1989, Chapter 46, hereinafter referred to as the “Act”applies to the construction or demolition of a building;

And Whereas the Minister of Municipal Affairs has by regulation adopted the NationalBuilding Code and the National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings, with amendments as theNova Scotia Building Code, requiring compliance with the Nova Scotia Building Code in theconstruction or demolition of buildings;

And Whereas architects, interior designers, and professional engineers are required by theirrespective statutes, regulations, and bylaws, to ensure the general public of competent standardsand ethical conduct in the design of buildings;

And Whereas Part 2 of the Nova Scotia Building Code requires professionals to designbuildings in conformance with the minimum standards of the Nova Scotia Building Code withsufficient drawings and documents to show how these standards have been met;

And Whereas Part 2 of the regulations made pursuant to the Act, requires that these buildingsbe inspected at intervals appropriate to the stage of construction to determine generalcompliance with the design drawings accepted by the authority having jurisdiction and allrevisions thereto;

 

To:

 

 

 

Authority Having Jurisdiction

Date

 

Address

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dear

 

 

Authority Having Jurisdiction

Re:

 

 

Address of Project

 

 

 

Name of Project

 

 

 

Legal Description of Project

This is to advise that I am the architect, interior designer, professional engineer or designerappointed by the owner as prime consultant to coordinate the Field Review of Construction forthe above-referenced project.

I hereby certify as prime consultant for this project that I will coordinate the Field Review ofConstruction for the following disciplines which I have checked and initialed.

□ Building Design

□ Interior Design

□ Structural

□ Plumbing

□ Mechanical

□ Electrical

□ Geotechnical

□ Fire Suppression System

□ Resource Conservation- Energy

 

 

I attach for your review the Field Review of Construction Inspection Commitment Certificatesfor each above-marked and initialed discipline completed by an appropriate professional foreach discipline, or shall forward the Field Review of Commitment Certificate for those not yetappointed.

I, and professionals who have completed the various Field Review of Construction InspectionCommitment Certificates, will perform the Field Review of Construction.

I also certify that

1)    I will coordinate the review of shop drawings;

2)    I will coordinate the review of changes to the design documents; and

3)    I will complete or have completed by the appropriate professional the Certification of FieldReview of Construction and return it to the authority having jurisdiction prior to requestingthe occupancy permit.

Please be advised that I may delegate some or all of my duties associated with the coordinationof the Field Review of Construction to another person employed by me or my firm where it isconsistent with prudent professional practice to do so. The functions will however be performedunder my supervision in accordance with the Engineering Profession Act, the InteriorDesigners Act, or the Architects Act.

The undersigned shall notify the authority having jurisdiction, in writing as soon as practical,but not later than 72 hours after the event, if the contract for Field Review of Construction isterminated at any time during construction.

____________________________________________

Print Name

____________________ ______________________

Signature                                   Initials Sample

____________________________________________

Print Name of Firm or Company

____________________________________________

Print Address

____________________________________________

Print Municipality            Postal Code

____________________________________________

Telephone       Fax  E-mail

If a design professional

affix below the seal of thelicensed Architect, InteriorDesigner, or ProfessionalEngineer or in accordancewith provincial legislation

If not a design professionalthis document must besigned by the personappointed as the PrimeConsultant.

 

Schedule “A-2”

Field Review of Construction

Inspection Commitment Certificate

Building Design Requirements

Preamble

Whereas the Building Code Act, R.S.N.S. 1989, Chapter 46, hereinafter referred to as the “Act”applies to the construction or demolition of a building;

And Whereas the Minister of Municipal Affairs has by regulation adopted the NationalBuilding Code and the National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings, with amendments as theNova Scotia Building Code, requiring compliance with the Nova Scotia Building Code in theconstruction or demolition of buildings;

And Whereas architects, and professional engineers are required by their respective statutes,regulations, and bylaws, to ensure the general public of competent standards and ethical conductin the design of buildings;

And Whereas Part 2 of the Nova Scotia Building Code requires professionals to design inconformance with the minimum standards of the Nova Scotia Building Code with sufficientdrawings and documents to show how these standards have been met;

And Whereas Part 2 of the regulations made pursuant to the Act, requires that these buildingsbe inspected at intervals appropriate to the stage of construction to determine generalcompliance with the design drawings accepted by the authority having jurisdiction and allrevisions thereto;

To:

 

 

 

Authority Having Jurisdiction

Date

 

Address

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dear

 

 

Authority Having Jurisdiction

Re:

 

 

Address of Project

 

 

 

Name of Project

 

 

 

Legal Description of Project

This is to advise that I am the architect, or professional engineer appointed by the owner orprime consultant to perform the Field Review of Construction for the Building DESIGN aspectsof the project, which are within Parts 3 and 5 of the Building Code and Part 3 of the NationalEnergy Code of Canada for Buildings, and as shown in design documents submitted to theauthority having jurisdiction but do not include areas of work referred to in certificates A-3 toA-8 inclusive.

I hereby certify for the Building Design Requirements that

 

1)    I will review the shop drawings relevant to this certificate to determine general compliancewith the design documents, however, the party producing the shop drawings remainsresponsible for the design expressed therein;

 

2)    I will coordinate the review of changes to the design documents relevant to this certificateto ensure that the changes conform to the Code; and

 

3)    I will complete the Certification of Field Review of Construction and return it to theauthority having jurisdiction prior to requesting the occupancy permit.

Please be advised that I may delegate some or all of my duties associated with the coordinationof the Field Review of Construction to another person employed by me or my firm where it isconsistent with prudent professional practice to do so. The functions will however be performedunder my supervision in accordance with the Architects Act or Engineering Profession Act.

The undersigned shall notify the authority having jurisdiction, in writing as soon as practical,but not later than 72 hours after the event, if the contract for Field Review of Construction isterminated at any time during construction.

____________________________________________

Print Name

____________________ ______________________

Signature                                   Initials Sample

____________________________________________

Print Name of Firm or Company

____________________________________________

Print Address

____________________________________________

Print Municipality            Postal Code

____________________________________________

Telephone                Fax                     E-mail

Affix below the seal of theArchitect or licensedProfessional Engineer inaccordance with provinciallegislation.

 

Schedule “A-3”

Field Review of Construction Inspection Commitment Certificate

Structural Design Requirements

Preamble

Whereas the Building Code Act, R.S.N.S. 1989, Chapter 46, hereinafter referred to as the “Act”applies to the construction or demolition of a building;

And Whereas the Minister of Municipal Affairs has by regulation adopted the NationalBuilding Code and the National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings, with amendments as theNova Scotia Building Code, requiring compliance with the Nova Scotia Building Code in theconstruction or demolition of buildings;

And Whereas architects, and professional engineers are required by their respective statutes,regulations, and bylaws, to ensure the general public of competent standards and ethical conductin the design of buildings;

And Whereas Part 2 of the Nova Scotia Building Code requires professionals to designbuildings in conformance with the minimum standards of the Nova Scotia Building Code withsufficient drawings and documents to show how these standards have been met;

And Whereas Part 2 of the regulations made pursuant to the Act, requires that these buildingsbe inspected at intervals appropriate to the stage of construction to determine generalcompliance with the design drawings accepted by the authority having jurisdiction and allrevisions thereto;

To:

 

 

 

Authority Having Jurisdiction

Date

 

Address

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dear

 

 

Authority Having Jurisdiction

Re:

 

 

Address of Project

 

 

 

Name of Project

 

 

 

Legal Description of Project

This is to advise that I am the professional engineer appointed by the owner or prime consultantto perform the Field Review of Construction for the STRUCTURAL DESIGN requirements.

I hereby certify for the Structural Design Requirements that

 

       1)     I will review the structural shop drawings to determine general compliance with thedesign documents, however, the party producing the shop drawings remainsresponsible for the design expressed therein;

 

       2)     I will coordinate the review of changes to the structural design drawings to determinethat the changes conform to the Code; and

 

       3)     I will complete the Certification of Field Review of Construction and return it to theauthority having jurisdiction prior to requesting the occupancy permit.

Please be advised that I may delegate some or all of my duties associated with the Field Reviewof Construction to another person employed by me or my firm where it is consistent withprudent professional practice to do so. The functions will however be performed under mysupervision in accordance with the Engineering Profession Act.

The undersigned shall notify the authority having jurisdiction, in writing as soon as practical,but not later than 72 hours after the event, if the contract for Field Review of Construction isterminated at any time during construction.

____________________________________________

Print Name

____________________ _____________________

Signature                                   Initials Sample

____________________________________________

Print Name of Firm or Company

____________________________________________

Print Address

____________________________________________

Print Municipality            Postal Code

____________________________________________

Telephone                Fax                         E-mail

Affix below the seal of thelicensed ProfessionalEngineer in accordance withprovincial legislation.

 

Schedule “A-4”

Field Review of Construction Inspection Commitment Certificate

Mechanical Design Requirements

Preamble

Whereas the Building Code Act, R.S.N.S. 1989, Chapter 46, hereinafter referred to as the “Act”applies to the construction or demolition of a building;

And Whereas the Minister of Municipal Affairs has by regulation adopted the NationalBuilding Code and the National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings, with amendments as theNova Scotia Building Code, requiring compliance with the Nova Scotia Building Code in theconstruction or demolition of buildings;

And Whereas architects and professional engineers are required by their respective statutes,regulations, and bylaws, to ensure the general public of competent standards and ethical conductin the design of buildings;

And Whereas Part 2 of the Nova Scotia Building Code requires professionals to designbuildings in conformance with the minimum standards of the Nova Scotia Building Code withsufficient drawings and documents to show how these standards have been met;

And Whereas Part 2 of the regulations made pursuant to the Act, requires that these buildingsbe inspected at intervals appropriate to the stage of construction to determine generalcompliance with the design drawings accepted by the authority having jurisdiction and allrevisions thereto;

To:

 

 

 

Authority Having Jurisdiction

Date

 

Address

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dear

 

 

Authority Having Jurisdiction

Re:

 

 

Address of Project

 

 

 

Name of Project

 

 

 

Legal Description of Project

This is to advise that I am the professional engineer appointed by the owner or prime consultantto perform the Field Review of Construction for the MECHANICAL DESIGN aspects of thisproject, which are within Part 6 of the Building Code and Parts 5 and 6 of the National EnergyCode of Canada for Buildings.

I hereby certify for the Mechanical Design Requirements that

 

       1)     I will review the mechanical shop drawings to determine general compliance withthe design documents, however, the party producing the shop drawings remainsresponsible for the design expressed therein;

 

       2)     I will coordinate the review of changes to the mechanical design documents toensure that the applicable professional engineer(s) determines whether the changesconform to the Code; and

 

       3)     I will complete the Certification of Field Review of Construction and return it to theauthority having jurisdiction prior to requesting the occupancy permit.

Please be advised that I may delegate some or all of my duties associated with the Field Reviewof Construction to another person employed by me or my firm where it is consistent withprudent professional practice to do so. The functions will however be performed under mysupervision in accordance with the Engineering Profession Act.

The undersigned shall notify the authority having jurisdiction, in writing as soon as practical,but not later than 72 hours after the event, if the contract for Field Review of Construction isterminated at any time during construction.

____________________________________________

Print Name

______________________ ____________________

Signature                       Initials Sample

____________________________________________

Print Name of Firm or Company

____________________________________________

Print Address

____________________________________________

Print Municipality            Postal Code

____________________________________________

Telephone                Fax                           E-mail

Affix below the seal of thelicensed ProfessionalEngineer in accordance withprovincial legislation.

 

 

 

Schedule “A-5”

Field Review of Construction Inspection Commitment Certificate

Electrical Design Requirements

Preamble

Whereas the Building Code Act, R.S.N.S. 1989, Chapter 46, hereinafter referred to as the “Act”applies to the construction or demolition of a building;

And Whereas the Minister of Municipal Affairs has by regulation adopted the NationalBuilding Code and the National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings, with amendments as theNova Scotia Building Code, requiring compliance with the Nova Scotia Building Code in theconstruction or demolition of buildings;

And Whereas architects and professional engineers are required by their respective statutes,regulations, and bylaws, to ensure the general public of competent standards and ethical conductin the design of buildings;

And Whereas Part 2 of the Nova Scotia Building Code requires professionals to designbuildings in

conformance with the minimum standards of the Nova Scotia Building Code with sufficientdrawings and documents to show how these standards have been met;

And Whereas Part 2 of the regulations made pursuant to the Act, requires that these buildingsbe inspected at intervals appropriate to the stage of construction to determine generalcompliance with the design drawings accepted by the authority having jurisdiction and allrevisions thereto;

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Authority Having Jurisdiction

Date

 

Address

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dear

 

 

Authority Having Jurisdiction

Re:

 

 

Address of Project

 

 

 

Name of Project

 

 

 

Legal Description of Project

This is to advise that I am the professional engineer appointed by the owner or prime consultantto perform the Field Review of Construction for the ELECTRICAL DESIGN aspects of thisproject, which are within Part 1 of the Canadian Electrical Code and Parts 4 and 7 of theNational Energy Code of Canada for Buildings.

I hereby certify for the Electrical Design Requirements that

 

       1)     I will review the electrical shop drawings to determine general compliance with thedesign documents, however, the party producing the shop drawings remainsresponsible for the design expressed therein;

 

       2)     I will coordinate the review of changes to the electrical design documents to ensurethat the applicable professional engineer(s) determines whether the changes conformto the Code; and

 

       3)     I will complete the Certification of Field Review of Construction and return it to theauthority having jurisdiction prior to requesting the occupancy permit.

Please be advised that I may delegate some or all of my duties associated with the Field Reviewof Construction to another person employed by me or my firm where it is consistent withprudent professional practice to do so. The functions will however be performed under mysupervision in accordance with the Engineering Profession Act.

The undersigned shall notify the authority having jurisdiction, in writing as soon as practical,but not later than 72 hours after the event, if the contract for Field Review of Construction isterminated at any time during construction.

____________________________________________

Print Name

______________________ ____________________

Signature                                  Initials Sample

____________________________________________

Print Name of Firm or Company

____________________________________________

Print Address

____________________________________________

Print Municipality            Postal Code

____________________________________________

Telephone                Fax                          E-mail

Affix below the seal of thelicensed ProfessionalEngineer in accordance withprovincial legislation.

 

Schedule “A-6”

Field Review of Construction Inspection Commitment Certificate

Fire Suppression Systems Design Requirements

Preamble

Whereas the Building Code Act, R.S.N.S. 1989, Chapter 46, hereinafter referred to as the “Act”applies to the construction or demolition of a building;

And Whereas the Minister of Municipal Affairs has by regulation adopted the NationalBuilding Code and the National Energy Code of Canada, with amendments as the Nova ScotiaBuilding Code, requiring compliance with the Nova Scotia Building Code in the construction ordemolition of buildings;

And Whereas architects and professional engineers are required by their respective statutes,regulations, and bylaws, to ensure the general public of competent standards and ethical conductin the design of buildings;

And Whereas Part 2 of the Nova Scotia Building Code requires professionals to designbuildings in conformance with the minimum standards of the Nova Scotia Building Code withsufficient drawings and documents to show how these standards have been met;

And Whereas Part 2 of the regulations made pursuant to the Act, requires that these buildingsbeinspected at intervals appropriate to the stage of construction to determine general compliancewith the design drawings accepted by the authority having jurisdiction and all revisions thereto;

To:

 

 

 

Authority Having Jurisdiction

Date

 

Address

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dear

 

 

Authority Having Jurisdiction

Re:

 

 

Address of Project

 

 

 

Name of Project

 

 

 

Legal Description of Project

This is to advise that I am the professional engineer appointed by the owner or prime consultantto perform the Field Review of Construction for the FIRE SUPPRESSION SYSTEMSDESIGN requirements.

I hereby certify for the Fire Suppression Systems Design Requirements that

 

       1)     I will review the fire suppression systems shop drawings to determine generalcompliance with the design documents, however, the party producing the shopdrawings remains responsible for the design expressed therein;

 

       2)     I will coordinate the review of changes to the fire suppression systems designdocuments to ensure that the applicable professional engineer(s) determines whetherthe changes conform to the Code;

 

       3)     I will complete the Certification of Field Review of Construction and return it to theauthority having jurisdiction prior to requesting the occupancy permit;

 

       4)     I will file a copy of this form, a copy of the shop drawings, and specifications for thefire suppression system, and a copy of the appropriate contractor’s material and testcertificate for the system, as required by sentence 3.2.5.13.(1) of the Code, with theOffice of the Fire Marshal. I shall forward proof of receipt for each of the documentsfiled, issued by the Office of the Fire Marshal, to the authority having jurisdictionprior to requesting the occupancy permit.

Please be advised that I may delegate some or all of my duties associated with the Field Reviewof Construction to another person employed by me or my firm where it is consistent withprudent professional practice to do so. The functions will however be performed under mysupervision in accordance with the Engineering Profession Act.

The undersigned shall notify the authority having jurisdiction, in writing as soon as practical,but not later than 72 hours after the event, if the contract for Field Review of Construction isterminated at any time during construction.

____________________________________________

Print Name

______________________ ____________________

Signature                                  Initials Sample

____________________________________________

Print Name of Firm or Company

____________________________________________

Print Address

____________________________________________

Print Municipality            Postal Code

____________________________________________

Telephone                Fax                      e-mail

Affix below the seal of thelicensed ProfessionalEngineer in accordance withprovincial legislation.

 

Schedule “A-7”

Field Review of Construction Inspection Commitment Certificate

Geotechnical Design Requirements

Preamble

Whereas the Building Code Act, R.S.N.S. 1989, Chapter 46, hereinafter referred to as the “Act”applies to the construction or demolition of a building;

And Whereas the Minister of Municipal Affairs has by regulation adopted the NationalBuilding Code and the National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings, with amendments as theNova Scotia Building Code, requiring compliance with the Nova Scotia Building Code in theconstruction or demolition of buildings;

And Whereas architects and professional engineers are required by their respective statutes,regulations, and

bylaws, to ensure the general public of competent standards and ethical conduct in the design ofbuildings;

And Whereas Part 2 of the Nova Scotia Building Code requires professionals to designbuildings in conformance with the minimum standards of the Nova Scotia Building Code withsufficient drawings and documents to show how these standards have been met;

And Whereas Part 2 of the regulations made pursuant to the Act, requires that these buildingsbe inspected at intervals appropriate to the stage of construction to determine generalcompliance with the design drawings accepted by the authority having jurisdiction and allrevisions thereto;

To:

 

 

 

Authority Having Jurisdiction

Date

 

Address

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dear

 

 

Authority Having Jurisdiction

Re:

 

 

Address of Project

 

 

 

Name of Project

 

 

 

Legal Description of Project

This is to advise that I am the professional engineer appointed by the owner or prime consultantto perform the Field Review of Construction for the GEOTECHNICAL (PERMANENT)DESIGN requirements.

I hereby certify for the Geotechnical (Permanent) Systems Design Requirements that

 

       1)     I will review the Geotechnical shop drawings to determine general compliance withthe design documents, however, the party producing the shop drawings remainsresponsible for the design expressed therein;

 

       2)     I will coordinate the review of changes to the Geotechnical design documents toensure that the applicable professional engineer(s) determines whether the changesconform to the Code; and

 

       3)     I will complete the Certification of Field Review of Construction and return it to theauthority having jurisdiction prior to requesting the occupancy permit.

Please be advised that I may delegate some or all of my duties associated with the Field Reviewof Construction to another person employed by me or my firm where it is consistent withprudent professional practice to do so. The functions will however be performed under mysupervision in accordance with the Engineering Profession Act.

The undersigned shall notify the authority having jurisdiction, in writing as soon as practical,but not later than 72 hours after the event, if the contract for Field Review of Construction isterminated at any time during construction.

____________________________________________

Print Name

______________________ ____________________

Signature                                  Initials Sample

____________________________________________

Print Name of Firm or Company

____________________________________________

Print Address

____________________________________________

Print Municipality            Postal Code

____________________________________________

Telephone                Fax                       E-mail

Affix below the seal of thelicensed ProfessionalEngineer in accordance withprovincial legislation.

 

Schedule “A-8”

Field Review of Construction Inspection Commitment Certificate

Plumbing Design Requirements

Preamble

Whereas the Building Code Act, R.S.N.S. 1989, Chapter 46, hereinafter referred to as the “Act”applies to the construction or demolition of a building;

And Whereas the Minister of Municipal Affairs has by regulation adopted the NationalBuilding Code and the National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings, with amendments as theNova Scotia Building Code, requiring compliance with the Nova Scotia Building Code in theconstruction or demolition of buildings;

And Whereas architects and professional engineers are required by their respective statutes,regulations, and bylaws, to ensure the general public of competent standards and ethical conductin the design of buildings;

And Whereas Part 2 of the Nova Scotia Building Code requires professionals to designbuildings in conformance with the minimum standards of the Nova Scotia Building Code withsufficient drawings and documents to show how these standards have been met;

And Whereas Part 2 of the regulations made pursuant to the Act, requires that these buildingsbe inspected at intervals appropriate to the stage of construction to determine generalcompliance with the design drawings accepted by the authority having jurisdiction and allrevisions thereto;

To:

 

 

 

Authority Having Jurisdiction

Date

 

Address

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dear

 

 

Authority Having Jurisdiction

Re:

 

 

Address of Project

 

 

 

Name of Project

 

 

 

Legal Description of Project

This is to advise that I am the professional engineer appointed by the owner or prime consultantto perform the Field Review of Construction for the PLUMBING DESIGN requirements.

I hereby certify for the Plumbing Design Requirements that

 

       1)     I will review the plumbing shop drawings to determine general compliance with thedesign documents, however, the party producing the shop drawings remainsresponsible for the design expressed therein;

 

       2)     I will coordinate the review of changes to the plumbing design documents to ensurethat the applicable professional engineer(s) determines whether the changes conformto the Code; and

 

       3)     I will complete the Certification of Field Review of Construction and return it to theauthority having jurisdiction prior to requesting the occupancy permit.

Please be advised that I may delegate some or all of my duties associated with the Field Reviewof Construction to another person employed by me or my firm where it is consistent withprudent professional practice to do so. The functions will however be performed under mysupervision in accordance with the Engineering Profession Act.

The undersigned shall notify the authority having jurisdiction, in writing as soon as practical,but not later than 72 hours after the event, if the contract for Field Review of Construction isterminated at any time during construction.

____________________________________________

Print Name

______________________ ____________________

Signature                                  Initials Sample

____________________________________________

Print Name of Firm or Company

____________________________________________

Print Address

____________________________________________

Print Municipality            Postal Code

____________________________________________

Telephone                Fax                  E-mail

Affix below the seal of thelicensed ProfessionalEngineer in accordance withprovincial legislation.

 

Schedule “A-9”

Field Review of Construction Inspection Commitment Certificate

Interior Design Requirements

Preamble

Whereas the Building Code Act, R.S.N.S. 1989, Chapter 46, hereinafter referred to as the “Act”applies to the construction or demolition of a building;

And Whereas the Minister of Municipal Affairs has by regulation adopted the NationalBuilding Code and the National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings, with amendments as theNova Scotia Building Code, requiring compliance with the Nova Scotia Building Code in theconstruction or demolition of buildings;

And Whereas architects, interior designers, and professional engineers are required by theirrespective statutes, regulations, and bylaws, to ensure the general public of competent standardsand ethical conduct in the design of buildings;

And Whereas Part 2 of the Nova Scotia Building Code requires professionals to designbuildings in conformance with the minimum standards of the Nova Scotia Building Code withsufficient drawings and documents to show how these standards have been met;

And Whereas Part 2 of the regulations made pursuant to the Act, requires that these buildingsbe inspected at intervals appropriate to the stage of construction to determine generalcompliance with the design drawings accepted by the authority having jurisdiction and allrevisions thereto;

To:

 

 

 

Authority Having Jurisdiction

Date

 

Address

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dear

 

 

Authority Having Jurisdiction

Re:

 

 

Address of Project

 

 

 

Name of Project

 

 

 

Legal Description of Project

This is to advise that I am the interior designer appointed by the owner or prime consultant toperform the Field Review of Construction for the INTERIOR DESIGN requirements.

I hereby certify for the interior design requirements that

 

       1)     I will review the shop drawings relevant to this certificate to determine generalcompliance with the design documents, however, the party producing the shopdrawings remains responsible for the design expressed therein;

 

       2)     I will coordinate the review of changes to the design documents relevant to thiscertificate to ensure that the changes conform to the Code; and

 

       3)     I will complete the Certification of Field Review of Construction and return it to theauthority having jurisdiction prior to requesting the occupancy permit.

Please be advised that I may delegate some or all of my duties associated with the Field Reviewof Construction to another person employed by me or my firm where it is consistent withprudent professional practice to do so. The functions will however be performed under mysupervision in accordance with the Interior Designers Act.

The undersigned shall notify the authority having jurisdiction, in writing as soon as practical,but not later than 72 hours after the event, if the contract for Field Review of Construction isterminated at any time during construction.

____________________________________________

Print Name

______________________ ____________________

Signature                                  Initials Sample

____________________________________________

Print Name of Firm or Company

____________________________________________

Print Address

____________________________________________

Print Municipality            Postal Code

____________________________________________

Telephone                Fax                  E-mail

Affix below the seal of theRegistered Interior Designerin accordance with provinciallegislation, where applicable.

 

Schedule “A-10”

Field Review of Construction

Inspection Commitment Certificate

Resource Conservation Measures–Energy

Preamble

Whereas the Building Code Act, R.S.N.S. 1989, Chapter 46, hereinafter referred to as the “Act”applies to the construction or demolition of a building;

And Whereas the Minister of Municipal Affairs has by regulation adopted the NationalBuilding Code and the National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings, with amendments, asthe Nova Scotia Building Code, requiring compliance with it as adopted for the construction ordemolition of buildings;

                                                                                                                        

And Whereas architects, interior designers, and professional engineers are required by theirrespective statutes, regulations, and bylaws, to ensure the general public of competent standardsand ethical conduct in the design of buildings;

And Whereas Part 2 of the Nova Scotia Building Code requires professionals to designbuildings in conformance with the minimum standards of the Nova Scotia Building Code withsufficient drawings and documents to show how these standards have been met;

And Whereas Part 2 of the regulations made pursuant to the Act, requires that these buildingsbe inspected at intervals appropriate to the stage of construction to determine generalcompliance with the design drawings accepted by the authority having jurisdiction and allrevisions thereto;

To:

 

 

 

Authority Having Jurisdiction

Date

 

Address

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dear

 

 

Authority Having Jurisdiction

Re:

 

 

Address of Project

 

 

 

Name of Project

 

 

 

Legal Description of Project

This is to advise that I am the architect or the professional engineer appointed by the owner orprime consultant to perform the Field Review of Construction for the Resource ConservationMeasures–Energy requirements.

I hereby certify for the Resource Conservation Measures Requirements–Energy that

 

1)    I will comply with the requirements of Division C of the National Building Code and theNational Energy Code of Canada for Buildings;

 

2)    I will review the energy shop drawings to determine general compliance with the designdocuments; however, the party producing the shop drawings remains responsible for thedesign expressed therein;

 

3)    I will coordinate the review of changes to the energy design documents to ensure that thechanges conform to the Code;

 

4)    Where the size and complexity of the design has been identified, I will coordinateadditional areas of review as deemed appropriate in consultation with the authority havingjurisdiction and;

 

5)    I will complete the Certification of Field Review of Construction and return it to theauthority having jurisdiction prior to requesting the occupancy permit.

            

Please be advised that I may delegate some or all of my duties associated with the Field Reviewof Construction to another person employed by me or my firm where it is consistent withprudent professional practice to do so. The functions will however be performed under mysupervision in accordance with the Engineering Profession Act or the Nova Scotia ArchitectsAct.

            

The undersigned shall notify the authority having jurisdiction, in writing as soon as practical,but not later than 72 hours after the event, if the contract for Field Review of Construction isterminated at any time during construction.

                        

Sign and affix below the seal of the Architect or licensed Professional Engineer in accordancewith provincial legislation.

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Print Name

____________________ ______________________

Signature                                   Initials Sample

____________________________________________

Print Name of Firm or Company

____________________________________________

Print Address

____________________________________________

Print Municipality            Postal Code

____________________________________________

Telephone       Fax  E-mail

Affix below the seal of thelicensed ProfessionalEngineer or Architect inaccordance with provinciallegislation, where applicable.

 

Schedule “A-11”

Certification of Field Review of Construction

NOTE: This letter must be signed by a licensed Architect, Interior Designer, or ProfessionalEngineer as appropriate in accordance with provincial legislation and must be submitted aftercompletion of the project but before the occupancy permit is issued. A separate letter must besubmitted by each architect, interior designer, or professional engineer hired by the owner orprime consultant.

To:

 

 

 

Authority Having Jurisdiction

Date

 

Address

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dear

 

 

Authority Having Jurisdiction

Re:

 

 

Address of Project

 

 

 

Name of Project

 

 

 

Legal Description of Project

I hereby certify that I have fulfilled my obligations for Field Review of Construction as definedin the Letter of Undertaking and the Inspection Commitment Certificate, and advise that I havereviewed the work at intervals appropriate, to determine general compliance with the design andall revisions thereto as accepted by the authority having jurisdiction for the followingdisciplines, which I have checked and initialed.

□ Building Design

□ Interior Design

□ Structural

□ Plumbing

□ Mechanical

□ Electrical

□ Geotechnical

□ Fire Suppression System

□ Resource Conservation- Energy

 

 

_______________________________________________

Affix below the seal ofthe licensed Architect,Interior Designer, orProfessional Engineer inaccordance withprovincial legislation,where applicable.

Print Name

______________________ _______________________SignatureInitials Sample

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Schedule “B”

Design Data for Selected Locations in Nova Scotia

It is not practical to list design values for all municipalities in Nova Scotia, in Appendix C ofthe National Building Code of Canada, Table C-2 Design Data for Selected Locations inCanada.

Design values for locations not listed can be obtained by writing to the AtmosphericEnvironment Service, Environment Canada, 4905 Dufferin Street, Downsview, OntarioM3H 5T4 or by contacting (416) 739-4365.

Seismic values for those not listed may be obtained through the Natural Resources CanadaWebsite at www.earthquakescanada.ca, or by writing to the Geological Survey of Canada, 7Observatory Crescent, Ottawa, ON, K1A 0Y3.

Schedule “C”

Barrier-Free Design

As amended by Article 3.1.1.15. of these regulations, Section 3.8 Barrier-Free Design of theCode is replaced with the following:

3.8 Barrier-Free Design

3.8.1. General (See Appendix Note 3.8.1. NSBCR)

 

       3.8.1.1.      Application

       (1)    The requirements of this Section apply to all buildings, except

                (a)    houses on their own lot, other than those houses used as roofedaccommodation for not more than 10 persons including the owner and theowner’s family and that meet the requirements of Sentence (5),

                (b)    semi-detached, houses with secondary suites, duplexes, triplexes, townhouses,row houses, boarding houses, and rooming houses,

                (c)    buildings of Group F, Division 1 major occupancy,

                (d)    buildings that are not intended to be occupied on a daily or full time basis,including automatic telephone exchanges, pumphouses, and substations,

                (e)    industrial occupancies with an operation that is not adaptable to barrier-freedesign, and

                (f)    fire, rescue, and emergency response facilities intended to house vehicles andtheir crews. (See Appendix Note A-3.8.1.1.(1)(f) NSBCR)

 

       (2)    In camping accommodation where sleeping accommodations are provided, and inroofed accommodation one sleeping unit conforming to Article 3.8.3.17. shall beprovided for every 20 sleeping units or part thereof.

 

       (3)    In roofed accommodation, when a fire alarm system is required by Subsection 3.2.4.(Part 3, Division B) or Subsection 9.10.18. (Part 9, Division B) NBC, at least onesleeping unit for every 20 sleeping units or part thereof, other than those required inSentence 3.8.1.1.(2), shall be provided with a warning system that shall conform toArticle 3.2.4.19. Visual Signals (Part 3, Division B).

 

       (4)    Every floor area to which a barrier-free path of travel is required to provide access,shall conform to Article 3.3.1.7. (Part 3, Division B), Protection on Floor Areas witha Barrier-Free Path of Travel.

 

       (5)    Where an alteration on the entrance level is made to a dwelling unit used as roofedaccommodation to add sleeping accommodation, all of the following shall beprovided:

                (a)    one sleeping unit conforming to Article 3.8.3.17.,

                (b)    a barrier-free entrance designed in accordance with Article 3.8.3.3.,

                (c)    a barrier-free path of travel conforming to Article 3.8.1.3., and

                (d)    one parking stall for each required sleeping unit under this Sentenceconforming with Sentence 3.8.2.2.(5).

 

       (6)    Except as exempt by Clause 3.8.1.1.(1)(a), in care or residential occupancies ofmultiple suites, one unit conforming to Article 3.8.3.18. shall be provided for every20 units or part thereof. (See Appendix A-3.8.1.1.(6) NSBCR)

 

       3.8.1.2.      Entrances(See Appendix A, Division B, A-3.8.1.2. NBC)

       (1)    In addition to the barrier-free entrances required by Sentence (2), not less than 50%of the pedestrian entrances of a building referred to in Sentence 3.8.1.1.(1) shall bebarrier-free and shall lead from

                (a)    the outdoors at sidewalk level, or

                (b)    a ramp that conforms to Article 3.8.3.4. and leads from a sidewalk.

 

       (2)    A suite of assembly occupancy, business and personal services occupancy ormercantile occupancy that is located in the first storey of a building, or in a storey towhich a barrier-free path of travel is provided, and that is completely separated fromthe remainder of the building so that there is no access to the remainder of thebuilding, shall have at least one barrier-free entrance.

 

       (3)    A barrier-free entrance required by Sentence (1) or (2) shall be designed inaccordance with Article 3.8.3.3.

 

       (4)    At a barrier-free entrance that includes more than one doorway, only one of thedoorways is required to be designed in accordance with the requirements of Article3.8.3.3.

 

       (5)    If a walkway or pedestrian bridge connects two barrier-free storeys in differentbuildings, the path of travel from one storey to the other storey by means of awalkway or bridge shall be barrier-free.

 

       (6)    Where a principal entrance to a building of residential occupancy is equipped with asecurity door system,

                (a)    both visual and audible signals shall be used to indicate when the door lock isreleased, and

                (b)    where there are more than 20 suites a closed-circuit visual monitoring systemshall be provided capable of connection to individual suites.

 

       (7)    Where a house is required to conform to the requirements of Sentence 3.8.1.1.(5)such house shall provide one barrier-free entrance in conformance with Sentence (1).

 

       3.8.1.3.      Barrier-Free Path of Travel

       (1)    Except as required by Sentence 3.8.3.2.(1), or as permitted by Article 3.8.3.3. fordoorways, the unobstructed width of a barrier-free path of travel shall be not lessthan 920 mm.

 

       (2)    Interior and exterior walking surfaces that are within a barrier-free path of travel shall

                (a)    have no opening that will permit the passage of a sphere more than 13 mmdiam,

                (b)    have any elongated openings oriented approximately perpendicular to thedirection of travel,

                (c)    be stable, firm and slip-resistant,

                (d)    be bevelled at a maximum slope of 1 in 2 at changes in level not more than13 mm, and

                (e)    be provided with sloped floors or ramps at changes in level more than 13 mm.

 

       (3)    A barrier-free path of travel is permitted to include ramps, passenger elevators,inclined moving walks, or passenger-elevating devices to overcome a difference inlevel.

 

       (4)    The width of a barrier-free path of travel that is more than 30 m long shall beincreased to not less than 1500 mm for a length of 1500 mm at intervals notexceeding 30 m.

 

       3.8.1.4.      Storeys Served by Escalators

       (1)    In a building in which an escalator or inclined moving walk provides access to anyfloor level above or below the entrance floor level, an interior barrier-free path oftravel shall be provided to that floor level.

(See Appendix A, Division B, A-3.8.1.4.(1) NBC)

 

       (2)    The route from the escalator or inclined moving walk to the barrier-free path oftravel from floor to floor required by Sentence (1) shall be clearly indicated byappropriate signs.

 

       3.8.1.5.      Controls

       (1)    Except as required by Sentence [Article] 3.5.2.1. (NBC Division B) for elevators,controls for the operation of building services or safety devices, including electricalswitches, thermostats and intercom switches, intended to be operated by theoccupant and located in or adjacent to a barrier-free path of travel shall be accessibleto a person in a wheelchair, operable with one hand, and mounted between 400 mmand 1200 mm above the floor.

 

3.8.2.       Occupancy Requirements

       3.8.2.1.      Areas Requiring a Barrier-Free Path of Travel (See Appendix A-3.8.2.1.NSBCR)

       (1)    Except as permitted by Sentence (2), a barrier-free path of travel from the entrancesrequired by Sentences 3.8.1.2.(1) and (2) to be barrier-free shall be providedthroughout and within all normally occupied floor areas of each of the following:

                (a)    the entrance storey,

                (b)    each storey exceeding 600 m² in area, and

                (c)    each storey served by a passenger elevator, escalator, inclined moving walk, ora passenger-elevating device.

(See Article 3.3.1.7. Protection on Floor Areas with a Barrier-Free Path ofTravel (Part 3, Division B) for additional requirements for floor areas above orbelow the first storey to which a barrier-free path of travel is required.)

 

       (2)    A barrier-free path of travel for persons in wheelchairs is not required

                (a)    to service rooms,

                (b)    to elevator machine rooms,

                (c)    to janitors’ rooms,

                (d)    to service spaces,

                (e)    to crawl spaces,

                (f)    to attic or roof spaces,

                (g)    to floor levels not served by a passenger elevator, a passenger-elevating device,an escalator, or an inclined moving walk,

                (h)    to high hazard industrial occupancies,

                (i)     within portions of a floor area with fixed seats in an assembly occupancywhere those portions are not part of the barrier-free path of travel to spacesdesignated for wheelchair use,

                (j)     within floor levels of a suite of care or residential occupancy that are not at thesame level as the entry level to the suite,

                (k)    within a suite of care or residential occupancy unless required by Sentence3.8.1.1.(6), or

                (l)     within those parts of a floor area that are not at the same level as the entrylevel, provided amenities and uses provided on any raised or sunken level areaccessible on the entry level by means of a barrier-free path of travel.

 

       (3)    In an assembly occupancy, the number of spaces designated for wheelchair usewithin rooms or areas with fixed seats shall conform to Table 3.8.2.1. (See alsoArticle 3.8.3.6. for additional requirements.)

Table 3.8.2.1. Designated Wheelchair Spaces

Number of Fixed Seats in SeatingArea

Number of Spaces Required forWheelchairs

2–100

2

101–200

3

201–300

4

301–400

5

401–500

6

501–900

7

901–1300

8

1301–1700

9

each increment of up to 400 seats inexcess of 1700

one additional space

 

       3.8.2.2.      Access to Parking Areas

       (1)    If exterior parking is provided, a barrier-free path of travel shall be provided betweenthe exterior parking area and a barrier-free entrance conforming to Article 3.8.1.2.(See Appendix A, Division B, A-3.8.1.2. NBC)

 

       (2)    If a passenger elevator serves one or more indoor parking levels, a barrier-free pathof travel shall be provided between at least one parking level and all other parts ofthe building required to be provided with barrier-free access in accordance withArticle 3.8.2.1.

 

       (3)    If an exterior passenger loading zone is provided, it shall have

                (a)    an access aisle not less than 1500 mm wide and 6000 mm long adjacent andparallel to the vehicle pull-up space,

                (b)    a curb ramp conforming to [Sentence] 3.8.3.2(2), where there are curbsbetween the access aisle and the vehicle pull-up space, and

                (c)    a clear height not less than 2750 mm at the pull-up space and along the vehicleaccess and egress routes.

 

       (4)    Where on-site parking is provided, parking stalls for use by disabled persons shall beprovided as follows:

                (a)    as designated by Table 3.8.2.2.,

                (b)    one parking stall shall be provided for each viewing position required inassembly occupancies in Sentence 3.8.2.1.(3) or

                (c)    one parking stall shall be provided for each barrier-free residential suite.

Table 3.8.2.2. Designated Parking Stalls

Number of Parking Stalls

Number of Designated StallsRequired for Wheelchairs

2–15

1

16–45

2

46–100

3

101–200

4

201–300

5

301–400

6

401–500

7

501–900

8

901–1300

9

1301–1700

10

each increment of up to 400 stalls inexcess of 1700

one additional space

 

       (5)    Parking stalls for use by persons with physical disabilities shall

                (a)    be not less than 2400 mm wide and provided on one side with an access aislenot less than 1500 mm wide (if more than one parking space is provided forpersons with physical disabilities, a single access aisle can serve two adjacentparking stalls), and if parallel parking stalls shall be not less than 7000 mmlong,

                (b)    have a firm, slip-resistant and level surface of asphalt, concrete or compactedgravel,

                (c)    be located close to an entrance required to conform to Article 3.8.1.2., but notexceeding 50 m from the entrance,

                (d)    be clearly marked as being for the use of persons with physical disabilities, and

                (e)    be identified by a sign located not less than 1500 mm above ground level inconformance with the Motor Vehicle Act of Nova Scotia traffic signregulations.

 

       3.8.2.3.      Washrooms Required to be Barrier-Free

(See Appendix A, Division B, A-3.8.2.3. NBC)

       (1)    Except as permitted by Sentence (2), a washroom in a storey to which a barrier-freepath of travel is required in accordance with Article 3.8.2.1., shall be barrier-free inaccordance with the appropriate requirements in Articles 3.8.3.8. to 3.8.3.13.

 

       (2)    A washroom need not conform to the requirements of Sentence (1) provided

                (a)    it is located within a suite of care or residential occupancies, except whererequired by [Sentence] 3.8.1.1.(6), or

                (b)    other barrier-free washrooms are provided on the same floor area within 45 m.

 

       (3)    In a building in which water closets are required in accordance with Subsection3.7.2., one or more barrier-free water closets shall be provided in the entrance storey,unless

                (a)    a barrier-free path of travel is provided to barrier-free water closets elsewherein the building, or

                (b)    the water closets required by Subsection 3.7.2. are for dwelling units only.

 

       (4)    In any washroom containing not more than three water closets, one of the watercloset stalls may be replaced by a universal toilet room conforming to Article3.8.3.12. (See Appendix Note A-3.8.2.3. NSBCR).

 

       (5)    In any washroom containing 4 or more water closets at least one of the water closetstalls shall conform to Articles [Sentence] 3.8.3.8.(1).

 

       (6)    A universal toilet room conforming to Article 3.8.3.12. is permitted to be substitutedfor one water closet stall required by Sentence (5), in lieu of facilities for disabledpersons in washrooms used by the general public. (See Appendix Note A-3.8.2.3.NSBCR).

 

       (7)    Where alterations are made to existing buildings a universal toilet room conformingto Article 3.8.3.12. is permitted to be provided in lieu of facilities for disabledpersons in washrooms used by the general public.

 

3.8.3.       Design Standards

 

       3.8.3.1.      Accessibility Signs

       (1)    Signs incorporating the international symbol of accessibility for persons withphysical disabilities shall be installed to indicate the location of a barrier-freeentrance. (See Appendix A, Division B, A-3.8.3.1.(1) to (3) NBC)

 

       (2)    A teletypewriter (TTY/TDD) phone, washroom, shower, elevator or parking spacedesigned to be barrier-free shall be identified by a sign consisting of the internationalsymbol of accessibility for persons with physical disabilities and by appropriategraphic or written directions to indicate clearly the type of facility available. (SeeAppendix A, Division B, A-3.8.3.1.(1) to (3) NBC)

 

       (3)    If a washroom is not designed to accommodate persons with physical disabilities in astorey to which a barrier-free path of travel is required, signs shall be provided toindicate the location of barrier-free facilities. (See Appendix A, Division B, A-3.8.3.1.(1) to (3) NBC)

 

       (4)    Signs incorporating the symbol of accessibility for persons with hearing disabilitiesshall be installed to indicate the location of facilities for persons with hearingdisabilities. (See Appendix A, Division B, A-3.8.3.1(4) to (3) NBC)

 

       3.8.3.2.      Exterior Walks

       (1)    Exterior walks that form part of a barrier-free path of travel shall

                (a)    be not less than 1100 mm wide, and

                (b)    have a level area conforming to Clause 3.8.3.4.(1)(c) adjacent to each entrancedoorway.

 

       (2)    A curb ramp shall have

                (a)    a minimum width of 1200 mm

                (b)    a maximum slope of 1 in 12

                (c)    flared sides with a maximum slope of 1 in 10. (See Appendix Note A-3.8.3.2.NSBCR)

 

       3.8.3.3.      Doorways and Doors

       (1)    Every doorway that is located in a barrier-free path of travel shall have a clear widthnot less than 800 mm when the door is in the open position. (See Appendix A,Division B, A-3.8.3.3.(1) NBC)

 

       (2)    Door operating devices shall be of a design that does not require tight grasping andtwisting of the wrist as the only means of operation. (See Appendix A, Division B,A-3.8.3.3.(3) NBC)

 

       (3)    A threshold for a doorway referred to in Sentences (1) or (2) shall not be more than13 mm higher than the finished floor surface and shall be bevelled to facilitate thepassage of wheelchairs.

 

       (4)    Except as permitted by Sentences (5) and (11), every door that provides a barrier-freepath of travel through an entrance referred to in Article 3.8.1.2., including the interiordoors of a vestibule where provided, shall be equipped with a power door operator ifthe entrance serves any of the following:

                (a)    a hotel,

                (b)    a building of Group B, Division 2 major occupancy,

                (c)    a building of Group B, Division 3 major occupancy with more than tenresidents, or

                (d)    a building that is more than 500 m2 in building area and contains one of thefollowing occupancies:

                         (i)     an assembly occupancy,

                         (ii)    a business and personal services occupancy, or

                         (iii)   a mercantile occupancy.

(See Appendix A, Division B A-3.8.3.3.(5) NBC)

 

       (5)    The requirements of Sentence 3.8.3.3.(4) do not apply to an individual suite havingan area less than 500 m2 in a building having only suites of assembly occupancy,business and personal services occupancy or mercantile occupancy if the suite iscompletely separated from the remainder of the building so that there is no access tothe remainder of the building.

 

       (6)    Except as permitted by Sentence 3.8.3.3.(7) and except for a door with a power dooroperator, a closer for a door in a barrier-free path of travel shall be designed topermit the door to open when the force applied to the handle, push plate or latch-releasing device is not more than

                (a)    38 N in the case of an exterior door, or

                (b)    22 N in the case of an interior door.

 

       (7)    Sentence 3.8.3.3.(6) does not apply to a door at the entrance to a dwelling unit, orwhere greater forces are required in order to close and latch the door against theprevailing difference in air pressure on opposite sides of the door. (See Appendix A,Division B, A-3.8.3.3.(8) NBC)

 

       (8)    Except for a door at the entrance to a dwelling unit, a closer for an interior door in abarrier-free path of travel shall have a closing period of not less than 3 s measuredfrom when the door is in an open position of 70° to the doorway, to when the doorreaches a point 75 mm from the closed position, measured from the leading edge ofthe latch side of the door. (See Appendix A, Division B, A-3.8.3.3.(9) NBC)

 

       (9)    Unless equipped for power door operation, a door in a barrier-free path of travel shallhave a clear space on the latch side extending the height of the doorway and not lessthan

                (a)    600 mm beyond the edge of the door opening if the door swings toward theapproach side, and

                (b)    300 mm beyond the edge of the door opening if the door swings away from theapproach side. (See Appendix A, Division B, A-3.8.3.3.(10) NBC)

 

       (10)  A vestibule located in a barrier-free path of travel shall be arranged to allow themovement of wheelchairs between doors and shall provide a distance between 2doors in series of not less than 1200 mm plus the width of any door that swings intothe space in the path of travel from one door to another.

 

       (11)  Only the active leaf in a multiple leaf door in a barrier-free path of travel needconform to the requirements of this Article.

 

       (12)  Except as provided in Clause 3.8.3.4.(1)(c), the floor surface on each side of a doorin a barrier-free path of travel shall be level within a rectangular area

                (a)    as wide as the door plus the clearance on the latch side required by Sentence3.8.3.3.(9), and

                (b)    whose dimension perpendicular to the closed door is not less than the width ofthe barrier-free path of travel but need not exceed 1500 mm.

 

       (13)  The power door operator required by Sentence (4) shall function for passage in bothdirections through the door.

 

       (14)  Where a power door operator is required at least one leaf in each set of doors in thebarrier-free path of travel through a vestibule shall meet the requirements. (SeeAppendix A-3.8.3.3.(14) NSBCR)

 

       (15)  Doorways in a path of travel to and into at least one bathroom within a suite of careor residential occupancy shall have a clear width of not less than 800 mm when thedoor is in the open position.

 

       3.8.3.4.      Ramps

       (1)    A ramp located in a barrier-free path of travel shall

                (a)    have a clear width of not less than 870 mm,

                (b)    have a slope not more than 1 in 12 (See Appendix A, Division B, A-3.8.3.4.(1)(b) NBC),

                (c)    have a level area not less than 1500 by 1500 mm at the top and bottom and atintermediate levels of a ramp leading to a door, so that on the latch side thelevel area extends not less than

                         (i)     600 mm beyond the edge of the door opening where the door openstowards the ramp, or

                         (ii)    300 mm beyond the edge of the door opening where the door opensaway from the ramp (See Appendix A, Division B, A-3.8.3.4.(1)(c)NBC),

                (d)    have a level area not less than 1200 mm long and at least the same width as theramp

                         (i)     at intervals not more than 9 m along its length, and

                         (ii)    where there is an abrupt change in the direction of the ramp, and

                (e)    except as permitted by Sentence (2), be equipped with handrails and guardsconforming to Articles 3.4.6.5. and 3.4.6.6.

 

       (2)    The requirement for handrails in Clause 3.8.3.4.(1)(e) does not apply to a rampserving as an aisle for fixed seating.

 

       (3)    Floors or walks in a barrier-free path of travel having a slope steeper than 1 in 20shall be designed as ramps.

 

       3.8.3.5.      Passenger-elevating Device

       (1)    A passenger-elevating device referred to in Sentence [Clause] 3.8.2.1.(1)(c) shallconform to CSA B355, “Lifts for Persons with Physical Disabilities”.

 

       3.8.3.6.       Spaces in Seating Area

       (1)    Spaces designated for wheelchair use referred to in Sentence 3.8.2.1.(3) shall be

                (a)    clear and level, or level with removable seats,

                (b)    not less than 900 mm wide and 1525 mm long to permit a wheelchair to enterfrom a side approach and 1220 mm long where the wheelchair enters from thefront or rear of the space,

                (c)    arranged so that at least 2 designated spaces are side by side,

                (d)    located adjoining a barrier-free path of travel without infringing on egress fromany row of seating or any aisle requirements, and

                (e)    situated, as part of the designated seating plan, to provide a choice of viewinglocation and a clear view of the event taking place.

 

       3.8.3.7.      Assistive Listening Devices

(See Appendix A, Division B, A-3.8.3.7. NBC)

       (1)    Except as permitted in Sentence (2), in buildings of assembly occupancy, allclassrooms, auditoria, meeting rooms, churches or places of worship, and theatreswith an area of more than 100 m2, and all courtrooms shall be equipped with anassistive listening system encompassing the entire seating area.

 

       (2)    Where the assistive listening system required in Sentence (1) is an induction loopsystem, only half the seating area in the room need be encompassed.

 

       3.8.3.8.      Water Closet Stalls

       (1)    At least one water closet stall or enclosure in a room or space required by Article3.8.2.3. to be barrier-free shall

                (a)    be not less than 1500 mm wide by 1500 mm deep,

                (b)    be equipped with a door which shall

                         (i)     be capable of being latched from the inside,

                         (ii)    provide a clear opening not less than 800 mm wide with the door in theopen position,

                         (iii)   swing outward, unless sufficient room is provided within the stall orenclosure to permit the door to be closed without interfering with thewheelchair (See Appendix A, Division B, Volume 2, A-3.8.3.8.(1)(b)(iii)NBC)

                         (iv)   be provided on the inside with a door pull not less than 140 mm longlocated so that its midpoint is not less than 200 mm and not more than300 mm from the hinged side of the door and not less than 900 mm andnot more than 1000 mm above the floor (See Appendix A, Division B,A-3.8.3.8.(1)(b)(iv) NBC), and

                         (v)    be provided with a door pull on the outside, near the latch side of thedoor,

(See Appendix A, Division B A-3.8.3.8.(1)(b)(iii) NBC)

                (c)    have a water closet located so that its centre line is 460 mm from the wall withthe grab bar and 1030 mm from any obstruction on the other side wall,

                (d)    be equipped with grab bars which shall

                         (i)     be mounted horizontally on the side wall closest to the water closet andshall extend not less than 450 mm in both directions from the mostforward point of the water closet (See Appendix A, Division B, A-3.8.3.8.(1)(d)(i) NBC),

                         (ii)    be mounted horizontally on the wall behind the water closet, extendingnot less than 600 mm and centred on the toilet bowl, if the water closetdoes not have an attached water tank,

                         (iii)   be mounted not less than 840 mm and not more than 920 mm above thefloor,

                         (iv)   be installed to resist a load of not less than 1.3 kN applied vertically orhorizontally,

                         (v)    be not less than 30 mm and not more than 40 mm in diameter, and

                         (vi)   have a clearance of not less than 35 mm and not more than 45 mm fromthe wall,

                (e)    be equipped with a coat hook mounted not more than 1200 mm above thefloor on a side wall and projecting not more than 50 mm from the wall, and

                (f)    have a clearance of not less than 1700 mm between the outside of the stall faceand the face of an in-swinging washroom door and 1400 mm between theoutside of the stall face and any wall-mounted fixture.

 

       3.8.3.9.      Water Closets

(See Appendix A, Division B, A-3.8.3.9.(1) NBC)

       (1)    A water closet for a person with physical disabilities shall

                (a)    be equipped with a seat located at not less than 400 mm and not more than460 mm above the floor,

                (b)    be equipped with hand-operated flushing controls that are easily accessible to awheelchair user or be automatically operable,

                (c)    be equipped with a seat lid or other back support,

                (d)    not have a spring-actuated seat,

                (e)    be located so that its centre line is 460 mm from the wall with the grab bar and1030 mm from any obstruction on the other side wall, and

                (f)    be equipped with grab bars in accordance with Clause 3.8.3.8(1)(d).

(See Appendix Note A-3.8.3.9.NSBCR)

 

       3.8.3.10.    Urinals

       (1)    If urinals are provided in a barrier-free washroom, at least one urinal shall be

                (a)    wall mounted, with the rim located between 488 mm and 512 mm above thefloor, or

                (b)    floor mounted, with the rim level with the finished floor.

(See Appendix Note A-3.8.3.10. NSBCR)

 

       (2)    The urinal described in Sentence (1) shall have

                (a)    a clear width of approach of 800 mm centred on the urinal,

                (b)    no step in front, and

                (c)    installed on each side a vertically mounted grab bar that is not less than300 mm long, with its centreline 1000 mm above the floor, and located notmore than 380 mm from the centreline of the urinal.

 

       3.8.3.11.    Lavatories

(See Appendix A, Division B, A-3.8.3.11.(1)(c) and (d) NBC)

       (1)    A barrier-free washroom shall be provided with a lavatory that shall

                (a)    be located so that the distance between the centreline of the lavatory and theside wall is not less than 460 mm,

                (b)    have a rim height not more than 865 mm above the floor,

                (c)    have a clearance beneath the lavatory not less than

                         (i)     760 mm wide,

                         (ii)    735 mm high at the front edge,

                         (iii)   685 mm high at a point 205 mm back from the front edge, and

                         (iv)   230 mm high over the distance from a point 280 mm to a point 430 mmback from the front edge,

                (d)    have insulated pipes where they would otherwise present a burn hazard,

                (e)    have soap dispensers located close to the lavatory, not more than 1200 mmabove the floor, and accessible to persons in wheelchairs, and

                (f)    have towel dispensers or other hand drying equipment located not more than1200 mm above the floor in an area that is accessible to persons inwheelchairs.

 

       (2)    If mirrors are provided in a barrier-free washroom, at least one mirror shall be

                (a)    mounted with its bottom edge not more than 1000 mm above the floor, or

                (b)    be inclined to the vertical to be usable by a person in a wheelchair.

 

       3.8.3.12.    Universal Toilet Room

(See NBC 3.7.2. (Part 3, Division B) and (See Appendix A, Division B, A-3.8.3.12. NBC)

       (1)    A universal toilet room shall

                (a)    be served by a barrier-free path of travel,

                (b)    have a door capable of being locked from the inside and released from theoutside in case of emergency and that has

                         (i)     a graspable latch-operating mechanism located not less than 900 mm andnot more than 900 mm above the floor,

                         (ii)    on an outward-swinging door, a door pull not less than 140 mm longlocated on the inside so that its midpoint is not less than 200 mm and notmore than 300 mm from the hinged side of the door and not less than900 mm and not more than 1000 mm above the floor, and

(See Appendix A, Division B, A-3.8.3.8.(1)(b)(iv) NBC)

                         (iii)   on an outward-swinging door, a door closer, spring hinges or gravityhinges, so that the door closes automatically,

                (c)    have one lavatory conforming to Article 3.8.3.11.,

                (d)    have one water closet conforming to the requirements of Article 3.8.3.9.located so that its centre line is 460 mm from the wall with the grab bar and1030 mm from any obstruction on the other side wall,

                (e)    have grab bars conforming to Clause 3.8.3.8.(1)(d),

                (f)    have no internal dimension between walls less than 1700 mm,

                (g)    have a coat hook conforming to Clause 3.8.3.8.(1)(e) and a shelf located notmore than 1200 mm above the floor,

                (h)    be designed to permit a wheelchair to back in alongside the water closet in thespace referred to in Clause (d), and

                (i)     be designed to permit a wheelchair to turn in an open space that has a diameternot less than 1500 mm.

 

       3.8.3.13.    Showers and Bathtubs

(See Appendix A, Division B, A-3.8.3.13.(1)(b) and (f) NBC)

       (1)    Except within a suite of care or residential occupancy, if showers are provided in abuilding, at least one shower stall in each group of showers shall be barrier-free andshall

                (a)    be not less than 1500 mm wide and 762 mm deep,

                (b)    have a clear floor space at the entrance to the shower not less than 900 mmdeep and the same width as the shower, except that fixtures are permitted toproject into that space provided they do not restrict access to the shower,

                (c)    have a slip-resistant floor surface,

                (d)    have a bevelled threshold not more than 13 mm higher than the finished floor,

                (e)    have a hinged seat that is not spring loaded, or a fixed seat that shall be

                         (i)     not less than 450 mm wide and 400 mm deep,

                         (ii)    mounted approximately 450 mm above the floor, and

                         (iii)   designed to carry a minimum load of 1.3 kN,

                (f)    have a horizontal grab bar conforming to Subclauses 3.8.3.8.(1)(d)(iv), (v) and(vi) that shall be

                         (i)     not less than 900 mm long,

                         (ii)    mounted approximately 850 mm above the floor, and

                         (iii)   located on the wall opposite the entrance to the shower so that not lessthan 300 mm of its length is at one side of the seat, (See Appendix A,Division B, A-3.8.3.13.(1)(f) NBC),

                (g)    have a pressure-equalizing or thermostatic mixing valve controlled by a leveror other device operable with a closed fist from the seated position,

                (h)    have a hand-held shower head with not less than 1500 mm of flexible hoselocated so that it can be reached from the seated position and equipped with asupport so that it can operate as a fixed shower head, and

                (i)     have fully recessed soap holders that can be reached from the seated position.

 

       (2)    If individual shower stalls are provided for use by residents and patients in buildingsof Group B, Division 2 institutional occupancy, they shall conform to therequirements of Clauses (1)(a) to (i) except where

                (a)    common showers are provided in conformance with Clauses (1)(a) to (i), or

                (b)    common bath tubs equipped with hoist mechanisms to accommodate residentsand patients are available.

 

       (3)    If a bathtub is installed in a suite of residential occupancy required to be barrier-free,the bathtub and entrance to the bathtub shall

                (a)    comply with the dimensions of Clauses 3.8.3.13.(1)(a) and (b),

                (b)    conform to Article 3.7.2.9.,

                (c)    be equipped with a hand-held shower head and controls conforming to Clause3.8.3.13(1)(h). but with a hose 1800 mm long, and

                (d)    have grab bars that are

                         (i)     1200 mm long, located vertically at the end of the bathtub that is adjacentto the clear floor space, with the lower end between 180 mm and280 mm above the bathtub rim,

                         (ii)    1200 mm long located horizontally along the length of the bathtublocated 180 mm to 280 mm above the bathtub rim.

                         (iii)   be installed to resist a load of not less than 1.3 kN applied vertically orhorizontally,

                         (iv)   be not less than 30 mm and not more than 40 mm in diameter, and

                         (v)    have a clearance of not less than 35 mm and not more than 45 mm fromthe wall.

 

       3.8.3.14.    Counters

(See Appendix A, Division B, A-3.8.3.14.(1) NBC)

       (1)     Every counter more than 2 m long, at which the public is served, shall have at leastone barrier-free section not less than 760 mm long centred over the knee spacerequired by Sentence (3).

 

       (2)    A barrier-free counter surface shall be not more than 865 mm above the floor.

 

       (3)    Except as permitted by Sentence (4), knee space beneath each side of a barrier-freecounter intended to be used as a work surface shall be not less than

                (a)    760 mm wide,

                (b)    685 mm high, and

                (c)    485 mm deep.

 

       (4)    A counter that is used in a cafeteria or one that performs a similar function in whichmovement takes place parallel to the counter need not have knee space underneaththe counter.

 

3.8.3.15.Shelves or Counters for Telephones and TTY/TDD Telephone Services(See Appendix A, Division B, A-3.8.3.15. NBC)

       (1)    If built-in shelves or counters are provided for public telephones, they shall be leveland shall

                (a)    be not less than 305 mm deep, and

                (b)    have, for each telephone provided, a clear space not less than 250 mm widehaving no obstruction within 250 mm above the surface.

 

       (2)    The top surface of a section of the shelf or counter described in Sentence (1) servingat least one telephone shall be not more than 865 mm above the floor.

 

       (3)    If a wall-hung telephone is provided above the shelf or counter section described inSentence (2), it shall be located so that the receiver and coin slot are not more than1200 mm above the floor.

 

       (4)    Where public telephones are provided, at least one telephone shall be provided witha variable volume control on the receiver.

 

       (5)    At least one built-in teletypewriter telephone (TTY/TDD) shall be provided andlocated in a publicly accessible location where

                (a)    four or more public access telephones are provided, including interior andexterior locations, or

                (b)    the building area exceeds 600 m² in a Group A, Group B, Group D, Group Eoccupancy, or in a hotel or motel, or

                (c)    a hotel or motel is required by Sentence 3.8.1.1.(2) to provide a barrier-freesuite, or

                (d)    a tourist cabin is required by Sentence 3.8.1.1.(2) to provide barrier-free suites,unless a portable unit is available for use.

(See Appendix A-3.8.3.15.(5)(d) NSBCR)

 

       (6)    Where public telephones are provided, at least one electrical receptacle shall beprovided within 500 mm of one of the public telephones.

 

       3.8.3.16.    Drinking Fountains

       (1)    If drinking fountains are provided, at least one shall be barrier-free and shall

                (a)    have a spout located near the front of the unit not more than 915 mm above thefloor, and

                (b)    be equipped with controls that are easily operable from a wheelchair using onehand with a force of not more than 22 N or be automatically operable.

 

       3.8.3.17.    Sleeping Units in Roofed Accommodation

       (1)    Where sleeping units suites conforming to this Article are required by Sentence3.8.1.1.(2), they shall have

                (a)    sufficient space to provide a turning area of not less than 1500 mm diameter onone side of a bed,

                (b)    sufficient space to provide clearance of not less than 900 mm to allow forfunctional use of units by persons in wheelchairs,

                (c)    an accessible balcony where balconies are provided,

                (d)    at least one closet that provides

                         (i)     a minimum clear opening of 900 mm,

                         (ii)    clothes hanger rods located at a height of 1200 mm, and

                         (iii)   at least one shelf located at a height of 1370 mm,

                (e)    light switches, thermostats and other controls that are specifically provided foruse by the occupant mounted not more than 1200 mm above the floor,         

                (f)    electrical receptacles located between 455 mm and 550 mm above the finishedfloor,

                (g)    a GFI outlet located not more than 1200 mm above the floor,

                (h)    an accessible bathroom that shall be designed to provide manoeuvring space upto each type of fixture required to be usable by persons in a wheelchairconforming to the following:

                         (i)     a floor space of not less than 3.7 m2 with no dimension less than1700 mm when the door swings out and 4.0 m2 with no dimension lessthan 1800 mm when the door swings in,

                         (ii)    fixtures located to provide maximum manoeuvrability for persons inwheelchairs,(iii)grab bars conforming to Clause 3.8.3.8.(1)(d),

                         (iv)   a coat hook conforming to Clause 3.8.3.8.(1)(e),

                         (v)    a water closet conforming to Article 3.8.3.9.,

                         (vi)   at least one lavatory conforming to Article 3.8.3.11,

                (i)     washroom accessories conforming to Clause 3.8.3.11.(1)(f), and

                (j)     a lock on the entrance door that is operable with one hand.

 

       (2)    If a bathtub is installed in a sleeping unit, required to be barrier-free, the bathtub andentrance to the bathtub shall

                (a)    comply with the dimensions of Clauses 3.8.3.13.(1)(a) and (b),

                (b)    be equipped with a hand-held shower head and controls conforming to Clause3.8.3.13(1)(h), but with a hose 1800 mm long, and

                (c)    have grab bars that

                         (i)     are 1200 mm long, located vertically at the end of the bathtub that isadjacent to the clear floor space, with the lower end between 180 mmand 280 mm above the bathtub rim,

                         (ii)    are 1200 mm long located horizontally along the length of the bathtublocated 180 mm to 280 mm above the bathtub rim,

                         (iii)   are installed to resist a load of not less than 1.3 kN applied vertically orhorizontally,

                         (iv)   are not less than 30 mm and not more than 40 mm in diameter, and

                         (v)    have a clearance of not less than 35 mm and not more than 45 mm fromthe wall.

 

       (3)    If a shower is installed within a sleeping unit, required to be barrier-free at least oneshower stall shall be barrier-free and shall

                (a)    be not less than 1500 mm wide and 900 mm deep,

                (b)    have a clear floor space at the entrance to the shower not less than 900 mmdeep and the same width as the shower, except that fixtures are permitted toproject into that space provided they do not restrict access to the shower (SeeAppendix A, Division B, A-3.8.3.13.(1)(b) NBC),

                (c)    have a slip-resistant floor surface,

                (d)    have a bevelled threshold not more than 13 mm higher than the finished floor,

                (e)    have a hinged seat that is not spring-loaded or a fixed seat that shall be

                         (i)     not less than 450 mm wide and 400 mm deep,

                         (ii)    mounted approximately 450 mm above the floor, and

                         (iii)   designed to carry a minimum load of 1.3 kN,

                (f)    have a horizontal grab bar that shall be

                         (i)     not less than 900 mm long,

                         (ii)    mounted approximately 850 mm above the floor, and

                         (iii)   located on the wall opposite the entrance to the shower so that not lessthan 300 mm of its length is at one side of the seat,

                         (iv)   be installed to resist a load of not less than 1.3 kN applied vertically orhorizontally,

                         (v)    be not less than 30 mm and not more than 40 mm in diameter, and

                         (vi)   have a clearance of not less than 35 mm and not more than 45 mm fromthe wall,

                (g)    have a pressure-equalizing or thermostatic mixing valve controlled by a leveror other device operable with a closed fist from the seated position,

                (h)    have a hand-held shower head with not less than 1500 mm of flexible hoselocated so that it can be reached from the seated position and equipped with asupport so that it can operate as a fixed shower head, and

                (i)     have fully recessed soap holders that can be reached from the seated position.

 

       3.8.3.18.    Suites of Care and Residential Occupancies to Be Barrier-free

General

       (1)     Where a suite of care or residential occupancy is required by Sentence 3.8.1.1.(6) toprovide barrier-free access it shall be served by

                (a)    entrances in accordance with Article 3.8.1.2.,

                (b)    a barrier-free path of travel to, into, and throughout each required suite inaccordance with Article 3.8.1.3.,

                (c)    an accessible balcony if required in accordance with NBC 3.3.1.7. 1.(c) Part 3,Division B, and

                (d)    barrier-free controls for the operation of building services or safety devices,including electrical switches, thermostats and intercom switches, that areaccessible to a person in a wheelchair, operable with one hand, and mountednot more than 1200 mm above the floor and electrical receptacles that arelocated between 400 mm and 550 mm above the finished floor, except asrequired by clause 3.8.3.18.(3)(f) (bathroom) and subclause 3.8.3.18.(4)(c)(v)(kitchen).

 

Sleeping Area

       (2)     Where a suite of residential occupancy is required by Sentence 3.8.1.1.(6) toprovide barrier-free access it shall contain at least one sleeping area with

                (a)    a minimum floor area of 12.25 m2 ,

                (b)    a least one horizontal room dimension not less than 3.35 m, and

                (c)    at least one closet that provides

                         (i)     a minimum clear opening of 900 mm,

                         (ii)    clothes hanger rods located at a height of 1200 mm, and

                         (iii)   at least one shelf located at a height of 1370 mm.

 

Bathroom

       (3)    Where a suite of care or residential occupancy is required by Sentence 3.8.1.1.(6) toprovide barrier-free access, a minimum of one accessible bathroom shall be providedwith

                (a)    a floor space of not less than 3.7 m2 with no dimension less than 1700 mmwhen the door swings out and 4.0 m2 with no dimension less than 1800 mmwhen the door swings in,

                (b)    a water closet conforming to Article 3.8.3.9.,

                (c)    a lavatory conforming to Article 3.8.3.11.,

                (d)    where a shower is provided, a shower conforming to Clauses 3.8.3.13.(1)(a) to(i),

                (e)    where a tub is provided, a tub conforming to Clauses 3.8.3.13.(3)(a) to (d), and

                (f)    a GFI razor outlet located not more than 1200 mm above the floor.

 

Kitchen

       (4)     Where a suite of care or residential occupancy is required by Sentence 3.8.1.1.(6) toprovide barrier-free access the kitchen shall have

                (a)    a minimum 1200 mm clearance between counters and all opposing basecabinets, counter tops, appliances, or walls except in a U-shaped kitchen theminimum distance shall be 1500 mm,

                (b)    a minimum clear floor space 750 mm x 1200 mm at each

                         (i)     range,

                         (ii)    cooktop,

                         (iii)   oven,

                         (iv)   refrigerator/freezer,

                         (v)    dishwasher, and

                         (vi)   other major appliance,

                (c)    a minimum of one work surface that

                         (i)     is 750 mm wide x 600 mm deep,

                         (ii)    is 810 mm to 860 mm above the floor,

                         (iii)   has a clear floor area 750 mm by 1200 mm, which may extend 480 mmunder the work surface,

                         (iv)   has a knee space a minimum of 750 mm wide, 480 mm deep, and 680high, and

                         (v)    has a minimum of one electrical receptacle located at the front or side ofthe work surface,

                (d)    base cabinets with a minimum toe space 150 mm deep and 230 mm high,

                (e)    sinks

                         (i)     mounted with the rim between 810 mm and 860 mm above the floor,

                         (ii)    with a knee space a minimum of 750 mm wide, 250 mm deep, and a toespace 750 mm wide 230 mm deep and 230 mm high,

                         (iii)   with a clear floor area 750 mm by 1200 mm, which may extend 480 mmunder the work surface,

                         (iv)   with faucets equipped with lever handles, and

                         (v)    with insulated hot water and drain pipes where they may abut requiredclear space,

                (f)    where upper cabinets are provided, an upper cabinet with a minimum of oneshelf not more than 1200 mm above the floor,

                (g)    storage cabinet doors and drawers

                         (i)     with handles that are easily graspable, and

                         (ii)    mounted at the top of base cabinets and bottom of upper cabinets,

                (h)    all controls in compliance with Clause 3.8.3.18.(1)(d) except as required bysubclause 3.8.3.18.(4)(c)(v).