CaGBC and RAIC send joint letter to NRC
Letter details feedback on the National Model Energy Code for Buildings and the National Building Code
Recently, Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) and the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) sent a joint letter to National Research Council (NRC) and other federal government ministers to share industry feedback on the overarching approach and omissions of the National Energy Code for Buildings (NECB) and the National Building Code (NBC). Both codes shape not only the future of Canada’s construction industry, but also the livability of homes and buildings in the face of a climate crisis. They are critical to achieve Canada’s greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets, and to advance the building sector’s ability to provide energy efficient, low carbon and climate resilient buildings.
In addition to the letter, the CaGBC and RAIC also submitted technical feedback for proposed changes to Codes Canada on March 13, 2020.
Considering the potential impact of proposed changes to the code, CaGBC felt that it was important to provide constructive feedback on the overarching approach and omissions on behalf of the green building industry in Canada. Most importantly, CaGBC and RAIC suggest that the code requirements should address not only energy efficiency, but also the carbon emissions associated with construction and operations in order to meet the government’s carbon reduction objectives.