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Revised Building Code Will Improve Safety and Conservation

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Revised Building Code Will Improve Safety and Conservation

McGuinty Government Helping Building Sector Expand Across Canada

Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing

Ontario's revised Building Code will help ensure public safety, increase energy efficiency and contribute to the competitiveness of the building sector.

The revised Building Code will put Ontario among North America's leaders in water conservation with requirements like efficient toilets and showerheads for new homes and rain water harvesting for all new buildings.

The revised code also increases Ontario's consistency with other codes across the country so businesses can sell their products and services nationwide.

Updating the Building Code is a part of the McGuinty government's plan to create jobs and opportunities that will grow the green economy.

Quick Facts

  • Most of Ontario’s revised Building Code takes effect Jan. 1, 2014.
  • The Building Code was last updated in 2006.
  • All new houses constructed in 2017 will consume 50 per cent less energy than homes built before 2006, and large buildings will only consume 65 per cent of what they did before 2006.
  • In June, the Building Code was amended to prevent balcony glass of newly constructed buildings from breaking and keep Ontarians safe.

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“The Building Code helps to ensure our safety every day in our homes, workplaces, parking garages, retail stores, restaurants and theatres. We’re very proud of our record in improving the environmental integrity of Ontario’s buildings.”

Bob Chiarelli

Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing

“The updated Building Code will keep Ontario at the forefront of building design, adopting new technologies along with higher energy and water conservation standards. This new code will require our provincial and municipal partners to continue to work with home builders and professional renovators to build safe, affordable and efficient homes.”

Doug Tarry

Past President, Ontario Home Builders’ Association

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