Changes to the Nova Scotia Building Code Regulations (NSBCR) & the adoption of the 2015 Building (NBC), Plumbing (NPC), Fire (NFC) & Energy (NEC) Codes came into effect on April 1, 2017.
Some of the changes are; - Remove the sprinkler requirements in the Regulations and go with the requirements in the NBC to align the requirements with the rest of Canada. - Reorganization and improvements are also contained within Schedule “C” of the proposed Regulations to increase accessibility and provide for adaptability within a residence should a need arise. This is applicable to all newly constructed residential buildings. There are no requirements to retrofit existing buildings. These requirements are found under Section 3.8.4. of the NSBCR. - Plans that are required to be reviewed by the Office of the Fire Marshal, must have approval prior to the start of construction or alteration. - Some of the main changes in the NBC are; o The minimum run of stair treads is going from 210mm (8-1/4”) to 255mm (10”). This will require more room for all stairs in dwellings. o Spiral Stairs will be permitted under special conditions. o Changes to the design of guards. o Testing of integrated fire protection and life safety systems will be required to be tested as a whole in accordance with CAN/ULC-S1001.
For more information on the changes, please contact the Building Inspection Department, 902-798-6900.