Building Code Compliance
National Energy Code for Buildings
The National Energy Code for Buildings (NECB) establishes building standards for commercial buildings that are crucial in achieving societal, economic and environmental objectives. The building code encourages a certain energy and environmental standard to be upheld.
There are currently three compliance paths available when using the NECB code: prescriptive, trade-off, and performance.
Prescriptive path involves following the prescriptive requirements of each section of the code. This basically operates as a checklist to be followed. The trade-off path provides more flexibility in design, enabling the facility owner and design team to trade elements within the same section of the code.
Performance path offers the most design flexibility, requires that the building simply demonstrate that the proposed design will not consume more energy than an equivalent building built to the prescriptive path. This path is often accessed as it enabled the energy modeller, designer, and builder the freedom to find the most economical way to meet the building code.
Whatever path you opt to choose, our energy engineering and modelers can provide any guidance and assist you meet your code compliance needs.
Alberta Building Code 9.36
Energy standards for new homes are set out in 9.36 Code (ABC). Code compliance can be achieved by modeling energy use as per construction specifications, thus creating a “Proposed Model”, then comparing it to a “Reference Model”. The proposed model must perform better than the reference model to be in compliance with the code. Items that are required for modeling a standard home are a set of complete plans/drawings, construction specifications, window & door schedules, information on the mechanical systems to be included in the home, upgraded renewable energy advantages (i.e. solar, wind, geo-thermal, etc.), and the property plot plan.
As of January 2018, the Alberta Government issued Building Code Variance (Standata 14-BVC-017) allowing for ERS V15 certification as a performance path option to 9.36 compliance. This option acceptance will vary from each municipality at this time of introduction. Our Registered Energy Advisors and Energy Engineers, will support your efforts to gain 9.36 compliance in the way that best meets your needs, allowing for accurate modeling and less time spend getting building permits.