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Building codes are complicated, they: are written by multiple associations, are used by multiple levels of government, sometimes conflict with other codes, use technical language, and vary widely by region. The best way to understand codes is to examine specific cases and review qualified advice.

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What Are Building Codes?

A building code is the mix of acts, regulations, by-laws, codes, and standards. This collection of requirements defines a minimum standard for the construction of new buildings for the purpose of protecting public health and safety. The code generally looks at the construction as well as the occupancy of buildings.

In Canada, building codes are established by provincial authorities which often use the National Research Council of Canada's  model codes. These model codes may be adopted, in whole, part, or modified to meet specific provincial requirements. They are: the National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings (NECB), National Building Code of Canada (NBC), National Fire Code of Canada (NFC), and National Plumbing Code of Canada (NPC).