New 2012 BC Building Code and 2012 BC Fire Code

The 2012 BC Building Code and 2012 BC Fire Code will come into effect December 20, 2012. While the Queen’s Printer does not yet have them available, keen practitioners can contact to be put on a notification list for when they are available. Online access is expected to be available prior to the printed version. Note: the 2012 BC Building Code will not include major changes in parts 5, 9 or 10 with respect to resource conservation (energy and water); however, further revisions in these areas is expected for 2013.

A working group with representation from the AIBC, the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC, the Building Officials Association of BC, the Plumbing Officials Association of BC and the BC Building & Safety Standards Branch will be presenting a series of seminars throughout the province to introduce and highlight the significant changes found in the 2012 British Columbia Building Code. These one-day seminars will include a general administrative overview of the building code, changes to Part 3 and Part 9, as well as Part 7 (plumbing) changes. Sessions take place in locations across B.C. from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Online registration for these seminars will open Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at They are expected to fill up quickly, so it is advisable to register early.

Richmond November 22, 2012, Vancouver Marriott Hotel

Nanaimo November 27, 2012, Vancouver Island Conference Center

Victoria November 29, 2012, Marriott Victoria Inner Harbour

Burnaby November 30, 2012, City of Burnaby, Council Chambers

Kelowna December 4, 2012, Delta Grand Okanagan

Kamloops December 5, 2012, Best Western

Prince George December 10, 2012, Coast Inn of the North

Nelson December 12, 2012, The Prestige Lakeside Resort

Abbotsford December 14, 2012, Matsqui Centennial Auditorium

Cranbrook December 17, 2012, Heritage Inn

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In addition to the above noted one-day seminars, the AIBC will be offering a shorter session – a repeat of the popular annual conference offering on changes to Part 3, supplemented by an overview of the changes to window requirements, and substantially the same as the Part 3 and window changes component of the full-day seminar. This is being done to address the needs of those who are working on projects that will be going for permit after December 20, 2012 and therefore must comply with the new code. It will be held at the AIBC Offices on October 24, 2012, with registration commencing  October 9, 2012. Although aimed at architects, all are welcome to attend. To learn more, click here:

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