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Government of Canada offers Latest Edition of the National Energy Code for Canada for Buildings for Free!

November 29, 2018

Government of Canada offers latest edition of the National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings for free

News release

Free access to the code online lowers costs for the building industry

November 28, 2018 – Ottawa, ON ─ Improving the energy efficiency of buildings is one of the most cost-effective ways to reduce our carbon footprint. At the same time, providing free codes to the construction industry has been linked to strong gains in productivity and the economy in other countries.

That’s why the National Research Council of Canada and Natural Resources Canada are providing Canadians with free online access to the 2017 edition of the National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings (NECB 2017).

The NECB 2017 builds on Canada’s commitment to work closely with the provinces and territories on the Pan Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change to meet emissions reduction targets, grow the economy, and build resilience to a changing climate. Provinces and territories may adopt the National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings, or adapt it to create a regulation that meets their specific regional needs.

This pilot project marks the first time that a national building code has been made freely accessible, and will provide the Government of Canada with the opportunity to evaluate the benefits of moving towards such a model.

Through this process, we hope to leverage the information gathered, and compare the results to the experiences of other countries. For example, providing free codes to the construction industry in Australia has been linked to strong gains in productivity and the economy.

The NECB 2017 is published by the National Research Council and developed by the Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes. Users can access the new edition online at CodesCanada.ca.

Quotes

“Energy efficiency is the ultimate win-win, helping improve Canada’s economy while protecting the environment. It leaves more money in consumers’ pockets and creates quality jobs for Canadians, while reducing pollutants and stimulating innovation in our growing building sector.”
— Amarjeet Sohi, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources

“For small businesses, the cost of purchasing building codes has made it harder to succeed and grow. That’s why we are making access to the National Building Codes free across the country, starting with this pilot project. This will reduce the costs to business, encourage innovation, increase Canadians’ comfort and wellbeing, while reducing pollution. Everybody wins.”
— Navdeep Bains, Canada’s Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development

Quick facts

  • Heating, cooling, running appliances, and powering our homes and buildings accounts for 17% of Canada’s total greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Reducing energy consumption through better insulation, high-efficiency equipment and systems, and minimal air leakage will help Canada meet its climate commitments.
  • The long-term strategy for the NECB includes developing a series of incremental energy performance targets to guide industry in planning and building capacity in energy-efficient technology, design and construction practices.
  • The strategy also includes developing a model code for existing buildings that will address the energy efficiency of buildings when they are renovated – another important step in supporting the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change.
  • Today’s announcement further demonstrates the Government of Canada’s commitment, in the Fall Economic Statement, to make access to the National Building Codes free across the country.

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Contacts

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Natural Resources Canada
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SpaRRCky and Red River College attend CUTRIC Technology Innovation Forum

July 4, 2018

SpaRRCky and Red River College recently participated in the Canadian Urban Transit Research & Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC)’s 2nd Biennial Technology Innovation Forum. The event took place in Montreal from June 21 to 22 and focused on Low Carbon Smart Mobility.

Team Leaders Ari and Bin showcased SpaRRCky to a number of interested participants and Ray Hoemsen, Executive Director, Research Partnerships & Innovation at RRC was part of the panel session “The Future of Electric Transit Innovation in Canada: Research & Development Needs”.

While there, SpaRRCky and the team won some new fans – including Josipa Petrunić, Executive Director & CEO of CUTRIC, who has invited the team to speak at the next forum. Read More →

A victory for SpaRRCky: Student-built battery-electric car crosses the finish line

April 30, 2018

RRC Shell Eco-marathon 2018After two and a half years of hard work, a team of Mechanical Engineering Technology students have landed Red River College on the Shell Eco-marathon’s leaderboard for the first time.

The team placed 14th in the battery-electric category at the Sonoma, California event, where they were one of only 55 teams (out of the 100 teams competing) who passed inspection and made successful runs on the track.

“I feel very proud of the team. It’s been a huge commitment and it was amazing to watch SpaRRCky (the College’s battery-electric vehicle) every time it lapped around us on the track,” says Bin Yang, who was the RRC team’s manager until he graduated last December. Read More →

May Autodesk REVIT Courses – Spaces still open

April 18, 2018

Intro to BIM with Autodesk Revit Level 1 – CIVC – 1015

This course will teach the concepts of building information modeling, parametric design, and construction documentation through Autodesk’s Revit software. Through the use of intelligent building components and interdependent views of the building model, students will see how and why this type of software is transforming the way we produce presentation and construction documentation with the added ability to glean statistical and quantitative information from it.

A three-day hands-on step by step experience with Revit software. Build a model. Customize the components. Output presentation and working construction drawings start to finish. Problem solve and network with other likeminded professionals.

Date: May 7-9, 2018

Time: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Cost: $750 + GST

 

Intermediate Revit Level 2- CIVL 1075

 This course will build upon the concepts of building information modeling learned in Level 1 and introduce topics that include the creation and modification of parametric Revit families, using details lines to enhance construction documents and model management.

A three-day hands-on step by step experience with Revit software. Build a model. Create Revit Families. Output presentation and working construction drawings start to finish. Problem solve and network with other likeminded professionals.

Date: May 22-24, 2018

Time: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Cost: $750 + GST

 

Advanced Revit Level 3 – CIVL 1100

 Revit Level 3 is a three-day hands on step by step experience with Autodesk Revit software and is designed to provide training to students to enable them to apply and integrate the principles of Building Information Modeling (BIM) to all areas of project delivery. Topics will include: Coordinating Consultant’s Revit Models, Phasing and Design Options and Project Collaboration. Approaches to BIM Management will also be discussed. Prior Revit experience is required.

Date: May 29 to June 1, 2018

Time: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Cost: $750 + GST

 

Upcoming May Courses – Technology Solutions, Spaces still open!

April 4, 2018

For more information or to Register, Click here.

 

Revit Level 1 – CIVC – 1015, 169933

May 7-9, 2018, 8am – 4pm

Cost: $750 + GST

Instructor: Chris Urbanski

 

Infrastructure CMDP – 2014, CPNO2, 169895

May 8-11, 2018, 8 am to 4 pm

Cost: $750

Instructor: Michael Robb

 

Basics of Business Communication, CONF – 9003, 169995

May 14, 2018, 8 am to noon

Cost : $175 + GST

Instructor: Rob Officer

 

Materials & Methods CMDP-2013, CPNO2, 169935

May 14-18, 2018, 8 am to 4 pm

Cost: $775

Instructor: Adam Ding

 

Structural Analysis CMDP-2015, CPN02, 169955

May 22-25 & 28, 2018, 8 am – 4pm

Cost: $775

Instructor: Brea Williams

 

Revit Level 2 – CIVL – 1075, 169956

May 22-24, 2018, 8am – 4pm

Cost: $750 + GST

Instructor: Chris Urbanski

 

Revit Level 3 – CIVL – 1100, 170011

May 28-30, 2018, 8am – 4pm

Cost: $750 + GST

Instructor: Chris Urbanski

 

Structural Design CMDP – 2016, CPN02, 169963

May 29-June 1, 2018, 8 am – 4pm

Cost: $750

Instructor: Bright Ng’andu

2017 Technology Awards

January 29, 2018

The School of Construction and Engineering Technology and The School of Transportation, Aviation, and Manufacturing presented  110 Awards  to successful students.