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​​​​​​​​​​December 16, 2016 — Safety Codes Council Holiday Hours

The Council's holiday hours are as follows:

​Friday, December 23​8:15 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
​Monday, December 26​CLOSED
​Tuesday, December 27​CLOSED
​Wednesday, December 28​CLOSED
​Thursday, December 29​8:15 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
​Friday, December 30​8:15 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
​Monday, January 2​CLOSED


The Council wishes all partners, stakeholders, and Albertans a safe and happy holiday season.

November 28, 2016 — Have Your Say on CSA/ICC Rainwater Harvesting Standard

The second public review period for a rainwater harvesting standard that's currently under development will end January 2, 2017.

The standard is being developed by the Rainwater Collection System Design and Installation Consensus Committee, a joint initiative between the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) and the International Code Council (ICC).  

To read the draft standard and submit your comments, visit the CSA Rainwater Harvesting Public Review website.





November 1, 2016 — Energy Codes Now In Force

November 1, 2016 is the enforcement date for both the National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings (NECB 2011) and Section 9.36 of the Alberta Building Code 2014. Buildings and homes built after this date must meet or exceed the new codes.

With energy codes in place, newly-built homes and buildings will be more energy efficient, which means they will cost less to run and emit fewer greenhouse gasses.

The Safety Codes Council has been providing training on the new energy codes to help prepare Building SCOs to inspect homes and buildings to these new standards.

For more information, read the Alberta Government media release.



October 3, 2016 — Fire SCO Certification Consultation

The Council is consulting Fire safety codes officers (SCOs), accredited organizations, and other stakeholders in the fire discipline on a proposal put forth by the Fire Sub-Council. The proposal suggests changes to the certification structure for Fire SCOs. An information booklet describing the proposed changes has been distributed to Fire SCOs, accredited organizations, and other stakeholders.

A survey about the proposed Fire SCO certification structure has recently closed, and the Council is currently analyzing the survey results. Next steps will be posted on the Proposed Fire SCO Certification Structure webpage.



September 9, 2016 — New Electrical Utility Code Published

The Alberta Electrical Utility Code, Fifth Edition, is now available from the Alberta Queen's Printer.

This comprehensive resource establishes a minimum safety standard for the installation and maintenance of electrical utility systems in Alberta. Electronic and print versions are available for purchase.

Learn more about the Alberta Electrical Utility Code, Fifth Edition, or order your copy online.



August 22, 2016 — New Building Certification and Training Structure is Coming Soon

A new certification and training structure for Building safety codes officers (SCOs) will take effect October 3, 2016.  For currently-certified Building SCOs, transition to the new structure is not mandatory. SCOs will be able to maintain their current certification.

The new structure more closely aligns with national building official training and streamlines training. Residential levels in Part 9 and HVAC allow new SCOs to begin inspections with an appropriate scope of practice. 

The Council is encouraging SCOs to voluntarily transition to the new certification structure. During the transition period, the Council is offering some courses at a reduced price of $200 each. The transition period ends October 2017, which allows students and SCOs to complete training and obtain new certifications using the current courses.

Visit the New Building Certification and Training Structure webpage for more information and updates.



June 22, 2016 — Conference 2016 Presentations Available

Presentations from Conference 2016 have been posted on the Conference Presentations webpage.

Online access to the presentations allows Conference 2016 delegates to refresh their memory and easily share presentations with others. It also offers an opportunity for those who did not attend Conference 2016 to learn about the topics and presenters.



February 26, 2016 — New Elevating Devices Code Regulation in Force March 1

On March 1, 2016, a New Elevating Devices Codes Regulation AR 192/2015 will come into force in Alberta.

Codes in Force under the Regulation:

  • CSA B355-2009 Lifts for Persons with Physical Disabilities
    There are 20 design changes and all the changes are listed in Annex C for your information.
  • CSA B311-02(R2012) Safety Code for Manlifts
    No change from previous regulation and those requirements are listed in the newly adopted regulation.
  • CSA Z185-M87(2011) Safety Codes for Personnel Hoists
    No change from previous regulation and those requirements are listed in the newly adopted regulation.
  • ASME A17.1-2013/CSA B44-13 Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators

There are changes in both the regulation and code requirements. The 2013 code has been updated from previously adopted 2007 code; therefore a full understanding of these changes is imperative.

For more information, read the Alberta Municipal Affairs Notice.

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