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Building Inspection Services

The District provides building inspection services for Port Hardy. Before beginning construction, please contact the Municipal Inspector about your project. The inspector is available Monday-Friday during regular business hours at 250-949-6665.

 

Please be advised effective December 19, 2014, the 2012 BC Building Code will be amended to include new Energy Efficiency provisions. Building Permits applied for on or after December 19, 2014 will be required to comply with these requirements. There are significant changes in building envelope, air-tightness, service water heating, and ventilation requirements. Please note the District of Port Hardy will adhere to Climate Zone 5 requirements. Please go to the Illustrated Guide to Energy Efficiency Requirements for Houses in British Columbia for more information.

 

 

NORTH AMERICAN FENESTRATION STANDARD – DOORS, WINDOWS, SKYLIGHTS

The Canadian Supplement to the North American Fenestration Standard (NAFS-08) for doors, windows, and skylights will be in force as of 2013-DEC-20. A years’ grace was given to manufacturers after the 2012 BC Building Code was adopted so that they could get their products certified. Building Inspectors will be looking for the proper labels on installed products after this date to ensure that they meet this standard.

 

SOME OF THE CHANGES TO THE BC. BUILDING CODE:

  • 9.32. Ventilation: The End of Exhaust-Only Ventilation Systems, new requirements are designed to ensure adequate ventilation by helping to improve airflow in dwelling units. This is why exhaust-only ventilation systems are being replaced by a system that includes both exhaust and supply. By requiring an exhaust fan as well as ducted supply air, fresh air will be continuously distributed to every bedroom and exhausted continuously from a principle exhaust fan. The principal ventilation system is intended to create a continuous flow of air through the dwelling unit, making it easier to control issues related to moist and contaminated air, such as mould and mildew
  • 9.36. Energy Efficiency: will require builders to calculate the effective thermal resistance of aboveground opaque assemblies (walls, roofs and suspended floors). Follow the attached link to the Canadian Wood Council Thermal Design Calculator: http://cwc.ca/wall_thermal_design/
  • 9.36.3.2. Equipment and Ducts: transverse and longitudinal joints in ducts must be sealed using and approved tape and sealant when outside the plane of insulation. Ducts must also be insulated to the same level as required for walls if they are outside of the envelope and carrying conditioned air.
  • 9.36.4.4. Service Water Heating Piping: Pipe insulation is required for the first 2m (6.5’) of the storage tank inlet and outlet. The insulation must be at least 12mm thick. In cases where piping is located outside the building enclosure or within unconditioned space, the insulation must be installed to a thermal resistance not less than the effective resistance requirements of the exterior above grade wall. In homes with recalculation hot water system, all piping must be insulated.

For more information on the Energy Efficiency Requirements for Houses in British Columbia please contact the District of Port Hardy Building Inspections Department Phone 250-949-6665 ext 228 or by email at bschantz@porthardy.ca

 

GAS AND ELECTRICAL INSPECTION SERVICES

The BC Safety Authority is an independent, self-funded organization that is authorized to administer the provincial Safety Standards Act which regulates various safety-related equipment and systems, including those for electrical and gas. For electrical and gas permits and inspections, please contact the BC Safety Authority at 250-952-4444 or visit their website.