Canadian Contractor


An engineer weighs in on fees to obtain new building codes

Sergei Milhailenko implies Canada should be more like Washington State, where the building code is online for free

Sergei Milhailenko, a Professional Engineer, did some research and sent us this post about what he says is the unfairness of fees for the Canada Building Code.

“Issuance of the building codes become a very good business for those who are the publishers: (various levels of) government. Updates every five years sell thousands of copies for (hundreds of dollars). It’s a multi-million dollar business for the minor changes they are doing.

Also consider, that these codes still have some major mistakes. Like, for example, the design wind load for Vancouver:
1998 q1/30 – 0.44kPa; 2006 q1/50 – 0.48 kPa; 2012 – q1/50 – 0.45kPa

This is also valid for other Canadian cities. It costs developers, contractors and customers a lot of money.

For example the first versi0n of the Canada Building Code was issued in 1940 or 1941. And it wasn’t changed until 1965, as far as I know. For 25 years we worked under the same code.

Another sample is Washington State in the U.S. Their code is available (free) online for anybody who wants to see it.”


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