Canada’s National Research Council says homes and highways here were built by people with assumptions about weather that’s no longer relevant – due to climate change.
And that’s why the NRC is hunting for a consultant – to update weather data for more than 600 Canadian locations – as it moves to update the National Building Code – so our roads and structures can better withstand the consequences of a warmer planet.
It’s part of a five-year, $40-million Climate Resilient Buildings project – outlined in this year’s federal budget.
The challenge is to develop new climate data information on everything from seasonal temperatures – to snow and rainfall amounts.
In the North, melting permafrost and coastal erosion from rising sea levels are already big challenges – but further south, heavier snowfall, more frequent storms and unusual precipitation patterns – are creating new problems for buildings, roads and bridges.
The new data will be used to update the National Building Code in 2020 – and the National Highways Building Code – which serve as models for provinces and municipalities.