NRC SAYS CLIMATE CHANGE SHOULD BRING CHANGES TO CANADA’S BUILDING CODE

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.

Michael Kramer

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Michael is the afternoon news anchor on the New Classical 96.3FM and hosts the program Zero to 1800.