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

Nov 13, 2017

By Michael Kramer

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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.

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