November 29, 2012 seminar - speaker presentations


  • December 04, 2012 4:43 PM | Anonymous member
    I recently attended the MBEC-sponsored presentation “The National Energy Code – Hope and Peril” that spoke to the potential adoption of the National Energy Code for Buildings (NECB) 2011 by the Province of Manitoba. My concern is how compliance to this Code will be enforced. At the presentation, it was indicated that the compliance path would be through whole building modelling, and the intent is that the designer will be required to sign off on both the design AND the delivery of the project. I am sceptical of a designer being willing to sign off on the delivery of a building without any on-site inspection or testing to confirm real-world compliance to the NECB. But as Tammy Harper representing the Office of the Fire Commissioner (OFC) indicated, there is no means or resources for the OFC to provide any on-site inspection or testing in this regard. It is my opinion, and that of others, that implementing the CSA Z320-11 Building Commissioning standard would provide a more comprehensive means to help confirm compliance to the NECB 2011 due to the increase due diligence though the design, construction, and operation and maintenance phases of any project. Note that in the United States, building commissioning is already being implemented as a means to confirm compliance to energy codes and LEED programs.
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