Codes / Standards
“Great to see this finally happening” says AEEA of Alberta code updates
October 25, 2016 - “These changes to the building code ensure that the amount of energy used by homeowners and businesses will be permanently reduced, and the savings will continue into the future,” said Minister Shannon Phillips of Alberta’s announcement that it has updated or adopted seven new codes, all of which include energy efficiency improvements.
By Anthony Capkun
“The last time energy efficiency codes for houses was updated in Alberta was 1981,” noted Jesse Row, executive director of the Alberta Energy Efficiency Alliance, adding AEEA members have been calling for updates to our building codes “for some time now”.
“It’s great to see this finally happening,” said Row.
The updated codes include energy efficiency requirements for windows, lighting, building envelope, insulation, heating, service-water heating, ventilation and air-conditioning.
“This is good for the environment and good for anyone who pays for electricity,” added Phillips.
Starting November 1, 2016, all new homes and buildings in Alberta must be built to meet or exceed the updated codes. Alberta’s Safety Codes Council, meantime, has been providing training to inspectors across the province to help them transition to the new codes.
“The Council’s training on the energy codes will help safety codes officers inspect new homes and businesses to these new standards,” assured Brian Alford, president & CEO of the Alberta Safety Codes Council.
These codes align Alberta with energy efficiency standards across Canada, says the province, “and position Alberta to be at the forefront of energy efficiency in Canada”.
“A more energy-efficient home is a comfortable home; one that keeps the heat in, the cold out and money in your pocket,” said Danielle Larivee, minister of Municipal Affairs.
PHOTO: Alberta’s Danielle Larivee, minister of Municipal Affairs, chats with Richard Nault from UrbanAge Homes about improved energy efficiencies in new home construction. Photo courtesy Government of Alberta.