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Manitoba approves new Building Code requirements for 2016

May 14, 2015 - The Manitoba government has approved changes to the Building Code, claiming it will result in new homes being nearly 20% more energy efficient.


“These changes support Manitoba’s commitment to being a leader in promoting energy efficiency in Canada,” said Erna Braun, the minister responsible for the Office of the Fire Commissioner. “They will ultimately make homes more efficient and will help people save energy and money.”

The changes, which will take effect on April 1, 2016, include new requirements for insulation in above-ground wall assemblies in new homes. Braun said the changes will also provide for improved testing of the air tightness of a structure, to minimize leakage and subsequent energy loss.

The most significant change will be the requirement of a drain-water, heat-recovery system to increase the supply of hot water during peak usage times, Braun said, adding that Manitoba will be one of the first provinces in Canada to require this technology in all new homes.

Braun also noted these changes only affect new construction.

The Building Standards Board has recommended Manitoba maintain its current requirements for gas furnaces with a 94% efficiency rating, as well as the standard seasonal energy-efficiency ratio (SEER) rating of 13.0 for air conditioners. The province will also maintain its mandatory requirement for heat-recovery ventilators (HRVs) in all new homes.