Public Review of
National Codes Objectives
As part of the process of converting the National Code Documents to objective-based
form, the standing committees of the Canadian Commission on Building and
Fire Codes (CCBFC) have devoted most of their efforts over the last three
years to conducting a bottom-up analysis of the codes. In this analysis,
the specific intent of each code requirement and the overall code objective(s)
it is related to have been identified.
The analysis has made possible a clearer articulation of the objectives
addressed by each of the National Code Documents. For example, although
most of the requirements of the National Building Code (NBC) are related
to safety, health and accessibility, some are not - the NBC clearly addresses
The Commission has reviewed the objectives that emerged from the analysis
of each code, and has proposed that objectives concerned with issues other
than Safety, Health and Accessibility will be classified in two different
1. Those that could be eliminated prior to the publications of the next
edition of the codes in 2003, and
2. Those that would remain in the next edition of the codes but would
then need to be examined in greater depth to determine whether they should
continue to be addressed by the codes.
During the planned public review periods (see box for timetable), the
Commission will ask code users whether or not they agree with these proposals.
If you would like to participate in the review process, please send us
your name and address. We will provide details when they are available.
(Once firm dates have been established, they will be widely publicized
in the trade press).
By mail: Public Review of Objectives
Canadian Codes Centre
National Research Council
1500 Montreal Road
OTTAWA ON K1A OR6
By e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org