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British Columbia building code

MALCOLM TAYLOR | Posted in General Questions on

A few months ago a poster reported that the code would be available for free. I replied that I thought it was just the model codes – but I was wrong. The government announced it today. Great move, and long overdue.

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    Dana Dorsett | | #1

    Got a link to an online source?

    Or will they be cutting down trees, shipping it to those who request it in printed form?

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      MALCOLM TAYLOR | | #2

      You can still get a print copy, but it's gone from around 400 bucks to $140.
      I prefer using the print version, but after being sent over 600 pages of revisions to put into the binder, I've decided to forgo that pleasure this time round.

  2. Aedi | | #3

    Thanks for letting us know! I've often fantasized about moving to BC. I certainly can't do that without reading their building code first :)

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      MALCOLM TAYLOR | | #4

      Probably worth knowing that Vancouver has its own code, which includes something called the Step Code. It is a series of progressively strict energy standards designed to culminate in all new buildings being net-Zero by 2032.

      1. Aedi | | #5

        Thanks! I'll be sure to look through that too.

        I had heard previously that BC didn't allow for advanced framing because it required double top plates. Looks like by, that is not the case in the 2018 code. Is that right, or am I missing something?

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          MALCOLM TAYLOR | | #6

          Single top plates are allowed, and were in the 2012 code too. It may have been me that gave you the impression Advanced Framing isn't allowed. It would be more accurate to say that it is impractical for most projects, because the requirement for studs to line up with the floor and roof framing above, and the seismic requirements that govern the coastal areas of the province. For a one storey building in the interior I can't see any problems - beyond that I don't think most of the things associated with Advanced Framing make much sense.

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