Section 9.36 was added to the Alberta Building Code 2014 and came into force on May 1, 2016. We are currently in a transition period, but as of November 1, 2016, all changes become mandatory and all permit applications must conform to these requirements.
These changes are a good thing and are the start of a higher efficiency standard for our homes. Hillson Homes has been constructing its homes to this standard and beyond for over eight years now, so this is nothing new for us. These new standards can be achieved quite easily and at very little additional expense, so the real question is “why has it taken so long?”
There are a few different methods of meeting these new requirements, so it is important to be familiar with the options within the building code.
If you are thinking of building a new home, be sure to involve an experienced builder, so that these new requirements are met, or even surpassed. Hillson’s Design-Build philosophy and process ensures this is considered, but it means getting the builder involved very early in the planning process so that the entire team is assembled and on board with the project before you get too far down the path.
Now, more than ever it is critical to have a holistic approach to home design and construction. You can find out more about this on our web site Design-Build.
You can also see some of our high performance, energy efficient homes here.