Mar 15, 2023

Webinar Recording: BC Building and Energy Codes | What to Expect

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Wednesday, March 15, 2023 | 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. (Pacific)

On Wednesday, March 15, join FGIA for a webinar sponsored by the FGIA FENBC Region. The Region’s Government Relations Committee operates as an open discussion forum for industry stakeholders and BC government officials to collaborate on topics impacting the BC market. There are a few items being considered for the next BC Building Code that will be discussed during this session. This information is important to stakeholders given the code is proposed to be released this summer and effective in winter. Jun’ichi Jensen will cover what these code-related items include and the potential impact for those in the region. All interested parties are invited to join this one-hour presentation and discussion focusing on:

1.   Upcoming proposed changes to further harmonize Part 5 of the Building Code with the National Building Code

2.   The BC Energy Step Code is proposed to change to require Step 3 across the province. There are some U-value changes that are part of that package, in particular when a building uses the prescriptive path to compliance.

3.  There is some consideration of requiring wider entrance doors to some residential buildings, as well as requiring more accessible hotel and motel rooms (1 in 20 vs 1 in 40 units to be accessible). This could affect the demand for sliding doors to balconies in hotels and motels.

Also on the docket for discussion is the joint letter from Fenestration Canada, FGIA and its FENBC Region and the Window and Door Manufacturers Association regarding adopting references to ASTM F2090 and F2006 for window fall prevention devices within the BC Building Code in place of the language currently included in the 2020 National Building Code of Canada.

Presenter: Jun'ichi Jensen
, Director, Codes and Standards -  Building and Safety Standards Branch of the Ministry of Housing

Jun’ichi Jensen is the Director, Codes and Standards with the Province of BC’s Building and Safety Standards Branch.  Before joining the branch, Jun’ichi worked as a carpenter and construction project manager. Since joining the branch in 2008, Jun’ichi has worked on several significantbuilding code projects, such as the development and adoption of the 2012 and 2018 BC Codes. Jun’ichi also participates in the development of model National Codes. As Director, he provides leadership and strategic direction to support a range of key government priorities through building codes and standards.