Building Codes and Regulations

This course is designed to familiarize students with the concepts and details of the Ontario Building Code (OBC). Students study how the Building Code was crafted, as well as the regulatory and compliance requirements at each government level (municipal by-laws, provincial legislation, and federal law). The uses of the objective-based code format used in the National Building Code and the OBC is a component of this course. This course focuses on the functionality of OBC Act and differences between its parts. The classification of buildings based on size, height, and occupancy are studied as specified in Part 9 and Part 3 of the OBC. This course also explores accessibility from the OBC as it relates to AODA requirements. Building system requirements for new construction are reviewed along with the change of use and renovation objectives for existing buildings.