Airtightness testing is a critical measure needed to ensure that unintentional airflow does not cause energy losses, structural damage, or poor indoor air quality in new buildings.
The best time to plan the “how” in compliance, is before the updated codes are in force across Canada. To reap the benefits of tomorrow’s tiered energy codes, we need to start planning and actioning compliance initiatives today.
Canada’s national model building codes can now be counted among the public processes across Canada that continue to be affected by COVID-19. Despite the delay, provinces and territories have opportunities to pave the way for building energy code adoption now.
This summer, we have already experienced the usual heat waves that have already become a life-and-death impact of climate change in Canada: there has never been a better time to have a national conversation about building codes, energy efficiency, and heat stress.
Measures to encourage energy efficient buildings can be used to immediately scale up capacity and knowledge sharing in the buildings sector, activate local employment and accelerate long-term market transformation.