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Updates to the National Building Code

Log home exemption from National building Code energy efficiency

Yukon adopted section 9.36 of the National Building Code in 2016, with some amendments that take Yukon’s climate, geography and construction types in account.

The adoption of section 9.36 sets a new minimum standard for energy efficiency. This standard ensures that a minimum efficiency level of 78 out of 100 on the Energuide rating is met. As long as builders meet the of 78 out of 100 Energuide rating, they can:

  • Reduce the minimum insulation requirement in their ceilings from R60 to R40
  • Remove the insulation requirement in crawl space floors.

Builders or designers looking to construct a residence 480 square feet or less are exempt from 9.36.

Builders or designers constructing log homes must meet a minimum thickness for exterior walls of log homes. Squared logs must be 8 inches thick and rounded logs must be a minimum of 10 inches in diameter. Log homes outside Whitehorse are otherwise exempt from section 9.36.

City of Whitehorse building standards are established by municipal bylaw and generally exceed the requirements of the National Building Code.

For more information, see the Building Standards Act and regulations.


Significant Technical Changes in the 2015 National Model Construction Codes

The National Model Construction Codes, now collectively called Codes Canada 2015, contain almost 600 technical changes approved by the Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes. These changes make the provisions in the four model codes clearer and easier to apply while introducing new concepts and expanding the codes to new areas.

In coordination with the provinces and territories, NRC will offer Codes seminars in various cities across the country on these technical changes starting in early 2017.

View a summary of the most significant technical changes >>          

Order the 2015 editions of Codes Canada publications >>

2015 National Construction Codes - Letter of Notice  (30 KB)


Significant Technical Changes in the 2010 National Model Construction Codes

The recently published 2010 National Model Construction Codes contain close to 800 technical changes that were approved by the Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes.

 View a summary of the most significant technical changes >>  (104 KB)

 2010 National Construction Codes - Notice of Effective Date  (81 KB)