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Industry Issue Alert National Energy Code for Buildings Concern

November 1, 2016  
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Attention CIPH Alberta Members,

The construction and renovation industries are more complex than ever. Building codes and plumbing codes are being used to address broader regional and national issues in ways never seen before and in some cases they may lose sight of the real consequences, no matter how positive the intent.

One such concern is happening across the country with regards to the required amount of insulation for in-floor radiant heating. The National Energy Code for Buildings, depending on your geographic zone, now mandates a significant increase in this requirement, in some cases raising this cost by more than 300%. This is of specific concern in Alberta where it could have long lasting drastic effects on the hydronic heating industry.

These cost increases certainly favour forced air heating systems where there are no significant requirements so in response CIPH, led by the Canadian Hydronics Council, has initiated a dialogue with the province urging them to:
  • Consider staying the November 1 implementation deadline so that more meaningful industry consultation can take place including:
    • Review of the the building science of the insulation requirements to confirm they will have the desired impact
    • Examination of the additional data showing how hydronic heating can be a reliable energy efficient option for jurisdictions seeking to increase impact in that area
  • Implementation of strategies that gives homebuilders and owners the freedom to choose the right solutions based on their needs

Currently, we are awaiting a formal response from provincial officials. We look forward to updating you when additional information and action is confirmed.

Sincerely,

Matt Wiesenfeld

m.wiesenfeld@ciph.com

416-695-0447 ext. 312


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