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Regulatory Update: Resolution on the Horizon in Alberta

July 4, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Sarah Clarke
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For a few years now, the hydronics market in Alberta has been dragged down by National Building Code Regulation 9.36, pertaining to insulation requirements beneath a heated slab in hydronically heated homes.

 

Over the course of this time the Canadian Hydronics Council (CHC) has actively presented facts demonstrating that these aggressive insulation requirements offered little in the way of building performance, serving only to increase construction costs. As such the natural result was for homeowners, and builders, to looks at less costly alternatives, unfairly cratering the local hydronics market.

 

Since the introduction of this regulation, the Council has repeatedly attempted to influence regulators with data on both cost, and performance, and with a recent statement we believe we are finally arriving at a solution that will make it possible for hydronic heating to compete on equal footing.

  

Last Friday, we learned that at the urging of the Canadian Hydronics Council, with support from MCA Alberta and NRCAN (NRC) the…

”Provincial Building Administrator and Provincial Plumbing/Gas Administrator for these codes will develop an urgent STANDATA Interpretation that will allow radiant heating to be installed without this insulation requirement throughout the Province of Alberta.”

 

Additionally…

“A proposed code change will also be made by PSD to NRC for changes to the national building code, which the Manager of the Codes Centre at NRC supports.  As chair of the Provincial Territorial Policy Advisory Committee on Codes, Alberta will also present the issue to the other provinces and territories, and the proposed code solution.”

 

 

These results were conveyed to the Council last week by the office of Dr. Bob Turner, MLA Edmonton-Whitemud, who recently met with CHC chair Dave Hughes on the matter. It has taken some time to get to this point and there are still some executional steps to be taken, but the Council is very pleased that our collaborative efforts have yielded a fair result for the hydronics industry.

 

“The Canadian Hydronics Council firmly believes that energy efficient, hot water heating, can be a staple technology as Canada seeks to reform itself in the interest of stemming Global Climate Change. With fairer regulations soon to be in place it is confident that Canadians will take greater advantage of the comfort and flexibility these systems provide.” 

Dave Hughes, Chair, Canadian Hydronics Council


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