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New Energy Efficiency and Energy Code for Buildings

The new National Energy Code for Buildings 2011 and Energy Efficiency requirements of Section 9.36 of the Alberta Building Code 2014 have been introduced by the Government of Alberta as part of the greenhouse gas emission reduction strategy.

These codes are the minimum standard for construction for all permits applied for after November 1, 2016.

Alberta Building Code 9.36 (ABC 9.36)

The Energy Efficiency updates include changes to requirements affecting the building envelope, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), and service water heating.

The updates are intended to address issues with:

  • Air leakage
  • Uncontrolled thermal transfer
  • Unnecessary energy demand or consumption for heating and cooling, service water heating, and electrical equipment and devices
  • Inefficiency of equipment and systems
  • Unnecessary rejection of reusable waste energy

The same provincially-trained and certified Safety Codes Officers who issue building permits and inspect construction have been trained and certified to administer the new Energy Codes.

Following an initial transition period, the permitting and inspection process will not change and is not intended to add additional processing time for applications.

The new Energy Efficiency and Energy Code updates include three possible paths to achieve the new energy requirements:

  • Prescriptive
  • Prescriptive with Simple Trade-Off
  • Performance

Overview of the ABC 9.36 Compliance Paths

Learn more about the three paths in the ABC 9.36 Energy Efficiency Requirements Guide.

Overview of the Application and Inspection Criteria

Required ABC 9.36 Documents

ABC 9.36 Energy Efficiency Tradeoff Calculator

ABC 9.36 Prescriptive Path Summary and Checklist Application

ABC 9.36 Performance Path Summary Application

ABC 9.36 Inspections

ABC 9.36 Construction Deviation Guidelines

ABC 9.36 Standards for Existing Building

National Energy Code for Buildings 2011 (NECB 2011)

The National Energy Code for Buildings 2011 (NECB 2011) has been adopted as Alberta’s minimum construction standard for energy efficiency of residential and commercial spaces of a certain size and type and components in new buildings and additions.

Components covered in NECB 2011 are:

  • Building Envelope - windows, walls and doors
  • Lighting
  • Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Systems
  • Service Water Heating
  • Electrical Motors

Any Part 3 building must be built to NECB 2011, which offers three compliance paths to choose from:

  • Prescriptive
  • Prescriptive with Trade-Offs
  • Performance

Overview of NECB 2011 Compliance Paths

Learn more about the three paths in the NECB 2011 Energy Efficiency Requirements Guide.

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