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White Paper Report: BC Building & Safety Standards Branch – Building Regulatory Modernization

The building regulatory system has been the subject of several major Provincial reviews over the past 25 years. Reviews have led to more accountability for complex building design and construction on the part of architects and engineers and better protection for homeowners.

The Modernization Strategy, which began in 2004, made recommendations to improve the system’s effectiveness after extensive stakeholder consultation. However, as priorities shifted to ‘greening’ the Building Code and developing new Code provisions for mid-rise wood-frame construction, implementation of these recommendations was deferred.

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Health Canada: Cross-Canada Survey of Radon Concentrations in Homes

This report summarizes the results from the Cross-Canada Survey of Radon Concentrations in Homes, a two-year study conducted by Health Canada’s National Radon Program.

The aims of this study were to obtain an estimate of the proportion of the Canadian population living in homes with radon gas levels above the guideline1 of 200 Bq/m3, to identify previously unknown areas where radon gas exposure may constitute a health risk, and to build, over time, a map of indoor radon gas exposure levels across Canada.

Download: Health Canada report