Code Adoption UBAS Amendment Regulations Review
Saskatchewan is proposing to adopt the National Building Code 2015 and the National Fire Code 2015 for full implementation on July 1, 2017. To meet the needs of certain Saskatchewan programs that benefit people and industry, a number of provisions specific to Saskatchewan’s needs have been developed as amendments to both the NBC 2015 and the NFC 2015. Those amendments are detailed in the attached documents.
Our Response to the ACM Proposal
On December 3rd, 2015, the Saskatchewan Building Officials Association delivered in person, our comprehensive, thoughtful, and appropriate Response to the Alternative Compliance Model proposal. Although the deadline had been extended to January 15, 2015, we felt it was very important to demonstrate our dedication to our Response, and finalized our Response a day ahead of the original deadline. Please read the attached document below.
Alternative Compliance Model Consultation
On October 8, 2015, a consultation package regarding a provincial government initiative pursuing an Alternative Compliance Model for Building and Accessibility Standards (ACM) was distributed by the Chief Building Official in the Saskatchewan Ministry of Government Relations. The Government is pursuing an initiative that does not allow for any objective review of plans or on-site inspections. The current building code enforcement system will be obsolete where owners (their decision, not the Municipality's) choose the ACM. Local Authorities will have no role or say in plan review, and the code enforcement program will not include any on-site inspections. The Local Authority's role in "enforcement" will be reduced to chasing owners and their consultants for paper and signatures.
The Silent Defender
"Nowhere will you find a museum, monument, or statue or even a plaque honoring the heroic efforts of our building inspectors. Although they have saved countless lives over the years, most people are unaware of the silent vigil over our safety.”
Excerpt from “The Silent Defender”, by Tony Falcone