Manitoba Building Code Courses

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Manitoba Building Bylaws

This three-day course will examine the legal requirements of the building permitting process as well as the Building Official’s role within it. The course will assist Building Officials in recognizing the applicability of laws at various levels (federal, provincial and municipal) in the building process as well as providing understanding regarding when their role in the legal process begins. Finally the course will conclude with information about what would be required of a Building Official should they be called to court.

This course will be of assistance to Building Officials working in both Part 3 and 9 as well as others involved in the administration and enforcement of Manitoba’s Acts, Regulations, Codes and Bylaws. It may also be of interest to administrators to provide an overview of the work of these employees.

This course is now offered in a Face-to-face classroom setting or online. When registering, please make sure you are registering for the delivery format you prefer.

Introduction to the Building and Fire Codes – Division A and C

This course is designed for those individuals who either currently use the MBC or MFC in their day to day work, and especially for those individuals who are going to be using the Codes for the first time.

Most Code programs are delivered on the premise that candidates come with knowledge and skills on the entire Code. Divisions A and C provide the required structure for Code Officials to properly apply the Codes. This program will provide the participant specific instruction on what an inspector can and cannot enforce based on the application of the code and finally it will teach participants how to properly classify a building. This program is designed as a prelude to participants continuing with advanced Code courses.

Introduction to the Fire Code for Design Professionals

This program will introduce the Manitoba Fire Code. The student will come to understand:

  • Development of the Fire Code
  • The Manitoba Amendments to the Fire Code
  • How the Fire Code is a coordinated companion document to the Building Code
  • Referenced standards within the Fire Code and the application of these standards
  • How to use the Fire Code and it’s three (3) unique divisions
  • Objective and Functional Statements and their importance in Code Application
  • Review and discuss the ‘acceptable solutions’ found within the Code
  • The individual parts of the Fire Code
  • Administrative requirements for the application of the Fire Code

Blueprint Reading – Buildings

This course will introduce learners to the basic principles subscribed to in creating contract documents that fall under part 3 of the “National Building Code of Canada”, and will encompass most disciplines that could be involved, including Architectural, Structural, Mechanical, and Electrical, and will touch briefly on Landscape and Municipal.  The intent is to understand the intent of the documents, and there purpose. It will cover primarily the graphics (blue prints), however reference will be made to the “Project Manual” (Specifications).

The course will consist of a series of demonstrations with explanations of the method.  Learners will complete worksheets which will be reviewed and clarified in class.

Blueprint Reading – Plumbing

This course is designed to provide you with the knowledge of interpreting, navigating and analyzing mechanical blueprints and shop drawings. It is intended to help the participant understand the requirements of the plumbing code pertaining that apply when reading blueprints.

Some areas of the course include:

  • Interpret and extract architectural and structural information from blueprints by having the plumbing system conform to the conditions of the building (beams, ceiling spaces, etc.)
  • Identify piping symbols for showing rain water leaders, storm sewer, sanitary sewer, vents, acid wastes, cold water, hot water and recirculated hot water lines,
  • Interpret site plan information by connecting building services to street mains, including the calculation of satisfactory invert elevations of storm and sanitary drains at the building line
  • Indicate specification references by identifying each different plumbing fixture by a “P-number” system.
  • Use code tables with reference to an actual building condition in calculating storm sewer (roof area) sizes and sanitary sewer and vent (fixture unit count) sizes
  • Interpret isometric drawings of washroom groups from orthographic piping layouts (floor plans).

Part 9 The House – Building Envelope

This is a five day (37 hour) basic course dealing with the construction of houses as single detached dwellings under Part 9 of Division B of the Manitoba Building Code (MBC).

The course provides participants with an introduction to the MBC. The course will focus on the perimeter building envelope including below-grade components, insulation requirements, air barrier, vapour barrier and exterior finishes.

Part 9 HVAC

This course will cover the Manitoba Building Code requirements for ventilation systems (9.32) and the Heating and Air-conditioning (9.33) requirements. The course will also cover:

  1. the specific requirements for HRVs/ERVs, Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Alarms in the Manitoba Amendments to 9.32,
  2. the HRV/ERV requirements in the recent 9.36 Amendments,
  3. the HRV/ERV requirements for residential dwellings in the Manitoba Energy Code for Buildings, and
  4. the 9.33 requirements in the recent 9.36 Amendments.

Course materials will include a multi-point checklist that building officials can use to visually verify code compliance.

Typical installation procedures and code requirements will be presented using photographs of installed systems and other documentation.

Form and label templates that Authorities (AHJs) can use to improve documentation and ease verification requirements will be presented.

Part 9 Small Buildings

This course has been designed to enhance the knowledge of existing code practitioners and those practitioners who wish to improve their competence in interpreting and implementing the principles of the 2010 National Building Code of Canada (NBC) with respect to small buildings (Vol. 2 Division B Part 9).

It is intended to help the participant understand the requirements of the NBC that apply to all small buildings, defined in the NBC as:
1) Three or fewer stories in building height.
2) Having a building area not exceeding 600 m2.
3) Used for major occupancies classified as Group C-residential occupancies, D-business and personal services occupancies, E-mercantile occupancies or Group F-2 medium hazard industrial occupancies and Group F-3- low hazard industrial occupancies.

This course will emphasize the requirements for small buildings, excluding the “House” which is covered in another course. The “House” building form includes residential single detached, semi-detached, townhouse or row dwellings with no more than one unit above another unit. A house with a secondary suite or basement apartment, a duplex, stacked semi-detached or stacked townhouse would be the House building form.

Small buildings include all other Part 9 buildings such as a triplex, small apartment building, single occupancy or mixed occupancy buildings.

Participants must have a basic understanding of the NBC and requirements contained therein in order to be successful when taking exams or applying the knowledge to their jobs.

This course will help the learner find applicable NBC requirements and through the exercises contained herein will focus on educating the participant so that he or she may correctly interpret and apply the regulations.

Some areas covered by this course include:

  • Special Structures and Basics of Structural Requirements
  • Design of Area and Space
  • Stairs, Ramps, Handrails and Guards
  • Means of Egress
  • Fire Protection I, II, and III
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Plumbing

Additional Small Building Topics (Floors-On-Ground, Above-grade Masonry and Insulating Concrete Form (ICF), Wood Frame Construction, Electric Facilities, Safety Measures at Construction and Demolition Sites)

Plumbing Code Course

This course has been designed to enhance the knowledge of existing Code Practitioners and those practitioners who wish to improve their competence in the practice of interpretation and implementation of the principles of the National Plumbing Code (NPC). It is intended to help the participant understand the requirements of the NPC when inspecting the plumbing in a building.

Some areas covered by this course include:

  • Interpret codes and regulations pertaining to residential sanitary drainage and venting systems.
    • Dimensions
    • Length
  • Identify residential DWV components and describe their purpose and applications
    • piping
    • vents (continuous, branch, wet, circuit vent, additional circuit, relief, stack vent, vent stack, vent header)
    • drains
    • traps
    • cleanouts
    • joints and connections
    • backwater valves
    • fire stopping
    • sewage sumps
    • macerating toilet system
    • expansion joints
  • Identify the factors to consider when sizing residential DWV system components:
    • hydraulic load
    • code requirements
  • Interpret codes and regulations pertaining to residential plumbing fixtures and accessories.

Part 3 Large Buildings

This course has been designed to enhance the knowledge of existing code practitioners and those practitioners who wish to improve their competence in interpreting and implementing the principles of the 2010 National Building Code of Canada (NBC) with respect to large buildings (Vol. 2 Division B Part 3). It is intended to help the participant understand the requirements of the NBC that apply to all large buildings. Participants must have a basic understanding of the NBC and requirements contained therein in order to be successful when taking exams or applying the knowledge to their jobs.

This course will help the learner find applicable NBC requirements and through the exercises contained herein will focus on educating the participant so that he or she may correctly interpret and apply the regulations.

Some areas covered by this course include:

  • Construction Types, Occupancy, Fire-Resistance and Occupant Loads
  • Building Fire Safety
  • Safety within Floor Areas
  • Exits
  • Vertical Transportation
  • Health Requirements
  • Barrier-Free Design
  • Tents and Air-Supported Structures
  • Self-Service Storage Buildings
  • Alternative Solutions, Renovations & Relocated Buildings
  • Environmental Separation
  • Structural Design, HVAC, Plumbing

Part 3 Complex Buildings

This course has been designed to enhance the knowledge of existing Code Practitioners and those practitioners who wish to improve their competence in the practice of interpretation and implementation of the principles of the National Building Code (NBC) with respect to Large (Vol. 2, Division B, Part 3) buildings. It is intended to help the participant understand the requirements of the NBC that apply to Part 3 Buildings with emphasis being placed on Complex Buildings which are defined in the NBC as:
1) Post disaster buildings, and
2) Buildings containing building systems, works, fixture and service systems to which Subsection 3.2.6 or Articles 3.2.8.3 to 3.2.8.9 apply.

This course will assist in learning how to find applicable NBC requirements and through the exercises contained herein will focus on creating understanding so that the participant may correctly interpret and apply the regulations.

Some areas covered by this course include:

  • Occupancy, Construction Types, Fire-Resistance ratings
  • Appendix D, Fire Performance Ratings, including Flame spread, Smoke development
  • Building Fire Safety
  • Safety within Floor Areas
  • Environmental Separation
  • Additional requirements for high buildings
  • Appendix B, Fire Safety in high Buildings
  • Mezzanines and interconnected floor spaces
  • Structural Design, HVAC, Plumbing
  • Safety Measures at Construction and Demolition Sites

Part 3 HVAC Course

Material will focus on enabling Part 3 inspectors to be knowledgeable with heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems with respect to requirements of Part 5 (Environmental Separation) of the Manitoba Building Code, Part 6 (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) of the Manitoba Building Code and with the Manitoba Energy Code. Material will include information on applicable standards referenced in the two codes. The course will include application to all occupancy types.

Manitoba Energy Code for Building Courses

Students will develop the ability to interpret and apply the requirements of the Manitoba Energy Code for Buildings including the associated Manitoba Amendments for use in the design of buildings. The Manitoba Energy Code for Buildings course is intended for Building Inspectors, Contractors, design professionals and anyone working in the construction sector who want a greater understanding of the energy code. This course will prepare participants with required knowledge and tools needed to meet the requirements of Manitoba Energy Code for Buildings (MECB) 2013 using all three compliance path options for the prescriptive and trade-off compliance paths, basic information will be provided on the performance path. Classroom experiences will assist in code interpretation and code compliance. The goal of this course is to promote problem solving techniques and critical thinking skills using the code knowledge gained in the course and applying it to real life examples and issues that have occurred in the field.

MBC Section 9.36 Energy Efficiency in Housing and Small Buildings

This one day course will examine the Prescriptive, Trade-off paths and Performance Path of the newly drafted MBC Section 9.36 Energy Efficiency in Housing and Small Buildings. Participants will examine the new section of the Code in detail and then will work through exercises to apply their new understanding of the code requirements.

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Building Code Exams

Each class, unless otherwise noted, will have an exam on the afternoon of the last day. Exams are billed separately from the course at $150 per person. To pass the exam participants must score 75% or higher. Re-writes of each exam may be arranged twice with Tammy Harper at an additional cost of $150.

Note: Exams are only required for those participants who are using the course for Manitoba Building Officials’ Association Certification as CBCO or BCQ.