The right way to learn the "Ontario Building Code"

January 29, 2018

 

The Building Code Act, 1992 is the legislative framework governing the construction, renovation and change-of-use of a building. The Ontario Building Code is a regulation under the Act that establishes detailed technical and administrative requirements as well as minimum standards for building construction. The purposes of the Ontario Building Code include; public health and safety, fire protection, resource conservation, environmental integrity and accessibility although its primary purpose is the promotion of public safety through the application of appropriate uniform building standards. "The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing" is responsible for the development of, and the amendments to the Building Code Act and The Ontario Building Code.
The Ministry has categorized code courses and exams to over 14 different category. i.e. Part 9 - Building envelope, Part 3 - Classification, Part 3 - Health & Safety, etc.
In order to learn all about Part 9, a student must to go through over 5 courses which consume over 25 business days with average cost of $5500.
Moreover, all OBC training centres miss a big piece of the puzzle, a REALISTIC ARCHITECTURAL APPLICATIONS!
None of them teaches students tips and tricks on how to use the code in an actual architectural office on a real architectural project!
Or how those categories connected together.
In order to design a project (part 3 or part 9), it is critical to learn all about it in relation to OBC - from the footing all the way up to the chimney. And how to tackle renovations/alterations code wise.

SIMPLY CODE courses are categorized in 2 logical workshops; OBC9 and OBC3.


OBC9 comprehensively tackles all about the house (or building below 3 storyes/600 m2 of area) from head to toe, including:


1. Legal process
2. Basic information of the project
3. Appendix
4. Classification
5. Excavation
6. Footing and Foundation, waterproofing, drainage
7. Room size and height
8. Windows and doors
9. Stairs and guards, Exits
10. Framing: Columns, Walls, Lintels, Floors, Roofs
11. Masonry
12. Barriers (Air, Vapour)
13. Thermal (SB 12)
14. Cladding
15. Fire Separation and fire fighting
16. Spatial separation
17. Fire place and chimney
18. Plumbing, Ventilation, HVAC, Elect. & Alarm
19. SB1, SB3,SB7,SB12,
20. Apply for building permit *
21. Apply for Alternative Solution *
22. Apply to BCC for ruling *

 

*Learning this skill is exclusively delivered through actual architectural office experience.

 

OBC3 which tackles all about a part 3 building, including:


1. Legal process
2. Basic information
3. Classification
4. High Building
5. Fire separation
6. Combustible-noncombustible
7. Under ground
8. Above grade
9. Structural
10. Building services Mechanical
11. Service spaces (vertical - horizontal)
12. Thermal (SB 10)
13. Room size and height
14. Windows and doors
15. Exits
16. Masonry
17. Cladding
18. Elevators
19. Fire fighting
20. Spatial separation
21. NFPA, ULC, CSAᵀ
22. Barrier freeᵀ
23. SB1, SB2,SB4,SB10,SB13ᵀ
24. Apply for Alternative Solution*
25. Apply to BCC for ruling*

 

ᵀ The majority of OBC training institutes skip this item.
* Learning this skill is exclusively delivered through actual architectural office experience.

With all above noted features, it's no brainer that SIMPLY CODE offers way better value, time and knowledge for anyone seeking OBC training.

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