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The National Fire Code of Canada (NFC) 2020, developed by the Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes and published by the National Research Council of Canada, sets out technical requirements for:
- activities related to the construction, use or demolition of buildings and facilities
- the condition of specific elements of buildings and facilities
- the design or construction of specific elements of facilities related to certain hazards
- protection measures for the current or intended use of buildings
Nearly 40 technical changes have been incorporated in this new edition, improving the level of safety, health and fire protection provided by the Code, and expanding the NFC into new areas.
Significant changes in the NFC 2020
- Technical requirements for large farm buildings are added, which address the inspection of mechanical equipment and electrical systems, the control of flammable gases and vapours, and the storage of flammable or combustible liquids.
- Fire safety plan requirements are consolidated to facilitate compliance and enforcement.
- Classifications are established for 5 widely used water-miscible liquid mixtures to ensure that appropriate fire safety measures are applied in their storage, handling, use and processing.
- Measures are included to address fire safety during the construction of encapsulated mass timber buildings.
The National Fire Code of Canada 2020 (NFC), together with the National Building Code of Canada 2020 (NBC), the National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings 2020 (NECB) and the National Plumbing Code of Canada 2020 (NPC), has been developed by the Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes (CCBFC) as an objective-based national model code that can be adopted by provincial and territorial governments.
In Canada, provincial and territorial governments have the authority to enact legislation that regulates the following aspects of buildings and facilities within their jurisdictions:
• activities related to the construction, use or demolition of buildings and facilities
• the condition of specific elements of buildings and facilities
• the design or construction of specific elements of facilities related to certain hazards
• protection measures for the current or intended use of buildings
This legislation may involve the adoption of the NFC without change or with modifications to suit local needs, and the enactment of other laws and regulations related to these aspects of buildings and facilities, including requirements for professional involvement.
The NFC is a model code in the sense that it helps promote consistency among provincial and territorial fire codes. Persons involved in the operation of buildings or facilities should consult the provincial or territorial jurisdiction concerned to find out which fire code is applicable.
This edition of the NFC succeeds the 2015 edition.
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