Intent statements for the National Fire Code of Canada and National Plumbing Code of Canada have been updated for the 2010 editions of these Codes. They are now available, free of charge, on the National Codes website. The intent statements for the 2010 National Building Code of Canada are expected to be released by July 2012.
Intent and application statements were originally published for the 2005 edition of the National Model Construction Codes as additional, non-mandatory information to provide guidance to Code users. They are not an integral part of the Codes. The intent statements contain useful information not available elsewhere that helps users understand the rationale behind each requirement. This con-tributes to a more accurate interpretation and application of acceptable solutions published in Division B of the National Model Construction Codes and a clearer understanding of what alternative solutions should achieve.
Unlike intent statements, application statements repeat the Code provisions in whole or in part
and contain information that can be derived from reading related Code requirements. Following a review of the information in the application statements, and given the significant effort required to update them each Code cycle, the Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes (CCBFC) concluded that maintaining the application statements was an unproductive use of resources and has therefore discontinued their publication.
For further information, please contact
Anne Gribbon, Secretary to the CCBFC,