National Energy Code in effect November 1, 2016

Alberta has adopted by regulation the National Energy Code for Buildings (NECB) 2011 edition and energy efficiency requirements for housing and small buildings under section 9.36 of the 2014 Alberta Building Code edition coming into force November 1, 2016.

Improving energy efficiency standards for building construction codes supports Alberta’s Climate Change Strategy, which looks to energy efficiency and conservation as one of the three main approaches to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and reducing demand on Alberta’s energy resources.

The development of the new Model National Energy Codes started in 2007 at the initiation of the Council of Energy Ministers from across Canada. In 2008, all provincial and territorial governments endorsed the upgrading of the original 1997 Model National Energy Codes by 2012 for both buildings and houses. The development of the new energy efficiency codes has been undertaken by the National Research Council (NRC) with full participation of all provinces and territories.

The NECB and energy efficiency requirements for houses and small buildings in the NBC is the result of an extensive consultation process involving stakeholders from Canadian industry, multiple levels of government (federal, provincial, territorial and municipal), the construction industry, and the general public. It was developed by the Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes with technical support and funding provided by NRC and Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) as part of its commitment to improving the energy efficiency of Canadian buildings and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The energy codes place Canada on a comparable footing with most countries that lead the world in energy efficient building construction.