“Benefits show that the new code will address modern farm practices, provide consistency and clarity throughout the codes and across the country.” Some of the elements included in the final draft of the proposed new farm building requirements include changes to seismic analysis, size, fire separations, increased wind and snow loads and more exits.It could also mean additional costs for farm builders, Teron noted.
Unfortunately it’s now 13 years later but we are making headway and we are actually seeing a finish line.” ANGELA GISMONDI — During Canadian Farm Builders Association’s annual conference in Stratford, Ont.Will Teron, director of heritage and investigation with Tacoma Engineers, discussed proposed Farm Building Code requirements that are expected to be incorporated into the National Building Code and released in 2020.“CFBA has been very active in promoting an update to the code recognizing the current code does not properly represent the state of the industry and the fact that the provinces are quickly losing confidence in the 1995 document,” he said.“We started lobbying the federal government in 2006.Teron represents the CFBA on farm building joint task groups, technical standing committees and working groups, who are all working towards the goal of incorporating farm building code requirements into the 2020 National Building Code.
The joint task group was developed in 2016 with a mandate to review the existing codes, identify the shortcomings and priorities for future codes, looking at what the true risks are and how they are being addressed, Teron said.
“Most of the work from the last year has been working on the rationale documents.
It’s a plain language explanation of what the new requirements are and why,” said Teron.
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