National Fire Code of Canada 2020

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National Fire Code of Canada 2020

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.

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