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Manitoba Energy Code

Please note that as of  December 1, 2014, the 2011 National Energy Code for Buildings became effective in Manitoba via provincial Regulation213/2013.  It is known as the Manitoba Energy Code for Buildings (MECB).

Please read the OFC’s list of to Frequently Asked Questions about the MECB for information on the intent, application and implications of the MECB for design professionals and the public.

MECB Coordinating Registered Professional (CRP) Required

The OFC is enforcing the MECB through a Letter of Assurance and a Letter of Certification from a MECB Coordinating Registered Professional.

A MECB Coordinating Registered Professional must be:

  • A registered member of the Manitoba Association of Architects , authorized to practice architecture in the Province of Manitoba; or
  • A registered member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Manitoba (APEGM), authorized to practice engineering in the Province of Manitoba and skilled in the appropriate area of work concerned.

The MECB Coordinating Registered Professional shall:

  • Ascertain which disciplines relating to the MECB are required and which registered professionals , must be retained;
  • Ensure the design requirements are coordinated between the registered professionals and comply with the applicable provisions of the MECB;
  • Complete a Letter of Assurance and a Letter of Certification.  In cases of a base building application, an additional Letter of Certification will be required for each initial tenant improvement. Find these forms by clicking here.
  • Ensure the Compliance Checklist is completed, retained as a record for 7 years, and be available in the event of an audit. It is also required that a final copy of the Checklist be issued to the building owner.
  • Ensure the field reviews are coordinated between the registered professionals;
  • Certify that the construction substantially complies with the applicable provisions of the MECB;
  • Submit a Letter of Certification under seal at the completion of construction and prior to final occupancy.

Note: In submitting the Letter of Certification, the coordinating registered professional is not responsible for ensuring the compliance of design or construction with respect to the MECB for those aspects which are the responsibility of other professionals under seal and, as such, is entitled to reasonably rely on Letters of Assurance and Certification required by the OFC to be submitted by registered professionals and/or other statements provided by other professionals pertaining to the design and construction of the project.

For more information (Read bulletin - OFC 14-006) - Manitoba Energy Code for Buildings

Power Point Presentations from Manitoba Energy Code for Buildings (MECB) Training Day - September 17, 2014

Enforcement and Compliance Tools

For the Office of the Fire Commissioner's Manitoba Energy Code for Buildings Compliance Tool Checklist, please click here.

Notes:

  • This tool contains macros which may be blocked by your computer, after opening the tool, click on “Options” and “Enable All Macros” to allow the tool to function properly.
  • The tool was created by NRC to work with a PC platform using the Microsoft Excel. Those using other computer platforms (i.e., Macintosh or MAC) will require a copy of Microsoft Excel compatible with their computer to use the tool.

The Office of the Fire Commissioner (OFC) will rely on Letters of Assurance and Certification as a method of implementing compliance with the new MECB. Please visit the Building, Plumbing and Occupancy Applications, Permits and Forms page for more information.

Lighting (National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings 2011 Part 4) trade-off calculator - The Microsoft Excel-based trade-off calculator allows you to demonstrate compliance with the NECB 2011 using the trade-off path for Lighting (NECB Part 4). For more information or to obtain a copy of this tool, please contact Natural Resources Canada at info.services@nrcan-rncan.gc.ca.

Fenestration Canada’s NAFS Calculator Tool and  NAFS Labeling Guidelines
http://cwdma.ca//downloads/NAFS_Labeling_Guidelines_for_Canada_11-2013.pdf

Fenestration Canada’s Building Code Fenestration Performance Calculator
http://codecalc.fenestrationcanada.ca/

Canadian Wood Council’s Wall Thermal Design Calculator
http://www.cwc.ca/index.php/en/resources/wallthermaldesignmainpage

NECB Training Webinars for the National Energy Code for Building (2011)

http://www.nationalcodes.nrc.gc.ca/eng/presentations/2011_necb_presentations.html

Energy Modeling Software

NR Can has announced availability of the new CAN-QUEST software.

Training in NS is being organized by Dalhousie University Continuing Education supported by NS Departments of Energy, Labour and Advanced Education, and Efficiency NS. Dates for software training will be announced shortly for courses being offered in the first quarter of 2014.  

New CAN-QUEST software to demonstrate National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings 2011 and energy performance compliance

A new Beta version of the software tool is now available from Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) to facilitate building energy modelling. CAN-QUEST, based on the US eQUEST 3.62, improves on NRCan’s EE4 software, which has been a popular modelling tool in Canada for the past decade. The new tool was designed for governments, utilities and associations to show performance path compliance with the 2011 National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings (NECB 2011) and/or energy performance compliance with provincial, territorial and municipal code compliance bodies, utility-sponsored programs, LEED construction and for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation financial incentives.

National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings

The 2011 National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings (NECB 2011) requires that commercial and institutional buildings be 25 percent more energy efficient than the previous code. To date, Ontario, British Columbia, the City of Vancouver and Nova Scotia have adopted the NECB 2011. Several other provinces and territories are expected to adopt the NECB 2011 by 2015.

To ensure that new buildings, additions and major retrofits align with and/or exceed the provisions of the new code, CAN-QUEST is one of the tools that have been developed to help builders show that they are compliant with the NECB 2011.

A key advantage of CAN-QUEST is that it reduces modelling time by 50 percent compared to other tools by building both the proposed and reference models simultaneously. When the data for a proposed building are entered, the tool automatically generates a reference building based on the requirements of the NECB 2011. The improved tool also features Canadian weather data, support for metric and imperial measurements as well as English and French interfaces. It is supported by a DOE2.2 energy simulation engine and uses advanced 2- and 3-D graphical representation of building geometry. Moreover, it supports technologies such as photovoltaics, ground loop heat exchangers, cogeneration, and new types of heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems.

CAN-QUEST training courses will be offered across Canada starting in late 2013 by authorities having jurisdiction as well as through other organizations with expertise in the building sector. Both a one-day introductory course for those who will manage NECB 2011-compliant projects and a two-day, hands-on computer course for architects, engineers and technicians undertaking energy modelling will be available.

CAN-QUEST is available free from NRCan. For more information or to obtain a copy of the software, e-mail info.services@nrcan-rncan.gc.ca or call 1-877-360-5500 (toll-free) (613-992-3245 in the National Capital Region).