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:
The MECB Coordinating Registered Professional shall:
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fenestration Canada’s NAFS Calculator Tool and NAFS Labeling Guidelines
Fenestration Canada’s Building Code Fenestration Performance Calculator
Canadian Wood Council’s Wall Thermal Design Calculator
NECB Training Webinars for the National Energy Code for Building (2011)
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 email@example.com or call 1-877-360-5500 (toll-free) (613-992-3245 in the National Capital Region).