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Codes and Standards - Sustainability in Codes

Under the direct leadership of the Manager, Building Policy and Sustainability and the Fire Commissioner, the Office of the Fire Commissioner is responsible for ensuring all buildings built in the Province of Manitoba are assisting to meet or exceed the emission reduction targets set out in the Energy Act; and the Climate Change and Energy Reductions Act.

The Province of Manitoba now has some of the most stringent energy and water efficiency requirements in Canada. Our goal for the citizens of Manitoba is to create the most sustainable buildings built in Canada that are healthy, cost-effective and environmentally efficient.

Sustainable or “green” buildings provide for resource conservation and lower lifecycle costs through decreased operational costs of buildings with increased thermal resistance values, efficient equipment and proven design standards. These types of building practices contribute to the comfort and health of building occupants and make buildings better places to work and live. Increased design and construction costs are offset by the lower costs of operation, increased occupant comfort and higher property values.

After stakeholder consultations in the spring of 2008; and through collaboration with other government bodies, professional associations, the building industry and stakeholders in 2009 and 2010, The Office of the Fire Commissioner has developed changes to the minimum energy and water efficiency guidelines that all buildings shall be built to. The changes reflect standard construction practices and design standards found in today’s building industry. The energy and water efficiency requirements are not retroactive to existing buildings as per the Manitoba Building Code. See the changes and additions to the building codes at the code amendments page.