National Farm Building Code of Canada 1995
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Published by the National Research Council Canadas Institute for Research in Construction, 1995.
|The National Farm Building Code of Canada (NFBC) describes
"farm buildings" in detail and lists the types of structures that fall into the
low and high human occupancy load categories.
This document provides minimum requirements for human health, fire safety, and structural sufficiency in farm buildings. These types of buildings such as those used to store and pack produce, house livestock and poultry, or store manure, grain, or other agricultural products are typically remotely located, and few people tend to work in or use the buildings. For these reasons, they do not fall exclusively under the National Building Code (NBC). Farm buildings, however, that do not qualify as having low human occupancy (an occupant load of not more than one person for each 40 m²: for example, a house on a farm property) must adhere to the NBC or applicable provincial code. The Code deals with, among other things, designing buildings to withstand various loads, incorporating proper fire safety standards, and ensuring that farm wastes are adequately stored and disposed of.
Note: The Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes (CCBFC), with advice from the Provincial/Territorial Policy Advisory Committee on Codes (PTACC), has agreed to work on updating the requirements for large farm buildings with a view to incorporating these updates into the 2015 National Building and National Fire Codes. The new requirements will be objective-based to match the format of these documents.
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