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National Building Code of Canada 2005

October 6, 2010: The next edition of the National Building Code of Canada is expected to be released the end of November (price TBA). If you would like to be notified when the new edition is available to order, please contact us. We regret we no longer have stock of the softcover 2005 edition.

National Building Code of Canada 2005          
Format Loose-leaf Binder (two-volume set) OR Format Softcover (two-volume set)
Catalogue No. NRCC47666B   Catalogue No. NRCC47666S
Pages Approx. 1200   Pages Approx. 1200
Language English; Aussi disponible en français   Language English; Aussi disponible en français 
Price $200.00 (for 2005 Code)   Price $190.00 (for 2005 Code)
  Add to Cart     Softcover not available for purchase at this time.
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Prepared under the auspices of the Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes.
Published by the National Research Council of Canada, 2005.


The National Building Code of Canada 2005 (NBC) is the "bible" of the construction industry, designed to ensure that buildings are structurally sound, safe from fire, free of health hazards, and accessible.

Prepared by the Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes, the NBC is used as a model for virtually all regulations in Canada and pertains whether you are constructing a building, or renovating or altering it. Health and safety are the Code's primary objectives, and it strives to achieve these objectives by establishing model standards. Divided into nine parts and organized using a convenient decimal numbering system, the NBC defines words, terms and phrases, and spells out minimum requirements for fire protection; structural design; environmental separation, heating, ventilating and air-conditioning (HVAC); plumbing; construction site safety; and housing and small building construction.

Since the publication of the previous edition in 1995, all three National Construction Codes have undergone extensive reviews and changes that now make the 2005 editions clearer, easier to apply to renovation and more accommodating to technological innovation. New to the 2005 Code:
  • Over 800 technical changes in the 2005 NBC
  • New information, namely the objectives and functional statements, designed to improve clarity and consistency in the application of the codes' requirements
  • A new organizational layout. The Code comprises three divisions: Divisions A, B and C
Division A includes compliance options and information on new elements called objectives and functional statements. Objectives describe the overall goals that a particular Code's provisions are intended to achieve. Functional statements describe the functions that a building or its components must perform to fulfill the objectives. At least one objective and one functional statement are linked to each technical requirement to help users better understand the reason why a particular requirement must be met and to help them evaluate alternative solutions.

In Division B, Code users can find the "acceptable solutions," which consist of the 1995 Code provisions updated with technical changes. Most of the Code structure and vocabulary that users are familiar with remain the same, which will make getting used to the new Codes much easier.

Finally, Division C contains administrative provisions, which have all been consolidated into this one place.

Available in two practical formats:
  • A two-volume binder version that lies flat for easy reference easily accommodates updates.
  • A two-volume soft-cover version that contains the same information as the binder, at about half the weight. This format is ideal for the job site.
Note: The two volumes must be purchased as a set; volumes are not available to be purchased individually.

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This page last modified: October 6, 2010

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