|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.