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Energy Efficiency and Energy Code for Buildings

The National Energy Code for Buildings 2011 and Energy Efficiency requirements of Section 9.36 of Alberta Building Code 2014 have been introduced by the Government of Alberta as part of the greenhouse gas emission reduction strategy.

These codes are the minimum standard for construction since November 1, 2016.

Alberta Building Code 9.36 (ABC 9.36)

Energy Efficiency includes requirements affecting building envelope, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), and service water heating.

These are intended to address:

  • Air leakage
  • Uncontrolled thermal transfer
  • Unnecessary energy demand or consumption for heating and cooling, service water heating, and electrical equipment and devices
  • Inefficiency of equipment and systems
  • Unnecessary rejection of reusable waste energy

The same provincially-trained and certified Safety Codes Officers who issue building permits and inspect construction also administer the new Energy Codes.

There are three possible paths to achieve the energy efficiency requirements:

  • Prescriptive Path
  • Prescriptive with Trade-Off Path
  • Performance Path

Overview of the ABC 9.36 Compliance Paths

Learn more about the three paths in the ABC 9.36 Energy Efficiency Requirements Guide.

Overview of the Application and Inspection Criteria

Required ABC 9.36 Documents

ABC 9.36 Prescriptive Path Summary and Checklist

ABC 9.36 Energy Efficiency Tradeoff Calculator

ABC 9.36 Performance Path Summary and Checklist

ABC 9.36 Inspections

ABC 9.36 Construction Deviation Guidelines

ABC 9.36 Standards for Existing Building

National Energy Code for Buildings 2011 (NECB 2011)

The National Energy Code for Buildings 2011 (NECB 2011) has been adopted as Alberta’s minimum construction standard for energy efficiency of residential and commercial spaces of a certain size and type and components in new buildings and additions.

Components covered in NECB 2011 are:

  • Building Envelope - windows, walls and doors
  • Lighting
  • Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Systems
  • Service Water Heating
  • Electrical Motors

Any Part 3 building must be built to NECB 2011, which offers three compliance paths to choose from:

  • Prescriptive Path
  • Prescriptive Path with Trade-Offs 
  • Performance Path

Overview of NECB 2011 Compliance Paths

Learn more about the three paths in the NECB 2011 Energy Efficiency Requirements Guide.

Building Permit Application Documents

The energy requirements are included in all commercial and residential development and building applications. For commercial developments, NRCan checklists are required in addition to the building permit applications:

Guide to Completing Commercial Building Permit Applications

Commercial Building Permit Application

Commercial Building Permit Application for Interior Alterations

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