BLC543 - Building Code

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Subject Title
Building Code

Subject Description
This subject deals with the Ontario Building Code (OBC) and related documents.  It includes The Building Code Act, administration, enforcement and relevant by-laws; technical requirements for Part 9 of Division B - Housing and Small Buildings; Part 3 of Division B - Fire protection, Occupant Safety and Accessibility.

Credit Status
One subject credit in the Civil Engineering Technology program.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Discriminate among the building requirements prescribed by the 2012 Building Code and other related building regulations affecting the building construction industry;
  2. Classify a building according to the Building Code;
  3. Apply the technical building requirements prescribed in Part 9 of Division B of the 2012 Building Code to a building;
  4. Apply the relevant building requirements in Part 9 of Division B to a house;
  5. Apply building requirements related to public health and safety and accessibility for selected sections of Part 3 Division B of the 2012 Building Code.
  6. Articulate the scope of applicability of the 2012 Building Code to building construction in Ontario;
  7. Search and interpret the technical Building Code requirements in accordance with the referenced numbering system;
  8. Select dimensional and material requirements for Part 9 of Division B buildings to satisfy prescribed criteria;
  9. Classify a building by size and occupancy and determine the technical requirements relating to public health and safety and accessibility of selected sections for Part 3 Buildings
  10. Apply building requirements related to public health and safety and accessibility for selected sections of Part 3.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Execute mathematical operations accurately.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

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