Does your plumbing meet the Ontario building code, and why should it? Ontario’s building code was revised, and the new act took effect from January 1, 2014, replacing the code that was last updated in 2006. The purpose of the code is to increase energy efficiency, enhance the competitiveness of the building sector, and improve public safety. Anta Plumbing City of Toronto licenced plumbers are trained and qualified and we follow the code carefully to ensure our clients achieve the highest levels of safety and energy efficiency from their plumbing installations
With the revised building code, Ontario will be among the world leaders in water conservation. This is made possible with the help of installing only the latest in high efficiency plumbing fixtures, including showerheads and toilets, and rainwater harvesting systems for new buildings.
Based on the national building code, Ontario’s revised code is set to increase consistency among the other codes used across the Canada, which means that businesses can distribute their products countrywide. At the same time, the new updates to the building code form part of the government’s process for growing a green economy and job creation.
A new bylaw was added to the Ontario building code’s plumbing section. According to CAN CSA B483.1, section 188.8.131.52 on drinking water systems, all drinking water treatment systems or devices should be CAN.CSA-B483.1 certified. Other aspects covered by the code include drainage, firestops, fixtures, licensing, pipes and fittings, potable water, storm drainage, venting and cross connections, to name a few. While a plumbing system looks primitive and simple from the outside, it requires careful design to ensure safety, efficiency and cost-effective operation.
Generally, any licensed plumber can design a plumbing system for a standard freestanding family home without having to submit the drawing to the municipality for approval, provided standards are followed. If a drawing is submitted, he will not be allowed to deviate from the sketch once it is approved. This is for the safety of the occupants of the home and their families. For instance, when it comes to plumbing vents, it is crucial to use the correct installation guidelines and distances to prevent toxic gasses from leaking into the home.
Likewise, part of the plan is to ensure that all newly constructed homes in Ontario use 50% of the energy compared to their pre-2006 counterparts and to improve water conservation and safety. The code applies to both water and septic treatment, in terms of ensuring public safety, increasing energy efficiency and contributing to increased competitiveness in the building sector.
Homes built pre-2006 may not meet the latest building code standards. City of Toronto licensed plumbers can do a compliance inspection to find ways to bring your home’s plumbing system up to standard with the installation of high-efficiency showerheads, low flow toilets and other modifications.
Ideally, whenever you want to make plumbing modifications, it is best to hire a City of Toronto licensed plumber, who will be sure to work according to the Ontario building code and best practices.