April 1: New Building Code Takes Effect
Manitoba has adopted the 2010 national building codes, which include improved safety and energy-efficiency requirements plus universal design elements that will ensure improved accessibility by the disabled. Most changes take effect April 1, including:
- New requirements for smoke alarm placement
- Mandatory installation of carbon monoxide detectors in buildings that require annual fire inspections, such as child-care centres, schools and personal-care homes
- Technical updates to plumbing to accommodate the use of water-conserving appliances and fixtures.