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Laws, regulations and codes
In order to ensure the quality of construction work and public safety, the Building Act provides for the adoption of a Construction Code and a Safety Code governing buildings, facilities intended for use by the public, electrical, plumbing and pressure installations, petroleum equipment installations, and installations intended to use, store or distribute gas. Whereas the Construction Code applies to plan and specifications designers (architects, engineers, technologists) and contractors, the Safety Code is intended for owners of buildings, facilities and installations.
These two codes are adopted chapter by chapter, progressively replacing the seven laws and thirty-odd regulations that were previously in effect. The goal of this process is obviously to simplify regulation, but also to better define the responsibilities of owners and construction professionals.
As for the approval of appliances, Chapter II – Gas refers to construction and testing requirements prescribed by CAN/CSA-B149.3-10, Code for the Field Approval of Fuel-related Components on Appliances and Equipment, that must be met for appliances to be recognized as being compliant.