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In the process of adoption

The following draft regulations have already been published in the Gazette officielle du Québec for comments and are currently in the process of being adopted.

Draft Regulation amending Chapter III, Plumbing, of the Construction Code: publication for comments

On September 23, 2020, a draft regulation to amend Chapter III, Plumbing, of the Construction Code was published in the Gazette officielle du Québec in order to obtain the public’s comments.

The public comment period ended on November 6, 2020. However, this regulation is not in force yet.

The draft Regulation replaces Chapter III, Plumbing, of the Construction Code (chapter B-1.1, r. 2) in order to incorporate by reference the 2015 edition of the National Plumbing Code of Canada 2015 (NPC), with amendments to reflect the specific needs of Québec. The draft Regulation also provides for the extension of most of the Québec amendments made to the previous edition.

Among others, this draft regulation proposes:

  • stricter, more comprehensive requirements relating to the conservation of potable water
  • the introduction of articles providing a better framework for the increasing use of stainless steel pipes
  • prohibiting the installation of asbestos-based pipes
  • updating previous editions of reference standards
  • the introduction of a standard for manufacturing and performances of oil separators in order to limit oil discharge into sewers (for mechanical maintenance garages, among others)
  • the inclusion of additional reference standards in order to meet requirements for the sale of certified plumbing products. These to guarantee the quality and performance of the products to be installed.

Renewed measures from the current regulation:

  • harmonization of the NPC 2015 with the regulation respecting the quality of potable water as it relates to potable water supplied to the lavatories of some tourist establishments
  • the RBQ’s recognition of the Réseau Environnement for the accreditation of testers of backflow prevention devices installed to prevent the contamination of drinking water systems
  • prohibition of the sale of unapproved plumbing products
  • requirements relating to devices for the treatment of potable water
  • requirements relating to the control and limitation of water temperature for bath and shower in health care facilities as well as private seniors’ residences.

Publication date: September 23, 2020
End of the consultative period: November 6, 2020

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