THESE NEW SIGNS WILL BE COMING SOON AND WILL BE SEEN ON OUR PROJECTS ALL OVER THE GTA.
ARE YOU READY ? The 2012 Ontario Building Code came into effect on January 01, 2014.
New Accessibility Ammendments to Ontario's Building Code
On December 27, 2013, Ontario Regulation 368/13 was filed to amend the new 2012 Building Code, O.Reg. 332/12.
The effective date of the amendment is January 1, 2015.
The amended requirements will substantially enhance accessibility in newly constructed buildings and existing buildings that are to be extensively renovated. They maintain Ontario’s leadership role in requirements for barrier-free design.
In 2005, the government committed to the development of five accessibility standards under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. These amendments to the Building Code work together with the Design of Public Spaces standard, introduced in 2012, to finalize the government’s commitment to an accessibility standard for the built environment.
Five accessibility standards are already in regulation under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act: Customer Service, Information and Communications, Employment, Transportation, and Design of Public Spaces. For more information on Accessibility Standards, please visit www.ontario.ca/AccessOn.
The new requirements apply to most new construction and extensive renovations. Existing buildings, where no work is planned, are not affected by these new requirements. Houses, including semi-detached houses, townhouses and duplexes, are not affected by most accessibility requirements, with the exception of smoke alarm requirements.
Amended requirements cover a range of areas, including:
Requirements for visual fire alarms to be installed in all public corridors of multi-unit residential buildings and in all multi-unit residential suites
Requirements for all smoke alarms in all buildings, including houses, to include a visual component
Requirements for an elevator or other barrier-free access to be provided between storeys in most buildings, with some exemptions for small residential and business occupancy buildings
Requirements for power door operators to be provided at entrances to a wider range of buildings, and at entrances to barrier-free washrooms and common rooms in multi-unit residential buildings
Updated requirements for barrier-free washrooms and universal washrooms
Requirements for barrier-free access to public pools and spas
Updated requirements for accessible and adaptable seating spaces in public assembly buildings such as theatres, lecture halls and places of worship
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Accredited Member of the Association of Architectural Technologists of Ontario, a Member of Construction Specifications Canada, the Ontario Association of Home Inspectors, the Ontario Building Officials Association, Ontario Building Envelope Council and, more recently the Canada Green Building Council, Greater Toronto Chapter.
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Canada Green Building Council
ADTEK BUILDING CONSULTANTS IS A PROUD MEMBER SINCE 2006.
The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) accelerates the design and construction of green buildings in Canada. They are a broad-based inclusive coalition of representatives from different segments of the design and building industry.
Their Vision A transformed built environment leading to a sustainable future The Council will work to:
change industry standards,
develop best design practices and guidelines;
advocate for green buildings, and
develop educational tools to support its members in implementing sustainable design and construction practices.
BUILDING CODE QUALIFICATIONS.
To stay ahead of the impending changes to the Building Regulatory System as it was supposed to come into effect on July 1st 2005, ADTEK BUILDING CONSULTANTS are very proud to advise that they invested a lot of valuable time and effort into Ministry approved courses with both the AATO and the OBOA as well as the Ministry examinations to ensure their readiness. We are pleased to announce that we are Building Code Qualified (BCQ) as certified by the Ontario Building Officials Association and have been approved and formally registered by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing as a Registered Design Firm (BCIN # 27003) in readiness for the implemenation date of January 1st 2006.
Because of the changes that make it mandatory for Designers to carry Professional Liability Insurance, we are pleased to inform and reassure our Clients that we already carry full Errors and Omissions Insurance and have satisfied the Ministry's requirements for the additional coverage as stipulated in section 2.21.2 of the Ontario Building Code.
We trust that this information will give every potential Client the full confidence to make a simple decision to use the services of ADTEK BUILDING CONSULTANTS.Thank You for your time.
IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL:
IT SHOULD BE VERY CLEARLY UNDERSTOOD BY VISITORS TO THIS WEBSITE THAT ADTEK BUILDING CONSULTANTS ARE NOT ARCHITECTS. IF YOU REALLY NEED A LICENCED ARCHITECT, FOLLOW THE LINK TO THE ONTARIO ASSOCIATION OF ARCHITECTS WEBSITE: www.oaa.on.ca
HOWEVER, IF YOU CAME TO OUR SITE EXPECTING TO FIND AN ACCREDITED ARCHITECTURAL TECHNOLOGIST TO PROVIDE VERY SIMILAR DESIGN SERVICES, DO A PROFESSIONAL JOB AND DO IT EXTREMELY WELL, THEN YOU HAVE COME TO THE RIGHT PLACE. PLEASE FEEL FREE TO PERUSE THE REST OF THE SITE!
Accredited Architectural Technologists have gone through a very rigorous training and formal education in architecture and building sciences and provide a very professional and credible alternative to an Architect within the area of practice as prescribed to them in the Ontario Building Code that allows them to design residential (no area limit on single family dwellings), commercial and industrial buildings up to 600 square metres (6,460 sq ft) in building area and no more than 3 storeys in building height. Visit our Association's website for more details: www.aato.on.ca
"........so what is an Architectural Technologist anyway?" Click opposite to find out!