CSA Standards

First Nations building officials know better than anyone the challenges facing their communities when it comes to improving the quality of housing and infrastructure. They need the best tools available to tackle these challenges, at an affordable cost. Gaining access to CSA standards included in the National Building Code (NBC), covering everything from insulation to plumbing to accessibility, and from cladding to heating and ventilation systems, for the cost of a FNNBOA membership ($150), will save building inspectors, band councils and community construction officials thousands of dollars.

These standards provide essential information that will ensure builders are using the most up-to-date quality and safety standards in construction materials and processes available today.

“Smart building officers are really hungry for this material,” says Aubrey LeBlanc, chief administrative officer for the Ontario Building Officers Association (OBOA). Many First Nations officials are “ahead of the curve” in their use of standards, adds LeBlanc, but more need to be aware of how important the standards are, and how easy and inexpensive they are now to access. FNNBOA president Keith Maracle agrees. “When we hire our own people, we want them to know why they are pounding 10 nails into a 2-by-4. You don’t want a floor to collapse. There is a standard in the building code that governs this.”

First Nations band councils, local contractors and housing managers need access to these standards in particular when government funding for construction projects requires First Nations to choose either the National Building Code or a provincial one to follow, with these standards cited. With First Nations representatives sitting at the table when provincial standards are reviewed and approved, it has become part of the First Nations mandate to build according to the best and most current standards. That is especially true for remote or far northern communities, says Clayton Seymour, building inspector for the Temiskaming Municipal Building Association (TMBA) in northern Ontario. For example, with pre-fab or mobile homes built off-site and shipped to a remote community, “the inspector needs to be well versed in the CSA 240 standard, and that the build is correct.”

With innovations in materials and processes happening at an increasing pace, it’s also important for inspectors to refer to the most recent standard in whatever code they are adhering to. “If an inspector doesn’t have a copy of the standard, and tells the contractor to go ahead, where’s the accountability? The liability falls back on you,” says Seymour.

Consulting the CSA standards in any building code, and looking for the CSA-approved stamp on any materials used is a recognized “best practice” for any building official. Knowing that the standard has been vetted by numerous professionals in multiple fields of construction materials’ manufacture and use is the best peace of mind any building official can have.

National Building Code Collection

Designation

Designation

Designation

A123.1-05/A123.5-05 (R2015)

CAN/CSA-C448 SERIES-13

CAN/CSA-Z317.2-10 (R2015)

A123.17-05 (R2014)

C656-14

CAN3-A123.51-M85 (R2011)

A123.22-08 (R2013)

C748-13

CAN3-A123.52-M85 (R2011)

A123.3-05 (R2015)

CAN/CSA-C828-13

CAN3-A93-M82 (R2003)

A165 SERIES-14

CSA 6.19-01 (R2016)

F280-12 (R2017)

CAN/CSA-A179-14

CAN/CSA-A123.2-03 (R2013)

G30.18-09 (R2014)

A23.1-14/A23.2-14

A123.21-10

G40.20-13/G40.21-13

A23.3-14

CAN/CSA-A123.4-04 (R2013)

CAN/CSA-G401-14

A23.4-09 (R2014)

CAN/CSA-A220 SERIES-06 (R16)

O112.10-08 (R2013)

A277-08 (R2013)

CAN/CSA-A324-M88 (R2001)

O112.9-10 (R2014)

CAN/CSA-A3000-13

CAN/CSA-A405-M87 (R2000)

O118.1-08 (R2013)

CAN/CSA-A370-14

CAN/CSA-A440.4-07 (R2016)

O118.2-08 (R2013)

CAN/CSA-A371-14

A82.27-FM91

O121-08 (R2013)

CAN/CSA-A440.2-14/A440.3-14

CAN/CSA-A82-14

O141-05 (R2014)

A440S1-09

CAN/CSA-B1800-11

O151-09 (R2014)

A660-10 (R2014)

CAN/CSA-B211-00 (R2015)

O153-13

CAN/CSA-A82-14

CAN/CSA-B72-M87 (R2013)

O177-06 (R2015)

AAMA/WDMA/CSA 101/I.S.2/A440-11(R16)

CAN/CSA-C13256-1-01 (R2016)

O325-07 (R2012)

ANSI Z21.10.3-2013/CSA 4.3-2013

CAN/CSA-C13256-2-01 (R2015)

O437 SERIES-93 (R2011)

ANSI Z21.56-2013/CSA 4.7-2013

CAN/CSA-C191-04

O86-14

ANSI Z83.8-2013/CSA 2.6-2013

CAN/CSA-C22.2 NO. 150-M89 (R2014)

P.10-07 (R2017)

B111-1974 (R2003)

CAN/CSA-C22.2 NO. 262-04 (R2013)

CAN/CSA-P.2-13

B139 SERIES-15

CAN/CSA-C260-M90 (R2007)

P.6-09 (R2014)

B140.12-03 (R2013)

CAN/CSA-C439-09 (R2014)

S136-12 PACKAGE

B149.1-15

CAN/CSA-C745-03 (R2014)

S16-14

B212-00 (R2010)

CAN/CSA-C746-06 (R2016)

S269.1-1975 (R2003)

CAN/CSA-B214-12

CAN/CSA-C749-07 (R2012)

S304-14

B355-09 (R2013)

CAN/CSA-F326-M91 (R2014)

S307-M1980 (R2006)

B365-10 (R2015)

CAN/CSA-O122-06 (R2015)

S367-12 (R2016)

B415.1-10 (R2015)

CAN/CSA-O132.2 SERIES-90 (R2003)

S37-13

B51-14

CAN/CSA-O80 SERIES-08 (R2012) CONSOL

S406-14

B52-13

CAN/CSA-P.11-07 (R2013)

S413-14

B651-12 (R2017)

CAN/CSA-P.3-04 (R2015)

S478-95 (R2007)

C22.1-12

CAN/CSA-P.8-09 (R2014)

S6-14

C22.2 NO. 0.3-09 (R2014)

CAN/CSA-P.9-11 (R15)

Z240 MH SERIES-09 (R2015)

C22.2 No. 113-10

CAN/CSA-S157-05/S157.1-05 (R15)

Z240.10.1-08 (R2013)

C22.2 NO. 141-10 (R2015)

CAN/CSA-S269.2-M87 (R2003)

Z32-09 (R2014)

C22.2 NO. 211.0-03 (R2013)

CAN/CSA-S269.3-M92 (R2013)

CAN/CSA-Z662-11 PACKAGE SMART

C282-09

CAN/CSA-S832-06 (R2011)

Z7396.1-12

CAN/CSA-C368.1-14


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