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Course Outlines

BLDG 1845 Vancouver Building By-law

School School of Construction and the Environment
Program Architectural and Building Technology
Course Credits 1.5
Minimum Passing Grade 50%
Start Date February 22, 2021
End Date March 29, 2021
Total Hours 18
Total Weeks 6
Hours/Weeks 3
Delivery Type Lecture/Lab
Pre-requisites BLDG 1830
CRN 84462

Acknowledgement of Territories

The British Columbia Institute of Technology acknowledges that our campuses are located on the unceded traditional territories of the Coast Salish Nations of Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), and xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam).

Instructor Details

Name Kevin Lau
E-mail Instructor to provide
Location TBD
Office Hours Instructor to provide

Course Description

This course establishes a working knowledge of the specific provisions that are unique to the Vancouver Building By-law (VBBL). The course builds on the provisions of the latest edition of the British Columbia Building Code. It provides the student with the additional code requirements for the design and construction of buildings in the City of Vancouver. The course will cover all of the unique to Vancouver provisions in Book I of the VBBL. The course will provide a comprehensive overview of the administrative requirements, specific requirements for alterations to existing buildings including the Upgrade Mechanism Model, energy requirements for new and existing buildings, adaptable housing and enhanced accessibility requirements, and specific sprinkler, spatial, fire department access, washroom, occupancy classification requirements and safety measures at construction sites. This course will be of interest to persons involved in the design and construction of buildings in the City of Vancouver.

Course Learning Outcomes/Competencies

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of the unique provisions of the 2014 Vancouver Building By-law.
  • Determine and apply the unique provisions of the 2014 Vancouver Building By-law to new buildings and new work.
  • Determine and apply the Vancouver Upgrade Mechanism Model for renovations, changes of major occupancies and additions to existing buildings.
  • Determine and apply the 2014 Vancouver Building By-law requirements for energy efficiency, adaptable housing and enhanced accessibility to new and existing buildings.
  • Determine and apply the 2014 Vancouver Building By-law administrative requirements for the building permit application, permit, construction and occupancy stages of a building project.

Learning Resources

Required: Vancouver Building By-law 2019 (By-law No.12511) - print or electronic version

Course Goals

This course assumes that the student has a prior working knowledge of the British Columbia Building Code. Though classroom learning and discussion, this course will provide the student with an overview of the Unique to Vancouver requirements of Book I of the Building By-law so that the student is able to identify and apply these requirements with respect to the design and construction of new and existing buildings in the City of Vancouver. This knowledge will include the ability to recognize and apply the most significant Unique to Vancouver provisions of Book I of the Vancouver Building By-law to new buildings and new work, including provisions for Energy Efficiency, Adaptable Housing, and Enhance Accessibility. The class discussions and assignments will further prepare the student to apply the Vancouver Upgrade Mechanism Model and the Hazard Index table to renovations, changes of major occupancy, and additions to existing buildings.

Evaluation Criteria

Criteria % Comments
Assignment 110
Assignment 210
Assignment 310
Assignment 410
Mid-course Quiz25
Final Exam35

Statement for prior learning assessment

Students are expected to have a working knowledge of the BC Building Code and its concepts as the course material builds upon this existing knowledge. The sucessful completion of BLDG1830 - BC Building Code Part 3 is accepted as providing the minimum level of working knowledge for this course. Prospective students who have not successfully completed this prerequisite must demonstrate equivalent knowledge.

Course Schedule and Assignments

DateMaterialAssignment
Session 1Vancouver Context, Compliance, and IntentsAssign. #1
Session 2Fire Protection, Life Safety, and AccessibilityAssign. #2
Session 3Building Systems and Energy EfficiencyMid-course Quiz
Session 4Existing Buildings and Miscellaneous CasesAssign. #3
Session 5Construction Safety and Adminstrative ProvisionsAssign. #4
Session 6Final Exam

BCIT Policy

Any student who needs special assistance in the event of a medical emergency or building evacuation (either because of a disability or for any other reason) should promptly inform their course instructor(s) and Accessibility Services of their personal circumstances.

Human Rights, Harassment and Discrimination:
The BCIT community is made up of individuals from every ability, background, experience and identity, each contributing uniquely to the richness and diversity of the BCIT community as a whole. In recognition of this, and the intrinsic value of our diversity, BCIT seeks to foster a climate of collaboration, understanding and mutual respect between all members of the community and ensure an inclusive accessible working and learning environment where everyone can succeed.

Respect, Diversity, and Inclusion is a supportive resource for both students and employees of BCIT, to foster a respectful learning and working environment. Any student who feels that they are experiencing discrimination or harassment (personal or human rights-related) can confidentially access this resource for advice and support. Please see Policy 7507 – Harassment and Discrimination and accompanying procedure.

Students should make themselves aware of additional Education, Administration, Safety and other BCIT policies listed at https://www.bcit.ca/about/administration/policies.shtml

Guidelines for School of Construction and the Environment

Attempts:
Students must successfully complete a course within a maximum of three (3) attempts at the course. Students with two attempts in a single course will be allowed to repeat the course only upon special written permission from the Associate Dean. Students who have not successfully completed a course within three attempts will not be eligible to graduate from their respective program.

Approved

I verify that the content of this course outline is current.
Kevin Lau, Instructor
January 27, 2021

I verify that this course outline has been reviewed.
Rohi Nath, Faculty
January 28, 2021

I verify that this course outline has been reviewed and complies with BCIT policy.
Michael Currie, Associate Dean
January 28, 2021

Note: Should changes be required to the content of this course outline, students will be given reasonable notice.