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B.C. Reg. 101/2011
M145/2011
Deposited June 7, 2011
effective June 21, 2011

Building Act

Solar Hot Water Ready Regulation

Note: Check the Cumulative Regulation Bulletin 2015 and 2016
for any non-consolidated amendments to this regulation that may be in effect.

[includes amendments up to B.C. Reg. 163/2013, June 21, 2013]

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Contents
1Definitions
2Application
3Solar collectors for a solar domestic hot water system
4Structural requirements
5Conduit runs
Schedule

Definitions

1  In this regulation, the terms in italics have the same meaning as in the 2012 British Columbia Building Code.

[am. B.C. Reg. 163/2013, App. s. 1.]

Application

2  This regulation applies to the local government jurisdictions set out in the Schedule.

[en. B.C. Reg. 163/2013, App. s. 2.]

Solar collectors for a solar domestic hot water system

3  (1) Subject to subsection (2), 2 conduit runs and an area that

(a) is not less than 9.3 square metres,

(b) has no dimension less than 2.7 metres, and

(c) is designated for future installation of solar collectors for a solar domestic hot water system in compliance with CAN/CSA-F383-87

must be incorporated in construction of new buildings of residential occupancy that contain

(d) one dwelling unit, or

(e) one dwelling unit and one secondary suite.

(2) Subsection (1) does not apply with respect to new construction referred to in that subsection if the local government of the jurisdiction to which this regulation applies and within which the new construction is to occur is satisfied that building site conditions do not permit effective use of solar hot water heating.

Structural requirements

4  (1) Except as permitted by subsection (2) of this section, structural members located in areas referred to in section 3 (1) must be designed to accommodate

(a) a uniform dead load of 0.24 kPa, in addition to design loads required by the British Columbia Building Code, and

(b) anticipated point loads where it is known that the solar collectors for a solar domestic hot water system will not be directly surface-mounted.

(2) Roof trusses located in areas referred to in section 3 (1) must be designed to accommodate the anticipated load, including

(a) a uniform dead load of 0.24kPa, in addition to design loads required by the British Columbia Building Code, and

(b) point loads resulting from the uniform dead load referred to in paragraph (a).

[en. B.C. Reg. 163/2013, App. s. 3.]

Conduit runs

5  (1) A minimum of 2 conduit runs must be provided that extend from the area directly adjacent to the building's primary service water heater to

(a) an accessible attic space adjacent to the roof area designated for installation of solar collectors for a solar domestic hot water system,

(b) the roof area designated for installation of solar collectors for a solar domestic hot water system, or

(c) the exterior wall surface directly adjacent to the area designated for installation of solar collectors for a solar domestic hot water system.

(2) Conduit runs described in subsection (1) must

(a) be accessible at both ends,

(b) be capped or sealed at both ends to prevent water ingress and air leakage,

(c) be identified by markings that are permanent, distinct and easily recognized,

(d) have a minimum inside diameter of 50 mm, and

(e) be able to accommodate the installation of insulated plumbing services for a solar domestic hot water system in compliance with CAN/CSA-F383, Installation Code for Solar Domestic Hot Water Systems, as referred to in the British Columbia Building Code.

[am. B.C. Reg. 163/2013, App. s. 4.]

Schedule

[en. B.C. Reg. 163/2013, App. s. 5.]

(Section 2)

Local Government Jurisdictions
Cariboo Regional District
City of Abbotsford
City of Campbell River
City of Chilliwack
City of Colwood
City of Cranbrook
City of Dawson Creek
City of Duncan
City of Fernie
City of Fort St. John
City of Kelowna
City of Kimberley
City of Langley
City of New Westminster
City of North Vancouver
City of Penticton
City of Pitt Meadows
City of Port Coquitlam
City of Port Moody
City of Richmond
Corporation of Delta
Cowichan Valley Regional District
District of Coldstream
District of Elkford
District of Hudson's Hope
District of Invermere
District of Maple Ridge
District of Metchosin
District of North Vancouver
District of Peachland
District of Sechelt
District of Sparwood
District of Tofino
District of West Vancouver
Greater Vancouver Regional District
Municipality of North Cowichan
Resort Municipality of Whistler
Squamish-Lillooet Regional District
Sunshine Coast Regional District
Town of Qualicum Beach
Town of Sidney
Town of View Royal
Township of Esquimalt
Township of Langley
Village of Ashcroft
Village of Kaslo
Village of Midway
Village of Valemount

[Provisions relevant to the enactment of this regulation: Building Act, S.B.C. 2015, c. 2, section 3]