Need help with the Building Code? Are you looking for an expedient way to earn 12hrs for your continuing education hours?

Course Description

Keeping up with the Building Code is a 12 hour course designed with architects in mind. Led by leading code expert, Judy Jeske, P.Eng, this course will explore the Ontario and National Building Code with an emphasis on fire, life safety and accessibility requirements of Part 3. The course will focus on understanding key principles and applying unusual, challenging and complex elements of the Codes. We will set the stage with some fundamentals, and explore a full range of complex code issues presented through case studies, debates, and consultation on real and current projects.

In addition, the course will review recent Code changes and introduce proposed new content being considered for future Code changes. You are encouraged to bring questions and challenges to the class for discussion.

This course is NOT an introduction to the Code. Most participants will already have a basic understanding of the Code through its application to their projects as architects or engineers.

Topics will include:

  • Applicable Codes – the complexity of applying the OBC and NBC
  • Technical issues:
    • Safety for pedestrian movement
    • Egress and exiting
    • Compartmentation
    • Combustible versus noncombustible
    • Interconnected floor spaces and mezzanines
    • High building design
    • Accessibility
    • Alternative solutions- what, when, where, why, how
    • What just happened:  July 2017 changes to the OBC and 2016 changes to the NBC
    • What’s coming soon:  Be ready for these developments in the code!


Course Dates and Time

Architects will earn 12 structured continuing education hours from this course. All courses will be held at Carleton University.

Dates: TBD
Times: TBD
Location: Architecture Building, Carleton University



$800 + HST



Registration for this session is closed. Please join our mailing list to be informed on when the next course will be offered.

We reserve the right to cancel the course and refund all paid registrations should the minimum number of registrations not be met.



Judy Jeske, P.Eng.
Vice President, Code, Life Safety and Security at Morrison Hershfield.

Judy is a Principal, Vice President of Code, Life Safety and Security and a Senior Code Specialist and has been with Morrison Hershfield (MH) for 17 years.  Judy has over 30 years of experience providing expert advice on the application of Building and Fire Codes and fire and life safety Standards in association with the design of all types of building projects.  Judy works closely with design teams to apply creative Code solutions without compromising fire and life safety principles and performance.  She liaises with local Building Officials to facilitate their review and understanding of the proposed Code approach and fire and life safety philosophies for design projects.  Judy has extensive experience with assessment, renovations, redevelopment and expansion of significant heritage and historic buildings and properties as well as design and construction of new buildings including airports, museums, cultural centres including theatres and sports venues, hospitals, residential complexes and high profile office complexes.



This program is open to anyone interested in the Ontario Building Code. Please note that this is a non-credit course therefore no university credit would be earned. Participants will earn a certificate of completion.


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