National Energy Code for Buildings
The National Energy Code for Buildings 2017 (NECB) came into force on January 1, 2019 in the province of Saskatchewan.
- Part 3 buildings
- Part 9 buildings that are beyond the scope of Section 9.36
- Any building to which Section 9.36 applies, but the owner/applicant chooses to conform to the NECB
- The NECB specifically applies to new buildings and additions
A design professional (engineer or architect licensed to practice in Saskatchewan) will be required to complete the design or design review, along with inspections, for conformance to NECB.
The forms and brochures regarding NECB 2017 are provided below:
- NECB Compliance Handout
- NECB Drawing Requirements
- NECB Framework Guide
- NECB Phased Building Energy Framework Guide
- NEBC Project Summary
- NECB Prescriptive Report
- NECB Trade Off Report
- NECB Performance Report
- NECB Commitment Letter for Field Review
- Energy Efficiency Compliance Options
The Saskatchewan Building Standards and Licensing Branch has developed an advisory regarding the energy codes. To view the advisory, please visit their website.
NECB Thermal Bridging Calculations
Article 126.96.36.199. of NECB 2017 requires that thermal bridging be considered for nearly all components in assemblies, except for fasteners and mechanical penetrations. Therefore, there can be some difficulty with achieving the required overall thermal transmittance of assemblies. The City of Regina has become aware of resources available from BC Hydro to assist in evaluating thermal bridging of a wide variety of assemblies. BC Hydro has done this work with Morrison-Hershfield to develop the guide, calculator, and an appendices of assemblies, which have been 3D modelled to account for the effects of thermal bridging. Designers may find this to be a valuable resource. If the calculator in the Excel document is utilized in your design, please submit that information with your building permit application.
Additional Submission Information: For projects where phased permit(s) for the building have been submitted prior to January 1, 2019, the future applications for that building will not be required to meet energy requirements. The Building Standards Branch reserves the right to reject applications submitted prior to January 1, 2019 which are found to be incomplete, as it will be presumed to be an effort to avoid the energy requirements of Section 9.36 and the NECB.
Development Services is enhancing submission requirements for commercial building permits applications, including Industrial, Institutional and Multi-family Residential. As of May 1, 2018, the Commercial Checklist, Zoning Bylaw Analysis Form, and Building Code Analysis form must be submitted with Building Permit Applications for all new and additional commercial projects. At this time, a checklist is not available for commercial projects involving only alterations or tenant improvements. However, it is recommended that the Building Code Analysis Form be used for these projects as well.
This change was implemented to improve processing times, increase communication on submission requirements and improve the overall customer experience by helping to reduce the number of incomplete submissions and required revisions.
- Complete and submit forms and documents listed below. Your application may be circulated to a variety of departments for review, depending on the complexity. The application must be signed by the legal property owner as well as the applicant.
Required as needed:
PLEASE NOTE: Building permit application forms must be filled out in full; incomplete applications will not be accepted.
- Legal land owner information must match what’s listed on land title. The individual signing for the legal land owner must be on title or must be authorized to sign on the legal land owner’s behalf via an authorization letter from the legal land owner.
- If a company is listed on title as the legal land owner, the individual signing on behalf of the owner must print their name and position associated with the company and must have signing authority.
- If someone is designated to sign on behalf of the owner, this authorization can be provided via an authorization letter from the legal land owner (individual giving authority must list name, position, and have signing authority).
Commercial Construction / Alteration / Renovation / Repair (construction value)
$8 / $1,000 value, $100 minimum
The minimum review time of a Commercial Building Permit Application is four to six weeks from the date a complete application is submitted. Review times increase depending on project type, required circulation and construction season. Apply early and review the information package and supporting documents prior to submission.
Stage 1: Development Review
Reviewed on all applications:
Review may be required:
to ensure compliance with various transportation, water (potable, storm, and waste), environmental and geotechnical technical standards. (Comments sent from firstname.lastname@example.org)
Stage 2: Building Standards Review
Reviewed on all applications:
Comments sent from three separate reviewers:
to ensure compliance with National Fire Code and NFPA standards. (Comments combined with Building Safety comments)
Stage 3: Saskatchewan Ministry of Health Review (if required)
Review May Be Required:
to ensure compliance with health regulations. (Comments sent from Saskatchewan Ministry of Health)
Stage 4: Application Approval
Reviewed on all applications:
For more information, call Service Regina at 306-777-7000.
The City accepts, and encourages, Plans to be submitted electronically to email@example.com. This will benefit both the customer and the reviewer as it helps speed up the process.
If Plans are submitted electronically, they must adhere to formatting standards and digital submission security requirements. This will enable the software to identify drawings and organize large projects more efficiently.
Formatting standards only apply to applications drawn in a computer program (CAD drafting program) such as those used by professional designers. Smaller jobs like decks and garages do not need to follow the formatting standards. They are not a requirement for typical homeowner projects where designers and computer drafting programs are not involved.
For any questions regarding the formatting standards, please call 306-777-7551.