OBC906 - House Health and Safety

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Last review date 2018-10-29 16:52:21.96

Subject Title
House Health and Safety

Subject Description
Examines the 2012 Ontario Building Code with emphasis on inspection of the health and safety-related aspects of the house. Topics of study include: an introduction to the Ontario Building Code; the house - general; fire safety and protection; chimneys; fireplaces; inserts and solid-fuel-burning appliances; stairs; guards; insulation; health and comfort requirements; party walls; final interior inspections; and final exterior inspections.

Credit Status

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. State what aspects are required to be known in order to classify a building
2. Describe the items the Code attempts to regulate
3. Examine and understand the manner in which the Code is written.
4. Apply methods of finding information within the Code.
5. State why and where an air barrier and vapour barrier are required.
6. State the Code requirements for natural and mechanical ventilation in a dwelling unit.
7. Outline the requirements for the secure installation of exterior stairs, landings and decks.
8. List and visually identify various examples of noncompliance with the Code and other regulations.

Essential Employability Skills
Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Academic Integrity
Seneca upholds a learning community that values academic integrity, honesty, fairness, trust, respect, responsibility and courage. These values enhance Seneca's commitment to deliver high-quality education and teaching excellence, while supporting a positive learning environment. Ensure that you are aware of Seneca's Academic Integrity Policy which can be found at: http://www.senecacollege.ca/about/policies/academic-integrity-policy.html Review section 2 of the policy for details regarding approaches to supporting integrity. Section 2.3 and Appendix B of the policy describe various sanctions that can be applied, if there is suspected academic misconduct (e.g., contract cheating, cheating, falsification, impersonation or plagiarism).

Please visit the Academic Integrity website http://open2.senecac.on.ca/sites/academic-integrity/for-students to understand and learn more about how to prepare and submit work so that it supports academic integrity, and to avoid academic misconduct.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at student.conduct@senecacollege.ca.

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Accessibility Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

Recommended:  OBC955

Topic Outline

  • Introduction 
  • Understanding the OBC
  • Fire Safety and Protection 
  • Chimneys 
  • Fireplaces, Inserts and Solid – Fuel- Burning Applications 
  • Stairs 
  • Guards 
  • Insulation 
  • Health & Comfort Requirements 
  • Party Walls 
  • Final Interior Inspection 
  • Final Exterior Inspection

Mode of Instruction
Lectures combined with case studies, group discussions and practical exercises

Prescribed Texts
Part 9 – The House – Health & Safety Requirements - 2012
Vendor: SOHO Business Solutions

2012 Building Code Compendium 
Vendor: SOHO Business Solutions

Reference Material

Student Progression and Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online (http://www.senecacollege.ca/about/policies/academics-and-student-services.html) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
Grading is based on the following marking scheme:
Final Exam 100%

Students must achieve a minimum grade of 70%, as required by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing.

Passing students will receive a grade of SAT- Satisfactory.

Academic Program Manager
Jean-Pierre Patry

Approved by: Jean-pierre Patry