OBC955 - Part 9: The House-Building Code Building Envelope

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Subject Title
Part 9: The House-Building Code Building Envelope

Subject Description
Examines the 2012 Ontario Building Code with emphasis on basic part 9 house structural requirements and inspections, including the study of the building envelope. It includes: an introduction to the Ontario Building Code: difficulties confronting building inspectors; reading plans; the building permit application; site plans; footings; foundation walls; concrete slabs on ground; roof and ceiling construction; floor construction; and wall construction.

Credit Status

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

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • Classify a building under the Code
  • Use a variety of methods to find information within the Code
  • Understand and discuss various aspects of drawings and specifications
  • Recogniz the general and specific types of information required prior to a building permit being issued for a house
  • List the minimum dimensional requirements for footings, foundation walls and concrete slabs, based on data given for a house
  • Select minimum member sizes of wood framing for a house, for each of the following:  roof, floors, walls
  • Identify support, height and fastening requirements for brick veneer construction.

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

Execute mathematical operations accurately.

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

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

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A basic understanding of building construction and blueprint reading

Topic Outline

  • An Introduction to the OBC (2012)
  • Difficulties Confronting Building Inspectors 
  • Reading Plans 
  • Building Permit Applications 
  • The House –General 
  • Site Plans 
  • Footings 
  • Foundation Walls 
  • Concrete Slabs on Ground 
  • Roof and Ceiling Construction 
  • Floor Construction 
  • Wall Construction 
  • Brick Veneer
  • Other Structural Components

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

Prescribed Texts
Part 9 – The House – Building Envelope 2012
Vendor: SOHO Business Solutions

2012 Building Code Compendium
Vendor: SOHO Business Solutions


Designer's Introduction to the Building Code
Authors:  Anthony Boyko and Steve J. Penna
Publisher:  Orderline
ISBN 978-1-897498-44-6.

Reference Material

Required Supplies

Student Progression and Promotion Policy


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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

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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