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CNST249: Using National Building Code & CSA: Reading, Printing and Downloading

This guide will assist students in navigating the CSA and NBC databases in order to complete their assignments.

National Building Code

You can access all current and past versions of the National Building Code from the Techstreet platform.

  • The publisher has placed a printing restriction on this document and printing is not permitted.  You can, however, download and save a PDF version to your computer.
    • Only one person can only save the PDF at one time.  If PDF is downloaded and opened only, multiple people may view.
    • Note that the PDF file cannot be opened if you save it to a USB, attach it to an email, or open the file on a different computer.
    • Note that only one copy of the PDF file can be downloaded at a time.  If someone else at SAIT downloads a copy after you, your copy will no longer open.
  • To download a copy for short term access <click> on FILE, then <click> on Save As.

Tips and Hints

  • Use the EDIT FIND command or  Ctrl-F keys to find occurrences of topic keywords or phrases in the PDF document. For example you can find answers for your CNST249 Concrete and Soils Basics library assignment by identifying key phrases  in the questions such as:  cold weather requirements.
  • For best results, make sure you have FileOpen plugin installed.

Free NBC Download for Personal Use

NEW in 2021, the National Building Code and derivatives (National Electrical, Energy, and Fire codes as well as Alberta versions of the codes) are available as a free download for personal use.  The NRC has made it very easy, with a direct download option from their archive:

As well, the NRC is now offering free electronic access to the related user’s guides, including:

Canadian Standards Association

You can access the entire collection of CSA (Canadian Standards Association) standards and related documents via the library's subscription.

  • Some of the documents are quite large and may take couple of minutes to open.
  • One personal print-off of the document that you require is permitted.
  • Downloading CSA documents is not permitted.  You may view PDF versions of the documents only while on campus. Off campus, use the "View Online" option to view documents.

Tips and Hints

  • Use the EDIT > FIND command or Ctrl-F keys to find occurrences of topic keywords or phrases in the PDF document. For example, you can find answers for your CNST 249 Concrete and Soils Basics library assignment by identifying key phrases in the questions such as:  delivery.
  • For best results, make sure you have FileOpen plugin installed and use Firefox.

FileOpen Plugin for PDF Access

CSA, NBC, and other organizations use a small plugin program called FileOpen to manage access to their PDF files. FileOpen must be installed and regularly updated in order to successfully open, download, and/or print PDF files. 

FileOpen plugin can be downloaded from: https://plugin.fileopen.com/

Adobe Acrobat Reader is also recommended as the best program to open and read PDF files.  

Acrobat can be downloaded from: http://get.adobe.com/reader/

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