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Standards & Codes: General Standards & Codes

Find international, national and regional standards and codes by industry in electronic and print formats.

The Library has subscriptions to a broad variety of standards e-resources which support the MacPhail School of Energy and the Schools of Construction, Manufacturing and Automation, Health and Public Safety, and Information and Communication Technologies.

Standard e-Resources

Free Download for Personal Use

NEW in 2019, 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.  These files must be accessed from the Government of Canada website directly and require an account. 

To access the free documents:

  • On the NRC main web page, click on "My Account" in top blue menu bar.
  • Either register for a free account or log into your existing account.
  • Once logged in, click  on "Products" in top blue menu bar.
  • Select "Construction Publications" in left side menu bar, then navigate to the document you wish to access
  • Add the document to your cart.   You will see option to obtain an PDF file or an online document, both with a zero cost.
  • You can repeat the last step multiple times to access multiple codes.
  • When finished, go to the "Shopping Cart" and check out. 


+ It may take up to 2 hours for an email to be sent.

+ A letter sent via email will contain the links to download the PDF or log into the online subscription

+ It will take 1-2 business days for the order to be completed and access to be available

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