If you are building a new home in B.C. you need to know about these changes. Here in Nanaimo the city building inspectors are scrambling to get up to speed with the new requirements, specifically in the area of seismic upgrades.
In the Nanaimo area, new homes will be required to have Brace Wall Bands. These add lateral stability to the structure – important in the event of an earthquake.
Other new requirements limit the span of large open rooms such as great rooms and the amount of window surface allowed on a wall.
It is estimated that these changes will add $10-15,000 to the cost of building a single family home in Nanaimo.
For more information about building your own home in Nanaimo check out this publication by the City of Nanaimo.