Our Response to the ACM Proposal
On December 3rd, 2015, the Saskatchewan Building Officials Association delivered in person, our comprehensive, thoughtful, and appropriate Response to the Alternative Compliance Model proposal. Although the deadline had been extended to January 15, 2015, we felt it was very important to demonstrate our dedication to our Response, and finalized our Response a day ahead of the original deadline. Please read the attached document below.
The Silent Defender
"Nowhere will you find a museum, monument, or statue or even a plaque honoring the heroic efforts of our building inspectors. Although they have saved countless lives over the years, most people are unaware of the silent vigil over our safety.”
Excerpt from “The Silent Defender”, by Tony Falcone
The Saskatchewan Building Officials Association represents more than 250 dedicated, active Building Officials, and other industry professionals. Our focus is simple…Public Safety! Our members are trained, skilled, and licensed to perform building code enforcement. We are experts in the field of competent code application, and we are your community’s building code resource. Safe, accessible, compliant buildings where we live, work, and play is our only goal.
Since its inception in 1965, the Saskatchewan Building Officials Association has grown to over 400 total members across the province. Our membership includes building officials, fire officials, regulatory bodies, as well as a wide range of people involved in building design, construction and testing.
Alternative Compliance Model Consultation
On October 8, 2015, a consultation package regarding a provincial government initiative pursuing an Alternative Compliance Model for Building and Accessibility Standards (ACM) was distributed by the Chief Building Official in the Saskatchewan Ministry of Government Relations. The Government is pursuing an initiative that does not allow for any objective review of plans or on-site inspections. The current building code enforcement system will be obsolete where owners (their decision, not the Municipality's) choose the ACM. Local Authorities will have no role or say in plan review, and the code enforcement program will not include any on-site inspections. The Local Authority's role in "enforcement" will be reduced to chasing owners and their consultants for paper and signatures.