As an example, here is a four storey apartment complex in BC where I built
all the balcony decks, waterproofing and railings.
There is no better way to learn the requirements of the building code then
by actually having to pass an inspection by the building inspector for a
large apartment complex. Resident's safety depends on it.
So when you are reading my article on the building
code for decks, keep in mind how building codes work in Canada and the
These standards I have quoted were, at the time of writing, the most rigid
of any in North America.
There is no worry that the building code in Canada is less onerous than
in the US. In fact, the national code in Canada surpasses many of the requirements
in the International Residential Building Code.
That is not to take away anything from the IRBC, because there are local
and state codes which further enhance the requirements in many areas.