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Now updated to the latest Code!




9 Half Days + Exam


Jun 4, 11, 18, 25, 27, Jul 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 2024


1:00PM - 5:00PM

A transformative, foundational course that immerses you in the application of the Ontario Building Code. 

A must for every builder or designer.


Live Online

  • facilitated by CODE EXPERT, MICHAEL LIO

  • LEARN HOW TO NAVIGATE and interpret the Obc

  • discuss your experiences and get advice from experts

  • prepare for your bcin part 9 challenge exam

  • One free exam rewrite included


This course is the most comprehensive introduction to Part 9 residential home building in Ontario. Learn how to navigate the language in the Ontario Building Code, learn in detail the low-rise housing requirements of Ontario’s Code, and learn how to make your Permit applications easy!


This intensive workshop will prepare you for the BCIN Part 9 challenge exam and fulfill your HCRA new homebuilder competency requirements, including foundations, framing, mechanicals and finishes.

Course objectives

By the end of the workshop, you will be able to apply the Ontario Building Code's low-rise housing provisions to:

  • Start-up

  • Foundations

  • Floor Systems

  • Rooms & Spaces

  • Means of Egress

  • Fire and Sound Control

  • Wall Systems

  • Roofing Systems

  • Windows

  • Fireplaces & Chimneys

  • Mechanical Systems

  • Plumbing & Electrical

  • Energy Efficiency

  • Interior Finishes

  • Garages & Decks


The course uses the textbook 2014 Ontario Code and Construction Guide for Housing by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing. This textbook must be purchased separately. It is available through Publications Ontario.





Michael Lio is Ontario’s foremost Part 9 expert. He has trained builders, building officials, and designers across Canada. His company has prepared the background analysis for the energy efficiency requirements of the Ontario Building Code since 1987. Michael is a professional engineer who has consulted on projects and publications across North America relating to housing, energy efficiency and sustainability. His studies have supported the development of the Energy Star for New Homes program in Ontario, the EnerGuide Rating System, and the new R-2000 Programs. He works with builders across Ontario to resolve building code issues. He taught in the architecture program at Ryerson University and at the University of Toronto for 27 years.

Note: This is part of the new HCRA Education Criteria as of February 1, 2021 for new applicants proposing to build residential freehold and low-rise condominium under Part 9 of the Ontario Building Code. For more information on what competencies you need to meet, please visit “HCRA's Getting Registered Page“.

This is a technical workshop intended for persons wishing to become a HCRA registered homebuilder. buildABILITY reserves the right to limit registration to individuals with the necessary demonstrated prerequisite knowledge and expertise.

Our refund policy can be found on our FAQ page. 

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