Residential Ventilation using Section 9.32 of the Building Code

Who would benefit from this course?

HVAC Designers, HVAC Installers, Builders, Architectural Designers, Energy Advisors, Building Inspectors, Plans Examiners

What you will learn

Please note that courses for the remaining “Guaranteed” Schedule are no longer guaranteed due to the COVID-19. It has become necessary to cancel several courses as host facilities were no longer available. For those who have registered for training, please watch your emails for updates. We will continue to evaluate each course on a case by case basis. Anyone who is registered and feels the need to postpone to our next schedule may do so. HRAI asks that all registrants who display any symptoms of the COVID-19 OR have come into direct contact with anyone who has the symptoms – please DO NOT attend the course. Contact HRAI at 1-800-267-2231 ext 230 to postpone your registration.

Participants will use simple worksheets in conjunction with detailed design procedures to quickly select equipment, size ducts and specify installation and control details necessary to design ventilation systems. All content complies with Section 9.32 of the NBC/OBC/BCBC. Participants will also clearly understand when the circumstances fall outside the scope of 9.32, which will require the use of a more comprehensive standard such as CSA F326.

*Guaranteed courses not available after cut off dates. See local listing for more info.

Course Format

Prior to attending this course, attendees are required to register for and successfully complete an online module, "Online Basic Principles of Residential Ventilation". Please add this course to your shopping cart prior to check out.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the scope and limitations of designing a ventilation system under 9.32 of the NBC/OBC/BCBC
  • List which rooms require fresh air and exhaust inlets
  • Determine the required ventilation and exhaust capacity
  • Describe the distribution requirements
  • Identify when make-up air systems are required (does not apply to OBC)
  • Select ventilation equipment to meet the requirements of the NBC/OBC/BCBC
  • Size ducting according to the NBC/OBC/BCBC and understand when ducts have to be sized using standards outside of the NBC/OBC/BCBC
  • Describe the controls required under the NBC/OBC/BCBC

Major Takeaways

  • Certification as a designer, which is recognized by many jurisdictions

For the Individual

  • A better understanding of the NBC/OBC/BCBC will allow for knowledgeable decisions regarding equipment selection and duct sizing
  • Certification will give you the confidence to respond to issues in the field
  • Designers will be able to optimize system components and sizing while ensuring code compliance

Note: If you currently hold a Residential Mechanical Ventilation Installation certification from HRAI, you are not required to complete the Online Basic Principles of Residential Ventilation course.

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When and where is the course?

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What is the cost?

Price:  $845.00 + taxes

HRAI Training may be eligible for partial fee reimbursement under the Canada Job Grant Fund Program (HRAI Registration #R108084138).  Check with your provincial job grant body for more details.

For any assistance, please call 1-800-267-2231 ext 241.


Cancellation Policy

  • Registration fees will be refunded in full if cancellation is received by HRAI at least 30 days prior to the training date.
  • Cancellations received 15–29 days prior to the training date are subject to a $150 cancellation fee.
  • Registrants who do not attend the training or who cancel less than 15 days prior to the training date are liable for the entire registration fee.
  • A substitute registrant may be enrolled at any time by contacting us at, or by phone at 1-800-267-2231 ext 230.


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