NRC-FARM CODE-95 provides minimum requirements for human health, fire safety, and structural sufficiency in farm buildings. These types of buildings – such as those used to store and pack produce, house livestock and poultry, or store manure, grain, or other agricultural products – are typically remotely located, and few people tend to work in or use the buildings. For these reasons, they do not fall exclusively under the National Building Code. Farm buildings, however, that do not qualify as having low human occupancy (an occupant load of not more than one person for each 40 m) must adhere to the National Building Code. (An example is a house on a farm property.)
The National Farm Building Code of Canada describes “farm buildings” in detail and lists the types of structures that fall into the low and high human occupancy load categories. The Code deals with, among other things, designing buildings to withstand various loads, incorporating proper fire safety standards, and ensuring that farm wastes are adequately stored and disposed of.
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