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Technical Advisor, Energy Efficiency

City: Ottawa 

Organizational Unit: Construction 

Classification: RCO 

Tenure: Continuing 

Language Requirements: Bilingual Imperative CBC/CBC 

The NRC Advantage


The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) is the Government of Canada's largest research organization supporting industrial innovation, the advancement of knowledge and technology development. We collaborate with over 70 colleges, universities and hospitals annually, work with 800 companies on their projects, and provide advice or funding to over 8000 Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) each year.

We bring together the brightest minds to deliver tangible impacts on the lives of Canadians and people around the world. And now, we want to partner with you.  Let your expertise and inspirations make an impact by joining the NRC.

At NRC, we know diversity enables excellence in research and innovation. We are committed to a diverse and representative workforce, an open and inclusive work environment, and contributing to a more inclusive Canadian innovation system. 

NRC welcomes all qualified applicants and encourages candidates to self-declare as members of the following designated employment equity groups: women, visible minorities, aboriginal peoples and persons with disabilities.

Please advise of any accommodation measures required to enable you to be assessed in a fair and equitable manner. They are available to all candidates for further assessment. Related information received will be addressed confidentially.

Your Challenge


Help drive your career forward with the National Research Council of Canada (NRC), Canada's largest research and technology organization.

We are looking for a Technical Advisor, Energy Efficiency to support our Construction Research Centre. The Technical Advisor would be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity.

The incumbent provides technical advice and administrative support to the Standing Committee on Energy Efficiency and to parent standing committees of the Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes (CCBFC) in the development of the Canadian National Model Codes at Codes Canada, specializing in the area of energy efficiency for buildings including houses. He/she provides information and replies to inquiries on codes and related issues to code users; he/she promotes Codes Canada with stakeholders through participation in seminars, workshops, trade shows, conferences, etc., across Canada. He/she sets up meetings, prepares and compiles agenda material, takes proper minutes and meeting notes, follow up on outstanding issues, draft progress and final reports as required. He/she participates in meeting discussions helping standing committees and task groups reaching consensus on a decision.

Key Activities

Developing and maintaining a knowledge and understanding of the initiatives, policies and programs at NRC and in the construction industry in general, and an awareness of the technology events and trends that impact on the Canadian National Model Codes in order to advise the standing committees and aid them in sound decision making.

Researching and maintaining a knowledge and understanding of building sciences, engineering and economics involved in the application of technology to design and construction, more specifically but not limited to energy efficiency for buildings including houses.

Maintaining a comprehensive knowledge of the Canadian National Model Codes, referenced standards and of the technical developments in these documents applicable but not limited to energy efficiency.

Identifying areas requiring study and undertaking research in those areas, assisting in technical discussion and writing papers on the findings for consideration by the Standing Committee on Energy Efficiency, other standing committees and task groups as required.

Providing response to technical inquiries concerning the meaning of requirements in Codes Canada documents and, where appropriate, researching additional information from historic records to determine the intent of the requirement under consideration.

Writing papers analyzing current code requirements and identifying options for improvements, including background history and justification (technical and economical where applicable), through reference to research papers and economic studies.

Key Activities (Con't)

Processing code change requests submitted by the construction industry and general code-using community, and by the Research Laboratories of NRC. More specifically:

  • Advising the relevant standing committee(s) regarding the implications of such code changes requests;
  • Providing guidance on, assisting with and completing any necessary impact analysis (identifying potential costs and associated benefits using statistical and financial tools);
  • Reviewing and revising the proposed language where necessary; and
  • Ensuring that changes meet the criteria set out by the CCBFC for their approval.

Participating in the deliberations of the Standing Committee on Energy Efficiency, other standing committees and their task groups regarding potential code changes so that:

  • Available relevant information is considered;
  • Possible conflicts with other code provisions are identified and addressed;
  • There is a need to regulate on the issue(s) raised by the proposed changes;
  • The proposed changes are enforceable within the legislative framework of the provinces and territories; and
  • The final language of proposed code changes accurately reflects the intent of the committees.

Providing administrative support to the Standing Committee on Energy Efficiency, other standing committees and their task groups by planning meetings, preparing agenda material, taking accurate meeting minutes and notes, writing statement of works and managing external contractors, and following up on actions arising from meetings.

Preparing or managing contracts in support of management or CCBFC’s priority tasks.

Representing Codes Canada on external technical and standards committees related to subject matter of the supported committee(s).

Maintaining close, effective and harmonious relations with:

  • Provincial and territorial departments responsible for adoption and enforcement of the Canadian National Model Codes;
  • Building officials;
  • Researchers in the area pertinent to committee work; and
  • Organizations representing the concerns of the construction industry (i.e. construction materials associations, contractors and installers’ associations, engineering and architectural associations).

Making and giving presentations to stakeholders and code user groups on code-related matters such as education and training initiatives, and introduction of changes to the codes.

Screening Criteria

Applicants must demonstrate within the content of their application that they meet the following screening criteria in order to be given further consideration as candidates:


A Master’s degree in engineering or architecture.

Candidates who possess a Bachelor’s degree in engineering or architecture will also be considered.


For information on certificates and diplomas issued abroad, please see Degree equivalency


Experience in the use of specifications, codes and standards in one or more of the following disciplines:

  • Energy Efficiency;
  • Passive House;
  • Net-zero Energy Ready;
  • Energy Modeler.

Extensive experience in the use of computer programs for word processing, spreadsheet calculations and communication tools such as email and the internet, familiarity with database and project management programs.

Condition of Employment

Reliability Status

Language requirements
Assessment Criteria

Candidates will be assessed on the basis of the following criteria:

Technical Competencies


  • Knowledge of the contemporary construction industry and the impact of regulations on construction economics.
  • Knowledge of contemporary and emerging technologies in the building construction industry.
  • Knowledge of building design and construction technologies as it relates to energy efficiency. 
  • Knowledge of hazards in the building construction industry and risks to the building property and people. 
  • Knowledge of the regulatory framework in Canada including the role of the Codes Canada documents, and their relationship to provincial codes and material/design standards:
    - The Canadian National Model Codes;
    - The cost of construction and the impact of regulations on construction economics.  
  • Ability to write a variety of reports and meeting minutes in English is required. 
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.  
  • Knowledge of construction research and development performed at NRC and its application to the construction industry would be considered an asset.
Behavioural Competencies
  • Technology extension - Communication (Level 3)
  • Technology extension - Results orientation (Level 2)
  • Technology extension - Teamwork (Level 2)
  • Technology extension - Client focus (Level 2)
  • Technology extension - Networking (Level 2)
  • Technology extension - Conceptual and analytical ability (Level 3)
Competency Profile(s)

For this position, the NRC will evaluate candidates using the following competency profile(s):  Technology Extension


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Relocation assistance will be determined in accordance with the NRC's directives.

Salary Range

This position is classified as a Research Council Officer (RCO), a group that is unique to the NRC. The RCO group uses a person-based classification system instead of the more common duties-based classification system. Candidates are remunerated based on their expertise, skill, outcomes and impacts of their previous work experience. The salary scale for this group is vast, from $55,541 to $157,009 per annum, which permits for employees of all levels from new graduates to world renowned experts to be fairly compensated for their contributions. 


In addition, the incumbent who meets the language requirements will receive the Bilingualism Bonus of $800 per year.



  • A pre-qualified list may be established for similar positions for a one year period.
  • NRC employees enjoy a wide-range of benefits including comprehensive health and dental plans, pension and insurance plans, vacation and other leave entitlements.
  • Preference will be given to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada. Please include citizenship information in your application.
  • The incumbent must adhere to safe workplace practices at all times.
  • A flexible schedule and overtime may be required. 
  • Some travelling is required.

Please direct your questions, with the requisition number (5021) to:


Telephone: 613-998-6825 

Closing Date: 18 December 2019 - 23:59 Eastern Time



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Date Modified: 2019-11-19

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