Earthquake Safe Communities in Nepal

Series of Trainings on Nepal National Building Code (NNBC) for Engineers and Technicians Concluded

A total of five Engineers’ Training on Nepal National Building Codes (NNBC) for municipal engineers and technicians of the 16 Core and Twin municipalities of TAYAR Nepal project have been formally concluded on August 11, 2022. The main objectives of the trainings were to enhance the capacity of municipal engineers and technical people to check and verify the design, drawing and monitor construction works as per updated NBC requirements. 

The trainings were organized by Ministry of Urban Development, Department of Urban Development and Building Construction and USAID’s Tayar Nepal -Improved Disaster Risk Management Project with the technical support from National Society for Earthquake Technology (NSET-Nepal).

The first training of the series (pilot training)  was conducted during April 21 to 25, 2022 in Kathmandu for the engineers and technicians of Bhimeshwor, Neelakantha, and Gorkha Municipalities as well as Provincial Urban Development and Building Construction-Dhading certified 16 engineers and sub engineers.  The training was followed by a validation and sharing workshop which was organized by MoUD-DUDBC and Tayar Nepal on June 16, 2022. In the workshop, feedbacks on NBC training manual and curricula were collected from engineering professionals of various municipalities, DUDBC, MoFAGA, TAYAR Nepal, NSET and other agencies who participated in the workshop. 

Second training of the series with the updated training manual and curricula was held at Tewa-Lalitpur during July 18 to 22, 2022 for the remaining engineers and technicians of the municipalities of the pilot trainings as well as Jiri and Mahalaxmi municipalities. A total of 15 engineers and sub engineers were certified by the second training.

Remaining three trainings were conducted successively at Birendranagar, Surkhet. The third training among the five trainings was conducted from July 25 to 29, 2022 with the participation of a total of 25 engineers and sub engineers from Birendranagar, Dullu, Chamunda Bindrasaini, Ghorahi, Lamkichuha and Tikapur Municipalities. This was followed by the fourth training for those from Lamkichuha, Tikapur, Tulsipur, Madhuwan and Godawari Municipalities as well as Urban Development Building Office-Banke from August 1 to 5, 2022. A total of 21 participants were certified at the end of the training. 

The fifth and final training was conducted from August 7 to 11, 2022 for engineers and sub engineers of Birendranagar, Dullu, Tulsipur, Gurbhakot, Rajapur and Krishnapur Municipalities as well as Department of Urban Development and Building Construction-Surkhet and Provincial Urban Development and Building Construction-Dang.  Altogether 28 engineers and sub engineers were certified from the training.

xIn each of the five trainings, the participants visited construction sites where they inspected the quality of building materials, workmanship and the compliance of the construction with the municipal drawing. They also filled the NNBC Compliance checklists during the inspection and later on discussion was carried out on various aspects that were observed by the participants. In total 105 engineers and technicians from 16 working municipalities of TAYAR Nepal and associated governmental organizations were certified from the series of five trainings on NNBC.

The implementation of building codes in all municipalities of Nepal is prime need to promote safer construction for resilient communities. The implementation of building code essentially requires that the planning, building design and construction complies with the NBC. There are altogether 23 different volumes of building code in Nepal. The municipalities must check the submitted building design and construction based on NBCs of the submitted before giving building permit as well as completion certificate. The building design and construction compliance needs to be checked for architectural, structural, electrical, sanitary, and geotechnical aspects. These trainings serve as stepping-stones to achieve the goal of making disaster resilient communities through safer construction.

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