Dal Alert!

Receive alerts from Dalhousie by text message.

X

National Building Code of Canada

Applications of Part 3 including changes to 2015 NBC

Upcoming Courses

Description

This updated two-day seminar focuses on core concepts of the 2015 National Building Code of Canada (NBC) and their application to a variety of Part 3 buildings, with a special focus on technical changes, including:

  • Six storey mid rise combustible construction
  • Self-service storage buildings
  • Protection of foamed plastics
  • Combustible components in exterior walls
  • Leakage rated doors and smoke dampers
  • Exit width of principal entrances
  • Stairs, ramps, handrails and guards
  • Appendix D component additive method

The seminar has been developed based on interest in previous seminars on the NBC and sessions will involve individual and group participation in applying fundamental requirements of Part 3. There will be a structured workshop environment with constant interaction between attendees and seminar leaders. Workshop sessions will include application of Part 3 requirements from the 2015 NBC using provided project drawings.

Participants will learn about:

  • 2015 NBC structure and requirements
  • Core concepts of the 2015 NBC
  • Technical changes within Part 3 of the 2015 NBC
  • Application of Part 3 requirements to a variety of major occupancies

Prerequisite

Attendees are encouraged to have a working knowledge of the NBC Part 3.

Who should attend

This seminar is structured for architects, engineers, designers, building inspectors, and fire inspectors.  

Benefits to participants

  • Application of the 2015 NBC
  • Learn a methodology for applying the Code
  • Participate in hands-on interactive workshops applying the NBC designed to allow attendees to apply the concepts presented throughout the course and assist in performing detailed building code reviews
  • Learn from the experience of others who evaluate building designs and who make decisions on Building Code issues
  • Become familiar with the technical changes to the 2015 NBC
  • The workshops will improve participants' knowledge of Part 3 core concepts application to a variety of building types and major occupancies.

You will require

It is recommended that participants bring the following for use in the workshop:

  • The National Building Code 2015
  • Metric scale
  • Calculator

Format

Day 1 - registration/check-in will start at 8:00 a.m. with sessions to begin at 8:30 a.m. and adjourn at 4:00 p.m. Day 2 will commence at 8:30 a.m. and adjourn at 4:00 p.m. There will be 15 minute mid-morning and afternoon breaks. Lunch is from 12 noon to 1:00 pm.

Program outline

Day 1 - Morning

Introduction
Course Overview
Structure of NBC
Relationship of NBC with NFC
Core Concepts of the NBC

Assumptions
Definitions
Occupancy Classifications
Construction Types
Construction Requirements
Fire Separations
Spatial Separations
Provisions for Firefighting
Fire Alarm Systems
Sprinkler Systems
Egress
Safety with Floor Areas
High Building Requirements
Interconnected Floor Areas

Day 1 - Afternoon

Construction Requirements (Detailed Review)
Fire Separations Including Appendix D (Detailed Review)
Methodology for Conducting a Building Code Review

Workshops
Basic code review incorporating the Methodology for Conducting a Building Code Review. The workshops will develop skills in being able to classify a building under Subsection 3.2.2. and identify the major fire separations.

Day 2 - Morning

Summary of Day 1 Key Concepts
Spatial Separations (Detailed Review)
High Building Requirements (Detailed Review)
Interconnected Floor Areas (Detailed Review)
Provisions for Firefighting (Detailed Review)

Day 2 - Afternoon

Fire Alarm Systems (Detailed Review)
Sprinkler and Standpipe Systems (Detailed Review)
Egress (Detailed Review)
Safety Within Floor Areas (Detailed Review)

Workshops
Building on the Code reviews completed during Day 1, these workshops will incorporate the concepts from Day 2.
 
Note: Quizzes will be given throughout Day 1 and Day 2 to supplement/reinforce the information that has been reviewed.

Instructors

Sean Bartlett, P. Eng., is a Project Manager at RJ Bartlett Engineering Ltd in Fredericton, New Brunswick. Sean is a licensed Professional Engineer in New Brunswick and Saskatchewan. Sean graduated as a mechanical engineer in 2006 from the University of New Brunswick (UNB) and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in fire protection engineering at the University of Maryland.

Sean is an active committee member with the Fredericton Branch of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of New Brunswick.

Sean provides fire protection consulting and design services on all types of occupancies.

Ben Coles, M.Sc.E., MBA, P.Eng., PE, Fire Protection Engineer,  is a Project Coordinator at RJ Bartlett Engineering Ltd in Fredericton, New Brunswick. Ben is a licensed Professional Engineer in New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Maine. Ben graduated as a mechanical engineer in 2003 from the University of New Brunswick (UNB) and has since completed his M.Sc.E. in Fire Protection Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in 2009 and MBA in Engineering Management from UNB in 2011.

Ben has participated on a variety of committees with organizations such as the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE), Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of New Brunswick, and Association of Consulting Engineering Companies.

Ben provides fire protection consulting services on all types of occupancies.

One or more members of the RJ Bartlett Engineering Ltd team will lead the presentations and workshops.