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The History of Building Size Limits in the Building Code

Over the last 80 years, prescriptive height and area limitations have remained relatively unchanged in North American building codes while technological advances and fire service capabilities have improved considerably. Through an examination of historical code development and identification of the risk factors on which codes are based, we can set the stage for a re-examination of public perception with regard to combustible construction.

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Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 17:30
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Fire protection of cladding systems in non-combustible and non-combustible construction - A Panel Discussion

The risk of involvement of cladding in non-combustible construction has long been an issue culminating in the advent of  Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems (EIFS) in the 1980s and 90s. The development of the CAN ULC S- 134 test method for use in non-combustible construction enabled representation of the typical scale of exterior fires and is generally indicative of the potential hazard arising from cladding in non-combustible construction.

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Tuesday, April 3, 2018 - 17:30
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Novec 1230 Fire Protection Fluid Fixed Extinguishing Systems for property protection, fire and life safety.

Novec 1230 Fire Protection Fluid Fixed Extinguishing Systems for property protection, fire and life safety.

The protection of special hazards has long utilised various clean agents that will suppress and control the fire while significantly reducing equipment damage.

Since the phasing out of halon extinguishing systems due to environment and ozone depletion issues, various clean agent with limited ozone depletion potential have been developed.

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Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - 17:30
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Integrating Monte Carlo Simulation with zone and field models for Performance-based Fire Safety Engineering design

The Canadian model building code (NBCC) has provision forcompliance using Alternative Solutions that achieve a level of performance required by comparison to Acceptable Solutions. The level of performance is defined by Objectives statements which are specified in terms of minimising the PROBABILITY of risk exposure that the design and construction of the building would pose to occupants (and in some situations properties) in or adjacent to the building in case of emergency.

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - 17:30
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Magnesium Oxide Board: Is it the Drywall of the future?

To create a board,  Magnesium oxide is reacted with either magnesium chloride, magnesium sulfate or phosphates forming a cement mixture  that can be cast into thin panels using fiberglass mat reinforcing. These panels are then specially cured to make them useable in residential and commercial building project applications. The result is a strong alternative sheathing material with antimicrobial properties that can  be used over wood and metal structural framing.

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 17:30
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