Welcome to the Web page for the British Columbia Chapter of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers. This webpage is for members of the chapter and for those interested in fire protection engineering in British Columbia.  

Post-Earthquake Fire Risk

The reliability of water supplies, electrical,  gas and other infrastructure in event of an earthquake is critical to the prevention of post-earthquake fires.

Vancouver has a secondary salt water supply system covering priority areas of Vancouver for contingency purposes in the event that the primary potable/fire supply is damaged by a seismic event.

The California Building Code requires secondary water supply systems in high buildings; however, there is no provision in Canadian codes- even for seismically active zones.

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Tuesday, April 13, 2021 - 12:00
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Smoke Control Measures for High-rise Buildings and their Maintenance Requirements

Even though “Smoke Control” is not a defined term in the Fire Code, smoke control features are commonly present in high-rise buildings. Per the requirement of the BC Fire Code, if you have smoke control measures in your building, you are obligated to have these tested to ensure satisfactory operations.

Start date: 
Tuesday, March 9, 2021 - 12:00
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Code Change - Water supplies for Public Fire Protection Purposes

Due to a whole range of factors- not least of which is the mandating of water supplies for firefighting in the building code- there is much confusion about what water supply for firefighting actually should be- both in the context of the building code as well as in the context of the design of water supply infrastructure.

Start date: 
Tuesday, January 26, 2021 - 12:00
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ULC S1001 - Commissioning VS Integrated Testing - A Formal and Standardized Procedure to Capture Significant Information

Compliance with CAN/ULC-S1001 is now required for projects designed to meet the 2015 NBC ; 2018 BCBC and 2019 VBBL.  Do your clients and building owners understand the formalized testing requirements to provide this deliverable for occupancy and have a procedure in place for periodic testing through the life cycle of the building?

Start date: 
Tuesday, December 8, 2020 - 12:00
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Performance Based Design Case Study – Fire Protection Design without a Prescriptive Guide

How do you design a building with no Building Code? This was the question asked at the 13th International Conference on Performance Based Codes and Fire Safety Design Methods conference held in March 11 – 13 2020, Auckland, New Zealand.  The conference presented the various SFPE Chapters with a case study that the Chapters could research and present on based on a fundamentals approach addressing the intents of fire protection and life safety codes of Modern Commercial Buildings.

Start date: 
Tuesday, October 27, 2020 - 12:00

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