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.  

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.

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Tuesday, October 27, 2020 - 12:00

An International Perspective to Fire Safety in Interconnected Floor Spaces

Interconnected floor spaces are incorporated into many commercial and institutional buildings worldwide, yet they pose a unique challenge to the primary objectives of the Building Code to mitigate fire spread and safeguard occupant egress. The hazards presented by interconnection of floors within a building is recognised by building codes across the world; however, the accepted approach to mitigate these hazards differs across jurisdictions.

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Tuesday, February 25, 2020 - 17:30
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Protection of Adjacent Buildings During Construction

Day-to-day monitoring and mitigation of the fire risk during construction is a responsibility of the owner, and typically carried out by the contractor.  However it is becoming more common for local authorities to require a Fire Protection Engineer or other professionals to assess the risk of fire exposure onto adjacent buildings, and propose additional methods for protection when a building under construction is not sufficiently separated from adjacent property. 

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020 - 17:30
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State of the Society

Brian Meacham (Current President of the SFPE) will address the chapter on the newest initiatives of the Society.  Vancouver has been selected as the host city of the 2021 SFPE International Conference.  Brian will be able to provide some further insights in what benefits this meeting will bring to our local chapter.

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019 - 17:30
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Industrial Fire and Explosions- The Role of Technical Safety BC in Safety and Explosion Investigations

Most Fire Protection Engineers are familiar with the Gas Safety Division as well as elevating devices division of Technical Safety BC.

Many of the fire and explosion risks set out in the BC Fire Code and other referenced standards- industrial ovens using flammable atmospheres, special atmosphere furnaces, industrial dryers and other potentially explosive operations- fall under the jurisdiction of Technical Safety BC.

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Tuesday, November 19, 2019 - 17:30
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