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.  

CASA Sprinkler courses

 Sprinkler Protection for Storage Applications -Tuesday November 19th & Wednesday November 20th

This two-day program provides the participant with the latest procedures for design, layout and Installation of fire sprinkler systems providing fire control and suppression for storage and warehouse occupancies. Participants will understand the criteria required in the design and sprinkler selection for the protection of storage and warehouse occupancies including general storage, rack storage and special storage applications in accordance with NFPA 13.

Plan Review Procedures & Policies –Thursday November 21st

This one day seminar provides attendees with vital information on determining compliance with fire sprinkler system design and installation rules in accordance with NFPA 13.  The seminar will help assist the participants with understanding the responsibility of proper design and installation of all types of fire sprinkler systems, and increase the knowledge of the participant with the NFPA Standards as they relate to fire sprinkler systems and their components.

For more information please find attached a copy of the registration form, or to view all of our Seminar Topics and Locations across Canada please visit our website at http://www.casa-firesprinkler.org/education.html  All seminar attendee’s will receive a free workbook, continental breakfast, and morning and afternoon coffee break


Proposed Changes to the National Building Code Model Code

The fall 2013 Public Review on proposed changes to the 2010 National Model Construction Codes was launched on October 15th and will stay open until December 13th, 2013.


You can access them at website at http://www.nationalcodes.nrc.gc.ca/eng/public_review/2013/introduction.html.


Thanking you in advance for your anticipated participation.


APEGBC Guidelines for Fire Protection Engineering Services

The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists recently published the "Guidelines for Fire Protection Engineering Services on Building Projects".  




Andrew Harmsworth, M.Eng, P.Eng. CP, PE
Principal, GHL Consultants Ltd
Starting with the history of wood construction, including the 7 to 9 storey buildings constructed in Vancouver and Toronto at the turn of the last century, Andrew’s talk will address the following:
• Historic wood buildings, what we used to do.
• The history and philosophy of the Code – why we have the height and area limits we currently have.
• Technical Guide for the Design and Construction of Tall Wood Buildings
• The latest research at NRC 
• Thoughts on where we are going with wood construction.
With over 25 years’ experience in Fire Science and Building Code consulting, Andrew Harmsworth has  developed specialized expertise in the application of Fire Science and Engineering of Building Code requirements. Andrew also led the GHL team that studied the risks involved in 5 and 6 storey wood frame construction in BC enacted as a Code change to the BC Building Code in 2010 to permit midrise wood frame construction – now adopted in Quebec as an interim provision and under national review. His expertise is also recognized in his appointment in the National Research Council / Canadian Wood  Council task group on Higher Wood Buildings and as a peer reviewer of the recently published Cross Laminated Timber Handbook (CLT) by FPInnovations and the Tall Wood Study.

Date: October 15, 2013
Time: Registration and Reception 5:30pm
Location: False Creek Yacht Club (1661 Granville Street)
Cost: Members - $30; Non-members $35. Please bring cash or a cheque payable to BC Society of Fire Protection Engineers to cover the cost of dinner.
Registration Deadline: October 11, 2013

Free parking is available in the Yacht Club parking lot.

Start date: 
Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 17:30

September 10th meeting

Vancouver - September 10, 2013: SPFE BC invited well known fire protection engineer, Mr. Jack Mawhinney of Hughes and Associates (Baltimore, Maryland) to deliver a presentation on Fire Protection Challenges and Solutions in Rail and Road Tunnels. 

For the complete write-up with pictures view the pdf below.


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