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.  

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.

Fire Protection Challenges and Solutions in Rail and Road Tunnels by Jack Mawhinney

Jack Mawhinney of Hughes and Associates in Baltimore, Maryland will present
the season's opening presentation on: Fire Protection Challenges and
Solutions in Rail and Road Tunnels. Jack has an international reputation as
a fire protection engineer- partly as a result of his work on water mist
systems. He has done much to further the cause of fire research and its
application to difficult design problems.

Start date: 
Tuesday, September 10, 2013 - 17:30

Slides from NFPA 13 presentation

Attached is the slides from Alex Hoffman's presentation to the BC Chapter in June, 2013 on the changes to NFPA 13.

We would like to thank Alex for providing the slides. 


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