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Canadian Wood Council Fire Safety/Fire Protection Engineering - Ottawa

The Canadian Wood Council, the national association representing Canadian manufacturers of wood products used in building construction, seeks a highly motivated and skilled individual to advance the use of wood products as a state- of-the-art and fire-safe building material.


Wood Works: Fire Performance and Alternative Solutions for Wood Structures Workshop

Fire Performance and Alternative Solutions for Wood Structures Workshop

Two full days including practical learning and a field trip to view a live fire demonstration!



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
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