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WEBINAR – The Evolution of Fire Life Safety in Building Codes

April 13, 2016 – 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm




Join at 10 am Pacific, 11 am Mountain, 12 pm Central, 1 pm Eastern

Over the last 80 years, prescriptive height and area limitations have remained relatively unchanged in North American building codes while technological advances and fire service capabilities have improved considerably. Through an examination of historical code development and identification of the risk factors on which codes are based, we can set the stage for a re-examination of public perception with regard to combustible construction. This presentation will cover techniques for mitigating fire damage and reducing fire spread while describing how an understanding of code intent can be used to argue equivalent fire performance when wood solutions lie outside typical code-approved applications.


Keith Calder, MEng, PEng, Jensen Hughes

Keith has over 15 years of experience in the application of building codes, fire safety standards, performance-based design and forensic analyses. He has a Master of Engineering degree from the University of British Columbia in Fire Protection Engineering and is currently enrolled as a Doctoral Student at the University of Waterloo in Ontario. He is a member of the Standing Committee on Use and Egress and Joint Task Group on Combustible Construction for the National Building Code of Canada. With a focus on research and the development of complex alternative solutions, he has amassed a vast knowledge of the development, interpretation and application of North American building codes. Keith has provided code analysis and advice on the development and implementation of a site specific building regulation for a tall wood building constructed in British Columbia, as well as changes to the 2006 British Columbia Building Code to allow for buildings of combustible wood frame construction to be 5 and 6 stories in building height.

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Education Credit: 1 AIA/CES LU (HSW) or PDH credit. FBPE-approved provider.

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13 April 2016
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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WoodWorks offers a wide range of in-person and online training opportunities, from Wood Design Symposiums that include concurrent seminars and a trade show, to half-day workshops, lunchtime seminars and webinars.