Fire Saffety in Mass Timber: 2020 Code Updates, Considerations and Requirements

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Fire Safety in Mass Timber: 2020 Code Updates, Considerations and Requirements

Thursday, June 25, 2020

9am – 11:45am

FREE of charge with advance registration


Encapsulated Mass Timber Construction (EMTC) as permitted under the 2020 National Building Code, 2019 British Columbia Building Code (jurisdictional basis) and the Vancouver Building Code offers the BC design, construction and development industries significant advantages in terms of structural performance, scale possibilities, construction efficiencies and construction safety.

This education session comes at a timely moment as the BC provincial government just announced its support for mass timber construction as one of the means to move the BC economy forward from the COVID-19 crisis. Join us for a morning of online education and learn about the recent work completed to help advance this new form of construction.

NEW! Enhance your learning experience through the debut of a new video, Fire Performance Demonstration Workshop 2.0 - Understanding fire design: applications, which demonstrates a side-by-side comparison of building materials including one of mass timber, in a live burn scenario. Changes to the NBCC mean new considerations for fire, with Encapsulated Mass Timber Construction (EMTC) in tall buildings as a new construction type in the code. The video, shot at a Wood WORKS! BC workshop at the City of Surrey Fire Department Training Facility, summarizes the learning outcomes essential for understanding taller and larger wood building fire requirements.

Introducing expert speakers:

  • Marc Alam, Manager, Fire Codes and Standards – Canadian Wood Council (Ottawa)
  • Andrew Harmsworth, Principal Fire Engineer – GHL Consultants Ltd. (Vancouver)
  • Mitchell Schittler, Marketing Manager – CertainTeed (Pennsylvania) 
  • Robert Poystila, Architectural Solutions Manager – CertainTeed Canada (Vancouver)

This is a new learning event that will provide practical ideas and knowledge for your design and building practice.

Registration: or CLICK HERE for the full workshop brochure.

Elevating Wood Construction in 2020

This workshop is part of the Elevating Wood Construction in 2020 series, presented by WoodWORKS! BC, with support from BC Housing. Expert presenters will share their knowledge and experience to help you achieve greater proficiency and ingenuity with wood in design and building.