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BCBC Requirements for Mass Timber, Webinar A: Introduction and a Focus on Fire Protection

September 28, 2022 from 9:00 am to 10:30 am PDT

BCIT School of Construction and the Environment is pleased to present:

BCBC Requirements for Mass Timber, Webinar A: Introduction and a Focus on Fire Protection
Presenter: Robert Heikkila, P.Eng., C.P., FEC

SOCE Industry Services
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New products, a desire for buildings with reduced environmental impacts, and new Building Code requirements have led to an increase in the use of mass timber as a building construction material. This free webinar will briefly review the different types of mass timber that are used in BC, and fire protection issues that are common to mass timber in any building, such as fire protection of steel connections and firestopping of penetrations through mass timber, and will mainly focus on the new (December 2019) revisions to the BC Building Code which allow encapsulated mass timber construction for buildings of up to 12 storeys.

Robert Heikkila, P.Eng., C.P., FEC
CFT Engineering Inc., a Jensen Hughes company

Bob Heikkila has provided fire protection and Building Code consulting services for over 1,000 projects in BC over the last 35 years, and has been the Certified Professional for over 100 projects. He has been part of numerous industry committees and groups, is the immediate past president of the BC Chapter of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers, and currently represents EGBC on the BC Building Code Interpretation Committee. Bob was a co-author of the fire protection section of the Joint Professional Guidelines – Mass Timber Construction Up To 12 Storeys, published by AIBC and EGBC in March 2021, and was a co-author of the fire safety and protection chapter of the Technical Guide for the Design of Tall Wood Buildings in Canada, published by FPInnovations and Natural Resources Canada in 2014. He was a co-founder and principal of CFT Engineering Inc., which recently combined with the Vancouver office of Jensen Hughes.

This free webinar is intended for building inspectors, code consultants and certified professionals, and is recognized by the Building Officials Association of BC (BOABC) for 1.5 CPD credits.

Event attendees will receive a Statement of Attendance.


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