Role of the fire protection professionals

A few words by the author "The practice of fire protection and safety engineering and/or consulting services are getting recognition in Canada and around the world. As the role of the consultants and requirements for engineering practice vary in provinces and territories, our practice, much like the rest of the world, is still a young profession in comparison to the rest of the design professions, be it architects, civil, electrical, [...]

By |March 13th, 2019|

Fire modelling – what is its purpose?

Numerical Calculation (fire modelling) has become increasingly popular since the beginning of the 1990s. These numerical tools are particularly useful for the following cases: Simulate the effects of a fire (and its behaviour) while designing a building; Reproduce a fire as part of an investigation after a loss to validate, for example, the scene of a fire or the damages; and Reproduce the results of a fire or fire tests [...]

By |March 13th, 2019|

Snow Loads in Quebec: Heavy Consequences!

An important factor in the building’s structural design is snow, specifically its weight. According to the building’s location, dimensions, occupancy, roof’s shape, etc., the snow load to consider varies considerably. A good knowledge of the Construction Code and climatic conditions prevailing at the construction site is required to calculate this snow load. Snow Load Calculation For important buildings, the snow load calculation on the roof is shown in Part 4 [...]

By |February 6th, 2019|

Building Code – International Standards and Approvals

A Few Words from the Author “Between 1996 and 2010, the fields of standard development, construction products and fire safety systems approvals and certifications were a major focus of my career. During this period, I worked for a multinational construction products manufacturer and for an organization offering product fire testing, certification and assessments. In addition, I helped establish the baseline for developing product review and approval system of fire protection [...]

By |February 6th, 2019|

Lightning and Structural Damages

What is Lightning? Lightning is a natural phenomenon of electrostatic discharge of very short duration but of great power. Lightning is the luminous phenomena while thunder is the sound manifestation. Within certain types of clouds, an unbalance of the electrostatic discharge is then produced between different areas (i.e.: low part of the cloud and the ground). This unbalance generates a difference in the electrical potential (tension). While the tension between [...]

By |January 14th, 2019|

Building Code – From International Experiences to Local Perspectives

A Few Words from the Author ‟2019 marks my 30 years experience in the domain of the Building Code, fire protection and safety consultation. For this occasion, I propose to you a few articles by combining my knowledge in these domains in Quebec and my experiences in Canada and worldwide. A career in fire protection and safety implies a knowledge of development, interpretation and application of the Building Codes and/or [...]

By |January 14th, 2019|

Technorm will attend WinDoor 2018 in Québec

On December 5, 2018, don't miss Amal Tamim's presentation at the WinDoor forum in Quebec, entitled "A window to the Canadian Codes and fire safety regulations related to doors, glazing and fenestration assemblies fire performance". It will provide basic knowledge of regulations and minimal performance requirements in Canada. Visit the event website for more information

By |October 29th, 2018|

Corrosion and architecture: choosing stainless steel

Considerable financial stakes An increase in the use of metal in construction and infrastructure means that professionals in architecture and building construction now have to deal with the issue of corrosion. According to a 2016 study by the NACE (National Association of Corrosion Engineers), the global cost of corrosion will reach $US2.5 billion. According to the Union of International Associations (a centre for research and documentation on human issues), the [...]

By |October 24th, 2018|
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