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|

Does your building need to be protected by automatic sprinklers?

A little background information When fire protection systems are adequately designed according to the risk of fire, they play an important role in keeping occupants and property safe. They can also act as a fire detection system and speed up the evacuation of a building or the firefighting process. Automatic sprinklers are one example of a fire protection system that is required by the National Building Code and the National [...]

By |October 17th, 2018|

Are you ready to apply the new 2018 Quebec Electrical Code?

Whether you call it simply the Quebec Electrical Code or its official name, Chapter 5 (Electricity) of the Quebec Construction Code, it’s time to get to grips with the content of the new electrical Code which came into effect on October 1, 2018! A range of changes are presented in the 2018 edition and a six-month transition period has been provided in order to allow professionals in the field to [...]

By |October 3rd, 2018|

Modifications for adaptable and minimally accessible dwellings

A little background information During the summer, on July 3, 2018, to be precise, the Quebec government adopted decree 990-2018. This decree, which came into force on September 1, 2018, is the Regulation to amend the Construction Code and Chapter 1 (Building) in particular. The purpose of this act is to add new regulatory requirements regarding accessibility for persons with reduced mobility to the interior of dwelling units of residential [...]

By |September 25th, 2018|

Amal Tamim elected Vice President of the Montreal Chapter of the Quebec Society of Fire Protection Engineers

We are very proud to announce that Amal Tamim, M.Sc.FPE, our fire protection and safety specialist, has just been elected Vice President of the Montreal Chapter of the Quebec Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE). This is well-deserved recognition of her career and skills!

By |September 13th, 2018|