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Lightning Detection and Possible Cause of a Fire

Lightning has already been a subject of last January newsletter. We had then discussed the development of this event and its potential impact on structures (this newsletter can be (re)read here). We shall now be addressing two other lightning aspects: The detection of this event; and Lightning as a cause of fire. Lightning Detection Lightning [...]

By |2019-09-19T17:15:32+00:00September 19th, 2019|News|0 Comments

Wooden Housing Constructions: Evolution of Practices

Context Elements The National Building Code of Canada (hereinafter NBC) has allowed, since its first publication in 1941, that buildings be of combustible construction (including wood) together with structural and non-structural elements. At that time, large timber buildings could have four (4) storeys while those with lightweight framing were limited to three (3) storeys. The [...]

By |2019-09-19T16:42:33+00:00September 19th, 2019|News|0 Comments

Floor Area’s Densification; Impact and Consequences on the Means of Egress

A new trend Floor area densification is an increasingly common practice, especially in the context of reorganization projects for existing office space. The labour market has adapted to several realities, therefore, it is not uncommon to find that employers now seek to densify their workspaces so to leverage such spaces and improve the flexibility of [...]

By |2019-06-25T15:07:57+00:00June 19th, 2019|News|0 Comments

Snow Load in Quebec: Recordings for Winter 2018-2019

Winter 2018–2019 was particularly difficult in Quebec. Several damages have been observed by building owners due to the snow load on the roofs. Damages extended from simple cracks in the gypsum finishing of the ceilings to the partial collapse of the roof’s structures all the way to the complete collapse of the building. This winter [...]

By |2019-06-27T19:47:23+00:00June 13th, 2019|News|0 Comments

Thermal Flux Required for Piloted Ignition Wooden Products

Context The assignment of establishing the region of origin and the cause of a fire requires methodology application. At Technorm, we apply scientific method and basic methodology as proposed in NFPA 921, ‟Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations”. With some exceptions, the appropriate method for a fire investigation is to first determine its origin and [...]

By |2019-06-14T16:38:35+00:00May 21st, 2019|News|0 Comments

Guards compliancy

Guards are common architectural structures we see every day but pay little or no attention to. However, particularly for external stairs, their presence becomes more important in case of ice rain or when the surfaces become slippery (due to snow, wet surfaces, and humid leaves). Either the guards are architectural or esthetical or very simple, [...]

By |2019-06-14T16:40:22+00:00May 13th, 2019|News|0 Comments

Means of Egress: Common Myths and Mistaken Beliefs to Avoid

This article and three appendices are available for download in pdf format. Please go at the end of the article to download the files.  Writing date : April 9, 2019. Regulation might have changed since. Contact us for any questions.   The Solution Is NOT A Blue Manual Station! While you analyze a project, as [...]

By |2019-06-14T16:41:06+00:00April 11th, 2019|News|0 Comments

Stainless Steel and Corrosion – The Speedway Cases

Speedway : what are they? About half of the insurance claims are related to water damages[1]. Most of these damages are due to household plumbing system failures. The cracking of flexible supply tubes, frequently called speedway, are one of the most common causes of loss. These tubes supply cold and hot water to kitchen and [...]

By |2019-06-14T16:43:17+00:00April 5th, 2019|News|0 Comments

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 [...]

By |2019-06-14T16:43:52+00:00March 13th, 2019|News|0 Comments