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This seminar reviews aspects of modern commercial, industrial, institutional and large residential buildings with respect to compliance with the Code in terms of fire safety.

Course Outline
After participating in this seminar, you will be able to:

• Propose action to be taken due to occupancy changes for Code compliance to fire retrofit existing buildings
• Point out liabilities associated with fire protection and life safety
• Update your knowledge of the intent and meaning of life safety features of the Code
• Enhance awareness of the methods of satisfying Building and Fire Code requirements
• Review the relationship between fire prevention and all applicable codes, standards and regulations


Existing buildings need to be retrofitted to establish minimum life safety standards for protection against fire. Also, the changes to the Building Code and Fire Code present a constant challenge to building owners and their property managers who must comply with the Code requirements within restricted budgets.  This seminar reviews aspects of modern commercial, industrial, institutional and large residential buildings with respect to compliance with the Code in terms of fire safety.


To familiarize participants with the various considerations involved in upgrading buildings to meet the improved standards related to fire protection.

Who Should Attend

Building owners and facility managers, physical plant directors, municipal, provincial and federal building and fire inspectors, building and field inspectors for architectural, engineering and construction firms, property managers for housing authorities, hospitals, commercial and industrial properties, consulting engineers and architects who are responsible for building design and dealing with owners and developers, maintenance engineers, fire protection engineers and contractors.

Special Feature

Participants will not only receive an update, but will also get an opportunity to actively apply the knowledge gained to a real life case study, so that they can come away with material that can be applied to the projects of their interest.

Program Outline

Day I

8:00      Registration and Coffee

8:20      Welcome, Introduction, Workshop Preview, Learning Outcomes and the Assesment method

8:30      Fire Problem and Applicability of Codes and Standards
            • Assessing the problem
            • Fire loss statistics
            • Total cost of fire in Ontario
            • Large loss fires
            • Interrelation between Building Code, Fire Code and referenced standards
            • Part 11 of the Building Code versus Part 9 of the Fire Code
            • Responsibility of owners, property managers, enforcement agencies and consultants
            • Building permits and inspections
            • Change of use

11:00    Refreshments and Networking

11:30    Fire Problem and Applicability of Codes and Standards 
            • Who is responsible for complying with the Ontario Fire Code
            • Who can complete design work under the Ontario Building Code

12:00    Lunch

1:00      Municipal Enforcement
            • Fire official's perspective
            • Inspection process

2:30      Refreshments and Networking

2:40      Municipal Enforcement
            • Steps involved when inspection reports are issued
            • Steps involved when orders are issued

3:40      Refreshments and Networking

4:00      Principles of Fire Safety
            • Life safety and property protection
            • Means of Egress
            • Compartmentation
            • Construction
            • Fire protection system
            • Fire alarm and detection
            • Building services
            • Interior finishes

4:30      Adjournment

Day II

8:30      OFC PART 9 - RETROFIT
            • Application
            • Methods of compliance
            • Life safety study
            • Highlights
            • Case studies

10:00    Refreshments and Networking

10:30    Obc Part 11 – Renovation
            • Application
            • Change in major occupancy
            • Occupant load increase
            • Performance level/reduction in performance level 
            • Hazard index/construction index
            • Compliance alternatives/alternative measures
            • Examples
            • Case studies
12:00    Lunch

12:30    Workshop Case Study
               Participants will be divided into small groups to work on the workshop case study.  The groups will meet over business lunch to suggest
               their best solutions using the principles and methodology presented in the seminar.

2:15      Presentation from Workshops

2:45      Refreshments and Networking

3:00      Objective-Based Codes
            • Performance codes 

4:00      Discussion:  Retrofit Implementation Experience

4:30      Questions and Answers and Feedback to Participants on Achievement of Learning Outcomes


Gary Laframboise

Prerequisites & Certificates

Certificates offered

1.2 CEU / 12 PDH

Cancellation Policy
To withdraw from a course, you must send a request, in writing, with the official receipt to our office. Fifteen or more business days in advance: full refund less $50.00 administration charge. Five to fifteen business days in advance: non-refundable credit of equal value for any future EPIC seminar within one year. Credits are transferable within your organization. In case of an unexpected event occurring after this time, you may send someone else to take your place without any additional cost.
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Our instructor, Stephen Lamming, was outstanding and a true expert in his field. He was able to complement the technical air monitoring information with practical real life examples which was highly beneficial. He is an excellent communicator and was highly interactive with the course attendees. This course was recommended to me because Stephen Lamming does an outstanding job. I was very impressed with this course and have subsequently recommended it to my colleagues.
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Would have liked more interactive problem solving.
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