For new products that lead the industry for enabling better energy efficiency, a creative and careful approach is required for demonstrate safe use and code compliance. There is rarely a defined path to code compliance. Testing, engineering, and often fire code consulting is required by manufacturers or project teams.
A brief update on new technologies and then examines two cases:
- Combustible cladding supports: A manufacturer’s journey to demonstrate safety of a component for exterior insulated walls in non-combustible construction, plus a few differences from USA and Canadian code compliance.
- Obstacles, codes, and lessons learned.
- Combustible window frames: A summary of an exciting and in-progress NRCan and industry partners research program, aimed at developing the science to safely expand the use of combustible windows in non-combustible construction, and explore a code change.
- Update on large-scale fire testing
- Perspectives from a manufacturer (and research partner)
- Perspectives from a fire code consultant
- Options for developing alternate solutions for code compliance now
- Recent positive reception from City of Vancouver
- Understand the significance of low conductivity components to building enclosure energy efficiency.
- For insulated walls:
- Understand the lack of code language to address or assess these components, and
- Understand what testing and code consulting was necessary for a product manufacturer to demonstrate safety and compliance for an innovative product.
- For window systems:
- Understand Canadian codes limits for using combustible windows in non-combustible construction.
- Develop awareness of a new testing program and positive results aimed at expanding applications for combustible windows, and
- Understand the technical approach and possible options for providing code compliance through an alternate solution from a code consultant.
Technical Director, Cascadia Windows & Doors
Michael Bousfield is one of the most well-versed technologists in fiberglass window and door technology in BC. In 2005, Michael attended BCIT to prepare for a career shift from logistics to architecture and building engineering. Two years later, he entered the full-time BCIT program of Architecture and Building Engineering Technology, specializing in Building Science. He completed this program with honours, and was awarded BCBEC/BCIT Building Science Award for his academic achievements.
During his studies at BCIT, Michael also worked for RDH Building Engineering as a building science technologist. He performed forensic investigations into building enclosure failures, designed rehabilitation programs, and performed field review and testing for large-scale new and rehabilitation construction projects.
In 2009, Michael pursued the opportunity to focus his technical knowledge and experience in building science to a specific sector of the industry—windows. He is now the Technical Director of Cascadia Windows and Doors. At Cascadia, Michael blends two distinct roles—marketing, and technical development.
The blend of these roles allows Michael to serve clients and consultants in a technical support role, and also to serve Cascadia’s own team by directing internal technical development, testing, and engineering.
Principal, LMDG Building Code Consultants
David Steer is a professional engineer with over 13 years of experience in fire protection and life safety building code consulting services. He has provided building code and fire protection consulting services on hundreds of projects primarily in British Columbia but also across Canada. His experiences include the development of fire protection concepts for assembly and educational occupancies, fire and smoke modelling and computational fluid dynamics, and development of building code alternative solutions.
David became a Certified Professional in 2012 and has served on the City of Vancouver Certified Professional Advisory Committee since 2014. He is completing his second term as chair. In David’s capacity as a Certified Professional, he reviews building designs prepared by other registered professionals for compliance to building code reports outlining applicable building code requirements and works to find solutions for various types of building projects.