Electrical Engineering in Design of Flood-Resilient Buildings

Posted on January 6, 2021

Engineers and Geoscientists BC issued a practice advisory to inform registrants of their responsibilities when preparing engineering designs for electrical systems in building projects located in areas that may be subject to flooding over the design life of the building. In particular, the advisory, titled Electrical Engineering Considerations in Flood-Resilient Design of Buildings, outlines professionals’ responsibility to consider relevant safety issues for these projects.

There are regulatory requirements related to designing buildings located in a floodplain and other areas (such as alluvial fans) that are potentially exposed to riverine and coastal flood hazards, or to pluvial flooding events at sites with unfavourable topography. The advisory provides interim guidance while a Canadian Standards Association committee revises the Canadian Electrical Code, expected in 2021.

Full details and practice considerations are described in the practice advisory.

This and other practice advisories and resources are available at egbc.ca/guidelines. To contact an Engineers and Geoscientists BC practice advisor, email [email protected] or call 1.888.430.8035 or 604.430.8035

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