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BUILDING CODE: Fire Separations and Fire-Resistance Ratings

This half-day session will provide you with a basic understanding of the 2015 National Building Code of Canada (NBC) requirements for wall, floor and ceiling assemblies to be constructed as fire separations with a required fire-resistance rating.



  1. Introduction to Compartmentation Concept
  2. Definitions Relevant to Compartmentation Concept
  3. ULC Fire Test
  4. Compartmentation Requirements of the NBC and NFC
  5. Exposure Conditions for a Fire-Resistance Rating
  6. How are Fire-Resistance Ratings Established:
    • Proprietary Listings (Fire Tests)
    • Appendix D
    • Part 9 – Housing and Small Buildings
  7. Hamarthy’s Ten Rules
  8. Construction and Maintenance of Fire Separations
  9. Materials
  10. Proprietary Listings of Fire-Resistance Rating of Tested Assemblies


This session is ideal for… Anyone that deals with Part 3 of the National Building Code of Canada in the ICI construction industry; including contractors, architects, technologists, engineers and interior designers.


0.5 Gold Seal Credits


Dr. John Frye

Dr. Frye spent 26 years with the City of Winnipeg Building Inspections Depart­ment, retiring in 2000. Dr. Frye held several senior positions in the Building Inspection Department, including Manager of the Plan Examination Branch and Assis­tant to the Manager of Building Inspections.

During his career with the City of Winnipeg, Dr. Frye served on a number of provincial, national and international professional committees related to building codes and stan­dards and continues to today. In 1992, he re­ceived an Adjunct Professor appointment from the University of Manitoba Department of Civil Engineering. In 2000, he became an Engineer-In-Residence and continues to teach in the Department of Civil Engineering.

Dr. Frye has published papers related to the application of expert systems for the fire protection requirements of the National Building Code of Canada. He has lectured ex­tensively to architects, professional engineers, interior designers and building technolo­gists on building codes, particularly in the area of fire protection.


Geoff Mikolayenko, Administrator of Commercial Inspections, City of Winnipeg

Geoff Mikolayenko, Eng. L., C.E.T. is currently the City of Winnipeg’s Administrator of Commercial Inspections. He is a Certified Engineering Technologist and graduated in 1993 with a Diploma in Structural Engineering Technology from Red River College. In 2018 he achieved his Specified Scope of Practice Licence from Engineering Geoscientists of Manitoba as a licensed practitioner. He has 26 years of experience within the industry.

In 2014 Geoff joined John Frye, P.Eng. and Julian Saj, P.Eng. both former Commercial Plan Examination Administrators at the City of Winnipeg for Code presentations at the WCA.

In the spring of 2018 Geoff took on his present role as Commercial Inspections Administrator. He is responsible for the overall direction and leadership of the Commercial Building Inspection services, encompassing construction methods, bylaw compliance, and correction of dangerous conditions involving electrical, mechanical, plumbing, building, fire and life safety systems.


February 14, 2020 8:30 am - February 14, 2020 12:00 pm


Venue: Winnipeg Construction Association - Construction Education Centre
Burnell Room