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BUILDING CODE: Means of Egress - Exits and Access to Exits

8:30 am - 12:00 pm

Two Part Course: Nov 8 & Dec 13

BUILDING CODE: Means of Egress - Exits and Access to Exits

** This course is two half-day sessions: Friday, November 8 and Friday, December 13 (8:30 to 12:00 each day).  

These two half day sessions will provide you with a basic understanding of the application of Section 3.4. Exits of the 2015 National Building Code of Canada (NBCC) to buildings regulated by Part 3 of the Code.

An understanding of the means of egress requirements (“the ways out of a building”) is fundamental to any code analysis and must be applied in the early stages of building design. It is equally important to the analysis of the exit capacity in existing buildings.

Designers and constructors alike must be aware of the requirements applicable to the means of egress.


PART 1 (Friday, November 8, 8:30 - 12:00)

  • Relevant Code Definitions
  • Means of egress
  • Types of exits
  • Access to exit
  • Number of exits required
    • Single exit permitted
  • Location of exits
  • Travel distance measurement
  • Integrity of exits
  • Fire separation requirements for exits
  • Exit lobbies
  • Workshop Problems.



PART 2 (Friday, December 13, 8:30 - 12:00)

  • Exits requirements for mezzanines
  • Exit requirements for interconnected floor spaces
  • Means of egress from malls
  • Doors and door hardware
  • Stairs
  • Guard and handrail requirements
  • Landings
  • Horizontal exits
  • Exterior passageways
  • Elevators
  • Fire escapes
  • Workshop Problems


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.


Software: Each participant* will be provided with the following software:

  • Exit design and analysis software
  • Software for the application of Subsection 3.2.2. Building Size and Construction Relative to Occupancy of the National Building Code of Canada (NBC). This software will allow the user to view the construction requirements of Subsection 3.2.2. from the 2015 NBC and editions dating back to 1975.
  • Effective dates of Codes and Building Bylaws in Manitoba
  • Definitions in the 2015 NBC
  • Firewalls
  • Mezzanines


1 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.


November 8, 2019 8:30 am - November 8, 2019 12:00 pm


Venue: Winnipeg Construction Association - Construction Education Centre
Burnell Room