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BUILDING CODE: Renovations and Upgrading to Existing Buildings

This session covers the City of Winnipeg Building Bylaw, the Manitoba Building Code and the Manitoba Fire Code requirements that pertain to renovations and upgrading of existing buildings in the City of Winnipeg. The Richardson Report that can be applied to the rehabilitation and change of use of some existing buildings will also be reviewed.

Session participants will become familiar with requirements that apply to renovations and upgrading of existing buildings. This workshop will examine buildings that only require selective compliance with the Code and when full compliance with current Code is required. The “triggers” that require full Code compliance will also be explained.



  • City of Winnipeg Building Bylaw 4555/87, the Manitoba Building Code and the Manitoba Fire Code requirements for
    • Building use – major occupancy classification
    • Difference between change of use as defined by the City of Winnipeg Building Bylaw and by the City of Winnipeg Zoning Bylaw
    • Upgrading orders by the City of Winnipeg Fire Department
      • Special upgrading bylaws
    • Interior alteration permits – no change in building use
    • Interior alteration permits – change in building use
    • Building nonconforming rights (grandfathering) and upgrading triggers
    • Horizontal and vertical building additions
    • Structural upgrading
  • Richardson Report - The Fire Risk Indices for the Application to the Rehabilitation and Re-Use of Existing Buildings in Manitoba for Residential and Business and Personal Services Occupancies
    • Background to Richardson Report  and Fire Risk Indices
    • Example application of the Richardson Report
    • Example Problem
  • 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 (included):

Each participant* will be provided with the following 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


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.


September 25, 2020 8:30 am - September 25, 2020 12:00 pm


Venue: Winnipeg Construction Association - Construction Education Centre
Burnell Room