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WCA | BUILDING CODE: Spatial Separation and Exposure Protection

October 11 2019

BUILDING CODE: Spatial Separation and Exposure Protection

In this session, you will gain an understanding of the application of Subsection 3.2.3. Spatial Separation and Exposure Protection of the 2015 National Building Code of Canada (NBC) to buildings regulated by Part 3 of the Code. The application of Subsection 3.2.3. Spatial Separation and Exposure Protection is one of the first steps in building design and analysis and is reflected by the City of Winnipeg Part 3 Design Summary.


  • City of Winnipeg Part 3 Design Summary for Spatial Separation Requirements.
  • Relevant Code Definitions
  • Background to the Spatial Separation Requirement of the NBCC
  • Determining the Percentage of Unprotected Openings Permitted for a Given Limiting Distance Using Tables B., C., D., and E. of the 2015 NBCC.
  • Determining the Required Limiting Distance for a Given Area of Unprotected Openings Tables B., C., D., and E. of the 2015 NBCC.
  • Reducing the Area of the Exposing Building Face by Compartmentation.
  • Construction of the Exposing Building Face.
  • Unlimited Unprotected Openings.
  • Protection of Exit Facilities.
  • Wall Exposed to Another Wall.
  • Workshop Problems.

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

A light breakfast will be served.

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.

Facilitators: Dr. John Frye and Geoff Mikolayenko

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.

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Date: October 11, 2019 8:30 am - 12:00 pm

Location: WCA - 1447 Waverley St., Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, R3T 0P7