Remy Construction Site Fire in Richmond, British Columbia
VANCOUVER, May 6 /CNW/ - On May 3, there was a fire at the construction
site of the Remy housing project in Richmond, British Columbia. The
fire destroyed one of the first 6-storey wood-frame buildings
constructed under B.C.'s revised building codes for mid-rise
residential construction. An investigation has been launched by the
City of Richmond Fire-Rescue Department and the Office of the Fire
Commissioner of B.C. to determine the cause of the fire. There was no
loss of life or injury to the public or to the emergency responders.
The vulnerability of any building in a fire is usually higher during the
construction phase, when compared to the susceptibility of the building
after it has been completed and occupied. This was a construction site
fire, and as such, the project had not yet reached the point in time
when the fire prevention and protection elements are all in place that
would have otherwise been required in the completed building.
This fire is an unfortunate delay to a unique development, which will
provide not only a number of affordable rental and home ownership
options for residents of Richmond, B.C. but also place wood
construction at the forefront of safe, innovative and cost-effective
mid-rise building in Canada.
It is this desire for innovation that will continue to help drive the
emergence of mid-rise wood buildings, as partners come together to
educate and advocate for the benefits of wood use in construction based
on facts supported by research and technical expertise. The Canadian
Wood Council remains committed to the core health, safety and property
protection objectives of the National Building Code of Canada and the
various provincial building codes.
"The fire on the Remy project construction site, although devastating,
should not take away from this innovative B.C. initiative, which has
already set the stage for a pan-Canadian approach to mid-rise wood
construction. The Canadian Wood Council, through its network of
research and technical expertise, will continue to provide support to
those involved in design and construction with respect to safe and
effective building practices."
- Michael Giroux, President of the Canadian Wood Council
"As with any building innovation, education of all stakeholders remains
vital so that projects such as Remy can continue to foster advances in
the design of wood construction."
- Mary Tracey, Executive Director Wood WORKS! British Columbia
"The safety level of buildings such as the Remy project, once completed
and equipped with the required protection systems under the building
code would be equivalent to that of any similar building constructed
with other materials."
- Dr. George Hadjisophocleous, Industrial Research Chair in Fire-Safety
Engineering, Carleton University
SOURCE CANADIAN WOOD COUNCIL
For further information:
Natalie Tarini, Communication Manager and Association Secretary, Canadian Wood Council 613.295.0920