OTTAWA, Feb. 6, 2014 /CNW/ - The Forest Products Association of Canada
(FPAC) is pleased with the release of a study showing that the type of
building construction material used makes little difference with
respect to fire spread, injury rates and death providing the buildings
have sprinklers and smoke alarms.
The research report "Fire Outcomes in Residential Fires by General Construction Type," based on a study of almost 12,000 fires, has just been released by the
University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) in British Columbia. Its two
authors are leading fire safety experts: Len Garis, the city of Surrey,
BC Fire Chief and adjunct professor at UFV and Dr. Joseph Clare,
faculty member of the Institute of Canadian Urban Research Studies,
Simon Fraser University.
"We welcome a scientific study that challenges the idea that concrete
and steel buildings are safer in a fire than those with wood framing,"
says David Lindsay, President and CEO of FPAC. "This research shows
that wood-frame buildings are just as safe as long as there are
functioning smoke alarms and complete sprinkler protection."
The reports shows that the presence of working smoke alarm reduced the
death rate for all construction types while the presence of a sprinkler
system brings the death rate to zero no matter what construction
material is used.
Several proposed changes to the 2015 National Building Code of Canada
specific to mid-rise wood construction will further reduce fire risks
by such means as increased use of automatic sprinklers in concealed
areas of residential buildings and greater water supply for
"Innovation, technological advances and new standards of engineering
have resulted in wood products that are strong, safe and
sophisticated," says Lindsay. "It is rewarding to see this validated
by independent research."
The study can be found at: http://www.ufv.ca/media/assets/criminal-justice-research/Fire-Outcomes-in-Residential-Fires-by-General-Construction-Type-Jan-31,-2014.pdf
FPAC provides a voice for Canada's wood, pulp, and paper producers
nationally and internationally in government, trade, and environmental
affairs. The $57-billion-a-year forest products industry represents 2%
of Canada's GDP and is one of Canada's largest employers operating in
hundreds of communities and providing 230,000 direct jobs across the
SOURCE: FOREST PRODUCTS ASSOCIATION OF CANADA
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