BUILDING CODE: Renovations and Upgrading to Existing Buildings

This half day 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. In addition, the Richardson Report that can be applied to the rehabilitation and change of use of some existing buildings will be reviewed.

Session participants will become familiar with requirements that apply to renovations and upgrading of existing buildings. The workshop problems will demonstrate when a building only requires selective compliance with the Code and when full compliance with current Code is required. The “triggers” that require full Code compliance are 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


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


For more information: Building Code 2018-19 Schedule


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 twenty-six years with the City of Winnipeg Building Inspections Depart­ment, retiring in September, 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 numerous provincial, National and International professional committees related to building codes and stan­dards. Dr. Frye continues to serve on a number of these committees. 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, Senior Building Plan Examiner, Planning, Property and Development Department City of Winnipeg

Geoff M picGeoff Mikolayenko is currently the City of Winnipeg’s Senior Building Plan Examiner. He is a Certified Engineering Technologist with a diploma in Structural Engineering Technology from Red River Community College. He has 21 years of experience within the industry.

Geoff joined the City of Winnipeg organization in 2000 as the Residential Building Plan Examiner, moving to a Commercial Part 3 Plan Examiner in 2003. In his present role as Senior Building Plan Examiner, he is responsible for the technical supervision of junior plan examiners and the examination of plans for large construction projects to ensure compliance with the Manitoba Building Code, various by-laws and regulations. In 2016, Geoff was appointed as the City of Winnipeg’s representative to the Building Standards Board.

  • April 12, 2019
    8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Price Qty
Attendees (WCA Member)show details + $150.00 (CAD)*  
Attendees (Non-Member)show details + $250.00 (CAD)*  

* price includes taxes

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Venue:   Winnipeg Construction Association - Burnell Room

1447 Waverley St., Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, R3T 0P7