BUILDING CODE: What’s New in the 2015 NBCC


This session will highlight the major changes that have been introduced into the 2015 National Building Code of Canada (NBCC). These include:

  • Changes to Subsection 3.2.2. Building Size and Construction Relative to Occupancy which will now permit combustible construction up to six storeys.
  • Changes to the exit requirements for assembly buildings.
  • Changes to the exemption to the requirements for interconnected floor spaces.

While the focus of this session will be on the Part 3 Fire Protection and Occupant Safety requirements of the 2015 NBCC, some of the changes to Part 9 Housing and Small Buildings and to the National  Fire Code of Canada (NFC) will also be included in the presentation.


For more information about the series of Building & Fire Code Courses: Building Code 2017-2018 Course 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.

  • November 24, 2017
    8:30 am - 12:00 pm


Venue:   Winnipeg Construction Association - Burnell Room

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