The Canadian Construction Materials Center (CCMC) – “Evaluating Alternative Solutions for AHJs for 30 Years”

Presentation: The Canadian Construction Materials Center (CCMC) – Evaluating Alternative Solutions for AHJs for 30 years”

Presentation Description: Bruno will present the background on CCMC, established by Provinces and Territories under agreement with NRC, to serve AHJs across Canada. Bruno will also provide technical examples of the ‘alternative solution’ process followed for innovative construction materials/products for Building Code compliance.”

Presenter: Bruno Di Lenardo, P. Eng.

Presenter’s Bio: Bruno Di Lenardo has been an evaluation officer with the Canadian Construction Materials Centre (CCMC) since 1990. The CCMC is an independent Center within the Construction Research group at the National Research Council of Canada. The Center was established in 1988 upon request and under agreement with the Provinces and Territories to provide evaluations of alternative solutions for acceptance by building officials across Canada.

Bruno is a civil engineer graduating from McGill University in Montreal in 1980. After graduation Bruno worked in James Bay in northern Quebec where the construction of several hydro dams required the relocation of an entire Cree Village. Bruno was involved in the construction of 300 houses and infrastructure for the new Village of Chisasibi, for the Grand Council of the Crees of Quebec.

Subsequently, Bruno joined the City of Westmount outside of Montreal. During the latter part of his 9-year career with the City, Bruno served as Director of the Building Department. In addition to updating many of the City’s many by-laws, including the Building By-law, Bruno’s claim-to-fame at the City is having passed the first mandatory sprinkler by-law in Canada, in 1986, for all buildings, including houses.

In his position at CCMC, Bruno, as a structural engineer, is responsible for mainly the evaluation of engineered structural wood products such as I-joists, structural composite lumber and cross-laminated timber. But he is also involved with the evaluation of building envelope systems such as air barrier systems, sheathing membranes, insulations and claddings.