EGBC: A Practice Guide for the Design of Guards in Buildings

Presentation Summary:

Engineers and Geoscientists BC’s Professional Practice Guidelines – Designing Guards for Building Projects were developed to guide professional practice related to the design of guards. Guards are considered secondary structural components of buildings that are critical to life safety, since they act as barriers to prevent people from falling from a height. Within these guidelines, a variety of issues such as design considerations, continuity of professional responsibility, and assurance pathways are discussed. These guidelines were recently updated to reflect current industry standards and practices. In particular, a new Canadian standard was published in 2016, CSA A500 Building Guards (CSA 2016), which is a comprehensive standard on the design, testing, and implementation of guards and provides explicit guidance on the use of glass in guards. This session will discuss these guidelines and how they relate to the building community.

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Presenter: Amy Fernandes Biograhy, P.Eng. 

Amy is a Practice Advisor in the Professional Practice Department at Engineers and Geoscientists BC. She is responsible for assisting members with professional practice related issues including practice advice services, practice guideline development, practice committee support, and external stakeholder engagement regarding practice issues that affect members.

Presenter: Leonard Pianalto Biography, P.Eng., M.Sc., LEED® AP, FEC, Associate RJC Engineers

Leonard is an Associate at RJC and works in the Building Science and Restoration team. He leads a group of specialty engineers that focus on facades, glazing and building components. His group works closely with manufacturers, designers, builders and operators in developing creative and practical solutions for the built environment.

Leonard is also a part-time instructor at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) in the School of Construction and the Environment.