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OBC: New 5 and 6 Storey Wood Construction


01 October 2015
Location: Toronto
Provider: Ontario Association of Architects

Course Outline

This technical presentation will review the new OBC provisions which permit 5 and 6 storey wood construction. The background to these new Code provisions will be presented to understand the objectives of this significant Code change. Key Code provisions will be reviewed and analysed to understand the options, limitations, and conditions associated with these new provisions.  Key design details will reviewed to understand the complexity of the design and to understand the design solutions that can address these requirements.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Know and understand that new OBC provisions for 5 and 6 storey wood construction.
  2. Understand the background to the change and the industry objectives.
  3. Know and understand the Code limitations and conditions associated with the new provisions.
  4. Understand how to address design details integral to the new provisions.


Glenn Somerton is a Senior Code Specialist with the Code and Life Safety Group at Morrison Hershfield. Glenn has extensive experience in application of Codes and standards for new construction and renovations.  Prior to his current position, he had a 30 year career with the City of Ottawa, including the past 14 years as the Program Manager responsible for the delivery of plan examination services and permit issuance for the Large Building section.  He provides expert advice on the application of building and fire codes and fire and life safety standards in association with design and construction of new buildings and renovations to existing buildings.  He works closely with design teams and local Building and Fire Officials to establish an appropriate level of safety and interpret and apply Codes for construction and renovation projects.


BMO Institute for Learning
Room 105
3550 Pharmacy Avenue, Toronto, ON M1W 3Z3


Session runs from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM


Registration Fee

OAA members - $95+HST
Non-members - $114+HST

NON-OAA MEMBER: If you are a member of the Ontario Building Officials Association, refer to the PDF below to register.

OBOA Registration Form - New 5 and 6 Storey Wod Construction -Toronto - 2015 Oct 01 PDF

For more information, please contact: 

Continuing Education Department
P: 416-449-6898 ext 237