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Building Code: Means of Egress - Exits and Access to Exits

Two part course


These two half-day session will provide you with a basic understanding of the application of Section 3.4. Exits of the 2015 National Building Code of Canada (NBC) to buildings regulated by Part 3 of the Code.

An understanding of the means of egress requirements (the ways out of a building) is fundamental to any code analysis and must be applied in the early stages of building design. It is equally important to the analysis of the exit capacity in existing buildings.

Designers and constructors alike must be aware of the requirements applicable to the means of egress.


  • Relevant Code Definitions
  • Means of egress
  • Types of exits
  • Access to exit
  • Number of exits required - Single exit permitted
  • Location of exits
  • Travel distance measurement
  • Integrity of exits
  • Fire separation requirements for exits
  • Exits requirements for mezzanines
  • Stair, guard and handrail requirements
  • Horizontal exits
  • Workshop Problems


BONUS!  Included in your course registration is Building Code Software designed and maintained by John Frye.  This is exclusive software that you will NOT find anywhere else!


Intended Audience

Anyone who deals with Part 3 of the NBCC in the ICI construction industry, including: 

  • Contractors
  • Architects
  • Technologists
  • Engineers
  • Interior Designers


Dr. John Frye

Dr. Frye, P.Eng, spent 26 years with the City of Winnipeg Building Inspections Depart­ment, retiring in 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 several provincial, national and international professional committees related to building codes and stan­dards and continues to today. 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 at the university 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, Administrator of Commercial Inspections, City of Winnipeg

Geoff Mikolayenko, Eng. L., C.E.T. is currently the City of Winnipeg’s Administrator of Commercial Inspections. He is a certified engineering technologist and graduated in 1993 with a diploma in Structural Engineering Technology from Red River College. In 2018 he achieved his Specified Scope of Practice Licence from the Engineering Geoscientists of Manitoba as a licensed practitioner. He has 26 years of experience within the industry.

In the spring of 2018 Geoff took on his present role as commercial inspections administrator. He is responsible for the overall direction and leadership of the Commercial Building Inspection services, encompassing construction methods, bylaw compliance, and correction of dangerous conditions involving electrical, mechanical, plumbing, building, fire and life safety systems.

Related Info

BONUS!  Included in your course registration is access to Building Code Software designed and maintained by John Frye.  This is exclusive software that you will NOT find anywhere else!

Included in the software is a program set of over a dozen programs based on the requirements of Part 3 of the National Building Code of Canada (NBCC) and the 2015 National Fire Code of Canada (NFCC). These programs are designed to assist in the analysis and application of the code requirements to buildings regulated by Part 3 of the NBCC. These programs may be downloaded and will also be a valuable training tool within design and construction offices.

Included in the program set are:

  • Subsection 3.2.2. 1975 NBCC to 2015 NBCC
  • Exit Analysis
  • Mezzanine Analysis
  • Accessibility with Manitoba amendments
  • Firewall requirements
  • Code definitions
  • Effective dates for codes and bylaws in Manitoba
  • Topics of the 2015 National Fire Code of Canada

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