Energy Storage Systems & Lithium Ion Batteries
Industry analysts predict more than $600 billion will be invested in energy storage systems (ESS) by 2040. However, as recent incidents experienced around the globe illustrate, this technology is not risk free. ESS technologies, which range from a single battery, to a large configuration of chemical cells, can explode, catch fire, and release toxic gases under certain conditions. They are also subject to the phenomena of thermal runaway, which means they can burn intensely for significant periods of time. This exciting session will be delivered in a roundtable forum, and include a diverse group of speakers to discuss historic data on electrical vehicle fires, available technologies and products to fight ESS fires, and code development to address the issue.
Harmonization of Provincial and National Fire Code
With consultations underway in the ongoing pursuit to harmonize the Provincial Building Code with the model national building, fire, energy and plumbing codes, this session will address the major impacts for designers, consultants, building owners, insurance and AHJ’s. Representatives from the key stakeholders will address the impact related to their pursuits.
New Technologies and Initiatives in Fire Protection
The fire protection industry is always evolving in an attempt to meet the needs of society. It is important for those in the industry to stay current with the latest technologies and initiatives, and understand the benefits and risks associated. This exciting session will explore the future of the fire protection industry, and cover some of the emerging technologies and trends that are impacting the industry.
Building Life Safety Failures – Systems to Doors to Facades
Every occupied building in Canada is equipped with fire protection measures to ensure occupants’ safety. However, improper installation and maintenance of these fire protection systems, from mag locks, to sprinkler valves, to smoke control, to fire doors and firestopping lead to critical failure of the fire protection systems when they are mostly needed. This panel discussion will use actual case studies to highlight the importance of correct code interpretation and proper maintenance of fire protection systems in a building.