Earlier, we reported the National Fire Protection Association's Canadian regional manager still has "very serious concerns" with the provincial government's decision to allow the construction of six storey wood-frame buildings. Government didn't directly respond to those concerns, which were made after Sean Tracey reviewed the BC Building Code amendments implementing that decision. Instead, in a statement released to Public Eye, the housing and social development ministry limited its comments to a report Mr. Tracey submitted to the government seven months ago, noting that document "predates the major work of this project" and "is not based on the actual code changes." And while government did "carefully consider" Mr. Tracey's opinions, "code consultants completed a full risk analysis and subsequently new code provisions were designed to address technical risks."
February 6, 2009