LMDG provides a wide range of services to meet specific client objectives and the particular requirements of each design project. LMDG provides professional building code, fire protection and life safety consulting services to architects, engineers, building owners, developers, contractors, government agencies, insurers and lawyers. The firm is committed to life safety and property protection through the application of standards and criteria that reflect current knowledge and technology. Our services include the following:
Code Compliance Reports
Demonstrate the approach to compliance with codes, standards, and regulations.
Code Compliance Drawings
LMDG prepares code compliance drawings in addition to building code reports to demonstrate compliance with applicable codes, standards and regulations. The code compliance drawings include the location of fire separations, travel distances, occupant load, exit capacities and building code concepts applicable to the project.
LMDG performs drawing reviews of architectural drawings provided by the client during the schematic design and design development phases. LMDG works with the client to achieve compliance and address any issues prior to the client applying for permits.
Assess and verify the level of compliance of in-progress and completed construction.
Identify, develop, negotiate and certify alternative compliance approaches to building code requirements.
Negotiations with Authorities Having Jurisdiction
Present code compliance approaches to building departments and other Authorities Having Jurisdiction and negotiate acceptance of alternative solutions.
Fire Code Audits
Prepare and submit compliance assessments of existing buildings and operations for compliance with Provincial Fire Codes and assist in negotiations with local fire authorities.
Provide training sessions for specific projects or as part of an education program as well as presentations for industry associations.
Insurance & Litigation
Provide expert advice and reports with respect to building code requirements.
Authority Having Jurisdiction
Provide services in the role of Authority Having Jurisdiction in place of a municipal authority. LMDG currently provides this service at Toronto Pearson International Airport and the University of British Columbia Endowment Lands as well as recent projects at Hamilton International Airport, Vancouver International Airport, Port Metro Vancouver, Squamish Indian Band, and the BC Place Revitalization Project.
Certified Professional Program
The Certified Professional (CP) program is an alternate building permit process that facilitates the issuance of building permits by completing the review and inspections role typically provided by the municipal building department. Significant benefits of this process include time savings in obtaining building and occupancy permits, stage permits, and a partial refund of the building permit fee. See a sample of our recent Certified Professional
Fire Safety Plans
Preparation of Fire Safety Plans for approval by municipal fire authorities for new and existing buildings as required by Provincial and the National Fire Codes.
Computer Fire Modelling
For more than 20 years, LMDG has actively pursued and expanded our expertise in developing performance-based fire and life safety design approaches for innovative building projects. In response to Canada's objective-based Building Codes, we have created and implemented a comprehensive and structured methodology for formulating alternative solutions for challenging building designs. Our services complement those of the design team and other stakeholders in generating functional, feasible, acceptable and cost-effective solutions meeting the safety objectives of Building Codes.
Our team of building code and fire protection professionals have extensive knowledge and experience in various leading-edge Fire & Smoke Modelling Programs and Timed Exit Analysis tools, including fire zone modelling, CFD fire and smoke modelling, and detailed evacuation modelling (computerized exiting analysis); and have successfully used these tools to develop alternative solutions to Building Code compliance on numerous projects.
Assess Fire Performance of Existing Assemblies
Review performance of existing assemblies relative to current code requirements and advices on required upgrades or alternative solutions that may be applied.
Material Evaluation Commissions
Assist product developers and manufacturers through material evaluation application processes at the Provincial (e.g., Ontario Building Materials Evaluation Commission) and the National (Canadian Construction Materials Centre) levels where innovative materials, systems or products do not meet prescriptive requirements of building codes.
Provincial Building Code Commissions and Review Panels
Provide representation for owners and building permit applicants in support of building code compliance approaches that are not accepted by municipal building departments.