Designing safe buildings to protect lives and property

At LRI, we provide expert Building and Fire Code consultation for a wide range of building projects. We work with owners, developers, architects and engineers to align project goals with industry standards and regulatory compliance.

Comprehensive fire protection and building code engineering services

LRI is at the forefront of specialized fire protection and building code services. Working with design teams and authorities to realize project objectives through innovative solutions.

Gain clarity on applicable codes and regulations

Our team of experts can guide you through the intricacies of applicable codes and the project approval process. We have extensive knowledge of provincial and national codes and can negotiate with Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJs) to support your project.

Collaborative and tailored solutions for your project

We prioritize proactive collaboration with developers, property owners and architects to identify risks and challenges early on. We provide a comprehensive analysis and review of building and fire code requirements and offer tailored solutions for your facility to safeguard occupants and assets.

Detailed services

Building and Fire Code Consulting

Code Engineering provides building code and fire code consulting for new buildings, extensions, renovations and changes of use. Services include:

  • Development of fire protection and life safety concepts.
  • Drawing compliance reviews.
  • Audits of existing buildings.
  • Building product certification assistance.

LRI stands at the forefront of specialized fire protection and Building Code engineering services, offering a comprehensive range of solutions from initial concept design to final system verification and building occupancy. Our expertise extends to both new and existing buildings and those undergoing renovation, ensuring that safety is paramount at every stage of a project.
Our dedicated team of engineers possesses a profound understanding of provincial and national building codes. We empower design teams to achieve performance goals while meeting the stringent requirements of local authorities. We meticulously navigate the intricacies of building codes, expediting the building permit process and facilitating the efficient progress of your projects.

Beyond standard services, we provide Building Code and Fire Code consulting for various scenarios, including new constructions, extensions, renovations, and changes of use. Our offerings encompass the development of fire protection and life safety concepts, thorough compliance reviews of drawings, audits of existing buildings, and assistance with building product certification.

Fire Protection Programs

Our team of experts will work with you to develop a tailored fire protection plan for your building that includes architectural, structural, mechanical, electrical and smoke management strategies. Your fire protection program facilitates design coordination and code compliance, which saves you time and makes it easier to acquire the necessary approval for construction and occupancy.

Drawing Reviews

At LRI, we take a proactive approach to drawing reviews at every project stage, from concept design to completion, based on your project's needs. We address potential challenges and compliance issues before permit applications are even submitted. We cover critical fire protection and life safety elements to address compliance so you can enjoy peace of mind.

Some key points we evaluate:

  • Occupancy Classification
  • Fire separations & Closures
  • Fire department access
  • Exiting and egress
  • Washroom requirements
  • Spatial separations & Exposure protection
  • Fire protection and Life Safety systems
  • Design of interconnected floor spaces
  • Barrier-free Accessibility
  • Hazardous areas

Building Audits

Our experienced team offers unparalleled risk mitigation services to help you identify potential risks or compliance issues that could affect the health and safety of your personnel and property assets. Our building condition assessments and building risk audits evaluate existing conditions, taking into consideration your operations and processes, to establish viable solutions that work for you. We evaluate your building to identify and quantify any hazards that could result in business interruption and legal, environmental or Code compliance issues. This information is essential for decision-makers and vital for your peace of mind.

Alternative Solutions/Variances

We have extensive knowledge of building and fire codes and can develop alternative compliance strategies when needed. Our alternative solutions are aligned with the Code's intent and prioritize fire protection and life safety for your intended design and its use. By collaborating with our expert team, you can achieve your design objectives while upholding the intent of Code standards for optimal safety in your building.

Fire Modeling

At LRI, we employ industry-recognized computer-based fire modeling programs like CFAST and Fire Dynamics Simulator (FDS) that assess the impact of fire and smoke on designs. Our team will work with you to establish the key parameters for the investigation and execute the development and implementation of the analysis. Examples of our investigations encompass tenability studies, failure analysis, and assessments of smoke management, fire alarms, and sprinkler systems. Presentation of analysis rationale and results to the Authorities Having Jurisdiction is a key part of the approval process, and our team will work with you every step of the way.

At LRI, we deliver innovative solutions that transform building code compliance and fire protection expectations. Our Fire Modeling services have been used for:

  • Airports
  • Atriums
  • High-rise buildings
  • Transit Buildings
  • Museums
  • Commercial developments.

Building Product Testing and Certification

Building and Fire Codes can take time to adapt to new information, technology and creative solutions for building designs and techniques. Suppose you are looking to incorporate new methods or materials into your project. In that case, our experienced and well-respected team can help you overcome obstacles that may impede your progress if the regulatory authorities reject your innovations.

We are very familiar with the Building and Fire Codes nationwide and can offer assistance with creative projects across the country. By demonstrating the acceptability of your product or design, we can help you build a more turnkey solution.

Our step-by-step process:

  • Review of proposed designs and materials;
  • Identification of applicable regulatory requirements about fire and life safety, including Building and Fire Codes;
  • Outline of test methods that would benefit the product or design;
  • Support in the development and execution of test protocols in collaboration with approved laboratories;
  • Review of all test results;
  • Preparation of reports outlining the code compliance approach and engineering analysis of the product or concept.


At LRI, we respond to the rising demand for accessibility and barrier-free design by providing comprehensive support to designers, owners and authorities. We actively participate in the industry to align with evolving standards. Our experienced team can help you meet and exceed mandated accessibility levels with innovative solutions for creating inclusive spaces. Our services range from audits of existing facilities to consultation for new buildings, additions, or changes of use. We take pride in sharing our extensive knowledge and offering safe, innovative solutions tailored to your project. Together, we can create welcoming spaces for everyone.

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Meet our experts

Eric Esselink, B.Tech., Arch.Sci.

Chief Executive Officer

Steven Grant, P.Eng., M.A.Sc.

Vice President Engineering Toronto

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