Research project

Fire Design of Prefabricated and Modular Buildings


Prefabrication of building components, assemblies and modules are gaining popularity due to numerous advantages compared to traditional on-site construction. Prefabricated components and assemblies would typically follow a similar construction schedule to that of on-site construction. However, modules would typically have the main services installed, which inherently result in the need to connect them and to protect any openings against the passage of fire.

Traditional wood-frame construction has historically proven efficient in limiting fire spread in concealed spaces due to the inherent fire blocking in the platform-frame construction. While concealed spaces within assemblies would be similar to traditional wood-framing, additional concealed spaces may be created when adjoining adjacent assemblies or modules together.

There is a need to understand the design principles, construction schemes and to identify potential risks arising from prefabrication. These risks need to be assessed against the fire safety requirements set forth in the National Building Code of Canada [3]. Mitigation techniques and changes in construction techniques may be warranted to better suit this new construction era.

This project is part of a collaborative research initiative led by the University of Alberta called Next Generation Wood Construction. It is financially supported by NSERC, several industry partners and government agencies.

Research Field

- Civil engineering
- Wood engineering
- Fire safety
- Wood construction

Research Supervisor

Christian Dagenais

Research Environment

Département des sciences du bois et de la forêt

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Financial Aid Available by Program of Study

Master's Degree in Wood and Biosourced Materials

Program description

Financial Aid Available*

Financial Aid Related to Research Project

$23000 per year for 2 years.

Applicants will be encouraged to apply to other sources of funding, including the NSERC or FRQNT excellence scholarship.

Program-Specific Financial Aid

Graduate Studies Awards

Milestone Amount
Initial thesis submission OR fast-tracking to a doctorate by the end of the 5th semester
Total $1,000

Université Laval: Student Financial Aid

Sources de financement Montant
Leadership and Comittment Scholarship (Canadians & permanent residents) $10,000
Citizens of the World Scholarship (International students) $20,000
Mobility Grant for Out-of-Province Internships or Research Visits (in French)
$1,000 to $2,000
Graduate Scholarships from Granting Agencies
$17,500 to $40,000
Online Directory of Graduate Scholarships (in French)
$500 to $50,000

* Amounts shown represent maximum financial aid available. Certain conditions apply. Subject to change without prior notice. For further information, contact sponsoring organizations directly.

Desired Profile

- Civil and Water Engineering
- Wood Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering

Requirements and Conditions

- Be eligible for a Master's degree at Université Laval.
- Since the research project is carried out in partnership with the construction industry, the candidate must demonstrate communication skills as well as an interest in carrying out research in a collaborative framework and in a multidisciplinary environment.

Required Documentation

- Cover letter
- Curriculum vitæ
- Student transcript

Application Deadline

April 5, 2024

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Christian Dagenais
Professeur invité
Département des sciences du bois et de la forêt