CSA S502 Managing Changing Snow Load Risks for Buildings in Canada's North (new edition available 2021)
Arctic regions have seen an increase in snowfall and extreme snow events. These events cause excess loads (or weights) on buildings which can lead to structural damage, such as a collapsed roof. This standard informs communities about safe snow removal methods for rooftops to help ensure the safety of buildings and occupants.
CSA W205 Erosion and Sedimentation Management for Northern Community Infrastructure
Northern communities have seen increased ground erosion, which can lead to unstable foundations for nearby buildings. This standard provides steps to manage erosion and sedimentation risks in coastal and lakeshore environments, open-channel environments, and terrestrial environments.
CSA S504 Fire Resilient Planning for Northern Communities
Many northern communities, particularly isolated communities, have limited resources to protect themselves against accidental wildfires (which are being compounded by climate change). This standard helps individuals plan for fire resilience by providing requirements for community planning, building design, appropriate materials for new designs, and more.
CSA S505 Techniques for Dealing with High Winds and Snow Drifting as it Pertains to Northern Infrastructure
Community members have noted that wind conditions have been changing as a result of the warming climate. This standard provides guidance to building operators and owners when dealing with changing wind patterns and strengths, and their impacts on snow drifting.