Why you should be worried about the composite board resistance in Canada
As the composite boards in your home become more common, we’re seeing a number of reports of composite board-resistant components failing to resist the stresses put on them.
This means that the components may need to be replaced to address the problems and to prevent future problems.
And it’s not just homeowners who need to consider these issues.
The Canadian Government is warning consumers that a composite board failure could cause a loss of life and property.
In a recent report, the Department of National Defence (DND) warns that the composite and steel board systems in the Canadian market could suffer from failure, potentially resulting in a loss or damage of life.
“As a result of the lack of structural reinforcement, and with the onset of a composite or steel board failure, the resulting structural damage or injury to the home, the occupants may die from internal injuries and the structure could collapse,” reads the report.
The report also warns that a failure on a composite panel system could also affect the structural integrity of a structure, resulting in increased likelihood of structural collapse and the risk of fire, fire, and explosion.
According to the DND, the failure of a steel board could lead to an internal fire and cause structural damage and death.
The department also noted that a combination of structural problems could result in a composite collapse, resulting “in the loss of all living parts and property.”
According to reports from the Canadian Building Materials Association (CBMA), composite board and steel boards can be used to make up a significant portion of the building material used in Canada’s construction.
In a study published in the Journal of the Canadian Plumbing and Pipefitting Association, the CBMA says that the percentage of the total composite boards used in residential construction in Canada is less than 5 percent, while the percentage for commercial uses is less that 4 percent.CBMA, a trade association for building materials, estimates that approximately 1.3 billion tonnes of steel and composite boards are used in Canadian homes.
The CBMA’s analysis also shows that about 9,000 of the steel and 50,000 composite boards that are used to construct buildings are manufactured in Canada, but only 4 percent of that total is produced in Canada.
This report from CBMA also highlights that the majority of composite and composite board assemblies manufactured in the United States are manufactured by General Electric (GE).
In a statement to CBC News, GE confirmed that its composite and structural components are produced in both the U.S. and Canada.
“We have made significant investments to ensure that we are in compliance with all of the relevant laws, regulations, and standards,” GE spokesperson Stephanie Hannon told CBC News.
GE said that the company has made every effort to ensure its products comply with applicable regulations and standards, but that it will not be making further comment at this time.
If you or someone you know needs help dealing with the composite, structural, or fire risk of a building system, contact a local fire department, emergency services agency, or certified structural engineer.
You can find a list of licensed structural engineers in your area by visiting www.cbc.ca/fire/certified-structural-engineer-list.