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Standards and training help protect Northern infrastructure from climate change—Now available

CSA Group has also developed a training program to help communities and organizations in the North better understand and apply the documents

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—Sponsored article by CSA Group

Communities in Northern regions of Canada and across the world face many issues related to climate change. Changing temperatures, precipitation patterns and melting permafrost all have an impact on northern infrastructure and create potential risks to public safety and the environment.

With the collaboration of representatives from territorial governments, the federal government, universities, the private sector, and northern community government organizations, CSA Group has helped develop four standards to help address the impact of climate change in Northern Canada as part of the Northern Infrastructure Standardization Initiative (NISI). These standards are now recognized as National Standards of Canada.

The current NISI standards are:
CAN/CSA-S500—Thermosyphon Foundations for Buildings in Permafrost Regions
CAN/CSA-S501—Moderating the effects of permafrost degradation on existing building foundations
CAN/CSA-S502—Managing Changing Snow Load Risks for Buildings in Canada’s North
CAN/CSA-S503—Community Drainage System Planning, Design, and Maintenance In Northern Communities

CSA Group has also developed a comprehensive training program to help communities and organizations in the North to better understand and apply these critical documents in their efforts to help protect their infrastructure from the consequences of climate change.

On November 15 and 16, CSA Group will be hosting a training session based on these NISI standards in Inuvik, Northwest Territories. Through a series of interactive modules, participants will gain a thorough understanding needed to apply the requirements of these standards in their role of monitoring and maintaining infrastructure in northern communities.

There is no charge to attend this training. If you’re interested in attending, you can register for the course on CSA Group’s course registration page. In case you are unable to attend, this course can also be offered on-site at your location. To get more details about training at your location, you can request more information here. An online version of the training is also in development and will launch this fall.

For more information on the Northern Infrastructure Standardization Initiative (NISI) standards and training, please visit CSA Group’s website.

This article is part of Cleantech Canada’s Safety & Sustainability Showcase, delivering top strategies for environmental performance and clean technology growth.

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