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Protecting Northern Infrastructure

Northern infrastructure is highly vulnerable to global climate change and must contend with issues such as melting permafrost that causes damage to buildings, as well as changes in temperatures and precipitation patterns that are leading to denser, heavier, wetter snow accumulation on structures in the winter.

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 new standards to help address the impact of climate change in Northern Canada as part of the Northern Infrastructure Standardization Initiative (NISI). CSA Group has also developed training solutions to help organizations and community leaders apply these critical standards.

CAN/CSA-S500-14
Thermosyphon Foundations for Buildings in Permafrost Regions

Provides requirements for all life-cycle phases of thermosyphon foundations for new buildings on permafrost.

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CAN/CSA-S501-14
Moderating the Effects of Permafrost Degradation on Existing Building Foundations

Offers guidance on how to moderate the effects of permafrost degradation on existing buildings or structures.

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CAN/CSA-S502-14
Managing Changing Snow Load Risks for Buildings in Canada's North

Best practices for safe roof snow removal from buildings and for protection of building occupants and assets from overloading risks.

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CAN/CSA-S503-15
Community Drainage System Planning, Design, and Maintenance

Specifies the minimum planning, design, and maintenance requirements for northern community drainage systems.

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Preserving Infrastructure in the Northern Communities using Standards - Classroom Training

This 2-day course allows participants to understand the impacts of extreme weather, climate variability and climate change on northern infrastructure.

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Northern Community Online Training

This FREE course is open to everyone looking to learn more about NISI standards and how they%u2019re applied

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CSA Communities

Sign up for free to discover NISI standard developments, connect and collaborate with industry experts and more. Joining CSA Communities is also one of the best ways to get involved in standards development.

From the Community, you can:

  • Gain valuable insight into key industry standards development and activities
  • Participate in on-going conversations on a range of standards-related topics
  • Comment on draft versions of industry standards available for public review
  • Apply to become a committee member and contribute to the development of new or updated standards
  • And much more!

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