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Ruling No.: 15-13-1402
Application No.: B 2015-07

BUILDING CODE COMMISSION

IN THE MATTER OF Subsection 24(1) of the Building Code Act, S.O. 1992, c. 23, as amended.

AND IN THE MATTER OF Sentence 4.1.2.1.(3) and Table 4.1.2.1.B. of Division B in Regulation 332/12, as amended, (the “Building Code”).

AND IN THE MATTER OF an application by Alan Wood, for Oak Meadows Christian Schools Inc., for the resolution of a dispute with John Tutert, Chief Building Official for Town of Oakville, to determine whether a proposed addition to a private school, having been designed with an Importance Category of “Normal” for the purpose of determining specified loads, provides sufficiency of compliance with the technical requirements of Sentence 4.1.2.1.(3) and Table 4.1.2.1.B. in Division B, of the Building Code, at 112 Third Line, Town of Oakville, Ontario.

APPLICANT

Alan Wood
Oak Meadows Christian Schools Inc.
Town of Oakville, Ontario

RESPONDENT

John Tutert
Chief Building Official
Town of Oakville, Ontario

PANEL

Tony Chow, Chair
Alison Orr
Gerry Egberts

PLACE

City of Toronto, Ontario

DATE OF HEARING

May 7, 2015

DATE OF RULING

May 7, 2015

APPEARANCES

Alan Wood
Oak Meadows Christian Schools Inc.
Town of Oakville, Ontario
Applicant


Jamie Cameron
Cameron Architect Inc.
Town of Oakville, Ontario
Agent for the Applicant


Hansie Buys
Building Engineer
Town of Oakville, Ontario
Designate for the Respondent 

RULING

1. Commission Ruling

It is the decision of the Building Code Commission that a proposed addition to a private school, having been designed with an Importance Category of “Normal” for the purpose of determining specified loads, provides sufficiency of compliance with the technical requirements of Sentence 4.1.2.1.(3) and Table 4.1.2.1.B. in Division B, of the Building Code, at 112 Third Line, Town of Oakville, Ontario.

2. Reasons

  1. Sentence 4.1.2.1.(3) in Division B of the Building Code, states that for the purpose of determining specified loads S, W or E in Subsections 4.1.6. to 4.1.8., buildings shall be assigned an Importance Category based on intended use and occupancy, in accordance with Table 4.1.2.1.B.
  2. Table 4.1.2.1.B. assigns an Importance Category of “High” to buildings that are likely to be used as post-disaster shelters, including buildings whose primary use is as an elementary, middle or secondary school.
  3. It is the opinion of the Commission that, although the subject building is an elementary school, the Commission was not convinced by the evidence that the proposed addition to this private school would likely be used as post-disaster shelter and is not required to be designed with an Importance Category of “High”.

 

Dated at the City of Toronto this 7th day in the month of May in the year 2015 for application number B 2015-07.


Tony Chow, Chair

Alison Orr

Gerry Egberts