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Ruling No.: 15-04-1393
Application No.: B 2014-31

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 Sentences 3.2.5.19.(1), 3.2.9.2.(1), and 3.2.9.2.(6) of Division B of Regulation 332/12, as amended, (the “Building Code”).

AND IN THE MATTER OF an application by A.D. Pears for Vanderwesten Rutherford Mantecon Inc., for the resolution of a dispute with William Jean, Chief Building Official for the City of Windsor, to determine whether the proposed installation of unlisted pumps serving two standpipe systems, where each pump will have a net head pressure not greater than 280 kPa, provides sufficiency of compliance with the technical requirements of Sentences 3.2.9.2.(1), 3.2.9.2.(6) and 3.2.5.19.(1) of Division B, of the Building Code, at 1453 Prince Road, City of Windsor, Ontario.

APPLICANT

A.D. Pears, Associate
Vanderwesten Rutherford Mantecon Inc.
City of London, Ontario

RESPONDENT

William Jean
Chief Building Official
City of Windsor, Ontario

PANEL

Tony Chow, Chair
Leslie Morgan
Marina Huissoon

PLACE

City of Toronto, Ontario

DATE OF HEARING

February 19, 2015

DATE OF RULING

February 19, 2015

APPEARANCES

Peter van der Westen, Principal
Vanderwesten Rutherford Mantecon Inc.
City of London, Ontario
Agent for the Applicant

Daniel Vancek, Senior Plumbing Designer
Vanderwesten Rutherford Mantecon Inc.
City of London, Ontario
Agent for the Applicant

William Jean
Chief Building Official
City of Windsor, Ontario
Respondent 

Philip M. Glos
Engineer / Plan Examiner
City of Windsor, Ontario
Designate for the Respondent

RULING

1. Commission Ruling

It is the decision of the Building Code Commission that the proposed installation of unlisted pumps serving two standpipe systems, where each pump will have a net head pressure not greater than 280 kPa, provides sufficiency of compliance with the technical requirements of Sentences 3.2.9.2.(1), 3.2.9.2.(6) and 3.2.5.19.(1) of Division B, of the Building Code, at 1453 Prince Road, City of Windsor, Ontario.

2. Reasons

  1. Sentence 3.2.9.2.(1) of Division B, of the Building Code, states that, except as otherwise provided in Subsection 3.2.9. of Division B, if a standpipe system is required, the design, construction, installation and testing of the system shall be in conformance with NFPA 14, “Installation of Standpipe and Hose Systems”. The Commission was not presented with evidence to indicate that the requirements of NFPA 14 were not being met.
  2. Sentence 3.2.9.2.(6) of Division B, states that pumps required to have a rated net head pressure greater than 280 kPa, and their controllers, shall be listed and labelled. The Commission heard that neither of the subject pumps requires a rated net head pressure greater than 280 kPa to achieve the flow and pressure requirements of the standpipe system.
  3. Sentence 3.2.5.19.(1) of Division B, states that a fire pump having a rated net head pressure greater than 280 kPa shall be installed in accordance with the requirements of NFPA 20, “Installation of Stationary Pumps for Fire Protection”. The Commission heard that neither of the subject pumps has a rated net head pressure greater than 280 kPa.
  4. It is the opinion of the Commission that the listing and labelling requirements in Sentence 3.2.9.2.(6) for pumps serving standpipe systems, and the complementary requirements for fire pumps in Sentence 3.2.5.19.(1), do not apply to the subject pumps because neither of the subject pumps has a rated net head pressure greater than 280 kPa.
     

Dated at the City of Toronto this 19th day in the month of February in the year 2015 for application number B 2014–31.

Tony Chow, Chair

Leslie Morgan

Marina Huissoon