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Ruling No.: 13-32-1360
Application No.: B 2013-22

 

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 3.2.9.2.(4) of Division B, of Regulation 350/06, as amended, (the “Building Code”).

AND IN THE MATTER OF an application by Domenic Carnicelli, Carriage Gate Group, Burlington, Ontario, for the resolution of a dispute with Ed VanderWindt, Chief Building Official, City of Hamilton, to determine whether the proposed design of the stand pipe and hose system, which delivers 305 kPa (44 psi) to the most remote fire hose cabinet and which will rely on fire protection equipment from the local fire department to achieve the minimum required 450 kPa (65 psi), provides sufficiency of compliance with Sentence 3.2.9.2.(4) of Division B, of the Building Code, for a new medical building at 35 Upper Centennial Parkway, City of Hamilton (Stoney Creek), Ontario.

APPLICANT

Domenic Carnicelli
Carriage Gate Group
City of Burlington, Ontario

RESPONDENT

Ed VanderWindt
Chief Building Official
City of Hamilton, Ontario

PANEL

Tony Chow, Chair
Ed Link
Mina Tesseris

PLACE

City of Toronto, Ontario

DATE OF HEARING

November 7, 2013

DATE OF RULING

November 7, 2013

APPEARANCES

Domenic Carnicelli
Carriage Gate Group
City of Burlington, Ontario
Applicant

Gabriel Stoita, P. Eng.
BMGA Sprinklers Ltd.
Town of Oakville, Ontario
Agent for the Applicant

Ed VanderWindt
Chief Building Official
City of Hamilton, Ontario
Respondent

Joyanne Beckett
Building Engineer
City of Hamilton, Ontario
Designate for the Respondent

RULING

 

1. Commission Ruling

It is the decision of the Building Code Commission that the proposed design of the stand pipe and hose system, which delivers 305 kPa (44 psi) to the most remote fire hose cabinet and which will rely on fire protection equipment from the local fire department to achieve the minimum required 450 kPa (65 psi), provides sufficiency of compliance with Sentence 3.2.9.2.(4) of Division B, of the Building Code, for a new medical building at 35 Upper Centennial Parkway, City of Hamilton (Stoney Creek), Ontario.

2. Reasons

  1. Sentence 3.2.9.2.(4) of Division B, of the Building Code, states that the residual water pressure at the design flow rate at the hydraulically most remote hose connection of a standpipe system that is required to be installed in a building can be permitted to be less than 450 kPa (65 psi) provided that the building is sprinklered, the water supply at the base of the sprinkler riser is capable of meeting the design flow rate and pressure demand of the sprinkler system, including the inside and outside hose allowance, and fire protection equipment is available to deliver, by means of the fire department connection, the full demand flow rate at a residual water pressure of 450 kPa (65 psi) at the hydraulically most remote hose connection of the standpipe system.

    The Parties agreed that the subject building is sprinklered and that the water supply at the base of the sprinkler riser is capable of meeting the design flow rate and pressure demand of the sprinkler system, including the inside and outside hose allowance.

  2. The Commission heard that, in the event of a fire at the subject building, the Fire Department would dispatch a pumper truck. The Commission also heard that the Fire Department has operational procedures regarding how this fire protection equipment is used, but it can deliver, by means of the fire department connection, the full demand flow rate at a residual water pressure of 450 kPa (65 psi) at the hydraulically most remote hose connection of the standpipe system for the subject building.

    Therefore, in the opinion of the Commission, fire protection equipment is available to deliver, by means of the fire department connection, the full demand flow rate at a residual water pressure of 450 kPa (65 psi) at the hydraulically most remote hose connection of the standpipe system.

Dated at the City of Toronto this 7th day in the month of November in the year 2013 for application number B 2013-22.

Tony Chow, Chair

Ed Link

Mina Tesseris