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BCC Ruling No. 96-43-526

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BUILDING CODE COMMISSION DECISION ON B.C.C. #96-43-526

IN THE MATTER OF Subsection 24(1) of the Building Code Act, 1992.

AND IN THE MATTER OF Sentence 7.2.2.3.(3) of the Revised Regulation of Ontario 1990, Regulation 61, as amended by O.Regs. 400/91, 158/93, 160/93, 383/94 and 20/95 (the "Building Code").

AND IN THE MATTER OF an application by Mr. Don Duncan, CEO, YMCA - YWCA of Guelph, for the resolution of a dispute with Mr. Bruce Poole, Chief Building Official, City of Guelph, to determine whether not sloping the floor and locating the drain so that water from one head will flow over the area that serves another head in a group shower facility provides sufficiency of compliance with Sentence 7.2.2.3.(3) of the Building Code at the YMCA-YWCA of Guelph, 130 Woodland Glen Drive, Guelph, Ontario.

APPLICANT

Mr. Don Duncan, CEO YMCA-YWCA of Guelph
130 Woodland Glen Drive
Guelph, Ontario

RESPONDENT

Mr. Bruce Poole
Chief Building Official
City of Guelph

PANEL

Mr. Roy Philippe, Chair
Mr. Michael Lio
Mr. Rick Florio

PLACE

Toronto, Ontario

DATE OF RULING

October 15th, 1996

APPEARANCES

Mr. David McAuley
Architect
J. David McAuley Architect Inc.
Guelph, Ontario
Agent Representing Applicant

Mr. John D. Peacock
Chief Plumbing Inspector
Corporation of City of Guelph
For the Respondent

RULING

  1. The Applicant

Mr. Don Duncan, CEO of YMCA-YWCA of Guelph, is the holder of a permit under the Building Code Act, 1992 to construct a YMCA-YWCA building at 130 Woodland Glen Drive, Guelph, Ontario.

  1. Description of Constrution

The building in question is a single storey, Group A, Division 2 assembly occupancy.

At issue is whether the present arrangement of shower heads, combined with the sloping of the floor meets the requirements of Sentence 7.2.2.3.(3) of the Building Code.

  1. Dispute

The dispute between the Applicant and the Respondence concerns sufficiency of compliance with Article 7.2.2.3.(3) of the Building Code. At issue is the location of the drains and slope of the floor that would prohibit the water from one head from flowing over the area that serves another head in a group shower facility

  1. Provision of the Building Code

Sentence 7.2.2.3.(3) Showers

3. Where two or more shower heads are served by a shower drain, the floor shall be sloped and the drain located so that water from one head cannot flow over the area that serves another head

  1. Applicant's Position

The Applicant submitted that the height of the shower heads for the spray pattern makes it impossible to control flow from any head to a specific drain especially when bodies splash water randomly. The Applicant submitted that this would require full height partitioning & one floor drain per head. The intent of Sentence 7.2.2.3.(3) of the Building Code is with respect to safety & the ability to clean & disinfect surfaces.

  1. Chief Building Official's Position

The Respondent submitted that more than two shower heads are served by one shower drain and the floors are improperly sloped to prevent water from one head flowing over the area that serves another head.

  1. Commission Ruling:

It is the decision of the Building Code Commission that the shower heads do not comply with the provisions of Sentence 7.2.2.3.(3) of the Building Code in the following locations:

Room 213 heads 2, 4, 8
Room 217 heads 1 or 2 and 3 or 4

  1. Reasons:

Evidence presented indicates that the heads identified have spray patterns so that water from one head can flow over the area that serves another head in the group showers. Solutions may include elimination of shower heads, changing spray patterns or the installation of other devices or equipment to direct flow.

Dated at Toronto, this 15th day, in the month of October, in the year 1996, for application number 1996-46.

Roy Philippe

Michael Lio

Rick Florio