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BCC Ruling No. 94-41-420

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BUILDING CODE COMMISSION DECISION ON B.C.C. #94-41-420

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

AND IN THE MATTER OF Clause 3.2.9.1.(1)(b) of the Revised Regulation of Ontario 1990, Regulation 61, as amended by O.Regs. 400/91, 158/93, 160/93 and 355/94 (the "Building Code").

AND IN THE MATTER OF an application by Mr. John Havlik, Santasalo North America Inc. for the resolution of a dispute with Mr. Larry Simonato, Chief Building Official, City of Cambridge, concerning sufficiency of compliance with the stand pipe and hose system requirements in Clause 3.2.9.1.(1)(b) of the Building Code.

APPLICANT

Mr. John Havlik, Vice President
Santasalo North America Inc.
Cambridge, Ontario

RESPONDENT

Mr. Larry Simonato
Chief Building Official
City of Cambridge

PANEL

Sarah Maman, Chair
Michael Lio
Rick Florio

PLACE

Toronto, Ontario

DATE OF RULING

December 2, 1994

APPEARANCES

Mr. Fred Schiedel, President
Schiedel Construction Inc.
For the Applicant

RULING

  1. The Applicant

Santasalo North America Inc. is the holder of a permit under the Building Code Act, 1992 to construct a cold steel fabricating and steel material storage addition at 1615 Bishop Street North, Cambridge, Ontario.

  1. Description of Constrution

A building permit was issued on September 15, 1994 to construct a cold steel fabricating and steel material storage addition. When the permit was issued a stand pipe and hose system was required as part of the plans review.

The building area of the new addition is 470 m². The existing building area is 2943 m², with a combined area of 3,413 m².

The building was classified as a Low Hazard Industrial Occupancy (F-3). It was designed in accordance with Article 3.2.2.59. of the Building Code.

The building is of non-combustible construction, 1 storey in building height, unsprinklered and faces 1 street.

  1. Dispute

The dispute between the Applicant and Respondent concerns sufficiency of compliance with the technical requirements of Clause 3.2.9.1.(1)(b) of the Building Code. At issue is the requirement to provide a standpipe and hose system in the proposed addition. Table 3.2.9.A. which forms part of Sentence 3.2.9.1.(1) of the Building Code requires a standpipe and hose system for one storey F-3 occupancies over 3000 m².

  1. Provision of the Building Code

Clause 3.2.9.1.(1)(b) Standpipe and Hose Systems

  1. Except as provided in Article 3.2.9.2., a standpipe and hose system shall be installed in every building that

(b) is greater in building area than the area shown in Table 3.2.9.A. for the applicable building height shown in the Table where the building

i. is not sprinklered, and

ii. is not more than 14 m (45 m 11 in) high measured between grade and the ceiling of the top storey.

  1. Applicant's Position

The applicant stated that the level of safety required by the Building Code is met without the provision of a standpipe and hose system for the following reasons:

  1. The building is used for cold steel processing and steel material storage with little combustible loads;

  1. Construction is non-combustible;

  1. A.B.C. fire extinguishers are located throughout the building;

  1. The Cambridge Fire Department is located on the adjacent property and the water testing/training gun can cover a portion of the existing building; and,

  1. There is good driveway access all around the building with a fire hydrant in front of the building.

  1. Chief Building Officials Position

The respondent stated that the existing building area plus the new addition building area is 3413 m². Clause 3.2.9.1.(1)(b) of the Building Code requires a stand pipe and hose system for the addition because the maximum building area is greater than 3000 m².

  1. Commission Ruling:

In favour of the Applicant. It is the decision of the Building Code Commission that not providing standpipe and hose system in the new addition shows sufficiency of compliance with the Building Code.

  1. Reasons:

  1. The existing building and new addition are used for cold steel processing and the combustible loading is minuscule.

  1. The building is located next door to a constantly attended fire hall.

Dated at Toronto, this 2nd day, in the month of December, in the year 1994, for application number 1994-53.

Sarah Maman

Michael Lio

Rick Florio