BCAB #1571 - Fire Alarm System in Sprinklered Townhouse Project, Sentence 188.8.131.52.(8)
September 11, 2002
Re: Fire Alarm System in Sprinklered Townhouse Project, Sentence 184.108.40.206.(8)
The project in question is a new Part 9 five-unit townhouse project. Each unit is two storeys plus basement and has two egress doors from the first storey. The building is fully sprinklered as required by a municipal bylaw.
Reason for Appeal
Sentence 220.127.116.11.(8) states that where sprinkler systems are installed they shall conform to Part 3. This is a very broad reference and there is disagreement as to what requirements of Part 3 are applicable.
The appellant contends that Sentence 18.104.22.168.(8) applies only to the installation of the sprinkler system and is referring to Subsection 3.2.5., Provisions for Fire Fighting, which contains the requirements for installing sprinkler systems.
Building Official's Position
The building official maintains that Sentence 22.214.171.124.(8) refers to Part 3 in general. Therefore, Sentence 126.96.36.199.(1) which requires a fire alarm system in any building with a sprinkler system, also applies. Also, the User’s Guide to Part 3 of the NBC states "regardless of any other conditions, a fire alarm system is required in every building in which an automatic sprinkler system is installed."
Appeal Board Decision #1571
It is the determination of the Board that Sentence 188.8.131.52.(8) applies only to the installation requirements of the sprinkler system itself and is not intended to refer to other requirements such as fire alarms.
George Humphrey, Chair