BCAB #1650 - Storage Garage Separation from Individual Storage Spaces, Sentence 126.96.36.199.(1)
September 17, 2008
Re: Storage Garage Separation from Individual Storage Spaces, Sentence 188.8.131.52.(1)
The subject is sprinklered basement storage garage beneath a twenty-four storey building. Individual wire cage storage spaces, about 3 m X 1.5 m, are proposed in the front portion of parking spaces.
Reason for Appeal
Sentence 184.108.40.206.(1) states a storage garage shall be separated from other occupancies by a fire separation with a fire resistance rating of 1.5 h.
The appellant acknowledges this matter has been dealt with by previous appeals, however new information is now provided by the Code’s intent statements. The intent statement indicates: To limit the probability that fire will spread from a storage garage to other parts of the building.
The appellant contends the 1.5 h fire separation is required between the storage garage and other occupancies and not between storage spaces of the same occupancy within the garage. The storage spaces should be permitted provided the combustible fuel load is limited to a F3 major occupancy, the same occupancy classification of the storage garage.
Building Official's Position
The Building Official contends the matter has been ruled on with previous appeals, and that there is no significant new information for re-consideration.
Appeal Board Decision #1650
The Board considers the storage spaces to be a different occupancy than a storage garage as defined.
It is the determination of the Board that a fire separation with a minimum fire resistance rating of 1.5 hours is required between the parking garage and the storage spaces.
George Humphrey, Chair