BCAB #1207 - Hearths for Fireplace Inserts; Articles 22.214.171.124., 126.96.36.199. & 188.8.131.52.,
May 18, 1990
Re: Hearths for Fireplace Inserts; Articles 184.108.40.206., 220.127.116.11. & 18.104.22.168.,
Fireplace Inserts conforming to ULC S628, "Standard for Fireplace Inserts."
Reason for Appeal
Article 22.214.171.124. requires the installation of fireplace inserts to comply with ULC S628.
The Building Code requires fireplace inserts to be installed in accordance with ULC S628. ULC S628 requires installation instructions to be provided which must detail the requirements for a hearth. The instructions require a 16" (400 mm) hearth.
Building Official's Position
Comments not provided.
Appeal Board Decision #1207
Fireplace inserts are covered under Section 9.22 of the B.C. Building Code 1985 , rather than Subsection 9.34.2. which deals with stoves, ranges and space heaters. Therefore, the requirement for fireplace hearths which includes fireplace inserts is contained in Article 126.96.36.199. This requires a hearth of at least 400 mm and not 450 mm as required in Article 188.8.131.52.
George R. Humphrey, Chair