BCAB #1245 - Fire Separation of Exits
April 22, 1991
Re: Fire Separation of Exits
An exit stair in an existing hotel. A staff lounge is located adjacent to the exit stair at the lowest level of the building and the path of travel to and from the stair is through the lounge.
Reason for Appeal
The building official has ordered the installation of a wall to fire separate the path of exit travel from the staff lounge.
The appellant contends that Clause 18.104.22.168.(3)(c) applies and as the area in question exceeds 5 metres in width no fire separated corridor is needed.
Building Official's Position
The building official maintains that Sentence 22.214.171.124.(5) & (6) apply and the lounge and adjacent service rooms must be separated from the exit by a 2 hour fire separation in conformance with Sentence 126.96.36.199.(1). The building official contends that the wall did exist at one time and was removed to enlarge the staff lounge.
Appeal Board Decision #1245
It is the determination of the Board that Subsection 3.4.4. applies to this case. Clause 188.8.131.52.(3)(c) does not apply because it refers to a public corridor and the area in question is considered an extension of a required exit from the building. The stair discharges to the exterior through the basement level and therefore, an exit corridor in conformance with Sentence 184.108.40.206.(1) must be provided to separate the exit route from the remainder of the basement floor area, including the staff lounge.
In reference to the appellant's request for a relaxation of Code requirements the Board does not have this authority.
George R. Humphrey, Chair