BCAB #1254 - Dead Loads Due to Partitions - Sentences 18.104.22.168.(2) and 22.214.171.124.(3)
June 26, 1991
Re: Dead Loads Due to Partitions - Sentences 126.96.36.199.(2) and 188.8.131.52.(3)
A new second floor being added within an existing building. The floor is approximately 950 square feet in area and intended for office use.
Reason for Appeal
Sentence 184.108.40.206.(2) requires allowances to be made for partitions other than permanent ones where they are shown on the plans, or are likely to be installed in the future. Sentence 220.127.116.11.(3) requires a partition weight allowance to be determined from the actual or anticipated weight of the partitions, but shall not be less than 1 kPa over the area being considered.
The appellant contends that Sentence 18.104.22.168.(3) refers to the non-permanent partitions mentioned in Sentence 22.214.171.124.(2). Therefore, the weight allowance only applies if non-permanent partitions are either shown, or are likely to be added in the future. He considers this to be a designer's decision and as non-permanent partitions are not intended to be used in this office, now or in the future, he did not apply a weight allowance to his design. He points out that in the 1977 National Building Code the requirements now contained in Sentences 126.96.36.199.(2), (3) and (4) were in one Sentence making it clear the requirements are directly related to each other.
Building Official's Position
The building official maintains that Sentence 188.8.131.52.(3) applies to all floor areas.
Appeal Board Decision #1254
It is the determination of the Board that Sentence 184.108.40.206.(3) refers to the partitions in Sentence 220.127.116.11.(2). The Board also considers that it is reasonable to assume that partitions might be added in the future within office areas of buildings. Therefore a weight allowance of at least 1 kPa must be provided for in office areas.
George R. Humphrey, Chair