BCAB #1399 - Wall Protection at Urinals, Article

June 15, 1995

BCAB #1399

Re: Wall Protection at Urinals, Article

Project Description

This appeal concerns wall protection at urinals in washrooms in an elementary school.

Reason for Appeal

Article requires the wall surface beside urinals to be protected by "impervious and durable material".

Appellant's Position

The appellant considers 2 coats of enamel paint on drywall is durable and impervious.

Building Official's Position

The building official considers the code to be looking for special attention to this section of wall finish so it will stand up to more than normal finishes, such as enamel paint, are expected to take.

Appeal Board Decision #1399

It is the determination of the Board that enamel paint on drywall is neither impervious nor durable in these circumstances and is not an acceptable finish adjacent to urinals. Enamel paint is not impervious to moisture and would not be durable under the regular cleaning typical in a school washroom.

George R. Humphrey, Chair