BCAB #1457 - Fire Separation of Storage Lockers, Articles 18.104.22.168. & 22.214.171.124.
January 21, 1998
Re: Fire Separation of Storage Lockers, Articles 126.96.36.199. & 188.8.131.52.
The project in question is a new four storey residential condominium over a below grade storage garage.
Reason for Appeal
Article 184.108.40.206. requires "...storage rooms not located within a suite, for the use of tenants in residential occupancies, shall be sprinklered and separated from the remainder of the building by a fire separation of...1 hr...". Article 220.127.116.11. requires a storage garage to be "... separated from other occupancies by a fire separation with a fire resistance rating of not less than 1.5 h."
The appellant contends that Article 18.104.22.168. is satisfied by locating the lockers in the storage garage which is considered a separate building and separated from the suites by a floor assembly acting as a fire separation with a minimum 2 hour fire resistance rating. The appellant further contends that Article 22.214.171.124. has no bearing on the appeal.
Building Official's Position
The building official maintains that Article 126.96.36.199. does apply as storage lockers for personal use of the tenants should be sprinklered, separated from the storage garage by a fire separation with a fire resistance rating of 1.5 hours and separated from each other by a fire separation having a fire resistance rating of 3/4 hours.
Appeal Board Decision #1457
It is the determination of the Board that Article 188.8.131.52. applies and requires a 11/2 hour fire separation between the storage garage and the residential storage lockers. Article 184.108.40.206. does not require a rating between the individual storage lockers.
George R. Humphrey, Chair