BCAB #1518 - Protection of Exit Facilities, Articles 126.96.36.199 and 188.8.131.52
September 20, 2000
Re: Protection of Exit Facilities, Articles 184.108.40.206 and 220.127.116.11
The project is a sprinklered 4 storey Group C apartment building over a single storey underground storage garage.
Reason for Appeal
Articles 18.104.22.168. and 22.214.171.124. require protection of exit facilities and walls exposed to unprotected openings in other walls in different fire compartments.
The appellant contends the exposure protection required by Sentences 126.96.36.199.(1),(2) and (3) are waived in a building that is sprinklered. Clause 188.8.131.52.(4)(c) refers to a closure conforming to the requirements of Article 184.108.40.206. Sentence 220.127.116.11.(3) exempts the requirements for exposure protection for the unprotected openings within a building that is sprinklered.
Building Official's Position
As there is no direct reference to Sentence 18.104.22.168.(3) from Article 22.214.171.124., the Building Official contends that exposure protection is required for the exits. Also, that a closure by definition is not regular glazing and the exemption for protection in Sentence 126.96.36.199.(3) is to unprotected openings which are not closures.
Appeal Board Decision #1518
It is the determination of the Board that the exposure protection of exits required by Article 188.8.131.52 is not waived by Sentence 184.108.40.206.(3), even though the building is sprinklered.
George Humphrey, Chair