BCAB #1518 - Protection of Exit Facilities, Articles 22.214.171.124 and 126.96.36.199
September 20, 2000
Re: Protection of Exit Facilities, Articles 188.8.131.52 and 184.108.40.206
The project is a sprinklered 4 storey Group C apartment building over a single storey underground storage garage.
Reason for Appeal
Articles 220.127.116.11. and 18.104.22.168. 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 22.214.171.124.(1),(2) and (3) are waived in a building that is sprinklered. Clause 126.96.36.199.(4)(c) refers to a closure conforming to the requirements of Article 188.8.131.52. Sentence 184.108.40.206.(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 220.127.116.11.(3) from Article 18.104.22.168., 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 22.214.171.124.(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 126.96.36.199 is not waived by Sentence 188.8.131.52.(3), even though the building is sprinklered.
George Humphrey, Chair