BCAB #1552 - Watercloset Requirements for Assembly Occupancy, Sentences 22.214.171.124.(1) and 126.96.36.199.(6)
September 19, 2001
Re: Watercloset Requirements for Assembly Occupancy, Sentences 188.8.131.52.(1) and 184.108.40.206.(6)
An addition is proposed for a secondary school; being a separate building located about 20 meters from the existing school. The proposed new building does not have adequate waterclosets for its calculated occupant load. The existing school building has an excess of water closets for its calculated occupant load. The cumulative number of water closets of both buildings would exceed the number required by Sentence 220.127.116.11.(6) for the cumulative occupant load of both buildings.
Reason for Appeal
Sentence 18.104.22.168.(1) requires buildings to be provided with or have accessible to its occupants toilet fixtures. Sentence 22.214.171.124.(6) stipulates the number of waterclosets required for assembly occupancies.
The appellant indicates the nature of secondary school education is that students move from class to class, block to block and do not stay within the same building for an entire day. This rotation places the transient student population in close proximity to washroom facilities in either the new addition or the existing block. For this reason the appellant contends it would be a reasonable approach to consider the buildings as one facility for the purpose of calculating water closet requirements.
Building Official’s Position
The Building Official considers each building should provide adequate waterclosets as required by Sentence 126.96.36.199.(6) for the calculated occupant load of each building.
Appeal Board Decision #1552
It is the determination of the Board that provided the school undertakes to ensure the washroom facilities of both buildings are accessible to the occupants of each building, a cumulative washroom count can be applied.
George Humphrey, Chair