BCAB #1561 - Seismic Importance Factor for Schools, Sentence 126.96.36.199.(10)
March 18, 2002
Re: Seismic Importance Factor for Schools, Sentence 188.8.131.52.(10)
The subject is a three storey building located on a university campus and its intended occupancy is classrooms and administrative offices.
Reason for Appeal
Sentence 184.108.40.206.(10) states the seismic importance factor shall equal 1.3 for schools and 1.0 for all other buildings.
The appellant contends for the purpose of the application of Sentence 220.127.116.11.(10), a university classroom/office building should not be considered a school. The applicable importance factor should be 1.0.
Building Official's Position
The Building Official acknowledges that information provided by the National Research Council indicates the intent of Sentence 18.104.22.168.(10) may not have been to consider university buildings to be schools. However, if one is to use a dictionary definition (Canadian Oxford) a university is considered as a school. In the case of conflict, the Building official considers his role to apply what the Building Code says and not what it may have intended. The Building Official considers the applicable importance factor to be 1.3.
Appeal Board Decision #1561
It is the determination of the Board, based on National Building Code intent statements and confirmation from standing committee members and Canadian Codes Centre staff, that the applicable seismic importance factor for this university building is 1.0.
George Humphrey, Chair