2 2014 Update package Minor changes to the code: occupancy to occupancy Regulation to regulationMissing wordsUpdated fees for BMEC submissions
3 Building Code Act Issuance of permits 8. (2) The chief building official shall issue a permit referred to in subsection (1) unless,(b.1) the Architects Act or the Professional Engineers Act requires that the proposed construction of the building be designed by an architect or a professional engineer or a combination of both and the proposed construction is not so designed;
4 Voice Communication Housekeeping change to 188.8.131.52.(10) (10) The voice communication system required by Sentence (7) shall meet the silencing and transmission requirements of Sentences (3) to (5).Previously referenced (6)
5 January 1, 2015Multiple changes to the code with respect to increasing AccessibilityI have included only those that impact CFAA issues
6 Referenced DocumentsNFPA “National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code” addedReferenced to Smoke Alarms in (13) and
7 184.108.40.206.(4) Alert and Alarm Signals Two new additions:(4) … visual signal devices shall be installed in addition to audible signal devices,(e) in a washroom for public use described in Sentence (2), (3), (4) or (6), and(f) in the living space in a suite of residential occupancy in a Group C major occupancy apartment building.
8 220.127.116.11.(13) Smoke Alarms New sentence: 13) Smoke alarms described in Sentence (1) shall have a visual signaling component conforming to the requirements in (Light, Color and Pulse Characteristics) of NFPA 72, “National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code”.
9 ControlsManual pull stations in a Barrier-Free path of travel:Accessible by a person in a wheelchairOperate with a closed fist, max 22.2.N forceMounted a 1200 mm above finished floorNote: Thermostats at 1200 mm and other building controls min 900 mm / max 1100mm
10 18.104.22.168 Smoke Alarms New sentence: 2) Smoke alarms described in Sentence (1) shall have a visual signaling component conforming to the requirements in (Light, Color and Pulse Characteristics) of NFPA 72, “National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code”.
11 Other Accessibility Changes These items may not directly impact F/A systemsFor information to clarify why you may see design changes
12 Areas Requiring Access 22.214.171.124. Old:Entrance storey and all floor areas accessed by an elevator, escalator or liftNew:All office and residential buildings exceeding 3 storeys OR 600 m2
13 Rooftop Amenity SpaceExternal rooftop spaces are common amenity areas on new buildings.These must be made accessible.Rooftop spaces for building services are not included.
14 Residential Suites 126.96.36.199. Old New 10% of units to BF requirements Can be located anywhere in the buildingNew15% of units to BF requirementsProportioned to 1, 2 and 3+ bedroomsDistributed among storeys
15 Washrooms 188.8.131.52. Old New BF washrooms OR stalls, only 1/floor # BF washrooms based on height of building# BF stalls as a ration of the # WC
16 Hotels 184.108.40.206. 10% of suites to be BF (existing) Controls and safety devices in the suite to (new)Suite entrances doors to BF suites have power door operators (new)
17 Hotels 220.127.116.11. If the hotel has a generator for emergency power Minimum 1 receptacle to be supplied with emergency powerThe receptacle to be signed EMERGENCY POWER OUTLET
18 DoorsPrinciple entrance doors to buildings to have power door operators.If a Vestibule occurs, both doors require power door operatorsException for Detention occupancies and Industrial Occupancies (Previously more exceptions)
19 Doors 18.104.22.168. Power door operators required on: BF washroomsAssembly occupancies within residential buildingsWhere proximity scanners are used, they must detect a person in a wheelchair
20 Universal WashroomAn emergency call system with audible and visual signal devices inside the Barrier-Free washroomMust be different from the building fire alarm (both visual and audible)
32 Scope of Work Maintenance – No Permit Required Repair – Permit RequiredUpgrade – Permit RequiredReplace – Permit RequiredEmergency Repairs – Permit required as above
33 Maintenance – No Permit To keep the system functioning to original design and installation standardsReplacement of defective components with compatible componentsDefective control panels may be replaced only if the exact replacement panel is available
34 Repair - PermitSubstantial replacement of equipment that will improve the fire alarm performanceReplacement of older panels that are no longer availableNew panels to accommodate newer technology
35 Repair - Permit Panel from a different manufacturer New components that incorporate newer technologyInstallation to CAN/ULC-S524 and Verification to CAN/ULC-S537Professional involvement is necessary where required by the OBC or PEO
36 Upgrade - Permit Involves changes to the design of the original system Upgrading may be voluntary by the ownerUpgrading may be as a result of a Fire Code orderMay include the addition of new devices, components, panels, zones
37 Upgrade - PermitMay include upgrades necessary for compliance with barrier-free accessibility requirementsInstallation to CAN/ULC-S524 and Verification to CAN/ULC-S537Professional involvement is necessary where required by the OBC or PEO
38 Replace - Permit The complete replacement of a fire alarm system Replacement of a substantial portion of the systemReplacement may be voluntary, as a result of a building renovation program or as a result of a Fire Code order
39 Replace - PermitInstallation to CAN/ULC-S524 and Verification to CAN/ULC-S537Professional involvement is necessary where required by the OBC or PEO
40 Emergency RepairsFire alarm systems in occupied buildings that cease to be operational must be repaired immediately.If the scope of work falls under Repair, Upgrade or Replace from above, a permit should be obtained and after the work is completed.
41 Emergency RepairsInstallation to CAN/ULC-S524 and Verification to CAN/ULC-S537Professional involvement is necessary where required by the OBC or PEONote: Is notification to the Fire Department required or recommended?