Transcript 2015 Update to the Ontario Building Code
2015 Update to OBC
September 17, 2014
2014 Update package
Minor changes to the code:
to occupancy Regulation to Missing words regulation Updated fees for BMEC submissions 2
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
Engineers Act Professional
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; 3
Housekeeping change to 188.8.131.52.(10)
The voice communication system required by Sentence (7) shall meet the silencing and transmission requirements of Sentences (3) to (5).
Previously referenced (6) 4
January 1, 2015
Multiple changes to the code with respect to increasing Accessibility I have included only those that impact CFAA issues 5
NFPA 72 2013 “National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code” added Referenced to Smoke Alarms in 184.108.40.206.(13) and 220.127.116.11.
18.104.22.168.(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
described in Sentence 22.214.171.124.(2), (3), (4) or (6), and (f) in the living space in a
in a Group C apartment
residential major occupancy
126.96.36.199.(13) Smoke Alarms
13) Smoke alarms described in Sentence (1) shall have a visual signaling component conforming to the requirements in 18.5.3. (Light, Color and Pulse Characteristics) of NFPA 72, “National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code”.
Manual pull stations in a Barrier-Free path of travel: Accessible by a person in a wheelchair Operate with a closed fist, max 22.2.N force Mounted a 1200 mm above finished floor Note: Thermostats at 1200 mm and other building controls min 900 mm / max 1100mm 9
188.8.131.52 Smoke Alarms
2) Smoke alarms described in Sentence (1) shall have a visual signaling component conforming to the requirements in 18.5.3. (Light, Color and Pulse Characteristics) of NFPA 72, “National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code”.
Other Accessibility Changes
These items may not directly impact F/A systems For information to clarify why you may see design changes 11
Areas Requiring Access 184.108.40.206.
Old: • Entrance storey and all floor areas accessed by an elevator, escalator or lift New: • Entrance storey and all floor areas accessed by an elevator, escalator or lift • All office and residential buildings exceeding 3 storeys OR 600 m2 12
Rooftop Amenity Space
External rooftop spaces are common amenity areas on new buildings.
These must be made accessible.
Rooftop spaces for building services are not included.
Residential Suites 220.127.116.11.
Old • 10% of units to BF requirements • Can be located anywhere in the building New • 15% of units to BF requirements • Proportioned to 1, 2 and 3+ bedrooms • Distributed among storeys 14
Old • BF washrooms OR stalls, only 1/floor New • # BF washrooms based on height of building • # BF stalls as a ration of the # WC 15
10% of suites to be BF (existing) Controls and safety devices in the suite to 18.104.22.168. (new) Suite entrances doors to BF suites have power door operators (new) 16
If the hotel has a generator for emergency power • Minimum 1 receptacle to be supplied with emergency power • The receptacle to be signed EMERGENCY POWER OUTLET 17
Principle entrance doors
to buildings to have power door operators.
occurs, both doors require power door operators Exception for Detention occupancies and Industrial Occupancies (Previously more exceptions) 18
Power door operators required on: • BF washrooms • Assembly occupancies within residential buildings Where proximity scanners are used, they must detect a person in a wheelchair 19
22.214.171.124 Universal Washroom
An emergency call system with audible and visual signal devices inside the Barrier-Free washroom Must be different from the building fire alarm (both visual and audible) 20
Doors in series
Fire Code Changes
Amendments to the Fire Code Retrofit requirements will also have impact on your work.
Fire Alarm Systems 31
Scope of Work
– No Permit Required
– Permit Required
– Permit Required
– Permit Required
– Permit required as above 32
– No Permit Replacement of defective components with compatible components To keep the system functioning to original design and installation standards Defective control panels may be replaced only if the exact replacement panel is available 33
Permit Substantial replacement of equipment that will improve the fire alarm performance Replacement of older panels that are no longer available New panels to accommodate newer technology 34
- Permit Panel from a different manufacturer New components that incorporate newer technology Installation to CAN/ULC-S524 and Verification to CAN/ULC-S537 Professional involvement is necessary where required by the OBC or PEO 35
- Permit Involves changes to the design of the original system Upgrading may be voluntary by the owner Upgrading may be as a result of a Fire Code order May include the addition of new devices, components, panels, zones 36
- Permit May include upgrades necessary for compliance with barrier-free accessibility requirements Installation to CAN/ULC-S524 and Verification to CAN/ULC-S537 Professional involvement is necessary where required by the OBC or PEO 37
- Permit The complete replacement of a fire alarm system Replacement of a substantial portion of the system Replacement may be voluntary, as a result of a building renovation program or as a result of a Fire Code order 38
- Permit Installation to CAN/ULC-S524 and Verification to CAN/ULC-S537 Professional involvement is necessary where required by the OBC or PEO 39
Fire 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.
Installation to CAN/ULC-S524 and Verification to CAN/ULC-S537 Professional involvement is necessary where required by the OBC or PEO Note: Is notification to the Fire Department required or recommended?