2015 Update to the Ontario Building Code

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Transcript 2015 Update to the Ontario Building Code

2015 Update to OBC

September 17, 2014

2014 Update package

  Minor changes to the code: 

occupancy

to occupancy  Regulation to Missing words regulation Updated fees for BMEC submissions 2

Building Code Act

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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

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

Voice Communication

  Housekeeping change to 3.2.4.23.(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) 4

January 1, 2015

 Multiple changes to the code with respect to increasing Accessibility  I have included only those that impact CFAA issues 5

Referenced Documents

 NFPA 72 2013 “National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code” added  Referenced to Smoke Alarms in 3.2.4.22.(13) and 9.10.19.1.

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3.2.4.19.(4) Alert and Alarm Signals

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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 3.8.2.3.(2), (3), (4) or (6), and  (f) in the living space in a

occupancy

in a Group C apartment

building

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suite

of

residential major occupancy

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3.2.4.22.(13) Smoke Alarms

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New sentence:

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”.

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3.8.1.5 Controls

     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

9.10.19.1 Smoke Alarms

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New sentence:

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”.

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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 3.8.2.1.

 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.

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Residential Suites 3.8.2.1.

 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

Washrooms 3.8.2.3.

 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

Hotels 3.8.2.4.

  10% of suites to be BF (existing) Controls and safety devices in the suite to 3.8.1.5. (new)  Suite entrances doors to BF suites have power door operators (new) 16

Hotels 3.8.2.4.

 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

Doors 3.8.3.3.

Principle entrance doors

to buildings to have power door operators.

 If a

Vestibule

occurs, both doors require power door operators  Exception for Detention occupancies and Industrial Occupancies (Previously more exceptions) 18

Doors 3.8.3.3.

 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

3.8.3.12 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

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Sliding Door

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Doors in series

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Washroom Stalls

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Ambulatory Washroom

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Universal Washroom

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Grab Bars

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Accessible Urinal

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Fire Code Changes

 Amendments to the Fire Code Retrofit requirements will also have impact on your work.

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Permit Requirements

Fire Alarm Systems 31

Scope of Work

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Maintenance

– No Permit Required

Repair

– Permit Required

Upgrade

– Permit Required

Replace

– Permit Required

Emergency Repairs

– Permit required as above 32

Maintenance

– 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

Repair -

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

Repair

- 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

Upgrade

- 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

Upgrade

- 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

Replace

- 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

Replace

- Permit  Installation to CAN/ULC-S524 and Verification to CAN/ULC-S537  Professional involvement is necessary where required by the OBC or PEO 39

Emergency Repairs

 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.

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Emergency Repairs

 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?

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