Announcement from Matt Pegg, OAFC President: Proposed amendments to the Ontario Building Code

Announcement from Matt Pegg, OAFC President: Proposed amendments to the Ontario Building Code

March 21, 2014

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing has posted the proposed amendments to the Ontario Building Code (OBC) that would permit six storey wood-frame residential construction. The proposals are open for public review and comment until May 4, 2014. The following link will take you to the proposals: http://www.ontariocanada.com/registry/view.do?postingId=15462&language=en
 
As you will recall, the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs (OAFC) has been following this initiative closely, communicating to Government, that public safety and firefighter safety are of paramount importance when contemplating changes to the OBC. The OAFC is pleased to see that the Government has incorporated our advice, and highlighted resident safety and firefighter safety within the proposals. The OAFC applauds Government for requiring full sprinklering of these buildings, among other important Code requirements.
 
The OAFC will fully review these proposals and will provide more specific comments to Government in accordance with the public proposal process prior to the comment deadline of May 4, 2014.
 
The OAFC continues to encourage Government to await the completion of the ongoing National Research Council (NRC) studies on this topic such that any proposed design, construction and engineering requirements can be properly considered and validated prior to implementation.
 
All members are encouraged to review these important proposals and contact your OAFC Fire Prevention Committee representative or the OAFC office should you have any input you wish to include in the OAFC review of these proposals.
 
M.D. (Matt) Pegg
President
Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs