Division C
Administrative Provisions

Part 2 — Administrative Provisions

Section 2.3. Alternative Solutions

2.3.1. Documentation of Alternative Solutions

(See Appendix A.) Documentation

1) When required by the Chief Building Official, documentation conforming to this Subsection shall be provided by the person requesting the use of an alternative solution to demonstrate that the proposed alternative solution complies with this By-law.

2) The documentation referred to in Sentence (1) shall include

a)a By-law analysis outlining the analytical methods and rationales used to determine that a proposed alternative solution will achieve at least the level of performance required by Clause of Division A and Subsection 2.3.2., and

b)information concerning any special maintenance or operational requirements, including any building component commissioning requirements, that are necessary for the alternative solution to achieve compliance with the By-law after the building is constructed.

3) The By-law analysis referred to in Clause and Subsection 2.3.2. shall identify the applicable objectives, functional statements and acceptable solutions, and any assumptions, limiting or restricting factors, testing procedures, engineering studies or building performance parameters that will support a By-law compliance assessment.

4) The By-law analysis referred to in Clause and Subsection 2.3.2. shall include information about the qualifications, experience and background of the person or persons taking responsibility for the design.

5) The information provided under Sentence (3) shall be in sufficient detail to convey the design intent and to support the validity, accuracy, relevance and precision of the By-law analysis.

6) Where the design of a building includes proposed alternative solutions that involve more than one person taking responsibility for different aspects of the design, the applicant for the permit shall identify a single person to co-ordinate the preparation of the design, By-law analysis and documentation referred to in this Subsection.

2.3.2. Additional Requirements for Fire Safety Alternative Solutions Design Criteria

1) Alternative solutions, as described in Article, shall be based upon an acceptable report produced by an acceptable registered professional, that includes

a)a thorough description of the building,

b)an analysis of the building that identifies all deviations from the requirements of this By-law,

c)an outline of the life safety principles used for the alternative solutions and their rationale, based upon NRC fire research reports and other approved agencies where applicable,

d)recommendations for alternative solutions instead of the requirements of this By-law,

e)an evaluation of the recommended alternative solutions based upon generally recognized studies,

f)evidence of reliable performance for the alternative solutions,

g)a method of monitoring the design of all alternative solutions, and

h)a commitment to perform sufficient field review of the alternative solutions.

2) The report described in Sentence (1) and its supporting documents shall be sufficiently detailed to permit evaluation of the alternative solutions without the use of supplemental information.

3) Where any of the requirements for life and fire safety in this By-law have been satisfied by an alternative solution pursuant to Article, the registered professional who applied for acceptance of the alternative solution shall

a)submit a letter assuring that the alternative solution, as installed, will perform in the manner recommended to and accepted by the Chief Building Official, and

b)when requested by the Chief Building Official, submit an acceptable commissioning and testing report of a construction review which demonstrates that the special devices or methods forming part of the alternative solution meet the intent of the accepted alternative solution.

2.3.3. Alternative Solution Review Panel Appointment and Functions

1) The Chief Building Official may appoint, for any alternative solution application, an alternative solution review panel of up to three experts to review the application, hear from the applicant and city staff, and advise the Chief Building Official on the proposed solution.

2) An applicant shall pay fees for the alternative solutions review panel as set out in section 2(q) of Part A of the Fee Schedule.