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FC 403, Standard for Fire Sprinkler Systems, November 1994

1. General

1.1 Purpose
This standard describes the requirements for the design, construction, installation, inspection, testing and maintenance of sprinkler systems in Government of Canada property to minimize risks to life and property and to protect and conserve the Government's financial position.

1.2 Application
This standard applies to all: 

  1. departments and agencies listed in Schedules I and II of the Financial Administration Act (FAA) with the exception of the Department of National Defence,

  2.  
  3. branches designated as departments for the purposes of the FAA, and

  4.  
  5. those departments and other portions of the Public Service as defined in Part I of Schedule I of the Public Service Staff Relations Act. 
1.3 Scope
This standard describes the requirements for the design, construction, installation, inspection, testing and maintenance of sprinkler systems in: 
  1. new buildings and structures,

  2.  
  3. existing buildings and structures, and

  4.  
  5. alteration and reconstruction of existing buildings and structures. 
1.4 Administration
  1. The Fire Commissioner of Canada or the authorized representative of the Fire Commissioner of Canada (henceforth referred to as FC) is responsible for the administration and enforcement of the requirements of this standard.

  2.  
  3. This standard is not to be interpreted as permitting practices specifically prohibited by provincial or other legislation.

  4.  
  5. Where reference is made to other codes and standards, unless otherwise stipulated, the reference shall be to the latest edition including amendments to that code or standard. 
1.5 Definitions
Certain terms used in this standard are defined.

Administrative Official means that official responsible for the administration of the property.

Approved or approval means acceptable to the Fire Commissioner of Canada or the authorized representative of the Fire Commissioner of Canada.

Fast Response Sprinkler means a type of sprinkler with a high level of thermal sensitivity, enabling it to respond at an early stage of fire development. It includes Early Suppression Fast Response (ESFR), Quick-Response (QR), Quick-Response Extended Coverage (QREC), Quick-Response Early Suppression (QRES) and residential sprinklers.

Government of Canada property means real or personal property under the administration and control of a federal government department or agency, including property leased to the government.

Heritage building means any federally owned building that has been designated as either "Classified" or "Recognized" for its heritage significance upon recommendation by the Federal Heritage Buildings Review Office.

Historic building means any federally owned building that has been declared of national significance by the Minister of Environment Canada on the advice of the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada.

Sprinkler system means an integrated system of sprinklers, piping and valves arranged to discharge water over a designated area and includes the water supply facility such as a connection to a municipal waterworks system, water tank or fire pump and reservoir.

Listed means equipment or materials included in a list published by a certification organization accredited by the Standards Council of Canada.

1.6 Abbreviations

  1. The abbreviations in this standard for the names of authorities and associations shall have the meaning assigned to them in this Clause.

  2. AWWA - American Water Works Association
    FC - Fire Commissioner of Canada or the authorized representative of the Fire Commissioner of Canada
    FUS - Fire Underwriters' Survey
    NBC - National Building Code of Canada
    NFC - National Fire Code of Canada
    NFPA - National Fire Protection Association
    ULC - Underwriters' Laboratories of Canada
     
  3. The abbreviations of words and phrases in this standard shall have the meanings assigned to them in this Clause.

  4. kPa - kilopascal
    h - hour
    L - litre
    m - metre
    mē - square metre
    mm - millimetre
    min - minute
    s - second
    Zv - velocity-related seismic zone
    C - degree Celsius 
 
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