The Quebec building code requires that all new buildings, as well as existing buildings undergoing major renovations, be equipped with a fire protection system. Sprinkler systems are one of the most common types of fire protection systems used in buildings and are regulated by the Quebec Building Code.
According to the Quebec Building Code, a sprinkler system must be installed in a building if the building is:
- Over three stories in building height or over 600 square meters in building area
- Used for assembly, care, or residential occupancies, including apartments, hotels, and dormitories
- Used for business and personal services occupancies, such as offices and clinics
- Used for high hazard industrial occupancies, such as factories and laboratories
The sprinkler system must be designed and installed in accordance with the National Fire Code of Canada and the standards established by the National Research Council of Canada. The system must be regularly inspected, tested, and maintained to ensure that it is in proper working condition at all times.
It is important to note that even if a building does not meet the requirements for a sprinkler system, the building owner may still choose to install a sprinkler system for added fire protection. The decision to install a sprinkler system is ultimately up to the building owner, but it is always recommended to consult with a professional to ensure that the system is installed correctly and meets all applicable standards and regulations.
In conclusion, the law in Quebec requires that all buildings over a certain height or area be equipped with a fire protection system, including a sprinkler system. The sprinkler system must be designed, installed, and maintained in accordance with the standards established by the National Fire Code of Canada and the National Research Council of Canada. Building owners who choose to install a sprinkler system must ensure that the system meets all applicable standards and regulations to ensure maximum fire protection for building occupants.