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BC Building Trades welcomes balcony sprinkler announcement

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by JOC News Service

The BC Building Trades has spoken out in favor of a revision to the BC Building Code that would mandate sprinklers on balconies of wood frame buildings of four stories or smaller.
BC Building Trades welcomes balcony sprinkler announcement

The current BC Building Code was amended in 2009 to require sprinklers on five and six storey wood frame building balconies when the government approved six-storey wood frame construction.

"Safety is the number one priority for our members. We want to ensure that everything we build is to the highest standards for the residents that will live there," United Association of Plumbers, Pipefitters and Sprinkler Fitters Local 324 business agent Jim Noon said.

"There are hundreds of highly skilled and qualified sprinkler fitters across BC that are ready and able to perform this important safety upgrade. This change to BC Building Code is long overdue," Noon added.

The current BC Building Code was amended in 2009 to require sprinklers on five and six storey wood frame building balconies when the government approved six-storey wood frame construction.

A recent fire at a Langley condominium complex brought the sprinkler issue to the attention of the general public, and B.C. minister of housing indicated in an interview with the Langley Advance that his ministry is open to changing the code, with or without federal implementation.

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