The term retrofit is often misinterpreted by owners, landlords, real estate agents and law firms.
The retrofit section of the Ontario Fire Code was adopted under Ontario Regulation 627/92 in October of 1992 and became effective on October 9, 1994. The retrofit Part 9 in its adoption provided building owners a period of two years in which to comply with the new requirements. The fire protection upgrades for these existing buildings were determined by their occupancy type.
The Part 9 retrofit section of the code required fire protection improvements, installations or alterations to existing buildings to meet the minimum performance requirements for life safety.
- Containment of Fire and Smoke
- Fire Alarm and Detection
- Means of Egress
- Fire Suppression Capabilities
Many buildings today still are not retrofitted. When new regulations are passed in the form of amendments to the Ontario Fire Code, building owners are obligated to perform the necessary upgrades to remain in compliance.
More importantly, should an incident occur in an un-retrofitted building, the owner, property manager or persons in care and control of the building may be held responsible.
For more information regarding your Retrofit requirements please contact Waypoint Permit Consulting.