ADOPTS WITH AMENDMENTS:

International Fire Code 2015 (IFC 2015)

Part I — Administrative

Part II — General Safety Provisions

Part III — Building and Equipment Design Features

Part IV — Special Occupancies and Operations

Part V — Hazardous Materials

Part VI — Referenced Standards

Part VII — Appendices

Heads up: There are no amended sections in this chapter.
CALIFORNIA FIRE CODE — MATRIX ADOPTION TABLE
APPENDIX BB — FIRE-FLOW REQUIREMENTS FOR BUILDINGS
(Matrix Adoption Tables are non-regulatory, intended only as an aid to the user.
See Chapter 1 for state agency authority and building applications.)
Adopting Agency BSC BSC-CG SFM HCD DSA OSHPD BSCC DPH AGR DWR CEC CA SL SLC
T-24 T-19* 1 2 1/AC AC SS 1 2 3 4
Adopt Entire Chapter X
Adopt Entire Chapter as amended (amended sections listed below)
Adopt only those sections that are listed below
[California Code of Regulations, Title 19, Division 1]
Chapter / Section
*  The California Code of Regulations (CCR), Title 19, Division 1 provisions that are found in the California Fire Code are a reprint from the current CCR, Title 19, Division 1 text for the code user's convenience only. The scope, applicability and appeals procedures of CCR, Title 19, Division I remain the same.

The procedures determining fire-flow requirements for any school buildings or portions of buildings hereafter constructed for which review and approval is required under Subdivision(a) of Section 17280 of the Government Code shall be in accordance with this appendix as amended by the state fire marshal. This appendix does not apply to structures other than buildings.

For the purpose of Appendix III-A, certain terms are defined as follows:

FIRE AREA. The floor area, in square feet, used to determine the required fire flow.

FIRE FLOW. The flow rate of a water supply, measured at 20 psi (137.9 kPa) residual pressure, that is available for firefighting.

An alternative method of providing water for fire protection or any other alternative, in lieu of providing the water, may be enforced when deemed appropriate by the fire chief and the state fire marshal.

The fire area shall be the total floor area of all floor levels within the exterior walls, and under the horizontal projections of the roof of a building, except as modified in Section 4.

Portions of buildings which are separated by one or more 4-hour area separation walls constructed in accordance with the building code, without openings and provided with a 30-inch (762 mm) parapet, are allowed to be considered as separate fire areas.

The fire area of buildings constructed of Type I and Type IB construction shall be the area of the three largest successive floors.

The minimum fire flow and flow duration for school buildings shall be as specified in Table BB105.1.

Exception: A reduction in required fire flow of up to 75 percent is allowed when the building is provided with an approved automatic sprinkler system. When a reduction in fire flow is used, fire flow shall not be less than 1500 GPM.

TABLE BB105.1

MINIMUM REQUIRED FIRE-FLOW AND FLOW DURATION FOR BUILDINGS

FIRE AREA (square feet)FIRE-FLOW (gallons per minute)bFLOW DURATION (hours)
Type IA and IB aType IIA and IIIA aType IV and V-A aType IIB and IIIB aType V-B a
0-22,7000-12,7000-8,2000-5,9000-3,6001,5002
22,701-30,20012,701-17,0008,201-10,9005,901-7,9003,601-4,8001,750
30,201-38,70017,001-21,80010,901-12,9007,901-9,8004,801-6,2002,000
38,701-48,30021,801-24,20012,901-17,4009,801-12,6006,201-7,7002,250
48,301-59,00024,201-33,20017,401-21,30012,601-15,4007,701-9,4002,500
59,001-70,90033,201-39,70021,301-25,50015,401-18,4009,401-11,3002,750
70,901-83,70039,701-47,10025,501-30,10018,401-21,80011,301-13,4003,0003
83,701-97,70047,101-54,90030,101-35,20021,801-25,90013,401-15,6003,250
97,701-112,70054,901-63,40035,201-40,60025,901-29,30015,601-18,0003,500
112,701-128,70063,401-72,40040,601-46,40029,301-33,50018,001-20,6003,750
128,701-145,90072,401-82,10046,401-52,50033,501-37,90020,601-23,3004,0004
145,901-164,20082,101-92,40052,501-59,10037,901-42,70023,301-26,3004,250
164,201-183,40092,401-103,10059,101-66,00042,701-47,70026,301-29,3004,500
183,401-203,700103,101-114,60066,001-73,30047,701-53,00029,301-32,6004,750
203,701-225,200114,601-126,70073,301-81,10053,001-58,60032,601-36,0005,000
225,201-247,700126,701-139,40081,101-89,20058,601-65,40036,001-39,6005,250
247,701-271,200139,401-152,60089,201-97,70065,401-70,60039,601-43,4005,500
271,201-295,900152,601-166,50097,701-106,50070,601-77,00043,401-47,4005,750
295,901-Greater166,501-Greater106,501-115,80077,001-83,70047,401-51,5006,000
115,801-125,50083,701-90,60051,501-55,7006,250
125,501-135,50090,601-97,90055,701-60,2006,500
135,501-145,80097,901-106,80060,201-64,8006,750
145,801-156,700106,801-113,20064,801-69,6007,000
156,701-167,900113,201-121,30069,601-74,6007,250
167,901-179,400121,301-129,60074,601-79,8007,500
179,401-191,400129,601-138,30079,801-85,1007,750
191,401-Greater138,301-Greater85,101-Greater8,000

For SI: 1 square foot = 0.0929 m2, 1 gallon per minute = 3.785 L/m, 1 pound per square inch = 6.895kPa.

  1. Types of construction are based on the California Building Code.
  2. Measured at 20 psi.
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