Code Professionals in Building Code, Fire Code, Handicap/Barrier Free, Life Safety

The Ontario Building Code (OBC) regulates the construction of buildings in Ontario. It serves to set the guidelines for barrier-free accessibility and fire rating designations, as well as to protect the public’s health, safety and welfare by reducing potential hazards to building occupants. ProAble Hardware Specialties employs trained personnel to help you interpret the code as it applies to our product lines.

NFPA 80 – Standard for Fire Doors and Other Opening Protectives
  • This standard regulates the installation, maintenance and annual inspection of assemblies and devices, including fire rated doors and hardware, to protect openings in the building against the spread of fire and smoke.
NFPA 101 – Life Safety Code
  • This standard addresses the construction, protection, and occupancy features necessary to minimize danger to life from fire, fumes, or panic. It does this by addressing items such as design of means of egress, building services, protective features, maintenance, etc.

City of London‘s Facility Accessibility Design Standard (FADS) was introduced by the City of London on 2001. Its main purpose is to enhance accessibility beyond the minimal requirements of the Ontario Building Code. Some items it has incorporated are the use of auto door operators on main entrances, wider door width for ease of pass-though, and lower lites in doors. FADS is mandatory for all City of London owned, leased, or operated facilities, and is encouraged to be use in all new constructed, or renovated projects within the city to help all accessible to people with disabilities.