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NOTE - THE NOTED DISAPPROVED ITEMS MAY NOT CONSTITUTE A COMPLETE LIST OF VIOLATIONS. THE DESIGNER IS TO CONDUCT A COMPLETE RE-REVIEW OF THE PLANS FOR ADDITIONAL VIOLATIONS OF THE STANDARD COMMENTS AND INCORRECT INFORMATION PRIOR TO RESUBMITTING.

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RESIDENCE
01695 OAKMOOR HTS

Review DateStatusComment(s)
4/20/2021 FYI*****(STANDARD COMMENT) This project is: Residence, 1695 Oakmoor Heights, new residence, WUI/HS - hardened structure required Date of Plans: 3/8/2021 This plan review is based on the requirements found within the adopted Editions of the International Residential Code, International Fire Code and the related Standards.
FYI2015 IFC 3310 ACCESS FOR FIREFIGHTING Approved vehicle access for firefighing shall be provided to all construction/demolition sites. Vehicle access shall be either temporary or permanent roads, capable of supporting vehicle loading under all weather conditions. Vehicle access shall be maintained until permanent fire apparatus access roads are available.
FYI(STANDARD COMMENT) INCREASED WILDFIRE RISK. Residing in or near the wildland-urban interface areas involves increased fire risks that may not apply in urban or more urbanized types of developed communities.
FYI*****(STANDARD COMMENT) ACCEPTED CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS/METHODS Roofing materials is listed as being -Metal---- meeting the Class A requirements of Regional Building Code 303.4.61.1 Exterior cladding, is listed as being --firber cement--- meeting the requirements for ignition resistant construction. Soffit/Eaves is listed as being --firber cement--- meeting the requirements for ignition resistant construction. Exterior overhangs (canti-lever areas, covered porch/deck ceilings) are listed as being --firber cement--- meeting the requirements for ignition resistant construction. (See also the Amended 2015 International Fire Code Appendix K Section K104 for hardened structure requirements.)
FYI(STANDARD COMMENT) HILLSIDE ORDINANCE This lot/development is subject to the requirements of section of 20-4-10 5 CE (2) (Ordinances 93-48 and 93-49) of the City Code establishing minimum safety criteria for residential construction in the City's Hillside Areas. Ensure all landscaping complies with the wildfire interface specifications as required by the fire department and zoning/planning departments.
FYI(STANDARD COMMENT) SOC RESPONSE TIMES Fire service response times to this area do not fall within the CSFD interim Standard of Response Coverage. The CSFD is unable to provide the following level of service: - 90% of all emergencies reached within 8 minutes (first due company) - 90% of structure fires requiring a full effective fire-fighting complement (2 engine companies, 1 ladder/truck company) within 12 minutes.
Attention2015 IFC K102 FUELS MANAGEMENT SAFETY ZONE: Brush patches or clusters may be left in the safety zone, but shall be separated by clear areas of 10-feet or more of noncombustible materials or grass mowed to not more than 4-inches in height. CLEARANCE TO MAIN STRUCTURE: No hazardous brush, trees or shrubs shall be allowed within 15-feet of the main structure or significant accessory structure such as sheds, decks and pergolas. The trunks of deciduous trees may be allowed to be planted as close as 10-feet from structures where approved by the Fire Code Official. Small brush patches not exceeding 100-square feet in size or trees no larger than 15 linear feet in any direction may be allowed to encroach into this zone. PRUNING OF LIMBS: Large trees shall not be allowed to have limbs overlap smaller trees or brush, and shall be pruned of dead limbs to a height up to 10-feet while maintaining a minimum 70% of the tree's crown. Certain tree clusters may be permitted if sufficient clear area is provided and approved by the Fire Code Official. CLEARANCE OF TREE BRANCHES TO STRUCTURES OR APPURTENANCES: Character tree branches shall not extend over or under the roof or eaves, and the canopy or drip-line shall not be within 15-feet of a deck or similar combustible projection, wood burning appliance or chimney unless approved by the Fire Code Official. For additional information concerning this issue - contact our Wildfire Mitigation Administrator at 385-7368 or https://coloradosprings.gov/fire-department/page/wildfire-mitigation-0?mlid=9906
FYI(STANDARD COMMENT) CLASS A ROOFING A Class A roof covering (excluding solid wood roofing products) shall be installed on all Residential Occupancies and a minimum Class B roof covering shall be installed on all remaining occupancies (Not to replace Class A where already required by Table 15-A) at the time an application is made for a roofing or re-roofing building permit within the limits of the City of Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Attention2015 IFC K104 IGNITION-RESISTANT CONSTRUCTION REQUIREMENTS 1. Exterior cladding, eaves and soffits shall be constructed of ignition resistant materials, including but not limited to: fiber-cement board, stucco, masonry/brick, manufactured stone and similar materials. Natural wood/cedar siding, hardboard, vinyl and similar combustibles are not permitted. Natural wood or plastic products used for fascia, trim board materials and trim accents are allowed when painted or as approved. 2. For any portion of the attached structure with projections or overhangs, the area below shall have all horizontal under-floor areas enclosed with ignition resistive materials such as allowed in item 1 above. 3. Exterior doors shall be noncombustible or solid core not less than 1 3/4-inches thick. Windows within doors and glazed doors shall be tempered safety glass or multi-layered glazed panels. 4. Exterior windows shall be a minimum double pane. Tempered panes are preferable but not required. 5. All attic vents shall be screen with wire mesh or hardware cloth having openings no larger than 1/8-inch. Soffit vents are permitted, gable vents may be allowed as approved by the Fire Code Official. 6. Gutters and downspouts of non-combustible construction shall be installed such that the leading edge of the roof is finished with a metal drip edge so that no wood sheathing is exposed. Drip edge shall extend into the gutter. Vinyl gutters may be allowed but must have a noncombustible landing area below the roof line, a minimum of 5-feet from the side of the structure/foundation. Gutter caps are strongly recommended to prevent accumulation of combustible debris in the gutters. 7. Decks and other habitable spaces shall be of ignition resistant or non-combustible decking materials, such as metal or composite materials. Wood is permitted for use for large structural components and railings (ie vertical members). 8. The base of exterior walls, posts or columns shall be protected on the bottom side with provision such as fire resistant foam or wire mesh having openings no larger than 1/8-inch. 9. Chimneys serving fireplaces, and other solid or liquid fueled heating appliances shall have an approved spark arrestor or cap.
Attention(STANDARD COMMENT) CONSTRUCTION PERMIT REVIEW REQUIREMENTS: Plans for any structure lying within the WUI Overlay area must be approved by the Colorado Springs Fire Department Construction Services prior to issuance of a building permit. Final approval by CSFD on all permits issued by RBD is required prior to issuance of the Certificate of Occupancy.
FYI*****(STANDARD COMMENT) FIRE FLOW REQUIREMENT: Size of Bldg. ---7027-- sq ft Construction Type ---VB--- Fire Sprinklers Y----- N--X-- Fire Walls Y ----- N --X--- Required GPM: --2250-- gpm # of hydrant(s) required: 2-- Max AVG spacing between hydrants: -450--- ft Max hose lay: ---225-- ft
FYI*****(STANDARD COMMENT) FIRE FLOW/HYDRANT REQUIREMENTS MET: On this site fire flows are -3347--- gpm, and the numbers of hydrant(s) are -ADEQUATE--- based on an ACTUAL Report. This site, based upon the provided theoretical modeled fire flows, appear to meet the minimum flow requirements and/or the number of hydrant(s) for this structure.
FYI(STANDARD COMMENT) WATER SUPPLY REQUIRED ON SITE: 2015 IFC 3312 Required water supplies for fire protection, either temporary or permanent, shall be made available as soon as combustible material arrives on the site. It is the responsibility of th owner or their designated representative to ensure an approved water supply is provided.
FYI(STANDARD COMMENT) CONTACTS FOR FLOW TESTING HYDRANTS PUBLIC/CITY OWNED HYDRANTS: Contact SEAN HIGBEE, CSU at 668-4595 or via email at shigbee@csu.org to schedule an ACTUAL flow test. Be sure to provide them with a CSFD plan review number to include with their flow reports. CSFD need not be present when City Utilities flow tests hydrants as we will accept their reports. PLEASE ALLOW 1-2 WEEKS NOTICE PRIVATE HYDRANTS: Contact your assigned inspector to schedule a flow test of PRIVATE OWNED hydrants. A contractor capable of performing the test will be required as CSFD Inspectors WITNESS only. CSFD will not accept flow test results we have not witnessed.
FYI(STANDARD COMMENT) FIRE FLOW TEST RESULTS REQUIRED - EXISTING HYDRANTS: 2015 IFC 3312 Actual hydrant flow test results dated within 5 years shall be provided prior to the arrival of combustible material on the construction site.
FYI*****(STANDARD COMMENT) SCHEDULING INSPECTIONS Please call 719-385-5982 Extension 2 to schedule all construction related inspection activities. You will need to schedule an inspection at the time of Framing and a final inspection at completion. Due to the dynamic nature of inspectors schedules, PLEASE call your inspection requests in with ample time to allow scheduling. When calling, please have your complete CSFD plan review number(s) ready for each inspection request. ( i.e. 2013-1234 - HS-1) The CSFD Approved sets of plans are to be on site for all inspections.
FYI*****(STANDARD COMMENT) DISAPPROVED ITEMS ADDRESSED The plans have been resubmitted and all the disapproved comments have been addressed and/or corrected as follows: 1. Actual fire flow provided with enough gpm. 2. T&G has been removed from the plans.
FYI(STANDARD COMMENT) PERMITS Insure all applicable permits are obtained from the Regional Building Department and the Colorado Springs Fire Department for the work that is being done at this site.
FYI(STANDARD COMMENT) REVIEWS: 2015 IFC 105.4.4 Colorado Springs Fire Department plan reviews are based upon information provided on the drawings and/or the attached reference material. Issues or features that are not presented within the construction documents are assumed to be complaint with applicable codes/standards. It is the responsibility of the building owner to ensure that minimum code requirements are met as established by the Authority Having Jurisdiction, whether or not the requirements are specifically indicated on the submitted construction documents. The CSFD has reviewed the submittal in accordance with the adopted fire code requirements, CSFD local amendments, City Code Standards, and applicable NFPA Standards. All plan review comments are subject to final on-site field inspections, and testing by the CSFD. Review and approval by the CSFD shall not relieve the applicant of the responsibility of compliance with the International Fire Code.
FYI(STANDARD COMMENT) RTP REVIEWER CONTACT: If you have any specific questions or concerns about these comments, please feel free to contact me at: Roland Peterson Senior Fire Inspector, CSFD 2880 International Circle, Suite 200-7 Colorado Springs, CO 80910 (T) 719-385-7369 roland.peterson@coloradosprings.gov
4/6/2021 FYI*****(STANDARD COMMENT) ACCEPTED CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS/METHODS Roofing materials is listed as being --ASPHALT--- meeting the Class A requirements of Regional Building Code 303.4.61.1 Decking material : NO DECKS NOTED Exterior cladding, is listed as being --JAMES HARDIE FIBER CEMENT--- meeting the requirements for ignition resistant construction. Soffit/Eaves is listed as being -FIBER CEMENT---- meeting the requirements for ignition resistant construction. (See also the Amended 2015 International Fire Code Appendix K Section K104 for hardened structure requirements.)
Disapproved*****(DISAPPROVED) WATER SUPPLIES To help us ensure there is adequate exterior fire protection, please provide the following: --XXX--- Fire flow report from CSU with map (where there is no new hydrants and/or this is a an infill project. You can requestion one here: https://www.csu.org/Pages/PermitsApplicationsForms.aspx BUILDING REQUIRED 2250 WHERE 1800 IS INDICATED. APPLICANT INDICATES THEY ARE PURSUING AN ACTUAL FIRE FLOW REPORT.
Disapproved*****(DISAPPROVED) INAPPROPRIATE BUILDING MATERIALS --XXX--- Exterior overhangs (canti-lever areas, covered porch/deck areas) are listed as being -1X6 TONGUE AND GROOVE OVER COVERED PATIO--- where ignition resistant material is required. ADDITIONALLY, I DID NOT SEE THE INTENDED MATERIAL FOR CEILING OF THE COVERED ENTRY CALLED OUT. PLEASE IDENTIFY THIS AS WELL.
FYI(STANDARD COMMENT) REVIEWS: 2015 IFC 105.4.4 Colorado Springs Fire Department plan reviews are based upon information provided on the drawings and/or the attached reference material. Issues or features that are not presented within the construction documents are assumed to be complaint with applicable codes/standards. It is the responsibility of the building owner to ensure that minimum code requirements are met as established by the Authority Having Jurisdiction, whether or not the requirements are specifically indicated on the submitted construction documents. The CSFD has reviewed the submittal in accordance with the adopted fire code requirements, CSFD local amendments, City Code Standards, and applicable NFPA Standards. All plan review comments are subject to final on-site field inspections, and testing by the CSFD. Review and approval by the CSFD shall not relieve the applicant of the responsibility of compliance with the International Fire Code.
FYI(STANDARD COMMENT) DEW REVIEWER CONTACT: If you have any specific questions or concerns about these comments, please feel free to contact me at: Doreen "Dee" Withee, PE Fire Protection Engineer II, CSFD 2880 International Circle, Suite 200-7 Colorado Springs, CO 80910 (T) 719-385-7361 dee.withee@coloradosprings.gov
3/19/2021 FYI(STANDARD COMMENT) INCREASED WILDFIRE RISK. Residing in or near the wildland-urban interface areas involves increased fire risks that may not apply in urban or more urbanized types of developed communities.
Disapproved(DISAPPROVED) INSUFFICIENT WATER/HYDRANTS The available fire flows and/or number of hydrants at this location, do not meet the fire code requirements. Fire flow report indicates 1800 GPM, required fire flow is 2250 GPM You have several options: 1) Install a fire sprinkler system. (You can get a 50% reduction in required fire flows if you install an approved fire sprinkler system.) 2) Request a simultaneous fire flow report if this has not already been done 3) Request actual fire flow test
FYI(STANDARD COMMENT) THE DISAPPROVED ITEMS MAY NOT CONSITITUE A COMPLETE LIST OF VIOLATIONS. It is the responsibility of the design professional to conduct a complete re-review of the plans for additional violations of the adopted codes/standards and incorrect information prior to resubmitting.
FYI(STANDARD COMMENT) CORRECTIONS All corrections and comments are to be submitted back to RBD. Corrections are not accepted over the phone, via fax, email or verbally.
FYISSM REVIEWER CONTACT: If you have any specific questions or concerns about these comments, please feel free to contact me at: Stefan Manning Fire Protection Engineer I Colorado Springs Fire Department Division of the Fire Marshal 2880 International Circle, Suite 200-7 Colorado Springs, CO 80910 (T) 719-385-7351 stefan.manning@coloradosprings.gov
 



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