16-0307 v3.0/Combustion cooking for restaurants and food outlets

QUESTION:

Our project is a proposed mixed-use building that will contain a number of restaurants and casual dining tenancies. With respect to the requirement for no on-site combustion, we request an exception for the following cooking equipment which may be utilised within the building. For these particular cooking processes the combustion aspect is inherent to the history, character, flavour and/or preparation of the relevant cuisines or meals and there are no equivalent electric options currently available on the market that we are aware of: Natural gas-fired grills and ranges; Natural gas-fired woks; Charcoal grills; Wood-fired smokers and barbeques. All other cooking and food-preparation equipment in the building will be combustion-free. Please provide confirmation if any or all of these items listed above can be excluded from the requirements of the Imperative.

ANSWER:

The below Exception I06-15 is being revised. No combustion is allowed in building projects' regular systems due to concerns about the long-term impacts of such solutions.  However, teams may use the following revised Exception allowing combustion in commercial kitchens when necessary. Costs cannot be used as a basis for this Exception. All energy used to power combustion equipment must be offset through on-site renewable production.    
I06-E15 Combustion in Commercial Kitchens 
In commercial kitchens where electricity-based equipment will not  adequately serve the cooking needs of the facility, and efforts have been made to find alternative solutions and minimize combustion impacts, teams may use combustion-based equipment.     
Documentation: 
I06-a Exception Narrative - A narrative explaining the proposed use, why electricity-based equipment is not functionally equivalent, and efforts both to source non-combustion and minimize the impacts of combustion.   
I06-c Technical Documentation - Utility bills and Btu/ kWh calculations (using 1 kBtu = 0.293 kWh) demonstrating that combustion energy was offset through on-site renewable production.        
No combustion is allowed in building projects' regular systems due to concerns about the long-term impacts of such solutions.  However, teams may be granted the following new Exception on a case-by-case basis for specific pieces of equipment when a case is made that electricity-based equipment is not functionally equivalent; costs cannot be used as a basis for this Exception.    
I06-E15 Combustion in Commercial Kitchens 
In commercial kitchens where electricity-based equipment will not work, teams may use combustion-based equipment. For each proposed piece of combustion-based equipment in the project, teams must provide, through the Dialogue, a detailed quantitative narrative explaining the proposed use and why electricity-based equipment will not work. One post may address multiple pieces of equipment, but each type of equipment must have its own specific explanation.    
Documentation:
I06-a Exception Narrative (and ruling from Dialogue) - A detailed quantitative narrative explaining the proposed use and why electricity-based equipment is not functionally equivalent.

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