Join us for an overview and discussion of the significant changes to the 2016 CBC which becomes effective January 1st, 2017 and an overview of the proposed code changes for the July 1, 2017, supplement. We also answer several of our listener’s code questions.
Questions answered this episode:
John – About a year ago, I was asked to advise on a plan check correction for a proposed car wash. Due to the site topography, the trash enclosure was located on the side of a hill about 6 feet below the car wash area. This trash enclosure was designated for the car wash employees only. The intention was that they would gather the trash from several trash cans at the car wash level and walk down stairs to the enclosure. However, the plan check correction required an accessible ramp between the car wash level and the trash enclosure level. I successfully argued that 11B-206.2.8 Employee Work Areas, exception 3 did not require a ramp since the circulation path and the trash enclosure were fully exposed to the weather. Would you agree that a ramp was not required? Also, many trash enclosures have either a trellis or a shed roof with a 2 or 3 foot opening between the top of the enclosure wall and the bottom of the trellis or shed roof above. Since there is an opening, would you consider this fully exposed to the weather?
Wayne -Your discussion on CBC 11B-245 was interesting. As you said, the title was changed in the 2016 Code which causes me confusion. You addressed the question as if it was a typical commercial business (which may be the intent) yet when they changed the name of this section it changed the meaning. The definition of accommodation is, a room, group of rooms, or building in which someone may live or stay
John – 11B-307.5 Required Clear Width says “Protruding objects shall not reduce the clear width required for accessible routes”. Would you take this to mean that the exceptions at 11B-403.5.1 do not apply to protruding objects? For instance, if a fire extinguisher cabinet protrudes 4″ into a 36″ wide interior accessible route, it would reduce the required width of the accessible route. Per 11B-307.5 this seems to be specifically prohibited. How would you interpret this?
Dave – Hi Mark and Paul. Hope you had a good Thanksgiving. I have two questions for you this week. 1) I have a Title 3 office building to survey in California that was originally constructed in 1979. There have been periodic renovations during the course of the years, but no firm dates for any are available. Since there are minimal records to set code review dates, under what code cycle would you recommend reviewing? Since there is no such thing as ‘grandfathering’, is it best to just jump to the current 2013 CBC to ensure the owner will take corrective measures as they improve accessibility? 2) Attached is a photo of a single occupant restroom in a coffee shop I came across recently (sorry for it being so blurry). As you can see, the paper towel dispenser is mounted on the back wall between the lavatory and the water closet. Assuming the 60 inch clearance between the lavatory and the far wall adjacent to the water closet and the paper towel dispenser is mounted above 27 inches, is this condition compliant? Does the +27 inch height for the paper towel dispenser violate the 27″ to 80″ 4″ projection into the accessible path rule? I think I recall Mark saying in the past that it is his opinion that in a single occupant restroom the accessible path rule does not apply. Am I getting that wrong?
Mike – What code regulates curb height? At an accessible parking area where the top of curb to the blacktop surface is 8″. Does this height have any bearing with fall protection? Talk about protruding objects like towel dispenser, waste receptacles at the clear floor space for w/c and lavys. These fixtures can project over 8″ in front of the wall into the fixture clearance.
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