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Questions answered this episode:
Ted -Where a private, single family residence is marketed to the public as a short term rental (less than 30 days), does it need to be accessible, and if so, to what degree?
John – I have been researching 11B-403.7 Continuous Gradients and looking for clarification about this section. There does not seem to be a definition in CBC chapter 2 for the words “continuous” or “gradient”. So how would you define a “continuous gradient”? Is there any difference between a “continuous gradient” and a “continuous accessible route/path of travel”? What happens if there is a drive aisle that interrupts the “continuous gradient”? Is it still considered “continuous”? As far as the word “gradient” is concerned, does that refer to the slope of the walk? Does the term “continuous gradient” mean a walk that maintains the same slope along the entire length of the walk? Finally, CBC 1113A.2 differs from 11B-403.7. The text at CBC 1113A.2 does not have the requirement for the resting area to be as wide as the walk, as noted at 11B-403.7. I’ve looked at several websites and the DSA Advisory to the CBC and I can’t find any clarification. How would you two interpret and apply this section of the code?
Gary – I have a developer of a Memory Care Facility that is questioning his requirements for accessibility at the final stages of his project. He has an R2.1 facility will 70 suites. His major problem is that he has a greater than 2% clear space slope in front of his roll-in showers. The shower base has a 1-inch lip which they laid a furring strip a foot out in front of it giving him a 4% slope. He is now contending that he only needs to be compliant in 4 of the showers or 5% because he this facility is similar to a multi-family building. In my code search, I cannot get him into 11A but rely on 11B 223.3 for compliance which is a minimum 50%. Any help on this issue would be greatly appreciated.
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News, Updates & Trainings
U.S. Access Board Webinar: Question and Answer Session on the ADA and ABA Standards (January 5) The next webinar in the U.S. Access Board’s free monthly series will take place January 5 from 2:30 – 4:00 (ET) and will feature an open question and answer session on accessibility standards issued under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) for buildings and facilities.
DSA Summary of 2016 California Building Code Changes for Accessibility provides a brief overview of the changes to definitions (Chapter 2) and accessibility provisions (Chapter 11B) and includes new scoping and technical provisions specific to electric vehicle charging stations. This document and related accessibility publications are located on DSA’s Access Materials web page. Please direct any questions to Ida Clair, Principal Architect at (916) 322-2490 or Ida.email@example.com.
DSA Announced the Project Type for the Feb. 2017 Open Book CASp Exam The project type for the open book portion of the Certified Access Specialist (CASp) examination on Feb. 8, 2017, is the new construction of a public housing facility for individuals 55 and older. A List of Reference Materials is available. Details on the next CASp examination are as follows: Feb. 8, 2017 — Oakland and Los Angeles (Hawthorne). Open Book — Check in begins at 7:30 a.m. Closed Book — Check in begins at 12:30 p.m. Registration closes on Jan. 9, 2017. Additional Exams The following exam dates and locations are tentative and not yet available for registration: June 28, 2017: Sacramento and Riverside October 11, 2017: Oakland and Anaheim
CalCasp Academy Dates Confirmed for April 3rd. 4th. 5th & 6th 2017 in Sacramento. (Registration will open in January)
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