WSR 08-17-087

PROPOSED RULES

BUILDING CODE COUNCIL


[ Filed August 19, 2008, 3:45 p.m. ]

Original Notice.

Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 08-14-041.

Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: Amendment of chapter 51-50 WAC, further amendment of the 2006 Edition of the International Building Code (IBC).

Hearing Location(s): Holiday Inn Select Renton, One Grady Way South, Renton, WA, on October 10, 2008, at 10:00 a.m.

Date of Intended Adoption: November 14, 2008.

Submit Written Comments to: John Neff, Council Chair, P.O. Box 42525, Olympia, WA 98504-2525, e-mail sbcc@cted.wa.gov, fax (360) 586-9383, by October 10, 2008.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Sue Mathers by October 3, 2008, TTY (360) 586-0772 or (360) 725-2966.

Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: The proposed rules make changes to the state amendments to 2006 International Building Code. These changes include requirements for the use of unvented attic assemblies (Section 1203.2 and the definition of air-impermeable insulation in Section 202), relocating the existing amendment of Section 407.8 to Section 1008.1.8.3 and adding a reference to boarding homes, adding a specification that full NFPA 13 fire sprinkler systems are requirement in licensed boarding homes (Section 903.2.7), requiring a manual fire alarm system in licensed boarding homes (Section 907.2.9), and relocating the existing amendments in Section 1017.1 and 1017.6 regarding corridor construction to Section 419.4 and 419.5 and including reference to boarding homes.

Reasons Supporting Proposal: RCW 19.27.031 and 19.27.074.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 19.27.031 and 19.27.074.

Statute Being Implemented: Chapters 19.27 and 34.05 RCW.

Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.

Agency Comments or Recommendations, if any, as to Statutory Language, Implementation, Enforcement, and Fiscal Matters: The council is seeking comments on the issues proposed in the rules shown below.

Name of Proponent: Washington state building code council, governmental.

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting and Implementation: Tim Nogler, P.O. Box 42525, Olympia, WA 98504-2525, (360) 725-2969; and Enforcement: Local jurisdictions.

No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. No disproportionate economic impact on small business was identified.

A cost-benefit analysis is not required under RCW 34.05.328. The state building code council is not listed in this section as one of the agencies required to comply with this statute.

August 19, 2008

John P. Neff

Council Chair

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AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 08-01-110, filed 12/18/07, effective 4/1/08)

WAC 51-50-0200   Chapter 2 -- Definitions.  


SECTION 202 -- DEFINITIONS.


ADULT FAMILY HOME. See Section 310.2.


AIR-IMPERMEABLE INSULATION. An insulation having an air permeance equal to or less than 0.02 L/s-m2 at 75 Pa pressure differential tested in accordance with ASTM E2178 or ASTM E283.


CHILD DAY CARE. See Section 310.2.


CHILD DAY CARE HOME, FAMILY. See Section 310.2.


NIGHTCLUB. An A-2 Occupancy use under the 2006 International Building Code in which the aggregate area of concentrated use of unfixed chairs and standing space that is specifically designated and primarily used for dancing or viewing performers exceeds three hundred fifty square feet, excluding adjacent lobby areas. "Nightclub" does not include theaters with fixed seating, banquet halls, or lodge halls.


PORTABLE SCHOOL CLASSROOM. See Section 902.1.


RESIDENTIAL CARE/ASSISTED LIVING FACILITIES. See Section 310.2. This definition is not adopted.


STORY. That portion of a building included between the upper surface of a floor and the upper surface of the floor or roof next above, including basements (also see "Mezzanine" and Section 502.1). It is measured as the vertical distance from top to top of two successive tiers of beams or finished floor surfaces and, for the topmost story, from the top of the floor finish to the top of the ceiling joists or, where there is not a ceiling, to the top of the roof rafters.


STORY ABOVE GRADE PLANE. Any story having its finished floor surface entirely above grade plane, except that a basement shall be considered as a story above grade plane where the finished surface of the floor or roof next above the basement is:

1. More than 6 feet (1829 mm) above grade plane; or

2. More than 12 feet (3658 mm) above the finished ground level at any point.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 19.27.190, 19.27.020, and chapters 19.27 and 34.05 RCW. 08-01-110, 51-50-0200, filed 12/18/07, effective 4/1/08. Statutory Authority: RCW 19.27.074, 19.27.020, and chapters 70.92, 19.27, and 34.05 RCW. 07-01-091, 51-50-0200, filed 12/19/06, effective 7/1/07. Statutory Authority: RCW 19.27.020, 19.27.031, 19.27.074, and chapters 19.27 and 34.05 RCW. 05-24-070, 51-50-0200, filed 12/5/05, effective 7/1/06. Statutory Authority: RCW 19.27.031 and 19.27.074. 04-01-108, 51-50-0200, filed 12/17/03, effective 7/1/04.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 07-01-091, filed 12/19/06, effective 7/1/07)

WAC 51-50-0407   Section 407 -- Group I-2.  


((407.8 Locks on exit doors. Approved, listed locks without delayed egress shall be permitted in nursing homes or portions of nursing homes, provided that:

1. The clinical needs of one or more patients require specialized security measures for their safety.

2. The doors unlock upon actuation of the automatic sprinkler system or automatic fire detection system.

3. The doors unlock upon loss of electrical power controlling the lock or lock mechanism.

4. The lock shall be capable of being deactivated by a signal from a switch located in an approved location.

5. There is a system, such as a keypad and code, in place that allows visitors, staff persons and appropriate residents to exit. Instructions for exiting shall be posted within six feet of the door.))

[Statutory Authority: RCW 19.27.074, 19.27.020, and chapters 70.92, 19.27, and 34.05 RCW. 07-01-091, 51-50-0407, filed 12/19/06, effective 7/1/07. Statutory Authority: RCW 19.27.020, 19.27.031, 19.27.074 and chapters 19.27 and 34.05 RCW. 05-01-014, 51-50-0407, filed 12/2/04, effective 7/1/05.]


NEW SECTION
WAC 51-50-0420   Section 419 -- Group I-1, R-1, R-2, R-3.  


419.4 Subdivision of building spaces -- Smoke barriers. Smoke barriers complying with Section 709 shall be installed on floors other than the level of exit discharge of a Group R-2 residential treatment facility licensed by the state of Washington, and on all floors of a Group R-2 boarding home licensed by the state of Washington where a fire-resistance rated corridor is required by Table 1017.1. The smoke barrier shall subdivide the floor into at least two compartments complying with Section 407.4.


419.5 Corridor construction. In Group R-2 boarding homes and residential treatment facilities licensed by the state of Washington, rest areas constructed as required for corridors shall be allowed to be open to the corridor provided:

1. The area does not exceed 150 square feet, excluding the corridor width;

2. The floor is separated into at least two compartments complying with Section 407.4;

3. Combustible furnishings located within the rest area shall be in accordance with the International Fire Code Section 805; and

4. Emergency means of egress lighting is provided as required by Section 1006 to illuminate the area.

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AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 08-01-110, filed 12/18/07, effective 4/1/08)

WAC 51-50-0903   Section 903 -- Automatic sprinkler systems.  


903.2.1.6 Nightclub. An automatic sprinkler system shall be provided throughout Group A-2 nightclubs as defined in this code. An existing nightclub constructed prior to July 1, 2006, shall be provided with automatic sprinklers not later than December 1, 2009.


903.2.2 Group E. An automatic sprinkler system shall be provided for Group E Occupancies.


EXCEPTIONS: 1. Portable school classrooms, provided aggregate area of any cluster or portion of a cluster of portable school classrooms does not exceed 5,000 square feet (1465 m2); and clusters of portable school classrooms shall be separated as required in chapter 5 of the building code.
2. Group E Occupancies with an occupant load of 50 or less.

903.2.7 Group R. An automatic fire sprinkler system installed in accordance with Section 903.3 shall be provided throughout all buildings with a Group R fire area. Sprinkler systems in boarding homes licensed by the state of Washington shall comply with Section 903.3.1.1.


EXCEPTION: Group R-1 if all of the following conditions apply:
1. The Group R fire area is no more than 500 square feet and is used for recreational use only.
2. The Group R fire area is only one story.
3. The Group R fire area does not include a basement.
4. The Group R fire area is no closer than 30 feet from another structure.
5. Cooking is not allowed within the Group R fire area.
6. The Group R fire area has an occupant load of no more than 8.
7. A hand held (portable) fire extinguisher is in every Group R fire area.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 19.27.190, 19.27.020, and chapters 19.27 and 34.05 RCW. 08-01-110, 51-50-0903, filed 12/18/07, effective 4/1/08. Statutory Authority: RCW 19.27.074, 19.27.020, and chapters 70.92, 19.27, and 34.05 RCW. 07-01-091, 51-50-0903, filed 12/19/06, effective 7/1/07. Statutory Authority: RCW 19.27.020, 19.27.031, 19.27.074, and chapters 19.27 and 34.05 RCW. 05-24-070, 51-50-0903, filed 12/5/05, effective 7/1/06. Statutory Authority: RCW 19.27.031 and 19.27.074. 04-01-108, 51-50-0903, filed 12/17/03, effective 7/1/04.]


NEW SECTION
WAC 51-50-0907   Section 907 -- Fire alarm and detection systems.  


907.2.9.1 Group R-2 boarding homes. A manual fire alarm system shall be installed in Group R-2 Occupancies where the building contains a boarding home licensed by the state of Washington.


EXCEPTION: In boarding homes licensed by the state of Washington, manual fire alarm boxes in resident sleeping areas shall not be required at exits if located at all constantly attended staff locations, provided such staff locations are visible, continuously accessible, located on each floor, and positioned so no portion of the story exceeds a horizontal travel distance of 200 feet to a manual fire alarm box.

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AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 07-01-091, filed 12/19/06, effective 7/1/07)

WAC 51-50-1008   Section 1008 -- Doors, gates and turnstiles.  


1008.1.2 Door swing. Egress doors shall be side-hinged swinging.


EXCEPTIONS: 1. Private garages, office areas, factory and storage areas with an occupant load of 10 or less.
2. Group I-3 Occupancies used as a place of detention.
3. Critical or intensive care patient rooms within suites of health care facilities.
4. Doors within or serving a single dwelling unit in Groups R-2 and R-3 .
5. In other than Group H Occupancies, revolving doors complying with Section 1008.1.3.1.
6. In other than Group H Occupancies, horizontal sliding doors complying with Section 1008.1.3.3 are permitted as a means of egress.
7. Power-operated doors in accordance with Section 1008.1.3.2.
8. Doors serving a bathroom within an individual sleeping unit in Group R-1.
9. In other than Group H Occupancies, manually operated horizontal sliding doors are permitted in a means of egress from occupied spaces with an occupant load of 10 or less.

Doors shall swing in the direction of egress travel where serving an occupant load of 50 or more persons or a Group H Occupancy.

The opening force for interior side-swinging doors without closers shall not exceed a 5-pound (22 N) force. For other side-swinging, sliding, and folding doors, the door latch shall release when subjected to a 15-pound (67 N) force. The door shall be set in motion when subjected to a 30-pound (133 N) force. The door shall swing to a full-open position when subjected to a 15-pound (67 N) force. Forces shall be applied to the latch side.


1008.1.8.3 Locks and latches. Locks and latches shall be permitted to prevent operation of doors where any of the following exists:

1. Places of detention or restraint.

2. In buildings in occupancy Group A having an occupant load of 300 or less, Groups B, F, M and S, and in places of religious worship, the main exterior door or doors are permitted to be equipped with key-operated locking devices from the egress side provided:

2.1 The locking device is readily distinguishable as locked;

2.2 A readily visible durable sign is posted on the egress side on or adjacent to the door stating: THIS DOOR TO REMAIN UNLOCKED WHEN BUILDING IS OCCUPIED. The sign shall be in letters 1 inch (25 mm) high on a contrasting background; and

2.3 The use of the key-operated locking device is revocable by the fire code official for due cause.

3. Where egress doors are used in pairs, approved automatic flush bolts shall be permitted to be used, provided that the door leaf having the automatic flush bolts has no doorknob or surface-mounted hardware.

4. Doors from individual dwelling or sleeping units of Group R Occupancies having an occupant load of 10 or less are permitted to be equipped with a night latch, dead bolt or security chain, provided such devices are openable from the inside without the use of a key or tool.

5. Approved, listed locks without delayed egress shall be permitted in nursing homes or portions of nursing homes, and boarding homes licensed by the state of Washington, provided that:

5.1 The clinical needs of one or more patients require specialized security measures for their safety;

5.2 The doors unlock upon actuation of the automatic sprinkler systems or automatic fire detection system;

5.3 The doors unlock upon loss of electrical power controlling the lock or lock mechanism;

5.4 The lock shall be capable of being deactivated by a signal from a switch located in an approved location; and

5.5 There is a system, such as a keypad and code, in place that allows visitors, staff persons and appropriate residents to exit. Instructions for exiting shall be posted within six feet of the door.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 19.27.074, 19.27.020, and chapters 70.92, 19.27, and 34.05 RCW. 07-01-091, 51-50-1008, filed 12/19/06, effective 7/1/07. Statutory Authority: RCW 19.27.020, 19.27.031, 19.27.074, and chapters 19.27 and 34.05 RCW. 05-24-070, 51-50-1008, filed 12/5/05, effective 7/1/06. Statutory Authority: RCW 19.27.031 and 19.27.074. 04-01-108, 51-50-1008, filed 12/17/03, effective 7/1/04.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 07-01-091, filed 12/19/06, effective 7/1/07)

WAC 51-50-1017   Corridors.  


((1017.1 Construction. Corridors shall be fire-resistance rated in accordance with Table 1017.1. The corridor walls required to be fire-resistance rated shall comply with Section 708 for fire partitions.


EXCEPTIONS: 1. A fire-resistance rating is not required for corridors in an occupancy in Group E where each room that is used for instruction has at least one door directly to the exterior and rooms for assembly purposes have at least one-half of the required means of egress doors opening directly to the exterior. Exterior doors specified in this exception are required to be at ground level.
2. A fire-resistance rating is not required for corridors contained within a dwelling or sleeping unit in an occupancy in Group R.
3. A fire-resistance rating is not required for corridors in open parking garages.
4. A fire-resistance rating is not required for corridors in an occupancy in Group B which is a space requiring only a single means of egress complying with Section 1015.1.
5. In Group R-2 boarding homes and residential treatment facilities licensed by Washington state, rest areas constructed as required for corridors shall be allowed to be open to the corridor provided:
5.1 The area does not exceed 150 square feet, excluding the corridor width;
5.2 The floor is separated into at least two compartments complying with Section 407.4;
5.3 Combustible furnishings located within the rest area shall be in accordance with the International Fire Code section 805;
5.4 Emergency means of egress lighting is provided as required by Section 1006 to illuminate the area.))

1017.4 Air movement in corridors. Corridors shall not serve as supply, return, exhaust, relief or ventilation air ducts.


EXCEPTIONS: 1. Use of a corridor as a source of makeup air for exhaust systems in rooms that open directly onto such corridors, including toilet rooms, bathrooms, dressing rooms, smoking lounges and janitor closets, shall be permitted provided that each such corridor is directly supplied with outdoor air at a rate greater than the rate of makeup air taken from the corridor.
2. Where located within a dwelling unit, the use of corridors for conveying return air shall not be prohibited.
3. Where located within tenant spaces of one thousand square feet (93 m2) or less in area, utilization of corridors for conveying return air is permitted.
4. Where such air is part of an engineered smoke control system.
5. ((Make up)) Makeup or relief air in corridors of Group ((1-2)) I-2 Occupancies.
6. Corridors serving residential occupancies shall be permitted to be supplied without specific mechanical exhaust subject to the following:
6.1 The supply air is one hundred percent outside air; and
6.2 The units served by the corridor have conforming ventilation independent of the air supplied to the corridor; and
6.3 For other than high-rise buildings, the supply fan will automatically shut off upon activation of corridor smoke detectors which shall be spaced at no more than thirty feet (9,144 mm) on center along the corridor; or
6.4 For high-rise buildings, corridor smoke detector activation will close required smoke/fire dampers at the supply inlet to the corridor at the floor receiving the alarm.

((1017.6 Subdivision of building spaces -- Smoke barriers. Smoke barriers complying with Section 709 shall be installed on floors other than the level of exit discharge of a Group R-2 boarding home or residential treatment facility licensed by Washington state, where a fire-resistance rated corridor is required by Table 1017.1. The smoke barrier shall subdivide the floor into at least two compartments complying with Section 407.4.))

[Statutory Authority: RCW 19.27.074, 19.27.020, and chapters 70.92, 19.27, and 34.05 RCW. 07-01-091, 51-50-1017, filed 12/19/06, effective 7/1/07.]

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