Mass state building code 7th editionSays the building inspector when it comes up.
On what would you base the desicion of whether a room requires a second means of egress?
Question 7: 780 CMR 3603.16.13 requires that an existing one- or two-family dwelling be provided with
a household fire warning system for new construction when one or more sleeping rooms are
added or created in the existing dwelling. What constitutes a bedroom under this Section?
Answer 7: The State Board of Building Regulations and Standards (BBRS), as the Agency
promulgating the Massachusetts State Building Code, is the “AUTHORITY HAVING
JURISDICTION” (AHJ) regarding the interpretation of regulations of the State Building
Code andhas determined that it is the responsibility of the building owner or the agent of the
building owner to identify any new or newly created bedrooms or other space USES. If
submitted plans and/or narratives that describe the work intended identify such new additions
or newly created spaces as other than bedrooms then 780 CMR 3603.16.13 does not apply
(note that it is the “REGULATED COMMUNITY” and not the “REGULATOR” who
identifies, on plans and/or narratives submitted as part of the building permit application to
the Building Department, if a bedroom is being added or created).
Untill it has clothes what is it ?A genuine example of someone trying to get past certain requirements would be a basement room that lacks the egress necessary for a bedroom. If it has a clothes closet, it's a bedroom.
Exactly. The question is whether egress means is required for a given room.I would base it on the egress or lack of egress more likely.
I tend to lean toward "accept unless it's obviously not Code" therefore I did not count it as wall space, There was an outlet right next to the "cabinet" to the right of the fireplace, but not the identical one to the left. I would have liked to have seen one there, but let it slide.hello?? .....hello ?? ......Gus ?? you out there??