In the 2015 International Building Code, Section 101.2:
The provisions of this code shall apply to the construction, alteration... of every building or structure in any appurtenances connected or attached to such buildings or structures.
Exception: Detached one- and two-family dwellings and multiple single-family dwellings (townhouses) not more than three stories above grade plane in height with a separate means of egress, and their accessory structures not more than three stories above grade plane in height, shall comply with the International Residential Code.
The debate: Why in the world are we going to allow them to label this design as residential?
The townhouse exception is seemingly being used pretty loosely around the building department.
In our college community, these structures meet the requirements of a townhouse, but with obvious intent to be student housing.
After looking at code....I cant say I blame these designers. I see no way to combat their argument. They meet all the code requirements to avoid the extra costs of a 13R system and only have to add an additional layer of gyp to comply!?
If I am missing something, please let me know! Maybe I just need to accept them as townhouse?
It sure doesn't "feel" right.
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