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6/17/2012 7:17:57 PM
In massachusetts we always had a reference to a 4" gas curb between a connected garage and a dwelling. Now that massachusetts has adopted the irc I dont see any reference to it , and our local building inspector could not find it either. We both feel it was a worthy safety code and I presently have a customer that would like us to skip it, both the building inspector and i are not comfortable with that and we are hoping you could give us your opinion. thanks...Paul Kerrigan, email@example.com
6/18/2012 3:46:03 PM
What does a 4" curb do other than provide a tripping hazard?
ICC does not stand for Intentionally Clear and Concise
6/19/2012 3:35:13 PM
in the 8th edition of the Massachusetts State Building Code for One- and Two-Family Dwellings (based upon the 2009 IRC and Mass Amendments) there is no requirement for the sill of a door leading from the garage to interior space to be raised 4-inches as had been in the previous editions.
FYI, the 7th edition was based upon the 2003 IRC. Mass worked out a deal with the ICC (basically the state printed the state code and then worked out a deal with the ICC) to print the 03 code as if it were Massachusetts so we did not need the IRC and Amendent books.
I contacted the Board of Building Regulations and Standards in regards to this being eliminated to determine if had been removed or relocated because I could not find it.
They said it had been eliminated due to the required garage slab slope requirement. That is ok when the door is at the rear of a garage (where the slab is sloping away from the door) but what happens when the door is along the side of the garage near the overhead garage doors?
As a designer I still require one (typically 7-inch) step from the garage slab up to the finish floor.
Hope this helps
Gary"If you don't have time to do it right the first time, when will you find the time to fix it?"