Significant changes to restroom privacy in the 2021 International Building Code
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2021 International Building Code
An addition to Section 1210.3 (Restroom Privacy) states that concerns regarding privacy within public restrooms have been addressed by requiring a screening element at the entry to the restroom.
For some time, Section 1210.3 has required sidewall or partition urinal privacy in restrooms but has not previously addressed privacy from passersby outside restroom facilities. A requirement for a screening wall or other obscuring measure in the entry to the facilities has been added. The placement of mirrors within the facility has also been addressed to deal with reflections from within the room to the outside area.
See Chapter 29 of the 2021 IBC for additional changes to public restrooms addressing the installation of fixtures and water closets.
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