Talking in Code: Emergency escape and rescue openings
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International Code: 2015 International Building Code
Sections: 1006.3.2 and 1030.1
Question: Are emergency escape and rescue openings required in a fully sprinklered Group R-2 apartment building with two approved exits?
Answer: Tables 1006.3.2(1) and 1006.3.2(2) refer to footnotes which require emergency escape and rescue openings in Group R-2 occupancies even though they are sprinklered in accordance with NFPA 13 or NFPA 13R. These tables are only intended to address potential building design parameters for Group R-2 occupancies which are provided with only one normal exit.
Therefore, a fully sprinklered Group R-2 occupancy with only a permissible single exit would still be required to have emergency escape and rescue openings as required by Section 1030. As such, a fully sprinklered Group R-2 occupancy with two separate independent exits would not have to comply with either Table 1006.3.2(1) or Table 1006.3.2(2) and would consequently not require emergency escape and rescue openings.
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