April 6, 2015
By deduction, the OP is referencing the 2012 IBC, Section 1002.4. Yes, that is exactly what the section paragraph of that section is about: There can't be an opening (protected or not) in an interior wall of the interior exit stairway that doesn't have anything to do with the exit stairway.
April 1, 2015
(2015 IBC) 1023.1 An interior exit stairway or ramp shall not be used for any
purpose other than as a means of egress and a circulation
March 1, 2018
I'm working on a 3 story building with a duct/piping shaft that runs along side the egress stair. First floor is retail and the upper two floors are residential. The residential portion is completing now and the shaft is fully enclosed. The retail tenants would like access to this shaft, but due to it being enclosed now, the question has arisen how to access it, and from where.
The owner has asked if it could be accessed from the adjacent stairway, then closed up with a fire rated access panel. My inclination is to say no, this is not to code, specifically 1022.4. Does this sound accurate?
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