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Are deck/balcony "openings" considered as an opening?
October 10, 2019
7:35 am
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pmiller@co.worcester.md.us
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What is the fire separation distance?

I would consider openings as penetrations to the exterior wall.

I might request an interpretation, but the AHJ always has the final say.

September 26, 2019
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[Image Can Not Be Found]I have been going back and forth with a plans examiner regarding my allowable opening areas. She is counting the entire balcony/deck opening as an opening, and I was only considering the door & window openings as openings. Is she correct in her interpretation? If so, where does that interpretation come from? I can't seem to find anything dictating that interpretation in the code or by searching. Picture is at the link below.

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