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International Existing Building Code 2015 (IEBC 2015)

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801.1 Scope

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Level 2 alterations as described in Section 504 shall comply with the requirements of this chapter.
In addition to the requirements of this chapter, all work shall comply with the requirements of Chapter 7.
All new construction elements, components, systems, and spaces shall comply with the requirements of the International Building Code.
Exceptions:
  1. Windows may be added without requiring compliance with the light and ventilation requirements of the International Building Code.
  2. Newly installed electrical equipment shall comply with the requirements of Section 808.
  3. The length of dead-end corridors in newly constructed spaces shall only be required to comply with the provisions of Section 805.6.
  4. The minimum ceiling height of the newly created habitable and occupiable spaces and corridors shall be 7 feet (2134 mm).
Alteration of buildings classified as special use and occupancy as described in the International Building Code shall comply with the requirements of Section 801.1 and the scoping provisions of Chapter 1 where applicable.

802.2 Paint Shops

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Paint shops, not classified as Group H, located in occupancies other than Group F shall be 1-hour separated from the remainder of the building with fire barriers or provided with an automatic fire-extinguishing system.

802.3 Waste and Soiled Linen Collection Rooms

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Waste and soiled linen collection rooms over 100 square feet (9.29 m2) shall be 1-hour separated from the remainder of the building with fire barriers or provided with an automatic fire-extinguishing system.

802.4 Chute Termination Rooms

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Chute termination rooms shall be 1-hour separated from the remainder of the building with fire barriers or provided with an automatic fire-extinguishing system.

802.5 Incinerator Rooms

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Incinerator rooms shall be 2-hour separated from the remainder of the building with fire barriers and provided with an automatic sprinkler system.

802.6 Group I-2 and I-3

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In Group I-2 and I-3, physical plant maintenance shops, laundries over 100 square feet (9.29 m2), and padded cells shall be 1-hour separated from the remainder of the building with fire barriers or provided with an automatic sprinkler system.
The requirements of this section are limited to work areas in which Level 2 alterations are being performed and shall apply beyond the work area where specified.
Existing vertical openings shall comply with the provisions of Sections 803.2.1, 803.2.2 and 803.2.3.

803.2.1 Existing Vertical Openings

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All existing interior vertical openings connecting two or more floors shall be enclosed with approved assemblies having a fire-resistance rating of not less than 1 hour with approved opening protectives.
Exceptions:
  1. Where vertical opening enclosure is not required by the International Building Code or the International Fire Code.
  2. Interior vertical openings other than stairways may be blocked at the floor and ceiling of the work area by installation of not less than 2 inches (51 mm) of solid wood or equivalent construction.
  3. The enclosure shall not be required where:
    1. Connecting the main floor and mezzanines; or
    2. All of the following conditions are met:
      1. The communicating area has a low hazard occupancy or has a moderate hazard occupancy that is protected throughout by an automatic sprinkler system.
      2. The lowest or next to the lowest level is a street floor.
      3. The entire area is open and unobstructed in a manner such that it may be assumed that a fire in any part of the interconnected spaces will be readily obvious to all of the occupants.
      4. Exit capacity is sufficient to provide egress simultaneously for all occupants of all levels by considering all areas to be a single floor area for the determination of required exit capacity.
      5. Each floor level, considered separately, has at least one-half of its individual required exit capacity provided by an exit or exits leading directly out of that level without having to traverse another communicating floor level or be exposed to the smoke or fire spreading from another communicating floor level.
  4. In Group A occupancies, a minimum 30-minute enclosure shall be provided to protect all vertical openings not exceeding three stories.
  5. In Group B occupancies, a minimum 30-minute enclosure shall be provided to protect all vertical openings not exceeding three stories. This enclosure, or the enclosure specified in Section 803.2.1, shall not be required in the following locations:
    1. Buildings not exceeding 3,000 square feet (279 m2) per floor.
    2. Buildings protected throughout by an approved automatic fire sprinkler system.
  6. In Group E occupancies, the enclosure shall not be required for vertical openings not exceeding three stories when the building is protected throughout by an approved automatic fire sprinkler system.
  7. In Group F occupancies, the enclosure shall not be required in the following locations:
    1. Vertical openings not exceeding three stories.
    2. Special purpose occupancies where necessary for manufacturing operations and direct access is provided to at least one protected stairway.
    3. Buildings protected throughout by an approved automatic sprinkler system.
  8. In Group H occupancies, the enclosure shall not be required for vertical openings not exceeding three stories where necessary for manufacturing operations and every floor level has direct access to at least two remote enclosed stairways or other approved exits.
  9. In Group M occupancies, a minimum 30-minute enclosure shall be provided to protect all vertical openings not exceeding three stories. This enclosure, or the enclosure specified in Section 803.2.1, shall not be required in the following locations:
    1. Openings connecting only two floor levels.
    2. Occupancies protected throughout by an approved automatic sprinkler system.
  10. In Group R-1 occupancies, the enclosure shall not be required for vertical openings not exceeding three stories in the following locations:
    1. Buildings protected throughout by an approved automatic sprinkler system.
    2. Buildings with less than 25 dwelling units or sleeping units where every sleeping room above the second floor is provided with direct access to a fire escape or other approved second exit by means of an approved exterior door or window having a sill height of not greater than 44 inches (1118 mm) and where:
      1. Any exit access corridor exceeding 8 feet (2438 mm) in length that serves two means of egress, one of which is an unprotected vertical opening, shall have at least one of the means of egress separated from the vertical opening by a 1-hour fire barrier; and
      2. The building is protected throughout by an automatic fire alarm system, installed and supervised in accordance with the International Building Code.
  11. In Group R-2 occupancies, a minimum 30-minute enclosure shall be provided to protect all vertical openings not exceeding three stories. This enclosure, or the enclosure specified in Section 803.2.1, shall not be required in the following locations:
    1. Vertical openings not exceeding two stories with not more than four dwelling units per floor.
    2. Buildings protected throughout by an approved automatic sprinkler system.
    3. Buildings with not more than four dwelling units per floor where every sleeping room above the second floor is provided with direct access to a fire escape or other approved second exit by means of an approved exterior door or window having a sill height of not greater than 44 inches (1118 mm) and the building is protected throughout by an automatic fire alarm system complying with Section 804.4.
  12. One- and two-family dwellings.
  13. Group S occupancies where connecting not more than two floor levels or where connecting not more than three floor levels and the structure is equipped throughout with an approved automatic sprinkler system.
  14. Group S occupancies where vertical opening protection is not required for open parking garages and ramps.
  15. In Group I-3 occupancies, the vertical opening protection may be omitted if either of the following conditions is met:
    1. The building is in compliance with NFPA 101, Chapter 15; or
    2. The building is equipped throughout with an automatic fire suppression system.
  16. Vertical opening enclosure is not required where the vertical opening enclosure meets the code requirements under which the building was constructed or previously altered.
Where the work area on any floor exceeds 50 percent of that floor area, the enclosure requirements of Section 803.2 shall apply to vertical openings other than stairways throughout the floor.
Exception: Vertical openings located in tenant spaces that are entirely outside the work area.
Where the work area on any floor exceeds 50 percent of that floor area, stairways that are part of the means of egress serving the work area shall, at a minimum, be enclosed with smoke-tight construction on the highest work area floor and all floors below.
Exception: Where stairway enclosure is not required by the International Building Code or the International Fire Code.
In Group I-2 occupancies where the work area is on a story used for sleeping rooms for more than 30 patients, the story shall be divided into not less than two compartments by smoke barrier walls in accordance with Section 407.5 of the International Building Code as required for new construction.
The interior finish of walls and ceilings in exits and corridors in any work area shall comply with the requirements of the International Building Code.
Exception: Existing interior finish materials that do not comply with the interior finish requirements of the International Building Code shall be permitted to be treated with an approved fire-retardant coating in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions to achieve the required rating.
Where the work area on any floor exceeds 50 percent of the floor area, Section 803.4 shall also apply to the interior finish in exits and corridors serving the work area throughout the floor.
Exception: Interior finish within tenant spaces that are entirely outside the work area.
The requirements of Sections 803.5.1 and 803.5.2 shall apply in all work areas.
Every portion of a floor, such as a balcony or a loading dock, that is more than 30 inches (762 mm) above the floor or grade below and is not provided with guards, or those in which the existing guards are judged to be in danger of collapsing, shall be provided with guards.
Where there are no guards or where existing guards must be replaced, the guards shall be designed and installed in accordance with the International Building Code.
Where approved by the code official, buildings where an automatic sprinkler system installed in accordance with Section 903.3.1.1 or 903.3.1.2 of the International Building Code has been added, and the building is now sprinklered throughout, the required fire-resistance ratings of building elements and materials shall be permitted to meet the requirements of the current building code. The building is required to meet the other applicable requirements of the International Building Code.

Plans, investigation and evaluation reports, and other data shall be submitted indicating which building elements and materials the applicant is requesting the code official to review and approve for determination of applying the current building code fire-resistance-ratings. Any special construction features, including fire-resistance-rated assemblies and smoke-resistive assemblies, conditions of occupancy, means-of-egress conditions, fire code deficiencies, approved modifications or approved alternative materials, design and methods of construction, and equipment applying to the building that impact required fire-resistance ratings shall be identified in the evaluation reports submitted.

803.7 Fireblocking and Draftstopping

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When the work being performed exposes the framing of any wall, floor, ceiling or roof, the exposed framing shall comply with Section 718 of the North Carolina Building Code.

Exception: One- and two-family dwellings shall comply with Sections R302.11 and R302.12 of the North Carolina Residential Code.

803.8 Group R Mixed-Use Separation

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Any nonresidential occupancy that is located directly below Group R shall be 1- hour separated from the Group R occupancy. The 1-hour assembly is only required to be rated from the nonresidential side.

Exception: If the work area of the nonresidential occupancy is less than 50 percent of the gross floor area of the nonresidential occupancy, Section 803.8 shall not apply.
The requirements of this section shall be limited to work areas in which Level 2 alterations are being performed, and where specified they shall apply throughout the floor on which the work areas are located or otherwise beyond the work area.
Where an approved automatic sprinkler system is installed throughout the story, the required fire-resistance rating for any corridor located on the story shall be permitted to be reduced in accordance with the International Building Code. In order to be considered for a corridor rating reduction, such system shall provide coverage for the stairway landings serving the floor and the intermediate landings immediately below.

804.2 Automatic Sprinkler Systems

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Automatic sprinkler systems shall be provided in accordance with the requirements of Sections 804.2.1 through 804.2.6. Installation requirements shall be in accordance with the International Building Code.

804.2.1 High-Rise Buildings

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804.2.1.1 Supplemental Automatic Sprinkler System Requirements

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804.2.2 Groups A, B, E, F-1, H, I, M, R-1, R-2, R-4, S-1 and S-2

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804.2.2.1 Mixed Uses

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804.2.2 Low-Rise Buildings

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Work areas that increase the fire area or calculated occupant load above the limits listed in Sections 903.2.1 through 903.2.10 of the North Carolina Building Code shall meet the requirements of those sections.

804.2.3 Windowless Stories

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In all buildings, any windowless story located below the seventh story above grade that is created by the work being performed or any existing windowless story located below the seventh story where the work area exceeds 50 percent of the gross enclosed floor area of the windowless story, shall be equipped throughout with an automatic fire suppression system installed in accordance with Section 903.2.11.1 of the North Carolina Fire Code.

Exceptions:
  1. Stories or basements shall not be considered windowless where fire-fighter access through openings meeting all of the following are provided:
    1. Openings such as doors, windows, or access panels are located on at least one side of the story or basement;
    2. The openings on each story or basement shall be a minimum of 32 inches by 48 inches (813 mm by 1219 mm) in size and located horizontally a maximum of 100 feet (3048 mm) apart or 22 inches by 42 inches (558 mm by 1066 mm) in size and located horizontally a maximum of 30 feet (9144 mm) apart;
    3. Openings shall be unobstructed to allow fire-fighting and rescue operations from the exterior;
    4. Openings in stories above grade shall have a sill height of not more than 36 inches (914 mm) measured from the finished floor level. Openings in basements shall have no sill height restrictions;
    5. Openings shall be readily identifiable and openable from the outside; and
    6. Where openings are provided only on one wall of a story or basement, the maximum distance to the opposite wall is 75 feet (22 860 mm).
  2. Windowless basements 3,000 gross square feet (279 m2) or less in area shall not require automatic fire suppression when a supervised automatic fire alarm is provided in accordance with Section 907 of the North Carolina Fire Code.
  3. Windowless basements greater than 3,000 gross square feet (279 m2) but less than 10,000 gross square feet (9.29 m2) shall be permitted to connect to the domestic water supply when all of the following conditions are met:
    1. The automatic fire suppression system shall be provided with a fire department connection, which shall be marked with a sign reading "Basement Area Sprinkler Water Supply;" and
    2. A supervised automatic fire alarm system shall be installed in accordance with Section 907 of the North Carolina Fire Code.

804.2.4 Other Required Automatic Sprinkler Systems

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804.2.5 Supervision

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All newly installed complete or partial sprinkler systems shall comply with Section 903.4 of the North Carolina Building Code.
Exception: Supervision is not required for the following:
  1. Underground gate valve with roadway boxes.
  2. Automatic sprinkler systems installed in accordance with NFPA 13R where a common supply main is used to supply both domestic and automatic sprinkler systems and a separate shutoff valve for the automatic sprinkler system is not provided.

804.2.6 Group H

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An automatic sprinkler system shall be installed in all Group H occupancies complying with Section 903.2.5 of the North Carolina Building Code.

804.3 Standpipes

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804.4 Fire Alarm and Detection

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Fire alarms and detection systems shall be installed in accordance with Sections 804.4.1 through 804.4.3.

804.4.1 Occupancy Requirements

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804.4.1.1 Group E

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804.4.1.2 Group I-1

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804.4.1.3 Group I-2

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804.4.1.4 Group I-3

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804.4.1.5 Group R-1

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804.4.1.6 Group R-2

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804.4.1.7 Group R-4

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804.4.1 Fire Alarms

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Work areas that do not have an existing fire alarm system are not required to install a fire alarm system. Work areas where new fire alarm systems are installed shall be in accordance with Section 907 of the North Carolina Building Code.

804.4.2 Supplemental Fire Alarm System Requirements

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804.4.2 Smoke Alarms

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Individual sleeping units and individual dwelling units in any work area in Group R and I-1 occupancies shall be provided with smoke alarms in accordance with Section 907.2.11 of the North Carolina Building Code. Smoke alarms for Group R occupancy are permitted to be radio frequency type appliances as allowed and installed by NFPA 72.

Exception: Interconnection of smoke alarms outside of the work area shall not be required.

804.4.2.1 Smoke Detection Group R Mixed Use

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Any nonresidential occupancy work area located directly below Group R shall be provided with single- or multistation smoke detectors complying with NFPA 72 and shall provide an audible alarm in each dwelling unit located on floors above the nonresidential work area. The detectors shall be AC powered with battery backup.

Exceptions:
  1. Hardwired, interconnected smoke detectors installed throughout the building shall be accepted as complying with this section.
  2. The work area of the nonresidential occupancy is less than 50 percent of the gross floor area of the nonresidential occupancy.

804.4.2.2 Smoke Alarms in One- And Two-Family Dwellings and Townhouses

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Detached one- and two-family dwellings and townhouses shall be provided with smoke alarms installed in accordance with Section R314 of the North Carolina Residential Code.

804.4.3 Smoke Alarms

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804.4.3 Carbon Monoxide Alarms

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Individual sleeping units and individual dwelling units in Group R and I occupancies and classrooms in Group E occupancies and Group A-2 occupancies that contain a fuel-burning appliance or a fuel burning fireplace shall be provided with carbon monoxide alarms in accordance with Section 915 of the North Carolina Building Code, except that the carbon monoxide alarms shall be allowed to be solely battery operated.

The delayed effective date of this Rule is January 1, 2020.
The Statutory authority for Rule-making is G. S. 143-136; 143-138.
UpCodes note: Prior to January 1, 2020, this section was:

"Individual sleeping units and individual dwelling units in Group R and I occupancies and classrooms in Group E occupancies shall be provided with carbon monoxide alarms in accordance with Section 915 of the North Carolina Building Code, except that the carbon monoxide alarms shall be allowed to be solely battery operated."

804.4.3.1 Carbon Monoxide Alarms in One- And Twofamily Dwellings and Townhouses

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Detached one- and two-family dwellings and townhouses shall be provided with carbon monoxide alarms installed in accordance with Section R315 of the North Carolina Residential Code.
The requirements of this section shall be limited to work areas that include exits or corridors shared by more than one tenant within the work area in which Level 2 alterations are being performed, and where specified they shall apply throughout the floor on which the work areas are located or otherwise beyond the work area.

805.2 General

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The means of egress shall comply with the requirements of this section.
Exceptions:
  1. Where the work area and the means of egress serving it complies with NFPA 101.
  2. Means of egress conforming to the requirements of the building code under which the building was constructed shall be considered compliant means of egress if, in the opinion of the code official, they do not constitute a distinct hazard to life.
  3. In one- and two-family dwellings, stairways not required for egress shall be permitted to be a minimum width of 26 inches (660 mm).

805.2.1 Means of Egress Capacity

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The capacity of the means of egress in each work area shall be sufficient for the maximum permitted occupant load of the work area and any adjacent spaces served by that means of egress as calculated on a per floor basis. Means of egress shall be measured in units of exit width of 22 inches (559 mm). The maximum permitted occupant load of a space shall be determined by the capacity of the means of egress serving the space as calculated in accordance with Table 805.2.1. The building owner shall have the option of establishing a reasonable restriction on the occupant load of the space based on the existing capacity of the means of egress or of providing additional egress capacity.

TABLE 805.2.1a, b
CAPACITY PER UNIT OF EGRESS WIDTH
USE GROUP NUMBER OF OCCUPANTS
Without Fire Suppression With Fire Suppression
Stairways Doors, Ramps,
and Corridors
Stairways Doors, Ramps,
and Corridors
Ac 75 100 113 150
B 60 100 90 150
E 75 100 113 150
F 60 100 90 150
H NA NA 60 100
I-1 60 100 90 100
I-2 22 30 35 45
I-3 60 100 90 150
M 60 100 90 150
R 75 100 113 150
S 60 100 90 150
Unit of egress width = 22 inches.

NA = Not Allowed.
  1. The occupant load may be equal to the total number of occupants for which exit capacity is provided as determined by Table 805.2.1.
  2. Interpolation shall be allowed in determining capacity of egress width.
  3. For Use Group A occupancies, the resulting total occupant load shall not exceed one occupant per five square feet of net floor area over the entire use.
The number of exits shall be in accordance with Sections 805.3.1 through 805.3.3.
Every story utilized for human occupancy on which there is a work area that includes exits or corridors shared by more than one tenant within the work area shall be provided with the minimum number of exits based on the occupancy and the occupant load in accordance with the International Building Code. In addition, the exits shall comply with Sections 805.3.1.1 and 805.3.1.2.

805.3.1.1 Single-Exit Buildings

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Only one exit is required from buildings and spaces of the following occupancies:
  1. In Group A, B, E, F, M, U and S occupancies, a single exit is permitted in the story at the level of exit discharge when the occupant load of the story does not exceed 49 and the exit access travel distance does not exceed 75 feet (22 860 mm).
    Exception: Licensed Group E adult and child day care occupancies shall have a minimum of two exits. Rooms where occupants receive care are on the level of exit discharge and each of these rooms has an exit door directly to the exterior may have a single exit.
  2. Group B, F-2, and S-2 occupancies not more than two stories in height that are not greater than 3,500 square feet per floor (326 m2), when the exit access travel distance does not exceed 75 feet (22 860 mm). The minimum fire-resistance rating of the exit enclosure and of the opening protection shall be 1 hour.
  3. Open parking structures where vehicles are mechanically parked.
  4. In Group R-4 occupancies, the maximum occupant load excluding staff is 16.
  5. Groups R-1 and R-2 not more than two stories in height, when there are not more than four dwelling units per floor and the exit access travel distance does not exceed 50 feet (15 240 mm). The minimum fire-resistance rating of the exit enclosure and of the opening protection shall be 1 hour.
  6. In multilevel dwelling units in buildings of occupancy Group R-1 or R-2, an exit shall not be required from every level of the dwelling unit provided that one of the following conditions is met:
    1. The travel distance within the dwelling unit does not exceed 75 feet (22 860 mm); or
    2. The building is not more than three stories in height and all third-floor space is part of one or more dwelling units located in part on the second floor; and no habitable room within any such dwelling unit shall have a travel distance that exceeds 50 feet (15 240 mm) from the outside of the habitable room entrance door to the inside of the entrance door to the dwelling unit.
  7. In Group R-2, H-4, H-5 and I occupancies and in rooming houses and child care centers, a single exit is permitted in a one-story building with a maximum occupant load of 10 and the exit access travel distance does not exceed 75 feet (22 860 mm).
  8. In buildings of Group R-2 occupancy that are equipped throughout with an automatic fire sprinkler system, a single exit shall be permitted from a basement or story below grade if every dwelling unit on that floor is equipped with an approved window providing a clear opening of at least 5 square feet (0.47 m2) in area, a minimum net clear opening of 24 inches (610 mm) in height and 20 inches (508 mm) in width, and a sill height of not more than 44 inches (1118 mm) above the finished floor.
  9. In buildings of Group R-2 occupancy of any height with not more than four dwelling units per floor; with a smokeproof enclosure or outside stairway as an exit; and with such exit located within 20 feet (6096 mm) of travel to the entrance doors to all dwelling units served thereby.
  10. In buildings of Group R-3 occupancy equipped throughout with an automatic fire sprinkler system, only one exit shall be required from basements or stories below grade.
  11. Licensed Group R-4 adult and child day care rooms where occupants receive care and that meet all of the following shall have a minimum of one means of egress:
    1. Located on the level of exit discharge; and
    2. The egress door discharges directly to the exterior.
For other than Group I-2, where more than one exit is required, an existing or newly constructed fire escape complying with Section 805.3.1.2.1 shall be accepted as providing one of the required means of egress.

805.3.1.2.1 Fire Escape Access and Details

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Fire escapes shall comply with all of the following requirements:

  1. Occupants shall have unobstructed access to the fire escape without having to pass through a room subject to locking.
  2. Access to a new fire escape shall be through a door, except that windows shall be permitted to provide access from single dwelling units or sleeping units in Group R-1, R-2 and I-1 occupancies or to provide access from spaces having a maximum occupant load of 10 in other occupancy classifications.
    1. The window shall have a minimum net clear opening of 5.7 square feet (0.53 m2) or 5 square feet (0.46 m2) where located at grade.
    2. The minimum net clear opening height shall be 24 inches (610 mm) and net clear opening width shall be 20 inches (508 mm).
    3. The bottom of the clear opening shall not be greater than 44 inches (1118 mm) above the floor.
    4. The operation of the window shall comply with the operational constraints of the International Building Code.
  3. Newly constructed fire escapes shall be permitted only where exterior stairways cannot be utilized because of lot lines limiting the stairway size or because of the sidewalks, alleys, or roads at grade level.
  4. Openings within 10 feet (3048 mm) of fire escape stairways shall be protected by fire assemblies having minimum 3/4-hour fire-resistance ratings.
    Exception: Opening protection shall not be required in buildings equipped throughout with an approved automatic sprinkler system.
  5. In all buildings of Group E occupancy, up to and including the 12th grade, buildings of Group I occupancy, boarding houses and childcare centers, ladders of any type are prohibited on fire escapes used as a required means of egress.
The fire escape shall be designed to support a live load of 100 pounds per square foot (4788 Pa) and shall be constructed of steel or other approved noncombustible materials. Fire escapes constructed of wood not less than nominal 2 inches (51 mm) thick are permitted on buildings of Type V construction. Walkways and railings located over or supported by combustible roofs in buildings of Types III and IV construction are permitted to be of wood not less than nominal 2 inches (51 mm) thick.
Stairways shall be at least 22 inches (559 mm) wide with risers not more than, and treads not less than, 8 inches (203 mm). Landings at the foot of stairways shall be not less than 40 inches (1016 mm) wide by 36 inches (914 mm) long and located not more than 8 inches (203 mm) below the door.

805.3.2 Mezzanines

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Mezzanines in the work area and with an occupant load of more than 49 or in which the travel distance to an exit exceeds 75 feet (22 860 mm) shall have access to at least two independent means of egress.

Exception: Two independent means of egress are not required where the travel distance to an exit does not exceed 100 feet (30 480 mm) and the building is protected throughout with an automatic sprinkler system.

805.3.3 Main Entrance—Group A

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Where the main entrance is included in the alteration, buildings of Group A with an occupant load of 300 or more shall be provided with a main entrance capable of serving as the main exit with an egress capacity of at least one-half of the total occupant load. The remaining exits shall be capable of providing one-half of the total required exit capacity.

Exception: Where there is no well-defined main exit or where multiple main exits are provided, exits shall be permitted to be distributed around the perimeter of the building provided that the total width of egress is not less than 100 percent of the required width.
Egress doorways in any work area shall comply with Sections 805.4.1 through 805.4.5.

805.4.1 Two Egress Doorways Required

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Work areas shall be provided with two egress doorways in accordance with the requirements of Sections 805.4.1.1 and 805.4.1.3.

805.4.1.1 Occupant Load and Travel Distance

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In any work area, all rooms and spaces having an occupant load of 50 or more or in which the travel distance to an exit exceeds 75 feet (22 860 mm) shall have a minimum of two egress doorways.
Exceptions:
  1. Storage rooms having a maximum occupant load of 10.
  2. Where the work area is served by a single exit in accordance with Section 805.3.1.1.
  3. The occupant load of the space may be restricted to comply with Section 1006 of the North Carolina Building Code. Signage indicating the allowed quantity of occupants shall be permanently mounted in the building at a location approved by the local fire marshal.
In buildings of Group I-2 occupancy, any patient sleeping room or suite of patient rooms greater than 1,000 square feet (93 m2) within the work area shall have a minimum of two egress doorways.

805.4.1.3 Group E Licensed Adult and Child Day Care

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Group E and R-4 adult and child day care facilities shall have two means of egress. Rooms where occupants receive care and that meet all of the following shall have a minimum of one means of egress:
  1. Located on the level of exit discharge; and
  2. The egress door discharges directly to the exterior.
In the work area and in the egress path from any work area to the exit discharge, all egress doors serving an occupant load greater than 50 shall swing in the direction of exit travel.
Where the work area exceeds 50 percent of the floor area, door swing shall comply with Section 805.4.2 throughout the floor.
Exception: Means of egress within or serving only a tenant space that is entirely outside the work area.
In any work area, all doors opening onto an exit passageway at grade or an exit stairway shall be self-closing or automatic-closing by listed closing devices.
Exceptions:
  1. Where exit enclosure is not required by the International Building Code.
  2. Means of egress within or serving only a tenant space that is entirely outside the work area.
Where the work area exceeds 50 percent of the floor area, doors shall comply with Section 805.4.3 throughout the exit stairway from the work area to, and including, the level of exit discharge.
In any work area, and in the egress path from any work area to the exit discharge, in buildings or portions thereof of Group A assembly occupancies with an occupant load greater than 100, all required exit doors equipped with latching devices shall be equipped with approved panic hardware.

805.4.4.1 Supplemental Requirements for Panic Hardware

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805.4.5 Emergency Power Source in Groups I-2 and I-3

AMENDMENT
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Power-operated sliding doors or power-operated locks for swinging doors shall be operable by a manual release mechanism at the door. Emergency power shall be provided for the doors and locks in accordance with Section 2702 of the International Building Code.
Exceptions:
  1. Emergency power is not required in facilities with 10 or fewer locks complying with the exception to Section 408.4.1 of the International Building Code.
  2. Emergency power is not required where remote mechanical operating releases are provided.

805.4.6 Group I-2 Locks and Latches

AMENDMENT
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Remote locking shall comply with Section 407.11 of the North Carolina Building Code.
Openings in corridor walls in any work area shall comply with Sections 805.5.1 through 805.5.4.
Exception: Openings in corridors where such corridors are not required to be rated in accordance with the International Building Code.
Corridor doors in the work area shall not be constructed of hollow core wood and shall not contain louvers. All dwelling unit or sleeping unit corridor doors in work areas in buildings of Groups R-1, R-2, and I-1 shall be at least 13/8-inch (35 mm) solid core wood or approved equivalent and shall not have any glass panels, other than approved wired glass or other approved glazing material in metal frames. All dwelling unit or sleeping unit corridor doors in work areas in buildings of Groups R-1, R-2, and I-1 shall be equipped with approved door closers. All replacement doors shall be 13/4-inch (44 mm) solid bonded wood core or approved equivalent, unless the existing frame will accommodate only a 13/8-inch (35 mm) door.
Exceptions:
  1. Corridor doors within a dwelling unit or sleeping unit.
  2. Existing doors meeting the requirements of Guidelines on Fire Ratings of Archaic Materials and Assemblies (IEBC Resource A) for a rating of 15 minutes or more shall be accepted as meeting the provisions of this requirement.
  3. Existing doors in buildings protected throughout with an approved automatic sprinkler system shall be required only to resist smoke, be reasonably tight fitting, and shall not contain louvers.
  4. In group homes with a maximum of 15 occupants and that are protected with an approved automatic detection system, closing devices may be omitted.
  5. Door assemblies having a fire protection rating of at least 20 minutes.
In all buildings of Group I-1, I-2, R-1 and R-2 occupancies, all transoms in corridor walls in work areas shall be either glazed with 1/4-inch (6.4 mm) wired glass set in metal frames or other glazing assemblies having a fire protection rating as required for the door and permanently secured in the closed position or sealed with materials consistent with the corridor construction.
In any work area, any other sash, grille, or opening in a corridor and any window in a corridor not opening to the outside air shall be sealed with materials consistent with the corridor construction.
Where the work area exceeds 50 percent of the floor area, Section 805.5.3 shall be applicable to all corridor windows, grills, sashes, and other openings on the floor.
Exception: Means of egress within or serving only a tenant space that is entirely outside the work area.
Where the work area on any floor exceeds 50 percent of the floor area, the requirements of Sections 805.5.1 through 805.5.3 shall apply throughout the floor.

805.6 Dead-End Corridors

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Dead-end corridors in any work area shall not exceed 35 feet (10 670 mm).
Exceptions:
  1. Where dead-end corridors of greater length are permitted by the International Building Code.
  2. In other than Group A and H occupancies, the maximum length of an existing dead-end corridor shall be 50 feet (15 240 mm) in buildings equipped throughout with an automatic fire alarm system installed in accordance with the International Building Code.
  3. In other than Group A and H occupancies, the maximum length of an existing dead-end corridor shall be 70 feet (21 356 mm) in buildings equipped throughout with an automatic sprinkler system installed in accordance with the International Building Code.
  4. Deleted.
Means-of-egress lighting shall be in accordance with this section, as applicable.
Means of egress in all work areas shall be provided with artificial lighting in accordance with the requirements of the International Building Code.
Where the work area on any floor exceeds 50 percent of that floor area, means of egress throughout the floor shall comply with Section 805.7.1.
Exception: Means of egress within or serving only a tenant space that is entirely outside the work area.
Exit signs shall be in accordance with this section, as applicable.
Means of egress in all work areas shall be provided with exit signs in accordance with the requirements of the International Building Code.
Where the work area on any floor exceeds 50 percent of that floor area, means of egress throughout the floor shall comply with Section 805.8.1.
Exception: Means of egress within a tenant space that is entirely outside the work area.
The requirements of Sections 805.9.1 and 805.9.2 shall apply to handrails from the work area floor to, and including, the level of exit discharge.
Every required exit stairway that is part of the means of egress for any work area and that has three or more risers and is not provided with at least one handrail, or in which the existing handrails are judged to be in danger of collapsing, shall be provided with handrails for the full length of the stairway on at least one side. All exit stairways with a required egress width of more than 66 inches (1676 mm) shall have handrails on both sides.

805.9.2 Design

ILLUSTRATION
Handrails required in accordance with Section 805.9.1 shall be designed and installed in accordance with the provisions of the International Building Code.
Where alterations affect the configuration of an area utilized as a refuge area, the capacity of the refuge area shall not be reduced below that required in Sections 805.10.1 and 805.10.2.
The required capacity of refuge areas shall be in accordance with Sections 805.10.1.1 through 805.10.1.3.
In Group I-2 occupancies, the required capacity of the refuge areas for smoke compartments in accordance with Section 407.5.1 of the International Building Code shall be maintained.
In Group I-3 occupancies, the required capacity of the refuge areas for smoke compartments in accordance with Section 408.6.2 of the International Building Code shall be maintained.
In ambulatory care facilities required to be separated by Section 422.2 of the International Building Code, the required capacity of the refuge areas for smoke compartments in accordance with Section 422.4 of the International Building Code shall be maintained.
The required capacity of the refuge area for horizontal exits in accordance with Section 1026.4 of the International Building Code shall be maintained.

805.11 Guards

ILLUSTRATION
The requirements of Sections 805.11.1 and 805.11.2 shall apply to guards from the work area floor to, and including, the level of exit discharge but shall be confined to the egress path of any work area.
Every open portion of a stairway, landing, or balcony that is more than 30 inches (762 mm) above the floor or grade below and is not provided with guards, or those portions in which existing guards are judged to be in danger of collapsing, shall be provided with guards.
Guards required in accordance with Section 805.11.1 shall be designed and installed in accordance with the International Building Code.

805.12 Emergency Escape and Rescue Openings

AMENDMENT
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When the work being performed creates a classroom in a Group E occupancy or a bedroom below the fourth floor in a Group R occupancy, at least one window or exterior door shall comply with Section 1030 of the North Carolina Building Code.

806.1 General

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A facility that is altered shall comply with the applicable provisions in Sections 806.1.1 through 806.1.13, and Chapter 11 of the International Building Code unless it is technically infeasible. Where compliance with this section is technically infeasible, the alteration shall provide access to the maximum extent that is technically feasible.

A facility that is constructed or altered to be accessible shall be maintained accessible during occupancy.

Exceptions:
  1. The altered element or space is not required to be on an accessible route unless required by Section 806.2.
  2. Accessible means of egress required by Chapter 10 of the International Building Code are not required to be provided in existing facilities.
  3. Type B dwelling or sleeping units required by Section 1107 of the International Building Code are not required to be provided in existing facilities undergoing less than a Level 3 alteration.
  4. The alteration to Type A individually owned dwelling units within a Group R-2 occupancy shall meet the provisions for Type B dwelling units.

806.1.1 Entrances

AMENDMENT
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Where an alteration includes alterations to an entrance, and the facility has an accessible entrance on an accessible route, the altered entrance is not required to be accessible unless required by Section 806.2. Signs complying with Section 1111 of the International Building Code shall be provided.

806.1.2 Elevators

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Altered elements of existing elevators shall comply with ASME A17.1/CSA B44 and ICC A117.1. Such elements shall also be altered in elevators programmed to respond to the same hall call control as the altered elevator.

806.1.3 Platform Lifts

AMENDMENT
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Platform (wheelchair) lifts complying with ICC A117.1 and installed in accordance with ASME A18.1 shall be permitted as a component of an accessible route.

806.1.3.1 Inclined Stairway Chairlifts

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Inclined stairway chairlifts that do not reduce the required means of egress and installed in accordance with ASME A18.1 shall be permitted as a component of an accessible route in alterations of existing occupancies in:
  1. Religious organizations or entities controlled by religious organizations, including places of worship; or
  2. Private clubs or establishments exempted under Title II of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
     Such inclined stairway chairlifts shall be approved for commercial use by the manufacturer and installed by approved factory-trained installers.

806.1.4 Ramps

AMENDMENT
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Where steeper slopes than allowed by Section 1012.2 of the International Building Code are necessitated by space limitations, the slope of ramps in or providing access to existing facilities shall comply with Table 806.1.4.

TABLE 806.1.4
RAMPS
SLOPE MAXIMUM RISE
Steeper than 1:10 but not steeper than 1:8 3 inches
Steeper than 1:12 but not steeper than 1:10 6 inches
For SI: 1 inch = 25.4 mm.

806.1.5 Dining Areas

AMENDMENT
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An accessible route to raised or sunken dining areas or to outdoor seating areas is not required provided that the same services and decor are provided in an accessible space usable by any occupant and not restricted to use by people with a disability.

806.1.6 Jury Boxes and Witness Stands

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In alterations, accessible wheelchair spaces are not required to be located within the defined area of raised jury boxes or witness stands and shall be permitted to be located outside these spaces where ramp or lift access poses a hazard by restricting or projecting into a required means of egress.

806.1.7 Accessible Dwelling or Sleeping Units

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Where Group I-1, I-2, I-3, R-1, R-2 or R-4 dwelling or sleeping units are being altered, the requirements of Section 1107 of the International Building Code for Accessible units apply only to the quantity of the spaces being altered.

806.1.8 Type A Dwelling or Sleeping Units

AMENDMENT
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Where 15 or more Group R-2 dwelling or sleeping units are being altered, the requirements of Section 1107 of the International Building Code for Type A units and Chapter 9 of the International Building Code for visible alarms apply only to the quantity of the spaces being altered.

806.1.9 Toilet Rooms

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Where it is technically infeasible to alter existing toilet and bathing rooms to be accessible, an accessible family or assisted-use toilet or bathing room constructed in accordance with Section 1109.2.1 of the International Building Code is permitted. The family or assisted-use toilet or bathing room shall be located on the same floor and in the same area as the existing toilet or bathing rooms. At the inaccessible toilet and bathing rooms, directional signs indicating the location of the nearest family or assisted-use toilet room or bathing room shall be provided. These directional signs shall include the International Symbol of Accessibility and sign characters shall meet the visual character requirements in accordance with ICC A117.1.

806.1.10 Dressing, Fitting and Locker Rooms

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Where it is technically infeasible to provide accessible dressing, fitting, or locker rooms at the same location as similar types of rooms, one accessible room on the same level shall be provided. Where separate sex facilities are provided, accessible rooms for each sex shall be provided. Separate sex facilities are not required where only unisex rooms are provided.

806.1.11 Fuel Dispensers

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Operable parts of replacement fuel dispensers shall be permitted to be 54 inches (1370 mm) maximum measured from the surface of the vehicular way where fuel dispensers are installed on existing curbs.

806.1.12 Thresholds

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The maximum height of thresholds at doorways shall be 3/4 inch (19.1 mm). Such thresholds shall have beveled edges on each side.

806.1.13 Extent of Application

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An alteration of an existing element, space, or area of a facility shall not impose a requirement for greater accessibility than that which would be required for new construction. Alterations shall not reduce or have the effect of reducing accessibility of a facility or portion of a facility.

806.2 Alterations Affecting an Area Containing a Primary Function

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Where an alteration affects the accessibility to a, or contains an area of, primary function, the route to the primary function area shall be accessible. The accessible route to the primary function area shall include toilet facilities and drinking fountains serving the area of primary function.

Exceptions:
  1. The costs of providing the accessible route are not required to exceed 20 percent of the costs of the alterations affecting the area of primary function.
  2. This provision does not apply to alterations limited solely to windows, hardware, operating controls, electrical outlets and signs.
  3. This provision does not apply to alterations limited solely to mechanical systems, electrical systems, installation or alteration of fire protection systems and abatement of hazardous materials.
  4. This provision does not apply to alterations undertaken for the primary purpose of increasing the accessibility of a facility.
  5. This provision does not apply to altered areas limited to Type B dwelling and sleeping units.

806.2 806.3 Stairways and Escalators in Existing Buildings

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In alterations where an escalator or stairway is added where none existed previously, an accessible route shall be provided in accordance with Sections 1104.4 and 1104.5 of the International Building Code.
Structural elements and systems within buildings undergoing Level 2 alterations shall comply with this section.
New structural elements in alterations, including connections and anchorage, shall comply with the International Building Code.
The minimum design loads on existing elements of a structure that do not support additional loads as a result of an alteration shall be the loads applicable at the time the building was constructed.

807.4 Existing Structural Elements Carrying Gravity Loads

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Alterations shall not reduce the capacity of existing gravity load-carrying structural elements unless it is demonstrated that the elements have the capacity to carry the applicable design gravity loads required by the International Building Code. Existing structural elements supporting any additional gravity loads as a result of the alterations, including the effects of snow drift, shall comply with the International Building Code.

Exceptions:
  1. Structural elements whose stress is not increased by more than 10 percent.
  2. Buildings of Group R occupancy used solely for residential purposes where the existing building and its alteration comply with the conventional light-frame construction methods of the International Building Code or the provisions of the International Residential Code.
Except as permitted by Section 807.6, where the alteration increases design lateral loads, or where the alteration results in prohibited structural irregularity as defined in ASCE 7, or where the alteration decreases the capacity of any existing lateral load-carrying structural element, the structure of the altered building or structure shall be shown to meet the wind and seismic provisions of the International Building Code. Reduced International Building Code-level seismic forces in accordance with Section 301.1.4.2 shall be permitted.
Exception: Any existing lateral load-carrying structural element whose demand-capacity ratio with the alteration considered is not more than 10 percent greater than its demand-capacity ratio with the alteration ignored shall be permitted to remain unaltered. For purposes of calculating demand-capacity ratios, the demand shall consider applicable load combinations with design lateral loads or forces in accordance with International Building Code Sections 1609 and 1613. Reduced International Building Code level seismic forces in accordance with Section 301.1.4.2 shall be permitted. For purposes of this exception, comparisons of demand-capacity ratios and calculation of design lateral loads, forces and capacities shall account for the cumulative effects of additions and alterations since original construction.
Alterations of existing structural elements and additions of new structural elements that are initiated for the purpose of increasing the lateral force-resisting strength or stiffness of an existing structure and that are not required by other sections of this code shall not be required to be designed for forces conforming to the International Building Code, provided that an engineering analysis is submitted to show that:
  1. The capacity of existing structural elements required to resist forces is not reduced;
  2. The lateral loading to existing structural elements is not increased either beyond its capacity or more than 10 percent;
  3. New structural elements are detailed and connected to the existing structural elements as required by the International Building Code;
  4. New or relocated nonstructural elements are detailed and connected to existing or new structural elements as required by the International Building Code; and
  5. A dangerous condition as defined in this code is not created. Voluntary alterations to lateral force-resisting systems conducted in accordance with Appendix A and the referenced standards of this code shall be permitted.
All newly installed electrical equipment and wiring relating to work done in any work area shall comply with all applicable requirements of NFPA 70 except as provided for in Section 808.3.
Existing wiring in all work areas in Group A-1, A-2, A-5, H and I occupancies shall be upgraded to meet the materials and methods requirements of Chapter 7.
In Group R-2, R-3 and R-4 occupancies and buildings regulated by the International Residential Code, the requirements of Sections 808.3.1 through 808.3.7 shall be applicable only to work areas located within a dwelling unit.
All enclosed areas, other than closets, kitchens, basements, garages, hallways, laundry areas, utility areas, storage areas and bathrooms shall have a minimum of two duplex receptacle outlets or one duplex receptacle outlet and one ceiling or wall-type lighting outlet.
Kitchen areas shall have a minimum of two duplex receptacle outlets.
Laundry areas shall have a minimum of one duplex receptacle outlet located near the laundry equipment and installed on an independent circuit.
Newly installed receptacle outlets shall be provided with ground fault circuit interruption as required by NFPA 70.
At least one lighting outlet shall be provided in every bathroom, hallway, stairway, attached garage, and detached garage with electric power, and to illuminate outdoor entrances and exits.
At least one lighting outlet shall be provided in utility rooms and basements where such spaces are used for storage or contain equipment requiring service.
Clearance for electrical service equipment shall be provided in accordance with the NFPA 70.
All reconfigured spaces intended for occupancy and all spaces converted to habitable or occupiable space in any work area shall be provided with natural or mechanical ventilation in accordance with the International Mechanical Code.
Exception: Existing mechanical ventilation systems shall comply with the requirements of Section 809.2.
In mechanically ventilated spaces, existing mechanical ventilation systems that are altered, reconfigured, or extended shall provide not less than 5 cubic feet per minute (cfm) (0.0024 m3/s) per person of outdoor air and not less than 15 cfm (0.0071 m3/s) of ventilation air per person; or not less than the amount of ventilation air determined by the Indoor Air Quality Procedure of ASHRAE 62.
All newly introduced devices, equipment, or operations that produce airborne particulate matter, odors, fumes, vapor, combustion products, gaseous contaminants, pathogenic and allergenic organisms, and microbial contaminants in such quantities as to affect adversely or impair health or cause discomfort to occupants shall be provided with local exhaust.
Where the occupant load of the story is increased by more than 20 percent, plumbing fixtures for the story shall be provided in quantities specified in the International Plumbing Code based on the increased occupant load.

811.1 Minimum Requirements

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Level 2 alterations to existing buildings or structures are permitted without requiring the entire building or structure to comply with the energy requirements of the International Energy Conservation Code or International Residential Code. The alterations shall conform to the energy requirements of this section and Section 708.

811.1.1 Building Envelope

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New building envelope assemblies that are part of the alteration shall comply with Section R402 of the North Carolina Energy Conservation Code for residential buildings and Section C402 of the North Carolina Energy Conservation Code for commercial buildings.

811.1.2 Heating and Cooling Systems

AMENDMENT
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New heating, cooling and duct systems that are part of the alteration shall comply with Sections R403.1, R403.2, R403.3, R403.4, R403.6, and R403.7 of the North Carolina Energy Conservation Code for residential buildings and Section C403 of the North Carolina Energy Conservation Code for commercial buildings.

Exceptions:
  1. In residential buildings, an alteration involving a partial system replacement to an existing duct system shall not require a duct leakage test.
  2. Compliance with Section C403.2.12 of the North Carolina Energy Conservation Code is not required.
  3. Compliance with Section C403.3 of the North Carolina Energy Conservation Code is not required where compliance with the section would require alterations to existing floor, wall or roof assemblies.

811.1.3 Service Hot Water Systems

AMENDMENT
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New service hot water systems that are part of the alteration shall comply with Section R403.5 of the North Carolina Energy Conservation Code for residential buildings and Section C404 of the North Carolina Energy Conservation Code for commercial buildings.

811.1.4 Lighting

AMENDMENT
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New lighting systems that are part of the alteration shall comply with Section R404.1 of the North Carolina Energy Conservation Code for residential buildings and Section C405 of the North Carolina Energy Conservation Code for commercial buildings.

Exception: Alterations that replace less than 50 percent of the luminaires in a space, provided that such alterations do not increase the installed interior lighting power.

811.1.5 Change in Space Conditioning

AMENDMENT
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In addition to the requirement of Section 811.1, projects changing unconditioned space to conditioned space and costing more than $10,000 shall require 10 percent of the project cost to be used toward meeting the requirements of Chapter 11 of the North Carolina Residential Code for one- and two-family dwellings and townhouses or the North Carolina Energy Conservation Code. Project costs for the purpose of this section is the total project cost listed on all permits related to the work required to convert the unconditioned space to conditioned space and excludes the 10 percent added from this section. Under this section, existing building envelope elements that become a part of the building thermal envelope and are not changed are not required to be upgraded. The additional 10 percent of the project cost shall be appropriated for additional energy conservation features of choice that are addressed in Chapter 11 of the North Carolina Residential Code for one- and two-family dwellings and townhouses or the North Carolina Energy Conservation Code. In addition to the 10-percent project cost, any existing wall, ceiling, or floor cavities that are exposed during construction shall at a minimum be insulated to comply with Chapter 11 of the North Carolina Residential Code for one- and two-family dwellings and townhouses or the North Carolina Energy Conservation Code or be insulated to fill the cavity, whichever is less. Roof systems requiring air space for ventilation shall retain the ventilation space required. Projects costing less than $10,000 are not subject to the 10-percent project cost addition provision.
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