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Construction Trailer Accessibility Single Family Home

Discussion in 'Accessibility' started by jar546, Apr 15, 2020.

  1. jar546

    jar546 *****istrator

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    For a large, long-term project to construct one single-family home on a residential lot, does a construction trailer have to be accessible with a ramp like a commercial project?
     
  2. Ty J.

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    Nope....

    1103.2.5 Construction Sites
    Structures, sites and equipment directly associated with the actual processes of construction including, but not limited to, scaffolding, bridging, materials hoists, materials storage or
    construction trailers are not required to comply with this chapter.
    And for any nay-sayers, I'd argue that the IBC applies because the use is not residential, but commercial. The trailer is used for storage, meetings, etc. essential to the construction of a SFD. It is not a part of the residential use, therefore the IRC does not apply.
     
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  3. Ty J.

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    So what do you say Jar? Do you agree?
     
  4. steveray

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    I like your thinking, but I am IRC....

    R101.2 Scope. The provisions of the International Residential
    Code
    for One- and Two-family Dwellings shall apply to
    the construction,
    alteration, movement, enlargement,
    replacement, repair, equipment, use and occupancy, location,
    removal and demolition of detached one- and two-family
    dwellings and townhouses not more than three stories above
    grade plane in height with a separate means of egress and
    their accessory structures
    not more than three stories above
    grade plane in height.

    I think the end result is the same......Exempt...
     
  5. Ty J.

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    Not that it matters... but a construction trailer does not, in my opinion, meet the definition of an accessory structure. It is not incidental to the occupancy of the home. Furthermore, as the home is not built, it cannot be accessory.

    [RB] ACCESSORY STRUCTURE. A structure that is accessory to and incidental to that of the dwelling(s) and that is located on the same lot.
     
  6. jar546

    jar546 *****istrator

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    All commercial construction trailers that I have encountered always had ADA access. It is rare to have one for a single family home. I am not talking about a large residential development where there is a construction trailer for a large tract of homes being built. I would think that since this is a job that qualifies under the IRC or FBC Residential, it is exempt. I may be wrong but that is not an education opinion as I have not read anything that concurs with my personal opinion.
     
  7. steveray

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    A construction trailer for a house does not exist without the intent of constructing a house....Incidental to the construction of the house....
     
  8. mtlogcabin

    mtlogcabin Registered User

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    I have never seen a construction trailer with a ADA ramp. I have seen large single and double wide office trailers on site where a few of them installed a ramp.
    If the ramp is not there who will be negatively effected and who will complain.
     
  9. Mark K

    Mark K Platinum Member

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    In California and I suspect other states Construction trailers are not governed by the building code but by other laws. The access to the trailer may be regulated by diferent laws.
     
  10. JCraver

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    Yeah, no. Never seen a construction trailer with a ramp, and wouldn't ever force anybody to build one. There's nothing in any code I've ever read that should make anyone come to the conclusion that a ramp could be required.
     
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    jar546 *****istrator

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    What about all of those "because I said so" guys?
     
  12. JCraver

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    I'm not one of them, and I can't think like them, so I don't know what you do about 'em. Most jobsites have hammers laying around; perhaps they could be deployed for uses other than driving nails??
     
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    At a large warehouse construction site where I am working (got permission to work by the state through the COVID-19) there are a few construction trailers without a ramp and one with a ramp that the sales people use .
     
  14. Bryant

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    Sales trailer on construction site ? accessibility required?
     
  15. jar546

    jar546 *****istrator

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    Good question. I've seen that before.
     
  16. Paul Sweet

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    "Sales trailer on construction site ? accessibility required?"

    I wouldn't consider it a sales trailer just because a few product reps call on the job superintendent.

    Sales trailers for the public are usually located away from daily construction activities for safety reasons. In any case, the OP said this is "to construct one single-family home on a residential lot"
     
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    I have seen sales trailers on jobsites specifically for the public to come in and get tours, sign documents, etc.
     
  18. Bryant

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    Since this SFD isn't out of the ground yet, the concept of a construction trailer is more the exception than the rule, even remotely an accessible requirement , though on a sizeable custom home, makes sense to have a temp shelter on private land, but accessible, not enforceable from the code, even with ICC A117.1-2009, there is no requirement for residential homes. What we see and require if they turn a model home's garage into a sales office is an accessible route from driveway thru the door into the sales area, nothing more. Treat it as commercial in this instance...
     
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    Disabled subs and venders.
     
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    When I built my house, I bought a 14' camping trailer to use as an office/storage.......sorry, forgot to install the never to be needed ramp. Seriously, one SFD, one "construction trailer", needs accessibility???
     

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