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Office Pods and IBC/CBC

Discussion in 'California' started by Mikko, Jul 11, 2018.

  1. Mikko

    Mikko Registered User

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    How do office pods like the one below relate to California Building Code?

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    Are office pods viewed as furniture or rooms? And if they're considered to be rooms, do the requirements of egress doors apply to them?
     
  2. cda

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    Yes to all

    Plus, if in a building with a fire sprinkler system, it would require sprinkler protection in it.
     
  3. Mikko

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    Are all spaces inside an office always considered as parts of an egress system? I know that, according to CBC, at least elevators are not and egress door requirements don't apply to them.

    If the width of a pod is under 4 ft, shouldn't that eliminate the need for a sprinkler?
     
  4. Rick18071

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    The only thing wrong that I can tell by the photo is the floor elevation at the door. I think I would call it furniture. Wouldn't be like a telephone booth or are you to young to ever see one

    Don't forget the occupancy load sign.
     
  5. cda

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    Normally a means of exit is required from every space, especially if normally occupied .

    Not sure why the Question, if you go in the cube, you have to come out.

    In say an office setting and sprinkled, yes normally would have to have sprinkler protection.
     
  6. AOTB

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    Is an office pod, or small telephone room, considered a habitable space and therefore subject to CBC/IBC section 1208.1 and cannot be less than 7 feet in any plan dimension or can it be smaller if not "habitable." How small can the pod space be?
     
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    Welcome
     
  8. cda

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    When all else fails,,,

    Check Funk and Wagnalls


    HABITABLE SPACE. A space in a building for living, sleeping, eating or cooking. Bathrooms, toilet rooms, closets, halls, storage or utility spaces and similar areas are not considered habitable spaces.


    Sorry room not defined
     
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    How is it/ is it attached to the floor?
    How is it accessible?
     
  10. steveray

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    What is the purpose of them?
     
  11. cda

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    Time out?

    When an inspector is having a hard day, they can have some alone time?
     
  12. mark handler

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    I would not rely on Funk and Wagnalls

    CBC 201.4 Terms not defined Where terms are not defined through the methods authorized by this section, such terms shall have ordinarily accepted meanings such as the context implies.
    CBC defines HABITABLE SPACE. A space in a building for living, sleeping, eating or cooking. Bathrooms, toilet rooms, closets, halls, storage or utility spaces and similar areas are not considered habitable spaces.
    Oddly similar to Funk and Wagnalls.
    Based on that definition, if an office is living space, so would this "office" cubical.

    And yes, if you provide this, "office" cubical, you will also need one for the disabled, fully accessible.
     
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  13. Rick18071

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    If someone asks where you are living do you answer "the office"?
     
  14. Ty J.

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    If someone asks you if you are living or dead, which are you?

    Can't cherry pick your words and the definition that serves your opinion.
     
  15. e hilton

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    The trend now is open office space ... really wide open office space ... everyone sits a5 a small cubie with very low walls ... or no walls at all. Your space is about 4 ft square, and everyone around you hears everything you say. So it has become popular to have a couple of those around for when you need a private conversation. They work well, quite a reduction in sound ... not quite sound proof, but close. Ours have enough space for a stool and a counter large enough for your laptop, and not much else.
     
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    I thought that might be it...GIGNA insurance is doing something similar (open office) in the Town I live in....Gave the BO a heads up in case this comes up...
     

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