Does the travel distance in apartments include balconies/terraces/etc, whether covered or uncovered?
I want to say yes, because you have to get out of the space, from those locations.
This makes sense, but for some reason I thought I read somewhere that they weren't required to be included in the travel distance. I can't find anything now, however.
Which building / residential code and year edition are you using/ looking at??
And you are talking other than a House??
Yep, I read through that before posting, but it didn't reference dwelling units.
I realize we're warned against using common sense, but I would think it would depend... If you are able to utilize a secondary means of escape from the unit, then why would a patio/deck/terrace be counted, as it could in fact be a better secondary means of escape than the allowed egress window. I guess you'd need to verify it met all the requirements to be a secondary means of escape (height to grade, FD access, railing vs. window sill height, etc).
On the other hand if you're over 25 ft above grade, and need to exit via a primary means of escape, then a patio/deck/terrace should be counted as part of the travel distance? That would be my argument either way as a fire inspector trying to use a real world perspective.
Travel distance is measured from the most remote point an occupant can be. That includes all spaces an occupant can be.
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