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Chapter 4 BUILDING DESIGN 4-1
400 PERFORMANCE REQUIREMENTS 4-1

401 ACCEPTABILITY CRITERIA 4-1


401-1 SPACE 4-1
401-2 LIGHT AND VENTILATION 4-2
401-3 DOORS AND ACCESS OPENINGS 4-3
401-4 STAIRWAYS 4-3
401-5 CORRIDORS AND HALLWAYS 4-3
401-6 ELEVATORS 4-3
401-7 TRASH AND GARBAGE DISPOSAL 4-4
401-8 NOISE CONTROL 4-4
401-9 INDOOR AIR QUALITY 4-4

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Page 4-1
Chapter 4 BUILDING DESIGN
400 PERFORMANCE REQUIREMENT
Each living unit should provide for a healthful environment with complete living facilities arranged and equipped for suitable and comfortable living.
401 ACCEPTABILITY CRITERIA
401-1 SPACE
401-1.1 General
(a) Provide each living unit with space necessary for suitable living, sleeping, cooking and dining accommodations, and storage, all sanitary facilities. This space should be of such size and dimensions so as to permit placement of furniture and essential equipment.

(b) Habitable rooms in basements or below grade intended for year-round occupancy should comply with building requirements in the same manner as rooms above grade.

(c) Space for laundry equipment should be provided in each living unit or, central laundry facilities must be readily accessible to the tenants.
401-1.2 Privacy and Arrangement
(a) A degree of privacy should be provided commensurate with suitable living conditions by means of the proper location of exterior openings to exterior conditions, and by the interior arrangement of rooms.

(b) Access to all parts of a living unit should be possible without passing through a public hall.

(c) Every water closet, bathtub or shower of a living unit should be installed in a bathroom which will afford privacy to the occupant.

(d) A bathroom should not be used as a passageway to a habitable room, hall, basement or to the exterior.

(e) A bathroom should not be separated from all bedrooms of a living unit by locating it a full story above or below the bedrooms.

(f) A bedroom should not be used as the only means of access to another bedroom or habitable room.

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401-1.3 Kitchen Facilities


Each living unit should have a specific kitchen space, which contains a sink with counter work space and has hot and cold running water, adequate space for installing cooking and refrigeration equipment, and for storage.
401-1.4 Bath Facilities
Complete bathing and sanitary facilities should be provided within each living unit; they should consist of a watercloset, a tub or shower, and a lavatory. Provide an adequate supply of hot water to the tub or shower stall and lavatory, and cold water to all fixtures. Arrangement of fixtures should provide for the comfortable use of each fixture and permit at least a 90 degree door swing. A mirror, medicine cabinet and towel bars should be provided in a convenient location.
401.1.5 Closets and General Storage
Clothes closet space should be provided within bedrooms or conveniently located nearby. In addition, each living unit should have a suitable space within the unit or a locked space elsewhere within the building or development for general storage.
401-1.6 Community Rooms
In housing for the elderly, community, social and recreational rooms with adjacent toilet facilities should be provided.
401-2 LIGHT AND VENTILATION
401-2.1 Provide a healthful environment and an acceptable degree of

comfort within all rooms and hallways of the dwelling by having sufficient light and ventilation.


401-2.2 Ventilation of Structural Spaces
Natural ventilation of spaces such as attics and enclosed basementless spaces should be provided by openings of sufficient sizes to overcome dampness and minimize the effect of conditions conducive to decay and deterioration of the structure, and to prevent excessive heat in attics. Exterior ventilation openings should be effectively screened where needed.

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401-3 DOORS AND ACCESS OPENINGS


Provide openings adequate in size to admit furniture and equipment to all spaces are to permit inspection for repair and maintenance.
401-3.1 Exterior doors should have secure locks.
401-3.2 A primary entrance door should be at least 3'-0" wide.
401-3.3 Provide a door for each opening to bedroom, closet, bathroom or

toilet compartment; with a locking device on bath and toilet compartment doors.


401-4 STAIRWAYS
401-4.1 All stairways shall provide safety of ascent and descent, and

stairs and landings shall be arranged to permit adequate headroom and space for the passage of furniture and equipment.


401-4.2 Existing stairways in sound condition to remain or to be

repaired shall not be to any serious extent below minimum standards of good practice as to rise and run of steps, headroom, obstructions, stair width, landings, or railing protection.

401-5 CORRIDORS AND HALLWAYS
401-5.1 Corridors and hallways shall provide adequate, safe and

unobstructed circulation from living units or other spaces to various means of exit. Corridors are hallways above the main floor should have more than one exit.


401-5.2 In housing for the elderly handrails shall be provided on at

least one side of all tenant corridors (except within living units).

401-6 ELEVATORS
Where provided, an elevator shall furnish convenient and safe ascent and descent to all living units and service areas. The character and type of elevator service and equipment should be appropriate to the building being rehabilitated and to its occupants.
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401-7 TRASH AND GARBAGE DISPOSAL


Every dwelling and multi-family building shall be supplied with a convenient means of disposal or removal of trash and garbage.

401-8 NOISE CONTROL


Acoustical control should be provided to attain an acceptable are livable environment. Where possible sound reduction insulation and/or other means of reducing noise should be installed between living units and between living units and public spaces.
401-9 INDOOR AIR QUALITY
Provide a healthful environment that is free of indoor air pollutants such as, formaldehyde, radon, asbestos fibers, combustion gases and particles are any other pollutant known to affect one's health. If a pollutant(s) exist measured concentrations should be compared with existing standards, typical concentrations in homes, and levels known to cause health problems to determine if the structure being moderately rehabilitated will have an indoor air quality problem.

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