I don’t know how almost a year has gone by, but last November I published a post asking readers to apply their knowledge and answer some questions about what would be required by code for a high school music classroom.  A lot of people told me how much they liked the post and that it was a great way to learn.

The other night I received an email from Rob Kalar of Dar in Dubai, and I thought it would be a great example to share here.  This building is a mosque, and the 3 doors in question are numbered 1, 2, and 3.  The occupant load for each room is shown to the left of the two prayer rooms.  I’ve added some questions below the floor plan. (It’s kind of hard to navigate the plan with the zoom feature, but you can click on the floor plan link to make it larger.)

Assuming that the adopted code is NFPA 101-2018 and the mosque is classified as an assembly occupancy…

  1. Is Door 1 allowed to have push/pull hardware and a classroom function deadbolt (thumbturn retracts deadbolt but does not project it)?  If yes, are there other criteria that would apply?
  2. Is Door 2 allowed to have push/pull hardware and a classroom function deadbolt?  What would be required for the inactive leaf?
  3. Is Door 3 required to have panic hardware?  Could this door have a double-cylinder deadbolt instead?

How would the answers change if the adopted code was the 2018 International Building Code?

Here are some links in case you need help:

Leave your answers in the reply box, and show your work!  🙂  I’ll do a follow-up post on Thursday.  (Here it is!)

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