Hello, I hope I am not too much of a noob asking this, but I'm working on a project where we are designing a facility in Portugal, and I've ran into a bit of a dead end having to do with which building codes I should be aiming for with respect to...
Years ago the California State Architect told us that stair requirements did not need to be applied if we provided an elevator. But as time went on, we realized that they were not the best source for compliance, and proceeded to make them comply. They should comply. Don't have time to cite code/law, but read the ADA as it says they generally should, unless you can find something that exempts them from compliance.
JA, did he ever reply? Though the CBC does not require barrier removal, ADA does. Those elements of stairs that are not compliant and it is readily achieveable to make compliant, are required to be made so.
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Hello. You might try contacting Pedro Homem Gouveia. Pedro is a licensed architect living in Lisbon who works as a code official for the City of Lisbon. His email is: email@example.com If you have any difficulty contacting him, let me know. Richard Skaff, Executive Director Designing Accessible Communities firstname.lastname@example.org www.designingaccessiblecommunities.org 707-604-3503
In any foreign project for a Us company I find to governing codes: The company's insurance firm has guidelines and appropriste pricing The country's safety regs. The company may have some additional requirements. You have to get all three and compare, typically choosing the most strigent. The issue becomes when there is a conflict. T hen you have to negotiste with each side, Dennis Spors Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Tablet -------- Original message --------
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