I would appeal to the Chief BO since when the folding door is closed you have a complaint swing door. That is if, that door actually does meet Code. I have done a number of this type of folding doors within conference rooms/churches and never had anyone say I couldn't. Not that is proof it can be done. Is this a convenience door or a means of egress door which is what 1010.1.4.3 is addressing. If it is a convenience door then I don't think 1010.1.4.3 applies. At least that is my opinion
Recently we did a museum (was a residence converted to an office, and now converted to a museum.) The city plan review guy asked us to do an exit plan (egress) and I did. One door (the front door) opens inside (inwards) as in a residence. The # of occupants I show on the exit plan using that door is 43. They are contending that if you add the number (of occupants) using the nearest exit to the number using the front door exit, and divide by 2 - it pushes it over 50 occupants and therefore...
I have a commercial space with a single exit required. The building official is citing the 2016 CBC section 1010.1.4.3 referencing folding doors and suggesting the 8 listed criteria for folding doors be met rather than allowing an otherwise compliant swing door (which is a part of the folding door) to be regarded as the exit. If I can provide some code citation or manufacturer's documentation supporting the use of the swing door, he'll consider it. Can anybody help? Thanks.
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