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New Requirements in the 2015 IBC for Accessible Guest Rooms in Hotels As we make plans for spring break or summer vacation, everyone is thinking about that hotel decision. Webster’s dictionary defines “hotel” as “a place that has rooms in which people can stay especially when they are traveling: a place that provides food, lodging and other services for paying guests.” A Group R-1 occupancy is defined in IBC as “occupancies containing sleeping units that are primarily transient in nature.” “Transient” is defined in the codes as “occupancy of a dwelling or sleeping unit for not more than 30 days.” In the codes, provisions for hotels and motels do fall under Group R-1. When the Department of Justice (DOJ) adopted the 2010 ADA Standard for Accessible Design (2010 ADA Standard), they added some criteria for determining the number of Accessible guest rooms required in a hotel (Section 36.406(c)). The provisions have not changed for hotels that are all located in one building. However, in hotels that have multiple buildings on a site, additional distribution may be required. Historically, the IBC has added all guest rooms on a site to determine the num- By Kimberly Paarlberg, RA, Senior Staff Architect, ICC APRIL 2015 | 49


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