exit access through a locked accessory space

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    Grace Lee

    If I'm understanding your question correctly, a person in the open office cannot use the private office as a means of egress. There's a rule in IBC that essentially states that in order for a path to be code compliant, there can't be any components where the occupant/visitor will need prior knowledge to. So if the private office door is locked, the occupant/visitor would need to know and have a key, therefore, not making it an accessible route.

    In general, that seems like a very poor design - why would a private office be the only access point into the open office?! So that's probably a big clue that it's just poor designing and probably has some code issues.

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    Rubi Xu

    it is from one of the third-party practice exams, not to relate to actual design quality since it is never the exam about. I am trying to understand the logic of the code.

    if space meets req of 1016.2.2 as accessory space but violates 1016.2.3 being lockable, what is the conclusion, meet the code or not?

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    Gang Chen

    No, it does not meet the code.

    Gang Chen, Author, AIA, LEED AP BD+C (GreenExamEducation.com)

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