Does anyone have any clarification on if outdoor spaces count into the occupancy for egress? I understand that from Table 2902.1 in 2015 IBC that outdoor spaces factor into plumbing count. But what about egress?
In 1004.5 it states: "Where outdoor areas are to be used by persons in addition to the occupants of the building, and the path of egress travel from the outdoor areas passes through the building, means of egress requirements for the building shall be based on the sum of the occupant loads of the building plus the outdoor areas."
So does this mean that if an outdoor space is just open to the outside, as a lot of outdoor spaces like patios are, then this would not count into the occupancy?
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