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Chapter 2 Definitions

2016 CBC Revisions:
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Chapter 2 Definitions 

Revised and New Definitions

Several new definitions have been provided related to electric vehicles. In addition, some definitions have been revised based on DSA editorial review.

 

New Electric Vehicle Definitions

DRIVE-UP ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING STATION.
An electric vehicle charging station in which use is limited to 30 minutes maximum and is provided at a location where the electric vehicle approaches in the forward direction, stops in the vehicle space, charges the vehicle, and proceeds forward to depart the vehicle space. The arrangement of a drive-up electric vehicle charger and its associated vehicle space is similar to a gasoline filling station island.
ELECTRIC VEHICLE (EV).
An automotive-type vehicle for on-road use, such as passenger automobiles, buses. trucks vans, neighborhood electric vehicles, electric motorcycles, and the like, primarily powered by an electric motor that draws current from a rechargeable storage battery, fuel cell, photovoltaic array, or other source of electric current. Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) are considered electric vehicles. For the purpose of this code, off-road, self-propelled electric vehicles, such as industrial trucks, hoists, lifts, transports, golf carts, airline ground support equipment, tractors, boats, and the like, are not included.
ELECTRIC VEHICLE (EV) CHARGER.
Off-board charging equipment used to charge an electric vehicle.
ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING SPACE (EV Space).
A space intended for charging electric vehicles.
ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING STATION (EVCS).
One or more electric vehicle charging spaces served by an electric vehicle charger or other charging equipment. Where a multiport electric vehicle charger can simultaneously charge more than one vehicle, the number of electric vehicle charging stations shall be considered equivalent to the number of electric vehicles that can be simultaneously charged.
ELECTRIC VEHICLE (EV) CONNECTOR.
A device that, when electrically coupled (conductive or inductive) to an electric vehicle inlet, establishes an electrical connection to the electric vehicle for the purpose of power transfer and information exchange. This device is part of the electric vehicle coupler.

Other New Definitions

ADJUSTED CONSTRUCTION COST. [DSA-AC]
All costs directly related to the construction of a project, including labor, material, equipment, services, utilities, contractor financing, contractor overhead and profit, and construction management costs. The costs shall not be reduced by the value of components, assemblies, building equipment or construction not directly associated with accessibility or usability. The adjusted construction cost shall not include; project management fees and expenses, architectural and engineering fees, testing and inspection fees, and utility connection or service district fees.

See also Exception 8 to Section 11B-202.4, which includes “For the purposes of this exception, the adjusted construction cost of alterations, structural repairs or additions shall not include the cost of alterations to path of travel elements required to comply with Section 11B-202.4.”

SEISMIC MITIGATION. [DSA-AC]
The strengthening of structural elements of an existing building or facility to increase its capacity to resist earthquake induced seismic loads. The scope of seismic mitigation projects shall be permitted to include the disturbance and replacement of non-structural elements and systems as necessary to complete the seismic mitigation work.

This defines in the CBC a term previously defined in an Interpretation of Regulations (IR) from DSA.

Revised Definitions

AREA OF SPORT ACTIVITY.
That portion of an indoor or outdoor space where the play or practice of a sport occurs. [DSA-AC] That portion of a room or space where the play or practice of a sport occurs.
PUBLIC-USE AREAS.
... [DSA-AC] Interior or exterior rooms or spaces of a building or facility that are made available to the general public and do not include common use areas. Public use areas may be provided at a building or facility that is privately or publicly owned.

This expands the definition of “public use areas” beyond buildings. CBC Chapter 2 defines “facility” as “All or any portion of buildings, structures, site improvements, elements and pedestrian or vehicular routes located on a site. [DSA-AC] All or any portion of buildings, structures, site improvements, elements, and pedestrian routes or vehicular ways located on a site.”

SIGNAGE. [DSA-AC]
Displayed verbal, symbolic, tactile, and/or pictorial information.
SIGN. [DSA-AC]
An element composed of displayed textual, symbolic, tactile, and/or pictorial information.

Perhaps some twisting of words, but “signage” refers to a system of signs, whereas most code provisions intend to apply to a specific individual sign itself.