Getting an ADA Approval for a Bathroom
How to identify the ADA Bathroom requirements and definitions for an ADA Approval
How to Define an ADA Request
Electrical Troubleshooting Question: In order to get my permit for a new ADA bathroom, the city requires an electrical schematic with the “load” defined. Isn’t there a web site or a formula I can use to get this information and avoid an electricians costly fees for figuring the “load” for me?
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Bathroom Circuits Defined
How to identify the ADA Bathroom requirements and definitions for an approved permit
I understand that there are some specific requirements for room electrical services to be compliant with the ADA, some having to so with the location or positioning of electrical devices such as outlet receptacles and lighting etc.. One component that this specific request may be referring to is that the “load” is simply defined through the definition or even the labeling of a specific circuit. What I would do in a case such as this is to ask the inspector exactly what they are looking for with this request, or what will satisfy their request for the “load” definition. If there has not been and electrical drawing or as they state, an electrical schematic that has been submitted for this project then one may be made which will basically shows the bathroom circuits and devices, then “define” what they are used for such as the “GFCI Receptacle” and then identify the circuit breaker in the panel which supplies the power to each of these electrical device that are found in the bathroom and make sure they are “defined and clearly labeled”. This may satisfy the requirements that the ADA representative is asking for, but again, I would stress that you ask for the ADA representative to “define” exactly what it is that they are requesting.
There are specific requirements for some rooms of the home to be ADA complaint and receive ADA approval which involve more that what has been described in this article. Please consult your local building department for a full list of their ADA requirements.
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