Building Code of the Philippines(1)

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Unformatted text preview: : allowable construction height, and area; location on property, exit facilities, light, ventilation, and sanitation; enclosures of vertical openings; fore extinguishing systems; and special hazards. CHAPTER 8 LIGHT AND VENTILATION SECTION 801. General Requirements of Light and Ventilation (a) Subject to the provisions of the Civil Code of the Philippines on Easements of Light and View, and to the provisions of this part of the Code, every building shall be designed, constructed, and equipped to provide adequate light and ventilation. (b) All buildings shall face a street or public alley or a private street which has been duly approved. (c) No buildings shall be altered nor arranged so as to reduce the size of any room or the relative area of windows to less than that provided for buildings under this Code, or to create an additional room, unless such additional room conforms to the requirements of this Code. (d) No building shall be enlarged so that the dimensions of the required court or yard would be less than that prescribed for such building. SECTION 802. Measurement of Site Occupancy (a) The measurement of site occupancy or lot occupancy shall be taken at the ground level and shall be exclusive of courts, yards, and light wells. (b) Courts, yards, and light wells shall be measured clear of all projections form the walls enclosing such wells or yards with the exception of roof leaders, wall copings, sill, or steel fire escapes not exceeding 1.20 meters in width. SECTION 803. Percentage of Site Occupancy (a) Maximum site occupancy shall be governed by the use, type of construction, and height of the building and the use, area, nature, and location of the site; and subject to the provisions of the local zoning requirements and in accordance with the rules and regulations promulgated by the Secretary. SECTION 804. Size and Dimensions of Courts (a) Minimum size of courts and their least dimensions shall be governed by the use, type of construction, and height of the building as provided in the rules and regulations promulgated by the Secretary, provided that the minimum horizontal dimension of court shall be not less than 2.00 meters. (b) All inner courts shall be connected to a street or yard, either by a passageway with a minimum width of 1.20 meters or by a door through a room or rooms. SECTION 805. Ceiling Heights (a) Habitable rooms provided with artificial ventilation shall have ceiling heights not less than 2.40 meters measured form the floor to the ceiling; Provided that for buildings of more than one-storey, the minimum ceiling height of the first storey shall be 2.70 meters and that for the second storey 2.40 meters and succeeding storeys shall have an unobstructed typical head-room clearance of not less than 2.10 meters above the finished floor. Above stated rooms with a natural ventilation shall have ceiling heights not less than 2.70 meters. (b) Mezzanine floors shall have clear ceiling height not less than 1.80 meters above and bel...
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