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Green Building Bible, Fourth Edition
Green Building Bible, fourth edition (both books)
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    • CommentAuthortony
    • CommentTimeDec 19th 2018
    Just had a heated discussion with a building inspector about final exit doors in a small block of flats that I have been helping with. I specified one handed egress, thus there is a sash lock with a Euro cylinder on the front door of the flat, key on the outside and thumb turn inside but crucially when locked no one can get in from outside without a key but from inside by depressing the lever handle a person carrying a child or assisting an elderly person can get out with one hand easily, quickly and safely; the lever itself retracts the deadbolt and the latch in a single operation.

    The inspector has insisted we fit an additional deadlock! (Required by partQ) we intend to throw away the keys!
    • CommentTimeDec 19th 2018
    You don't give enough information to know what is required (position of windows and alternate access etc) but part Q does not always require keys on both sides. I suggest finding a locksmith who does understand the requirements and using his expertise to outface the building inspector.

    See e.g.:
    • CommentAuthortony
    • CommentTimeDec 19th 2018
    He was not asking for keys inside just a second deadlock (with thumbturn inside)

    Gf, 1st and second floor flats, only one way out via common stairs apart from sliding sash windows with security stops at 100mm open.
    • CommentTimeDec 19th 2018 edited
    Posted By: tonyHe was not asking for keys inside just a second deadlock (with thumbturn inside)

    Then I don't understand your problem. It's very easy to operate two thumbturns with one hand - just do one after the other.

    Was his problem then that the lock you specified was not multipoint? I can see how that might cause problems.
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