CHAPTER 10: TECHNICAL CRITERIA
10.7.2 Standards for Safety Glass:
Main entrance doors shall have an electronic strike release with keypad or
Consumer Product Safety Commission, 16 CFR, Part 1201, Safety Stan-
card reader and a remote release. Keypads and card readers must meet
dard for Architectural Glazing.
UFAS standards and meet the requirements of the latest edition of NFPA
ANSI Z97.1, Safety Performance Specifications and Methods of Testing
Life Safety Code.
for Safety Glazing Materials Used in Buildings.
10.8 Plumbing and Accessories
Depending on code requirements, operable windows may be mandatory in
order to provide for rescue and/or ventilation. All operable windows must
The following are requirements specific to child care centers:
have draft deflectors, screens, and safety locks, and be of a safety type to
Provide paper towel and soap dispensers at all sinks (including art sinks
keep children from falling through. Exterior window glazing must be insu-
these should be types with no serrated edges).
lated glass. Interior windows need not be insulated, although interior spaces
Provide easily-reached clean-outs for waste piping.
requiring acoustical separation may also employ laminated glazing.
Provide a shut-off valve for each fixture so that maintenance procedures
do not affect multiple plumbing facilities.
Light control and energy conservation features are required on all exterior
Provide a floor drain in each children's toilet, laundry, and in each water
windows in children's areas, either by exterior or interior methods. In new
play activity area, where possible. Drains are required above occupied
construction, exterior overhangs or low E-type glass, or both, should be
space such as computer rooms.
included in many areas of the country because they may be highly cost-
effective over the life cycle of the building and may well justify a higher first
All hot water supplies accessible to children must have a controlled tem-
cost, particularly on elevations with excessive heat gain. Overhangs are
perature not to exceed 43 degrees C (105 degrees F) at point of delivery.
Provide a hot water supply to the dishwasher.
highly desirable but should be designed in a way that do not excessively
Provide hot and cold faucets at each sink.
restrict natural light, especially during winter months. Designer must reference
Provide drinking fountains with a mouthguard and angled jet with a spout
solar declension angles for this purpose in submissions.
height of no more than 550 mm above the finished floor. Design of foun-
In addition, simple roller shades or draperies should also be used where
tain should not leave unsafe or acutely angled projections.
required to control lighting and heat gain. Venetian-type blinds not
Drinking fountains will be checked to ensure they are not contributing to
recommended because, when they extend below 1375 mm children may
high levels of lead or asbestos in water.
damage them. Valances may also provide color, sound absorption, and a
Solder for domestic water piping shall be lead free.
non-institutional appearance. Exterior windows in napping/sleeping areas
may require window treatments to control direct sunlight. Light levels in all
(See the section on Accessibility for toilet and sink mounting heights.)
rooms, including sleeping rooms, must be maintained at a sufficient level to
Water conservation: In addition to considerations specific to child care cen-
provide visual observation of the space from adjoining spaces. All blind
ters, implement water-efficiency technologies and strategies to achieve wa-
cords must be kept out of children's reach. Where venetian blinds are used,
ter conservation, as described by LEED Version 2.0, including:
the cord must end above the reach of children occupying the room.
Designing irrigation and planting systems to use minimum, down to zero,
potable water for landscape irrigation.
10.7.3 Doors & Hardware:
Reducing building water use by minimum 20%.
All door hardware shall comply with UFAS and meet the requirements of the
latest edition of NFPA, Life Safety Code. Lever-types appropriate for use by
To maximize drinking water quality, use localized water-filtration systems for
the disabled shall be provided for all door locks and latch-sets. To prevent
drinking water fixtures. Only lead-free solder and pipe fittings should be
injury, all doors will have closers that restrict the rate of closure. Doors
used in plumbing that may serve drinking water and other fixtures used by
accessible to children must have hardware operable from both sides, with
components having smooth edges and no sharp protrusions. Door open-
ings intended for only adult use shall have hardware installed at adult height.
PBS-140 - July 2003