I just read an article in Architectural Record: http://www.architecturalrecord.com/articles/11749-architects-propos... . The article points out the the regulations put forth by the International Code Council says that "where plumbing fixtures are required, separate facilities shall be provided for each sex". It looks like the LGBT community have now gotten involved in our building and plumbing codes.
The article goes on to say that "Advocates are proposing changes to the plumbing to code to make modifications (for gender-neutral restrooms) easier. Last year the AIA (American Institute of Architects) successfully introduced a change to the ICC that would allow the specification of single-user restrooms to satisfy all of a building's required toilet facilities in lieu of separate-sex restrooms. This will be implemented as part of the 2018 International Plumbing Code.
I wonder what this means for us men? Will they be taking our urinals away from us? Will Urinals become obsolete? Is this another ploy by liberal women and the LGBT community to strip our manliness and make all men sit on a toilet? Just how far will this go?
You can stand at a toilet, you know.
The last time I saw a trough urinal was at the Maryland State Fair Grounds. (I guess they wanted to keep things "original" or something.)
The last time is saw a trough, was in an old bar, about 20 years ago. A ton of guys drunk as hell and pissing like there was no tomorrow. LOL Oh yea and I was one of them!
It was the talk of all my sons friends. LOL
Well, gentlemen, the reason I originally brought this up was because I was angry. What business does a profession such as the American Institute of Architects have telling us how to change the way we have been designing and building buildings for generations? What business do they have jumping onto the political bandwagon?
All I see is this as another avenue for burley perverts to go into women's restrooms to traumatize my young daughters and other little girls and possible rape cases.
And I as a registered interior designer don't like it. But I will abide by the building codes set before me.
I'm so glad I'm in the oil and gas industry for the time being.
Part of their job as the AIA, is to provide guidance to their members as it relates to best practices. And part of best practices, is navigating a changing political landscape. Arming your membership with some tools to deal with things that are going to change one way or another, is part of their charter and purpose.
Beyond that, architects themselves have always been telling us how to design and build buildings. We are free to ignore their suggestions, but they do not make them arbitrarily. Something you, as an interior designer, should understand.
Part of their job as the AIA, is to provide guidance to their members as it relates to best practices. Example, energy conservation is considered best practices. These changes were brought about by manufacturers and special niche groups: passive energy, solar energy collectors, HVAC over the last 50 years. Not by the AIA changing building and plumbing codes in 2 years! to benefit a select few.