"A new building code is about to take some of the steam out of the debate over gender-neutral bathrooms for transgender people.
The newly adopted code by the International Code Council calls for all new construction to have single-user, unisex bathrooms, where occupancy standards apply.
Specifically, the code outlines that for "assembly and mercantile facilities" where six or more water closets (toilets) are required, at least one of the toilet rooms be provided with a single water closet and a single lavatory. These gender-neutral toilet rooms would be intended for family/assisted-use but would also be available for single users.
The plumbing code - under the latest International Building Code - requires all single-user toilet facilities to be labeled for use by either sex or gender-neutral. The change will not be entered into the organization's policy books until 2018.
The new provision, however, is available immediately for adoption by any state or local government entity that wants to implement the code.
Trey Hughes, a spokesman for ICC, explained that the new provision in reality is more of a change to the existing international code on plumbing, which among other provisions pertains to the number of bathrooms based on building occupancy.
Under the new provisions, single-lavatory bathrooms would not be designated for use by gender."
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