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Reforming stairwell requirements to unlock more livable, affordable multi-family housing in Des Moines

Legislation to reform American building code to reduce the required number of stairwells in multi-family buildings has been passed in several US States. This requirement for buildings in the US mean they are constructed differently than the rest of the world, with negative outcomes on building efficiency and layouts.

Momentum DSM Chair Alec Davis gave a presentation on June 27th to discuss this reform and what efforts are underway locally to potentially adopt this in Des Moines.

More information on the topic here: The Case for Single-Stair Multifamily

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