Wake Forest Unified Development Ordinance - July 2022

Building Design Standards 5.6 Commercial Buildings


standards for the required percentage of square footage in the Transparency Zone that must have a glazing treatment.

Percentage of Glazing in Transparency Zone

Commercial Buildings in Districts

Principal Front and Street Facades

Side Facades


70% min.

50% min.


50% min.

40% min.

Uses greater than 100,000 square feet

40% min.

30% min.

D. Upper Story Glazing: At least 20% of the length of upper stories shall include glazing. E. Glazing to be Dispersed: Required glazing shall not be aggregated into a single undivided area of glazing treatment. Individual glazing areas shall not span more than 15 linear feet. F. Canopies/Awnings: A building canopy, awning, or similar weather protection may be provided and should project a minimum of 5 feet from the façade. G. Ventilation Grates and Emergency Exit Doors: Ventilation grates or emergency exit doors located at the first floor level in the building facade, which are oriented to any public street, shall be decorative. Unless otherwise required by the building code, such grates and doors shall be located away from pedestrian spaces (sidewalks and pedestrian paths). Rooftop Equipment: All rooftop equipment shall be screened from view to the extent practical. The preferred screening would be achieved with a parapet wall. If not feasible with a parapet, another screening device of similar color and material that is compatible with the principal building may be used. If, due to the topography of the site, a physical screen would not suffice, alternative methods to minimize the negative aesthetics of the otherwise utilitarian equipment (e.g., painting the equipment to match the building) may be approved by the Administrator. Rooftop solar systems are not subject to screening requirements. B. Wall Mounted Equipment: Wall mounted equipment and downspouts shall be painted to match the building, unless integral to the façade design. No wall-mounted building utility service equipment (e.g., electrical house panel boxes) shall be placed on the public street right-of-way side of the building. C. Parapets: The backside of a parapet wall, even when used as an architectural feature, shall not be visible from a drive aisle, street, or vehicle use area, to the maximum extent practicable. Taller parapets shall wrap around on each side of the building or be constructed as a three- or four- sided architectural feature. The material on the sides of the wrapped parapet wall or feature shall be consistent with that on the front of the parapet wall. The color of the backside of the parapet shall be selected so as to make it inconspicuous . 5.6.5. Façade Articulation Articulation involves the horizontal and vertical variation of the façade so that walls are subdivided into bays or sections that are vertically proportioned. The following provisions for façade articulation shall apply to any façade visible from a public street or civic space. 5.6.4. Utilities & Screening A.

Town of Wake Forest Unified Development Ordinance – July 19, 2022


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