Our project is a student housing project in which we are certfying under New Construction v4. There are residential units that are on the ground floor with exterior entrances as the main entrances. Would it be acceptable to use the requirements outlined under v4 Homes / Midrise, which require 4' length mats in residential units?

10' length in these units will not work given the space configurations and size of the units. 10' would cut across the entire living space in some instances. Would the v4 Homes / Midrise 4' requirement work as a special circumstance? Anyone have a similar experience ?

v4 Homes / Midrise requirement: "At each primary entryway from the outdoors, design and install a permanent walk-off mat that is at least 4 feet (1.2 meters) long and allows access for cleaning"