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1/21/2012 1:25:31 PM
Say you have a retail space of 9000 s.f. on the grade floor. 9000 / 30 = 300 occupant load. Except that, once you add FFE, you're left with less than a third of that floor area that's occupiable. I don't think the intent of the code is to allow 300 people into a retail space with an occupiable area of maybe 3000 s.f., regardless of how many exits there are. Anyone care to comment? Thanks.
1/22/2012 2:26:19 PM
30 gross for sales floor. Includes FFE. No stock room? No restrooms? No offices?.
The intent is to provide a fairly conservative design occupant load for life safety issues. I question the logic of tying plumbing fixture counts to egress occupant load. But, what do I know?