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Occupant load for mercantile space
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Occupant load for mercantile space By  KDS

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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.

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Occupant load for mercantile space By  Brian Little

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1/22/2012 2:26:19 PM

 Posted by Densel Kimbrough

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.

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?   

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