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Forums» International Building and Residential Codes -- Non-Structural Issues» Appropriate occupancy classification for loading docks

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Re: Appropriate occupancy classification for loading docks By  Codeflo

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2/5/2003 5:27:00 AM

[QUOTE]Originally posted by fireguy:
[B]I have seen them classified both S-2 and S-3. One says it would be more of storage than parking, as such should be classed as S-2. Some says it would have hazards associated with trucks and cars, therefore, should be classed as S-3.

What exactly is the appropriate classification of the loading docks?

Response: I am unaware of an actual occupancy classifcation for loading docks.... usually they are accessory use and located on the exterior of a building. The only time that an occupancy for an loading dock would be required is if: the loading dock is located internally within the building. Then, we use the more restricitve of the occupancy classifications that can be applied to parking garages. This also includes mechanical ventilation, electrical considerations, etc.

Usually, loading docks are a fire hazard classification for sprinkler design consideration. Depending upon the type of operations and materials being transferred, will determine fire hazard classification for sprinkler design.


   

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