Talking in Code: Storage of combustible liquids
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International Code: 2015 International Building Code
Question: Does the storage of Class IIIB combustible liquids in accordance with Table 307.1(1) ever warrant a Group H occupancy classification?
Answer: As inferred in Table 307.1(1), a building containing Class IIIB liquids is never a Group H occupancy. The maximum allowable storage quantity of 13,200 gallons for Class IIIB liquids is actually a threshold for sprinkler protection as opposed to a Group H occupancy classification. Therefore, if the building is fully sprinklered in accordance with NFPA 13 as indicated in Note f of Table 307.1(1), the overall quantity of Class IIIB liquids permitted in the building, in use or storage, is not limited and the occupancy classification would revert back to the main use of the building. Please note the storage and use of Class IIIB liquids must still comply with the applicable provisions of Chapter 57 of the 2015 International Fire Code (IFC) and NFPA 30.
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