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Friday, February 18, 2011

IBC Occupancy for Group F H and I

The 2009 International Building Code: Softcover Version has the following occupancy classifications for Group F, Group H and Group I.

Groups A, Groups B and Groups E

Factory Industrial Group F:  Uses intended for assembling, disassembling, fabricating, finishing, manufacturing, packaging, repair or processing operations that are not classified as Group H Hazardous or Group S Storage.  Group is divided into two sub groups.

Group F-1: Moderate Hazard
Group F-2: Low Hazard

High-Hazard Group H:  Uses intended for manufacturing, processing, generation or storage of materials that constitute a physical or health hazard in quantities in excess of those allowed by code.  Group H is divided into 5 sub groups.

Group H-1: Detonation Hazard
Group H-2: Accelerated Burning
Group H-3: Materials that readily support combustion or pose a physical hazard.
Group H-4: Materials are health hazard
Group H-5: Semiconductor fabrication facilities and comparable R&D areas which HPM's are used.

Institutional Group I:  Uses intended in which people are cared for or live in a supervised environment, having physical limitations because of health or age are harbored for medical treatment or other care or treatment or in which the liberty of the occupants is restricted.  Group I is divided into four sub groups.

Group I-1:  Houses more than 16 persons, on a 24 hour basis, who because of age, mental disability or other reasons, live in a supervised residential environment that provides personal care services.  The occupants are capable of responding to an emergency situation without physical assistance from staff.
Group I-2:  Used for medical, surgical, psychiatric, nursing or custodial care on a 24 hour basis of more than 5 persons who are not capable of self-preservation.  Less than five people shall be considered a Group R-3.
Group I-3:  Is inhabited by more than five persons who are under restraint or security and is occupied by persons who are generally incapable of self-preservation due to security measures not under the occupant's control.