The state of Vermont uses NFPA 101 as their code for renovation existing buildings. There is a building with two dwelling units above a mercantile drinking establishment of less than 50 persons.
I am being told that the building occupancy is existing apartment building, but there are only two dwelling units, not three as required by definition of apartment building.
Anyone have any suggestion for building occupancy and use from NFPA 101?
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4/1/2022 09:01:02 am
It's mixed use, but is it separated or non-separated. That will drive sprinkler requirements, assuming you are wondering about that. Plus AHJ interpretation.
4/1/2022 09:23:08 am
It would be classified as a one or two family dwelling and a mercantile. If it’s not separated, then you use the most restrictive requirements throughout. If it’s separated, then you use the requirements for each individual occupancy.
4/1/2022 10:02:47 am
4/1/2022 10:47:57 am
Unless NH has modified the IBC, the use of NFPA 101 is only utilized in one section it is not intended for the entire life safety to be used alongside the IBC.
4/1/2022 11:15:39 am
101 in its entirety (with a few minor amendments) is adopted by the state of NH irrespective of what the IBC says. When they conflict more restrictive applies. . It applies everywhere and for everything. Same thing for VT I believe
Brian Gerdwagen FPE
4/1/2022 01:31:59 pm
Let's talk more about the "Mercantile Drinking." Those are normally A-2 Assembly, similar to a restaurant or bar, not Mercantile, a place where you would buy alcohol. If it's both, Mercantile with a large tasting/drinking room, that's mixed, too.
4/1/2022 02:36:37 pm
It’s only classified as Assembly If the occupant load is 50 or greater
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