Building Area Increase.. Am I calculating this correctly?

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    Lilia Grigoryan

    Karen,

    You are doing it correctly...please see the explanation 

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    Lilia Grigoryan (Edited )

    But you can use Is=3 if the building is one story and has a sprinkler system. Is=0 if it is not sprinklered.

    I hope it helps.

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    Karen Cravacuore

    Wow, thanks Lilia!! Super helpful! I’m just still so surprised the area increase can be that large. 

    I think I’m all set for my exam on Friday now. Thanks again so much!

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    David Kaplan

    Karen,

    Just to put you at ease, I've done these calculations in our office for over 10 years and you ARE doing them correctly.  I agree it seems like such a huge increase, but if you really think about it, putting a sprinkler system in a building is a HUGE life safety improvement.  Plus, if you're only one-story, everyone is already at the level of exit discharge (i.e. you're not running up and down stairs) so the building is a) fully fire-protected and b) easy to run out of.  So they say that you can make that much bigger of a building.

    Best of luck!

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    Karen Cravacuore

    Thank you David!! Well when you put it that way, it makes total sense and the intent of the code clear!

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    Lilia Grigoryan

    Good luck on your exam, Karen!

    Keep us posted.

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