2018 Occupant Load Factor

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    David Kaplan

    Arielle,

    I see you haven't gotten a reply here yet but I can tell you this: if it has been formally announced that the ARE is now following the 2018 version of the IBC (and please confirm that, I haven't been testing for 3 years so I haven't followed up), then I can tell you without a doubt that you would follow whatever the chart says in the 2018 IBC.  Period.  They wouldn't do anything different.  The code is the code.  Also be aware that it is very possible you'll be given this table on your test for questions relating to occupant load, so that will help as well.

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    Rebekka O'Melia

    Yes, NCARB has announced they are using IBC 2018 now.  That being said, during the exam whatever code sections you need will be provided in the Resources section.

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    Mark Baker

    Echoing the above comments

    NCARB should provide the excerpt of reference in some way that you are supposed to use for this Exam.

    In Pennsylvania, where I live, We are still on 2015 IBC and so It would not be great for me to test on 2018 information but use 2015 information in practice. 

    To this point - it is better to know what reference you are looking for / what information is needed to solve the problem - than to memorize the code requirements (i.e. SF/occupant).  For all you know going into the exam, there may be some weird occupancy requirement involved that you never studied.  You need to use the resources provided to solve the problem in question.

    Mark, Archizam, ARE 5.0 Practice Exams

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    Brian Blodnikar

    Yes you should follow the 2018 IBC for the exams.  I recently took the PDD and there were questions that required me to use the 2018 IBC references.

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