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Occupant Area

Brad Zubrick
Conn & Associates, Inc. Architects
May 31, 2013

Can an Occupant Area that is essentially an attached building and has no access to any part of the remainder of another attached building be calculated as its own building? In other words, Building B wraps around Building A and shares three walls but there is no access to Building B from Building A. The Three walls are designed as 4hr rated walls.

David Fingret
Extreme Measures Inc.
June 4, 2013

Hi Brad,

Do you have any plans of this or any way to illustrate this scenario so that we can provide an answer? Please e-mail to mail@xmeasures.com.


David Fingret
Extreme Measures Inc.
June 5, 2013

Hi Brad,

If the 2 buildings share common area (such as a mechanical room, etc), you should treat them as one building. If they don't share any common area and truly are separate in all respects (except for the shared walls), it is reasonable to calculate their areas separately.

If both buildings are owned by the same entity, I would lean towards treating them as a single building.


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