International Building Code - Classification of Occupancy and Construction Type
Course OutlineTo protect the safety and welfare of the public, all engineers and architects must get familiar with the latest building code requirements. Classification of building occupancy and construction types plays an important role in organizing and prescribing the appropriate protection measures for building occupants. Occupancy works with the height, area and construction type requirements in Chapters 5 and 6, as well as the special provisions in Chapter 4 of IBC, to provide a reasonable level of protection or life safety. This course highlights the use and occupancy classification and the types of construction, and helps you comply with the latest building code requirements in your design work. The course materials are based entirely on IBC 2012: Chapter 3 - Use and Occupancy Classification and Chapter 6 - Types of Construction.
At the conclusion of this course, the student will:
International Code Council (ICC) was founded in 1994 as a nonprofit organization
dedicated to developing a single set of comprehensive and coordinated national
model construction codes. The founders of the ICC are Building Officials and
Code Administrators International, Inc. (BOCA),
International Conference of Building Officials (ICBO),
and Southern Building Code Congress International, Inc. (SBCCI).
The first draft of International Building Code was prepared in 1997. The first edition of International Building Code (IBC 2000) was officially published in March 2000 following several public hearings in 1998 and 1999 and a public comment forum in 1997. Since the 2000 edition, the International Building Code has been updated once every three years. Different states have adopted different editions of IBC as their current state building codes.
The purpose of this course is to help engineers and architects get familiar with the use and occupancy classification and types of construction defined in IBC. In this course, you are required to study Chapters 3 and 6 of 2012 International Building Code (17 pages). If you or your office do not have this publication, we strongly recommend you to order a copy from the Online Store of ICC. In the meantime, you may browse the digital version available on the following government website:
The following contains the outline of Chapters 3 and 6 of IBC:
Chapter 3 - Use and Occupancy Classification
Table of Contents
Section 301 - General
Section 302 - Classification
Section 303 - Assembly Group A
Section 304 - Business Group B
Section 305 - Educational Group E
Section 306 - Factory Group F
Section 307 - High-Hazard Group H
Section 308 - Institutional Group I
Section 309 - Mercantile Group M
Section 310 - Residential Group R
Section 311 - Storage Group S
Section 312 - Utility and Miscellaneous Group U
Chapter 6 - Types of Construction
Table of Contents
Section 601 - General
Section 602 - Construction Classification
Section 603 - Combustible Material in Types I and II Construction
This course and its quiz questions highlight the basic classification of occupancy and contruction types in IBC. Chapter 3 of IBC deals with the classification of all buildings and structures as to use and occupancy while Chapter 6 the classification of all buildings and structures as to type of construction. It is very important for engineers to understand these classifications so that they can work effectively with architects.
International Code Council
2009/2012 IBC Building Code Checklist for Commercial Projects - Florida (PDF)
2012 NC Building Code Plan Review Checklist - NCDOI (DOC)
Commercial Building Permit Submittal Requirements - Montgomery County, MD (PDF)
(Note to user: if any of the above links becomes broken, you may find a similar resource by searching for "building code analysis checklist" in Google).
Once you finish studying the above course content, you need to take a quiz to obtain the PDH credits.