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International Building Code - Special Detailed Requirements Based on Use and Occupancy

Course Outline

To protect the safety and welfare of the public, all engineers and architects must get familiar with the latest building code requirements. Special detailed requirements based on use and occupancy contained in Chapter 4 of IBC provide guidance to many life-safety considerations such as means of egress and fire-resistance-rated separation for various types of buildings. This course highlights the special detailed requirements based on use and occupancy, and helps you comply with the latest building code requirements in your design work. The course materials are based entirely on IBC 2012: Chapter 4 - Special Detailed Requirements Based on Use and Occupancy.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of course materials.

Learning Objective

At the conclusion of this course, the student will understand the special design requirements for:

Course Introduction

The 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.

Course Content

The purpose of this course is to help you get familiar with the special design provisions based on use and occupancy in IBC. Chapter 4 of IBC covers special design requirements for malls, high-rise and underground buildings, parking garages, hospitals, heliports, theaters, and control rooms/areas containing combustible and hazardous materials. These special requirements are related to, among other things,

1. fire resistance rating,
2. means of egress,
3. minimum clear heights,
4. adequate ventilation,
5. lighting control,
6. emergency voice/alarm communication system,
7. fire detection and prevention, and
8. fire command center.

In this course, you are required to study Chapter 4 of International Building Code 2012. 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:

ICC IBC (2012): International Building Code

Course Summary

To protect the safety and welfare of the public, all engineers must get familiar with the latest building code requirements. This course and its quiz questions highlight the important special requirements based on use and occupancy in IBC. It is very important for engineers to understand these special requirements so that they can work effectively with architects.

Related Links

International Code Council


Once you finish studying the above course content, you need to take a quiz to obtain the PDH credits.

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DISCLAIMER: The materials contained in the online course are not intended as a representation or warranty on the part of or any other person/organization named herein. The materials are for general information only. They are not a substitute for competent professional advice. Application of this information to a specific project should be reviewed by a registered professional engineer. Anyone making use of the information set forth herein does so at their own risk and assumes any and all resulting liability arising therefrom.