# What is the occupancy load for office space?

## What is the occupancy load for office space?

100 square feet per person

The current NFPA occupant load standard for business use areas is 100 square feet per person. This standard was originally created in 1934 Building Exits Code based upon several studies conducted and then strictly analyzed.

## How do you calculate Office occupant load?

The occupancy load is calculated by dividing the area of a room by its prescribed unit of area per person. Units of area per person for specific buildings can be found in the chart at the end of this article. For instance, the chart dictates that dormitories require 50 square feet of floor area for every room occupant.

**What occupancy type is a lobby?**

Hotels are always mixed-use to a certain degree if there is a lobby. The lobby will be an Assembly Use group (A-2) and the guestrooms will be a Residential use group (R-1).

**What is the occupant load of a building?**

Occupant Load: The total number of people that might occupy a building or space at any one time. The occupant load reflects the maximum number of people anticipated to occupy the building rooms or spaces at any given time and under all possible situations.

### Does maximum occupancy include employees?

Maximum occupancy, to include all customers and employees at the facility, is calculated using the following two methods. The more restrictive number must be used. o Method 1. Limit to 50% of stated fire code maximum occupancy or 24 people per 1,000 square feet if there is no applicable fire code maximum occupancy.

### Do you round up or down for occupant load?

This is 2018 IBC Section 1004. Per section 1004.5, the “occupant load shall not be less than…” the number you get when you calculate the occupant load. This means you must round your occupant load UP. The occupant load calculation means you are required to provide egress for 50 people.

**How is occupancy load calculated in SCDF?**

Office occupancy (Staircase S1) Number of persons per unit of exit width (500mm) of staircase = 60 persons. Hotel residential occupancy (Staircase S2 & S3) Number of persons per unit of exit width (500mm) of staircase = 30 persons.

**What type of occupancy is an office building?**

Business Group B occupancy

Business Group B occupancy includes, among others, the use of a building or structure, or a portion thereof, for office, professional or service-type transactions, including storage of records and accounts.

#### When a building has a mixed occupancy the occupant load for the whole building is determined by which of the following?

When a building has more than one occupancy, the occupant load for the whole building is determined by which of the following? The occupancy loads of each individual occupancy added together.

#### Does building capacity include employees?

They do have a limit of 25% of the permitted maximum occupancy of the business. The State Fire Marshal permit includes everyone inside of a structure- both employees and customers. So if your building has a maximum capacity of 500 people and you have 25 employees, the max number of customers allowed inside is 100.

**What is the minimum number of exits required for the occupant load?**

1.1 Three or more exits or exit access doorways. Three exits or exit access doorways shall be provided from any space with an occupant load of 501 to 1,000.

**What is an occupancy load?**

Occupancy load refers to the number of people permitted in a building at one time based on the building’s floor space and function.

## How do you calculate a room’s maximum occupancy?

One general rule of thumb in determining maximum occupancy is a simple formula of multiplying the room’s width in feet by the length in feet. The answer can then be divided by thirty-six to arrive at a basic occupancy figure.

## What is occupancy load factor?

Occupant load is defined as the maximum probable number of occupants expected to inhabit a building or space [3-5]. The means of escape is designed to satisfy the estimated ‘occupant load’ in the building. The occupant load factor is defined as the designated floor area occupied by each person [4-5].

**What is occupant load factor?**

OCCUPANT LOAD FACTOR. Occupant load factor OLF (m2 person-1) is defined as the minimum area allowed for an occupant expected to inhabit a building space [5], np A OLF = (1) where, A (m2) is the area of the building space and np (person) is the maximum probable number of occupants expected to inhabit the space.