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Special Industrial Occupancies Information

Has anyone here been involved in a project that was classified as a "Special Industrial Occupany"?

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Enri Code

Apr 14, 2020
One thing I have not seen in general as a topic of discussion is the determination of a space as a special industrial occupancy so I want to share information about this for people who are curious about this or considering this:

Per the IBC they are defined as:

503.1.1 Special industrial occupancies.

Buildings and structures designed to house special industrial processes that require large areas and unusual building heights to accommodate craneways or special machinery and equipment, including among others, rolling mills, structural metal fabrication shops and foundries; or the production and distribution of electric, gas or steam power, shall be exempt from the building height number of stories and building area limitations specified in Section 504 and 506

Per NFPA 101: Special-Purpose Industrial Occupancy.

Special-purpose industrial occupancies shall include the following:

(1) Industrial occupancies that conduct ordinary and low hazard industrial operations in buildings designed for, and are that usable only for, particular types of operations

Industrial occupancies that are characterized by low density of employee population, with much of the area occupied by machinery or equipment.