Factory and Industrial Fire Sprinkler

Factory and Industrial Fire Sprinkler in Houston, TX

A. Complete Sprinkler Requirements
The following paragraphs outline where complete sprinkler systems are required. Group F-1, 903.2.4: An automatic sprinkler system shall be provided throughout all buildings containing Group F-1 occupancy where one of the following conditions exists:

  • A Group F-1 fire area exceeds 12,000 square feet
  • A Group F-1 fire area is located more than three stories above grade plane
  • The combined area of all Group F-1 fire areas on all floors, including any mezzanines, exceeds 24,000 square feet.
  • A Group F-1 occupancy used for the manufacture of upholstered furniture or mattresses exceeds 2,500 square feet. Woodworking Operations, 903.2.4.1; An automatic sprinkler system shall be provided throughout all Group F-1 occupancy fire areas that contain woodworking operations more than 2,500 square feet in area which generate finely divided combustible waste or use finely divided combustible materials.

B. Allowable Heights and Areas
The allowable heights, areas and stories illustrated in the following tables represent the information found in Chapter 5 of the IBC. The maximum area of multi-story buildings depends on single occupancy, nonseparated occupancies or mixed occupancies. For multi-story, single or nonseparated occupancies, the allowable area, sprinklered or unsprinklered, is multiplied by three. For more information, see IBC Section 506.2.3 for single or nonseparated occupancies and Section 506.2.4 for mixed occupancies.


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