Mercantile Fire Sprinkler

Mercantile Fire Sprinkler in Houston, TX

A. Complete Sprinkler Requirements
The following paragraphs outline where complete sprinkler systems are required. Group M, 903.2.7: An automatic sprinkler system shall be provided throughout buildings containing a Group M occupancy where one of the following conditions exists:

  • A Group M fire area exceeds 12,000 square feet.
  • A Group M fire area is located more than three stories above grade level.
  • The combined area of all Group M fire areas on all floors, including any mezzanines, exceeds 24,000 square feet.
  • A Group M occupancy is used for the display and sale of upholstered furniture exceeds 5,000 square feet. High-piled storage, 903.2.7.1: An automatic sprinkler system shall be provided in accordance with the International Fire Code in all buildings of Group M where storage of merchandise is in high-piled or rack storage arrays.

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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