School Fire Sprinkler

School Fire Sprinkler System in Houston, TX

A. Complete Sprinkler Requirements
The following paragraphs outline where complete sprinkler systems are required. Group E, 903.2.3: An automatic sprinkler system shall be provided for Group E occupancies as follows:

  • Throughout all Group E fire areas greater than 12,000 square feet in are
  • Throughout every portion of educational buildings below the lowest level of exit discharge serving that portion of the building. Exception: An automatic sprinkler system is not required in any area below the lowest level of exit discharge serving that area where every classroom throughout the building has at least one exterior exit door at ground level.

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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