NFPA's Ron Cote talks about multiple occupancy requirements in the Life Safety Code

Blog Post created by mikehazell Employee on Dec 12, 2011
 NFPA's Ron CoteWhat happens when a building falls into several occupancy classifications? This was the focus of the session “Using NFPA 101: Properly, Starting with Occupancy Classification” taught by NFPA’s Ron Cote.


Ron used a standard U.S. hotel (like the Orlando Hilton where the conference is being held) as an example of a multi-occupancy building. A hotel can have single rooms, atriums and large open spaces, and restaurants. The life safety requirements for each of these are different. How do you manage this? NFPA requires you to compare occupancy requirements and choose the stricter/strictest.

“101 is very much an occupancy code," said Ron. "It‘s a road map and beautiful formatted.  And you quickly learn that, in multi-occupancies, some occupancies are incidental …. and you can whittle it down to exactly what you need.”

- Bob Finn