The first session in the property protection track at EuroCon 2012 was "Occupancy and Commodity Classification for Fire Protection", presented by Bill Koffel, NFPA technical committee member and President of Koffel Associates.
In his presentation, Mr. Koffel stressed the importance of understanding occupancies, knowing how space will be used within the occupancy as well as making adjustments when an occupancies usage has been changed. He reinforced that fundamental to using NFPA 13 is the importance of understanding occupancy classifications.
One example Mr. Koffel gave for changing commodity classifications is a change in packaging of products. However, there are many other scenarios that indicate a need to evaluate classifications. The ultimate responsibility for evaluation of the occupancy and commodity classification sits with the owner.
Director of Training, NFPA