A new report, "Evaluating Occupant Load Factors for Ambulatory Health Care Facilities" has just been published. The report was authored by Javier Cuesta and Daniel Alvear with the GIDAI Group at the University of Cantabria in Spain.
The NFPA, 101 Life Safety Code, and NFPA 5000, Building Construction and Safety Code, apply the occupant load factor for business occupancies of 9.33 m2/person (100 feet2/person) to ambulatory health care facilities. It has been questioned whether this use is appropriate. As a result, we collected and analyzed data on ambulatory health care facilities in order to provide more information to the Technical Committee on Healthcare Occupancies of NFPA.
Download the full report through the Fire Protection Research Foundation website.