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34 Pa. Code § 59.11. Story height.

CONSTRUCTION TYPE—MAXIMUM STORY HEIGHT


§ 59.11. Story height.

 D-H occupancies shall be governed by the story height limitations in the following table:

ConstructionTypeMaximumStory Height
Fireresistive3 Stories
Noncombustible1 Story*
Protected Heavy Timber1 Story
Ordinary1 Story
Wood Frame1 Story

 (b)  *An additional story shall be permitted in noncombustible construction when the building is 1-hour rated construction or totally protected by an automatic sprinkler system. The maximum story height may be increased by one story.

 (c)  Noncombustible construction shall be considered 1-hour rated construction when bearing walls, columns, beams, other supporting members, ceiling/roof assemblies, floor/ceiling assemblies, stairways, and other openings through floors are of 1-hour rated construction.

 (d)  The maximum floor area shall not exceed 50,000 square feet unless the floor area is separated by 2-hour fire walls into individual areas not to exceed 50,000 square feet. The undivided floor area may be increased to 100,000 square feet in buildings protected with a total automatic sprinkler system.



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