Upgrade your Fire Protection to Boost Height and Floor Size
Use a National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 13-compliant sprinkler system to boost your allowable height by 20 ft and one story (IBC Section 504). By adding sprinklers, you can also increase the allowable floor area for mid-rise by three times the tabulated area (IBC Section 506).
Add a Mezzanine to Increase Overall Livable Space
Adding a mezzanine to Type III and Type V buildings can add an additional level to your project. Mezzanine’s can be up to one third of the floor area of a room or space where it is located and must be open to the room below. It is a virtual floor and is not counted in the allowable floor area. Mezzanines are particular attractive for residential projects, giving units an open airy design and market cachet. To learn more about mezzanines and other opportunities check out Getting to Yes: Making Effective Use of the Alternate Means Process.