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NWW: IBC Building Areas, Fire Areas, & Mixed Occupancies

Join us for this live 4-hour webinar with Steve Thomas for a comprehensive discussion of the major compartmentalization concepts of the IBC, focusing on those requirements that deal with building size, sprinkler options and mixed-use buildings. Fire-resistance-rated construction is also addressed. This class will include topics on allowable areas, area increases, unlimited area buildings, fire area concept and construction, incidental/accessory use areas and separated/non- separated uses.

Price: $60 members / $90 non-members / $35 Associate
Date: Wednesday, April 13, 2022
Time: 8:30am – 1pm

Intended Audience: Architects and Building Officials, Contractors
Course Level: Intermediate

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This live, virtual event is presented with full closed captioning by AIA Seattle’s Northwest Washington Section. Please indicate on your registration if you would like to be contacted regarding specific accommodations to fully participate in this program. Contact Connor Descheemaker, Member Engagement Manager, with questions or concerns.

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will be able to calculate the maximum height and area of a building based on the occupancy classification and Type of Construction.
  • Students will be able to evaluate and design mixed occupancy buildings in accordance with the International Building Code.
  • Students will be able to identify the different occupancy classifications in the International Building Code
  • Students will be able to identify the different types of construction outlined in the International Building Code


Colorado Regional Manager and Education Director for Shums Coda Associates

Photo of smiling White man with gray wispy hair and goatee. Wearing a dark-grey suit jacket over collared light-blue shirt, in front of black backgroundMr. Thomas has over forty years’ experience in working with building codes including plan reviews, inspections and administration. His firm provides building code consulting services for governmental agencies and architectural firms, as well as educational seminars on building codes across the country.  Working for a building code-consulting firm since 1999, he has served as the contract Building Official for different local jurisdictions in Colorado.  Mr. Thomas has served on several ICBO and ICC committees including serving as a member and then Chairman of the ICC Means of Egress Code Development Committee. He was named an honorary member of ICC in 2021. He is also the author of the book, Building Code Basics, based on the 2009 & 2012 IBC and Building Code Essentials based on the 2015 & 2018 IBC, both available from ICC. He and his previous firm, Colorado Code Consulting were awarded the Educator of the Year Award by the ICC in 2018. He has presented building code classes for the last 35 years and provides an interesting and engaging look at building codes.


April 13, 2022
8:30 am - 1:00 pm
Event Price
Class Credit


AIA Seattle
(206) 448-4938