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1 Software Module s Description Page 1 General Building Information BUILDING AREA AND HEIGHT - This module designed to determine the height and area of buildings on the basis of occupancy group classification and type of construction established which enables Table 503 to become the primary tool for determining the minimum type of construction. All buildings are subject to these limitations unless more specific code provisions for a building type provide for different height or area limitations. For instance, Section 507 allows certain buildings to be unlimited in area due to lack of exposure, low hazard level, construction type, the presence of fire safety systems or a combination of these characteristics, Table 503 would not apply. AREA MODIFICATION - This module performs an area modification (increase) for areas within each floor which limited by Table 503 due to frontage and automatic sprinkler system. See section 506. The allowable area of a building is permitted to be increased when it has a certain amount of frontage on streets or open spaces since this provides access to the structure by fire service personnel, a temporary refuge area for occupants as they leave the building in a fire emergency and a reduced exposure to and from adjacent structures. HEIGHT MODIFICATION - This module performs a building height increase where a building is equipped throughout with an approved automatic sprinkler system in accordance with Section Section 504 contains exceptions to the height limitations of Table 503 for certain buildings. These exceptions are made on the basis of the structure s proposed occupancy and of fire safety features included in the design of the structure. MIXED AREA RATIO - This module performs calculation to the floor's mixed areas and obtains the ratio by using the unity formula. For each story, which must be determined that the sum of the ratios of the actual floor area of each separated occupancy, respective to the most restrictive occupancy contained therein as compared to the floor areas allowed by Table 503 and as modified by section 506 for each respective occupancy, does not exceed one. See section UNLIMITED BUILDING AREA - This module determines the limitation of building when surrounded and adjoined by public ways or yards not less than 60 feet in width. See section 507. BUILDING WITH ONE EXIT - This module determines the maximum height of the building above the grade plane, the maximum occupant load per floor and the travel distance. See Table

2 Software Module s Description Page 2 Means of Egress FLOOR AREA ALLOWANCE PER OCCUPANT - This module determines the number of occupants computed at the rate of one occupant per unit of area. See Table and section The intent of this section is to indicate the procedure by which design occupant loads are determined. This is particularly important because accurate determination of design occupant load is fundamental to the proper design of any means of egress system. DOORS DISCHARGE CAPACITY - This module computes the total width of means of egress doors in inches, the doors discharge capacity in (in 2 ) per occupant, with respect to the egress discharge factor [inches per occupant] and determines the required exit width. See Table STAIR DISCHARGE CAPACITY - This module computes the total width of means of egress stairs in inches, and the stairs discharge capacity in (in 2 ) per occupant, with respect to the egress discharge factor [inches per occupant] and determines the required exit width. See Table OCCUPANT LOAD NUMBER OF EXITS - This module determines the floor's minimum number of exits with respect to the total occupant load. See Table based on the occupant load of the story, except as modified in Section or EXIT ACCESS TRAVEL DISTANCE - This module determines the maximum length of exit access travel, measured from the most remote point to the entrance to an exit along the natural and unobstructed path of egress travel. See Table EXIT ACCESS DOORWAY ARRANGEMENT - This module determines the required distance between exit access doorways which located in a manner that makes their availability obvious. See section DOOR SWING - This module determines the exit door swing type and direction. See section SIZE OF DOOR - This module determines the minimum door height and the clear width. See section PANIC AND FIRE EXIT HARDWARE - This module determines the installed hardware's minimum required height above the finished floor, the actuating portion of the releasing device length and the device's unlatching force where panic and fire exit hardware is installed. See Section and CORRIDOR WIDTH - This module determines the minimum corridor width. See Section

3 Software Module s Description Page 3 STAIRWAY LANDINGS - This module determines the stairway landings width and dimension, which measured in the direction of travel. See section and STAIRWAY TREAD AND RISERS - This module determines the minimum required riser height and treads depth of any stair. See section HANDRAILS - This module determines the stairways and ramps installed Handrail's height measured above stair treads noising, or finish surface of ramp and determines the clear space between the handrail and the wall or other surface. See Section and GUARDRAILS - This module determines the guardrail height and the Guardrail's Baluster Spacing. See Section , and SPACE WITH ONE MEANS OF EGRESS - This module determines the compliance of spaces with one means of egress based on the maximum occupant load. See Table ACCESS TO UNOCCUPIED SPACES - This module determines the required access to unoccupied spaces opening's width and height. See Section Light and Ventilation VENTILATION - This module determines the requirement of natural ventilation for every space intended for human occupancy. See section LIGHTING - This module determines the requirement of lighting provided with natural/artificial light by means of exterior glazed openings, for every space intended for human occupancy. See section SURROUNDING MATERIAL RESTROOMS - This module determines the toilet and bathroom floor surface material type that extends upward onto the walls. See section EXIT SIGNS LOCATION - This module determines the minimum distance between any point in the exit and the location of the exit sign. See section EMERGENCY LIGHTING - This module determines the requirement of an emergency power source and determines the minimum sign illumination intensity. See section and ROOM WIDTH - This module determines the minimum room width in habitable and occupiable spaces. Also, determines the minimum kitchen's width. See section

4 Software Module s Description Page 4 CEILING HEIGHT - This module determines the minimum ceiling height of habitable spaces, occupiable spaces and corridors. See section Construction FLOOR JOIST SPANS FOR LUMBER SPECIES - This module will determine the maximum floor joist spans for common lumber species with residential sleeping areas, live load = 30 or 40 psf and L/ = 360. See Table (1) and Table (2). UNREINFORCED MASONRY PARAPETS - This module determines Unreinforced parapet walls height and thickness. See section LATERAL SUPPORT- MASONRY WALL - This module determines the length to thickness or wall to height to thickness ratio of masonry walls that laterally supported in either the horizontal or the vertical direction at specific intervals. See Table INTERIOR WALL & CEILING FINISHES- This module determines the interior wall and ceiling finishes classification required by occupancy in accordance with their flame spread and smokedeveloped index. See Table PEDESTRIAN WALKWAYS AND TUNNELS - This module determines the covered walkways and tunnels construction material type, the walls fire resistance rating, the doors fire resistance rating and the vertical distance between building wall openings and walkway. See section FIRE DAMPER OPERATING TEMPERATURE - This module determines the fire damper actuating device's operating temperature within the duct system, and where a combination fire/smoke damper is located in a smoke control system complying with Section 909. See section MEZZANINE - This module will determine the aggregated area of a mezzanine or mezzanine within a room. See section and DRAFTSTOPPING - This module determines the requirement of a draftstopping, the material type and the minimum horizontal floor areas that serve a concealed space or attic. See section , and PRECAST CONCRETE WALLS THICKNESS - This module determines minimum equivalent thickness of cast-in-place or precast concrete walls, load bearing or nonload bearing. See section ROOF COVERING CLASSIFICATION - This module determines the minimum roof covering classification based on the construction type. See Table WIRED GLASS PANEL SIZE - This module determines the size limitation of wired glass used in steel window frame assemblies. See Table

5 Software Module s Description Page 5 DIMENSIONS OF CONCRETE COLUMNS - This module determines the minimum over all dimensions of reinforced concrete columns based on the fire resistance rating. See Table DRAFTSTOPPING MATERIAL THICKNESS - This module determines the draftstopping material type and the minimum thickness. See section CONCRETE FLOOR SLAB - This module determines the thickness of the concrete floor slabs supported directly on the ground. See section WEATHER COVERING THICKNESS - This module determines the exterior walls material minimum nominal thickness to provide weather protection for the building. See Table REINFORCED CLAY MASONRY COLUMNS - This module determines the minimum column dimension in inches of the reinforced clay masonry columns. See Table (6). REINFORCED MASONRY LINTELS - This module determines the minimum fire resistance ratings for clay masonry lintels based on the nominal width of the lintel and minimum cover for longitudinal reinforcement. See Table (5). Fire Protection Requirements INCIDENTAL USE AREAS - This module determines the separation of areas that constitute special hazards or risks to life safety beyond the protection provided by the general code requirements for the main occupancy in which they are located. See Table REQUIRED OCCUPANCY SEPARATION - This module determines the required separation of occupancies for each portion of individually classified as to use building. See Table FIRE WALLS RESISTANCE RATING - This module determines the firewalls minimum fire resistance rating. See Table STRUCTURAL FRAME FIRE RESISTANCE RATING - This module determines the fire resistance rating requirements for building elements based on type of construction and structural frame including columns, girders and trusses. See Table 601. ROOF CONSTRUCTION FIRE RATING - This module determines the fire resistance rating requirements for building elements based on type of construction and roof construction including supporting beams and joists. See Table 601. FLOOR CONSTRUCTION FIRE RESISTANCE RATING - This module determines the fire resistance rating requirements for building elements based on type of construction and floor construction including supporting beams and joists. See Table 601.

6 Software Module s Description Page 6 EXTERIOR WALL FIRE SEPARATION DISTANCE - This module determines the fire resistance rating requirements for exterior walls based on fire separation distance. See Table 602. EXTERIOR BEARING WALLS FIRE RATING - This module determines the fire resistance rating requirements for building elements based on the type of construction including exterior walls. See Table 601. INTERIOR BEARING WALLS FIRE RATING - This module determines the fire resistance rating requirements for building elements based on the type of construction and bearing including exterior walls. See Table 601. INTERIOR NONBEARING WALLS FIRE RATING - This module determines the fire resistance rating requirements for building elements based on the type of construction and bearing including exterior walls. See Table 601. AREA OF EXTERIOR WALL OPENING - This module will determine the maximum area of unprotected or protected openings permitted in an exterior wall in any story. See Table CORRIDOR FIRE RESISTANCE RATING - This module determines the minimum required fire resistance rating for corridor walls. See Table FIRE DOOR/SHUTTER PROTECTION - This module determines the minimum opening protection fire resistance rating for approved fire doors and fire shutter assemblies. See Table EXTERIOR FIRE WINDOW ASSEMBLIES - This module determines the minimum fire protection ratings for fire windows, relative to the nature and fire-resistance rating of the wall. See Table SHAFT ENCLOSURE - This module determines the requirement of a shaft enclosure. See section FIRE DAMPERS FIRE PROTECTION RATING - This module determines fire dampers minimum fire protection rating. Table summarizes the required hourly ratings for fire dampers based on the fire-resistance-rated assembly that is being penetrated by the air distribution system. REQUIREMENTS FOR DRAFT CURTAINS AND SMOKE AND HEAT VENTS - This module determines the required vent area in terms of ratio of vent area to floor area and draft curtain area and depth requirements. See Table

7 Software Module s Description Page 7 Other Related Code Items ACCESSIBLE PARKING SPACES - This module determines the required minimum number of accessible parking spaces where parking is provided. See Table ACCESSIBLE WHEELCHAIR SPACE - This module determines the required minimum number of accessible wheelchair spaces in theaters, grandstands and other fixed seating assembly areas. See Table ACCESSIBLE CHECK OUT AISLES - This module determines the required minimum number of accessible checkout aisles of each function where checkout aisles are provided. See Table ACCESSIBLE DWELLING AND SLEEPING UNITS - This module determines the minimum required number of accessible sleeping accommodations associated with roll-in showers and the minimum total required accessible sleeping accommodations. See Table VISIBLE AND AUDIBLE ALARMS - This module determines the minimum required number of sleeping accommodations with visible and audible alarm notification. See Table SELF SERVICE STORAGE FACILITIES - This module determines the required minimum number of accessible individual self-storage spaces where self-service storage facilities are provided. See Table HEALTH HAZARD MATERIAL QUANTITY - This module determines the maximum allowable quantity per control area of hazardous material posing a health hazard. See Table 307.7(2). OPEN PARKING GARAGE AREA & HEIGHT - This module determines the open parking garage maximum allowable area and height based on type of construction. See Table REVOLVING DOOR SPEEDS - This module determines the speed of power-driven speed control and manual-driven speed control type revolving doors that collapse into a book fold position. See Table STAIRWAY TO ROOF ACCESS - This module determines the requirement of means of access (STAIRWAY) to any roof. See section AIRPORT TRAFFIC CONTROL TOWER - This module determines the airport traffic control tower maximum height and area. See Table BASEMENT EMERGENCY ESCAPE - This module determines the requirement of an emergency escape for the basement. See Section