Following up on Monday’s post about NFPA 101 occupancy classifications, here are the study materials for the IBC use groups.  The IBC further divides some of the use groups into sub-groups, but I usually just look those up when I’m working on a code interpretation that is dependent upon the sub-group.  For example, a hospital is Group I-2 and a prison is Group I-3, but they are both Group I.  If I need to get into the nitty-gritty, I double-check the sub-group.

In case you missed Monday’s post, these materials are for a code class that’s coming up.  Several iDH readers have asked about attending the class…this one is for Allegion employees, but I hope to be able to offer it to others in the future.  If you might be interested, you can comment on this post and I’ll come back and check the list the next time I facilitate the class.

Here’s some information about each of the materials below:

1) Flashcards – The definition of the use group is on one side – click the flash card to see the other side which has the term. To see the next card, click the blue arrow at the bottom. You can click play on the left to play the cards through automatically, but it goes pretty fast. If you’d like a computerized voice (it’s not me!) to read the card to you, click the speaker icon in the top right.

2) Match – Drag the term to the corresponding definition (or the definition to the term) and they will disappear if you match the correct items. This game only shows a portion of the use groups at one time, so you need to play a couple of times to see them all. This works best on a laptop or desktop rather than a mobile device.

3) Test – Take the test and see how well you’ve mastered the use group terminology! I’d love to hear any feedback so I can make changes if necessary.

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NOTE: I set the test up as a matching type test, but sometimes it defaults back to a test with assorted types of questions. If the test in your browser does not say “18 Matching Questions” at the top, I would recommend clicking the blue Options box on the left, checking just the box for Matching, and then click on create new test. If you choose to answer the written questions instead of switching to matching, it is looking for terms in this format – “Residential – Group R.”

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