Good morning. There are many factors to be considered on this. Did you have a particular case in mind?
Some of the things to consider are use and occupancy, fire area, allowable height and area, seperated vs. non-seperated use, and many others.
Once in a while it is easy...there are certain types of occupancies that require sprinklers no matter what, such as group "H" (hazordous), or group "I" (institutional), and under the 2003, group "R" (residential...maening hotel/motel, etc...).
Ryan J, I will inquire further when the opportunity presents itself (at my next inspection)
as i presently know diddlysquat about sprinkler systems perhaps you could help me review the general jist involved, as i suspect the state here has adopted (with a few minor addendums) the national standard
if it helps, we are on the '99 building code, the states is here (pdf) note page #30 , specifically other codes mentioned (as well as the rebate)
The USFA also touches on this , note the 3 stories or lower exemption...
Hi Steve. It appears that Vermont uses the BOCA building code. If I'm not mistaken, Earl (EarlyDean) might have used this code in Connecticut, where he calls home. Hopefully he will chime in. Unfortunately, I don't have access to the BOCA code.
From what the USFA states, you don't need fire suppresion if less than three stories. This can be done by justifying a story as a basement, or with some creative grading work.
I would like to know what the allowable height and area for hotel/motel (I'm assuming this is what you have) is. This can greatly influence the need for suppresion.