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Wednesday, January 24, 2024
9:00 am – 4:00 pm CST


Presented by: Greg Karow

Overview of International Building Code 2021 Chapter 3: Building Occupancy

  • Assembly Group A1 to A5
  • Business Group B
  • Educational Group E
  • Factory and Industrial Group F1 to F2
  • High Hazard Group H1 to H5
  • Institutional Group I-1 to I-4
  • Mercantile Group M
  • Residential Group R-1 to R-4
  • Storage Group S-1 to S-2
  • Utility and Miscellaneous Group U

Occupancy Classifications and Buildings that Do Not Match an Exact Classification

  • Determining the appropriate classification
  • Confirming with Building Code Official

Changing Building Occupancy Classification

  • When to make a change
  • How to make a change
  • Consequences of changing an occupancy code

Creating Mixed Use Occupancies

  • IBC Section 508.1
  • Incidental uses
  • Accessory occupancies
  • Nonseparated occupancies
  • Separated occupancies
  • Determining maximum size, height and separations

Workshop on Determining Occupancy and Creating Mixed-Use Buildings


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Professional Engineers:
6.0 PDHs

6.0 HSW CE Hours

International Code Council:
.6 CEUs (Building)


Continuing Education Credit Information

This webinar is open to the public and is designed to qualify for 6.0 PDHs for professional engineers and 6.0 HSW continuing education hours for licensed architects in all states that allow this learning method. Please refer to specific state rules to determine eligibility.

HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in Florida (Provider No. 0004647), Indiana (License No. CE21700059), Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700) and North Carolina (S-0130). HalfMoon Education is deemed an approved continuing education sponsor for New York engineers and architects via its registration with the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System (Regulations of the Commissioner §68.14(i)(2) and §69.6(i)(2)). Other states do not preapprove continuing education providers or courses.

The American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System has approved this course for 6.0 HSW LUs (Sponsor No. J885). Only full participation is reportable to the AIA/CES.

The International Code Council has approved this event for .6 CEUs in the specialty area of Building (Preferred Provider No. 1232).

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6.0 HSW LUs (AIA)


Greg Karow, C.B.O.

Certified Building Official CEO of Code Educational Opportunities

Mr. Karow is the CEO of Code Educational Opportunities providing education based on current building codes. He also provides service as a building code specialist for design professionals and stakeholders in the industry. Mr. Karow has an extensive background in developing and presenting various types of building code and related seminars. Previous career paths included staff instructor with the International Code Council and with the State of Minnesota Codes and Standards Division. He has instructed in a Building Inspection Technology program at a local community college. Mr. Karow is a certified building official in Minnesota and holds ICC certifications as a Certified Building Official, ICC Plans Examiner, ICC Building Inspector and ICC Building Code Specialist.

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AIA Provider Statement:

HalfMoon Education Inc. is a registered provider of AIA-approved continuing education under Provider Number J885. All registered AIA/CES Providers must comply with the AIA Standards for Continuing Education Programs. Any questions or concerns about this provider of learning program may be sent to AIA/CES ( or (800) AIA 3837, Option 3).

This learning program is registered with AIA/CES for continuing professional education. As such, it does not include content that may be deemed or construed to be an approval or endorsement by the AIA of any material of construction or any method or manner of handling, using, distributing, or dealing in any material or product.

AIA continuing education credit has been reviewed and approved by AIA/CES. Learners must complete the entire learning program to receive continuing education credit. AIA continuing education Learning Units earned upon completion of this course will be reported to AIA/CES for AIA members. Certificates of Completion for both AIA members and non-AIA members are available upon request.

Course Title: Building Classification, Occupancy and Mixed Occupancies

Delivery Method: Live Online

Course Description: This six-hour course explains what building occupancy classifications are, analyzes each occupancy group, describes when and how to change an occupancy classification, and discusses the creation and code requirements of mixed use occupancies.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to define what a building occupancy classification is, determine the appropriate classification for a building, and discuss potentially ambiguous classifications.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to identify and define each building occupancy group (A, B, E, F, H, I, M, R, S, and U).

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to recognize when to change a building occupancy classification, navigate the process, and understand the consequences.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to discuss the creation and requirements of mixed use occupancies such as accessory occupancies, separated and non-separated occupancies.

LUs: 6.0                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: Familiarity with the International Building Code

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 05/03/2026

Complaint Resolution Policy:

Complaints regarding this course can be emailed to or by calling (715) 835-5900. A HalfMoon Education representative will respond within 72 hours to resolve the complaint, which will include, but not limited to, access to another CE activity at no or reduced cost or a full or partial refund. Each instance will be resolved on a case-by-case situation.

USB MP4/PDF Price: $329.00