Building 1 is 8,500 sf. Building 2 is 7,000 sf.
The buildings will be analyzed as portions of ONE building as allowed in Section 503.1.2 of the 2006 IBC (i.e. an assumed property line will NOT be used between the buildings).
Q1) If analyzed as portions of ONE building, does this mean the two buildings (combined area is 15,500 sf) will have to be sprinklered per Section 903.2.6 of the IBC? Do the combined Group M fire areas exceed 12,000 sf in this case, hence both buildings must be sprinklered? P.S.
Q2) If a sprinkler system is not desired for the buildings, is assuming a property line between the buildings the way to go, this way each building has a fire area that is less than 12,000 sf?