• Lesson 3.1 Commercial Building Systems

    In this lesson students will be exposed to topics related to the design and development of commercial facilities and the building codes and land development regulations that impact commercial construction. Students are presented with a commercial renovation design project on which they will work throughout this unit. They will research building codes and land development regulations and learn about a variety of commercial wall, roof, and floor framing systems as they further develop a common vocabulary related to building design and development. Students continue to build expertise in the use of a 3D architectural design software package as they model and document their commercial design project ideas.

    3.1.2 Land Use 

    PDF Summary What is Zoning? New York City Edition

    Check out local zoning maps and ordinances:

    Video: City Beautiful Zoning

    Select Noblesville Code

    Construction Types

    • I-A--Fire Resistive Non-combustible (Commonly found in high-rise buildings and Group I occupancies).
      I-B--Fire Resistive Non-Combustible (Commonly found in mid-rise office & Group R buildings).
    • II-A--Protected Non-Combustible (Commonly found in newer school buildings).
      II-B--Unprotected Non-Combustible (Most common type of non-combustible construction used in commercial buildings).
    • III-A--Protected Combustible (Also known as "ordinary" construction with brick or block walls and a wooden roof or floor assembly which is 1 hour fire protected).
      III-B--Unprotected Combustible (Also known as "ordinary" construction; has brick or block walls with a wooden roof or floor assembly which is not protected against fire. These buildings are frequently found in "warehouse" districts of older cities.)
    • IV--Heavy Timber (also known as "mill" construction; to qualify all wooden members must have a minimum nominal dimension of 8 inches.)
    • V-A--Protected Wood Frame (Commonly used in the construction of newer apartment buildings; there is no exposed wood visible.)
      V-B--Unprotected Wood Frame (Examples are single family homes and garages. They often have exposed wood so there is no fire resistance.)