There are six exceptions listed for paragraph 303.3. These six exceptions allow gas appliances in these prohibited locations when specific conditions are met. [Read more…]
Roger W. Griffith has been appointed to the Plumbing/Mechanical/Fuel Gas Code Action Committee (PMGCAC) of the International Code Council (ICC). The role of this code committee is to review and propose revisions to the International Plumbing, Mechanical, Fuel Gas, Private Sewage Disposal, and Swimming Pool and Spa Codes and the International Residential Code, chapters 12 through 33, which covers the mechanical, plumbing, and fuel gas systems in residential occupancies. I am honored to be appointed as a member of this committee for the upcoming 2018 – 2019 code development cycle.
These important codes define how mechanical, plumbing, and fuel gas systems must be designed and installed to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public.
When designing mechanical systems, engineers and designers often need help specifying the type and thickness of insulation for ducts and piping. Good resources are always valuable and welcome when time constraints leave little time for items like insulation and other accessories.
The National Insulation Association’s (NIA) new redesigned website is a helpful resource for all things insulation, from training, design helps, and specifications. Check out their new website and bookmark it for return trips. Enjoy!
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Duct smoke detectors, when installed in HVAC systems, automatically stop the system fans upon the detection of smoke. For HVAC systems with airflows exceeding 2,000 cfm, duct smoke detectors are required. This includes where multiple air handling systems utilize common ducts with a combined design capacity greater than 2,000 cfm.
But when duct smoke detectors are required, where should they be located? Let’s look at the requirements in two of the prominent codes and standards.
Building codes typically do not prohibit floor registers in commercial buildings, however, the fire codes can restrict their usage. For example, NFPA 101: Life Safety Code, paragraph 9.2.1 states that “Air-conditioning, heating, ventilating ductwork, and related equipment shall be in accordance with NFPA 90A.” NFPA 90A: Standard for the Installation of Air-Conditioning and Ventilating Systems, paragraphs 188.8.131.52.1 and 184.108.40.206.1 state that “Air inlets/outlets shall be located at least 3 inches above the floor, unless provisions have been made to prevent dirt and dust accumulations from entering the system.”