Written by IAPMO 9:46 pm Uniform Codes Spotlight


February 15, 2024

From the 2024 UPC Illustrated Training Manual, Chapter 5, WATER HEATERS

UPC 509.10.1.1 Unconditioned Area. Where the vent connector used for an appliance having a draft hood or a Category I appliance is located in or passes through an unconditioned area, attic, or crawl space, that portion of the vent connector shall be listed Type B, Type L, or listed vent material having equivalent insulation qualities.

Exception: Single-wall metal pipe located within the exterior walls of the building and located in an unconditioned area other than an attic or a crawl space having a local 99 percent winter design temperature of 5°F (-15°C) or higher. [NFPA 54:]

From the 2024 UMC Illustrated Training Manual, Chapter 10, BOILERS AND PRESSURE VESSELS

UMC 1004.1 General. An expansion tank shall be installed in a hot-water-heating system as a means for controlling increased pressure caused by thermal expansion. Expansion tanks shall be of the closed or open type and securely fastened to or supported by the structure. Tanks shall be rated for the pressure of the system. Supports shall be capable of carrying twice the weight of the tank filled with water without placing a strain on connecting piping.

Hot-water-heating systems incorporating hot water tanks or fluid relief columns shall be installed to prevent freezing under normal operating conditions.

(This is not to be considered the official position of IAPMO, nor is it an official interpretation of the Codes.)


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Last modified: February 15, 2024