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Protection of Piping Insulation

Posted by ICC

Oct 21, 2014 5:15:50 PM

An excerpt from ICC’s Significant Changes to the International Energy Conservation Code® (2012) and ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1 (2010)

Change Type: Addition

 Piping Insulation

Change Summary: The 2012 edition provides a new section which codifies protection of the installed insulation to maintain its effectiveness.

2012 Code: R403.3.1 protection of piping insulation. Piping insulation exposed to weather shall be protected from damage, including that caused by sunlight, moisture, equipment maintenance, and wind, and shall provide shielding from solar radiation that can cause degradation of the material. Adhesive tape shall not be permitted.

Change Significance: This is similar to R303.2.1 Protection of Exposed Foundation Insulation. The Change also is in line with the revised Intent statement R101.3 that calls for “the effective use and conservation of energy over the useful life of each building.”

This content was originally published by the International Code Council (ICC) and has been republished with permission. The International Code Council is a member-focused association. It is dedicated to developing model codes and standards used in the design, build and compliance process to construct safe, sustainable, affordable and resilient structures. Most U.S. communities and many global markets choose the International Codes.



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