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rvmeush 09-28-2012 07:51 AM

Trying to finding building codes for HVAC
 
I'm having a new furnace/AC installed in my house in Howard County, MD. I'm trying to find out if the building code for HVAC requires such things as a condensate tray under the furnace, but I can't find any online resources to help me with this. It seems like the building codes have copyrights on them and they can't be posted online - which doesn't seem right if it's required that homeowners follow these codes. Does anyone know where I might find the requirements for HVAC installations? Thanks.

Marty S. 09-28-2012 08:04 AM

You'll have to call the building and safety department in your town and find out which version of the code book they use. From there it's buy the book and spend hours/days looking the info up. They might answer simple questions over the phone though.

Code05 09-28-2012 08:04 AM

Actually the building codes can be viewed legally and free online, but they can be a bear to read through-much easier to just ask your local inspector.

allthumbsdiy 09-28-2012 08:08 AM

+1 on calling the building (or plumbing) department.

It is my understanding that each town may use different IBC and IRC codes and on top of that, may add in their own "interpretation" of such code(s).

Good luck

PS. Here is a neat reference page for Maryland (http://www.reedconstructiondata.com/...odes/maryland/)

beenthere 09-28-2012 03:41 PM

If the furnace is in a basement with a concrete floor and a condensate over flow can't damage any part of the structure, then no secondary pan is required.

Your local code enforcement agency will gladly tell you what is and what isn't required.

rvmeush 09-28-2012 07:25 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Code05 (Post 1019095)
Actually the building codes can be viewed legally and free online, but they can be a bear to read through-much easier to just ask your local inspector.

can you provide a pointer to where these codes can be found?

Gary in WA 09-28-2012 11:43 PM

Find your State, then the Code: http://www.reedconstructiondata.com/building-codes/
Notice if local amendments apply.

eg. Chapter 10-30 and others, if under the IRC; http://publicecodes.cyberregs.com/ic...2009/index.htm

IBC: http://publicecodes.cyberregs.com/ic...2009/index.htm

Others; Google is your friend.

Gary

rvmeush 09-29-2012 09:38 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by GBR in WA (Post 1019723)
Find your State, then the Code: http://www.reedconstructiondata.com/building-codes/
Notice if local amendments apply.

eg. Chapter 10-30 and others, if under the IRC; http://publicecodes.cyberregs.com/ic...2009/index.htm

IBC: http://publicecodes.cyberregs.com/ic...2009/index.htm

Others; Google is your friend.

Gary


Thanks Gary, that was very helpful.


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