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Old 01-19-2009, 02:12 PM   #1
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I am building some storage areas (shelving etc) in the unfinished area of the basement. What is the typical distance required between HVAC/water heater and combustible material? I realize this varies by where you live, but I am trying to get a general idea. Location is Jefferson County KY (Louisville suburb) if anybody has specifics to that area...

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Old 01-19-2009, 03:51 PM   #2
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Look at the paperwork that came with the water heater, heating unit, etc. It will give you all the info you need.
If the paperwork is missing, use the information on the individual units to look it up on the manufacturers web site.
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Look at the paperwork that came with the water heater, heating unit, etc. It will give you all the info you need.
If the paperwork is missing, use the information on the individual units to look it up on the manufacturers web site.
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ok, I will check... thanks!
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Old 01-19-2009, 05:24 PM   #4
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I did find this info (for my area) online so far:

http://dhbc.ky.gov/NR/rdonlyres/0B6D...ndPrinting.pdf

Kentucky has adopted state-wide codes that can not be amended locally. The new 2007 Kentucky Building Code (KBC), ninth edition went into effect July 6, 2007. The ninth edition of the KBC will be the 2006

International Building Code (IBC) and the specific Kentucky amendments (2007 KBC) to the 2006 IBC.
For Kentucky state building codes, click here.
Louisville Kentucky Building Codes
Code Type Code Model Amendment Contact
Building/Dwelling Code 2007 KBC (2006 IBC)
Structural Code 2007 KBC (2006 IBC)
Plumbing Code 2007
Mechanical Code 2007 KBC (2006 IMC, 2006 IFGC)
Electrical Code 2005 NEC - NFPA 70
Fire/Life Safety Code 2007 KBC (2006 IFC)
Accessibility Code 2007 KBC (2003 ICC/ANSI A 117.1)
Energy Code 2007 KBC (2006 IECC)
Elevator Code 2007 KBC
Other Codes Gas Code: 2007 KBC (2006 IFGC)

The 2007 Kentucky Building Code is scheduled to become effective on July 1, 2007. Unlike the current 2002 Kentucky Building Code, the 2007 edition of the KBC is not a stand-alone code book unto itself; it is a compilation of amendments to the 2006 International Building Code. To correctly use the new code, it will be necessary to refer to both the 2006 IBC and the 2007 Kentucky amendments. HBC has also issued an amended Table 1608.2 that should be incorporated to correct an error in this document.

Ky adopted the 2006 IBC with 76 pages of amendments
You can download the amendments free from aia.org but the IBC has to be purchased at iccsafe.or
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I also found this reference in the 'FAQ/Common Question' area of my county website. It does not pertain directly... but there may be some correlation..

Question: I would like to install a wood burning stove at my residence. My question: what is the minimum required clearance (from combustibles) of single, double, and triple wall stove pipe

Answer: Single wall 18 inches; Double wall Manufacturers requirements; Triple wall Manufacturers requirements
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The manufacturers requirements would be in the paperwork that came with the various units.
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Here are some guidelines provided by NFPA:
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Manufacturer requirements are what you should be looking at for specifics. Code is pretty silent, so the inspector will likely ask for the manufacturer's installation paperwork. 30" in front of the access panel of the furnace is the norm, and all parts of the equipment must be reasonably accessible for service and replacement.

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