When installing fuel tanks inside buildings, per the International Fire Code, all tank vents should be taken to the exterior, except in the case of “protected” tanks (UL2085 listed tanks), which are allowed to have emergency vents terminated inside. The section of the 2018 IFC related to tank venting can be found here. Below is … Read more
Exhaust pipe thimbles are the cleanest way to handle exhaust pipe penetrations through walls or roofs. Thimbles are designed to isolate the hot exhaust pipe from the structure, and to allow for a better termination at these penetrations. Important: Where the exhaust piping penetrates through a structure made of combustible materials, exhaust pipe thimbles are required by … Read more
A debate is growing over how to implement the new rules affecting nursing homes in Florida. In a nutshell, enforcement of rules may force many nursing homes to install emergency generators, which must be designed to provide air-conditioned space for occupants during a 96-hour period after a power outage. Increasing the amount of stored fuel is the least complicated issue, but it still requires careful coordination to ensure a safe and reliable design.