Uniform Solar Energy Code Named An American National Standard


The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has formally bestowed the designation of American National Standard upon the 2009 Uniform Solar Energy Code (USEC).

Developed by the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO), the USEC is the only model code governing the installation, inspection and maintenance of solar energy systems and their component products to be designated as such, according to IAPMO.

The 2009 USEC comprehensively covers solar thermal and photovoltaic systems; allows the installation of single-wall heat exchangers; requires access to the solar collector and its components for maintenance and repair; provides protection requirements for freezing temperatures, water hammer, rodents, corrosion, ultraviolet radiation, decay and termites; and includes waterproofing requirements.

The 2009 USEC will be available for adoption later this month.


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