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Section 605 Building Envelope Systems
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Where buildings are designed using the prescriptive-based compliance path in accordance with Section 601.3.2, building thermal envelope systems shall comply with the provisions of Section C402 of the International Energy Conservation Code and the provisions of this section.
The building thermal envelope shall exceed the requirements of Tables C402.1.2 and C402.3 of the International Energy Conservation Code by not less than 10 percent. Specifically, for purposes of compliance with this code, each U-factor, C-factor, F-factor and SHGC in the specified tables shall be reduced by 10 percent to determine the prescriptive criteria for this code. In Sky Type "C" locations specified in Section 808.4, the skylights shall not exceed 5 percent of the building roof area.
Vertical fenestration within 45 degrees (785 rad) of the nearest west, south, and east cardinal ordinate shall be shaded by permanent horizontal exterior projections with a projection factor greater than or equal to 0.25. Where different windows or glass doors have different projection factor values, each shall be evaluated separately, or an area-weighted projection factor value shall be calculated and used for all windows and glass doors. Horizontal projections shall extend laterally beyond the edge of the glazing not less than one-half of the height of the glazing, except at building corners.
Exception: Shading devices are not required for the following buildings and fenestrations:
- Buildings located in hurricane-prone regions in accordance with Section 1609.2 of the International Building Code or on any other building with a mean roof height exceeding the height limits specified in Table 1504.2 of the International Building Code based on the exposure category and basic wind speed at the building site.
- Where fenestration is located in a building wall that is within 18 inches (457 mm) of the lot line.
- Where equivalent shading of the fenestration is provided by buildings, structures, geological formations, or permanent exterior projections that are not horizontal, as determined by sun angle studies at the peak solar altitude on the spring equinox, and three hours before and after the peak solar altitude on the spring equinox.
- Where fenestration contains dynamic glazing that has a lower labeled solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) equal to or less than 0.12, and the ratio of the higher and lower labeled visible transmittance (VT) is greater than or equal to 5. Dynamic glazing shall be automatically controlled to modulate, in multiple steps, the amount of solar gain and light transmitted into the space in response to daylight levels or solar intensity. Functional testing of controls shall be conducted in accordance with Section C408.3.1 of the International Energy Conservation Code.
The building thermal envelope shall be durably sealed to limit air leakage in accordance with Section C402.4 of the International Energy Conservation Code and the provisions of this section.
A continuous air barrier shall be provided for buildings in climate zones 1 through 8 in accordance with Section C402.4.1 of the International Energy Conservation Code. The exception in Section C402.4.1 of the International Energy Conservation Code shall not apply.
The building thermal envelope air tightness shall be considered to be acceptable where the tested air leakage of the total area of the building thermal envelope is less than 0.25 cfm/ft2 under a pressure differential of 0.3 in water column (1.57 lb/ft2) (1.25 L/s.m2 under a pressure differential of 75 Pa). Testing shall occur after rough-in and after installation of penetrations of the building envelope, including penetrations for utilities, heating, ventilating and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems, plumbing, and electrical equipment and appliances. Testing shall be done in accordance with ASTM E 779.
Where a building entrance is required to be protected with a vestibule in accordance with the International Energy Conservation Code, an air curtain tested in accordance with ANSI/AMCA 220 is permitted to be used as an alternative to separate conditioned space from the exterior.