Where water stands on the roof at the equipment and appliance, or in the passageways to the equipment and appliance, or where the roof is of a design having a water seal, an approved platform, walkway, or both shall be provided above the waterline. Such platforms or walkways shall be located adjacent to the equipment and appliance and control panels so that the equipment and appliance is capable of being safely serviced where water stands on the roof. [NFPA 54:220.127.116.11]
This section has been amended at the state or city level.
Outside or return air for a heating or cooling air system shall not be taken from the following locations:
- Less than 10 feet (3048 mm) in distance from an appliance vent outlet, a vent opening of a plumbing drainage system, the discharge outlet of an exhaust fan, or a medical-surgical vacuum outlet unless the outlet is 3 feet (913 mm) above the outside-air inlet.
- Less than 10 feet (3048 mm) above the surface of an abutting public way, driveway, sidewalk, street, alley, or driveway.
- A hazardous or insanitary location, or a refrigeration machinery room as defined in the CMC.
- An area, the volume of which is less than 25 percent of the entire volume served by such system, unless there is a permanent opening to an area, the volume of which is equal to 25 percent of the entire volume served.
EXCEPTION: Such openings where used for a heating or cooling air system in a dwelling unit shall be permitted to be reduced to not less than 50 percent of the required area, provided the balance of the required return air is taken from a room or hall having not less than three doors leading to other rooms served by the furnace.
- A closet, bathroom, toilet room, or kitchen.
- Rooms or spaces containing a fuel-burning appliance therein, where such room or space serves as source of return-air.
- This shall not apply to fireplaces, fireplace appliances, residential cooking appliances, direct-vent appliances, enclosed furnaces, and domestic-type clothes dryers installed within the room or space.
- This shall not apply to a gravity-type or listed vented wall heating or cooling air system.
- This shall not apply to a blower-type heating or cooling air systems installed in accordance with the following requirements:
- Where the return air is taken from a room or space having a volume exceeding 1 cubic foot (0.03 m 3 ) for each 10 Btu/h (0.003 kW) fuel input rating of fuel-burning appliances therein.
- Not less than 75 percent of the supply air is discharged back into the same room or space.
- Return-air inlets shall not be located within 10 feet (3048 mm) from an appliance firebox or confined space.