For the purpose of this code, the following terms have the meanings indicated in this chapter.

    No attempt is made to define ordinary words, which are used in accordance with their established dictionary meanings, except where a word has been used loosely and it is necessary to define its meaning as used in this code to avoid misunderstanding.
The definitions of terms are arranged alphabetically according to the first word of the term.
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Absorption Unit. An absorption refrigeration system that has been factory-assembled and tested prior to its installation.

Accepted Engineering Practice. That which conforms to technical or scientific-based principles, test, or standards that are accepted by the engineering profession.

Access Panel. A closure device used to cover an opening into a duct, an enclosure, equipment, or an appurtenance. [NFPA 96:3.3.1]

Accessible. Where applied to a device, appliance, or equipment, "accessible" means having access thereto, but which first may require the removal of an access panel, door, or similar obstruction.

Accessible, Readily. Having a direct access without the necessity of removing a panel, door, or similar obstruction.

Air, Class 1. Air with low contaminant concentration, low sensory-irritation intensity, and inoffensive odor. [ASHRAE 62.1:5.16.1]

Air, Class 2. Air with moderate contaminant concentration, mild sensory-irritation intensity, or mildly offensive odors. Class 2 air also includes air that is not necessarily harmful or objectionable but that is inappropriate for transfer or recirculation to spaces used for different purposes. [ASHRAE 62.1:5.16.1]

Air, Class 3. Air with significant contaminant concentration, significant sensory-irritation intensity, or offensive odor. [ASHRAE 62.1:5.16.1]

Air, Class 4. Air with highly objectionable fumes or gases or with potentially dangerous particles, bioaerosols, or gases, at concentrations high enough to be considered harmful. [ASHRAE 62.1:5.16.1]

Air, Combustion. See Combustion Air.

Air, Conditioned. Air that has been treated to achieve a desired level of temperature, humidity, or cleanliness.

Air, Dilution. Air that enters a draft hood or draft regulator and mixes with the flue gases. [NFPA 54:3.3.2.2]

Air, Exhaust. Air being removed from any space or piece of equipment and conveyed directly to the atmosphere by means of openings or ducts.

Air, Makeup. Air that is provided to replace air being exhausted.

Air, Outside. Air from outside the building intentionally conveyed by openings or ducts to rooms or to conditioning equipment.

Air, Return. Air from the conditioned area that is returned to the conditioning equipment for reconditioning.

Air, Supply. Air being conveyed to a conditioned area through ducts or plenums from a heat exchanger of a heating, cooling, absorption, or evaporative cooling system.

Air-Handling Unit. A blower or fan used for the purpose of distributing supply air to a room, space, or area.

Air Intakes. An opening in a building's envelope whose purpose is to allow outside air to be drawn into the structure to replace inside air that is removed by exhaust systems or to improve the quality of the inside air by providing a source of air having a lower concentration of odors, suspended particles, or heating content. [NFPA 96:3.3.2]

Air-Moving System. A system designed to provide heating, cooling, or ventilation in which one or more air-handling units are used to supply air to a common space or are drawing air from a common plenum or space.

Air Pollution Control Devices. Equipment and devices used for the purpose of cleaning air passing through them or by them in such a manner as to reduce or remove the impurities contained therein. [NFPA 96:3.3.3]

Air, Relief. [OSHPD 1, 2, 3 & 4] Air being exhausted directly from a building or a return duct system which is not contaminated by odors or other contaminants and could otherwise be used as return air if not exhausted from the building.

Anodeless Riser. An assembly of steel-cased plastic pipe used to make the transition between plastic piping installed underground and metallic piping installed aboveground. [NFPA 54:3.3.5]

Appliance. A device that utilizes an energy source to produce light, heat, power, refrigeration, or air conditioning. This definition also shall include a vented decorative appliance.

Appliance, Fan-Assisted Combustion. An appliance equipped with an integral mechanical means to either draw or force products of combustion through the combustion chamber or heat exchanger. [NFPA 54:3.3.6.4]

Appliance, Low-Heat. A fuel-burning appliance that produces a continuous flue gas temperature, at the point of entrance to the flue, of not rnore than 1000°F (538°C).

Appliance, Medium-Heat. A fuel-burning appliance that produces a continuous flue gas temperature, at the point of entrance to the flue, of more than 1000°F (538°C) and less than 2000°F (1093°C).

Appliance Categorized Vent Diameter/Area. The minimum vent area/diameter permissible for Category I appliances to maintain a nonpositive vent static pressure where tested in accordance with nationally recognized standards. [NFPA 54:3.3.7]

Appliance Flue Outlet. The opening or openings in a cooking device where vapors, combustion gases, or both leave the cooking device. [NFPA 96:3.3.4] There might or might not be ductwork attached to this opening.

Appliance Fuel Connector. An assembly of listed semirigid or flexible tubing and fittings to carry fuel between a fuelpiping outlet and a fuel-burning appliance.

Approved. Acceptable to the Authority Having Jurisdiction.

Exception: [HCD 1 & HCD 2] "Approved" means meeting the approval of the Enforcing Agency, except as otherwise provided by law, when used in connection with any system, material, type of construction, fixture or appliance as the result of investigations and tests conducted by the agency, or by reason of accepted principles or tests by national authorities, or technical, health, or scientific organizations or agencies.

Notes:
  1. See Health and Safety Code Section 17920 for "Approved" as applied to residential construction and buildings or structures accessory thereto, as referenced in Sections 1.8.2.1.1 and 1.8.2.1.2.
  2. See Health and Safety Code Section 17921.1 for "Approved" as applied to the use of hotplates in residential construction referenced in Sections 1.8.2.1.1 and 1.8.2.1.2.
  3. See Health and Safety Code Section 19966 for "Approved" as applied to Factory-Built Housing as referenced in Sections 1.8.2.1.1 and 1.8.2.1.2.
  4. See Health and Safety Code Section 18201 for "Approved" as applied to Mobilehome Parks as referenced in Section 1.8.2.1.3.
  5. See Health and Safety Code Section 18862.1 for "Approved" as applied to Special Occupancy Parks as referenced in Section 1.8.2.1.3.
Approved Testing Agency. An organization primarily established for purposes of testing to approved standards and approved by the Authority Having Jurisdiction. [HCD 1 & HCD 2] "Approved Testing Agency" is any agency which is determined by the Enforcing Agency, except as otherwise provided by statute, to have adequate personnel and expertise to carry out the testing of systems, materials, and various types of construction, fixtures or appliances.

Appurtenance. An accessory or a subordinate part that enables the primary device to perform or improve its intended function. [NFPA 96:3.3.5]

Assembly Building. A building or a portion of a building used for the gathering together of 50 or more persons for such purposes as deliberation, education, instruction, worship, entertainment, amusement, drinking, dining, or awaiting transportation. [HCD 1, HCD 2 and SFM] Refer to the California Building Code, Title 24, Part 2 for use and occupancy classification.

Authority Having Jurisdiction. The organization, office, or individual responsible for enforcing the requirements of a code or standard, or for approving equipment, materials, installations, or procedures. The Authority Having Jurisdiction shall be a federal, state, local, or other regional department or an individual such as a plumbing official, mechanical official, labor department official, health department official, building official, or others having statutory authority. In the absence of a statutory authority, the Authority Having Jurisdiction may be some other responsible party. This definition shall include the Authority Having Jurisdiction's duly authorized representative. [HCD 1, HCD 2, OSHPD 1, 2, 3 & 4 and SFM] "Authority Having Jurisdiction" shall mean "Enforcing Agency" as defined in Section 207.0 of this code.

Automatic. That which provides a function without the necessity of human intervention.

Automatic Boiler. A boiler equipped with certain controls and limit devices.

Azeotrope. A refrigerant blend containing two or more refrigerants whose equilibrium vapor and liquid phase compositions are the same at a given pressure. At this pressure, the slope of the temperature vs. composition curve equals zero, which mathematically is expressed as (dt/dx)p = 0, which, in tum, implies the occurrence of a maximum, minimum, or saddle point temperature. Azeotropic blends exhibit some segregation of components at other conditions. The extent of the segregation depends on the particular azeotrope and the application. [ASHRAE 34:3]
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Baffle Plate. An object placed in or near an appliance to change the direction or retard the flow of air, air-fuel mixtures, or flue gases.

Boiler. A closed vessel used for heating water or liquid, or for generating steam or vapor by direct application of heat from combustible fuels or electricity.

Boiler, High-Pressure. A boiler furnishing steam at gauge pressures in excess of 15 pounds-force per square inch (psi) (103 kPa) or for heating water to a temperature in excess of 250°F (121°C) or at a gauge pressure in excess of 160 psi (1103 kPa). [NFPA 211:3.3.13.2]

Boiler Room. A room where boilers are installed.

Bonding Conductor or Jumper. A reliable conductor to ensure the required electrical conductivity between metal parts required to be electrically connected. [NFPA 70:100(I)]

Breathing Zone. The region within an occupiable space between planes 3 inches and 72 inches (76 mm and 1829 mm) above the floor and exceeds 2 feet (610 mm) from the walls or fixed air-conditioning equipment. [ASHRAE 62.1:3]

Breathing Zone Outdoor Airflow. The outdoor airflow required in the breathing zone of the occupiable space or spaces in a ventilation zone. [ASHRAE 62.1:6.2.2.1]

Breeching. A metal connector [or medium- and high-heat appliances.

Broiler. A general term including broilers, salamanders, barbecues, and other devices cooking primarily by radiated heat, excepting toasters. [NFPA 54:3.3.15]

BTU/H. The listed maximum capacity of any appliance, absorption unit, or burner expressed in British thermal units input per hour, unless otherwise noted.

Building. [HCD 1 & HCD 2] Any structure used or intended for supporting or sheltering any use or occupancy.

Exceptions: "Building" shall not include the following:
  1. Any mobilehome as defined in Health and Safety Code Section 18008.
  2. Any manufactured home as defined in Health and Safety Code Section 18007.
  3. Any commercial modular as defined in Health and Safety Code Section 18001.8 or any special purpose commercial modular as defined in Health and Safety Code Section 18012.5.
  4. Any recreational vehicle as defined in Health and Safety Code Section 18010.
  5. Any multifamily manufactured home, as defined in Health and Safety Code Section 18008.7.
For additional information, see Health and Safety Code Section 18908.


Building Code. The building code that is adopted by this jurisdiction. [HCD 1, HCD 2, OSHPD 1, 2, 3 & 4, and SFM] "Building Code" shall mean the California Building Code, Title 24, Part 2.

Building Official. See Authority Having Jurisdiction. For applications listed in Section 1.11.0 regulated by the Office of the State Fire Marshal "Building Official" is the officer charged with the administration and enforcement of this code, or a regular deputy. See "Enforcing Agency". For the State of California. "Building Official" shall be the "Enforcing Agency" as spccified in Sectioll 1.11.0.

Burner, Automatic Boiler. A device to convey fuel into the combustion chamber in proximity to its combustion-air supply so as to permit a stable controlled heat release compatible with the burner design and that is equipped with an ignition system to reliably ignite the entire heat release surface of the burner assembly.
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CAS Number. The Chemical Abstract System registry number.

Ceiling Radiation Damper. A listed device installed in a ceiling membrane of a fire resistance-rated floor-ceiling or roof-ceiling assembly to automatically limit the radiative heat transfer through an air inlet/outlet opening. [NFPA 5000:3.3.142.1]

Central Heating Plant or Heating Plant. Environmental heating equipment installed in a manner to supply heat by means of ducts or pipes to areas other than the room or space in which the equipment is located.

Certified. A formally stated recognition and approval of an acceptable level of competency, acceptable to the Authority Having Jurisdiction. [NFPA 96:3.3.10]

Certified Person. A person trained and certified by the equipment manufacturer, or by a recognized organization through a formal certification program for the system to be serviced or cleaned, that is acceptable to the Authority Having Jurisdiction.

Chimney. Onc or more passageways, vertically or nearly so, for conveying flue or vent gases to the outdoors. [NFPA 54:3.3.18]

Chimney, Factory-Built. A chimney composed of listed factory-built components assembled in accordance with the manufacturer's installation instructions to form the completed chimney. [NFPA 54:3.3.18.2]

Chimney, Masonry. A field-constructed chimney of solid masonry units, bricks, stones, listed masonry chimney units, or reinforced portland cement concrete, lined with approved chimney flue liners. [NFPA 54:3.3.18.3]

Chimney, Metal. A field-constructed chimney of metal. [NFPA 54:3.3.18.4]

Chimney Classifications:

Chimney, High-Heat Appliance-Type. A factory-built, masonry, or metal chimney suitable for removing the products of combustion from fuel-burning high-heat appliances producing combustion gases in excess of 2000°F (1093°C), measured at the appliance flue outlet.

Chimney, Low-Heat Appliance-Type. A factory- built, masonry, or metal chimney suitable for removing the products of combustion from fuel-burning low-heat appliances producing combustion gases not in excess of 1000°F (538°C) under normal operating conditions, but capable of producing combustion gases of 1400°F (760°C) during intermittent forced firing for periods up to one hour. All temperatures are measured at the appliance flue outlet.

Chimney, Medium-Heat Appliance-Type. A factory-built, masonry, or metal chimney suitable for removing the products of combustion from fuel-burning medium-heat appliances producing combustion gases not in excess of 2000°F (1093°C), measured at the appliance flue outlet.

Chimney, Residential Appliance-Type. A factory- built or masonry chimney suitable for removing products of combustion from residential-type appliances producing combustion gases not in excess of 1000°F (538°C), measured at the appliance flue outlet. Factory-built Type HT chimneys have high-temperature thermal shock resistance.

Chimney Connector. The pipe that connects a fuel-burning appliance to a chimney. [NFPA 211:3.3.47.1]

Circulators (Circulating Pump). A device that circulates liquids within a closed circuit for an intended purpose.

Classified. See Listed (Third Party Certified).

Clean(ing). For kitchen exhaust systems and cooking equipment, the act of removing grease, oil deposits, and other residue. [NFPA 96:3.3.12]

Clearly Identified. Capable of being recognized by a person of normal vision without causing uncertainty and indecisiveness about the location or operating process of the identified item. [NFPA 96:3.3.13]

Closed Combustible Construction. Combustible building construction, including walls, structural framing, roofs, roof ceilings, floors, and floor-ceiling assemblies, continuously enclosing a grease duct on four sides where one or more sides require protection in accordance with Section 507.3.

Closed Combustion Solid-Fuel-Burning Appliance. A heat-producing appliance that employs a combustion chamber that has no openings other than the flue collar, fuel-charging door, and adjustable openings provided to control the amount of combustion air that enters the combustion chamber.

Closet. See Confined Space.

Clothes Dryer. An appliance used to dry wet laundry by means of heat. [NFPA 54:3.3.19]

Clothes Dryer, Type 1. Primarily used in family living environment. May or may not be coin-operated for public use. [NFPA 54:3.3.19.1]

Clothes Dryer, Type 2. Used in business with direct intercourse of the function with the public. May or may not be operated by public or hired attendant. May or may not be coin-operated. [NFPA 54:3.3.19.2]

Coastal High Hazard Areas. An area within the flood hazard area that is subject to high-velocity wave action, and shown on a Flood Insurance Rate Map or other flood hazard map as Zone V, VO, VE, or V1-30.

Code. A standard that is an extensive compilation of provisions covering broad subject matter or that is suitable for adoption into law independently of other codes and standards.

Combination Fire and Smoke Damper. A device that meets both the fire damper and smoke damper requirements. [NFPA 5000:3.3.142.2]

Combustible Materials. As pertaining to materials adjacent to or in contact with heat-producing appliances, vent connectors, gas vents, chimneys, steam and hot water pipes, and warm air ducts, materials made of or surfaced with wood, compressed paper, plant fibers, or other materials that are capable of being ignited and burned. Such material shall be considered combustible even though flame-proofed, fire retardant treated, or plastered. [NFPA 54:3.3.67.1]

Combustion Air. The total amount of air provided to the space that contains fuel-burning equipment. Includes air for fuel combustion, draft hood dilution, and ventilation of the equipment enclosure.

Combustion Chamber. The portion of an appliance within which combustion occurs. [NFPA 54:3.3.21]

Commercial Food Heat-Processing Equipment. Equipment used in a food establishment for heat-processing food or utensils and that produces grease vapors, steam, fumes, smoke, or odors that are required to be removed through a local exhaust ventilation system.

Compensating Hood. A hood that has an outside-air supply with air delivered below or within the hood. Where makeup air is diffused directly into the exhaust within the hood cavity, it becomes a short-circuit hood.

Compressor, Positive Displacement. A compressor in which increase in pressure is attained by changing the internal volume of the compression chamber.

Compressor, Refrigerant. A machine, with or without accessories, for compressing a refrigerant vapor.

Concealed Spaces. That portion(s) of a building behind walls, over suspended ceilings, in pipe chases, attics, and elsewhere whose size might normally range from 134 inch (44 mm) stud spaces to 8 foot (2438 mm) interstitial truss spaces and that might contain combustible materials such as building structural members, thermal, electrical insulation, or both, and ducting. Such spaces have sometimes been used as HVAC plenum chambers.

Condensate. The liquid phase produced by condensation of a particular gas or vapor.

Condenser. The part of the system designed to liquefy refrigerant vapor by removal of heat.

Condensing Appliance. An appliance that condenses part of the water vapor generated by the burning of hydrogen in fuels.

Condensing Unit. A mechanical refrigeration system, consisting of one or more power-driven compressors, condensers, liquid receivers where provided, and the regularly furnished accessories that have been factory assembled and tested prior to its installation.

Conditioned Space. An area, room, or space normally occupied and being heated or cooled for human habitation by any equipment.

Confined Space. A room or space having a volume less than 50 cubic feet per 1000 British thermal units per hour (Btu/h) (4.83 m3/kW) of the aggregate input rating of all fuel-burning appliances installed in that space.

Construction Documents. Plans, specifications, written, graphic, and pictorial documents prepared or assembled for describing the design, location, and physical characteristics of the elements of a project necessary for obtaining a permit.

Continuous Enclosure. A recognized architectural or mechanical component of a building having a fire resistance rating as required for the structure and whose purpose is to enclose the vapor removal duct for its full length to its termination point outside the structure without any portion of the enclosure having a fire resistance rating less than the required value. [NFPA 96:3.3.22.1]

Continuous Pilot. A pilot that burns without turndown throughout the entire period that the boiler is in service, whether or not the main burner is firing.

Continuous Weld. A metal-joining method that produces a product without visible interruption or variation in quality. [NFPA 96:3.3.15] For the purpose of the definition, it specifically includes the exhaust compartment of hoods and welded joints of exhaust ducts, yet specifically does not include filter support frames or appendages inside hoods.

Conversion Burner. A unit consisting of a burner and its controls utilizing gaseous fuel for installation in an appliance originally utilizing another fuel. [NFPA 54:3.3.17.2]

Cooling. Air cooling to provide a room or space temperature of 68°F (20°C) or above.

Cooling System. All of the equipment, including associated refrigeration, intended or installed for the purpose of cooling air by mechanical means and discharging such air into any room or space. This definition shall not include an evaporative cooler.

Cooling Unit. A self-contained refrigeration system that has been factory assembled, tested, and installed with or without conditioned air and ducts, without connecting any refrigerant-containing parts. This definition shall not include a portable cooling unit or an absorption unit.

Copper Alloy. A homogenous mixture of two or more metals in which copper is the primary component, such as brass and bronze.

Crawl Space. In a building, an area accessible by crawling, having a clearance less than human height, for access to plumbing or wiring, storage, etc.

CSST. An acronym for corrugated stainless steel tubing.
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Damper. A valve or plate for controlling draft or the flow of gases, including air. [NFPA 211:3.3.51]

Fire Damper. An automatic-closing metal assembly consisting of one or more louvers, blades, slats, or vanes that closes upon detection of heat so as to restrict the passage of flame and is listed to the applicable recognized standards.

Smoke Damper. A damper arranged to seal off airflow automatically through a part of an air duct system so as to restrict the passage of smoke and is listed to the applicable recognized standard.

Volume Damper. A device that, when installed, will restrict, retard, or direct the flow of air in any duct, or the products of combustion in any heat-producing equipment, its vent connector, vent, or chimney.

Department. [HCD 1 & HCD 2] "Department" means the Department of Housing and Community Development.

Design Flood Elevation. The elevation of the "design flood," including wave height, relative to the datum specified on the community's legally designated flood hazard map. In areas designated as Zone AO, the design flood elevation is the elevation of the highest existing grade of the building's perimeter plus the depth number (in feet) specified on the flood hazard map. In areas designated as Zone AO where a depth number is not specified on the map, the depth number is taken as being equal to 2 feet (610 mm).

Detection Devices. Electrical, pneumatic, thermal, mechanical, or optical sensing instruments, or subcomponents of such instruments, whose purpose is to cause an automatic action upon the occurrence of some preselected event. [NFPA 96:3.3.17] In the context of this document, the event in question could be excessive temperature or flame, and the action could be the operation of a fire-extinguishing system.

Dips. Depression or cup like places in horizontal duct runs in which liquids could accumulate.

Direct Gas-Fired Non-recirculating Industrial Air Heater. A non-recirculating industrial air heater in which all the products of combustion generated by the appliance are released into the outdoor airstream being heated. [NFPA 54:3.3.57.1]

Direct Gas-Fired Recirculating Industrial Air Heater. An air recirculating heater in which all of the products of combustion generated by the appliance are released into the airstream being heated. [NFPA 54:3.3.57.2]

Direct-Vent Appliances. Appliances that are constructed and installed so that air for combustion is derived directly from the outdoors and flue gases are discharged to the outdoors. [NFPA 54:3.3.6.3]

Discharge. The final portion of a duct or pipe where the product being conveyed is emptied or released from confinement; the termination point of the pipe or duct. [NFPA 96:3.3.18]

Discrete Products in Plenums. Individual, distinct products which are non-continuous such as pipe hangers, duct registers, duct fittings, and duct straps.

District Heating Plant. A power boiler plant designed to distribute hot water or steam to users located off the premises.

Draft Hood. A nonadjustable device built into an appliance, or made a part of the vent connector from an appliance, that is designed to:
  1. Provide for the ready escape of the flue gases from the appliance in the event of no draft, backdraft, or stoppage beyond the draft hood.
  2. Prevent a backdraft from entering the appliance.
  3. Neutralize the effect of stack action of the chimney or gas vent upon the operation of the appliance. [NFPA 54:3.3.33]
Duct. A tube or conduit for transmission of air, fumes, vapors, or dusts. This definition shall not include:
  1. A vent, vent connector, or chimney connector.
  2. A tube or conduit wherein the pressure of the air exceeds 1 psi (7 kPa).
  3. The air passages of listed self-contained systems.
Duct Furnace. A furnace normally installed in distribution ducts of air-conditioning systems to supply warm air for heating. This definition applies only to an appliance that, for air circulation, depends on a blower not furnished as part of the furnace. [NFPA 54:3.3.47.3]

Duct System. A continuous passageway for the transmission of air and vapors that, in addition to the containment components themselves, might include duct fittings, dampers, plenums, other items, and air-handling equipment. [NFPA 96:3.3.20]

Ductless Mini-Split System. A heating and cooling equipment that includes one or multiple indoor evaporator, air handler, or both units, an outdoor condensing unit that is connected by refrigerant piping, and electrical wiring. A ductless mini-split system is capable of cooling or heating one or more rooms without the use of traditional ductwork.

Dwelling. A building or portion thereof that contains not more than two dwelling units.

Dwelling Unit. A building or portion thereof that contains living facilities, including provisions for sleeping, eating, cooking, and sanitation, as required by this code, for not more than one family.
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Easily Accessible. See accessible, Readily.

Effective Ground-Fault Current Path. An intentionally constructed, low-impedance electrically conductive path designed and intended to carry current under ground-fault conditions from the point of a ground fault on a wiring system to the electrical supply source and that facilitates the operation of the overcurrent protective device or ground-fault detectors on high-impedance grounded systems. [NFPA 54:3.3.36]

Electric Duct Heaters. A heater located in the airstream of a forced-air system where the air-moving unit is not provided as an integral part of the equipment.

Electric Heating Appliance. A device that produces heat energy to create a warm environment by the application of electric power to resistance elements, refrigerant compressors, or dissimilar material junctions.

Electrical Code. The National Electrical Code promulgated by the National Fire Protection Association, as adopted by this jurisdiction. [HCD 1 & HCD 2] Whenever the term "Electrical Code" is used in this code, it shall mean the California Electrical Code, Title 24, Part 3.

Enforcing Agency. [HCD 1, HCD 2, SFM and OSHPD 1, 2, 3 & 4] "Enforcing Agency" is the designated department or agency as specified by statute and regulation.

Emergency Alarm System. A system intended to provide the indication and warning of abnormal conditions and summon appropriate aid.

Emergency Control Station. An approved location on the premises where signals from emergency equipment are received.

Environmental Air Duct. Ducting used for conveying air at temperatures not exceeding 250°F (121°C) to or from occupied areas of any occupancy through other than heating or air-conditioning systems, such as ventilation for human usage, domestic kitchen range exhaust, bathroom exhaust ducts, and domestic-type clothes dryer exhaust ducts.

Equipment. A general term including materials, fittings, devices, appliances, and apparatus used as part of or in connection with installations regulated by this code.

Evaporative Cooler. A device used for reducing the sensible heat of air for cooling by the process of evaporation of water into an airstream.

Evaporative Cooling System. Equipment intended or installed for the purpose of environmental cooling by an evaporative cooler from which the conditioned air is distributed through ducts or plenums to the conditioned area.

Evaporator. Part of a refrigeration system in which liquid refrigerant is vaporized to produce refrigeration.

Excess Flow Valve (EFV). A valve designed to activate when the fuel gas passing through it exceeds a prescribed flow rate. [NFPA 54:3.3.105.3]
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Fabrication Area (Fab Area). An area within a Group H Occupancy semiconductor fabrication facility and related research and development areas in that there are processes involving hazardous production materials. Such areas are allowed to include ancillary rooms or areas such as dressing rooms and offices that are directly related to the fab area processes.

Factory-Built Grease Duct Enclosures. A listed factory-built grease duct system evaluated as an enclosure system for reduced clearances to combustibles, and as an alternative to a duct with its fire-rated enclosure. [NFPA 96:3.3.22.2.1]

Family. [HCD 1] "Family" is an individual or two or more persons who are related by blood or marriage, or otherwise, live together in a dwelling unit.

Field-Applied Grease Duct Enclosures. A listed system evaluated for reduced clearances to combustibles, and as an alternative to a duct with its fire-rated enclosure. [NFPA 96:3.3.22.2.2]

Fire Code. Whenever the term "Fire Code" is used in this code, it shall mean the California Fire Code, Title 24, Part 9.

Fire Partition. An interior wall or partition of a building that separates two areas and serves to restrict the spread of fire but does not qualify as a fire wall.

Fire Resistance Rating. The time, in minutes or hours, that materials or assemblies have withstood a fire exposure as established in accordance with ASTM E119 or UL 263.

Fire-Resistive Construction. Construction in accordance with the requirements of the building code for the time period specified.

Fire Wall. A wall separating buildings or subdividing a building to prevent the spread of the fire and having a fire resistance rating and structural stability. [NFPA 96:3.3.26]

Fireplace Stove. A chimney-connected, solid-fuel-burning stove (appliance) having part of its fire chamber open to the room.

Flammable Vapor or Fumes. The concentration of flammable constituents in air that exceeds 25 percent of its Lower Flammability Limit (LFL).

Flood Hazard Area. The greater of the following two areas:
  1. The area within a floodplain subject to a 1 percent or greater chance of flooding in any given year.
  2. The area designated as a flood hazard area on a community's flood hazard map, or otherwise legally designated.
Floor Furnace. A completely self-contained unit furnace suspended from the floor of the space being heated, taking air for combustion from outside such space. [NFPA 54:3.3.47.5] With means for observing flames and lighting the appliance from such space.

Forced-Air Furnace. A furnace equipped with a fan or blower that provides the primary means for circulation of air. [NFPA 54:3.3.47.6]

Downflow-Type Furnace. A forced-air-type furnace designed with airflow essentially in a vertical path, discharging air at or near the bottom of the furnace. [NFPA 211:3.3.79.2]

Enclosed Furnace. A specific heating or heating and ventilating furnace incorporating an integral total enclosure and using only outside air for combustion.

Horizontal-Type Furnace. A forced-air-type furnace designed with airflow through the furnace, essentially in a horizontal path. [NFPA 211:3.3.79.3]

Up flow-Type Furnace. A forced-air-type furnace designed with airflow essentially in a vertical path, discharging air at or near the top of the furnace. [NFPA 211:3.3.79.5]

Fractionation. A change in composition of a blend by preferential evaporation of the more volatile component or condensation of the less volatile component.

Fuel Gas. Natural, manufactured, liquefied petroleum, or a mixture of these.

Fume Incinerators. Devices utilizing intense heat or fire to break down, oxidize, or both vapors and odors contained in gases or air being exhausted into the atmosphere. [NFPA 96:3.3.27]

Furnace, Central. A self-contained appliance for heating air by transfer of heat of combustion through metal to the air and designed to supply heated air through ducts to spaces remote from or adjacent to the appliance location. [NFPA 54:3.3.47.1]

Fusible Link. A form of fixed-temperature heat-detecting device sometimes employed to restrain the operation of an electrical or mechanical control until its designed temperature is reached. [NFPA 96:3.3.28] Such devices are to be replaced following each operation.

Fusible Plug. A device arranged to relieve pressure by operation of a fusible member at a predetermined temperature.
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Galvanized Steel. A steel that has been coated with a thin layer of zinc for corrosion protection; conforming to the requirements of ASTM A653/A653M Standard Specification for Steel Sheet, Zinc-Coat (Galvanized) or Zinc-Iron Alloy-Coat (Galvanized) by the Hot Dip Process.

Gas Convenience Outlet. A permanently mounted, hand-operated device providing a means for connecting and disconnecting an appliance or an appliance connector to the gas supply piping. The device includes an integral, manually operated gas valve with a nondisplaceable valve member so that disconnection can be accomplished only where the manually operated gas valve is in the closed position. [NFPA 54:3.3.50]

Gas Piping. An installation of pipe, valves, or fittings that is used to convey fuel gas, installed on any premises or in a building, but shall not include:
  1. A portion of the service piping.
  2. An approved piping connection 6 feet (1829 mm) or less in length between an existing gas outlet and a gas appliance in the same room with the outlet.
Gas Piping System. An arrangement of gas piping or regulators after the point of delivery and each arrangement of gas piping serving a building, structure, or premises, whether individually metered or not.

Generator. A device equipped with a means of heating used in an absorption system to drive refrigerant out of solution.

Gravity Heating System. A healing system consisting of a gravity-type warm air furnace, together with all air ducts or pipes and accessory apparatus installed in connection therewith.

Gravity-Type Floor Furnace. A floor furnace depending primarily on circulation of air by gravity. This definition also shall include floor furnaces equipped with a booster-type fan that does not materially restrict free circulation of air by gravity flow when the fan is not in operation. [NFPA 211:3.3.79.12.2]

Grease. Rendered animal fat, vegetable shortening, and other such oily matter used for the purposes of and resulting from cooking, preparing foods, or both. [NFPA 96:3.3.29] Grease might be liberated and entrained with exhaust air or might be visible as a liquid or solid.

Grease Ducts. A containment system for the transportation of air and grease vapors that is designed and installed to reduce the possibility of the accumulation of combustible condensation and the occurrence of damage if a tire occurs within the system. [NFPA 96:3.3.20.2]

Grease Filter. A removable component of the grease removal system designed to capture grease and direct it to a safe collection point. [NFPA 96:3.3.24.1]

Grease Filter, Mesh-Type. A filter construction consisting of a net made from intersecting strands with a space between each strand. [NFPA 96:3.3.24.2]

Grease Removal Devices. A system of components designed and intended to process vapors, gases, or air as it is drawn through such devices by collecting the airborne grease particles and concentrating them for further action at some future time, leaving the exiting air with a lower amount of combustible matter.

Greasetight. Constructed and performing in such a manner as not to permit the passage of grease under normal cooking conditions. [NFPA 96:3.3.31]

Grounding Electrode. A conducting object through which a direct connection to earth is established. [NFPA 70:100(I)]
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Hazardous Location. An area or space where combustible dust, ignitable fibers, flammable liquids, volatile liquids, gases, vapors, or mixtures are or may be present in the air in quantities sufficient to produce explosive or ignitable mixtures.

Hazardous Process Piping (HPP). A process material piping or tubing conveying a liquid or gas that has a degree-of-hazard rating in health, flammability, or reactivity of Class 3 or 4, as ranked by the fire code.

Health Facilities. [OSHPD 1, 2, 3 & 4] Buildings specified within the statutory authority of the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development.

Heat Pump. A refrigeration system that extracts heat from one substance and transfers it to another portion of the same substance or to a second substance at a higher temperature for a beneficial purpose.

Heat (Energy) Recovery Ventilator. A device intended to remove air from buildings, replace it with outside air, and in the process transfer heat from the warmer to the colder airstreams.

Heating Degree Day. A unit, based upon temperature difference and time, used in estimating fuel consumption and specifying nominal annual heating load of a building. For anyone day when the mean temperature is less than 65°F (18°C), there exist as many degree days as there are Fahrenheit degrees difference in temperature between mean temperature for the day and 65°F (18°C).

Heating Equipment. Includes warm air furnaces, warm air heaters, combustion products vents, heating air-distribution ducts and fans, and all steam and hot water piping, together with all control devices and accessories installed as part of, or in connection with, any environmental heating system or appliance regulated by this code.

Heating System. A warm air heating plant consisting of a heat exchanger enclosed in a casing, from which the heated air is distributed through ducts to various rooms and areas. A heating system includes the outside air, return air and supply air system, and all accessory apparatus and equipment installed in connection therewith.

High Limit Control Device. An operating device installed and serving as an integral component of a deep-fat fryer that provides secondary limitation of the grease temperature by automatically disconnecting the thermal energy input when the temperature limit is exceeded. [NFPA 96:3.3.32]

High Purity Piping. A form of process piping but is usually specified for critical clean applications in the semiconductor, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, chemical, fiber optics, food, and dairy industries.

Highside. The parts of a refrigeration system subjected to approximately condenser pressure.

Hood. An air-intake device connected to a mechanical exhaust system for collecting and removing grease-laden vapors, fumes, smoke, steam, heat, or odors from commercial food heat-processing equipment.

Fixed Baffle. A listed unitary exhaust hood design where the grease removal device is a nonremovable assembly that contains an integral fire-activated water-wash fire-extinguishing system listed for this purpose. [NFPA 96:3.3.33.1]

Type I. A kitchen hood for collecting and removing grease and smoke.

Type II. A general kitchen hood for collecting and removing steam, vapor, heat, or odors.

Hot-Water-Heating Boiler. A boiler having a volume exceeding 120 gallons (454 L), a heat input exceeding 200000 Btu/h (58.6 kW), or an operating temperature exceeding 210°F (99°C) that provides hot water to be used externally to itself.

HPM Storage Room. A room used for the storage or dispensing of hazardous production material (HPM) and that is classified as a Group H, Division 1 or Division 2 Occupancy.

Hydronics. Of or relating to a heating or cooling system that transfers energy by circulating a fluid through a system of pipes or tubing.
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IDLH (Immediately Dangerous to Life and Health). A concentration of airborne contaminant's, normally expressed in parts per million (ppm) or milligrams per cubic meter (mg/m3), that represents the maximum level from which one is capable of escaping within 30 minutes without escape-impairing symptoms or irreversible health effects. This level is established by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).

Incinerator. An appliance or combustion chamber for the reduction, by burning, of rubbish, garbage, and other wastes. [NFPA 211:3.3.91]

Industrial Heating Equipment. Includes appliances, devices, or equipment used, or intended to be used, in an industrial, manufacturing, or commercial occupancy for applying heat to any material being processed, but shall not include water heaters, boilers, or portable equipment used by artisans in pursuit of a trade.

Insanitary Location. An area, space, or room where the air is unfit or undesirable for circulation to occupiable parts of a building.

Interconnected. Mutually assembled to another component in such a manner that the operation of one directly affects the other or that the contents of one specific duct system are allowed to encounter or contact the products being moved by another duct system. [NFPA 96:3.3.34]

Interlock. A device that senses a limit or off-limit condition or improper sequence of events and shuts down the offending or related piece of equipment or prevents proceeding in an improper sequence in order to prevent a hazardous condition from developing.

Intermittent Pilot. A pilot that bums during light-off and while the main burner is firing, and that is shut off with the main burner.

Interrupted Pilot. A pilot that bums during light-off and that is shut off during normal operation of the main burner.
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Joint, Brazed. A joint obtained by joining of metal parts with alloys that melt at temperatures exceeding 840°F (449°C) but less than the melting temperature of the parts being joined.

Joint, Compression. A multipiece joint with cup-shaped threaded nuts that, when tightened, compress tapered sleeves so that they form a tight joint on the periphery of the tubing they connect.

Joint, Flanged. One made by bolting together a pair of flanged ends.

Joint, Flared. A metal-to-metal compression joint in which a conical spread is made on the end of a tube that is compressed by a flare nut against a mating flare.

Joint, Mechanical. General form for gastight or liquid-tight joints obtained by the joining of parts through a positive holding mechanical construction.

Joint, Soldered. A joint obtained by the joining of metal parts with metallic mixtures or alloys that melt at a temperature up to and including 840°F (449°C).

Joint, Welded. A gastight joint obtained by the joining of metal parts in the plastic molten state.
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No definitions.
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Labeled. Equipment or materials bearing a label of a listing agency (accredited conformity assessment body). See Listed (Third Party Certified). [HCD 1 & HCD 2] "Labeled" means equipment or materials to which has been attached a label, symbol or other identifying mark of an organization, approved by the Department, that maintains a periodic inspection program of production of labeled products, installations, equipment, or materials and by whose labeling the manufacturer indicates compliance with appropriate standards or performance in a specified manner.

LEL (Lower Explosive Limit). See LFL.

LFL (Lower Flammable Limit or Lower Limit of Flammability). Thc minimum concentration of a substance that propagates a flame through a homogeneous mixture of the substance and air under the specified test conditions. The LFL is sometimes referred to as LEL (Lower Explosive Limit). For the purposes of this definition, LFL and LEL are identical.

Limited-Combustible Material. Refers to a building construction material that does not comply with the definition of noncombustible material that, in the form in which it is used, has a potential heat value not exceeding 3500 British thermal units per pound-force (Btu/lb) (8141 kJ/kg), where tested in accordance with NFPA 259, and includes either of the following:
  1. Materials having a structural base of noncombustible material, with a surfacing not exceeding a thickness of 18 of an inch (3.2 mm), that has a flame-spread index not greater than 50.
  2. Materials, in the form and thickness used, having neither a flame-spread index greater than 25 nor evidence of continued progressive combustion, and of such composition that surfaces that would be exposed by cutting through the material on any plane would have neither a flame-spread index greater than 25 nor evidence of continued progressive combustion, where tested in accordance with ASTM E84.
Line Contact Installation. An installation in which a furnace is installed so that building joists, studs, or framing are contacted by the furnace jacket upon the lines formed by the intersection of the jacket sides with the top surface.

Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LP-Gas). Means and includes a material composed predominantly of any of the following hydrocarbons or mixtures of them: propane, propylene, butanes (normal butane or isobutane), and butylenes. When reference is made to liquefied petroleum gas in this code, it shall refer to liquefied petroleum gases in either the liquid or gaseous state.

Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LP-Gas) Facilities. Liquefied petroleum gas (LP-Gas) facilities include tanks, containers, container valves, regulating equipment, meters, appurtenances, or any combination thereof for the storage and supply of liquefied petroleum gas for a building, structure, or premises.

Liquid-Tight. Constructed and performing in such a manner as not to permit the passage of liquid at any temperature. [NFPA 96:3.3.35]

Listed (Third Party Certified). Equipment or materials included in a list published by a listing agency (accredited conformity assessment body) that maintains periodic inspection on current production of listed equipment or materials and whose listing states either that the equipment or material complies with approved standards or has been tested and found suitable for use in a specified manner. [HCD 1 & HCD 2] "Listed" means all products that appear in a list published by an approved testing or listing agency. For additional information, see Health and Safety Code Section 17920(h).

Listed and Listing. [SFM] "Listed" and "Listing" are terms referring to equipment or materials included in a list published by an approved testing laboratory, inspection agency, or other organization concerned with product evaluation that maintains periodic inspection of current productions of listed equipment or materials and which listing states that the material or equipment complies with approved nationally recognized codes, standards, or tests and has been tested or evaluated and found suitable for use in a specific manner. These terms shall also mean equipment or materials accepted by the State Fire Marshal as conforming to the provisions of these regulations and which are included in a list published by the State Fire Marshal.

Listing Agency. An agency accredited by an independent and authoritative conformity assessment body to operate a material and product listing and labeling (certification) system and that is accepted by the Authority Having Jurisdiction, which is in the business of listing or labeling. The system includes initial and ongoing product testing, a periodic inspection on current production of listed (certified) products, and that makes available a published report of such listing in which specific information is included that the material or product is in accordance with applicable standards and found safe for use in a specific manner. [HCD 1 & HCD 2] "Listing Agency" means an agency approved by the Department that is in the business of listing and labeling products, materials, equipment, and installations tested by an approved testing agency, and that maintains a periodic inspection program on current production of listed products, equipment, and installations, and that at least annually makes available a published report of these listings. For additional information, see Health and Safety Code Section 17920(i).

Low-Pressure Hot-Water-Heating Boiler. A boiler furnishing hot water at pressures not exceeding 160 psi (1103 kPa) and at temperatures not exceeding 250°F (121°C).

Low-Pressure Steam-Heating Boiler. A boiler furnishing steam at pressures not exceeding 15 psi (103 kPa).

Lowside. Refers to the parts of a refrigeration system subjected to approximate evaporator pressure.
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Machinery. The refrigeration equipment forming a part of the refrigeration system, including, but not limited to, the following: compressors, condensers, liquid receivers, evaporators, and connecting piping.

Machinery Room. [SFM] Machinery Room is a room in which a refrigeration system is permanently installed and operated but not including evaporators located in a cold storage room, refrigerator box, air-cooled space or other enclosed space. Closets solely contained within, and opening only into, a room shall not be considered machinery rooms, but shall be considered a part of the machinery rooms in which they are contained or open into. It is not the intent of this definition to cause the space in which unit or self-contained systems of Group I refrigerants are locate to be classified as machinery rooms.

Mechanical Ventilation. Ventilation provided by mechanically powered equipment, such as motor-driven fans and blowers, but not by devices such as wind-driven turbine ventilators and mechanically operated windows. [ASHRAE 62.1:3]

Miniature Boiler. A power boiler having an internal shell diameter of 16 inches (406 mm) or less, a gross volume of 5 cubic feet (0.14 m3) or less, a heating surface of 20 square feet (1.86 m2) or less (not applicable to electric boilers), and not exceeding 100 psi (689 kPa).
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Natural Ventilation. Ventilation provided by thermal, wind, or diffusion effects through doors, windows, or other intentional openings in the building. [ASHRAE 62.1:3]

Noncombustible Material. As applied to building construction material, means a material that in the form in which it is used is either one of the following:
  1. A material that, in the form in which it is used and under the conditions anticipated, will not ignite, burn, support combustion, or release flammable vapors when subjected to fire or heat. Materials that are reported as passing ASTM E136 are considered noncombustible material.
  2. Material having a structural base of noncombustible material as defined in item 1 above, with a surfacing material not over 18 of an inch (3.2 mm) thick that has a flame-spread index not higher than 50.
    Noncombustible does not apply to surface finish materials. Material required to be noncombustible for reduced clearances to flues, heating appliances, or other sources of high temperature shall refer to material in accordance with item 1 above. No material shall be classed as noncombustible that is subject to increase in combustibility or flame-spread index beyond the limits herein established, through the effects of age, moisture, or other atmospheric condition.

Nonhazardous Process Piping (NPP). Production material piping or tubing conveying a liquid or gas that is not classified as hazardous production material piping.

Nuisance. [HCD 1 & HCD 2] "Nuisance" shall mean any nuisance as defined in Health and Safety Code Section 17920(k).

Notes:
  1. For applications subject to the Mobilehome Parks Act as referenced in Section 1.8.3.2.2 of this code, refer to California Code of Regulations, Title 25, Division 1, Chapter 2 for the definition of "Nuisance".
  2. For applications subject to the Special Occupancy Parks Act as referenced in Section 1.8.3.2.3 of this code, refer to California Code of Regulations, Title 25, Division 1, Chapter 2.2 for the definition of "Nuisance".
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Occupancy. The purpose for which a building or part thereof is used or intended to be used.

Occupancy Classification. Classifications are defined in the building code. [HCD 1, HCD 2 & SFM] Whenever the term "Building Code" is used in this code, it shall mean the California Building Code, Title 24, Part 2.

Occupational Exposure Limit (OEL). The time-weighted average (TWA) concentration for a normal 8-hour workday and a 40-hour workweek to which nearly all workers can be repeatedly exposed without adverse effect, based on the OSHA PEL, ACGIH TLV-TWA, AIHA WEEL, or consistent value. [ASHRAE 34:3]

Occupiable Space. An enclosed space intended for human activities excluding those spaces intended primarily for other purposes such as storage rooms and equipment rooms that are only occupied occasionally and for short periods of time. [ASHRAE 62.1:3]

Open Combustible Construction. Combustible building construction, including wall, structural framing, roof, roof ceiling, floor, and floor-ceiling assemblies, adjacent to a grease duct on three or fewer sides where one or more sides require protection in accordance with Section 507.3.
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Package Boiler. A class of boiler defined herein and shall be a boiler equipped and shipped complete with fuel-burning equipment, automatic controls and accessories, and mechanical draft equipment.

PE. Polyethylene.

PE-AL-PE. Polyethylene-aluminum-polyethylene.

PE-RT. Polyethylene of raised temperature.

PEL (Permissible Exposure Limit). The time-weighted average concentration [set by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)] for a normal 8-hour workday and a 40-hour workweek to which nearly all workers can be repeatedly exposed without adverse effect. Chemical manufacturers publish similar recommendations [e.g., acceptable exposure level (AEL), industrial exposure limit (IEL), or occupational exposure limit (OEL), depending on the company], generally for substances for which PEL has not been established. [ASHRAE 34:3] The maximum permitted time-weighted average exposures to be utilized are those published in 29 CFR 1910.1000.

PEX. Cross-linked polyethylene.

PEX-AL-PEX. Cross-linked polyethylene-aluminum-crosslinked polyethylene.

Pilot. A burner smaller than the main burner that is ignited by a spark or other independent and stable ignition source, and that provides ignition energy required to immediately light off the main burner.

Piping. The pipe or tube mains for interconnecting the various parts of a system. Piping includes pipe, tube, flanges, bolting, gaskets, valves, fittings the pressure-containing parts of other components such as expansion joints, strainers, and devices that serve such purposes as mixing, separating, snubbing, distributing, metering, or controlling flow, pipe-supporting fixtures and structural attachments.

Pitched. To be fixed or set at a desired angle or inclination. [NFPA 96:3.3.39]

Plenum. An air compartment or chamber including uninhabited crawl space areas above a ceiling or below a floor, including air spaces below raised floors of computer/data processing centers or attic spaces, to one or more ducts are connected and that forms part of either the supply-air, return-air, or exhaust-air system, other than the occupiable space being conditioned.

Plumbing Code. The Uniform Plumbing Code promulgated by the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials, as adopted by this jurisdiction. [HCD 1 & HCD 2] Whenever the term "Plumhing Code" is used in this code, it shall mean the California Plumbing Code, Title 24, Part 5.

Portable CooJing Unit. A self-contained refrigerating system, not over 3 horsepower (hp) (2.2 kW) rating, that has been factory assembled and tested, installed without supply-air ducts and without connecting any refrigerant-containing parts. This definition shall not include an absorption unit.

Portable Evaporative Cooler. An evaporative cooler that discharges the conditioned air directly into the conditioned area without the use of ducts and can be readily transported from place to place without dismantling any portion thereof.

Portable Heating Appliance. A heating appliance designed for environmental heating that may have a self-contained fuel supply and is not secured or attached to a building by any means other than by a factory-installed power supply cord.

Portable Ventilating Equipment. Ventilating equipment that can be readily transported from place to place without dismantling a portion thereof and that is not connected to a duct.

Power Boiler. A boiler in which steam is generated at pressures exceeding 15 psi (103 kPa).

Power Boiler Plant. One or more power steam boilers or power hot water boilers and connecting piping and vessels within the same premises.

Power Hot Water Boiler (High Temperature Water Boiler). A boiler used for heating water or liquid to a pressure exceeding 160 psi (1103 kPa) or to a temperature exceeding 250°F (121°C).

PP. Polypropylene.

Pressure, Design. The maximum working pressure for which a specific part of a refrigeration system is designed.

Pressure, Field Test. A test performed in the field to prove system tightness.

Pressure-Imposing Element. A device or portion of the equipment used for the purpose of increasing the pressure of the refrigerant vapor.

Pressure-Limiting Device. A pressure-responsive mechanism designed to automatically stop the operation of the pressure-imposing element at a predetermined pressure.

Pressure-Relief Device. A pressure-actuated valve or rupture member or fusible plug designed to automatically relieve excessive pressure.

Pressure Test. The minimum gauge pressure to which a specific system component is subjected under test condition.

Pressure Vessel (Unfired). A closed container, having a nominal internal diameter exceeding 6 inches (152 mm) and a volume exceeding 112 cubic feet (0.04 m3), for liquids, gases, vapors subjected to pressures exceeding 15 psi (103 kPa), or steam under a pressure.

Pressure Vessel, Refrigerant. A refrigerant-containing receptacle that is a portion of a refrigeration system, but shall not include evaporators, headers, or piping of certain limited size and capacity.

Process Piping. Piping or tubing that conveys liquid or gas, which is used directly in research, laboratory, or production processes.

Product-Conveying Duct. Ducting used for conveying solid particulates, such as refuse, dust, fumes, and smoke; liquid particulate matter, such as spray residue, mists, and fogs; vapors, such as vapors from flammable or corrosive liquids; noxious and toxic gases; and air at temperatures exceeding 250°F (121°C).

Purge. The acceptable method of scavenging the combustion chamber, boiler passes, and breeching to remove combustible gases.

PVC. Polyvinyl chloride.
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Qualified. A competent and capable person or company that has met the requirements and training for a given field acceptable to the Authority Having Jurisdiction.

Quick-Disconnect Device. A hand-operated device that provides a means for connecting and disconnecting an appliance or an appliance connector to a gas supply and that is equipped with an automatic means to shut off the gas supply where the device is disconnected. [NFPA 54:3.3.29.3]
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Radiant Room Heater. A room heater designed to transfer heat primarily by direct radiation. [NFPA 211:3.3.88.2.2]

Receiver, liquid. A vessel permanently connected to a refrigeration system by inlet and outlet pipes for storage of liquid.

Recirculating Systems. Systems for control of smoke or grease-laden vapors from commercial cooking equipment that do not exhaust to the outside. [NFPA 96:3.3.41]

Reclaimed Refrigerants. Refrigerants reprocessed to the same specifications as new refrigerants by any means, including distillation. Such refrigerants have been chemically analyzed to verify that those specifications have been met. [ASHRAE 15:3]

Recovered Refrigerants. Refrigerants removed from a system in any condition without necessarily testing or processing them. [ASHRAE 15:3]

Recycled Refrigerants. Refrigerants for which contaminants have been reduced by oil separation, removal of noncondensible gases, and single or multiple passes through filter driers or other devices that reduce moisture, acidity, and particulate matter. [ASHRAE 15:3]

Refrigerant Safety Classifications. Made up of a letter (A or B), that indicates the toxicity class, followed by a number (1, 2, or 3), that indicates the flammability class. Refrigerant blends are similarly classified, based on the compositions at their worst cases of fractionation, as separately determined for toxicity and flammability. In some cases, the worst case of fractionation is the original formulation.

Flammability Classification. Refrigerants shall be classified for flammability in accordance with one of the following:

Class 1. Refrigerants that do not show flame propagation where tested in air at 14.7 pound-force per square inch absolute (psia) (101 kPa) and 140°F (60°C).

Class 2. Refrigerants having a lower flammability limit (LFL) of more than 0.00625 pound per cubic foot (lb/ft3) (0.10012 kg/m3) at 140°F (60°C), 14.7 psia (101 kPa), and a heat of combustion of less than 8169 British thermal units per pound (Btu/lb) (1.8988 E+07 J/kg).

Class 3. Refrigerants that are highly flammable, having a LFL of not more than 0.00625 lb/ft3 (0.10012 kg/m3) at 140°F (60°C) and 14.7 psia (101 kPa) or a heat of combustion not less than 8169 Btu/lb (1.8988 E+07 J/kg).

Toxicity Classification. Refrigerants shall be classified for the toxicity in accordance with one of the following:

Class A. Refrigerants have an occupational exposure limit (OEL) of not less than 400 parts per million (ppm).

Class B. Refrigerants have an OEL of less than 400 ppm.

Refrigeration Machinery Room. A room designed to house compressors and refrigeral pressure vessels.

Refrigeration Room or Space. A room or space in which an evaporator or brine coil is located for the purpose of reducing or controlling the temperature within the room or space to less than 68°F (20°C).

Refrigeration System, Absorption. A heat-operated closed-refrigeration cycle in which a secondary fluid, the absorbent, absorbs a primary fluid, the refrigerant, that has been vaporized in the evaporator.

Refrigeration System, Direct. A system in which the evaporator or condenser of the refrigerating system is in direct contact with the air or other substances to be cooled or heated. [ASHRAE 15:5.1.1]

Refrigeration System, Indirect. A system in which a secondary coolant cooled or heated by the refrigerating system is circulated to the air or other substance to be cooled or heated. [ASHRAE 15:5.1.2]

Refrigeration System, Mechanical. A combination of interconnected refrigerant-containing parts constituting one closed refrigerant circuit in which a refrigerant is circulated for the purpose of extracting heat and in which a compressor is used for compressing the refrigerant vapor.

Refrigeration System, Self-Contained. A complete factory-assembled and tested system that is shipped in one or more sections and has no refrigerant-containing parts that are joined in the field by other than companion or block valves.

Registered Design Professional. An individual who is registered or licensed by the laws of the state to perform such design work in the jurisdiction.

Relief Valve, Vacuum. A device which automatically opens or closes for relieving a vacuum with the system, depending on whether the vacuum is above or below a predetermine value.

Removable. Capable of being transferred to another location with a limited application of effort and tools. [NFPA 96:3.3.42]

Replacement Air. See Air, Makeup.

Residential Building. A building or portion thereof designed or used for human habitation.

Riser Heat Pipe. A duct that extends at an angle of 45 degrees (0.79 rad) from the horizontal. This definition shall not include any boot connection.

Room Heater. A freestanding, nonrecessed, environmental heating appliance installed in the space being heated and not connected to ducts.

Room Heater, Unvented. An unvented, self-contained, freestanding, nonrecessed, fuel-gas burning appliance for furnishing warm air by gravity or fan circulation to the space in which installed, directly from the heater without duct connection. [NFPA 54:3.3.57.6]

Rupture Member. A pressure-relief device that operates by the rupture of a diaphragm within the device on a rise to a predetermined pressure.
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Seam, Welded. See Joint, Welded.

Secondary Filtration. Fume incinerators, thermal recovery units, air pollution control devices or other filtration media installed in ducts or hoods located in the path of travel of exhaust products after the initial filtration.

Self-Contained. Having all essential working parts, except energy and control connections, so contained in a case or framework that they do not depend on appliances or fastenings outside of the machine.

Service Corridor. A fully enclosed passage used for transporting hazardous production materials and purposes other than required exiting.

Service Piping. The piping and equipment between the street gas main and the gas piping system inlet that is installed by, and is under the control and maintenance of, the serving gas supplier.

Shaft. An interior space enclosed by walls or construction extending through one or more stories or basements that connects openings in successive floors, or floors and roof, to accommodate elevators, dumbwaiters, mechanical equipment, or similar devices to transmit light or ventilation air.

Shaft Enclosure. The walls or construction forming the boundaries of a shaft.

Shall. Indicates a mandatory requirement.

Should. Indicates a recommendation or that which is advised but not required.

Single Hazard Area. Where two or more hazards can be simultaneously involved in fire by reason of their proximity, as determined by the Authority Having Jurisdiction. [NFPA 96:3.3.44]

Smoke Detector. An approved device that senses visible or invisible particles of combustion.

Solid Cooking Fuel. A solid, organic, consumable fuel such as briquettes, mesquite, hardwood, or charcoal. [NFPA 96:3.3.45]

Solid-Fuel Cooking Equipment. Cooking equipment that utilizes solid fuel. [NFPA 96:3.3.23.2] This equipment includes ovens, tandoori charcoal pots, grills, broilers, rotis-series, barbecue pits, or other type of cooking equipment that derives all or part of its heat source from the burning of solid cooking fuel.

Solvent. A substance (usually liquid) capable of dissolving or dispersing another substance; a chemical compound designed and used to convert solidified grease into a liquid or semiliquid state in order to facilitate a cleaning operation. [NFPA 96:3.3.46]

Spark Arrester. A device or method that minimizes the passage of airborne sparks and embers into a plenum, duct, and flue. [NFPA 96:3.3.48]

Standard. A document, the main text of which contains only mandatory provisions using the word "shall" to indicate requirements and that is in a form generally suitable for mandatory reference by another standard or code or for adoption into law. Nonmandatory provisions shall be located in an appendix, footnote, or fine-print note and are not to be considered a part of the requirements of a standard.

Stationary Fuel Cell Power Plant. A self-contained package or factory-matched packages that constitute an automatically operated assembly of integrated systems for generating useful electrical energy and recoverable energy that is permanently connected and fixed in place.

Steam-Heating Boiler. A boiler operated at pressures not exceeding 15 psi (103 kPa) for steam.

Strength, Ultimate. The highest stress level that the component can tolerate without rupture.

System Outdoor Airflow. The rate of outdoor airflow required at the ventilation system outdoor air intake.
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Termination, Duct. The final or intended end-portion of a duct system that is designed and functions to fulfill the obligations of the system in a satisfactory manner. [NFPA 96:3.3.19]

Testing Agency. [HCD 1 & HCD 2] See "Approved Testing Agency".

Thermal Recovery Unit. A device or series of devices whose purpose is to reclaim only the heat content of air, vapors, gases, or fluids that are being expelled through the exhaust system and to transfer the thermal energy so reclaimed to a location whereby a useful purpose can be served. [NFPA 96:3.3.49]

Trained. A person who has become proficient in performing a skill reliably and safely through instruction and practice/field experience acceptable to the Authority Having Jurisdiction. [NFPA 96:3.3.50]

Transition Gas Riser. A listed or approved section or sections of pipe and fittings used to convey fuel gas and installed in a gas piping system for the purpose of providing a transition from belowground to aboveground.

Trap. A cuplike or u-shaped configuration located on the inside of a duct system component where liquids can accumulate. [NFPA 96:3.3.51]

Type B Gas Vent. A factory-made gas vent listed by a nationally recognized testing agency for venting listed or approved appliances equipped to burn only gas.

Type B-W Gas Vent. A factory-made gas vent listed by a nationally recognized testing agency for venting listed or approved gas-fired vented wall furnaces.

Type L Gas Vent. A venting system consisting of listed vent piping and fittings for use with oil-burning appliances listed for use with Type L or with listed gas appliances.
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UMC. [HCD 1, HCD 2, OSHPD 1, 2, 3 & 4] The most recent edition of Uniform Mechanical Code published by the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials.

Unit Heater. A heating appliance designed for nonresidential space heating and equipped with an integral means for circulation of air.

Unusually Tight Construction. Construction where:
  1. Walls and ceilings exposed to the outdoors have a continuous water vapor retarder with a rating of 1 perm or less with openings gasketed or sealed.
  2. Weatherstripping is on openable windows and doors.
  3. Caulking or sealants are applied to areas such as joints around window and door frames, between sole plates and floors, between wall-ceiling joints, between wall panels, and at penetrations for plumbing, electrical, and gas lines and at other openings.
Use (Material). The placing in action or making available for service by opening or connecting a container utilized for confinement of material, whether a solid, liquid, or gas.
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Vacuum. A pressure less than that exerted by the atmosphere.

Valve, Pressure-Relief. A pressure-actuated valve held closed by a spring or other means and designed to automatically relieve pressure in excess of its setting.

Valve, Stop. A device in a piping system to shut off the flow of the fluid.

Valve, Three-Way-Type Stop. A manually operated valve with one inlet that alternately can stop flow to either of two outlets.

Valves, Companion or Block. Pairs of mating stop valves valving off sections of refrigeration systems and arranged so that these sections may be joined before opening these valves or separated after closing them.

Vent, Gas. A passageway composed of listed factory-built components assembled in accordance with the manufacturer's installation instructions for conveying vent gases from appliances or their vent connectors to the outdoors. [NFPA 54:3.3.106.2]

Vent Connector, Gas. That portion of a gas-venting system that connects a listed gas appliance to a gas vent and is installed within the space or area in which the appliance is located.

Vent Offset. An arrangement of two or more fittings and pipe installed for the purpose of locating a vertical section of vent pipe in a different but parallel plane with respect to an adjacent section of a vertical vent pipe. [NFPA 54:3.3.108]

Vented Appliance Categories.

Category I. An appliance that operates with a nonpositive vent static pressure and with a vent gas temperature that avoids excessive condensate production in the vent. [NFPA 54:3.3.6.11.1]

Category II. An appliance that operates with a nonpositive vent static pressure and with a vent gas temperature that may cause excessive condensate production in the vent. [NFPA 54:3.3.6.11.2]

Category III. An appliance that operates with a positive vent static pressure and with a vent gas temperature that avoids excessive condensate production in the vent. [NFPA 54:3.3.6.11.3]

Category IV. An appliance that operates with a positive vent static pressure and with a vent gas temperature that may cause excessive condensate production in the vent. [NFPA 54:3.3.6.11.4]

Vented Decorative Appliance. A vented appliance whose only function is providing an aesthetic effect of flames.

Vented Wall Furnace. A self-contained, vented, fuel gas-burning appliance complete with grilles or equivalent, designed for incorporation in or permanent attachment to the structure of a building and furnishing heated air, circulated by gravity or by a fan, directly into the space to be heated through openings in the casing. [NFPA 54.3.3.47.7]

Ventilating Ceiling. A suspended ceiling containing many small apertures through which air, at low pressure, is forced downward from an overhead plenum dimensioned by the concealed space between the suspended ceiling and the floor or roof above.

Ventilation System. All of that equipment intended or installed for the purpose of supplying air to, or removing air from, any room or space by mechanical means, other than equipment that is a portion of an environmental heating, cooling, absorption, or evaporative cooling system.

Venting Collar. The outlet opening of an appliance provided for connection of the vent system.

Venting System. The vent or chimney and its connectors, assembled to form a continuous open passageway from an appliance to the outdoors for the purpose of removing products of combustion. This definition also shall include a venting assembly that is an integral part of an appliance.

Venting System, Gravity-Type. A system that depends entirely on the heat from the fuel being used to provide the energy required to vent an appliance.

Venting System, Power-Type. A system that depends on a mechanical device to provide a positive draft within the venting system.

Volume, Internal Gross. The volume as determined from internal dimensions of the container, with no allowance for the volume of the internal parts.
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Wall Heater. See Vented Wall Furnace.

Warm Air Furnace. An environmental heating appliance designed or arranged to discharge heated air through any duct or ducts. This definition shall not include a unit heater.

Water Heater or Hot-Water-Heating Boiler. An appliance designed primarily to supply hot water for domestic or commercial purposes and equipped with automatic controls limiting water temperature to a maximum of 210°F (99°C).
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No definitions.
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No definitions.
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Zeotropic. Blends comprising multiple components of different volatilities that, when used in refrigeration cycles, change volumetric composition and saturation temperatures as they evaporate or condense at constant pressure. [ASHRAE 34:3]
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