Heads up: There are no amended sections in this chapter.

Appendix RA

AMENDMENT
This section has been amended at the state or city level.

Section RA101 Scope

AMENDMENT
This section has been amended at the state or city level.

AU101.1 General

AMENDMENT
This section has been amended at the state or city level.
These provisions shall be applicable for new construction, except additions.

Section RA102 General Definitions

AMENDMENT
This section has been amended at the state or city level.
Solar-ready Zone. A section or sections of the roof or building overhang designated and reserved for the future installation of a solar photovoltaic or solar thermal system.

Section RA103 Solar-Ready Zone

AMENDMENT
This section has been amended at the state or city level.

RA103.1 General

AMENDMENT
This section has been amended at the state or city level.
New detached one- and two-family dwellings, and multiple single-family dwellings (townhouses) with not less than 600 ft2 (55.74 m2) of roof area oriented between 110° and 270° of true north shall comply with sections RA 103.2 through RA103.8.
Exceptions:
  1. New residential buildings with a permanently installed on-site renewable energy system.
  2. A building with a solar-ready zone that is shaded for more than 70% of daylight hours annually.
  3. Buildings and structures as designed and shown in construction documents that do not meet the conditions for a solar-ready zone area.

RA103.2 Construction Document Requirements for Solar-Ready Zone

AMENDMENT
This section has been amended at the state or city level.
Construction documents shall indicate the solar-ready zone where applicable.

RA103.3 Solar-Ready Zone Area

AMENDMENT
This section has been amended at the state or city level.
The total solar-ready zone area shall consist of an area not less than 300 ft? (27.87 m") exclusive of mandatory access or set back areas as required by 527 CMR: Board of Fire Prevention Regulations. New multiple single-family dwellings (townhouses) three stories or less in height above grade plane and with a total floor area less than or equal to 2,000 ft2 (185.8 m2) per dwelling shall have a solar-ready zone area of not less than 150 ft2 (13.94 m2). The solar-ready zone shall be composed of areas not less than five feet (1,524 mm) in width and not less than 80 ft2 (7.44 m2) exclusive of access or set back areas as required by 527 CMR.

RA103.4 Obstructions

AMENDMENT
This section has been amended at the state or city level.
Solar-ready zones shall consist of an area free from obstructions including, but not limited to, vents, chimneys, and roof-mounted equipment.

Note: Nothing in RA103.4 shall require any construction documents to be redesigned or reconfigured so as to create a solar-ready zone area.

RA103.5 Roof Load Documentation

AMENDMENT
This section has been amended at the state or city level.
The structural design loads for roof dead load and roof live load shall be clearly indicated on the construction documents.

RA103.6 Interconnection Pathway

AMENDMENT
This section has been amended at the state or city level.
Construction documents shall indicate pathways for routing of conduit or plumbing from the solar-ready zone to the electrical service panel or service hot water system.

RA103.7 Reserved

AMENDMENT
This section has been amended at the state or city level.

RA103.8 Construction Documentation Certificate

AMENDMENT
This section has been amended at the state or city level.
A permanent certificate, indicating the solar ready zone and other requirements of this section, shall be posted near the electrical distribution panel, water heater or other conspicuous location by the builder or registered design professional.
UpCodes Premium
Leverage the most sophisticated code compliance platform.
TRY FREE FOR TWO WEEKS VISIT PRICING