Unless stated otherwise, the following words and terms in this code shall have the meanings indicated in this chapter.
Words used in the present tense include the future; words in the masculine gender include the feminine and neuter; the singular number includes the plural and the plural includes the singular.
Terms that are not defined in this code but are defined in the International Building Code, International Fire Code, International Fuel Gas Code, International Mechanical Code, International Plumbing Code or the International Residential Code shall have the meanings ascribed to them in those codes.
Where terms are not defined through the methods authorized by this chapter, the Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary, available at www.m-w.com, shall be considered as providing ordinarily accepted meanings. The dictionary is incorporated by reference, is subject to frequent change, and is available through the Minitex interlibrary loan system.
conditioned space. This includes between-floor spandrels, peripheral edges of floors, roof and basement knee walls, dormer walls, gable end walls, walls enclosing a mansard roof and skylight shafts.. A wall more than 50 percent above grade and enclosing
ACCESSIBLE. Signifies access that requires the removal of an access panel or similar removable obstruction.
. Signifies access without the necessity for removing a panel or similar obstruction.
conditioned space floor area or height of a building or structure.. An extension or increase in the
air barrier may be a single material or a combination of materials.. Material(s) assembled and joined together to provide a barrier to air leakage through the building envelope. An
ducts or plenums by mechanical means.. A means of providing space conditioning using movement of air through
ventilation system.. Air discharged from any space to the outside by the residential
. A system that consists of heat exchangers, blowers, filters, and supply, exhaust, and return-air systems, and includes any apparatus installed in connection with the system.
repair or addition that requires a permit. Also, a change in a mechanical system that involves an extension, addition or change to the arrangement, type or purpose of the original installation that requires a permit.. Any construction or renovation to an existing structure other than
APPROVED. “Approved” means approval by the building official, pursuant to the State Building Code, by reason of: inspection, investigation, or testing; accepted principles; computer simulations; research reports; or testing performed by either a licensed engineer or by a locally or nationally recognized testing laboratory.
Manual”).. Self-acting, operating by its own mechanism when actuated by some impersonal influence, as, for example, a change in current strength, pressure, temperature or mechanical configuration (see “
ventilation system in which the air intake is within ten percent of the exhaust output.. A
BUILDING. Any structure used or intended for supporting or sheltering any use or occupancy, including any mechanical systems, service water heating systems and electric power and lighting systems located on the building site and supporting the building.
. A continguous area of land that is under the ownership or control of one entity.
basement walls, exterior walls, floor, roof, and any other building elements that enclose conditioned space or provides a boundary between conditioned space and exempt or unconditioned space.. The
C-FACTOR (THERMAL CONDUCTANCE). The coefficient of heat transmission (surface to surface) through a building component or assembly, equal to the time rate of heat flow per unit area and the unit temperature difference between the warm side and cold side surfaces (Btu/h ft2 × °F) [W/(m2 × K)].
CODE. For purposes of this chapter, “this code” or “the code” means the Minnesota Residential Energy Code, Minnesota Rules, Chapter 1322.
. The officer or other designated authority charged with the administration and enforcement of this code, or a duly authorized representative.
. The opaque portion of a wall that encloses a crawl space and is partially or totally below grade.
ventilation equipment.(CFM). The quantity of air moved in one minute. A measurement typically applied to
Fenestration products used to create an external nonload-bearing wall that is designed to separate the exterior and interior environments..
. A water distribution system where pump(s) prime the service hot water piping with heated water upon demand for hot water.
ducts, includes duct fittings, dampers, plenums, fans and accessory air-handling equipment and appliances.. A continuous passageway for the transmission of air that, in addition to
. A single unit providing complete independent living facilities for one or more persons, including permanent provisions for living, sleeping, eating, cooking and sanitation.
. The total estimated annual cost for purchased energy for the building functions regulated by this code, including applicable demand charges.
exhaust air stream for use within the dwelling.(ERV). A device or combination of devices applied to transfer energy and moisture from the
. An approved software program or calculation-based methodology that projects the annual energy use of a building.
Fenestration products used for ingress, egress and access in nonresidential buildings, including, but not limited to, exterior entrances that utilize latching hardware and automatic closers and contain over 50-percent glass specifically designed to withstand heavy use and possibly abuse..
Skylights, roof windows, vertical windows (fixed or moveable), opaque doors, glazed doors, glazed block and combination opaque/glazed doors. Fenestration includes products with glass and nonglass glazing materials..
fenestration designed to be made up of field-glazed or field-assembled units using specific factory cut or otherwise factory-formed framing and glazing units. Examples of site-built fenestration include storefront systems, curtain walls, and atrium roof systems.. A
F-FACTOR. The perimeter heat loss factor for slab-on-grade floors (Btu/h × ft × °F) [W/(m × K)].
exhaust air stream for use within the dwelling.(HRV). A device or combination of devices applied to transfer energy from the
. Slab-on-grade construction in which the heating elements, hydronic tubing, or hot air distribution system is in contact with, or placed within or under, the slab.
. Compact fluorescent lamps, T-8 or smaller diameter linear fluorescent lamps, or lamps with a minimum efficacy of:
1. 60 lumens per watt for lamps over 40 watts;
2. 50 lumens per watt for lamps over 15 watts to 40 watts; and
3. 40 lumens per watt for lamps 15 watts or less.
outdoor air density or both.. The uncontrolled inward air leakage into a building caused by the pressure effects of wind or the effect of differences in the indoor and
. An insulating board with a core material having a minimum R-value of R-2.
labeled items and whose labeling indicates either that the equipment, material or product meets identified standards or has been tested and found suitable for a specified purpose.. Equipment, materials or products to which have been affixed a label, seal, symbol or other identifying mark of a nationally recognized testing laboratory, inspection agency or other organization concerned with product evaluation that maintains periodic inspection of the production of the above-
LISTED. Equipment, materials, products or services included in a list published by an organization acceptable to the code official and concerned with evaluation of products or services that maintains periodic inspection of production of listed equipment or materials or periodic evaluation of services and whose listing states either that the equipment, material, product or service meets identified standards or has been tested and found suitable for a specified purpose.
. Lighting equipment powered through a transformer such as a cable conductor, a rail conductor and track lighting.
Automatic”).. Capable of being operated by personal intervention (see “
. Printed instructions included with equipment, the provision of which is one of the conditions for listing and labeling.
. The mechanical process of supplying conditioned or unconditioned air to, or removing it from, any space.
. A description of the proposed building used to estimate annual energy use for determining compliance based on total building performance.
. Capable of being reached quickly for operation, renewal or inspection without requiring those to whom ready access is requisite to climb over or remove obstacles or to resort to portable ladders or access equipment (see “Accessible”).
. The reconstruction or renewal of any part of an existing building.
. For this code, includes detached one- and two-family dwellings and multiple single-family dwellings (townhouses) as well as Group R-2, R-3 and R-4 buildings three stories or less in height above grade plane.
roof assembly includes the roof covering, underlayment, roof deck, insulation, vapor retarder and interior finish.. A system designed to provide weather protection and resistance to design loads. The system consists of a roof covering and roof deck or a single component serving as both the roof covering and the roof deck. A
R-VALUE (THERMAL RESISTANCE). The inverse of the time rate of heat flow through a body from one of its bounding surfaces to the other surface for a unit temperature difference between the two surfaces, under steady state conditions, per unit area (h • ft2 • °F/Btu) [(m2 • K)/W].
. Supply of hot water for purposes other than comfort heating.
skylights, including unit skylights, solariums, sunrooms, roofs and sloped walls is included in this definition.. Glass or other transparent or translucent glazing material installed at a slope of less than 60 degrees (1.05 rad) from horizontal. Glazing material in
fenestration assembly to the incident solar radiation. Solar heat gain includes directly transmitted solar heat and absorbed solar radiation which is then reradiated, conducted or convected into the space.(SHGC). The ratio of the solar heat gain entering the space through the
proposed design that meets the minimum requirements of this code and is used to determine the maximum annual energy use requirement for compliance based on total building performance.. A version of the
exterior walls and roof.. A one-story structure attached to a dwelling with a glazing area in excess of 40 percent of the gross area of the structure’s
conditioned space(s). The conditioned space(s) shall be controlled as separate zones for heating and cooling or conditioned by separate equipment.. Physical and space conditioning separation from
automatic control device used to maintain temperature at a fixed or adjustable set point.. An
U-FACTOR (THERMAL TRANSMITTANCE). The coefficient of heat transmission (air to air) through a building component or assembly, equal to the time rate of heat flow per unit area and unit temperature difference between the warm side and cold side air films (Btu/h • ft2 • °F) [W/(m2 • K)].
. The natural or mechanical process of supplying conditioned or unconditioned air to, or removing such air from, any space.
. That portion of supply air that comes from outside (outdoors) plus any recirculated air that has been treated to maintain the desired quality of air within a designated space.
fenestration product assembly to the incident visible light, Visible Transmittance, includes the effects of glazing material and frame and is expressed as a number between 0 and 1.[VT]. The ratio of visible light entering the space through the
outdoor air when operating continuously or through a programmed intermittent schedule to satisfy the whole house ventilation rates.. An exhaust system, supply system, or combination thereof that is designed to mechanically exchange indoor air with
. A space or group of spaces within a building with heating or cooling requirements that are sufficiently similar so that desired conditions can be maintained throughout using a single controlling device.