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Chapter 1 Scope and Administration

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Section 101 (IFGC) General

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101.1 Title

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These provisions shall be known as the Philadelphia Amendments to the International Fuel Gas Code and will be referred to herein as "The Philadelphia Fuel Gas Code" or "this code".

101.2 Scope

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The Philadelphia Fuel Gas Code shall apply to the installation of fuel-gas piping systems, fuel-gas utilization equipment and related accessories in accordance with Sections G-101.2.1 through G-101.2.5.

Exception: Detached one- and two-family dwellings and multiple single-family dwellings (townhouses) not more than three stories high with separate means of egress and their accessory structures shall comply with the Philadelphia Residential Code (Subcode R).

101.2.1 Gaseous Hydrogen Systems

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Gaseous hydrogen systems shall be regulated by Chapter 7.

101.2.2 Piping Systems

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These regulations cover piping systems for natural gas with an operating pressure of 125 pounds per square inch gauge (psig) (862 kPa gauge) or less, and for LP-gas with an operating pressure of 20 psig (140 kPa gauge) or less, except as provided in Section 402.7. Coverage shall extend from the point of delivery to the outlet of the equipment shutoff valves. Piping systems requirements shall include design, materials, components, fabrication, assembly, installation, testing, inspection, operation and maintenance.

101.2.3 Gas Appliances

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Requirements for gas appliances and related accessories shall include installation, combustion and ventilation air, and venting and connections to piping systems.

101.2.4 Systems, Appliances and Equipment Outside the Scope

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This code shall not apply to the following:
  1. Portable LP-gas appliances and equipment of all types that is not connected to a fixed fuel piping system.
  2. Installation of farm appliances and equipment such as brooders, dehydrators, dryers and irrigation equipment.
  3. Raw material (feedstock) applications except for piping to special atmosphere generators.
  4. Oxygen-fuel gas cutting and welding systems.
  5. Industrial gas applications using gases such as acetylene and acetylenic compounds, hydrogen, ammonia, carbon monoxide, oxygen and nitrogen.
  6. Petroleum refineries, pipeline compressor or pumping stations, loading terminals, compounding plants, refinery tank farms and natural gas processing plants.
  7. Integrated chemical plants or portions of such plants where flammable or combustible liquids or gases are produced by, or used in, chemical reactions.
  8. LP-gas installations at utility gas plants.
  9. Liquefied natural gas (LNG) installations.
  10. Fuel gas piping in power and atomic energy plants.
  11. Proprietary items of equipment, apparatus or instruments such as gas-generating sets, compressors and calorimeters.
  12. LP-gas equipment for vaporization, gas mixing and gas manufacturing.
  13. Temporary LP-gas piping for buildings under construction or renovation that is not to become part of the permanent piping system.
  14. Installation of LP-gas systems for railroad switch heating.
  15. Installation of hydrogen gas, LP-gas and compressed natural gas (CNG) systems on vehicles.
  16. Except as provided in Section 401.1.1, gas piping, meters, gas pressure regulators and other appurtenances used by the serving gas supplier in the distribution of gas, other than undiluted LP-gas.
  17. Building design and construction, except as specified herein.
  18. Piping systems for mixtures of gas and air within the flammable range with an operating pressure greater than 10 psig (69 kPa gauge).
  19. Portable fuel cell appliances that are neither connected to a fixed piping system nor interconnected to a power grid.

101.2.5 Other Fuels

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The requirements for the design, installation, maintenance, alteration and inspection of mechanical systems operating with fuels other than fuel gas shall be regulated by the Philadelphia Mechanical Code (Subcode M).

101.3 Appendices

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No appendices are adopted as a part of this code.

101.4 Intent

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The purpose of this code is to establish minimum standards to provide a reasonable level of safety, health, property protection and public welfare by regulating and controlling the design, construction, installation, quality of materials, location, operation and maintenance or use of fuel gas systems.

101.5 Administrative Provisions

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This Chapter contains those provisions that are unique to the administration of this code. All other administrative provisions applicable to this code are as set forth in the Administrative Code (Subcode A).

Section 102 (IFGC) Inspections and Testing

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102.1 Evaluation and Follow-Up Inspection Services

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Prior to the approval of a prefabricated construction assembly having concealed work and the issuance of a permit, the code official shall require the submittal of an evaluation report from an approved agency on each prefabricated construction assembly. The report shall indicate the complete details of the installation, including a description of the system and its components, the basis upon which the system is being evaluated, test results and similar information and other data as necessary for the code official to determine conformance to this code.

Exception: Manufactured and Industrialized housing pursuant to Section A-102.12 of the Administrative Code (Subcode A).

102.1.1 Follow-Up Inspection

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Except where ready access is provided to installations, service equipment and accessories for complete inspection at the site without disassembly or dismantling, the code official shall conduct in-plant inspections to ensure conformance to the approved evaluation report or shall accept inspection reports from an approved independent inspection agency. The inspection agency shall furnish the code official with the follow-up inspection manual and a report of inspections upon request. The installation shall have an identifying label permanently affixed to the system indicating that factory inspections have been performed.

102.1.2 Test and Inspection Records

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Required test and inspection records shall be available to the code official at all times during the fabrication of the installation and the erection of the building.

102.2 Testing

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Installations shall be tested as required in this code and in accordance with Sections G-102.2.1 through G-102.2.3. Tests shall be made by the permit holder after notifying the code official, who shall have the authority to observe the tests.

102.2.1 New, Altered, Extended or Repaired Installations

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New installations and parts of existing installations, which have been altered, extended, renovated or repaired, shall be tested as prescribed herein to disclose leaks and defects.

102.2.2 Apparatus, Instruments, Material and Labor for Tests

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Apparatus, instruments, material and labor required for testing an installation or part thereof shall be furnished by the permit holder.

102.2.3 Reinspection and Testing

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Where any work or installation does not pass an initial test or inspection, the necessary corrections shall be made so as to achieve compliance with this code. The work or installation shall then be reinspected or re-tested and the results resubmitted to the code official as appropriate.
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