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International Building Code 2015 (IBC 2015)

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Chapter 27 Electrical

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Section 2701 General

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2701.1 Scope

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This chapter governs the electrical components, equipment and systems used in buildings and structures covered by this code. Electrical components, equipment and systems shall be designed and constructed in accordance with the provisions of SBC-5-2019 (Part 5 of this Subchapter).

2701.2 Permits

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Electrical wiring including elevators and other conveyances as regulated by the Department of Labor and Training, or data, telecommunications, video and sound installations, shall not be installed in a building or structure, nor shall alteration of an existing electrical wiring system be made until a permit has been issued therefore as required in R.I. Gen. Laws § 23-27.3-113.3.1.

Exception: Work not covered in SBC-5-2019 section 90.2(b) 1-5 inclusive (Part 5 of this Subchapter). As used in section 4 & 5 a "utility" is a company or business regulated and/or licensed by the Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission. Subcontractors employed by a utility are not exempt from permit requirements unless the proposed work is being performed in the public right-of-way or within public utility easements. It shall be unlawful to use or allow the use of, or to supply current for, an electrical system in a building or structure, or to allow the use of, or to supply current for data, telecommunications, video or audio installations unless the required permits have been issued and approved by the authority having jurisdiction.

2701.3 Certification

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Except for use group R (residential use), construction documents shall bear the seal of a Registered Professional Engineer who shall provide the services as required by R.I. Gen. Laws § 23-27.3-128.2.2, except as modified by the authority enforcing this Code, or by the Board for Registration of Professional Engineers.

2701.4 RE-Inspection

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An electrical installation from which an electrical service has been discontinued for a period of thirty (30) days or more shall not have service restored until the system has been re-inspected and a new certificate of inspection issued.

Exception: Re-inspection of dwelling units shall only be required if the electrical service has been discontinued for a period of one year.

2701.5 Reference

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The following section is taken directly from current R.I. Gen. Laws (R.I. Gen. Laws § 42-66.9-1) for references purposes only:

2701.5 Emergency Generators for Housing for the Elderly

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Emergency generators for Housing for the Elderly. All housing for the elderly complexes, as defined in R.I. Gen. Laws § 42-66.1-2 which are serviced by one or more elevators and/or electrically powered chair lifts, and which include more than one hundred fifty (150) residential living units in a single building shall be equipped with emergency generators which shall provide sufficient power to provide emergency lighting to all common areas and a community room and power to operate the elevators and a refrigerator in a common area. Generator systems shall be in accordance with the national electric code and R.I. Gen. Laws § 23-28.24-9.

2701.6 References

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Where this code references other ICC codes, use the appropriate regulation as adopted by the State of Rhode Island and SBC-5-2019 (Part 5 of this Subchapter) for the IEC. References to the International Fire Code (IFC) and its requirements are deleted and refer to the R.I. State Fire Safety Code for requirements and enforcement by that authority having jurisdiction.

2701.7 Other Codes

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The Rhode Island Uniform Fire Safety Code contains provisions for specific wiring methods for fire alarms, signaling systems, and other building fixtures such as exit signage, emergency lighting, and emergency and standby power systems among others. Refer to the latest editions of that code for the latest provisions.

Section 2702 Emergency and Standby Power Systems

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2702.1 Installation

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Emergency and standby power systems shall be installed in accordance with the SBC-5-2019 (Part 5 of this Subchapter), NFPA 110 and NFPA 111.

2702.2 Where Required

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Emergency and standby power systems shall be provided where required by Sections 2702.2.1 through 2702.2.19.

2702.2.1 Group a Occupancies

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Emergency power shall be provided for voice communication systems in Group A occupancies in accordance with Section 907.2.1.2.

2702.2.2 Smoke Control Systems

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Standby power shall be provided for smoke control systems in accordance with Section 909.11.

2702.2.3 Exit Signs

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Emergency power shall be provided for exit signs in accordance with Section 1003.2.10.5.

2702.2.4 Means of Egress Illumination

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Emergency power shall be provided for means of egress illumination in accordance with Section 1003.2.11.2.

2702.2.5 Accessible Means of Egress Elevators

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Standby power shall be provided for elevators that are part of an accessible means of egress in accordance with Section 1003.2.13.3.

2702.2.6 Horizontal Sliding Doors

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Standby power shall be provided for horizontal sliding doors in accordance with Section 1003.3.1.3.3.

2702.2.7 Semiconductor Fabrication Facilities

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Emergency power shall be provided for semiconductor fabrication facilities in accordance with Section 415.9.10.

2702.2.8 Membrane Structures

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Standby power shall be provided for auxiliary inflation systems in accordance with Section 3102.8.2. Emergency power shall be provided for exit signs in temporary tents and membrane structures in accordance with the International Fire Code.

2702.2.9 Hazardous Materials

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Emergency or standby power shall be provided in occupancies with hazardous materials in accordance with Section 414.5.4.

2702.2.10 Highly Toxic and Toxic Materials

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Emergency power shall be provided for occupancies with highly toxic to toxic materials in accordance with the International Fire Code and Rhode Island State Fire Safety Codes.

2702.2.11 Organic Peroxides

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Standby power shall be provided for occupancies with organic peroxides in accordance with the International Fire Code and Rhode Island State Fire Safety Codes.

2702.2.12 Pyrophoric Materials

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Emergency power shall be provided for occupancies with pyrophoric materials in accordance with the International Fire Code and Rhode Island State Fire Safety Codes.

2702.2.13 Covered Mall Buildings

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Covered mall buildings exceeding 50,000 square feet (4645 m2) shall be provided with standby power systems which are capable of operating the emergency voice/alarm communication.

2702.2.14 High Rise Buildings

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Emergency and standby power shall be provided in high rise buildings in accordance with Chapter 27 and for the items listed below:
  1. Fire command center.
  2. Fire pumps.
  3. Emergency voice/alarm communication systems.
  4. Lighting for mechanical equipment rooms.
  5. Elevators.

2702.2.15 Underground Buildings

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Emergency and standby power shall be provided in underground buildings in accordance with Sections 405.9 and 405.10.

2702.2.16 Group I-3 Occupancies

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Emergency power shall be provided for doors in Group I-3 occupancies in accordance with Section 408.4.2.

2702.2.17 Airport Traffic Control Towers

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Standby power shall be provided in airport traffic control towers in accordance with Section 412.1.5.

2702.2.18 Elevators

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Standby power for elevators shall be provided as set forth in Section 3003.1.

2702.2.19 Smoke Proof Enclosures

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Standby power shall be provided for smoke proof enclosures as required by Section 909.20.

2702.3 Maintenance

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Emergency and standby power systems shall be maintained and tested in accordance with the Rhode Island State Fire Safety Codes.
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