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International Building Code 2015 (IBC 2015)

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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 this code and NFPA 70.

2701.1.1 Changes to NFPA 70

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The following changes shall be made to NFPA 70:
  1. Change Sections 334.10(2) and 334.10(3) of NFPA 70 to read:

    (2) Multifamily dwellings not exceeding four floors above grade and multifamily dwellings of any height permitted to be of Types III, IV and V construction except in any case as prohibited in 334.12.

    (3) Other structures not exceeding four floors above grade and other structures of any height permitted to be of Types III, IV and V construction except in any case as prohibited in 334.12. In structures exceeding four floors above grade, cables shall be concealed within walls, floors or ceilings that provide a thermal barrier of material that has at least a 15-minute finish rating as identified in listings of fire-rated assemblies.

    For the purpose of Items 2 and 3 above, the first floor of a building shall be that floor that has 50% or more of the exterior wall surface area level with or above finished grade. One additional level that is the first level and not designed for human habitation and used only for vehicle parking, storage or similar use shall be permitted.
  2. Change Section 700.12(F)(2)(6) of NFPA 70 to read:

    (6) Where the normal power branch circuits that supply luminaries providing illumination immediately on the inside and outside of exit doors are supplied by the same service or feeder, the remote heads providing emergency illumination for the exterior of an exit door shall be permitted to be supplied by the unit equipment serving the area immediately inside the exit door.

2701.1.2 Temporary Connection to Dwelling Units

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The building official shall give permission to energize the electrical service equipment of a one- or two-family dwelling unit when all of the following requirements have been approved:
  1. The service wiring and equipment, including the meter socket enclosure, shall be installed and the service wiring terminated.
  2. The grounding electrode system shall be installed and terminated.
  3. At least one receptacle outlet on a ground fault protected circuit shall be installed and the circuit wiring terminated.
  4. Service equipment covers shall be installed.
  5. The building roof covering shall be installed.
  6. Temporary electrical service equipment shall be suitable for wet locations unless the interior is dry and protected from the weather.

2701.1.3 Assisted Living Facility Generator Requirements

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Generators installed to comply with regulations for assisted living facilities licensed by the Virginia Department of Social Services shall be permitted to be optional standby systems.
Stationary emergency and standby power generators required by this code shall be listed in accordance with UL 2200.
Emergency power systems and standby power systems required by this code or the International Fire Code shall be installed in accordance with the International Fire Code, NFPA 70, NFPA 110 and NFPA 111.
Emergency power systems shall automatically provide secondary power within 10 seconds after primary power is lost, unless specified otherwise in this code. Standby power systems shall automatically provide secondary power within 60 seconds after primary power is lost, unless specified otherwise in this code.
Emergency power systems and standby power systems shall be designed to provide the required power for a minimum duration of 2 hours without being refueled or recharged, unless specified otherwise in this code.
An uninterrupted source of power shall be provided for equipment when required by the manufacturer's instructions, the listing, this code or applicable referenced standards.
Emergency power systems shall be an acceptable alternative for installations that require standby power systems.
In Group I-2 occupancies, in new construction or where the building is substantially damaged, where an essential electrical system is located in flood hazard areas established in Section 1612.3, the system shall be located and installed in accordance with ASCE 24.
Emergency and standby power systems shall be provided where required by Sections 2702.2.1 through 2702.2.16.
Emergency power shall be provided for emergency alarm systems as required by Section 415.5.
Standby power shall be provided for elevators and platform lifts as required in Sections 1009.4, 1009.5, 3003.1, 3007.8 and 3008.8.
Standby power shall be provided for emergency responder radio coverage systems required in Section 916 and the International Fire Code. The standby power supply shall be capable of operating the emergency responder radio coverage system for a duration of not less than 24 hours.
Emergency power shall be provided for emergency voice/alarm communication systems as required in Section 907.5.2.2.5. The system shall be capable of powering the required load for a duration of not less than 24 hours, as required in NFPA 72.
Emergency power shall be provided for exit signs as required in Section 1013.6.3. The system shall be capable of powering the required load for a duration of not less than 90 minutes.
Essential electrical systems for Group I-2 occupancies shall be in accordance with Section 407.10.
Emergency power shall be provided for power-operated doors and locks in Group I-3 occupancies as required in Section 408.4.2.
Emergency or standby power shall be provided in occupancies with hazardous materials where required by the International Fire Code.
Emergency and standby power shall be provided in high-rise buildings as required in Sections 403.4.8.
Standby power shall be provided for horizontal sliding doors as required in Section 1010.1.4.3. The standby power supply shall have a capacity to operate not fewer than 50 closing cycles of the door.
Emergency power shall be provided for means of egress illumination as required in Section 1008.3. The system shall be capable of powering the required load for a duration of not less than 90 minutes.
Standby power shall be provided for auxiliary inflation systems in permanent membrane structures as required in Section 3102.8.2. Standby power shall be provided for a duration of not less than 4 hours. Auxiliary inflation systems in temporary airsupported and air-inflated membrane structures shall be provided in accordance with Section 3103.10.4 of the International Fire Code.
Emergency power shall be provided for occupancies with silane gas in accordance with the International Fire Code.
Emergency power shall be provided for semiconductor fabrication facilities as required in Section 415.11.10.
Standby power shall be provided for smoke control systems as required in Sections 404.7, 909.11, 909.20.6.2 and 909.21.5.
Emergency and standby power shall be provided in underground buildings as required in Section 405.

2702.2.17 Group I-2 and I-3 Occupancies

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Emergency power shall be provided in accordance with Section 407.10 for Group I-2 occupancies licensed by the Virginia Department of Health as a hospital, nursing or hospice facility. Emergency power shall be provided for doors in Group I-3 occupancies in accordance with Section 408.4.2.
Cables used for survivability of required critical circuits shall be listed in accordance with UL 2196. Electrical circuit protective systems shall be installed in accordance with their listing requirements.
Emergency and standby power systems shall be maintained and tested in accordance with the International Fire Code.
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