The Interstate Renewable Energy Council, Inc. (IREC) Webinar on 11/2/10 was on fire safety code changes, with Bill Brooks of Brooks Engineering, who described (beautifully) the 2012 changes to the International Fire Code, and how PV installations can comply with these new code requirements.
The 2012 edition of the International Fire Code includes a new section with requirements for photovoltaic installations. The 2012 edition of the NFPA Fire Code will also include similar requirements. These requirements are based on the Draft Solar Photovoltaic Installation Guideline issued by the California Office of the State Fire Marshal. The requirements include set-backs, markings, and DC connector locations. The requirements will become a part of the code requirements as states adopt the 2012 editions of the codes.
You can watch the webinar below.
Bill Brooks of Brooks Engineering has over 22 years of experience designing, installing, and evaluating grid-connected PV systems. More than 5,000 installers and 5,000 inspectors have attended his courses throughout the U.S. and abroad. He has authored several widely used publications including the Expedited Permit Process for PV Systems. Actively involved in the developments of PV codes and standards including the California Fire Guidelines, and the National Electrical Code (NEC) Article 690 (Solar Photovoltaic Systems), Mr. Brooks was appointed to Code Making Panel 4 of the NEC in the fall of 2008. He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University and is a registered Professional Engineer in North Carolina and California.