2015 NFPA 54 Code Handbook - Current Edition

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    Author: Denise Beach

    The 2015 NFPA 54 Handbook is your go-to source for the "hows" and "whys" behind fuel gas safety compliance.

    Implement the 2015 edition of NFPA 54 with confidence! Fully updated and featuring a wealth of full-color visuals, NFPA®'s 2015 National Fuel Gas Code Handbook explains technical NFPA 54 requirements and fuel gas safety concepts -- so you're prepared to answer questions from employees and owners; and verify fuel gas piping, appliance, and venting jobs are in compliance.

    Handbook contributors are a panel of fuel gas safety experts.

    Commentary from authorities in the field gives you the background, rationale, and practical tips you need for error-free design, installation, and inspection.

    NFPA 54 Handbook combines Code rules with full-color visuals and eight supplements. You'll work with:

    • Complete 2015 NFPA 54 text for convenient reference
    • Commentary that helps you avoid errors and oversights
    • More than 200 visuals including full-color photos, graphics, and charts
    • FAQs highlighting vital aspects of gas safety that you can't afford to overlook
    • New design elements alerting you to Code additions
    • A new supplement authored by Ted Lemoff, P.E. that summarizes recent research on CSST bonding related to lightning-related damage to fuel gas piping systems. Learn about the research and how it impacts the Code.
    • Updated supplements including Fuel Gas Odorization and Procedure to Estimate Infiltration Rate for Residential Structures
    • Technical Changes from the 2012 to the 2015 edition of NFPA 54
    • Updated Calculation Worksheets in the printed Handbook -- plus quick access online

    Get the hands-on backup needed to complete jobs correctly and improve productivity.

    Published by NFPA, the Code source, the 2015 National Fuel Gas Code Handbook is a time-saving NFPA 54 companion for engineers, contractors, consultants, AHJs, designers, and architects. (Hardbound, 576 pp., 2015)


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  • Table of Contents (2015 Current Edition)

    NFPA® 54–2015 ANSI Z223.1–2015 National Fuel Gas Code Handbook, 2015 Edition


    History of the National Fuel Gas Code

    About the Contributors

    About the Editor



    NFPA 54, National Fuel Gas Code, 2015 Edition, with Commentary


    1 Administration

    1.1 Scope

    1.2 Purpose

    1.3 Retroactivity

    1.4 Equivalency

    1.5 Enforcement


    2 Referenced Publications

    2.1 General

    2.2 NFPA Publications

    2.3 Other Publications

    2.4 References for Extracts in Mandatory Sections


    3 Definitions

    3.1 General

    3.2 NFPA Official Definitions

    3.3 General Definitions


    4 General

    4.1 Qualified Agency

    4.2 Interruption of Service

    4.3 Prevention of Accidental Ignition

    4.4 Noncombustible Material

    5 Gas Piping System Design, Materials, and Components

    5.1 Piping Plan

    5.2 Provision for Location of Point of Delivery

    5.3 Interconnections Between Gas Piping Systems

    5.4 Sizing of Gas Piping Systems

    5.5 Piping System Operating Pressure Limitations

    5.6 Acceptable Piping Materials and Joining Methods

    5.7 Gas Meters

    5.8 Gas Pressure Regulators

    5.9 Overpressure Protection Devices

    5.10 Back Pressure Protection

    5.11 Low-Pressure Protection

    5.12 Shutoff Valves

    5.13 Excess Flow Valve(s)

    5.14 Expansion and Flexibility


    6 Pipe Sizing

    6.1 Pipe Sizing Methods

    6.2 Tables for Sizing Gas Piping Systems Using Natural Gas

    6.3 Tables for Sizing Gas Piping Systems Using Propane

    6.4 Sizing Equations


    7 Gas Piping Installation

    7.1 Piping Underground

    7.2 Installation of Piping

    7.3 Concealed Piping in Buildings

    7.4 Piping in Vertical Chases

    7.5 Gas Pipe Turns

    7.6 Drips and Sediment Traps

    7.7 Outlets

    7.8 Branch Pipe Connection

    7.9 Manual Gas Shutoff Valves

    7.10 Prohibited Devices

    7.11 Systems Containing Gas–Air Mixtures Outside the Flammable Range

    7.12 Systems Containing Flammable Gas–Air Mixtures

    7.13 Electrical Bonding and Grounding

    7.14 Electrical Circuits

    7.15 Electrical Connections


    8 Inspection, Testing, and Purging

    8.1 Pressure Testing and Inspection

    8.2 Piping System Leak Check

    8.3 Purging Requirements


    9 Appliance, Equipment, and Accessory Installation

    9.1 General

    9.2 Accessibility and Clearance

    9.3 Air for Combustion and Ventilation

    9.4 Appliances on Roofs

    9.5 Appliances in Attics

    9.6 Appliance and Equipment Connections to Building Piping

    9.7 Electrical

    9.8 Room Temperature Thermostats


    10 Installation of Specific Appliances

    10.1 General

    10.2 Air-Conditioning Appliances (Gas-Fired Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps)

    10.3 Central Heating Boilers and Furnaces

    10.4 Clothes Dryers

    10.5 Conversion Burners

    10.6 Decorative Appliances for Installation in Vented Fireplaces

    10.7 Gas Fireplaces, Vented

    10.8 Non-Recirculating Direct Gas-Fired Industrial Air Heaters

    10.9 Recirculating Direct Gas-Fired Industrial Air Heaters

    10.10 Duct Furnaces

    10.11 Floor Furnaces

    10.12 Food Service Appliance, Floor-Mounted

    10.13 Food Service Appliances, Counter Appliances

    10.14 Household Cooking Appliances

    10.15 Illuminating Appliances

    10.16 Incinerators, Commercial-Industrial

    10.17 Infrared Heaters

    10.18 Open-Top Broiler Units

    10.19 Outdoor Cooking Appliances

    10.20 Pool Heaters

    10.21 Refrigerators

    10.22 Room Heaters

    10.23 Stationary Gas Engines

    10.24 Gas-Fired Toilets

    10.25 Unit Heaters

    10.26 Wall Furnaces

    10.27 Water Heaters

    10.28 Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Vehicular Fuel Systems

    10.29 Appliances for Installation in Manufactured Housing

    10.30 Fuel Cell Power Plants

    10.31 Outdoor Open Flame Decorative Appliances


    11 Procedures to Be Followed to Place Appliance in Operation

    11.1 Adjusting the Burner Input

    11.2 Primary Air Adjustment

    11.3 Safety Shutoff Devices

    11.4 Automatic Ignition

    11.5 Protective Devices

    11.6 Checking the Draft

    11.7 Operating Instructions


    12 Venting of Appliances

    12.1 Minimum Safe Performance

    12.2 General

    12.3 Specification for Venting

    12.4 Design and Construction

    12.5 Type of Venting System to Be Used

    12.6 Masonry, Metal, and Factory-Built Chimneys

    12.7 Gas Vents

    12.8 Single-Wall Metal Pipe

    12.9 Through-the-Wall Vent Termination

    12.10 Condensation Drain

    12.11 Vent Connectors for Category I Appliances

    12.12 Vent Connectors for Category II, Category III, and Category IV Appliances

    12.13 Draft Hoods and Draft Controls

    12.14 Manually Operated Dampers

    12.15 Automatically Operated Vent Dampers

    12.16 Obstructions

    13 Sizing of Category I Venting Systems

    13.1 Additional Requirements to Single Appliance Vent

    13.2 Additional Requirements to Multiple-Appliance Vent


    A Explanatory Material

    B Sizing and Capacities of Gas Piping

    C Suggested Method of Checking for Leakage

    D Suggested Emergency Procedure for Gas Leaks

    E Flow of Gas Through Fixed Orifices

    F Sizing of Venting Systems Serving Appliances Equipped with Draft Hoods, Category I Appliances, and Appliances Listed for Use with Type B Vents

    G Recommended Procedure for Safety Inspection of an Existing Appliance Installation

    H Indoor Combustion Air Calculation Examples

    I Example of Combination of Indoor and Outdoor Combustion and Ventilation Opening Design

    J Enforcement

    K Informational References



    1 Development of Revised Venting Guidelines

    2 Fuel Gas Odorization

    3 Procedure to Estimate Infiltration Rate for Residential Structures

    4 Calculation Worksheets

    5 Clearance Distance for Gas Appliance Sidewall Venting

    6 Purging

    7 Corrugated Stainless Steel Tubing (CSST)

    8 Technical/Substantive Changes from the 2012 Edition to the 2015 Edition of NFPA 54


    Important Notices and Legal Disclaimers

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