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ICC-SRCC and NFPA release solar energy provisions publication

The International Code Council and the Solar Rating and Certification Corporation (ICC-SRCC) have released the 2018 International Solar Energy Provisions™ (ISEP) in collaboration with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

The 2018 ISEP compiles the solar energy provisions of the 2018 International Codes (I-Codes) and the 2017 National Electrical Code, as well as related ICC-SRCC standards, to create a comprehensive document regarding the design, installation and administration of solar thermal and photovoltaic systems. The publication has a similar format to the I-Codes, a collection of modern building safety codes, and can be adopted as a solar energy code by local, state and national jurisdictions.

The 2018 ISEP contains separate provisions for commercial and residential buildings, and two solar standards: ICC 900/SRCC 300-2015, "Solar Thermal System Standard," and ICC 901/SRCC 100-2015, "Solar Thermal Collector Standard." Resources such as the Checklist and Submittal Requirements for Expedited Permitting of Solar Photovoltaic Systems and the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Site Access also are included.