International Code Council announces approval of 2020 edition of solar thermal standards
The International Code Council (ICC) and the Solar Rating & Certification Corporation (ICC-SRCC) announced the completion of the updated editions of ICC 901/SRCC 100, ICC 900/SRCC 300 and ICC 902/PHTC 902/SRCC 400 standards for solar thermal collectors, solar water heating systems and solar pool heating systems. The updated standards were developed under the Code Council’s American National Standards Institute (ANSI)-approved standard development procedures and received ANSI approval on Dec. 3, 2020. The ICC/SRCC solar thermal standards are referenced in a wide range of model codes and serve as the basis for the SRCC’s OG-100, OG-300 and OG-400 certification programs.
The Code Council’s Solar Thermal Standard Consensus Committee (IS-STSC) solicited proposals for changes to the previous 2015 editions of the standards in late 2019. The group worked throughout 2020 to review the proposals and develop draft updated versions of the standards. The committee also convened working groups to address specific topics that it felt warranted additional focus. These included photovoltaic-thermal hybrid collectors (PVTs), concentrating collectors, photovoltaic water heaters and fire safety. Many recommendations from these working groups were also incorporated into the draft standard documents. After soliciting feedback on the revised documents through several public comment periods, the committee voted to finalize the documents in November 2020.
“The IS-STSC committee worked hard to solicit and incorporate all submitted recommendations and comments to ensure all matters were given proper attention and consideration,” said Robert Grady, operations manager for LabTest Certification, who served as the IS-STSC committee chair. “The committee enjoyed working together to review the standards and stand behind the final draft, which we firmly believe addresses all pertinent information, regulations and requirements.”
Pre-publication versions of the updated standards can now be viewed on the ICC Online Digital Codes website. The final publication will be available for purchase in electronic and hardcopy forms early in 2021.