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Air Handler Shutdown

Discussion in 'Residential Mechanical Codes' started by Michael Brown, Aug 27, 2018.

  1. Michael Brown

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    I am seeing more and more engineers interlocking apartment A/C systems with their local smoke alarms so that the systems are shut off should the smoke detector sound the alarm. I've been looking around and have not been able to find any code references other than the IMC requirement for systems above 2000 cfm. Does anyone out there know where this requirement is coming from?
     
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    Shutting down individual units

    Or the big ones??

    The smoke alarms in the units??
     
  3. Michael Brown

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    Shutting down the small units (600-800 cfm average) in each individual apartment when that apartment's smoke alarm goes off.
     
  4. chris kennedy

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    Do they have outside air intakes?
     
  5. Ty J.

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    May not be based upon a code requirement. Could be owners wanting to limit smoke damage within an individual unit.

    Would also keep tenants from messing with the smokies since it would shut down the HVAC.
     
  6. cda

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    Have not seen or heard of it.

    I wonder how the smoke alarm
    Talks to the a/c?

    Seems like there would be a language barrier???
     
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    The smoke alarm manufactures have listed relays available for just such applications. Opens the 24V control wiring to the AHU.
     
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    Unit stand alone smoke alarms??

    Or are you talking a system smoke detector
     
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    I believe we are talking interconnected smoke ALARMS in a dwelling unit. Relays are available to accomplish many functions (F/A notification common in multi family) including AC shut down. If no outside air intake I don't see the point but I don't do dwelling units.
     
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    They do not. I was thinking the same thing but I looked back at the drawings and there are none.
     
  11. Michael Brown

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    Unit smoke alarms. Not duct mounted.
     
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    I’m thinking that may be it.
     
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    Actually, I think it is because of language contained in the 2015 IMC, Section 607.3.1 which added "ceiling radiation dampers" in its requirement to be labeled for use in dynamic systems. As far as I know, there are no ceiling radiation dampers labeled for such use, so this is the alternative.
     
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