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  1. #1
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    Mar 2008
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    10 ft requirement for intake and exhaust openings

    According to the local city code and the IMC, intake and exhaust vents for buildings are to be 10 foot minimum above grade. I see intakes and exhaust louvers below this height all the time, i.e just above doors. I have an old historic building which there is no way to get the intake and exhaust louvers for the main airhandler to the 10 foot height without installing ugly looking ducts running up the side of the building to get to the 10 foot mark. The AHU is in the basement with 6 inch think concrete floor above it and a sloped slate roof. The only option would be to install the louvers under the 10 ft mark in the sidewall of the building, or run these "non historic" looking ducts up the side of the building to get to the 10 foot mark? Are these buildings I see with louvers less than 10 feet just blatently violating code, or is there a provision I don't know about? Is a historic building built in the 1920's grandfathered in from meeting code? Any thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks in advance!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
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    You should contact what ever committee regulates buildings with historic value in you jurisdiction. You may be exempt from some codes within reason but the design would have to meet committee standards. I'd imagine that your building department will still have to sign off on the design too. Sounds like a lot of legwork, submittals, and butt smooching.

    What will the quality of air in/out be?

    Then again, I could be completely wrong.

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