BCAB #1788 - Application of Sentence 126.96.36.199.(1) ...
July 21, 2016
Re: Application of Sentence 188.8.131.52.(1), Piping Insulation to a Tankless Water Heater
A tankless water heater is installed in a building that is within the scope of Part 9 of the BC Building Code.
Reason for Appeal
The local authority has decided that the outlet and inlet piping for the tankless water heater requires pipe insulation in accordance with Sentence 184.108.40.206.(1).
The appellant considers the requirements of Sentence 220.127.116.11.(1)do not apply as the tankless water heater is not a “storage tank” or a “heating vessel” as referred to in that Sentence.
Local Authority’s Position
The building official maintains that the tankless water heater is a “heating vessel” as referred to in Sentence 18.104.22.168.(1) because it provides a supply of heated water.
Appeal Board Decision #1788
It is the determination of the Board that a tankless water heater is a heating vessel as described and the requirements of Sentence 22.214.171.124.(1) are applicable.
Reason for Decision
The common definition of vessel is a container that holds liquid. The tankless hot water heater holds water and acts as a heating vessel.
Chair, Building Code Appeal Board