Presentation on theme: "Bonding Requirements For Gas Piping Systems Bob Torbin October 2007"— Presentation transcript:
1 Bonding Requirements For Gas Piping Systems Bob Torbin October 2007 Title Slide
2 Building Codes and Standards What’s the Problem?Existing building/electrical codes do not require gas piping system be designed to withstand energy of a lightning strike (direct or indirect).Gas equipment product standards do not require any components to withstand electrical surge associated with lightning strike.The electrical/fuel gas code coverage for bonding of gas piping is designed only to protect consumer from harmful effects of ground faults or short circuits.Metallic systems are energized by indirect lightning strikes regardless of code coverage.
3 Energizing the Gas Piping System Insulation failure on power circuit wiringUnintentional contact with higher voltage lineDirect lightning strike on the structureLightning strike that branches off from near by tree, pole or other tall objectLightning energy conducted through the soil and underground metallic piping, power lines or communications cableLightning current takes all pathways of electrical resistance to ground and not just the path of “least resistance”
4 Lightning Induced Piping Damage CSST Wall PerforationLightning Induced Piping DamageDamage is attributed to arcing between the grounded electrical system and any other electrically-conductive pathway caused by a difference in electrical potential.
5 Building Codes and Standards Grounding verses BondingA conducting connection between an electrical circuit or equipment and the earth that limits the voltage imposed upon it. Only the premise wiring system is grounded.The permanent joining of metallic parts to form an effective ground-fault current path that ensures electrical continuity and the capacity to safely conduct any current likely to be imposed to protect people and equipment. Gas piping is bonded.
6 Building Codes and Standards Should We Be Bonding Gas Piping?Gas piping is already bonded through the equipment grounding conductor.Any metallic system can become energized by electric currents induced by an indirect lightning strike.The gas piping does not fail from current flow, but from arcing (caused by a difference in electrical potential) between the grounded electrical system and any other electrically-conductive pathway.Equi-potential bonding of all metallic systems will significantly reduce the chances for arcing and/or ground-fault hazards by minimizing the difference in potential.
8 2005 NEC Bonding Requirements (B): Other Metallic Piping: Where installed in or attached to a building or structure, metal piping system(s), including gas piping, that is likely to become energized shall be bonded to the service equipment enclosure, the grounded conductor at the service, the grounding electrode conductor where of sufficient size, or to the one or more grounding electrodes used. The bonding jumper(s) shall be sized in accordance with using the rating of the circuit that is likely to energize the piping system(s).The equipment grounding conductor for the circuit that is likely to energize the piping shall be permitted to serve as the bonding means.The points of attachment of the bonding jumper(s) shall be accessible.
9 2005 IN-IRC Bonding Requirements 2006 NFGC Bonding RequirementsEach above ground portion of a gas piping system that is likely to become energized shall be electrically continuous and bonded to an effective ground-fault current path. Gas piping shall be considered to be bonded where it is connected to appliances that are connected to the equipment grounding conductor of the circuit supplying that appliance.Gas piping shall not be used as a grounding conductor or electrode.
11 Proposal to 2009 NFGCCSST gas piping systems shall be bonded to the electrical service grounding systems at the point where the gas service enters the building. The bonding jumper shall not be smaller than 6 AWG copper wire.
12 Local Code Enforcement NFGC Bonding IssuesLocal Code EnforcementCSST manufacturer has no enforcement powerImpact of manufacturer’s instructions variesJurisdictional issues between plumbing and electrical trades and inspectorsLocal inspector may be subjected to state regulations or can act independentlyState/local code change process not in sync with national model codes
13 Impact on CSST Piping Systems Listed to ANSI StandardComplete Piping System- Tubing- Fittings- Strike PlatesInstalled in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions
14 Six Manufacturers: One Approach Omegaflex - TracPipeWard Mfg - WardflexParker - ParFlexTiteflex - GastiteTruflex - Pro-FlexMetalFab - Diamondback
16 Class Action Settlement KISS PrincipleOne simple, universal bonding approachEffective and low costConsistent with requirements of NECApplies to all single family and low-rise multi-familyCommercial applications may require an engineered solution
17 CSST Manufacturer’s Instructions Direct bonding of CSST to the ground system is now requiredPer the requirements of NEC 110.3(B)One-size-fits-all for most residential applicationsInstallation and sizing requirements consistent with NEC Section 250Do not bond any underground piping upstream of utility meterAlert electrician with tag about requirements for bonding
18 Class Action Settlement Direct Bond ConnectionElectrical service equipment enclosureGrounded conductor at the electrical serviceGrounding electrode conductorGrounding electrode
19 Class Action Settlement Bond Near the Gas ServiceCustomer side of meterDownstream of 2nd stage LP regulatorIndoors or outdoorsUpstream of first CSST fitting
20 Class Action Settlement Bond Upstream of 1st CSST Fitting
26 Class Action Settlement Trade ResponsibilitiesFor new installations, plumbers install piping but not bonding wire or clamps. Electrical contractor must install bonding connection.On retrofit jobs, plumbing installer required to get electrical contractor to do bonding.Electricians responsible for bonding and grounding of all systems, but must become aware of need for additional bonding of CSST gas piping.
27 CSST Industry Response Inspector ResponsibilitiesPlumbing inspector to only look for presence of bonding on new systems and only reject system without proper connection. Alert plumbing contractor of requirement.Electrical inspector to approve if installed in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions.On retrofit jobs, plumbing inspector must either notify electrical inspector or reject system until electrical inspection has been passed.Electrical inspectors and contractors must be alerted to new requirement.
28 Conclusions Conclusions No code or standards requirements mandating lightning resistance, protection or mitigation.New bonding requirements above minimum of NEC.Direct bonding will significantly reduce impact of lightning strikes on gas piping system and deals effectively with ground-faults.CSST industry pro-actively requiring direct bonding on all CSST installations with a one-size-fits-all approach.Model and state code change proposals are being developed and supported.CSST product standard being updated.Manufacturers providing technical support and training of installers and inspectors.