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CE514: Building and Fire Codes: Rooftop PV Considerations

NABCEP CE Hours:  2 hours (click for details). (Based on 2018 I-codes).  There are several International codes (I-codes) which govern the safe installation of PV systems, in addition to the more commonly-referenced electrical codes (such as the NEC®). The building codes provide guidance on how to attach PV systems to rooftops to ensure safety for all involved.  The fire codes also provide guidance on how PV systems can be safely attached to buildings to keep occupants and emergency workers safe in the event of a fire. This course will cover the codes that are specifically relevant to both residential and commercial PV installations on rooftops, including the International Building Code (IBC); the International Residential Code (IRC); and the International Fire Code (IFC), providing a general overview of what each code requires. This course is based on the 2018 editions of these codes, but does note some requirements of previous versions (2012 and 2015) if they vary from 2018 requirements.  Further NABCEP hours information found under Certification section below.

what you will learn

Students who complete the CE514 course will be able to:
  • Identify codes applicable to PV systems and the requirements they address
  • Describe requirements for protecting a structure
  • List wind and fire resistence requirements
  • Detail firefigher access/egress and setback requirements
  • Define requirements relevant to BIPV and solar shingles
  • Identify labeling requirements
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helpful information

Join SEI for this two-hour on-demand online solar training session. Online registration provides 60 days of access to the recording of this on-demand training.  Once you have viewed and completed the online on-demand training session, you can print a Record of Completion that reflects the NABCEP CE Hours.

nabcep certification information

SEI Contact Training Hours: 2 hours online

This course provides approved credit hours towards the following NABCEP Certifications and Recertifications:

  • PV Installation Professional
  • PV Design Specialist
  • PV Installation Specialist
  • PV Commissioning and Maintenance Specialist
  • PV Technical Sales Professional
  • PV Associate (Renewal only)
  • SH Associate (Renewal only)
  • Solar Heating Installer (Recertification only)

Please visit NABCEP’S online course catalog for credit hours breakdown.

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