Rapid Shutdown Requirement Suspended

The Technical Advisory Committee, which is a recommending body to the Electrical Bureau of the Construction Industries Division, just passed a motion to suspend the Rapid Shutdown requirement pending UL listing of an acceptable Rapid Shutdown assembly. They premised this on section 90.4, which invokes enforcement of the prior code (2011).

[pullquote]PNM has indicated that they intend to follow CID’s lead on this decision and temporarily suspend any requirement to require plans to demonstrate rapid shutdown equipment.[/pullquote]

The Electrical Bureau is not bound by this, but Bureau Chief Kelly Hunt indicated during the meeting that he will follow their recommendation.

They will revisit in 6 months and will place this on the agenda for the April 2015 TAC meeting to reassess the state of then-offered products.

A letter was issued to the AHJ’s (Authorities Having Jurisdiction) today. This will be retroactive to any permits submitted on or after Aug 1st, 2014. Of course, it would not apply to permits submitted prior to said date. PNM has indicated that they intend to follow CID’s lead on this decision and temporarily suspend any requirement to require plans to demonstrate rapid shutdown equipment.

Download the Technical Advisory Committee letter.

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