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PLHE 2135

HVAC Code Interpretation

Credits: 2

Description: This course covers the National Fuel Gas Code Book and its requirements for the major and minor fuels used to heat buildings and the national venting code requirements for buildings. The International Mechanical Code and the Minnesota Energy Code and their applicable requirements will also be discussed. Emphasis is placed on understanding the scope and purpose of the codes and how they relate to health and life safety issues. Prerequisite(s): None

Credit Breakdown: 2/0/0 (Lecture/Lab/On the job training)


This course should help you gain the following abilities and competencies.

Core Abilities

  1. Demonstrate thinking/active learning skills.
  2. Demonstrate self-development skills.


  1. Acquire understanding of the National Fuel Gas Code and International Mechanical Code books
  2. Analyze procedures and materials used in outdoor and indoor gas piping
  3. Analyze materials and procedures used in flue gas venting
  4. Acquaint self with applicable requirements of the International Mechanical Codes book (UMC)
  5. Analyze other code requirements
  6. Analyze and perform ventilation sizing for different building

Guidelines for Success


In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, learners are encouraged to register with the Learning Services Director in the Learning Enrichment Center for assistance with accommodations. It is the learner's responsibility to voluntarily and confidentially disclose information regarding the nature and extent of a disability. The college cannot assume responsibility for providing accommodations or services to learners who have not identified themselves as having a qualifying disability.

Last Updated: 2011-05-23
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