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Old 01-27-2010, 11:44 PM   #1
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I imagine this requirement would be building code. Today I ran into this and am curious about this requirement. Not a hardcore resi guy so have some to learn about it.

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That would be a local building code, not an electrical issue.

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Never heard of that being required and Long Island has strange people running things..
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west coast energy codes? introducing add'l heat load crap like that.
if it isn't required it's probably a good idea anyway
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It is a requirement in Ontario AFAIK.
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You could install a recessed light with built-in exhaust fans. Those things are sharp!

Haven't done one yet but I have one coming up so I'll take a few pictures.
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Just trying to figure out if this is a wives tale in Eastern WA or the real deal...
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I believe it's in the 'mechanical code.' A laundry room requires ventilation - which can be a window or a fan.
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I agree with 480sparky. Probably local. Thinking about it, I think our local codes require some sort of ventilation in laundry rooms, either a window or a fan.

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Found a document distributed in Western WA:

http://www.ci.edmonds.wa.us/Public_H...B26-Energy.pdf

If that's a state wide building code, sure sounds like it is required.
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I imagine this requirement would be building code. Today I ran into this and am curious about this requirement. Not a hardcore resi guy so have some to learn about it.
Yup, you need a fan in the laundry room of a residence in Wa state. Building code.
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I've done some digging ....

Yes, it's the "Mechanical Code" that applies here. There are no specific regulations regarding 'laundry rooms.'

Section 401 addresses ventilation, and it requires every 'occupied space' to be ventilated. This can be by window, doors ("natural"), or fans ("mechanical"). Only a few sections later is there a specific requirement for the direct venting of the dryer exhaust.
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Just trying to figure out if this is a wives tale in Eastern WA or the real deal...
I heard two female electricians talking about that...but I don't know if they were married.
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I believe it's in the 'mechanical code.' A laundry room requires ventilation - which can be a window or a fan.
I believe this to be accurate. Bathrooms and laundry areas have to be ventilated and that can be by the use of an operable window or by mechanical means.

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I believe it's in the 'mechanical code.' A laundry room requires ventilation - which can be a window or a fan.
mechanical code requires ventilation not exhaust, the dryer takes air out of the room needs to draw air from somewhere, this would be if its considered a confined space, also if it was a gas fired dryer.
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WASHINGTON STATE
VENTILATION AND INDOOR AIR QUALITY CODE
(2006 EDITION)
CHAPTER 51-13


302.2.1 Source Specific Ventilation: Source specific exhaust ventilation is required in each kitchen, bathroom, water closet, laundry room, indoor swimming pool, spa, and other rooms where excess water vapor or cooking odor is produced.
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Whenever we've installed bathroom fans in laundry rooms here people have absolutely loved them. Its not required in Atlanta through.
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Whenever we've installed bathroom fans in laundry rooms here people have absolutely loved them. Its not required in Atlanta through.
Ok what did they love about them? Maybe I'm missing something. I cant think of any advantage to having one there. Ive never noticed any moisture problems in laundry rooms here. Just asking.
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Ok what did they love about them? Maybe I'm missing something. I cant think of any advantage to having one there. Ive never noticed any moisture problems in laundry rooms here. Just asking.
Maybe folks in Atlanta are easily amused?
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Ok what did they love about them? Maybe I'm missing something. I cant think of any advantage to having one there. Ive never noticed any moisture problems in laundry rooms here. Just asking.
It's pretty common to have a lot of moisture in laundry rooms.

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