Chapter 4101:2-4 Ventilation

4101:2-4-01 Ventilation.

[Comment: When a reference is made within this rule to a federal statutory provision, an industry consensus standard, or any other technical publication, the specific date and title of the publication as well as the name and address of the promulgating agency are listed in rule 4101:2-15-01 of the Administrative Code. The application of the referenced standards shall be limited and as prescribed in section 102.5 of rule 4101:1-1-01 of the Administrative Code.]

SECTION 401

GENERAL

401.1 Scope. This chapter shall govern the ventilation of spaces within a building intended to be occupied. Mechanical exhaust systems, including exhaust systems serving clothes dryers and cooking appliances; hazardous exhaust systems; dust, stock and refuse conveyor systems; subslab soil exhaust systems; smoke control systems; energy recovery ventilation systems and other systems specified in Section 502 shall comply with Chapter 5.

401.2 Ventilation required. Every occupied space shall be ventilated by natural means in accordance with Section 402 or by mechanical means in accordance with Section 403. Ambulatory care facilities and Group I-2 occupancies shall be ventilated by mechanical means in accordance with Section 407.

401.3 When required. Ventilation shall be provided during the periods that the room or space is occupied.

401.4 Intake opening location. Air intake openings shall comply with all of the following:

1. Intake openings shall be located a minimum of 10 feet (3048 mm) from lot lines or buildings on the same lot. Where openings front on a street or public way, the distance shall be measured to the centerline of the street or public way.

2. Mechanical and gravity outdoor air intake openings shall be located not less than 10 feet (3048 mm) horizontally from any hazardous or noxious contaminant source, such as vents, streets, alleys, parking lots and loading docks, except as specified in Item 3 or Section 501.2.1.

3. Intake openings shall be located not less than 3 feet (914 mm) below contaminant sources where such sources are located within 10 feet (3048 mm) of the opening.

4. Intake openings on structures in flood hazard areas shall be at or above the design flood level.

401.5 Intake opening protection. Air intake openings that terminate outdoors shall be protected with corrosion-resistant screens, louvers or grilles. Openings in louvers, grilles and screens shall be sized in accordance with Table 401.5, and shall be protected against local weather conditions. Outdoor air intake openings located in exterior walls shall meet the provisions for exterior wall opening protectives in accordance with the building code.

401.6 Contaminant sources. Stationary local sources producing airborne particulates, heat, odors, fumes, spray, vapors, smoke or gases in such quantities as to be irritating or injurious to health shall be provided with an exhaust system in accordance with Chapter 5 or a means of collection and removal of the contaminants. Such exhaust shall discharge directly to an approved location at the exterior of the building.

TABLE 401.5

OPENING SIZES IN LOUVERS, GRILLES AND SCREENS PROTECTING AIR INTAKE OPENINGS

OUTDOOR OPENING TYPE

MINIMUM AND MAXIMUM OPENING SIZES IN LOUVERS,GRILLES AND SCREENS MEASURED IN ANY DIRECTION

Intake openings in residential occupancies

Not <1/4 inch and not >1/2 inch

Intake openings in other than residential occupancies

>1/4 inch and not >1 inch

For SI: 1 inch = 25.4 mm.

SECTION 402

NATURAL VENTILATION

402.1 Natural ventilation. Natural ventilation of an occupied space shall be through windows, doors, louvers or other openings to the outdoors. The operating mechanism for such openings shall be provided with ready access so that the openings are readily controllable by the building occupants.

402.2 Ventilation area required. The minimum openable area to the outdoors shall be 4 percent of the floor area being ventilated.

402.3 Adjoining spaces. Where rooms and spaces without openings to the outdoors are ventilated through an adjoining room, the opening to the adjoining rooms shall be unobstructed and shall have an area not less than 8 percent of the floor area of the interior room or space, but not less than 25 square feet ( 2.3 m2). The minimum openable area to the outdoors shall be based on the total floor area being ventilated.

Exception: Exterior openings required for ventilation shall be permitted to open into a thermally isolated sunroom addition or patio cover, provided that the openable area between the sunroom addition or patio cover and the interior room has an area of not less than 8 percent of the floor area of the interior room or space, but not less than 20 square feet ( 1.86 m2). The minimum openable area to the outdoors shall be based on the total floor area being ventilated.

402.4 Openings below grade. Where openings below grade provide required natural ventilation, the outside horizontal clear space measured perpendicular to the opening shall be one and one-half times the depth of the opening. The depth of the opening shall be measured from the average adjoining ground level to the bottom of the opening.

SECTION 403

MECHANICAL VENTILATION

403.1 Ventilation system. Mechanical ventilation shall be provided by a method of supply air and return or exhaust air. The amount of supply air shall be approximately equal to the amount of return and exhaust air. The system shall not be prohibited from producing negative or positive pressure. The system to convey ventilation air shall be designed and installed in accordance with Chapter 6.

403.2 Outdoor air required. The minimum outdoor airflow rate shall be determined in accordance with Section 403.3. Ventilation supply systems shall be designed to deliver the required rate of outdoor airflow to the breathing zone within each occupiable space.

Exception: The registered design professional may use ASHRAE 62.1 or ASHRAE 62.2, as applicable, as an alternative engineered ventilation system design provided that the registered design professional demonstrates compliance with all applicable sections of the ASHRAE standard.

403.2.1 Recirculation of air. The outdoor air required by Section 403.3 shall not be recirculated. Air in excess of that required by Section 403.3 shall not be prohibited from being recirculated as a component of supply air to building spaces, except that

1. Ventilation air shall not be recirculated from one dwelling to another or to dissimilar occupancies.

2. Supply air to a swimming pool and associated deck areas shall not be recirculated unless such air is dehumidified to maintain the relative humidity of the area at 60 percent or less. Air from this area shall not be recirculated to other spaces where more than 10 percent of the resulting supply airstream consists of air recirculated from these spaces.

3. Where mechanical exhaust is required by Note b in Table 403.3, recirculation of air from such spaces shall be prohibited. All air supplied to such spaces shall be exhausted, including any air in excess of that required by Table 403.3.

4. Where mechanical exhaust is required by Note g in Table 403.3, mechanical exhaust is required and recirculation is prohibited where more than 10 percent of the resulting supply airstream consists of air recirculated from these spaces.

403.2.2 Transfer air. Except where recirculation from such spaces is prohibited by Table 403.3, air transferred from occupiable spaces is not prohibited from serving as makeup air for required exhaust systems in such spaces as kitchens, baths, toilet rooms, elevators and smoking lounges. The amount of transfer air and exhaust air shall be sufficient to provide the flow rates as specified in Section 403.3. The required outdoor airflow rates specified in Table 403.3 shall be introduced directly into such spaces or into the occupied spaces from which air is transferred or a combination of both

403.3 Outdoor airflow rate. Ventilation systems shall be designed to have the capacity to supply the minimum outdoor airflow rate determined in accordance with this section. The occupant load utilized for design of the ventilation system shall not be less than the number determined from the estimated maximum occupant load rate indicated in Table 403.3. Ventilation rates for occupancies not represented in Table 403.3 shall be those for a listed occupancy classification that is most similar in terms of occupant density, activities and building construction; or shall be determined by an approved engineering analysis. The ventilation system shall be designed to supply the required rate of ventilation air continuously during the period the building is occupied, except as otherwise stated in other provisions of the code.

With the exception of smoking lounges, the ventilation rates in Table 403.3 are based on the absence of smoking in occupiable spaces. Where smoking is anticipated in a space other than a smoking lounge, the ventilation system serving the space shall be designed to provide ventilation over and above that required by Table 403.3 in accordance with accepted engineering practice.

Exception: The occupant load is not required to be determined based on the estimated maximum occupant load rate indicated in Table 403.3 where approved statistical data document the accuracy of an alternate anticipated occupant density.

403.3.1 Zone outdoor airflow. The minimum outdoor airflow required to be supplied to each zone shall be determined as a function of occupancy classification and space air distribution effectiveness in accordance with Sections 403.3.1.1 through 403.3.1.3.

403.3.1.1 Breathing zone outdoor airflow. The outdoor airflow rate required in the breathing zone (Vbz) of the occupiable space or spaces in a zone shall be determined in accordance with Equation 4-1.

Vbz =RpPz +RaAz(Equation 4-1)

where:

Az = Zone floor area: the net occupiable floor area of the space or spaces in the zone.

Pz = Zone population: the number of people in the space or spaces in the zone.

Rp = People outdoor air rate: the outdoor airflow rate required per person from Table 403.3.

Ra = Area outdoor air rate: the outdoor airflow rate required per unit area from Table 403.3.

TABLE 403.3

MINIMUM VENTILATION RATES

OCCUPANCY CLASSIFICATION

PEOPLE OUTDOOR AIRFLOW RATE IN BREATHING ZONE CFM/PERSON

AREA OUTDOOR AIRFLOW RATE IN BREATHING ZONE RaCFM/FT2a

DEFAULT OCCUPANT DENSITY #/1000FT2 a, i

EXHAUST AIRFLOW RATE CFM/FT2a

Correctional facilities

           

Cells

           

without plumbing fixtures

5

0.12

25

-

with plumbing fixturesg

5

0.12

25

1.0

Dining halls

           

(see food and beverage service)

-

-

-

-

Guard stations

5

0.06

15

-

Day room

5

0.06

30

-

Booking/waiting

7.5

0.06

50

-

Dry cleaners, laundries

           

Coin-operated dry cleaner

15

-

20

-

Coin-operated laundries

7.5

0.06

20

-

Commercial dry cleaner

30

-

30

-

Commercial laundry

25

-

10

-

Storage, pick up

7.5

0.12

30

-

Education

           

Auditoriums

5

0.06

150

-

Corridors (see public spaces)

-

-

-

-

Media center

10

0.12

25

-

Sports locker roomsg

-

-

-

0.5

Music/theater/dance

10

0.06

35

-

Smoking loungesb

60

  

70

-

Day care (through age 4)

10

0.18

25

-

Classrooms (ages 5-8)

10

0.12

25

-

Classrooms (age 9 plus)

10

0.12

35

-

Lecture classroom

7.5

0.06

65

-

Lecture hall (fixed seats)

7.5

0.06

150

-

Art classroomg

10

0.18

20

0.7

Science laboratoriesg

10

0.18

25

1.0

Wood/metal shopsg

10

0.18

20

0.5

Computer lab

10

0.12

25

-

Multiuse assembly

7.5

0.06

100

-

Locker/dressing roomsg

-

-

-

0.25

Food and beverage service

           

Bars, cocktail lounges

7.5

0.18

100

-

Cafeteria, fast food

7.5

0.18

100

-

Dining rooms

7.5

0.18

70

-

Kitchens (cooking)b

-

-

-

0.7

           

Hotels, motels, resorts and dormitories

           

Multipurpose assembly

5

0.06

120

-

Bathrooms/toilet-privateg

-

-

-

25/50f

Bedroom/living room

5

0.06

10

-

Conference/meeting

5

0.06

50

-

Dormitory sleeping areas

5

0.06

20

-

Gambling casinos

7.5

0.18

120

-

Lobbies/prefunction

7.5

0.06

30

-

Offices

           

Conference rooms

5

0.06

50

-

Office spaces

5

0.06

5

-

Reception areas

5

0.06

30

-

Telephone/data entry

5

0.06

60

-

Main entry lobbies

5

0.06

10

-

Private dwellings, single and multiple

           

Garages, common for multiple unitsb

-

-

-

0.75

Garages, separate for each dwellingb

-

-

-

100 cfm per car

Kitchensb

-

-

-

25/100f

Living areasc

0.35 ACH but not

-

Based upon number

-

  

less than 15 cfm/person

-

of bedrooms. First bedroom, 2; each additional bedroom, 1

  

Toilet rooms and bathroomsg

-

  

-

20/50f

Public spaces

           

Corridors

-

0.06

-

-

Elevator car

-

-

-

1.0

Shower room (per shower head)g

-

-

-

50/20f

Smoking loungesb

60

-

70

-

Toilet rooms - publicg

-

-

-

50/70e

Places of religious worship

5

0.06

120

-

Courtrooms

5

0.06

70

-

Legislative chambers

5

0.06

50

-

Libraries

5

0.12

10

-

Museums (children's)

7.5

0.12

40

-

Museums/galleries

7.5

0.06

40

-

Retail stores, sales floors and showroom floors

           

Sales (except as below)

7.5

0.12

15

-

Dressing rooms

-

-

-

0.25

Mall common areas

7.5

0.06

40

-

Shipping and receiving

-

0.12

-

-

Smoking loungesb

60

-

70

-

Storage rooms

-

0.12

-

-

Warehouses (see storage)

-

-

-

-

Specialty shops

           

Automotive motor-fuel dispensing stationsb

-

-

-

1.5

Barber

7.5

0.06

25

0.5

Beauty and nail salonsb,h

20

0.12

25

0.6

Embalming roomb

-

-

-

2.0

Pet shops (animal areas)b

7.5

0.18

10

0.9

Supermarkets

7.5

0.06

8

-

Sports and amusement

           

Disco/dance floors

20

0.06

100

-

Bowling alleys (seating areas)

10

0.12

40

-

Game arcades

7.5

0.18

20

-

Ice arenas without combustion engines

-

0.30

-

0.5

Gym, stadium, arena (play area)

-

0.30

-

-

Spectator areas

7.5

0.06

150

-

Swimming pools (pool and deck area)

-

0.48

-

-

Health club/aerobics room

20

0.06

40

-

Health club/weight room

20

0.06

10

-

Storage

           

Repair garages, enclosed parking garagesb,d

-

-

-

0.75

Warehouses

-

0.06

-

-

Theaters

           

Auditoriums (see education)

-

-

-

-

Lobbies

5

0.06

150

-

Stages, studios

10

0.06

70

-

Ticket booths

5

0.06

60

-

Transportation

           

Platforms

7.5

0.06

100

-

Transportation waiting

7.5

0.06

100

-

Workrooms

           

Bank vaults/safe deposit

5

0.06

5

-

Darkrooms

-

-

-

1.0

Copy, printing rooms

5

0.06

4

0.5

Meat processingc

15

-

10

-

Pharmacy (prep. area)

5

0.18

10

-

Photo studios

5

0.12

10

-

Computer (without printing)

5

0.06

4

-

For SI: 1 cubic foot per minute = 0.0004719 m3/s, 1 ton = 908 kg, 1 cubic foot per minute per square foot = 0.00508 m3/(s · m2), °C = [(°F) -32]/ 1.8, 1 square foot = 0.0929 m2.

a. Based upon net occupiable floor area.

b. Mechanical exhaust required and the recirculation of air from such spaces is prohibited (see Section 403.2.1, Item 3).

c. Spaces unheated or maintained below 50°F are not covered by these requirements unless the occupancy is continuous.

d. Ventilation systems in enclosed parking garages shall comply with Section 404.

e. Rates are per water closet or urinal. The higher rate shall be provided where periods of heavy use are expected to occur, such as toilets in theaters, schools and sports facilities. The lower rate shall be permitted where periods of heavy use are not expected.

f. Rates are per room unless otherwise indicated. The higher rate shall be provided where the exhaust system is designed to operate intermittently. The lower rate shall be permitted where the exhaust system is designed to operate continuously during normal hours of use.

g. Mechanical exhaust is required and recirculation is prohibited except that recirculation shall be permitted where the resulting supply airstream consists of not more than 10 percent air recirculated from these spaces (see Section 403.2.1, Items 2 and 4).

h. For nail salons, the required exhaust shall include ventilation tables or other systems that capture the contaminants and odors at their source and are capable of exhausting a minimum of 50 cfm per station.

i. The occupant load shall not be greater than that determined by section 1004 of the building code.

403.3.1.2 Zone air distribution effectiveness. The zone air distribution effectiveness (Ez) shall be determined using Table 403.3.1.2.

TABLE 403.3.1.2

ZONE AIR DISTRIBUTION EFFECTIVENESSa,b,c,d,e

Air Distribution Configuration

Ez

Ceiling or floor supply of cool air

1.0f

Ceiling or floor supply of warm air and floor return

1.0

Ceiling supply of warm air and ceiling return

0.8g

Floor supply of warm air and ceiling return

0.7

Makeup air drawn in on the opposite side of the room from the exhaust and/or return

0.8

Makeup air drawn in near to the exhaust and/or return location

0.5

For SI: 1 foot = 304.8 mm, 1 foot per minute = 0.00506 m/s, °C = [(°F) - 32]/ 1.8.

a. "Cool air" is air cooler than space temperature.

b. "Warm air" is air warmer than space temperature.

c. "Ceiling" includes any point above the breathing zone.

d. "Floor" includes any point below the breathing zone.

e. "Makeup air" is air supplied or transferred to a zone to replace air removed from the zone by exhaust or return systems.

f. Zone air distribution effectiveness of 1.2 shall be permitted for systems with a floor supply of cool air and ceiling return, provided that low-velocity displacement ventilation achieves unidirectional flow and thermal stratification.

g. Zone air distribution effectiveness of 1.0 shall be permitted for systems with a ceiling supply of warm air, provided that supply air temperature is less than 15°F above space temperature and provided that the 150 foot-per-minute supply air jet reaches to within 4½ feet of floor level.

403.3.1.3 Zone outdoor airflow. The zone outdoor airflow rate (Voz), shall be determined in accordance with Equation 4-2.

Voz = Vbz/Ez(Equation 4-2)

403.3.2 System outdoor airflow. The outdoor air required to be supplied by each ventilation system shall be determined in accordance with Sections 403.3.2.1 through 403.2.3 as a function of system type and zone outdoor airflow rates.

403.3.2.1 Single zone systems. Where one air handler supplies a mixture of outdoor air and recirculated return air to only one zone, the system outdoor air intake flow rate (Vot) shall be determined in accordance with Equation 4-3.

Vot =Voz(Equation 4-3)

403.3.2.2 100-percent outdoor air systems. Where one air handler supplies only outdoor air to one or more zones, the system outdoor air intake flow rate (Vot) shall be determined using Equation 4-4.

Vot = [SIGMA]all zonesVoz(Equation 4-4)

403.3.2.3 Multiple zone recirculating systems. Where one air handler supplies a mixture of outdoor air and recirculated return air to more than one zone, the system outdoor air intake flow rate (Vot) shall be determined in accordance with Sections 403.3.2.3.1 through 403.3.2.3.4.

403.3.2.3.1 Primary outdoor air fraction. The primary outdoor air fraction (Zp) shall be determined for each zone in accordance with Equation 4-5.

Zp = Voz / Vpz(Equation 4-5)

where:

Vpz = Primary airflow: The airflow rate supplied to the zone from the air-handling unit at which the outdoor air intake is located. It includes outdoor intake air and recirculated air from that air-handling unit but does not include air transferred or air recirculated to the zone by other means. For design purposes, Vpz shall be the zone design primary airflow rate, except for zones with variable air volume supply and Vpz shall be the lowest expected primary airflow rate to the zone when it is fully occupied.

403.3.2.3.2 System ventilation efficiency. The system ventilation efficiency (Ev) shall be determined using Table 403.3.2.3.2 or Appendix A of ASHRAE 62.1.

TABLE 403.3.2.3.2a,b

SYSTEM VENTILATION EFFICIENCY

Max (Zp)

Ev

<= 0.15

1

<= 0.25

0.9

<= 0.35

0.8

<= 0.45

0.7

<= 0.55

0.6

<= 0.65

0.5

<= 0.75

0.4

> 0.75

0.3

a. Max (Zp) is the largest value of Zp calculated using Equation 4-5 among all the zones served by the system.

b. Interpolating between table values shall be permitted.

403.3.2.3.3 Uncorrected outdoor air intake. The uncorrected outdoor air intake flow rate (Vou) shall be determined in accordance with Equation 4-6.

Vou =D = [SIGMA]all zonesRpPz + [SIGMA]all zones RaAz(Equation 4-6)

where:

D = Occupant diversity: the ratio of the system population to the sum of the zone populations, determined in accordance with Equation 4-7.

D = Ps/ [SIGMA]all zones Pz (Equation 4-7)

where:

Ps = System population: The total number of occupants in the area served by the system. For design purposes, Ps shall be the maximum number of occupants expected to be concurrently in all zones served by the system.

403.3.2.3.4 Outdoor air intake flow rate. The outdoor air intake flow rate (Vot) shall be determined in accordance with Equation 4-8.

Vot = V ou / Ev(Equation 4-8)

403.4 Exhaust ventilation. Exhaust airflow rate shall be provided in accordance with the requirements in Table 403.3. Exhaust makeup air shall be permitted to be any combination of outdoor air, recirculated air and transfer air, except as limited in accordance with Section 403.2.

403.5 System operation. The minimum flow rate of outdoor air that the ventilation system must be capable of supplying during its operation shall be permitted to be based on the rate per person indicated in Table 403.3 and the actual number of occupants present.

403.6 Variable air volume system control. Variable air volume air distribution systems, other than those designed to supply only 100-percent outdoor air, shall be provided with controls to regulate the flow of outdoor air. Such control system shall be designed to maintain the flow rate of outdoor air at a rate of not less than that required by Section 403.3 over the entire range of supply air operating rates.

403.7 Balancing. The ventilation air distribution system shall be provided with means to adjust the system to achieve at least the minimum ventilation airflow rate as required by Sections 403.3 and 403.4. Ventilation systems shall be balanced. Such balancing shall verify that the ventilation system is capable of supplying and exhausting the airflow rates required by Sections 403.3 and 403.4.

SECTION 404

ENCLOSED PARKING GARAGES

404.1 Enclosed parking garages. Mechanical ventilation systems for enclosed parking garages shall be permitted to operate intermittently where the system is arranged to operate automatically upon detection of vehicle operation or the presence of occupants by approved automatic detection devices.

404.2 Minimum ventilation. Automatic operation of the system shall not reduce the ventilation airflow rate below 0.05 cfm per square foot ( 0.00025 m3/s · m2) of the floor area and the system shall be capable of producing a ventilation airflow rate of 0.75 cfm per square foot ( 0.0076 m3/s · m2) of floor area.

404.3 Occupied spaces accessory to public garages. Connecting offices, waiting rooms, ticket booths and similar uses that are accessory to a public garage shall be maintained at a positive pressure and shall be provided with ventilation in accordance with Section 403.3.

SECTION 405

SYSTEMS CONTROL

405.1 General. Mechanical ventilation systems shall be provided with manual or automatic controls that will operate such systems whenever the spaces are occupied. Air-conditioning systems that supply required ventilation air shall be provided with controls designed to automatically maintain the required outdoor air supply rate during occupancy.

SECTION 406

VENTILATION OF UNINHABITED SPACES

406.1 General. Uninhabited spaces, such as crawl spaces and attics, shall be provided with natural ventilation openings as required by the building code or shall be provided with a mechanical exhaust and supply air system. The mechanical exhaust rate shall be not less than 0.02 cfm per square foot ( 0.00001 m3/s . m2) of horizontal area and shall be automatically controlled to operate when the relative humidity in the space served exceeds 60 percent.

SECTION 407

AMBULATORY CARE FACILITIES AND GROUP I-2 OCCUPANCIES

407.1 General. Mechanical ventilation for ambulatory care facilities and Group I-2 occupancies shall be designed and installed in accordance with this code and ASHRAE 170.

Effective: 03/01/2013
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 11/01/2016
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 3781.10(A)
Rule Amplifies: 3781.10 , 3781.11 , 3791.04
Prior Effective Dates: 3/1/98, 1/1/02, 3/1/05, 3/1/06, 7/1/07, 11/1/07, 11/1/11

4101:2-4-03.2 Outdoor air required. [Rescinded].

Rescinded eff 7-1-07

4101:2-4-03.3 Ventilation rate. [Rescinded].

Rescinded eff 7-1-07

4101:2-4-03.3.4 Balancing. [Rescinded].

Rescinded eff 7-1-07