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2020 New York State Fuel Gas Code

Product Code/ISBN: 3600S20NY

The 2020 Fuel Gas Code of New York State® (FGCNYS®) establishes minimum requirements for fuel gas systems and gas-fired appliances using prescriptive and performance-related provisions. It is founded on broad-based principles that make possible the use of new materials and new fuel gas system and appliance designs. This 2020 edition was developed as a derivative work of the 2018 edition of the International Fuel Gas Code® (IFGC®) published by the International Code Council® (ICC®).

This code is founded on principles intended to establish provisions consistent with the scope of a fuel gas code that adequately protects public health, safety, and welfare; provisions that do not unnecessarily increase construction costs; provisions that do not restrict the use of new materials, products, or methods of construction; and provisions that do not give preferential treatment to particular types or classes of materials, products, or methods of construction.

The FGCNYS is a code that regulates the design and installation of fuel gas distribution piping and systems, appliances, appliance venting systems, combustion air provisions, gaseous hydrogen systems, and motor vehicle gaseous-fuel-dispensing stations. 

The definition of fuel gas includes natural, liquefied petroleum and manufactured gases, and mixtures of these gases. The purpose of the code is to establish the minimum acceptable level of safety, and to protect life and property from the potential dangers associated with the storage, distribution, and usage of fuel gases and the byproducts of combustion of such fuels. The code also protects the personnel that install, maintain, service, and replace the systems and appliances addressed by this code. 

The FGCNYS contains 8 essential chapters:

  1. Scope and administration
  2. Definitions
  3. General regulations
  4. Gas piping installations
  5. Chimneys and vents
  6. Specific appliances
  7. Gaseous hydrogen systems
  8. Referenced standards

This comprehensive book also has 4 appendices with a wealth of valuable knowledge about the sizing and capacities of gas piping, sizing of venting systems, exit terminals of venting systems, and safety inspection procedures for existing appliance installations.