The F280 Standard is intended to provide architects, home builders, heating and cooling contractors, and regulatory authorities/building inspectors with a calculation method for determining the heat loss and heat gain of buildings for the purpose of selecting appropriately sized output capacity of space heating appliance and cooling appliance or multiples of theses appliances as required in Part 9 of the National Building Code of Canada.
The Code applies to space heating and cooling appliances for use in housing and small residential apartment buildings.
1.1 This Standard provides a calculation method for determining the output capacity of a residential space heating appliance or group of appliances, and the output capacity of a residential cooling appliance or group of appliances required to maintain specified indoor environmental conditions under specified outdoor environmental conditions.
1.2 This Standard also provides restrictions on selecting the output capacity of a specific space heating or cooling appliance or group of appliances.
1.3 This Standard applies to space heating and cooling appliances for use in small buildings of residential occupancy as defined in Subsection 188.8.131.52.(a) Group C of the National Building Code of Canada, where the appliances are permanently installed within the dwelling units they serve.
1.4 This Standard does not deal with detailed design and installation of space heating and cooling systems, but is based on the assumption that the distribution system design complies with good engineering practice as described in the applicable building codes and standards.