This is the first edition of CSA F300, Residential depressurization.
This Standard provides homeowners, contractors, equipment manufacturers and others involved in Canadian residential buildings with information which describes a method to identify when residential depressurization may cause a health risk, and provides solutions to prevent or mitigate the buildup of combustion products in the house. This Standard is intended for the use of those who sell and install fuel burning appliances and ventilation equipment, as well as designers, renovators, trades people, building officials, utilities, and homeowners.
CSA Group acknowledges that the development of this Standard was made possible, in part, with the use of specific forms included from HRAI.
This Standard has been developed in compliance with Standards Council of Canada requirements for National Standards of Canada. It has been published as a National Standard of Canada by CSA Group
This Standard describes the methods for determining the level of depressurization and solutions to mitigate risk arising from depressurization.
This Standard applies to all existing single-family dwelling units contained in detached, semi-detached, and row houses equipped with an exhaust device, which have
a) a combustion device within the house; or
b) an attached garage.
This Standard does not provide depressurization level assessment methods or solutions for
a) the infiltration of soil gas such as radon;
b) the presence of volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from building materials or contents;
c) the presence of mold in houses; or
d) the presence of pollutants from other sources, such as stored chemical products.
The requirements of this Standard are expressed in SI (metric) units.
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