Solar is here to stay and many building contractors are designing and building for the best solar experience. Plumbers should be aware of the purpose and reasoning behind certain requirements which include the roof so that they are plumbing for solar.
Plumbing Stacks & Vents
Plumbers install plumbing vents, also known as vent pipes or soil stacks, which are typically installed through the roof or exterior wall of a building to allow sewer gases to escape.
Plumbing vents are an essential component of a plumbing system, as they prevent dangerous sewer gases from building up in the plumbing system and entering the living spaces of a home. Without proper venting, these gases can be harmful to human health and can also cause unpleasant odors.
Plumbing vents are typically made of plastic or metal and come in a variety of sizes and shapes, depending on the specific requirements of the plumbing system. They may be installed individually for each plumbing fixture, or they may be connected to a larger vent system that serves multiple fixtures. The exact type and installation location of a plumbing vent will depend on local building codes and the specific requirements of the plumbing system.
There are no specific rules regarding the placement of plumbing stacks, but when plumbing for solar, they should be installed on the north side of the house, to allow the southern hemisphere facing south-side an unimpeded face on which to install the solar array.
By considering every aspect of the construction process, every home can be ready for solar.