Not hear to argue with you.
As Inspector’s we will start to see more ductless range hood exhaust’s.
The Purpose of the International Building Codes is for Health, Safety and Welfare of people in dwellings. The 2009 Building Code is addressing the fact that “where installed in accordance with manufacturer installation instructions, and where mechanical or natural ventilation is otherwise provided, listed and labeled ductless range hoods shall not be required to discharge to the outdoors”.
This all has to do with “green energy” and Indoor air quality. Internachi IAC2, US Dept of Energy, HVAC Manufacture’s, ASHRAE, American Lung Association and on and on.
The new range hood system will have not just one fan, but 3 or 4 fans, the grease from cooking will be filtered out of the air, the moisture and heat will go thru HRV’s and ERV’s-Heat and Energy Recovery systems.
Your Texas inspector questions that he asked where very clear to me. Really does not matter to me what State he is from, he is an InterNachi member.
SOP’s? The Inspector asked question’s. Pardon me, I just thought it might be a learning thing. “Has anyone seen anything similiar?” “Is this acceptable?” "Any code issue’s?
I still have questions as to what type system and manufacturer. Who knows, there could be required fire damper’s for the system. There are question’s.
Again, you will see these type systems going forward. They do need to be tested and installed per manufacturer specifications. The new 2009 Building Code recognizes that fact.
The InterNachi IAC2 training and certification is free to all members. It’s the future-“Air Quality”.