To succeed in the solar industry, it is crucial to stay up to date with code changes. For the last several years industry standards were based off of the ASCE 7-05 and ASCE 7-10 codes. Recently, there has been an upgrade to ASCE 7-16, which most states have now adopted. Additionally, there have been changes to the UL 2703 bonding and grounding standards. With Everest racking, you can be assured your solar array will be up to code! 

ASCE 7-16

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) 7-16 Code is the latest code update that solar manufacturers and installers must abide by. Most states have adopted it and the rest will soon follow, so its important to understand what it entails.

 

First off, it's important to note that the International Building Code (IBC) 2018 is identical to ASCE 7-16. Also, be aware that some states will take the new national standards and add to it to create their own regional standards, such as CBC 2019 for California. Just remember if you hear any of these acronyms - the most up to date code compliance is in discussion. 

 

Below we point out a few examples of what changes are added to the ASCE code. 

ASCE 7-16

What's new in the ASCE 7 Code?

  • Solar now has its own section of code.
  • New wind tunnel testing has changed standards for many states.
  • New design considerations include edge and exposed modules.
  • Code now discerns between Hip and Gable Roofs, Monoslope roofs, and four additional roof zones.
  • Wind speeds differ from ASCE 7-10.

7-16 Comply

How do Everest products comply?

  • Everest racking has the highest wind load testing compared to its competitors 
  • Our Yeti Clamp (Hidden End Clamp) is perfect for edge and exposed modules
  • Everest has proven engineering letters stating its compliance in several states
  • Our online design tool, Base, is updated so you can design your project for whichever code your AHJ abides by

Helpful Video

Our Product Development Manager, Tyler Wiggins, hosted this webinar to help educate our customers on the code updates. There is very helpful and valuable information here that will likely help your understanding of this complicated topic.

ASCE 7-16 Downloads

CrossRail

Engineering Letters - ASCE 7-16 / CBC 2019 / IBC 2018
CrossRail Hipped-Gable Roofs ASCE 7-16 / CBC 2019 / IBC 2018 Master Certification Letter US01-0220
CrossRail Monoslope Roofs ASCE 7-16 / CBC 2019 / IBC 2018 Master Certification Letter US01-0220
CrossRail HG ASCE 7-16 (IBC 2018)_AZ - US02-0620
CrossRail HG ASCE 7-16 (CBC 2019)_CA - US02-0620
CrossRail HG ASCE 7-16 (IBC 2018)_CO - US01-0220
CrossRail HG ASCE 7-16 (IBC 2018)_FL - US01-0220
CrossRail HG ASCE 7-16 (IBC 2018)_GA - US01-0220
CrossRail HG ASCE 7-16 (IBC 2018)_IL - US01-0220
CrossRail HG ASCE 7-16 (IBC 2018)_IN - US01-0220
CrossRail HG ASCE 7-16 (IBC 2018)_KY - US01-0420
CrossRail HG ASCE 7-16 (IBC 2018)_LA - US01-0420
CrossRail HG ASCE 7-16 (IBC 2018)_NV - US01-0620
CrossRail HG ASCE 7-16 (IBC 2018)_OH - US01-0420
CrossRail HG ASCE 7-16 (IBC 2018)_OK - US01-0220
CrossRail HG ASCE 7-16 (IBC 2018)_OR - US01-0220
CrossRail HG ASCE 7-16 (IBC 2018)_SC - US01-0720
CrossRail HG ASCE 7-16 (IBC 2018)_TX - US01-0520
CrossRail HG ASCE 7-16 (IBC 2018)_WI - US01-0220
CrossRail HG ASCE 7-16 (IBC 2018)_WV - US01-0420
CrossRail MS ASCE 7-16 (IBC 2018)_AZ - US02-0620
CrossRail MS ASCE 7-16 (CBC 2019)_CA - US02-0620
CrossRail MS ASCE 7-16 (IBC 2018)_CO - US01-0220
CrossRail MS ASCE 7-16 (IBC 2018)_FL - US01-0220
CrossRail MS ASCE 7-16 (IBC 2018)_GA - US01-0220
CrossRail MS ASCE 7-16 (IBC 2018)_IL - US01-0220
CrossRail MS ASCE 7-16 (IBC 2018)_IN - US01-0220
CrossRail MS ASCE 7-16 (IBC 2018)_KY - US01-0420
CrossRail MS ASCE 7-16 (IBC 2018)_LA - US01-0420
CrossRail MS ASCE 7-16 (IBC 2018)_NV - US02-0620
CrossRail MS ASCE 7-16 (IBC 2018)_OH - US01-0420
CrossRail MS ASCE 7-16 (IBC 2018)_OK - US01-0220
CrossRail MS ASCE 7-16 (IBC 2018)_OR - US01-0220
CrossRail MS ASCE 7-16 (IBC 2018)_SC - US01-0720
CrossRail MS ASCE 7-16 (IBC 2018)_TX - US01-0520
CrossRail MS ASCE 7-16 (IBC 2018)_UT - US01-0220
CrossRail MS ASCE 7-16 (IBC 2018)_WI - US01-0220
CrossRail MS ASCE 7-16 (IBC 2018)_WV - US01-0420
Tile Hook 3S ASCE 7-16 (CBC 2019)_CA US01-0220

Shared Rail

Engineering Letters - ASCE 7-16 / CBC 2019 / IBC 2018
Shared Rail Hipped-Gable Roofs ASCE 7-16 / CBC 2019 / IBC 2018 Master Certification Letter US01-0220
Shared Rail Monoslope Roofs ASCE 7-16 / CBC 2019 / IBC 2018 Master Certification Letter US01-0220
Shared Rail HG ASCE 7-16 (IBC 2018)_AZ - US01-0220
Shared Rail HG ASCE 7-16 (CBC 2019)_CA - US01-0220
Shared Rail HG ASCE 7-16 (IBC 2018)_CO - US01-0220
Shared Rail HG ASCE 7-16 (IBC 2018)_FL - US01-0220
Shared Rail HG ASCE 7-16 (IBC 2018)_GA - US01-0220
Shared Rail HG ASCE 7-16 (IBC 2018)_IL - US01-0220
Shared Rail HG ASCE 7-16 (IBC 2018)_IN - US01-0220
Shared Rail HG ASCE 7-16 (IBC 2018)_KY - US01-0420
Shared Rail HG ASCE 7-16 (IBC 2018)_LA - US01-0420
Shared Rail HG ASCE 7-16 (IBC 2018)_NV - US01-0220
Shared Rail HG ASCE 7-16 (IBC 2018)_OH - US01-0420
Shared Rail HG ASCE 7-16 (IBC 2018)_OK - US01-0220
Shared Rail HG ASCE 7-16 (IBC 2018)_OR - US01-0220
Shared Rail HG ASCE 7-16 (IBC 2018)_SC - US01-0720
Shared Rail HG ASCE 7-16 (IBC 2018)_WI - US01-0220
Shared Rail HG ASCE 7-16 (IBC 2018)_WV - US01-0420
Shared Rail MS ASCE 7-16 (IBC 2018)_AZ - US01-0220
Shared Rail MS ASCE 7-16 (CBC 2019)_CA - US01-0220
Shared Rail MS ASCE 7-16 (IBC 2018)_CO - US01-0220
Shared Rail MS ASCE 7-16 (IBC 2018)_FL - US01-0220
Shared Rail MS ASCE 7-16 (IBC 2018)_GA - US01-0220
Shared Rail MS ASCE 7-16 (IBC 2018)_IL - US01-0220
Shared Rail MS ASCE 7-16 (IBC 2018)_IN - US01-0220
Shared Rail MS ASCE 7-16 (IBC 2018)_KY - US01-0420
Shared Rail MS ASCE 7-16 (IBC 2018)_LA - US01-0420
Shared Rail MS ASCE 7-16 (IBC 2018)_NV - US01-0220
Shared Rail MS ASCE 7-16 (IBC 2018)_OH - US01-0420
Shared Rail MS ASCE 7-16 (IBC 2018)_OK - US01-0220
Shared Rail MS ASCE 7-16 (IBC 2018)_OR - US01-0220
Shared Rail MS ASCE 7-16 (IBC 2018)_SC - US01-0720
Shared Rail MS ASCE 7-16 (IBC 2018)_UT - US01-0220
Shared Rail MS ASCE 7-16 (IBC 2018)_WI - US01-0220
Shared Rail MS ASCE 7-16 (IBC 2018)_WV - US01-0420

Roof Attachments

Engineering Letters - ASCE 7-16 / CBC 2019 / IBC 2018
Tile Hook 3S ASCE 7-16 (CBC 2019)_CA US01-0220

UL 2703

UL 2703

What's new in the UL 2703 Code?

With the growth of rail free systems on roofs, UL has updated their code to include railless or rail free systems. The code states that if a module is removed from an array and it breaks the bonding path, then it is not in line with UL 2703 standards. Therefore, it is much more beneficial to stick to a traditional rail system such as Everest's CrossRail systems. 

UL Comply

How do Everest products comply?

  • All variations of our CrossRail systems require rail for installation.
  • Our mid clamps and end clamps allow bonding so you don't need to use several ground lugs.
  • Everest offers a UL certificate of compliance for all systems.
  • Our online design tool, Base, is updated so you can design your project to comply with UL 2703.

UL 2703 Downloads

UL and Other Certifications

Document Type
UL Online Certification
Everest UL Online Certifications Directory Listing US12-0220  **For the most current listing, visit UL.com/Database and type Everest Solar Systems.**
Everest UL Online Certifications Component Torque Value US1-0717
UL Certificate of Compliance
Everest Commercial - Certificate of Compliance US1-1117
Everest Residential- Certificate of Compliance US2-0318
UL Certificate of Conformance
Enphase Grounding Certificate of Conformance US1-1116

Base can design your project

  • You can choose between ASCE 7-05, 7-10 and 7-16
  • Select your roof type, roof shape and roof covering
  • Google maps pinpoints your project location and gives you the most up to date data
  • Generating a report gives you a PDF version of all project details
  • Everest+ allows you to transfer project data to your preferred inverter manufacturer to complete your project