Chris Noel, owner of the Solar Roof Jack announced that the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) has updated its codes to allow for diversion of 1.5- and 2-inch plumbing vents under PV systems using the Solar Roof Jack.

“The current designs are costing homeowners thousands of dollars in potential lost energy production over the life of the system,” says Noel, inventor of the device. “There had to be a better way.”

Changes Mean Increased Sales for PV Manufacturers and Installers
Vent pipes are a calculated obstacle in the design of a rooftop array. The most efficient design is still limited by pipes which will unquestionably reduce the percentage of panels sold and installed, as well as the amount of power produced for customers.

“Selling an extra panel can equal between $1,000 and $1,500 in extra income on the sale of the system,”

The Solar Roof Jack takes into account the angle of the pipe, the angel of the roof and of the solar input available, giving manufacturers and installers more options to offer their customers. What used to present installers with obstacles and leave property owners with a less than pleasing appearance, has been turned into an efficient use of space in minutes.

Cost and Installation Time
The current installation time of the Solar Roof Jack is approximately eight minutes, keeping crucial installation labor costs to a minimum.

Cost is negligible compared to the extra income from additional panels sold and installed. “For the price of lunch, you’re selling more panels and your customers are much happier with both the extra power and the aesthetics,” says Chris.

Approved Sept 2016 in IBC and CBC IAPMO IGC 339 2016