February 2021 Edition
2021 UPC, UMC Technical Committee Meetings to be Held Virtually
As a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the IAPMO Board of Directors has determined this year the Spring Technical Committee Meetings will be held as two weeklong virtual events. Attendees will still be required to register in order to participate. Meeting registration information will be provided soon.

The Uniform Plumbing Code (UPC) Technical Committee virtual meeting is scheduled for May 3-7, starting at 8 a.m. PDT and ending at noon each day, Monday-Friday.
The Uniform Mechanical Code (UMC) Technical Committee virtual meeting is scheduled for May 17-21, starting at 8 a.m. PDT and ending at noon each day, Monday-Friday.

The UPC and UMC Technical Committees will be discussing proposals submitted for the development of the 2024 UPC and 2024 UMC. All proposals received will be available by April 1, and can be downloaded from the IAPMO Code Development webpage.
EPA Delivers Results on PFAS Action Plan
On January 21, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a suite of actions from across the agency that will continue the significant progress the agency has made to implement the PFAS Action Plan—the most comprehensive cross-agency plan ever to address an emerging chemical of concern. EPA has made progress in all of its program areas under the Action Plan, and the agency is helping states, tribes, and local communities across the country target PFAS reductions and protect public health.

“I am proud of the work EPA has done over the past two years under the PFAS Action Plan, which has touched every office in the agency and every region,” said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. “Our commitment to our mission to protect public health and the environment from these emerging chemicals of concern has been unwavering and we have delivered results for every key commitment we made under the plan.”
IAPMO’s Uniform Evaluation Services Acquires Quality Control Consultants
IAPMO Uniform Evaluation Services (UES) is proud to announce it has acquired Quality Control Consultants, LLC, located in Roswell, Georgia. This acquisition represents further expansion of the extensive services The IAPMO Group offers to the building products recognition, testing, and continuing compliance sectors of the construction and building products industry, not only in North America, but worldwide, according to UES Senior Vice President Jerry Carrier.
IAPMO R&T Performs Gap Analysis, Compliance Assessments to new NIST SP 800-171 Regulations
IAPMO R&T is proud to announce a new service, performing NIST SP 800-171 gap analysis and compliance assessments for Department of Defense primary and subcontractors to help them comply with Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) regulations. IAPMO R&T has streamlined the entire process, reducing the time and resources needed to obtain and demonstrate compliance.
IAPMO and ASSE International Publish Chemical Dispensers Standard for U.S. and Canada
IAPMO and ASSE International have published ANSI/CAN/ASSE/IAPMO 1055-2020 (Performance Requirements for Chemical Dispensers with Integral Backflow Protection) as both an American National Standard and National Standard of Canada. The ANSI/CAN/ASSE/IAPMO 1055-2020 supersedes the previous edition, ASSE 1055-2018. The binational standard is available in both English and French.

The ANSI/CAN/ASSE/IAPMO 1055 standard specifies performance requirements for chemical dispensing systems to provide a means of mixing potable water with chemicals to provide the user with a ready-for-use chemical solution. Devices covered by this standard are intended for stationary installations, mobile devices where the orientations are fixed, and handheld devices.
IAPMO Seeks Technical Subcommittee Members for Development of National Standard IAPMO Z1324
IAPMO is seeking volunteers, with technical background in plumbing and mechanical systems and specific knowledge of alternate water source reuse systems — such as jurisdictional authorities, testing lab and educational facility representatives, as well as manufacturing experts — to participate on the IAPMO Z1324 Technical Subcommittee (TSC). The scope of IAPMO Z1324 covers alternate water source systems for multi‐family, residential, and commercial use intended to process water from alternate water sources — such as greywater, rainwater, stormwater, air conditioning condensate, cooling tower makeup, vehicle wash and other nonpotable reuse applications not specifically listed — for use in subsurface and/or surface irrigation and toilet/urinal flushing applications. The Z1324 standard will be developed by this TSC.
IAPMO Seeks Technical Subcommittee Members for Development of National Standard IAPMO Z124.10
IAPMO is seeking volunteers, with technical background in plumbing and mechanical systems — such as jurisdictional authorities, testing lab and educational facility representatives, as well as manufacturing experts — to participate on the IAPMO Z124 Technical Subcommittee (TSC). A new standard, Z124.10, for water closet and urinal partitions, will be developed by this TSC.
IAPMO Promotes Marcello, Nunez, Lindsay
IAPMO is pleased to announce the promotions of Tony Marcello to senior vice president of Training and Credentialing Services, D.J. Nunez to senior vice president of Field Services, and Christopher Lindsay to vice president of Government Relations.

“We are fortunate to be able to promote these highly qualified, knowledgeable people to these senior positions within our organization,” IAPMO CEO Dave Viola said. “IAPMO is well positioned to cement our status as a leader in the plumbing and mechanical industries for years to come. Congratulations, Tony, D.J. and Christopher.”
Pandemic Leads to Sharp Pullback in Commercial and Multifamily Construction Starts in 2020
Only three of the top 20 metro areas post gains during the year

NEW JERSEY—January 26, 2021—The value of commercial and multifamily construction starts in the top 20 metropolitan areas of the U.S. lost 23% in 2020, falling to $111.1 billion according to Dodge Data & Analytics. Nationally, commercial and multifamily starts tumbled 20% over the year to $193.4 billion. Commercial and multifamily construction starts in the top 10 metro areas dropped 23% during the year with only one metro area — Phoenix AZ — reporting an increase. In the second largest group of metro areas (those ranked 11 through 20), commercial and multifamily construction starts also lost 23%, with only Denver CO and Kansas City MO posting an increase for the year.
ASHRAE Epidemic Task Force Releases Core Recommendations for Reducing Airborne Infectious Aerosol Exposure and Communities of Faith Building Guidance
The ASHRAE Epidemic Task Force has released new guidance to address control of airborne infectious aerosol exposure and recommendations for communities of faith buildings.

An infectious aerosol is a suspension in air of fine particles or droplets containing pathogens such as the SARS-CoV-2 virus that can cause infections when inhaled. They can be produced by breathing, talking, sneezing and other as well as by flushing toilets and by certain medical and dental procedures.

ASHRAE’s Core Recommendations for Reducing Airborne Infectious Aerosol Exposure concisely summarize the main points found in the detailed guidance documents produced by the ASHRAE Epidemic Task Force. They are based on the concept that ventilation, filtration and air cleaners can be combined flexibly to achieve exposure reduction goals subject to constraints that may include comfort, energy use and costs.
Mayor Durkan Transmits Legislation to Ban Fossil Fuels for Heating in New Construction to Further Electrify Buildings Using Clean Energy
Following the State Environmental Policy Act process, Mayor Jenny A. Durkan announced that she has transmitted to City Council the proposed update to the energy code that would further electrify buildings using clean energy and restrict fossil fuels for most building use. By updating its energy code, the City will restrict the use of fossil fuels in new commercial and large multi-family construction for space and most water heating in order to cut down on the significant emissions contributed by the building sector. Space and water heating account for most building gas use according to City and national data.  

“2020 and 2021 will be remembered as years of crises, and as we recover, Seattle can create a more equitable city with green buildings. It is up to Seattle and other cities to make the bold changes necessary to lower our greenhouse gas emissions,” said Mayor Durkan. “Business as usual will not get us to a future where all Seattle residents, especially our Black, Indigenous and people of color neighbors who are unfairly burdened by environmental inequities, enjoy a healthy and prosperous future. Electrifying our buildings is an important step in the many actions needed to curb climate pollution.” 
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