Q2 2021
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2021 Uniform Plumbing Code Seminar Review – Key Changes in the 2021 Edition of the Uniform Plumbing Code
Presented by IAPMO Region 4 Field Services Manager Brian Rogers, the Uniform Plumbing Code® (UPC) seminar at IAPMO’s 91st annual Education and Business Conference, delivered virtually via online meeting platform, highlighted key new provisions and changes from the 2018 edition to the 2021 edition of the UPC

Rogers began his presentation by pointing out the 2021 UPC begins with the Section Relocation, a handy tool that quickly identifies where code sections have moved within the code. Chapter 2 presents numerous new and altered definitions of terms used throughout the code.
Circuit Vent. The vent that connects to a horizontal drainage branch and vents two traps to a maximum of eight traps connected into a battery of fixtures. 
“Circuit Venting provisions were moved from the appendices to the body of the code in 2015,” Rogers said. “However, from 2015 to 2018, the UPC editions did not define circuit venting, so to provide clarity the definition was added to the 2021 UPC.” 
IAPMO R&T Provides Testing and Certification for Personal Hygiene Devices
Lately, social media users have likely swiped past numerous advertisements for bidet sprayers without bidet — we called them personal hygiene devices — featuring such promises as “A healthier life with less toilet paper.” Others bill their product as a “Shower Toilet.” 

The main attractive feature of these devices is the combination of two plumbing fixtures, 
toilet and bidet, into one unit, saving both space and costly renovation. 

Bidet fixtures have been in existence since the 18th century and are believed to have originated in France. In several European countries, a bidet is required by law to be installed in every bathroom containing a toilet. The American Bidet Company in 1965 produced a fixture with an adjustable spray nozzle and warm water option for the United States market, but the expense and additional required floor space made the product undesirable and it was soon discontinued. 
IAPMO Seeks UPC, UMC Task Group Members
The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) is accepting applications and seeking technical experts to participate on task groups relating to condensate and indoor horticulture facilities.

The scope of the Condensate Task Group is to evaluate provisions related to condensate discharge, drainage interconnections through a common drain, indirect connections, condensate traps, and protection of trap seals. Additionally, the task group will review the allowance for interconnecting condensate discharge between dwelling units and/or tenant spaces, to address any potential issues with biological aerosols passing through the condensate drainage systems. The recommendations provided by the task group will be forwarded to the UPC and UMC Technical Committees as a public comment for consideration in the development of the 2024 editions of the UPC and UMC.
IAPMO Published U.S., Canadian Standard for Detection, Monitoring, Control of Plumbing Systems
The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) has published ANSI/CAN/IAPMO Z1349-2021 (Devices for Detection, Monitoring or Control of Plumbing Systems) as both an American National Standard and National Standard of Canada. Formerly known as IGC 115 and IGC 349, the ANSI/CAN/IAPMO Z1349 covers devices for detection, monitoring or control of water supply and distribution systems for commercial and residential applications and specifies requirements for materials, performance testing, environmental limitations, installation and markings.
IAPMO R&T’s Supply Chain Services Hires Nicolas Bouvier
IAPMO R&T’s Supply Chain Services (SCS) has significantly bolstered its management team with the hiring of Nicolas Bouvier as director. Bouvier brings 20-plus years’ experience operating inspection management programs in more than 30 countries worldwide.
 
“We are thrilled to bring Nicolas’ wealth of hands-on experience and specialized knowledge to IAPMO’s Supply Chain Services,” said IAPMO Chief Technical Services Officer Tom Palkon. “Existing and prospective clients will quickly appreciate his dynamic leadership as they seek a partner in better management of their supply chain concerns. An even more savvy and responsive SCS team represents a strong complement to The IAPMO Group’s long-standing, highly regarded global testing and certification services.”
 
A project management professional (PMP) and certified supply chain professional (CSCP) with a Master of Business Administration from the University of South Australia, Bouvier comes to Supply Chain Services from TUV Rheinland Group, where he’s spent the past 10 years based in Hong Kong in various roles including Greater China Inspection Services general manager, Global Inspection Services director and, most recently, innovation manager.
Supplier Factory Evaluation Program – A program by IAPMO R&T’s Supply Chain Services
The pandemic has forced companies to reinvent how they operate, as what was previously challenging and expensive to begin with is no longer even an option.
           
A few questions to ask yourself:
·    Are you losing sight of your suppliers and how they produce your orders?
·    Are you placing too much blind trust in your outsourcing?
·    Are you feeling uneasy following your orders remotely?
·    Are you trying to reduce costs while maintaining quality products from your supplier?

If the answer to any of the questions above is yes, maybe it’s time for you to consider contacting IAPMO R&T’s Supply Chain Services (IAPMO SCS) for a free consultation on Supplier Factory Evaluation Program. 

To learn more about this program and what services are available from IAPMO SCS, you may direct your browser to www.scsiapmo.org or contact us via e-mail at solutions@scsiapmo.org
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