Q3 2023
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IAPMO Publishes Spanish Versions of 2021 Uniform Plumbing Code and Uniform Mechanical Code
IAPMO has published Spanish versions of the 2021 editions of the Uniform Plumbing Code (UPC®) and Uniform Mechanical Code (UMC®), available in both hardcopy and digital formats. The English versions of these codes were completed in a three‐year consensus development cycle accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).
IAPMO R&T Lab Opens Product Test Lab in Mexico
IAPMO R&T Lab, a trusted name for independent testing, research, and technical services in the plumbing and mechanical industries, recently opened its first product test lab in Mexico. Located in Monterrey, IAPMO Mexico is accredited by entidad Mexicana de acreditación, A.C. (ema) and approved by Comisión Nacional del Agua (CONAGUA) to test plumbing products destined for the Mexican market.
EPA Revising WaterSense Specifications for Tank-Type Toilets
On June 26, 2023, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its intent to revise its specification for tank-type toilets to earn the WaterSense® label. EPA is reevaluating the effective flush volume requirements, including the criteria for dual-flush toilets, due to changes in the marketplace resulting from state and local requirements, opportunities to further transform the marketplace, and potential for additional water savings. As part of this Notice of Intent (NOI), EPA is considering establishing a singular maximum flush volume requirement (i.e., a maximum flush of 1.28 gallons per flush [gpf]) that would apply to both single-flush toilets and the full-flush volume of dual-flush toilets to provide assurance of water savings irrespective of user behavior. Interested parties can view the presentation slides, a recording of the public meeting, and a meeting summary on WaterSense’s residential toilets web page.

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IAPMO Launches the IAPMO Codes Portal
IAPMO, publisher of the Uniform Plumbing Code (UPC), Uniform Mechanical Code (UMC), Uniform Solar, Hydronics and Geothermal Code (USHGC), and the Uniform Swimming Pool, Spa and Hot Tub Code (USPSHTC) is launching its new IAPMO Codes Portal. The IAPMO Codes Portal connects the industry with the IAPMO code development process.
IAPMO Seeks Technical Subcommittee Members for Development of American National Standard IAPMO Z1393
IAPMO is seeking volunteers with a technical background in plumbing products and/or bathroom cabinet design and testing — including jurisdictional authorities, test lab representatives, and manufacturing and product design experts — to participate on the IAPMO Z1393 technical subcommittee (TSC). The scope of the IAPMO Z1393 standard covers bathroom vanity assemblies intended for both residential and commercial applications and specifies requirements for materials, physical characteristics, performance testing, and markings.
IAPMO Issues Proclamation Observing 2023 SepticSmart Week
IAPMO President David Gans and CEO David Viola issued the following proclamation:

WHEREAS, proper septic system use and routine care are vital to protecting public health, preserving our highly valued groundwater, lakes, streams and waterways, and avoiding costly repairs that can result from neglect; and
IAPMO to Host Third Annual Water Demand Calculator™ Virtual Summit on Nov. 7
IAPMO will host the third annual Water Demand Calculator™ Virtual Summit from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. EST Nov. 7.

This four-hour event will review some of the steps taken over the past year in expanding the Water Demand Calculator from residential to commercial buildings, review new adoptions of Appendix M, discuss the ANSI-accredited development process, and discuss how the Water Demand Calculator can help solve a number of issues in multifamily construction. The theme for this year’s summit will be “First Up.”
ASSE International Publishes New Edition of Backflow Prevention Field Test Procedures Booklet
ASSE International has published the seventh edition of its Field Test Procedures Using Three-Valve and Five-Valve Test Kits booklet. Available in both hardcopy and digital versions, this easy-to-use booklet provides guides for testing ASSE 1013, Reduced Pressure Principle Backflow Prevention Assemblies (RP); ASSE 1015, Double Check Backflow Prevention Assemblies (DC); ASSE 1020, Pressure Vacuum Breaker Backflow Prevention Assemblies (PVB); and ASSE 1056, Spill Resistant Vacuum Breaker Backflow Prevention Assemblies (SRVB) using three-valve and five-valve test kits. The booklet also includes troubleshooting flowcharts and guides for backflow prevention assemblies. Featuring durable, waterproof paper, this conveniently sized pocket guide is a perfect on-site reference for backflow prevention assembly testers and other cross-connection control professionals.
RPA, IGSHPA sign MoU to Advance and Promote Geothermal Heating and Cooling
The Radiant Professionals Alliance (RPA) and International Ground Source Heat Pump Association (IGSHPA) have entered into a memorandum of understanding with the mutual goal of promoting and advancing technological innovations of geothermal systems. The partnership will coordinate RPA, IGSHPA and its respective members with technical activities coordination, research, education, advocacy, publications and leadership for more sustainable building operations and the green economy.
IAPMO Solicits Proposals for 2027 UPC, UMC
The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO®), publisher of the Uniform Plumbing Code® (UPC) and Uniform Mechanical Code® (UMC), is calling for formal code proposals toward the development of the 2027 editions of these prospective American National Standard designated model codes. All proposals recommending new text, revised text or the deletion of text must be written in legislative format and clearly state the reason behind the recommendation.
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Texas State Plumbing Board Adopts ASSE Professional Qualifications Standard for Medical Gas Systems Personnel
The Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners (TSBPE) has adopted a rule recognizing ASSE 6010, a professional qualifications standard for medical gas systems personnel. This decision expands qualification opportunities for medical gas piping installation and ensures the highest standards are upheld for the safety of healthcare facilities and patients. This rule will go into effect July 26.
IAPMO Applauds Introduction of Federal Water Efficiency, Conservation and Sustainability Legislation
The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO®) voices its support for the Water Efficiency, Conservation, and Sustainability Act of 2023, legislation introduced by Sen. Alex Padilla (D-CA) and U.S. Rep. Mike Levin (D-CA) that would provide resources to communities to implement water-efficiency upgrades and to establish programs to repair leaks, especially in areas experiencing severe drought. The association is especially proud that the legislation includes grants to states, tribal governments and local authorities that adopt IAPMO’s Water Efficiency and Sanitation Standard for the Built Environment (WE•Stand).
APEC Forum Explores Importance of International Standards for Safe Drinking Water, Product Compliance and Properly Trained Workforce
IAPMO and its charitable arm, the International Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Foundation (IWSH™), helped host a daylong water forum during the recently concluded Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Third Senior Officials’ and Ministerial Meeting. The event was sponsored by the United States government and co-sponsored by Australia, Canada, Indonesia, Japan, New Zealand, Philippines, Chinese Taipei, and Thailand. It provided an opportunity for senior officials from APEC Economies to discuss the importance of drinking water quality and to begin to develop a roadmap for future action.
Bipartisan Federal Mechanical Insulation Act of 2023 Introduced 
The Mechanical Insulators Labor Management Cooperative Trust (LMCT) is proud to announce the introduction of the bipartisan Federal Mechanical Insulation Act of 2023 (FMIA) by Rep. Randy Weber (R-Texas) and Rep. Linda SAnchez (D-Calif.) to the House of Representatives on July 14.

Mechanical Insulation provides large-scale and long-term energy efficiency, emissions reductions, cost savings and safety benefits at manufacturing facilities, power plants, refineries, hospitals, universities, and government buildings while creating thousands of American jobs, with the manufacturing of nearly all Mechanical Insulation taking place in the U.S.
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