GP Russ Chaney
Chief Executive Officer
IAPMO and the NSPC: Stronger Together
I’m thrilled to inform the membership that IAPMO has acquired all rights to the National Standard Plumbing Code (NSPC), which was previously owned by the Plumbing Heating Cooling Contractors, National Association. The NSPC continues to be used in the states of New Jersey and Maryland. I had the pleasure of serving as the Secretariat of the NSPC. The code was originally adopted in 1977 when the New Jersey Department of Consumer Affairs was established. It continues to provide enhanced health and safety requirements for plumbing systems. The past two editions incorporated an appendix that includes IAPMO’s Green Plumbing and Mechanical Code Supplement for promulgating water and energy conservation provisions.
The NSPC is a very good code and is similar to the UPC. IAPMO has no plans, at this time, to withdraw the NSPC and, in fact, has plans to enhance the code support services in New Jersey, Maryland, and other jurisdictions using the NSPC. We also do not have plans on changing the code development process or the code development committee. We will publish the 2018 and 2021 editions, and at some point speak with the industry in New Jersey and Maryland to decide on the continued development and implementation of the NSPC.
These past seven months have been extremely useful in that the outcome of this agreement is a win-win for the industry and organizations in New Jersey and Maryland. By the time you read this article, IAPMO will have taken over the sales support obligation and will house the prior editions at IAPMO’s World Headquarters – West warehouse in Ontario, California. IAPMO will make preprints of the 2018 edition available to adopting jurisdictions in New Jersey and Maryland. I want to reiterate that we will continue to sustain the ongoing development and promulgation of the NSPC.
IAPMO staff is looking forward to returning to Anchorage, Alaska, for IAPMO’s 88th annual Education and Business Conference. Anchorage provides a unique environment for the final meeting in the development of the 2018 editions of the UPC and UMC. Anchorage has had two of IAPMO’s past presidents (Roger Courtney and Gary Hile) serve as Chief Plumbing Inspector. IAPMO’s Alaska Central Chapter has been very aggressive in supporting World Plumbing Day, as well as the establishment of IAPMO’s IWSH foundation and the Community Plumbing Challenge. If you’ve never been to Alaska, take this opportunity to see nature in its purest form. Winter will be coming on fast in late September, but our previous two conferences in Anchorage have provided a beautiful venue to enjoy what the state has to offer.
Earlier I mentioned the final meeting in IAPMO’s code development of the 2018 editions of the UPC and UMC. The Association Technical Meeting Convention will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 26, which provides membership with the final opportunity to have its voice heard on each proposal in the development cycle.
About 15 years ago, IAPMO decided to enhance the education and seminar sessions offered during conference. Many attendees pay their own way to attend and we have heard loud and clear from the industry that education is a priority — or as much of a priority as the code development process. Throughout the years, we have increased the education and seminar sessions that we provide throughout the week. Many of the instructors are chief plumbing and mechanical inspectors, third party instructors, and even IAPMO staff who have the required expertise in the industry.
Those in attendance will get an opportunity to enjoy the Wednesday evening outing, which will be held at the Alaska Heritage Native Center. Attendees will enjoy life-sized Native dwellings located around Lake Tiulana and learn about the traditional ways of the local peoples. We will have Native dancers and you will get to explore exhibits of the five major cultural groups in Alaska. In addition to these events we offer to industry professionals, we also offer a companion’s program because we’re mindful that many attendees bring their spouses/ companions to the annual conference. Throughout the week there are many activities for those attending as spouses/companions.
This year we’ll be at the Captain Cook Hotel and we’ll be utilizing the Egan Convention Center for the code development and education programs throughout the week. The Egan Convention Center is a very short walk from the hotel. I’m looking forward to welcoming you to one of the most beautiful cities in the United States — Anchorage, Alaska.
On the international front, construction is about to begin on IAPMO R&T Oceana’s new offices and plumbing and gas appliances test laboratory in Narre Warren, which is located southeast of Melbourne. In the leadup to the construction of our new water research center, IAPMO recently acquired HRL which is a gas appliance test lab. This acquisition will facilitate IAPMO’s well respected gas appliance certification program that’s used as a basis for regulating manufacturers and the use of gas appliances throughout Australia.
The facility at Narre Warren will be shared between IAPMO R&T Oceana and the Plumbing Industry Climate Action Center (PICAC). PICAC is a plumbing and mechanical apprentice and journeymen training institute that is leading the industry in Australia in training future tradesmen and women. This joint venture between IAPMO and PICAC permits apprentices and journeymen to learn about performance testing and the process of code and standard development applicable to our industry. Construction will begin in September 2017 and we are slated to occupy the offices and lab by December 2018. PICAC will immediately begin training at this location and our collective interests will be furthered by demonstrating many water and energy conservation techniques. We’re thrilled to bring this new world class facility online toward the end of 2018.
I’m saddened to report that Gilbert Kissling, former director of the state of Texas plumbing board and IAPMO past president (1999-2000) recently passed away. Gilbert and Irene are all that is good about IAPMO. As a lifelong tradesman and political influencer, Gilbert taught me many things during my early career at IAPMO. Our association has suffered a tremendous loss and I will dearly miss Gilbert.
Plumbing Industry Climate Action Centre (PICAC)
IAPMO continues to strengthen its relationship with PICAC. A vocational training center is currently being constructed in Narre Warren, Australia. The IAPMO Oceana state-of-the-art research and development lab is scheduled to be completed in December 2017. I look forward to bringing you additional information in the coming months.
World Plumbing Council
This year, IAPMO staff and Board members once again visited local schools to promote the importance of the plumbing industry to elementary-aged students as part of its annual celebration of World Plumbing Day — March 11 — every year, everywhere! Chapters, apprentice halls, plumbing contractors, and thousands of young students around the globe participated in various World Plumbing Day celebrations, spreading the good work of the plumbing industry. This year, IAPMO was successful in securing the first presidential recognition of World Plumbing Day by President Obama. I encourage you to get involved and help spread the word about World Plumbing Day.
I’m looking forward to seeing you at conference. Please join us for an intense week of education and code development. Have a safe journey!