Unified codes proposed for USA

The International Code Council (ICC) and International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) have announced proposals to develop single codes for the American plumbing and mechanical sectors. The codes will apply across all American states and publication is expected by 2009.

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By  Alison Luke Published  September 23, 2006

The International Code Council (ICC) and International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) have announced proposals to develop single codes for the American plumbing and mechanical sectors. The codes will apply across all American states and publication is expected by 2009. Details of the proposed joint venture were rolled out at a National Town Hall Meeting held in Denver, Colorado during July. The two bodies have been in formal discussions regarding the unification of codes for the sectors since mid-2005. The ICC currently publishes the International Plumbing Code and International Mechanical Code, while the IAPMO publishes the Uniform Plumbing Code (UPC) and Uniform Mechanical Code (UMC). Currently the use of the regulations varies between American States, which has led to higher administration costs and causes the potential for confusion on installations. It was announced at the Town Hall Meeting that the new joint code would be based primarily on the UPC and UMC, although the panel reported that 95% of material in the codes is similar. An integration committee will develop a list of proposed changes for the next round of hearings to create true hybrids of the existing codes. The new codes will be titled the International Uniform Plumbing Code (IUPC) and the International Uniform Mechanical Code (IUMC). The ICC is a membership association dedicated to providing codes for the safety and performance of the built environment. It develops codes used to construct residential and commercial buildings. IAPMO is a membership organisation serving industry, government, consumers and parties within America and internationally. It is dedicated to the protection of the public’s health and safety through the development and maintenance of codes.

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