Codes and Standards

  • 08.26.20

    Advocacy News

    DOE Receives 60-Day Notice of Pending Litigation To Force Release of HVAC Product Efficiency Standards

    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) was recently served with a 60-day letter notifying the Department of a party's intent to litigate. The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and a group of state attorneys general have separately filed letters regarding the DOE’s failure to meet mandatory deadlines for reviewing and amending product efficiency standards pursuant to the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA) in some 26 rulemakings.

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  • 08.26.20

    Advocacy News

    DOE Proposes Showerhead Revisions

    In 2011, the Obama Administration, through the Department of Energy (DOE), established a showerhead rule interpretation, which changed the definition of a showerhead. The Federal limit for a showerhead is 2.5 gallons per minute (gpm) at 80 pounds per square inch (psi) supply pressure.

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  • 07.09.20

    IAPMO to Present Webinar on Navigating Reopening Through Ups and Downs of COVID-19

    With the recent surge of coronavirus cases in a number of states in various stages of reopening causing confusion and uncertainty in the industry, IAPMO will host a free webinar, The COVID Rollercoaster: Navigating Your Business Through the Ups and Downs of State COVID Responses, on Wednesday, July 15, at 3:30 p.m. EDT.

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  • 05.28.20

    2021 UPC/UMC and 2018 NSPC-New Jersey Edition Available in the IAPMO Codes Mobile App

    The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) added three codes to the IAPMO Codes mobile app — the 2021 Uniform Plumbing Code (UPC), 2021 Uniform Mechanical Code (UMC) and 2018 National Standard Plumbing Code (NSPC)-New Jersey are now available for download — giving users constant access to their purchased code books on their mobile devices even when they are offline.

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  • 05.15.20

    The 2021 National Standard Plumbing Code – Illustrated Is Now Available

    The 2021 NSPC Illustrated edition – an updated version of the 2018 National Standard Plumbing Code Illustrated – is now available at the IAPMO Online Store. This code book provides the latest information about common materials, fixtures, devices and equipment systems used or installed in plumbing systems. The illustrations and supplementary notes make it an indispensable training tool. 

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  • 03.13.20

    Coronavirus Guidelines from PHCC—National Association

    We are all concerned with the potential for conditions to worsen. It is vitally important that PHCC members take the appropriate steps to reduce the impact of the outbreak on your business, workers, customers and the public.

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  • 03.11.20

    ASSE International Publishes Three Revised Product Performance Standards

    ASSE 1014-2020, Performance Requirements for Backflow Prevention Devices for Hand-held Showers, ASSE 1020-2020, Performance Requirements for Pressure Vacuum Breaker Assemblies, and ASSE 1069-2020, Performance Requirements for Automatic Temperature Control Mixing Valves, have been designated as American National Standards by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and are now available for purchase.

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  • 03.04.20

    Coronavirus Considerations for Contractors

    As of this writing, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports that there are 106 confirmed cases of U.S. citizens infected by what is called COVID-19, which stands for the year the coronavirus disease was discovered.  Contractors need to consider additional steps to protect employees to the extent they can.

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  • 01.29.20

    Advocacy News

    DOE Releases Final Process Rule That Addresses Energy Conservation Standards

    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced its intent to publish its Final Rule, “Procedures, Interpretations, and Policies for Consideration of New or Revised Energy Conservation Standards for Consumer Products,” more commonly called the Process Rule. PHCC has been following this rule and remains supportive of these changes.

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  • 01.15.20

    Refrigerant Regulations and Policies – 2019 Year-end Review

    As we enter 2020, the HVACR industry continues the transition to low-GWP refrigerants. As a point of reference, here’s an update of what was accomplished in 2019.

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