This course seeks to inform architects and LEED professionals, as well as plumbing engineers and designers, about the various aspects of regulatory compliance for plumbing fixtures. The course will review the history and adoption of plumbing codes, standards, and certifications. The course will also provide detailed analysis of how these can help reduce water consumption while maintaining maximum performance.

Learning Objectives

  • Review the history and current status of codes and standards for interior commercial plumbing water efficiency and the water-energy nexus.
  • Understand the differences between various third-party certifications including IAPMO, ICC, NSF, and UL CSA, as well as UPC, cUPC, and UPC GREEN.
  • Discuss how the current codes and standards have reduced water consumption rates and how there is a lack of consistency between federal, state, and local regulations.
  • Understand the introduction of voluntary specifications for water-using urinals and the new flushometer-valve water closets and high efficiency flushometer valves to WaterSense, including differences in dual flush and MaP requirements.