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Chief Executive Officer's Message 
 
 

GP Russ Chaney
Chief Executive Officer

It was wonderful seeing many of you at IAPMO’s 87th annual Education and Business Conference in Albuquerque, N.M. I’d like to take this moment to thank Conference Chairman Steve Crespin and Host Courtenay Eichhorst for their hospitality; it truly made for an outstanding conference! A special thanks to Pat McMurray, Director of the New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department, for welcoming our membership to Albuquerque. It was truly valued by everyone in attendance. I hope to see many of you next year in Anchorage, Alaska, for IAPMO’s 88th annual Education and Business Conference.

My congratulations to newly elected President DJ Nunez. I look forward to working closely with you in the coming year.

I would like to thank Immediate Past President Bruce Pfeiffer for his commitment to IAPMO and its vision. His dedicated leadership on the Board of Directors was evident as he attended various meetings that helped improve IAPMO’s recognition and the services we provide throughout the world. Thank you, Bruce!

I am also grateful to the industry’s most dedicated and talented volunteers, who serve on IAPMO’s numerous committees and boards. These ladies and gentlemen take a significant amount of time from their jobs and families to serve IAPMO and help further its goals to protect the public’s health and safety. I cannot overstate how proud I am to work with such dedicated, hardworking members. 

For those of you who were unable to travel to Albuquerque, the following is a summary of the report I gave to the membership on the final day of conference, describing The IAPMO Group’s major initiatives over the past year. 

Code Adoptions & Field Services
IAPMO’s very capable field services staff, led by Dwight Perkins, Senior Vice President of Field Services, stands ready to assist chapters and members in a variety of ways. Located throughout the United States and in the U.S. Virgin Islands, field managers offer code advocacy support working in tandem with allied associations to promote the adoption of the Uniform Codes. They assist in developing a strategy for the successful adoption of the IAPMO codes and provide testimony at code hearings. The field managers’ other focus is providing support to nearly 80 IAPMO local chapters to provide educational programs, assistance with membership recruitment, and to discuss code issues.  New and renewed code adoptions include:

• New Mexico adopted the 2012 UPC, UMC, USEC, and USPSHTC
• Minnesota adopted the 2012 UPC
• U.S. Virgin Islands adopted the 2012 USEC and USPSHTC
• California released the 2016 CPC and CMC in July
• Austin, Texas, adopted the 2012 UPC, UMC, and USEC
• Houston, Texas, adopted the 2012 UPC and UMC
• Wichita, Kansas, adopted the 2012 UPC
• Salina, Kansas, adopted the 2012 UPC and UMC
• Emporia, Kansas, adopted the 2012 UPC
• Maine adopted the 2015 UPC. 

Codes, Publications, and Support Services
The Code Development department is working diligently on the 2018 editions of the Uniform Plumbing Code, Uniform Mechanical Code, Uniform Swimming Pool, Spa and Hot Tub Code and Uniform Solar Energy and Hydronics Code. 

The development of WE•Stand is well underway, with an expected release date of December. The water provisions within IAPMO’s 2015 Green Plumbing and Mechanical Code Supplement served as the basis for this new standard and, upon its publication, WE•Stand will replace the GPMCS. The first WE•Stand Technical Committee took place in April at IAPMO’s World Headquarters – West. More than 160 public proposals and task group recommendations were acted upon. 

Education
In the past year, IAPMO experts trained almost 6,500 students in more than 200 classroom seminars. In order to increase the support to IAPMO members and the plumbing and mechanical industry as a whole, IAPMO has been directing its efforts toward becoming an Approved Provider for more states and jurisdictions. IAPMO has always taken great pride in its education programs and is dedicated to providing new and innovative training to state and local agencies, as well as chapters and other organizations. 

The Education and Training Committee continued working toward supporting the growing number of combination inspectors. They will soon begin work on the 2018 Guide to Important Code Changes. The Education and Training Committee is focused on bringing new and innovative training to the market.

The UPC and UMC Workshop committees continue to provide unparalleled content for this hands-on event that is now used in classrooms around the country. Hardworking volunteers, many of who attended IAPMO’s annual conference and outdid themselves by providing a workshop event that is unparalleled in the industry, do all of this work. Once the 2018 codes are completed, the committee will begin to work on incorporating the code material with their drawings.

Membership Services
National membership grew 5.3 percent over the past year. There are nearly 80 IAPMO chapters worldwide. President Pfeiffer and the IAPMO Board decided against an increase for the coming year, keeping dues at the existing competitive rates. The membership department will continue to add new member benefits in 2017, looking to increase the value of the IAPMO membership. 

IAPMO Global Policy
The IAPMO Group was invited to participate in the first White House Water Summit on March 22. The summit helped raise awareness of water issues and potential solutions in the United States, and to catalyze ideas and actions to help build a sustainable and secure water future through innovative science and technology. At the Water Summit, IAPMO unveiled the IAPMO Drought Toolkit, which provides an online resource to help communities, manufacturers, and governments find ways to save water.  You can find this toolkit here.

IAPMO was invited to attend the High Performance Buildings Congressional Coalition. The Coalition provides guidance and support to the High Performance Building Caucus of the U.S. Congress. It has a membership of approximately 200 organizations and is chaired by Dain Hansen, IAPMO’s Senior Vice President of Government Affairs. In June, the Coalition hosted the largest and most supported High Performance Week on Capitol Hill. 

In July 2016, Dain Hansen and Christopher Lindsay were invited to participate in an official U.S. Government Water Trade Delegation to Singapore, Vietnam, and the Philippines. The IAPMO Group was successful in securing USAID’s support for our further development and engagement in the Philippines. Under grants from USAID, IAPMO held high level government discussions in other regions, such as the Middle East and East Africa.

IAPMO Advocacy and Outreach
Senior Vice President of Advocacy, Research, and Program Development Pete DeMarco was appointed as Lead Facilitator to the ANSI Energy Efficiency Standardization Coordination Collaborative (EESCC), which is a cross-sector, neutral forum and focal point for broad-based coordination among energy efficiency activities involving or impacted by standardization (i.e., standards, codes, conformance activities) and regulations. In April, the EESCC published a progress report to the strategic roadmap detailing the standards and conformity assessment programs needed to enable a more energy and water efficient built environment.  The Roadmap can be found here.

The ANSI Regional Standing Committee – Asia Pacific was created in an effort to broaden the participation by ANSI in the formulation of policy positions regarding regional standards and conformity assessment activities. This year, IAPMO participated at the 2016 Pacific Area Standard Congress. Shirley Dewi, Senior Vice President of Management System Registration, provided a presentation on IAPMO Group activities in Indonesia.

IAPMO R&T
IAPMO R&T is the only product certification body providing plumbing product certification for the entire North American Market (USA, Canada and Mexico). It enables manufacturers to obtain all of their needed certifications for the North American market through one organization. IAPMO R&T continues to be the leader for plumbing product certification with the cUPC® shield being the most recognized and accepted mark in the industry. 

IAPMO R&T Lab
IAPMO R&T Lab operates four laboratories that test plumbing, gas, appliance, swimming pool and spa, water quality/filtration, backflow prevention, irrigation systems, electrical, and building products. The four labs are located in World Headquarters East and West, Ontario, Calif.; Guangzhou, China; and most recently added, Jakarta, Indonesia. 

Plumbing Industry Leadership Coalition (PILC)
The U.S. Plumbing Industry Leadership Coalition (PILC) was co-created by IAPMO, PMI, and ASPE to provide a forum for U.S.-based plumbing industry organizations to collaborate on issues of common interest or concern. This year, the coalition met in Chicago in conjunction with the International Emerging Technology Symposium. Attendees included organizations such as the United Association, Mechanical Contractors Association of America, Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors National Association, Alliance for Water Efficiency, Copper Development Association, Plastic Pipe and Fittings Association, Water Quality Association, International Code Council, and many others. 

Plumbing Efficiency Research Coalition (PERC)
You may recall that in 2009 IAPMO co-founded the Plumbing Efficiency Research Coalition (PERC) with ASPE, AWE, ICC, PHCC, and PMI. PERC is a collaborative network that advances plumbing research initiatives pertaining to water efficiency. In November 2012, the coalition released the much-anticipated Drainline Transport Study. Since then, Phase 2 – The Drainline Transport of Solid Waste in Buildings was released. In April 2016, PERC updated Phase 2.0 with 2.1 – Supplement. This finding addresses long held questions pertaining to drainline transport of solid waste in building drains. It identifies a “tipping point,” where drainline transport becomes problematic due to water withdrawals, and addresses the influence of pipe sizing in building drains. The reports are available for free and can be found here.

ASPE/IAPMO WQRF Pipe Sizing Research
IAPMO joined forces with ASPE to undertake research that would update Hunter’s Curve, which serves as the engineering basis of plumbing fixture-unit design in the model plumbing codes and is limited to residential buildings. An important initiative given hugely reduced water flows in drainage systems within buildings, it was determined that advancements are needed to address water quality. The results, published in a white paper in December 2015, serve as the basis for a code change proposal for the 2018 Uniform Plumbing Code.

International Emerging Technology Symposium (IETS)
The Fifth International Emerging Technology Symposium (IETS) was convened in Chicago in May. Originally co-hosted by IAPMO and the World Plumbing Council (WPC), this international event now includes seven additional plumbing and water efficiency co-hosts, including the Alliance for Water Efficiency (AWE), American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE), the Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating (CIPH), the Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA), the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors National Association (PHCC), the Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI), and the United Association (UA). IAPMO acts as the primary developer of the technical program. Some of the topics addressed this year included: mitigation of opportunistic pathogens in plumbing, water re-use technologies, hot water systems efficiency, and net-zero water technologies. The next IETS will be held in Spring 2018. We look forward to seeing you there!

National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS)
Pete DeMarco served as chair of the Institute’s Consultative Council (CC) in 2016. The Consultative Council assembles high-level building community representatives to make recommendations directly to the President of the United States and Congress to improve our nation's buildings and infrastructure. Pete has served as chair of the Energy and Water Efficiency topical committee for the CC. The 2016 report will be published in January 2017.  NIBS will schedule a Congressional briefing and a White House follow-up meeting after publication.

International Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Foundation (IWSH)
As I reported in the previous issue of Official, the IWSH Foundation is up and running. Perhaps one of the most exciting IWSH projects is the Community Plumbing Challenge (CPC). Bringing together student teams from around the world, this challenge solves major clean water delivery and sanitation system concerns for villages in need. The most recent CPC was held in Diepsloot, South Africa, where teams from Australia, India, South Africa, and the United States worked together to design and install a series of new communal toilet facilities for the village residents. The results of the teams’ work was showcased in Cape Town, South Africa, at the World Plumbing Council conference in September. IWSH will continue to promote and support these Community Plumbing Challenges in an effort to provide safe access to clean water and sanitation. You can read more about the IWSH projects here.  

WorldSkills Foundation
This year, IAPMO became a Global Industry Partner with WorldSkills Foundation. As a Global Partner, we have an opportunity to exhibit in the pavilion where the WorldSkills Plumbing Competition occurs. IAPMO will expand its work of improving the health of people everywhere through the power of skills development and exhibition.

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.

Earlier this year we lost a well-respected and talented architect who led a humanitarian effort in his home country of Australia and around the globe. I came to admire Paul Pholeros as a result of his vision of helping others through resilient and sustainable sanitary design and application.  For a number of years, IAPMO has supported and collaborated with Healthabitat’s Sanitation Studio program, which addresses community sanitation and skills development needs in locations including Nepal, Bangladesh, South Africa, Papua New Guinea, and the United States. We have lost a true leader and someone who has helped change people’s lives for the better. Paul will be missed.

The year 2016 marked IAPMO’s 90th anniversary, an accomplishment that would make IAPMO’s founders proud. As you read through the various articles in this magazine, take note of the breadth of this great organization — your organization. What began as a discussion back in 1926 by a handful of plumbing inspectors is now a global operation providing services well beyond one code.