Illinois Plumbing Code Under Revision
The Illinois Plumbing Code is under revision and proposals being considered would ban the use of: temperature actuated mixing valves for hot water distribution (ASSE 1017 devices); galvanized steel pipe for both drainage/vent pipe and water service pipe; and
non-metallic RPZ backflow preventer devices when associated with dialysis equipment. On February 11, 2019 ASA submitted
comments on the proposed changes to the IPC. Additional information will be provided as the process moves forward.
International Plumbing Code
The IPC is a model code developed by the International Code Council. It is currently under review for updates to be included in in 2021 publication of the model code. The following provides background on the review process activities:
Final public hearings are being held in Richmond, VA on October 28 and 29, 2018. Next steps following the hearings in Richmond, VA:
- On-line Government Consensus Vote – ICC Government Body representatives will vote on final decisions of the IPC Code Committee (approximately 4 – 5 week timeline)
- ICC Board confirmation
- Published in 2021
Uniform Plumbing Code
The UPC is a model code developed by the International Association of Plumbing & Mechanical Officials (IAPMO). It is currently under review for updates to be included in in 2021 publication of the model code. The following provides background on the review process activities:
ASME A-112 Product Standards
The American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME) A112 Committee is responsible for the development and maintenance of product standards covering all types of plumbing fixtures including: water closets, faucets, drainage systems, and air-gap devices.
ASSE Product Standards
The American Society of Sanitary Engineering (ASSE) Product Standards Committee is responsible for the development and maintenance of product standards focusing in the areas of backflow prevention, and water temperature control.
ASTM Product Standards
ASA participates in several Main Committee activities at ASTM including:
- ASTM Committee E06 on Performance of Buildings address issues relating to the performance of buildings, their elements, components, and the description, measurement, prediction, improvement and management of the overall performance of buildings and building related facilities.
- ASTM Committee E36 on Conformity Assessment cover all aspects important to conformity assessment, including, operation and recognition of accreditation bodies and conformity assessment entities for calibration and testing laboratories, inspection bodies, and certification and registration bodies.
- ASTM Committee F17 on Plastic Piping Systems responsible for product standards that are referenced in many plumbing and building codes and ensure quality and performance for the plastic pipe industry.
Current open ballots under consideration: