HVAC & Hyrdronics News

Distributors Must Be Involved in Codes and Standards

The codes and standards development process can be a confusing and overwhelming process that never ends. The American Supply Association (ASA) believes that being at the forefront battling code issues is necessary to protect the interest of its members. The ASA Codes and Standards department is a tool that ASA members have to engage themselves in the process. Read more.

Are You Ready for Proposition 65?

The American Supply Association (ASA), in collaboration with Intertek, will be providing a webinar on California Proposition 65 (Prop 65) regulation compliance and its upcoming changes. The webinar will be tailored to meet ASA’s unique membership needs and will answer many of the questions on this complex regulation, which applies to nearly every business selling products into California. It is crucial that distributors, manufacturers, and suppliers attend the webinar to ensure that they understand and comply with this regulation, which can be costly if left unchecked! The webinar is schedule for August 18, 2017 at 10:00 am CDT. Learn more and register for this important webinar.

ANSI Standards Action, Vol 48, No. 10 (3-22-17)

The latest issue of ANSI Standards Action (Volume 48, No. 10) is now available. The ANSI Standards Action document contains any public comments deadlines, new standards being developed and any call for members for American National Standards. Some of the highlighted items for the volume 48, No. 10 includes:

Comment Deadline: April 9, 2017:

  • NSF 40-201x (i29r1) (Revisions of NSF 40-2009 (i19)), Residential Wastewater Treatment System. This Standard contains minimum requirements for residential wastewater treatment systems having rated treatment capacities between 1514 L/day (400 gal/day) and 5678 L/day (1500 gal/day). Management methods for the treated effluent discharged from residential wastewater treatment systems are not addressed by this Standard. See all changes here. Comments can be sent (with copy to psa@ansi.org) to Lauren Panoff at Ipanoff@nsf.org.

Comment Deadline: April 24, 2017:

  • AHAM DH-1-201x, Dehumidifiers. This standard establishes a uniform, repeatable procedure for measuring the capacity and energy input of dehumidifiers under specified test conditions. Obtain an electronic copy from www.aham.org. Send comments (with copy to psa@ansi.org) to mali@aham.org.
  • ASTM D2846-201x (New Standard), Specification for Chlorinated Poly(Vinyl Chloride) (CPVC) Plastic Hot-and Cold-Water Distribution System. Obtain an electronic copy from cleonard@astm.org. Send comments (with copy to psa@ansi.org) to cleonard@astm.org.
  • ASTM F409-201x (New Standard), Specification for Thermoplastic Accessible and Replaceable Plastic Tube and Tubular Fittings. Obtain an electronic copy from cleonard@astm.org. Send comments (with copy to psa@ansi.org) to cleonard@astm.org.
  • ASTM F512-201x (New Standard), Specification for Smooth-Wall Poly (Vinyl Chloride) (PVC) Conduit and Fittings for Underground Installation. Obtain an electronic copy from cleonard@astm.org. Send comments (with copy to psa@ansi.org) to cleonard@astm.org
  • ASTM F1281-201x (New Standard), Specification for Crosslinked Polyethylene/Aluminum/Crosslinked Polyethylene (PEX-AL-PEX) Pressure Pipe (New Standard). Obtain an electronic copy from cleonard@astm.org. Send comments (with copy to psa@ansi.org) to cleonard@astm.org.
  • ASTM F1483-201x (New Standard), Specification for Oriented Poly(Vinyl Chloride), PVCO, Pressure Pipe. Obtain an electronic copy from cleonard@astm.org. Send comments (with copy to psa@ansi.org) to cleonard@astm.org.
  • ASTM F1733-201x (New Standard), Specification for Butt Heat Fusion Polyamide (PA) Plastic Fitting for Polyamide (PA) Plastic Pipe and Tubing. Obtain an electronic copy from cleonard@astm.org. Send comments (with copy to psa@ansi.org) to cleonard@astm.org.
  • ASTM F2929-201x (New Standard), Specification for Crosslinked Polyethylene (PEX) Tubing of 0.070 in. Wall and Fittings for Radiant Heating Systems up to 75 psig. Obtain an electronic copy from cleonard@astm.org. Send comments (with copy to psa@ansi.org) to cleonard@astm.org.
  • ASTM E648-201x (Revision of ASTM E648), Test Method for Critical Radiant Flux of Floor-Covering Systems Using a Radiant Heat Energy Source. Obtain an electronic copy from cleonard@astm.org. Send comments (with copy to psa@ansi.org) to cleonard@astm.org.
  • AWWA C907-201x (Revision of AWWA C907-2012), Injection-Molded Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) Pressure Fittings, 4 In. Through 12 In. (100 mm Through 300 mm), for Water, Wastewater, and Reclaimed Water Service. Obtain an electronic copy from vdavid@awwa.org. Send comments (with copy to psa@ansi.org) to vdavid@awwa.org.
  • BSR Z21.13-201x (same as CSA 4.9-201x) (Revision of ANSI Z21.13-2013), Gas-fired low pressure steam and hot boilers. Obtain an electronic copy from rake@csagroup.org. Send comments (with copy to psa@ansi.org) to rake@csagroup.org.
  • IAPMO USEHC-201x (Revision of ANSI Z21.13-2013), Uniform Solar Energy and Hydronics Code. Obtain an electronic copy from lynne.simnic@iapmo.org. Send comments (with copy to psa@ansi.org) to lynne.simnic@iapmo.org.

Comment Deadline: May 9, 2017:

Call for Members:

  • AHAM (Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers) has a call for members to participate in the AHAM DH-1-201x, Dehumidifiers (revision of AHAM DH-1-2008). Interested parties may contact Muhammad Ali at mali@aham.org.
  • NSF has a call for members to participate in the NSF 40-201x (i29r1), Residential Wastewater Treatment Systems (revision of NSF 40-2009 (i19)). Interested parties may contact Allan Rose at arose@nsf.org.

Important updates to CSA B214 Installation Code for Hydronic Heating Systems (3-9-17)

It is well known in industry circles that when designed and installed correctly, hydronic heating and cooling systems deliver the highest possible efficiency and comfort to building occupants. Likewise, hydronic snow and ice melting systems provide safety, convenience and access in challenging winter environments. But like any system, if not installed correctly, these systems may underperform, malfunction and disappoint owners. Read more

Stakeholder Discussions to Control Impurities in End-of-Life Brass Scrap (3-7-17)

ASA participated in a summit with the Copper Development Association (CDA) to discuss the recycling of lead-free brass products. As introduced in January 2014, EPA requires the maximum lead content for the wetted surfaces of plumbing products used in potable water to be 0.25 percent. Prior to the January 2014 amendment, the maximum lead content was 8 percent.Read more

ANSI Standards Action, Vol 48; No. 8 and No. 9 (3-7-17)

The latest issue of ANSI Standards Action (Volume 48, No. 8) and (Volume 48, No. 9 are now available. The ANSI Standards Action document contains any public comments deadlines, new standards being developed and any call for members for American National Standards. Some of the highlighted items for the volume 48, No. 8 and volume 48, No.9 includes:

Comment Deadline: April 10, 2017:

  • AWWA C220-201x (Revisions of AWWA C220-2012), Stainless-Steel Pipe-1/2 in. (13 mm) and Larger. This standard pertains to stainless-steel pipe that is seamless, longitudinal seam, or spiral-seam welded, 1/2 in. (13 mm) in nominal diameter and larger, intended for the transmission and distribution of potable water, wastewater, reclaimed water, and for use in other water-supply system facilities. Obtain a free copy from vdavid@awwa.org. Comments can be sent (with copy to psa@ansi.org) to vdavid@awwa.org.
  • UL 181-2013 (R201x), Standard for Safety for Factory-Made Air Ducts and Connectors. An electronic copy can be obtained from htttp://www.comm-2000.com. Comments can be sent (with copy to psa@ansi.org) to Griff Edwards atgriff.edwards@ul.com.
  • UL 60335-2-89-201x (R201x), Household and Similar Electrical Appliances-Safety-Part 2-89: Particular for Commercial Refrigerating Appliances with an incorporatedor Remote Refrigerant Unit or Compressor. Obtain an electronic copy from www.comm-2000.com. Comments can be sent (with copy to psa@ansi.org) to Alan McGrath at alan.t.mcgrath@ul.com.

Call for Members:

  • ASHRAE Standard 41.4-201x (Revisions, Standard Methods for Measurements of Proportion of Lubricant in Liquid Refrigerant. Stakeholders: HVAC&R equipment producers and consumers, test labs, instrument manufacturers, and code and regulatory agencies. Project Need: To describe and reference a different uncertainty method. To update the standard as appropriate. To fully comply with ASHRAE's mandatory language requirements. The purpose of this standard is to prescribe methods for the measuring of the proportion of lubricant in liquid refrigerant. Any questions pertaining to the new ASHRAE 41.4 standard, please contact Tanisha Meyers-Lisle at 678-539-1111 or by email at tmlisle@ashrae.org

U.S. District Court Rules in Favor of Copyright Protection for Standards Incorporated by Reference into Federal Regulations (2-17-17)

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI), the coordinator of the U.S. standards and conformity assessment system, is very pleased with the recent U.S. District Court ruling in favor of ASTM International, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), whose standards are incorporated into federal law. The District Court Judge held that Plaintiffs’ standards did not enter the public domain upon their incorporation by reference into federal regulations and did not thereby lose their copyright protection. The decision represents a victory for the standards community and prevents Public.Resource.Org from posting standards developing organization (SDO)-copyrighted codes and standards to its public website. Read more

ANSI Standards Action, Volume 48, No. 7 (2-17-17)

The latest issue of ANSI Standards Action ( Volume 48, No. 7 ) is now available. The ANSI Standards Action document contains any public comments deadlines, new standards being developed and any call for members for American National Standards. Some of the highlighted items for the volume 48, No. 7 includes:

Reaffirmation of the following standard (Comment Deadline: April 18, 2017):

  • ASME A112.1.2-2012 (R201x), Air Gaps in Plumbing Systems (for Plumbing Fixtures and Water-Connected Receptors)
  • ASME A112.3.1-2207 (R201x), Stainless Steel Drainage Systems for Sanitary DWV, Storm, and Vacuum Applications, Above and Below Ground
  • ASME A112.6.1M-1997 (R201x), Floor-Affixed Supports for Off-the-Floor Plumbing Fixtures for Public Use
  • ASME A112.14.1-2003 (R201x), Backwater Valves
  • ASME A112.14.4-2001 (R201x), Grease Removal Devices
  • ASME A112.18.3-2002 (R201x), Performance Requirements for Backflow Protection Devices and Systems in Plumbing Fixture Fittings
  • ASME A112.19.15-2012 (R201x), Bathtubs/Whirlpool Bathtubs with Pressure Sealed Doors
  • ASME A112.36.2M-2008 (R201x), Cleanouts

Comments on any of the above reaffirmation ASME standards can be sent to Angel Guzman (with copy to psa@ansi.org) at guzman@asme.org. Angel can also be contacted by phone at 212-591-8018.

New Standard:

  • ASHRAE Standard 164.4-201x, Method of Test for Commercial and Industrial Adiabatic Humidifiers

Stakeholders: Product manufacturers, design engineers, utilities, owner/operators

Project Need: This standard method of test establishes a uniform method of laboratory testing for rating commercial and industrial adiabatic humidifiers.

The scope of the standard covers a method of test for the humidification rate and efficiency of commercial and industrial adiabatic humidifiers.

Any questions pertaining to the new ASHRAE 164.4 standard, please contact Stephanie Reiniche at 678-539-2159 or by email at sreiniche@ashrae.org

ANSI Standards Action, Volume 48, No. 6 (2-13-17)

The latest issue of ANSI Standards Action ( Volume 48, No. 6 ) is now available. The ANSI Standards Action document contains any public comments deadlines, new standards being developed and any call for members for American National Standards. Some of the highlighted items for the volume 48, No. 6 includes:

Comment Deadline: March 12, 2017:

  • IAPMO Z1002-201x (revision of IAPMO 1002-2014), Rainwater Harvesting Tanks is open for comments. This Standard covers rainwater harvesting tanks and specifies requirements for design, materials, manufacture, performance, testing, and markings. Click here for full changes . Comments can be send to (with copy to psa@ansi.org) to standards@iapmostandards.org
  • NSF 46 (revision of NSF 46-2016), Evaluation of Components and devices used in Wastewater Treatment Systems is open for comments. This Standard is intended for use with components and devices not covered by other NSF wastewater standards. Components and devices covered by this Standard are intended for use with greywater or blackwater or both.

Comment Deadline: March 27, 2017:

  • ASTM F645-201x (New Standard), Guide for Selection, Design, and Installation of Thermoplastic Water-Pressure Piping System is open for comments. A free electronic copy can be obtained from cleonard@astm.org. Comments can be sent to with copy to psa@ansi.org.
  • ASTM F1282-201x (New Standard), Polyethyene/Aluminum/Polyethylene (PE-AL-PE) Composite Pressure Pipe is open for comments. A free electronic copy can be obtained from cleonard@astm.org. Comments can be sent to with copy to psa@ansi.org.
  • ASTM F2176-201x (New Standard), Specification for Mechanical Couplings Used on Polyethylene Conduit, Duct and Innerduct is open for comments. A free electronic copy can be obtained from cleonard@astm.org. Comments can be sent to with copy to psa@ansi.org.
  • ASTM F2929-201x (New Standard), Specification for Crosslinked Polyethylene (PEX) Tubing of 0.070 in. Wall and Fittings for Radiant Heating Systems up to 75 psig is open for comments. A free electronic copy can be obtained from cleonard@astm.org. Comments can be sent to with copy to psa@ansi.org.
  • ASTM F2389-201x (revision of ASTM F2389-2017), Specification for Pressure-Rated Polypropylene (PP) Piping Systems is open for comments. A free copy can be obtained from cleonard@astm.org. Comments can be sent to with copy to psa@ansi.org.

Call for Members:

  • IIAR has a call for member to revised IIAR 2-2014, Addendum A-201x; Standard for Safe Design of Closed-Circuit Ammonia Refrigeration Systems. Interested parties may contact IIAR at 703-312-4200 or eric.smith@iiar.org.
  • NSF has a call for member to revised NSF 46-2016, Evaluation of Components and Devices Used in Wastewater Treatment Systems. Interested parties may contact NSF at 743-769-5197 or ipanoff@nsf.org.

ANSI Standards Action, Volume 48, No. 4 and No. 5 (2-6-17)

The January 27, 2017 ( Volume48, No. 04 ) and February 3, 2017 (Volume48, No. 05 ) of ANSI Standards Action are now available. The ANSI Standards Action document contains any public comments deadlines, new standards being developed and any call for members for American National Standards.

Some of the highlighted items for the volume48, No. 04 and volume48, No. 05 includes:

  • ASHRAE 189.1 (addenda to ASHRAE 189.1-2014), Standard for the Design of High-Performance Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings is open for comments. Comment deadline is March 5, 2017. Clickhere to view these changes in full . Comments can be submitted to (with copy to psa@ansi.org) to http://www.ashrae.org/standards-research--technology/public-reviewdrafts.
  • ASPE has a Call for Members for ASPE/NSF S-802-201x and ASPE/NSF S-803-201x, ASPE/NSF S-802 applies to Sustainable Treatment Media for Drinking Water Applications and ASPE/NSF S-803 applies to Sustainable Drinking Water Treatment System. These standards affect water treatment system manufacturers. Interested parties may contact Gretchen Pienta at gpienta@aspe.org or at 847-296-2963.
  • IAPMO (Z) has a Call for Members for CSA B45.11/IAPMO Z401-201x (revision of CSA B45.11/IAPMO Z401-2011), Glass Plumbing Fixtures. This standard covers lavatories and sinks made of glass and specifies test methods, performance requirements, and marking requirements. Interested parties may contact Charles Gross at charles.gross@iapmo.org or at 909-472-4178.
  • NSF 61-201x (i12r2) (revision of NSF 61-2016), Drinking Water System Components-Health Effects is open for comments. Comment deadline is March 13, 2017. Comments can be submitted to (with copy to psa@ansi.org) to Monica Leslie at mleslie@nsf.org.  
  • UL 181A and UL 181B, Standards for Closure Systems are open for comments. Comment deadline is March 20, 2017. Comments can be submitted to (with copy to psa@ansi.org) to Nicolette Allen at nicolette.allen81@ul.com for UL 181A or to Griff Edwards at griff.edwards@ul.com for UL 181B. Electronic copies can be obtained from www.comm-2000.com.
  • UL 723-201x (revisions of UL 723-2013), Standard for Safety for Test for Surface Burning Characteristics of Building Materials is open for comments. Comment deadline is March 13, 2017. Comments can be submitted to (with copy to psa@ansi.org) to Mary Huras at mary.huras@ul.com. An electronic copy of this standard can be obtained from www.comm-2000.com.
  • UL 555C-201x (revisions of UL 555C-2010(R2014)), Standard for Safety for Ceiling Campers is open for comments. Comment deadline is March 5, 2017. Comments can be submitted to (with copy to psa@ansi.org) to Mary Huras at mary.huras@ul.com. Seevolume 48, No. 05 to see these changes in full .
  • UL 60730-2-8-201x (revisions of UL 60730-2-8-2007(R2012)), Automatic Electrical Controls for Household and Similar Use; Part 2: Particular Requirements for Electrically Operated Water Valves, Including Mechanical Requirements is open for comments. Comment deadline is March 20, 2017. Comments can be submitted to (with copy to psa@ansi.org) to Allan McGrath at alan.t.mcgrath@ul.com or 847-664-3083. An electronic copy of this standard can be obtained from www.comm-2000.com.

California Building Standards Commission to Hold First Code Advisory Committee Meeting (2-2-17)

The California Building Standards Commission (CBSC) recently notified the public that the GREEN-Plumbing, Electrical, Mechanical & Energy (PEME), Ad Hoc Code Advisory Committee (CAC) will be having their first meeting on February 13, 2017 and February 14, 2017. Acording to the meeting notice/agenda, the CACs will hear, discuss, deliberate and /or recommend an action on changes submitted to the 2016 California Electrical Code, 2016 California Plumbing Code and the 2016 California Mechanical Code by the State Agencies. All changes proposed by the state agencies can be viewed here. Comments concerning the proposed actions may be submitted to the GREEN/PEME Ad Hoc CAC by the close of business on February 12, 2017. READ MORE

EPA Proposing Revisions to the Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act (2-2-17)

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed a revision to the existing Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act (RLDWA). The proposed revision will require labeling of plumbing products to differentiate plumbing products that meet the lead free requirements from those that are exempt from the lead free requirements and to require manufacturers to certify compliance with the lead free requirements. The intent of the proposed revision is to reduce the inadvertent use of non-lead free plumbing products in potable use applications and, consequently, reduce exposure to lead in drinking water and associated adverse health effects. READ MORE

ANSI Standards Action, Volume 48, No. 3 (1-23-17) 

The January 20, 2017 of ANSI Standards Action (Volume48, No. 3 ) is now available. The ANSI Standards Action document contains any public comments deadlines, new standards being developed and any call for members for American National Standards.

Some of the highlighted items for the  volume 48, No. 3 includes:

  • A call for members has been issued for the ASME BPVC Section XIII-201x (new standard), ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code-Rules for Overpressure Protection . Interested parties may email ASME at ansibox@asme.org.
  • ASHRAE 189.1 (addenda to ASHRAE 189.1-2014), Standard for the Design of High-Performance Green Buildings except Low-Rise Residential Buildings is open for comments. Clickhere to view these full changes . Comment deadline is February 19, 2017. Comments can be send to psa@ansi.org.
  • CSA B45.11/IAPMO Z401-2011 (R201x) (reaffirmation of CSA B45.11/IAPMO Z401-2011), Glass plumbing fixtures is open for comments. This Standard covers lavatories and sinks made of glass and specifies test methods, performance requirements, and marking requirements. Obtain an electronic copy from standards@iapmo.standards.org. Comment deadline is March 6, 2017.
  • AWWA C530-201x (revision of AWWA C530-2012), Pilot-Operated Control Valves. This standard establishes minimum requirements for pilot-operated control valves of globe, angle and wye body styles with various end connections in sizes from 1-1/2 in. through 60 in. (37.5 mm through 1,500 mm) in diameter, with water having a pH range from 6 to 9 and a temperature range from 40 degrees to 125 degrees F (4.4 degrees to 52 degrees C). An electronic copy from vdavid@awwa.org. Comment deadline March 6, 2017.
  • CSA Z21.61-1983 (reaffirmation of CSA Z21.61-1983 (R2013)), Gas-Fired Toilets. This standard details test and examination criteria for gas-fired toilets for use with natural, manufactured and mixed gases; liquefied petroleum gases; and LP gas-air mixtures. An electronic copy from cathy.rake@csagroup.org. Comment deadline March 6, 2017.
  • CSA Z21.93-201x (revision of CSA Z21.93-2013), Excess Flow Valves for Natural Gas and Propane Gas up to Pressures of 5 psig . Details test and examination criteria for excess flow valves used after the service meter or second-stage regulator not to exceed the 2-inch (51-mm) nominal pipe size, or for use with natural, manufactured and mixed gases; liquefied petroleum (LP) gases; and LP gas-air mixtures at pressures not to exceed 5 psig, having a minimum operating pressure of no greater than 5 inches water column and capable of operation within an ambient temperature range of -20°F to 150°F (-29°C to +66°C). Valves shall also be capable of operation at temperatures outside this specified range when so specified by the manufacturer. An electronic copy from cathy.rake@csagroup.org. Comment deadline March 6, 2017.

ASA Appointed to the ICC Plumbing, Mechanical, and Fuel Gas Code Action Committee (1-18-17)

The American Supply Association (ASA) is proud to announce that ASA has been appointed by the International Code Council (ICC) Board of Directors as a member of the Plumbing, Mechanical, and Fuel Gas Code Action Committee (PMGCAC) for the 2018-2019 Code Development Cycle. Hugo Aguilar, P.E., ASA's Director of Codes and Standards, has been appointed to represent ASA as a full committee voting member for these codes. The objective of the Code Action Committees is to enhance the technical requirements of the International Codes. Read more

ANSI Standards Action, Volume 48, No. 2 (1-16-17)

The January 13, 2017 of ANSI Standards Action (Volume 48, No. 2) is now available. The ANSI Standards Action document contains any public comments deadlines, new standards being developed and any call for members for American National Standards. Some of the highlighted items for the volume 48, No. 2 includes:

  • ASTM WK57078-201x (New Standard), ASTM has filed a Project Initiation Notification System (PINS) to develop a new ASTM standard for PEX pipe (Specification for Metric-and Inch-sized Crosslinked Polyethylene (PEX) Pipe  using the ISO 9080 MRS test method).   Affected parties wishing to receive more information or to submit comments are requested to contact ASTM directly by February 12, 2017.

Federal Register notice: Trichloroethylene (TCE); Regulation of Use in Vapor Degreasing under TSCA §6(a) (1-12-17)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to ban the use of the toxic chemical trichloroethylene (TCE) due to health risks when used in vapor degreasing. The proposed rule was issued under section 6(a) of the Toxic Substances Control Act, as amended by the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act.

Specifically, EPA is proposing to prohibit manufacture (including import), processing, and distribution in commerce of TCE for use in vapor degreasing. EPA is also proposing to require manufacturers, processors, and distributors to notify retailers and others in their supply chains of the prohibitions.

Potential affected entities may include: Petroleum manufacturing, synthetic rubber manufacturing, machine shops, fluid power pumps and motor manufacturing, industrial and commercial fan and blower and air purification equipment, just to name a few. Please see prepublication copy notice for instructions on how to submit a comment.

Comments on the proposed rule must be received by March 11, 2017 (60 days after date of publication in the Federal Register). Read more

National Green Building Standard™ Update Process Underway and Accepting Applications (1-10-17)

The International Code Council (ICC) is accepting applications for members of the Consensus Committee and Task Group to participate in the development of the 2018 edition of ICC/ASHRAE 700 Residential Green Building Standard- the deadline for applications is February 6, 2017. The first meeting of the Consensus Committee will be held April 18-19, 2017, in Washington, D.C. Stakeholders and members of the public are also eligible to submit change proposals to be considered by the committee for the 2018 standard- the deadline for proposed changes in March 1, 2017. A free copy of the 2015 edition ICC/ASHRAE 700 is available for download.

The scope of this code applies to the design and construction of the residential portions of any building, not classified as an institutional use, in all climate zones. This standard also applies to subdivisions, building sites, building lots, accessory structures, and the residential portions of alterations, additions, renovations, mixed-use buildings, and historic buildings.

ANSI Standards Action, Volume 48, No. 1 (1-10-17)

The January 6, 2017 of ANSI Standards Action ( Volume 48, No. 51 ) is now available. The ANSI Standards Action document contains any public comments deadlines, new standards being developed and any call for members for American National Standards. Some of the highlighted items for the volume 48, No. 51 includes:

  • American Gas Association Z380.1-2015 TR 14-21-201x (addenda to GPTC Z380.1-2015), Guide for Gas Transition Distribution, and Gathering Piping System is open for comments. Comment deadline is February 20, 2017.
  •  SMACNA 011-201x (New Standard), Thermoset FRP Duct Construction Manual is open for comments. This standard is an authoritative manual that design engineers, industrial engineering departments, pollution control authorities, FRP manufacturers and installation contractors can rely upon for the proper selection, manufacture, and installation of RP duct systems. Comment deadline is February 20, 2017.

ASA Appointed to the NFPA 54 and NFPA 58 Technical Committees (1-05-17)

The American Supply Association (ASA) is proud to announce it will serve as a voting member in the development of NFPA 54 ( National Fuel Gas Code) and NFPA 58 ( Liquefied Petroleum Gas Code). Hugo Aguilar, P.E., ASA’s Director of Codes and Standards, has been appointed to represent ASA as a full committee voting member for these codes. ASA understands that the provisions in NFPA 54 and NFPA 58 can potentially affect the interest of its members. NFPA 54 can affect members of the plumbing and HVAC industry; and NFPA 58 can affect members of the PVF industry.  ASA is committed to participating in the development of these codes and bettering an industry, which protects the public’s health and welfare. READ MORE

ANSI Standards Action, Volume 47, No. 53 (1-04-17)

The Dec 30, 2016 of ANSI Standards Action (Volume 47, No. 53) is now available. The ANSI Standards Action document contains any public comments deadlines, new standards being developed and any call for members for American National Standards. Some of the highlighted items for the volume 47, No. 53 includes:

  • ASHRAE 189.1 (Addenda to ASHRAE 1891.-2014), Standard for the Design of High-Performance Green Building Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings is open for comments. ASHRAE 189.1 is proposing these requirements . Comment deadline is January 29, 2017.
  • ASME A112.19.3-201x/CSA B45.4-201x  (revision of ASME A112.19.3-2008/CSA B45.4-2008 (R2013))), Stainless Steel Plumbing Fixtures is open for comments. This standard covers plumbing fixtures made of stainless steel alloys and specifies requirements for materials, construction, performance, testing, and markings. Comment deadline is February 28, 2017.
  • ASME B16.10-201x (revision of ASME B16.10-2009), Face To-Face and End-To-End Dimensions of Valves is open for comments. This standard covers face-to-face and end-to-end dimensions of straightway valves, and center-to-face and center-to-end dimensions of angle valves. Comment deadline is February 28, 2017.
  • AWWA C200-201x  (revision of AWWA C200-2011), Steel Water Pipe – 6 in. (150 mm) and Larger is open for comments. This standard describes electrically butt-joint-welded straight-seam or spiral-seam pipe and seamless pipe, 6 in. (150 mm) in nominal diameter and larger, for the transmission and distribution of water or for use in other water system facilities. Comment deadline is February 13, 2017.
  • AWWA C219-201x  (revision of AWWA C219-2012), Bolted, Sleeve-Type Couplings for Plain-End Pipe is open for comments. This standard describes bolted, sleeve-type couplings, reducing or transition couplings, and flanged coupling adapters (couplings) used to join plain-end pipe. Couplings may be manufactured from carbon steel, stainless steel, or ductile iron, and are intended for use in systems conveying water. This standard describes nominal coupling sizes 1/2 in. (13 mm) and larger . Comment deadline is February 13, 2017.
  • UL 1951-201x  (revision of UL 1951-2016), Standard for Safety for Electrical Plumbing Accessories is open for comments. This standard covers equipment connected to or used with plumbing in commercial or household locations. Examples of equipment covered by these requirements are irrigation equipment, sprinkler controls, pedicure spas, water controls located in kitchens and bathrooms, electric faucets, toilets, and toilet flushing systems. All equipment is intended for installation and use in accordance with the National Electrical Code, NFPA 70, and is rated 600 volts or less. Comment deadline is February 13, 2017.
  • UL 60335-2-40-201x (revision of UL 60335-2-40-2012), Household and Similar Electrical Appliances – Part 2: Particular Requirements for Electrical Heat Pumps, Air-Conditioners and Dehumidifiers is open for comments. In recent years, millions of dehumidifiers have been recalled due to a potential fire hazard. The industry has determined that the cause of the overwhelming majority of the humidifiers fires is due to loss of charge in combination with small unventilated polymeric compressor enclosures. Therefore, UL is proposing to add these requirements . Comment deadline is January 29, 2017.  

DOE Publishes a Final Rule Pertaining to the Conversion Factors for Consumer Water Heaters and Certain Commercial Water Heaters (12-29-16)

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a final rule in the Federal Register pertaining to the conversion factors for consumer water heaters and certain commercial water heaters. 81 FR 96204. The effective date of this rule is December 29, 2016.  Read more

DOE Issues a Final Rule Pertaining to Energy Conservation Standards for Commercial Packaged Boilers (12-28-16).

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register final rule pertaining to energy conservation standards for commercial package boilers. This pre-publication final rule is subject to the procedures at 10 CFR 430.5. The effective date of this rule 60 days after date of publication in the Federal Register . Readers are requested to notify DOE by email at ErrorCorrectionInfo@EE.DOE.Gov of any typographical or other errors, as described in such regulations, by no later than midnight on February 11, 2017, in order that DOE may make any necessary corrections in the regulatory text submitted to the Office of the Federal Register for publication. Click here for more information about the energy conservation standards for commercial package boilers; final rule.

DOE Issues a Final Rule Pertaining to Energy Conservation Standards for Portable Air Conditioners (12-28-16).

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register final rule pertaining to energy conservation standards for portable air conditioners. This pre-publication final rule is subject to the procedures at 10 CFR 430.5. The effective date of this rule 60 days after date of publication in the Federal Register. Readers are requested to notify DOE by email at ErrorCorrectionInfo@EE.DOE.Gov of any typographical or other errors, as described in such regulations, by no later than midnight on February 11, 2017, in order that DOE may make any necessary corrections in the regulatory text submitted to the Office of the Federal Register for publication. Click here for more information about the energy conservation standards for portable air conditioners; final rule.

ANSI Standards Action, Volume 47, No. 52 (12-23-16)

The latest issue of ANSI Standards Action (Volume47, No. 52 ) is now available. The ANSI Standards Action document contains any public comments deadlines, new standards being developed and any call for members for American National Standards. Some of the highlighted items for the volume 47,No. 52 includes:

  • NSF 14-201x (i82r1) (revision of NSF 14-2007 (i17)), Plastics Piping System Components and Related Materials is open for comments. This Standard applies to thermoplastic and thermoset plastic piping system components including, but not limited to, pipes, fittings, valves, joining materials, gaskets, and appurtenances. Comment deadline is January 22, 2017.
  • ASME BPVC Section XII-201x (revision of ASME BPVC Section XII-2015), Rules for Construction and continued service of Transport Tanks is open for comments. This Standard provides recommended rules for construction and continued service of pressure vessels for the transportation of dangerous goods via highway, rail, air, or water. Comment deadline is February 6, 2017.
  • AWWA C600-201x (revision of AWWA C600-2010), Installation of Ductile-Iron Mains and Their Appurtenances is open for comments. This standard describes installation procedures for ductile-iron mains and their appurtenances for potable water, wastewater, reclaimed water, and raw water. Comment deadline is February 6, 2017.
  • AWWA C151/A21.51-201x (revision of AWWA C151/A21.51-2009), Ductile-Iron Pipe, Centrifugally Cast is open for comments. This standard describes 3-in. through 64-in. (80-mm through 1,600-mm) ductile-iron pipe, centrifugally cast, for potable water, raw water, wastewater, and reclaimed water systems with push-on joints or mechanical joints. Comment deadline is February 6, 2017.
  • NSF 14 has a call for members to generate NSF 14-201x (i82r1), Plastics Piping System Components and Related Material. This Standard applies to thermoplastic and thermoset plastic piping system components including, but not limited to, pipes, fittings, valves, joining materials, gaskets, and appurtenances.

ANSI Standards Action, Volume 47, No. 51 (12-16-16)

The Dec 16, 2016 of ANSI Standards Action (Volume 47,No. 51) is now available. The ANSI Standards Action document contains any public comments deadlines, new standards being developed and any call for members for American National Standards. Some of the highlighted items for the volume 47, No. 51 includes:

  • UL 1453-201x (revision of UL 1453-2016 ), Standard for Safety for Electric Booster and Commercial Storage Tank Water heaters, is open for comments. The requirements of this standard cover electric booster water heaters, electric commercial storage tank water heaters, and remote control assemblies for such heaters. Comment deadline is January 15, 2017.
  • ASME BPVC Section I-201X (revision of ASME BPVC Section I-2015) , Rules for Construction of Power Boilers, is open for comments. The rules are applicable to boilers in which steam or other vapor is generated at a pressures of more than 15 psig (100 kPa) for use external to itself, and high temperature water boilers intended for operation at pressures exceeding 160 psig (1.1 MPa) and/or temperatures exceeding 250 degree F (120 degree C). Comment deadline is January 30, 2017.
  • ASME BPVC Section VII-201X (revision of ASME BPVC Section VII-2015), Recommended Guidelines for the Care of Power Boilers, is open for comments. The purpose of Section VII, Recommended Guidelines for the Care of Power Boilers, is to promote safety in the use of power boilers. These guidelines are intended for use by those directly responsible for operating, maintaining, and examining power boilers. Comment deadline is January 30, 2017.
  • ASME BPVC Section VIII-201X (revision of ASME BPVC Section VIII-2015), Rules for Construction of Pressure Vessels, is open for comments. This Section contains mandatory requirements, specific prohibitions, and nonmandatory guidance for pressure vessel materials, design, fabrication, examination, inspection, testing, certification, and pressure relief. Comment deadline is January 30, 2017.
  • ASME BPVC Section X-201X (revision of ASME BPVC Section X-2015), Fiber-Reinforced Plastic Pressure Vessels , is open for comments. Section X of the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code provides requirements for the fabrication of fiber-reinforced thermosetting plastic pressure vessels for general service, sets limitations on the permissible service conditions, and defines the types of vessels to which these rules are not applicable. Comment deadline is January 30, 2017.

DOE Publishes a Final Rule Pertaining to Test Procedures for Commercial Packaged Boilers (12-9-16)

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register final rule pertaining to test procedures for commercial packaged boilers  81 FR 89276. The effective date of this rule is January 9, 2017. The final rule changes will be mandatory for representations related to energy efficiency or energy use starting December 4, 2017. Find more information on the rulemaking, including statutory authority; current standards and test procedures; waivers, exceptions, and exemptions; and contact information.

This final rule incorporates amendments that clarify the coverage for field-constructed commercial packaged boilers and the applicability of DOE's test procedure and standards for this category of commercial packaged boilers, provide an optional field test for commercial packaged boilers with rated input greater than 5,000,000 Btu/h, provide a conversion method to calculate thermal efficiency based on combustion efficiency testing for steam commercial packaged boilers with rated input greater than 5,000,000 Btu/h, modify the inlet water temperatures during tests of hot water commercial packaged boilers, establish limits on the ambient temperature during testing, and standardize terminology and provisions for “rated input” and “fuel input rate.” DOE originally published this final rule in the Federal Register on November 10, 2016, however that document contained errors and is being withdrawn on December 7, 2016. This is a republication of the final rule that replaces the version published on November 10, 2016 in its entirety. Read more

ANSI Standards Action, Volume 47, No. 50 (12-9-16)

he Dec 9, 2016 of ANSI Standards Action (Volume 47, No. 50) is now available. The ANSI Standards Action document contains any public comments deadlines, new standards being developed and any call for members for American National Standards. Some of the highlighted items for the volume 47, No. 50 includes:

  • UL 296-101x (revision of UL 296-2011(2015)), Standard for Safety for Oil Burners is open for comments. All changes can be viewed on the ANSI Standards Action Volume 47, No. 50. Comment deadline is January 8, 2017.
  • UL 103 (revision of UL 103-2012), Standard for Safety for Factory-Built Chimneys for Residential Type and Building Heating Applainces is open for comments. These requirements covers factorybuilt chimneys intended for venting gas, liquid, and solid-fuel-fired residential-type appliances and building heating appliances in which the maximum continuous flue-gas outlet temperatures do not exceed 1000°F (538°C). Comment deadline is January 23, 2017.
  • ACCA has a call for members to generate ACCA 12-201x (revision of ACCA 12 QH-2014).
  • UL has a call for members to generate UL 103-201x (revision of UL 103-2012) Standard for Safety for Factory-Built chimneys for Residential Type and Building Heating Appliances .
  • MSSP SP-44-2016, Steel Pipeline Flanges has been approved by the ANSI Board of Standards Review or by an ANSI-Audited Designator, as applicable. This document replaces the 2010 edition.

ANSI Standards Action, Volume 47, No. 49 (12-2-16)

The Dec 2, 2016 issue of ANSI Standards Action (Volume 47, No. 49) is now available. The ANSI Standards Action document contains any public comments deadlines, new standards being developed and any call for members for American National Standards. Some of the highlighted items for the volume 47, No. 49 includes:

  • NSF 46-201x (revision of NSF 46-2016), Evaluation of components and devices used in wastewater treatment systems is open for comments. This Standard is intended for use with components and devices not covered by other NSF wastewater standards. Comment deadline is January 1, 2017.
  • ASME BPVC Section IV-201X (revision of ASME BPVC Section IV-2006), Rules for Construction of Heating Boilers is open for comments. The rules of this Section of the Code cover minimum construction requirements for the design, fabrication, installation, and inspection of steam heating, hot water heating, hot water supply boilers that are directly fired with oil, gas, electricity, coal, or other solid or liquid fuels, and for operation at or below the pressure and temperature limits set forth in this document. Similar rules for potable water heaters are also included. Comment deadline is January 16, 2017.
  • ASME BPVC Section VI-201X (revision of ASME BPVC Section VI-2015), Recommended Rules for the Care and Operation of Heating Boilers is open for comments. This Standard provides recommended rules for the care and operation of Heating Boilers covered under Section IV of the Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code. Comment deadline is January 16, 2017.
  • NSF 46 has a call for members to generate NSF 46-201x (revision of NSF 46-2016). This standards evaluates components and devices used in wastewater treatment systems.

EPA Moves to Ban Certain Aerosol Degreasers and Dry Cleaning Spot Removers as the First Major Regulatory Action Under Chemical Reform Law (12-8-16)

EPA is proposing to ban certain uses of the toxic chemical trichloroethylene (TCE) due to health risks when used as an aerosol degreaser and as a spot removal agent in dry cleaning. The proposed rule was issued under section 6(a) of the Toxic Substances Control Act, as amended by the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act. Read more

DOE Issues a Final Rule Notice Pertaining to the Conversion Factors for Consumer Water Heaters and Certain Commercial Water Heaters

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication final rule pertaining to the conversion factors for consumer water heaters and certain commercial water heaters. Read more

DOE Publishes a Comment Period Extension Pertaining to Energy Conservation Standards for Residential Furnaces (12-5-16)

The Department of Energy (DOE) has published, in the Federal Register a notice extending the comment period pertaining to energy conservation standards for residential furnaces 81 FR 87493 . The public comment period is extended until January 6, 2017. Find information about how to comment on the rulemaking. Read more

DOE Issues a Notice of Final Rule Pertaining to Energy Conservation Standards for Compressors (12-5-16)

The Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register final rule pertaining to energy conservation standards for compressors. This pre-publication final rule is subject to the procedures at 10 CFR 430.5. The effective date of this rule is 60 days after date of publication in the Federal Register. Read more

DOE Issues a Direct Final Rule Pertaining to Energy Conservation Standards for Central Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps (12-5-16)

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register direct final rule pertaining to energy conservation standards for central air conditioners and heat pumps. The effective date of this rule is 120 days after publication in the Federal Register. If adverse comments are received that DOE determines may provide a reasonable basis for withdrawal of the direct final rule, a timely withdrawl of this rule will be published in the Federal Register. If no such adverse comments are received, compliance with the amended standards in this final rule will be required for central air conditioners and heat pumps as specified in this final rule starting on January 1, 2023. Read more

ANSI Standards Action (November 2016)

The latest issue of ANSI Standards Action (Volume 47, No. 47 and No.48 ) is now available. Also, a synopsis has been generated which indicates the pertinent information. Some of the highlighted items for the month of November 2016 includes:

- ASSE has announced the formation of a new standard to address tankless water heaters (BSR/ASSE 1085-201x). ASSE currently has a call for members to generate the ASSE 1085-201x. Tankless water heaters with integral scald and thermal shock protection for plumbed emergency equipment.

- The International Code Council (ICC) is accepting public comments for a new standard for rainwater collection systems. The deadline to submit public comments is January 2, 2017.

New Report by DOE Examines Best Practices for Installation of HVAC Equipment (12-1-16)

Over the past 25 years, substantial gains have been achieved in the energy efficiency of residential central air conditioners and heat pumps. A typical product manufactured today is over 50% more efficient than typical equipment produced 25 years ago, and several products now achieve ENERGY STAR’s Most Efficient designation. Federal energy policies, like minimum equipment standards and tax credits for efficient products, have had a substantial impact on improving the efficiency of residential central air conditioners (CACs) and heat pumps (HPs), producing energy cost savings for consumers. Read more

DOE Issues a Final Rule Notice Pertaining to the Test Procedures for Central Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps (11-30-16)

DOE has issued a pre-publication Federal Register final rule notice pertaining to test procedures for central air conditioners and heat pumps. The effective date of this rule is 30 days after publication in the Federal Register. The final rule changes in Appendix M will be mandatory for representations of efficiency starting 180 days after publication in the Federal Register. Representations using appendix M1 will be mandatory starting January 1, 2023. Read more

Energy Department Announces Up to $19.5 Million for R&D in HVAC&R, MELs, Early-Stage R&D, and Pre-Commercial Prototype Development (11-30-16)

Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Number: DE-FOA-0001632

The Building Technologies Office (BTO) has announced the availability of up to $19.5 million for DE-FOA-0001632, "Buildings Energy Efficiency Frontiers & Innovation Technologies (BENEFIT) - 2017."

BTO will select projects in four topic areas: two targeted “Frontiers” topics in Advanced Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVAC&R) and Miscellaneous Electric Loads (MELs), and two “Open” topics. The Open topics comprise early-stage research and development (R&D) (“Innovations”) and pre-commercial prototype development and scale-up (“Scale-Up”) that complement the core program activities and balance the R&D portfolio.

More information, submittal requirements, and instructions for applying to this funding opportunity announcement (DE-FOA-0001632) can be found on the EERE Funding Opportunity Exchange website. To be eligible for consideration, a concept paper must be submitted no later than 01/04/2017 5:00 PM ET. Questions about this FOA may be sent to BENEFIT17@ee.doe.gov

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EPA Announces Public Meeting on New Chemicals Review under the Amended TSCA (11-17-16)

On December 14th, 2016, EPA is holding a meeting to update the public on changes to the New Chemicals Review Program under the Toxic Substances Control Act, as amended by the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (TSCA). Click here to register for the meeting by December 13, 2016.

Commonly Used Solvents Found to Cause Cancer by the CAL EPA/OEHHA

The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) is releasing a revised draft document summarizing the carcinogenicity and derivation of an inhalation cancer unit risk factor (URF) for tertiary-Butyl Acetate (TBAc). Inhalation cancer unit risk factors are used to estimate lifetime cancer risks associated with inhalation exposure to a carcinogen. These documents will be reviewed and discussed by the Scientific Review Panel on Toxic Air Contaminants (SRP) at its meeting on December 14, 2016 in Sacramento, CA.

TBAC is commonly used as a solvent in a variety of products including coatings, inks, adhesives, industrial cleaners and degreasers. Read more

DOE Publishes a Final Rule Pertaining to Test Procedures for Commercial Water Heating Equipment (11-10-16)

The Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register final rule pertaining to test procedures for commercial water heating equipment 81 FR 79261.

DOE Publishes a Final Rule Pertaining to Test Procedures for Commercial Package Boilers (11-10-16)

The Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register final rule pertaining to test procedures for commercial package boilers 81 FR 79224.

ASA Appointed to the ACCA Codes Committee

In a continued effort to be fully engaged in the codes arena, the American Supply Association (ASA) is proud to announce that it will serve as a voting member in the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) Codes Committee. The scope of the ACCA Codes Committee is to advise and assist ACCA to beneficially represent contractors to the codes community and in the code processes that affect the HVAC industry. Support active involvement in the International Code Council (ICC), National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), International Association of Plumbing & Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) and other recognized national code processes for the codes that impact the HVACR industry. Read more

DOE Issues a Notice of Open Meetings Pertaining to the Circulator Pumps Working Group (11-8-16)

The Department of Energy (DOE) has issue a pre-publication Federal Register notice of open meetings pertaining to the circulator pumps working group.

ASA to Participate in the 2018 USEHC Code Development Process

The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) has released the 2016 Uniform Solar Energy and Hydronics Code (USEHC) monograph. The 2016 USEHC monograph is the first step (proposal stage) of the process to generate the 2018 edition of the USEHC. The USEHC is currently adopted in various jurisdictions throughout the United States and addresses hydronic and HVAC systems provisions such as circulating pumps, expansion tanks, ducts, and hydronic piping, tubing and fittings. The notice for the USEHC Technical Committee meeting has also been published and will be held on October 26, 2016 at the IAPMO Headquarters.  The proposals for the 2018 USEHC may have some impact on the hydronics and HVAC industry. Read more

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