Partnership to Increase Access to Plumbing Standards

On Feb. 7, NSF International and the International Code Council (ICC) announced an agreement that will make NSF American National Standards available to building code and plumbing code officials through the ICC.

Under the new agreement, both non-profit organizations will work together to provide ICC members all NSF/ANSI (American National Standards Institute) standards referenced in the International Plumbing Code (IPC). IPC currently references several NSF/ANSI drinking water product and food equipment standards. The IPC includes regulations for plumbing facilities without restricting the use of new materials, products or methods of construction.

Having ready access to the standards referenced in IPC will result in additional time and cost savings for building and plumbing officials and will help consolidate these requirements throughout the industry, officials said. Members who will benefit from the new agreement include fire officials, architects, engineers, builders, contractors, elected officials, manufacturers and others in the construction industry (state, county and municipal code enforcement).

"This agreement demonstrates our commitment to public health protection," said Bob Ferguson, NSF vice president of water systems. "Working together, we will provide services to building code and plumbing code officials to make sure they obtain the information they need regarding code and regulatory compliance."

For additional information, contact ICC at http://www.iccsafe.org or NSF International at http://www.nsf.org.

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