JUNE 2017 RPA NEWS
US Air Force Disallows VRF Systems
In March of this year the US Army Corps of Engineers issued an Engineering and Construction Bulletin regarding HVAC systems. In this Directive, it was announced that "VRF Systems will no longer be permitted in Air Force facilities. The Army will allow VRF Systems; however, they will be strongly discouraged." The reasons given for this change in policy are as follows:
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Update on Development of the 2018 Uniform Solar Energy and Hydronics Code
Work has been underway on the fifteenth edition of the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials' (IAPMO) Uniform Solar Energy and Hydronics Code (USEHC) since early 2016. The process started with a "Call for Proposals" period from April 5th to July 1, 2016. These proposals can be submitted by any interested party, and are compiled into a "Report on Proposals Monograph," listing each of the proposals in a consistent format.
In October 2016, the USEHC Technical Committee (TC) met to evaluate each of the 136 proposed amendments to the 2015 USEHC. The TC can make one of three decisions regarding each proposed change; Accept, Accept as Modified, or Reject. This deliberative process is detailed and time-consuming, and requires a general consensus of the TC members on each proposal.
IAPMO Standards Council Issues TIA UPC-004-15, Rejects TIA UPC-003-15
The IAPMO Standards Council on June 12 issued one Tentative Interim Amendment and rejected another affecting the 2015 edition of the Uniform Plumbing Code (UPC®).
National Institute of Building Sciences Sixth Annual Conference & Expo set for January 8-11, 2018
IAPMO is the proud technical programs sponsor for Building Innovation 2018 – The National Institute of Building Sciences Sixth Annual Conference & Expo set for January 8-11, 2018, at the Mandarin Oriental in Washington, D.C.
As a long-time member, IAPMO is happy to support the Institute's mission to bring together stakeholders from the entire building industry to discuss relevant issues, share ideas and explore ways to Sustain, Strengthen, Secure our built environment.
IAPMO Acquires National Standard Plumbing Code
On June 1, 2017, the International Association of Plumbing & Mechanical Officials® (IAPMO) and the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors—National Association (PHCC) executed an agreement transferring ownership of the National Standard Plumbing Code™ (NSPC) to IAPMO. The transfer encompasses all editions of the NSPC, including the 2018 edition.
New Jersey and several locations in Maryland are the primary adopters and users of the NSPC. Once the 2018 NSPC is published for adoption, IAPMO will provide all code support services to all jurisdictions utilizing the NSPC. PHCC and IAPMO will work together to develop co-branded educational services such as code update classes, code workshops, and other training and educational programs for the NSPC. These educational programs shall be offered to PHCC, IAPMO members, and to the industry.
Read the full press release: http://www.iapmonline.org/Documents/archive/20170612_NSPC.aspx
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Inaugural 'Commercial Construction Index' Indicates High Revenue and Employment Expectations for 2017
Commercial construction is in high demand across the country and contractors are confident in the trajectory of the industry, according to the USG + U.S. Chamber of Commerce Commercial Construction Index ('Index'), launched today. Nearly all contractors surveyed – 96 percent – expect revenues to grow or remain stable this year compared to 2016, with 40 percent expecting an increase and only 3 percent expecting a decrease in revenue.
The Index is a new quarterly economic indicator designed to gauge what drives the commercial construction industry and its leaders, including specific issues like backlog of work, new business pipeline, revenue projections, workforce issues, and access to financing. Given the sector's importance to the U.S. economy and the outsized role it could play in years to come, the data contained in the Index will be vital to better understanding trends, challenges and opportunities. The research was developed with Dodge Data & Analytics (DD&A), the leading provider of insights and data for the construction industry, by surveying commercial and institutional contractors.
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