PMG CodeNotes (in English)

CodeNotes

As part of its goal to serve the needs of plumbing, mechanical and fuel gas officials, the ICC PMG Official Membership Council  is committed to providing informative code support documents such as CodesNotes. Topics include backflow devices and protection of water supply, gas pipe sizing based on the 2009 IFGC and IRC, and bonding of corrugated stainless steel tubing gas piping system. Click below to view free copies, courtesy of the ICC PMG Official Membership Council.

2021 Code Cycle

Bonding of Corrugated Stainless Steel Tubing (CSST) Gas Piping Systems

Based on the 2021 International Fuel Gas Code® (IFGC®) and International Residential Code® (IRC®)

Nail Salon Exhaust Requirements
in the I-Codes®

Based on the 2021 International Mechanical Code® (IMC®), International Building Code® (IBC®), International Existing Building Code® (IEBC®) and International Property Maintenance Code® (IPMC®)

The permanent bonding of non-arc-resistant (yellow) CSST piping systems directly to the grounding electrode system of a structure serves to lower the voltage build-up on the CSST caused by unintentional energizing from outside sources such as lightning strikes.  CSST manufacturers also produce a more robust, arc-resistant, (black) jacket system that does not require direct bonding to the grounding electrode system.

This CodeNotes highlights the steps, hardware and practices needed for the successful electrical protection of the CSST gas piping system using both products.

The design of exhaust systems is extremely important to the occupants of a building. There are specific occupancies and activities that have the potential for introducing hazardous substances into the indoor environment. Nail salons are one such occupancy.

This edition of CodeNotes provides the reader with an understanding of the requirements for an exhaust system for manicure tables and pedicure stations.

2018 Code Cycle

Installation of Air Admittance Valves (AAV’s)

Based on the 2018 International Plumbing Code® and the 2018 International Residential Code®

Water Heater Safety in the I-Codes

Based on Section 504.6 of the International Plumbing Code® (IPC®) and Section P2804.6.1 of the International Residential Code® (IRC®)

Air admittance valves (AAVs) are devices that were created to solve a problem with the conventional open pipe venting design and can serve as a vent for drainage waste and vent (DWV) systems in lieu of open pipe vents. This edition of CodeNotes provides the reader with an understanding of the IPC and IRC requirements on the installation of these valves.

This CodeNotes™ addresses the important code provisions associated with the use of air admittance valves on individual vents, branch vents, and circuit vents.

The water heater installed in a home can be a ticking time bomb if not installed correctly or maintained properly. A water heater temperature and pressure relief valve is an important safety device for water heaters as well as the water distribution system to which it is connected. Any water discharge from the relief valve is an indication of an underlying problem.

This CodeNotes™ addresses the important code provisions associated with the relief valve.  These items are mentioned in Section 504.6 of the IPC and Section P2804.6.1 of the IRC.

Solar Water Heating Systems

Based on the 2018 International Solar Energy
Provisions™ (ISEP™)

Through-Penetration Firestop System Requirements for HVAC

Based on the 2018 International Building Code® and the 2018 International Mechanical Code®

Solar water heating systems provide an efficient way to meet hot water loads in most climates. Unlike photovoltaic (PV) systems that generate electricity, most solar water heating systems directly heat fluids using solar energy.  Fluid flows through outdoor solar thermal collectors where it is warmed by the sun.

This CodeNotes™ provides a description of the most common solar water heating systems used for residential and small commercial applications along with suggestions for inspecting them in accordance with the requirements found in the 2018 I-Codes.

The control of fire and smoke is a major concern in the International Building Code (IBC®) and International Mechanical Code (IMC®). This edition of CodeNotes provides the reader with an understanding of the detailed requirements on these issues from an overall building construction viewpoint. The IBC and IMC contain many requirements and construction techniques intended to limit or control the spread of fire and smoke within a building.

Firestopping for Plumbing and Piping Systems

Based on the 2018 International Building Code (IBC)
and 2018 International Plumbing Code (IPC)

Bonding of Corrugated Stainless Steel Tubing (CSST) Gas Piping System

Based on the 2018 International Fuel Gas Code® (IFGC®)

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Firestopping is a Life Safety topic addressed in the International Plumbing Code, but only briefly. The bulk of this topic is addressed within the International Building Code. This edition of CodeNotes introduces the reader to what the building code and plumbing code requires, regarding firestopping.

This edition of CodeNotes discusses a new section that was added to the 2018 editions of the International Fuel Gas Code and the International Residential Code. It addresses arc-resistant CSST products.

2015 Code Cycle

Verifying ACCA Manual J® Procedures

2015 ISPSC® Residential Swimming Pool and Spa Permit & Plan Guidelines

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This edition of CodeNotes provides the reader with an understanding of the design process. Achieving occupant satisfaction is the principle goal of any HVAC design.  Manual J allows contractors to perform a load calculation on a residential building/home.

The 2015 ISPSC® Residential Swimming Pool and Spa Permit & Plan Guidelines CodeNotes™ provides a guide for state and local jurisdictions for plan submittals of residential swimming pools and spas. The intent is to provide additional clarity for the installation of a residential swimming pool and spa.

Worker Safety on Roofs and
Elevated Structures

Based on the 2015 International Mechanical Code®

Pipe Sizing

Based on the 2015 IFGC® and IRC®

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The 2015 International Mechanical Code (IMC®) addresses the safety of occupants in buildings, and provides for protection for service and inspection personnel.

The 2015 CodeNotes will provide you with an overview of pipe sizing calculations and requirements in the 2015 International Fuel Gas Code (IFGC) and 2015 International Residential Code (IRC). The 2015 version has been updated with new graphics and include the latest code changes.

2015 ISPSC® Permanent Inground Residential Swimming Pool Entry/Exit Requirements

Velocity Limits in the 2015 International Swimming Pool and Spa Code® (ISPSC®)

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This CodeNotes™ provides an overview of entry/exit requirements of the 2015 International Swimming Pool and Spa Code® (ISPSC®) as they pertain to permanent inground residential swimming pools.

This CodeNotes provides an overview of the velocity limits noted in the 2015 International Swimming Pool and Spa Code® (ISPSC®). Velocity is used to help designers select the minimum pipe size for the design flow rate for a specific application. Improperly designed systems lead to highly inefficient systems creating high pressure, excessive noise, vibration, and potentially decreased equipment life.

Solar Water Heating Systems

Based on the 2015 Solar Energy Provisions

Bonding of Corrugated Stainless Steel Tubing (CSST) Gas Piping System

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This edition of CodeNotes provides a description of the most common solar water heating systems used in residential and small commercial applications, and suggestions for inspecting them in accordance with the requirements found in 2015 International Codes®.

Discusses revisions to the 2015 editions of the International Fuel Gas Code and the International Residential Code for requirements in the electrical protection of corrugated stainless steel tubing through an extra bonding connection.

Backflow Preventers and Protection of Water Supply

Based on the 2015 IPC® and IRC®

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This 2015 CodeNotes will help you understand the importance of protecting the potable water supply, identifying potential threats and determining the appropriate backflow preventer. IPC Table 608.1/IRC Table 2902.3.1 (Application of Backflow Preventers) has been provided to assist the user in selecting a suitable method or device for the application.

2009 Code Cycle

Gas Pipe Sizing

Based on the 2009 IFGC® and IRC®

Backflow Devices and Protection of Water Supply

Based on the 2009 IFGC® and IRC®

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This CodeNotes provides an overview of pipe sizing calculations and requirements in the 2009 International Fuel Gas Code (IFGC) and 2009 International Residential Code (IRC). It will cover both the longest length method and the branch length method. Applicable code tables, figures and example problems and solutions are provided for each method to help the reader easily understand the pipe sizing methodology.

This CodeNotes provides cross-connection scenarios and back flow prevention methods and devices in an organized and user-friendly approach in accordance with the requirements of the 2006 and 2009 International Plumbing Code and International Residential Code.

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Public Comment Draft for ICC 1100-20xx

The ICC Foam Plastic Insulation Standard Committee has held 3 public meetings to develop this Public Comment Draft of the ICC 1100-20xx Standard for Spray-applied Polyurethane Foam Plastic InsulationPublic comments are requested on the public comments draft dated April 2018. Public comments are limited to the portions of the draft shown in legislative (strike through/underline) format. Public comments to other portions of the standard will not be considered. Please show the proposed NEW or REVISED or DELETED TEXT in legislative format: Line through text to be deleted. Underline text to be added.

Public comment deadline is June 11, 2018

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ICC 1100-20xx Public Comment Draft Published 05/07/18
ICC 1100-20xx Public Comment Draft Published 05/7/18

2018 Group A Hearing Orders

2018 Committee Action Hearings (Group A Codes)

Hearing Orders

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2018-Group-A IRC - Plumbing Published 04/11/18 21 KB
2018-Group-A IRC - Mechanical Published 04/11/18 21 KB
2018-Group-A IPMC Published 04/11/18 20 KB
2018-Group-A IPC Published 04/11/18 21 KB
2018-Group-A IMC Published 04/11/18 22 KB
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2018-Group-A IFC Published 04/11/18 35 KB
2018-Group-A IBC- Egress Published 04/11/18 21 KB
2018-Group-A IBC - Fire Safety Published 04/11/18 34 KB
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Updates to the Hearing Orders

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Winter Safety Resources

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Winter Safety Resources

When the weather's cold, some of us look forward to winter activities, while others look forward to just huddling in front of a fireplace with a mug of hot chocolate.

But a gentle reminder is in order: Each season has its dangers, and winter is no different. For example, The Centers for Disease Control says thousands die each year from exposure to extreme cold, or from carbon monoxide poisoning due to faulty heating units, which also can cause fires in homes if not used properly.

Another example: Deadly fires also can result when homeowners use torches to thaw frozen pipes. The American Red Cross offers tips to prevent pipes from freezing and what to do if it happens.

The following list offers preparations you can make at home and when traveling to make sure you have a fun and safe winter.

Your Winter Toolkit

Red Cross: Winter Storm Safety

Red Cross: Your Family Disaster Supplies Kit

Federal Alliance for Safe Homes: Winter Freeze Flash Card

Generator Safety Tips from NFPA

USDA Agricultural Research Service:  The Cold Stress Guide

FEMA Fact Sheet on Winter Storms

FEMA Snow Load Safety Guidance

FEMA Snow Study Summary Report

CDC: Extreme Cold- Prevention Guide

NOAA: Winter Storms- the Deceptive Killers: A Preparedness Guide

University of Wisconsin-Extension: Winter Storm Preparedness and Response

Congressional Hazards Caucus Fact Sheet: Winter Storms

FEMA Emergency Supply List

FEMA Family Emergency Plan

Winter Preparedness Tips for Persons with Disabilities

Winter Tips for Older Americans

Preparing Your Pets for Emergencies Makes Sense

Snow Shoveling Safety Tips

Winter Storm Preparedness and Response: Safety At Home and While Traveling

How to Winterize Your Manufactured Home

Caring for Ice-Damaged Trees

North Dakota State University: Heat Safely with Alternative Fuel Heating Systems

Solve Winter Home Moisture Problems

Check Sewer Vents for Ice Accumulations

Preventing Roof Collapses from Snow and Ice on Agricultural Buildings

Protecting Trees and Shrubs against Winter Damage

Better Business Bureau: Hiring a Snow Removal Contractor

Three-Day Emergency Food Supply

Preparing Food During a Power Failure

Safety of Refrigerated Foods After a Power Outage

AARP: 5 Hidden Health Dangers of winter

Protect Your Business from Frozen Pipes

Cold Weather Pet Safety

Electric Portable Space Heater Safety

Cold Weather and Cardiovascular Disease

News articles

5 Tips Homeowners Need This Winter to Prevent Unnecessary Costs

WashPo: Chicago faces one of its coldest days on record as the Midwest plunges into deep freeze

NBC's Jeff Rossen Reports update: How to avoid bursting pipes and costly repairs this winter

NBC's Jeff Rossen Reports: Winter hacks to protect your home from snow and ice

NBC’s Today Show: Rossen Reports Update-- How to use a space heater safely

Health Officials: House Fires More Likely During the Holidays

Red Cross Offers Home Heating Safety Tips

House Works: Winter Prep for Snowbirds; Ice Dams

New Resource on Combustible Exterior Wall “Cladding” Systems

New Resource on Combustible Exterior Wall “Cladding” Systems

As codes and standards specialists, building and fire safety is constantly at the forefront of our minds at the International Code Council, particularly this month as we observe Fire Prevention Week. This year, it has also been at the forefront of the public debate after the devastating fire at the Grenfell Tower in London. Just this week the Wall Street Journal released the article “Buildings Across U.S. Are Wrapped in Same Panels That Fueled Deadly London Fire.”

As indicated in the Wall Street Journal article, some believe that combustible exterior wall systems (also known as cladding) may have contributed to the fast-burning London fire. The Grenfell Tower is not in a country that uses the International Building Code (IBC) and was not constructed in strict compliance with the IBC. The Code Council cannot make comparisons between the design and construction of the Grenfell Tower or other non-IBC buildings relative to the provisions of the IBC as these buildings have not been built to our code provisions.

However, we did develop a new resource for you regarding the use of combustible exterior wall systems for buildings constructed to the IBC. Download it now.

At this time, no deficiencies have been identified in the IBC regarding cladding, and fire experts agree that our model code and process ensures a reasonable level of safety. In addition to stringent requirements for the use of combustible exterior wall systems, the IBC requires many safety features for all new high-rise buildings including noncombustible fire resistance rated construction, at least two ways of exiting the building via shafts of fire rated construction, automatic sprinklers, fire alarm and smoke detection systems for early warning, and emergency voice/alarm communication systems. Also required are inspections by independent third parties to assure that the materials are installed in accordance with their product listing or label and the code.

The Code Council recognizes that review and revisions may be necessary to respond to new research and technology. Through our open and transparent consensus-based code development process, the model codes are updated on a 3-year cycle to reflect the most modern, energy-efficient, cost-effective safety measures and technology. Proposals for the 2021 Group A codes (which include the IBC and International Fire Code) are due on Monday, January 8, 2018. In rare instances to address immediate threats to health and safety, we also have an emergency action procedure, outlined in Council Policy 28, which governs ICC’s Code Development Process.

If you have questions, please contact Mike Pfeiffer, Senior Vice President of Technical Services, at x4338 or mpfeiffer@iccsafe.org.

ISPSC

Overview of the International Swimming Pool & Spa Code® (ISPSC®)

The International Swimming Pool & Spa Code® (ISPSC®) establishes minimum requirements for plumbing systems using prescriptive and performance-related provisions. It is founded on broad-based principles that make possible the use of new materials and new plumbing designs. This 2018 edition is fully compatible with all of the International Codes® (I-Codes®) published by the International Code Council. The I-Codes, including this International Plumbing Code, are used in a variety of ways in both the public and private sectors.

Benefits of the ISPSC:International Swimming Pool & Spa Code Book Cover

Most industry professionals are familiar with the I-Codes as the basis of laws and regulations in communities across the U.S. and in other countries. However, the impact of the codes extends well beyond the regulatory arena, as they are used in a variety of nonregulatory settings.

  • Voluntary compliance programs such as those promoting sustainability, energy efficiency and disaster resistance.
  • The insurance industry, to estimate and manage risk, and as a tool in underwriting and rate decisions.
  • Certification and credentialing of individuals involved in the fields of building design, construction and safety.
  • Certification of building and construction-related products.
  • U.S. federal agencies, to guide construction in an array of government-owned properties.
  • Facilities management.
  • “Best practices” benchmarks for designers and builders, including those who are engaged in projects in jurisdictions that do not have a formal regulatory system or a governmental enforcement mechanism.
  • College, university and professional school textbooks and curricula.
  • Reference works related to building design and construction.

In addition to the codes themselves, the code development process brings together building professionals on a regular basis. It provides an international forum for discussion and deliberation about building design, construction methods, safety, performance requirements, technological advances and innovative products.

Code Development

Current Version: 2018 ISPSC

  • Purchase the newest edition of the code and references.

Upcoming Version: 2021 ISPSC Development

This 2018 edition presents the code as originally issued, with changes reflected in the 2003 through 2015 editions and with further changes approved by the ICC Code Development Process through 2017. A new edition such as this is promulgated every 3 years.

This code is founded on principles intended to establish provisions consistent with the scope of a plumbing code that adequately protects public health, safety and welfare; provisions that do not unnecessarily increase construction costs; provisions that do not restrict the use of new materials, products or methods of construction; and provisions that do not give preferential treatment to particular types or classes of materials, products or methods of construction.

Adoptions

Adoptions of the ISPSC

The International Swimming Pool & Spa Code (ISPSC) is in use or adopted in 21 states, and the District of Columbia.

As a model code, the ISPSC is intended to be adopted in accordance with the laws and procedures of a governmental jurisdiction. When adopting a model code like the ISPSC, some jurisdictions amend the code in the process to reflect local practices and laws.

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IFGC

Overview of the International Fuel Gas Code® (IFGC®)

The International Fuel Gas Code® (IFGC®) establishes minimum requirements for plumbing systems using prescriptive and performance-related provisions. It is founded on broad-based principles that make possible the use of new materials and new plumbing designs. This 2018 edition is fully compatible with all of the International Codes® (I-Codes®) published by the International Code Council. The I-Codes, including this International Plumbing Code, are used in a variety of ways in both the public and private sectors.

Benefits of the IFGC:International Fuel Gas Code Book Cover

Most industry professionals are familiar with the I-Codes as the basis of laws and regulations in communities across the U.S. and in other countries. However, the impact of the codes extends well beyond the regulatory arena, as they are used in a variety of nonregulatory settings.

  • Voluntary compliance programs such as those promoting sustainability, energy efficiency and disaster resistance.
  • The insurance industry, to estimate and manage risk, and as a tool in underwriting and rate decisions.
  • Certification and credentialing of individuals involved in the fields of building design, construction and safety.
  • Certification of building and construction-related products.
  • U.S. federal agencies, to guide construction in an array of government-owned properties.
  • Facilities management.
  • “Best practices” benchmarks for designers and builders, including those who are engaged in projects in jurisdictions that do not have a formal regulatory system or a governmental enforcement mechanism.
  • College, university and professional school textbooks and curricula.
  • Reference works related to building design and construction.

In addition to the codes themselves, the code development process brings together building professionals on a regular basis. It provides an international forum for discussion and deliberation about building design, construction methods, safety, performance requirements, technological advances and innovative products.

Code Development

Current Version: 2018 IFGC

  • Purchase the newest edition of the code and references.

Upcoming Version: 2021 IFGC Development

This 2018 edition presents the code as originally issued, with changes reflected in the 2003 through 2015 editions and with further changes approved by the ICC Code Development Process through 2017. A new edition such as this is promulgated every 3 years.

This code is founded on principles intended to establish provisions consistent with the scope of a plumbing code that adequately protects public health, safety and welfare; provisions that do not unnecessarily increase construction costs; provisions that do not restrict the use of new materials, products or methods of construction; and provisions that do not give preferential treatment to particular types or classes of materials, products or methods of construction.

Adoptions

Adoptions of the IFGC

The International Fuel Gas Code (IFGC) is in use or adopted in 41 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico.

As a model code, the IFGC is intended to be adopted in accordance with the laws and procedures of a governmental jurisdiction. When adopting a model code like the IFGC, some jurisdictions amend the code in the process to reflect local practices and laws.

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IMC

Overview of the International Mechanical Code® (IMC®)

The International Mechanical Code® (IMC®) establishes minimum requirements for mechanical systems using prescriptive and performance-related provisions. It is founded on broad-based principles that make possible the use of new materials and new mechanical designs. This 2018 edition is fully compatible with all of the International Codes® (I-Codes®) published by the International Code Council. The I-Codes, including this International Mechanical Code, are used in a variety of ways in both the public and private sectors.

Benefits of the IMC:International Mechanical Code Book Cover

Most industry professionals are familiar with the I-Codes as the basis of laws and regulations in communities across the U.S. and in other countries. However, the impact of the codes extends well beyond the regulatory arena, as they are used in a variety of nonregulatory settings.
  • Voluntary compliance programs such as those promoting sustainability, energy efficiency and disaster resistance.
  • The insurance industry, to estimate and manage risk, and as a tool in underwriting and rate decisions.
  • Certification and credentialing of individuals involved in the fields of building design, construction and safety.
  • Certification of building and construction-related products.
  • U.S. federal agencies, to guide construction in an array of government-owned properties.
  • Facilities management.
  • “Best practices” benchmarks for designers and builders, including those who are engaged in projects in jurisdictions that do not have a formal regulatory system or a governmental enforcement mechanism.
  • College, university and professional school textbooks and curricula.
  • Reference works related to building design and construction.
In addition to the codes themselves, the code development process brings together building professionals on a regular basis. It provides an international forum for discussion and deliberation about building design, construction methods, safety, performance requirements, technological advances and innovative products.

Code Development

Current Version: 2018 IMC

  • Purchase the newest edition of the code and references.

Upcoming Version: 2021 IMC Development

This 2018 edition presents the code as originally issued, with changes reflected in the 2003 through 2015 editions and with further changes approved by the ICC Code Development Process through 2017. A new edition such as this is promulgated every 3 years.This code is founded on principles intended to establish provisions consistent with the scope of a plumbing code that adequately protects public health, safety and welfare; provisions that do not unnecessarily increase construction costs; provisions that do not restrict the use of new materials, products or methods of construction; and provisions that do not give preferential treatment to particular types or classes of materials, products or methods of construction.

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Adoptions of the IMC

The International Mechanical Code (IMC) is in use or adopted in 46 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

As a model code, the IMC is intended to be adopted in accordance with the laws and procedures of a governmental jurisdiction. When adopting a model code like the IMC, some jurisdictions amend the code in the process to reflect local practices and laws.

Publications

Support References for the IMC

ICC publishes a wide range of support products and materials to help users and enforcers of the IMC to improve their knowledge and understanding of the code. Several key publications are provided below, or get the full list from the ICC Store.

Support

Certification of Personnel

ICC offers certification programs for inspectors and examiners to the International Mechanical Code.

ICC-ES Evaluation Reports

ICC Evaluation Service (ICC-ES) is the United States’ leader in evaluating building products for compliance with code. A nonprofit, public benefit corporation, ICC-ES does technical evaluations of building products, components, methods, and materials.

Technical Opinions

Staff Code Opinions and Committee Interpretations are intended to provide technical support and clarification of code text for adopting jurisdictions, design professionals, and members of the construction industry. Technical Opinions on codes and standards are an exclusive benefit of ICC Membership.

Training

Training and Education for the IMC

ICC provides a full suite of training courses geared specifically for the IMC. ICC instructors provide hands-on, practical problem-solving training and are available to teach on-site single or multiday courses. For more information, visit the ICC Learning Center.Select topics include:


  • 2015 IPC/IMC/IFGC Significant Changes
  • 2012 IMC Update
  • 2012 IRC Fundamentals: Mechanical, Fuel Gas, Plumbing and Electrical Provisions
  • 2012 IMC Performing Commercial Mechanical Inspections
  • 2012 IMC Design, Installation and Inspection Principles
Get Involved

Get Involved

ICC operates a number of committees and councils related to the development and maintenance of codes and standards. There are several that relate specifically to the IMC.

IPC

Overview of the International Plumbing Code® (IPC®)

The International Plumbing Code® (IPC®) establishes minimum requirements for plumbing systems using prescriptive and performance-related provisions. It is founded on broad-based principles that make possible the use of new materials and new plumbing designs. This 2018 edition is fully compatible with all of the International Codes® (I-Codes®) published by the International Code Council. The I-Codes, including this International Plumbing Code, are used in a variety of ways in both the public and private sectors.

Benefits of the IPC:International Plumbing Code Book Cover

Most industry professionals are familiar with the I-Codes as the basis of laws and regulations in communities across the U.S. and in other countries. However, the impact of the codes extends well beyond the regulatory arena, as they are used in a variety of nonregulatory settings.

  • Voluntary compliance programs such as those promoting sustainability, energy efficiency and disaster resistance.
  • The insurance industry, to estimate and manage risk, and as a tool in underwriting and rate decisions.
  • Certification and credentialing of individuals involved in the fields of building design, construction and safety.
  • Certification of building and construction-related products.
  • U.S. federal agencies, to guide construction in an array of government-owned properties.
  • Facilities management.
  • “Best practices” benchmarks for designers and builders, including those who are engaged in projects in jurisdictions that do not have a formal regulatory system or a governmental enforcement mechanism.
  • College, university and professional school textbooks and curricula.
  • Reference works related to building design and construction.

In addition to the codes themselves, the code development process brings together building professionals on a regular basis. It provides an international forum for discussion and deliberation about building design, construction methods, safety, performance requirements, technological advances and innovative products.

Code Development

Current Version: 2018 IPC

  • Purchase the newest edition of the code and references.

Upcoming Version: 2021 IPC Development

This 2018 edition presents the code as originally issued, with changes reflected in the 2003 through 2015 editions and with further changes approved by the ICC Code Development Process through 2017. A new edition such as this is promulgated every 3 years.

This code is founded on principles intended to establish provisions consistent with the scope of a plumbing code that adequately protects public health, safety and welfare; provisions that do not unnecessarily increase construction costs; provisions that do not restrict the use of new materials, products or methods of construction; and provisions that do not give preferential treatment to particular types or classes of materials, products or methods of construction.

Adoptions

Adoptions of the IPC

The International Plumbing Code (IPC) is in use or adopted in 36 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico.

As a model code, the IPC is intended to be adopted in accordance with the laws and procedures of a governmental jurisdiction. When adopting a model code like the IPC, some jurisdictions amend the code in the process to reflect local practices and laws.

Publications

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Training

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