The IAPMO Group launched the 2021 revision cycle for the Uniform Mechanical Code (UMC); widely incorporated by reference into public safety law in many states. The IAPMO product is different than the International Code Council product (International Mechanical Code); much of apparent overlap in scope due to the tenure of the IAPMO group before the International Code Council was formed in the early 2000’s. History is not our business today, however. From UMC prospectus:
BSR/IAPMO UMC 1-20xx, Uniform Mechanical Code (UMC). This code provides minimum standards to safeguard life or limb, health, property, and public welfare by regulating and controlling the design, construction, installation, quality of materials, location, operation and maintenance, or use of heating, ventilating, cooling, refrigeration systems, incinerators and other miscellaneous heat-producing appliances. The provisions of this code apply to the erection, installation, alteration, repair, relocation, replacement, addition to, use, or maintenance of mechanical systems.
This document is developed so that its technical concepts correlate with the Uniform Plumbing Code (UPC). The UPC provides standards and requirements to safeguard life or limb, health, property and public welfare by regulating and controlling the design, construction, installation, quality of materials, location, operation and maintenance or use of plumbing systems. The provisions of this code apply to the erection, installation, alteration, repair, relocation, addition to, use, or maintenance of plumbing systems.
Project Need: Designation of the UMC as an American National Standard has provided the built industry with uniform mechanical standards resulting in a reduction in training costs and product development costs, and in price reduction for consumers. This American National Standard provides consumers with safe mechanical systems while allowing latitude for innovation and new technologies. This project is intended to keep the code current.
Stakeholders: Manufacturers, users, installers and maintainers, labor research/standards/testing laboratories, enforcing authorities, consumers, and special experts. *
The Complete Monograph of proposed revisions for the 2021 Uniform Mechanical Code has been released and available for public review.
Comments are due January 3, 2019. We encourage subject matter experts at the workpoint in the education facilities industry — i.e. tradespersons, foremen, supervisors with a user-interest in lowering #TotalCostofOwnership — to participate in the development of the next revision of the Uniform Mechanical Code. As we explain in our ABOUT we find that standards developers routinely attempt to cultivate the user-interest but workpoint subject matter experts do not receive the sustained financial support from their management and leadership anywhere close to the way incumbent interests — conformity, compliance, enforcement, insurance, labor, manufacturers — receive support.
We will walk through the IAPMO suites, and other mechanical engineering standards, today — December 17th 11 AM Eastern time. Use the login credentials at the top right of our home page.
More detailed information about how all stakeholders may participate is available this link: Public Comment Page. You may communicate directly with IAPMO’s standards staff here: IAPMO (International Association of Plumbing & Mechanical Officials) 4755 E. Philadelphia Street Ontario, CA 91761 Office: (909) 472-4241 Gabriella Davis email@example.com
Since 2012 we have been tracking several IAPMO documents which govern the safety and sustainability concepts in education facilities; among them:
Uniform Solar Energy and Hydronics Code [Issue 15-15]
Uniform Swimming Pool Code [Issue 13-14]
Aluminum and copper plumbing fixtures [Issue 12-99]