The IAPMO’s “Green Plumbing and Mechanical Code Supplement” is a new document created to standardize sustainable residential and commercial plumbing and mechanical systems.
Green Supplement serves as a complement to any adopted plumbing and mechanical
code, smoothly bridging the previously troublesome gap between existing codes
and established green building programs. Where code language and green building
concepts lack cohesion, the supplement creates harmony by addressing such areas
* Use of alternate water
sources (gray water, rainwater harvesting)
* Proper use of
high-efficiency plumbing products
* Conservation of hot
* Energy conservation in
* Training/education in
green plumbing systems
building codes are perhaps the biggest hindrance to the adoption of green
buildings,” said Dave Viola, IAPMO director of Special Services and staff
liaison to the Green Technical Committee (GTC) that developed the document.
"There's so little information about how to do green systems properly and
safely within existing building codes, so we've rolled out a document that
shows exactly how it's done."
in January 2008, the 25-member GTC is comprised of a who's who of industry leaders
in all facets of the sustainable plumbing and mechanical fields, along with 60
other plumbers, contractors, engineers, inspectors and energy/water
conservation experts enlisted for task groups.
of the provisions in the Green Supplement are very advanced,” said Amir Tabakh,
director of Environmental Engineering, Environmental Affairs Division of the
City of Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, and a member of the GTC.
“These standards are five to seven years ahead of the local codes. The Green
Supplement gives a local jurisdiction the opportunity to adopt a superior
product, a superior standard without waiting five to seven years.”
provisions dealing with sustainable plumbing are prominent, Tabakh contends the
mechanical aspects should not be overlooked.
to the California Energy Commission, 30 percent of the state's energy
consumption within commercial buildings is mechanical equipment,” he said. “If
that 30 percent is positively impacted, it means many more electrical systems
will become highly efficient. So, this document ultimately touches national
standards for electrical efficiency.”
more information, visit www.iapmo.org/Pages/IAPMO_Green.aspx.