IAPMO Publishes 2021 Editions of Uniform Plumbing Code (UPC), Uniform Mechanical Code (UMC)

ONTARIO, Calif., April 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) has published the 2021 editions of the Uniform Plumbing Code(®) (UPC) and Uniform Mechanical Code(®) (UMC) in both hard-copy and electronic versions, completing a three?year consensus development cycle accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

Significant changes to the UPC include:

    --  New Appendix N - Impact of Water Temperature on the Potential for
        Scalding and Legionella Growth
    --  New provisions for backflow prevention devices, assemblies and methods
    --  New provision for temperature limiting devices
    --  New guards and rails requirements for installation of equipment and
        appliances on roofs
    --  New requirements for the discharge of temperature and pressure relief
        valve piping
    --  New provision on leak detection devices
    --  New provisions for potable water pumps
    --  New standards for drain, waste and vent pipe and fittings
    --  New provisions for drain waste and vent cleanouts
    --  Circuit vent provisions have been updated and expanded
    --  Updated fuel gas provisions
    --  Updated medical gas provisions, including reordering of categories for
        ease of use

Significant changes to the UMC include:

    --  New Appendix F - Geothermal Energy Systems
    --  New guards and rails requirements for installation of equipment and
        appliances on roofs
    --  New ventilation requirements for transient and nontransient occupancies
    --  New ventilation requirements for indoor air quality for residential
    --  Revisions to the requirements for air ducts, including factory-made air
        ducts and dampers
    --  New provisions for factory-built grease ducts
    --  New provisions for refrigeration systems, including pressure-limiting
        devices and hydrostatic expansion
    --  Revisions to the sizing requirements for natural gas and propane piping
    --  Modifications to the pressure rating requirements for hydronic piping
    --  New requirements for fuel gas piping appliance shutoff valves, test
        pressure and overpressure protection devices
    --  New tube fastener provisions for radiant heating and cooling
    --  New requirements for residential compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling
    --  New fire-extinguishing equipment and carbon monoxide detection
        requirements for exhaust systems

The 2021 Uniform Codes will once again be available electronically, meaning that if someone is working from home or in the field and left the code book at the office, it is accessible from a computer or mobile device.

The public at large is encouraged to participate in IAPMO's ANSI-accredited open consensus code development process. A code development timeline and other relevant information are available at IAPMO's website, https://www.iapmo.org/codes-standards-development/code-development.

The 2021 UPC and 2021 UMC may be purchased through the IAPMO bookstore at: https://bit.ly/2JnKtaf.

Should you have any questions regarding the UPC, please contact Enrique Gonzalez at (909) 230-5535 or email at enrique.gonzalez@iapmo.org. For the UMC, contact Zalmie Hussein at (909) 218-8122 or email at zalmie.hussein@iapmo.org.

Sponsor of the Uniform Codes, IAPMO(®) - The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials -works in concert with government and industry for safe, sanitary plumbing and mechanical systems. Learn more about IAPMO at www.iapmo.org.

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SOURCE International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO)