The IAPMO Group supports Federal and State efforts to advance fundamental plumbing knowledge, including examining the impacts of pipe sizing changes and thermal insulation (pipe insulation) will have on energy and water use. Legislation that advances water research should be inclusive of demand management or plumbing research.
As part of its finding, a recent report to Congress by the National Institute of Building Sciences Report identified plumbing research as critical to advancing water and energy efficiency efforts. The IAPMO Group strongly supports efforts to have NIST reestablish the Plumbing Research Program and begin the research needed to modernize modern water pipe sizing requirements for commercial and high-rise residential buildings contained in the nation’s plumbing codes. This is a very complex issue that necessitates government leadership but it would result in ongoing energy and water efficiencies in every building constructed with right-sized plumbing systems for the entire life of the building.
The federal government also needs to support desperately needed research on the unintended consequences of water efficiency. There are three specific concerns:
The Plumbing Efficiency Research Coalition (PERC) was formed on January 6, 2009 when five prominent organizations signed a historic Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The MOU created a collaborative network to advance plumbing research initiatives pertaining to water efficiency. Click HERE to learn more.