Recently the City of Vancouver released proposed changes to the Building Bylaws pertaining to plumbing fittings, appliances and irrigation.
Their intention is to update the City’s bylaws, manage and offer guidance to users on new objectives such as enhanced water conservation and energy efficiency requirements. This aligns with the City’s green initiatives.
CIPH and Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI) share the common objectives with the City on water and energy conservation and efficiency and as such have promoted the development of these objectives into the 2015 National model Codes. We are aware of the challenges municipalities face with existing infrastructure and pushing the limit on water conservation may not be the most prudent strategy without the flexibility to manage old infrastructure, renovations and retrofits.
Our overall recommendation is for the City of Vancouver to work with the Province on the referencing and adoption of the 2015 National Plumbing Code into provincial regulations and enforce in a timely manner.
To read the CIPH/PMI technical recommendations to the proposed changes click here.