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PIAC Update

July 15, 2016   (0 Comments)
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Chairman: Kevin Ernst (OS&B)
Liaison: D. Hammond (A.O. Smith)

The next PIAC meeting will be held on August 15th in Ottawa prior to the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Advisory Council on Plumbing Meetings.

The CIPH Board has approved the long range and strategic initiatives for the PIAC. The Council has agreed to the following strategic initiatives of developing policy towards:

  • Automatic Adoption of the latest model National Plumbing Code among the provinces
  • Developing a system for more inspectors and inspections, and
  • Supporting standards harmonization where practical for the industry. 

Timely Automatic Code Adoption

As a key strategic initiative of the CIPH Board and the Plumbing Industry Advisory Council, CIPH met with the National Research Council (NRC), Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes (CCBFC), Canadian Advisory Council on Plumbing (CACP) and Provincial/Territorial Policy Advisory Committee on Codes (PTPACC) to discuss. The idea is to help the provinces update legislation so that they can reference the latest version of the national model plumbing code and bring it into enforceable regulation in a timely manner. This means that every province will adopt the code in roughly the same time, assisting members with logistics and stocking challenges nationally; clarifying the fragmentation issues the industry has faced historically. This also helps the local inspectors in their roles to the industry. 

Code Development Systems Review
To strengthen our codes development system, the Canadian Commission of Building and Fire Codes has developed a review of the current codes development system. CIPH and our members were solicited for feedback. We have summarized the feedback into a letter and submitted our findings to back to the Commission. The letter calls for immediate action to address some of the deficiencies observed as well as longer term strategic changes that address CIPH’s key strategic objectives for the codes and standards regime.

National Plumbing Code 2015
The NRC is published and is available electronically and in print on the NRC’s website. CACP will convene in August, as an action item, CIPH will be collating an adoption schedule from the provinces. 

Low Lead Updates- CSA B137 Series
A number of the PEX product standards were updated to reference the low-lead requirements in NSF 372. Manufacturers had until January 2, 2016 in order to guarantee the update to certifications and listings are completed by July 1, 2016 according to CSA. CSA B137-13 was referenced in the 2015 NPC but provinces have not yet adopted the latest versions of the plumbing code. 

British Colombia: Recycling Regulation 
A Meeting of CIPH/HRAI that was scheduled for June 20th with the BC Minister of the Environment requesting an exemption from BC Reg. 449/2004 for professionally installed products was cancelled. A new meeting date is to be confirmed. Currently member manufacturers impacted have been writing to the ministry to support the initiative. 



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