Ian Longacre is a plumbing and mechanical inspector with the city of Santa Fe, N.M., a residential building inspector, a residential and commercial building plans examiner, a member of UA local 412, and Chairman of the IAPMO New Mexico chapter since 2016. Before that, he worked as a heating and cooling specialist at a plumbing and heating wholesale supply house, specializing in the sizing and design of radiant heating and cooling systems, solar heating systems for both domestic hot water and active heating systems, and geothermal systems using ground source heat pumps to both extract and reject energy from and into the earth to heat and cool homes.
Longacre was able to take advantage of his plumbing and heating field experience that began in 1987 in San Diego to guide his career in the plumbing and heating industry. He was fortunate to work for a plumbing company that sub-contracted for one of the biggest developers in San Diego County, which specialized in everything from single family tract homes and apartment buildings to low- and mid-rise commercial buildings and retail properties. When the building construction was down, he was fortunate enough to find work in the shipyards of San Diego Bay.
Born and raised in Santa Fe, Longacre returned to his hometown after 10 years in San Diego to begin raising a family with his biggest supporter, wife Regina, with whom he will celebrate 25 years of marriage in October 2018, though they have been together for more than 30 years. The Longacres have three children: Matthew, Lindsay, and Grant. Their oldest son, Matthew, recently returned home from New York City, where he obtained his associate degree from La Guardia Community College. Matthew is employed by a radon gas mitigation company in Santa Fe. Lindsay will receive her master’s degree in English next spring from San Diego State University. Grant will graduate next spring from Purdue University with a bachelor’s degree in business.
“All three of my children have inspired me to return to school, where I am more than half way to achieving an associate degree in building science and construction technology,” Longacre says.
Apart from enjoying the beautiful outdoors of New Mexico with his dogs, Longacre has coached girls high school volleyball for the last 10 years, winning three state championships with his daughter.
Longacre first became familiar with the building codes while growing up and helping alongside his general contractor father.
“The plumbing and heating side of the building process always seemed to catch my attention, and when my father let me sweat together the copper piping system that supplied the hydronic heating system to our home, I was hooked,” he says.
“I have always trusted and respected everything that IAPMO has to offer, and I have used the Uniform Code books like the Bible,” he says. “Every time that I read Official magazine, there is an article about the importance of clean water in developing countries. Those individuals in those articles, who help make clean water available in developing countries, are my heroes. That is why I am honored and privileged to be part of this wonderful organization.”