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Co-conveners:

Alliance for Water Efficiency

The Alliance for Water Efficiency is a stakeholder-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the efficient and sustainable use of water. Headquartered in Chicago, the Alliance serves as a North American advocate for water efficient products and programs, and provides information and assistance on water conservation efforts. A diverse Board of Directors governs the organization and has adopted a set of guiding principles and strategic plan.

American Society of Plumbing Engineers
The American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE) is the international organization for professionals skilled in the design, specification and inspection of plumbing systems. ASPE is dedicated to the advancement of the science of plumbing engineering, to the professional growth and advancement of its members and the health, welfare and safety of the public.
International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials®
The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials(IAPMO®) has been protecting the public’s health and safety for 90 years by working in concert with government and industry to implement comprehensive plumbing and mechanical systems around the world.

The IAPMO code development process ensures openness and transparency for the development of consensus-based codes for use in the built environment. Our codes are unique, as they remain the only codes developed exclusively for plumbing and mechanical applications that employ an ANSI-accredited development process, providing a voice and a vote to all industry stakeholders.

IAPMO provides leadership toward addressing the global need for sound water efficiency-based codes and standards while working to avoid unintended consequences that have the potential to compromise health and safety. IAPMO supports science-based research and policy-based initiatives at all levels of government, with the goal of helping provide for the safe use of water in buildings around the world.

Plumbing Heating Cooling Contractors (PHCC)
The PHCC—National Association is the oldest trade association in the construction industry—and the premiere organization for the p-h-c professional.

Since 1883, PHCC has been the leader in promotion, advancement, education and training.

Today, PHCC has more than 3,500 contractor members from open and union shops, who work in the residential, commercial, new construction, industrial and service and repair industry segments.
 
Plumbing Manufacturers International
Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI) is the voluntary international industry association of the manufacturers of plumbing products. Our members produce 90% of the products used in the USA.

We’re advocates, not plumbers. We work to harmonize product requirements. We are the voice of plumbing manufacturers on regulatory and legislative issues. We are in the business of information-sharing and serve as an international watchdog and “early-alert system” about issues that will impact our industry. We promote the efficient use of water, while maintaining a focus on health and safety. We build coalitions and bring (sometimes seemingly disparate) groups together on a common cause for the greater good. We promote a level playing field for trade issues and consumer choice.

 
World Plumbing Council

The mission of the World Plumbing Council is to unite the world plumbing industry to safeguard and protect the environment and the health of nations, for the benefit of all.

   To develop and promote the image and standards of the Plumbing Industry worldwide.
   To encourage and facilitate the exchange of information, ideas and technology between Plumbing Industry Organizations and individuals worldwide.
   To promote and assist in Plumbing Industry Education and Training, recognizing the need for appropriate standards and their international recognition.
   To create an awareness of the Plumbing Industry's role in protecting the environment by providing safe fresh water and sanitation through proper management, care, reuse, and conservation of natural resources.
   To provide and share information regarding research projects and technology that may be applicable to the Plumbing Industry and the people they serve.

 

Benefactors:

International Code Council

The International Code Council is a member-focused association. It is dedicated to developing model codes and standards used in the design, build and compliance process to construct safe, sustainable, affordable and resilient structures. Most U.S. communities and many global markets choose the International Codes.

The International Codes®, or I-Codes®, published by ICC, provide minimum safeguards for people at home, at school and in the workplace. The I-Codes are a complete set of comprehensive, coordinated building safety and fire prevention codes. Building codes benefit public safety and support the industry’s need for one set of codes without regional limitations.

Fifty states and the District of Columbia have adopted the I-Codes at the state or jurisdictional level. Federal agencies including the Architect of the Capitol, General Services Administration, National Park Service, Department of State, U.S. Forest Service and the Veterans Administration also enforce the I-Codes. The Department of Defense references the International Building Code® for constructing military facilities, including those that house U.S. troops around the world and at home. Amtrak uses the International Green Construction Code® for new and extensively renovated sites and structures. Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands enforce one or more of the I-Codes.

Sloan
Sloan is the world’s leading manufacturer of commercial plumbing systems and has been in operation since 1906. Headquartered in Franklin Park, Illinois, the company is at the forefront of the green building movement and provides smart sustainable restroom solutions by manufacturing water-efficient products such as flushometers, electronic faucets, sink systems, soap dispensing systems, and vitreous china fixtures for commercial, industrial and institutional markets worldwide.

Sloan has spent more than a century pioneering smart, water-saving restroom solutions that are built to last a lifetime. Since innovating the Royal® flushometer over 100 years ago, our global team of engineers have developed technologies that improve water-efficiency without compromising design, quality, affordability or performance. Sloan is proud that it’s flushometers and many more Sloan products are designed and manufactured in the U.S.

Every day around the world, Sloan products connect the systems that manage our planet’s most precious resource. Water Connects Us® is more than just Sloan’s tagline. Sloan understands the dynamic relationship between the world’s water management systems and its water ecosystems. We connect communities of engineers, architects, designers, building managers and owners to high-efficient products and systems to promote healthier water ecosystems for generations to come.

United Association (UA)
With over 300,000 members across North America, representing the plumbing and pipe fitting industry, the United Association is very proud of our membership and our work. Our motto, “We Do It Right the First Time,” shows our integrity and determination to not only do our best, but with expertise. We strive to improve our members’ skills and excellence through our robust training programs.
 
Viega

The Viega Group has always stood out from the crowd, and today the company brings its high-quality, revolutionary piping systems to the water quality movement. Formed in 1899, Viega is the global leader in press technology systems for industrial, commercial and residential industries. Viega LLC, headquartered in Broomfield, Colorado, offers more than 3,000 products. These include Viega ProPress® for copper and stainless, Viega MegaPress® for carbon steel and stainless pipe, the Viega PureFlow® System including PEX and fittings in high-performance polymer and Zero Lead bronze, as well as MegaPress CuNi and SeaPress®® systems for marine applications. Viega also specializes in the design, production and installation of ProRadiant™ heating and cooling systems, and offers In-Wall Flushing Technology including carriers and flush plates.

Viega systems are coupled with several products that are changing the way contractors do their jobs and are affecting the lives of the people who rely on them to deliver water safely to the tap. As standards are developed to prevent outbreaks like Legionella, contractors and designers have begun seeking products that improve efficiency and lower operating costs while also keeping bacteria growth at bay.

Everything from double drop elbows, thermostatic balancing valves and Venturi insert fittings to the revolutionary Viega SmartLoop® system, will aid in the flow and temperature maintenance of a building’s piping system. With training and design seminars, together we can help keep our drinking water safe with high quality, innovative products and services.

 
Patrons:
National Inspection Testing Certification

National Inspection Testing and Certification Corporation (NITC) is a third-party provider of certification services to the Piping Industry. NITC tests and certifies personnel in the Medical Gas, Plumbing, Pipefitting, HVACR, Fire Protection & Safety Systems and related industries.

NITC maintains a Quality Management System registered to the ISO 9001:2008 Standard and offers personnel certifications that include but are not limited to Journey Level and Master Level, assorted City, County, and State Government requirements. NITC also specializes in Test Development and Test Administration.

The purpose of the NITC Personnel Certification Program is to advance the profession of certain crafts, inspectors and businesses in the construction industry by providing (a) a mechanism by which individuals can demonstrate their knowledge of model codes, standards, industry practices, and (b) a mechanism by which stake holders in the construction industry can readily assess a minimum level of competency for such categories.

NITC is non-discriminatory in accepting applications and issuing certifications to candidates in regards to membership in any trade association, union, etc., and NITC is in compliance with all Federal and State ADA regulations. Since NITC’s work is highly important to the construction industry as well as the public at large, NITC has devised processes to insure that it practices impartiality, manages conflict of interest issues, and ensures objectivity in carrying out its certification activities.

 
Plumbing Industry Progress & Education
P.I.P.E. was formed in 1980 to improve communications between labor and management, to explore joint approaches to problems and to prevent potential problems, to improve occupational safety and health and other working conditions. The P.I.P.E. Partnership is a 3-way partnership between Labor, Management, and the customer. We are the joint Labor and Management cooperation committee and trust fund for the unionized plumbing, piping and HVACR industries in Southern California. We are the vehicle through which union contractors and union pipe trades workers advance the industry. By becoming part of the P.I.P.E. partnership you gain the benefits provided, such as media support for affiliated unions & contractors through the development and distribution of audio and video content for training, marketing, education, and public relations.
 

Supporters:

ASTM
Over 12,000 ASTM standards operate globally. Defined and set by us, they improve the lives of millions every day. Combined with our innovative business services, they enhance performance and help everyone have confidence in the things they buy and use.
 

University of North Carolina Water Institute

 

The Water Institute at UNC:  We are problem solvers focused on the sustainable management of water for health and human development. We contribute to improving access to safe water, sanitation, and hygiene for all.  Since its founding, the Water Institute has tackled issues of central importance to global public health, to address ongoing, and emerging issues and to improve policy, programming and practice.  Institute researchers have published more than 80 scientific papers, and reached large audiences with knowledge products that translate insights into practical action. The Institute’s recommendations on global WaSH goals, targets, and indicators have supported policymaking and shaped agendas around issues including water supply and quality, sanitation and sewerage, health care and school settings, and human rights. The implications of our work have been reflected in the incorporation of the word ‘safe’ in the Sustainable Development Goals’ water and sanitation target and the aspiration to ensure that every household has adequate water and sanitation.  Reflecting the core values of the university, and carrying forward the School’s history of innovation in the service of public health, The Water Institute has focused on effecting change.  Its research, teaching, networking and communication activities focus on evidence – to upgrade policies; to enhance program design and management and to improve practice – all toward the goal of improving health and development in North Carolina and around the world.

 
WaterSmart Innovations
The WaterSmart Innovations Conference and Exposition (WSI) is the largest urban water-efficiency conference of its kind in the world. Presented by the Southern Nevada Water Authority and numerous forward-thinking organizations, the ninth WaterSmart Innovations Conference and Exposition will be held October 5-7, 2016 in Las Vegas. A premier venue to showcase new water-efficiency technology, build and strengthen effective, interdisciplinary relationships; and establish your company as an international leader in innovative water efficiency technology and services.

At WaterSmart Innovations, a wide range of professional sessions and workshops - along with an extensive exhibition of water-saving technologies and programs from around the world - will connect attendees with the resources they need in an atmosphere of networking, collaboration and learning, to create a new wave in water efficiency.

 

Industry Partners:

American Supply Association
The American Supply Association (ASA) is the national organization that serves wholesaler-distributors and their suppliers in the PHCP-PVF industry. ASA is a one-stop-shop for legislative and regulatory advocacy, ongoing business intelligence, employee training and education, and peer-to-peer networking.
 
Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating
Founded in Montreal in 1933, the CIPH is a not-for-profit trade association that is committed to providing members with the tools for success in today's competitive environment. More than 283 companies are members of this influential Canadian industry association.

They are the manufacturers, wholesaler distributors, master distributors, manufacturers' agents, and allied companies who manufacture and distribute plumbing, heating, hydronic, industrial PVF, and waterworks, and other mechanical products. CIPH wholesalers operate more than 700 warehouses and showrooms across Canada. Total industry sales exceed $6.5 billion annually and CIPH members have more than 20,000 employees from coast to coast.
 
Mechanical Contractors Association of America
The Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA) serves the unique needs of approximately 2,600 firms involved in heating, air conditioning, refrigeration, plumbing, piping, and mechanical service.

We do this by providing our members with high-quality educational materials and programs to help them attain the highest level of managerial and technical expertise. MCAA includes the Mechanical Service Contractors of America, the Plumbing Contractors of America, the Manufacturer/Supplier Council, the Mechanical Contracting Education and Research Foundation and the National Certified Pipe Welding Bureau.
 
Plastics Pipe Institute
The Plastics Pipe Institute (PPI) is a non-profit trade association representing manufacturers of plastic piping systems. The Building & Construction Division focuses on plastic pressure pipe and fittings for plumbing, water service, fire protection and hydronic mechanical systems, including ground source geothermal systems. These materials include CPVC, HDPE, PEX, PE-RT and PP pressure pipes.
 

Media Sponsors:

BNP Media
Since 1926, BNP Media has been serving multiple industries with our leading business-to-business publications. We are committed to helping industry professionals succeed in business by providing superior information through our industry expertise.

BNP Media publishes pm engineer, Plumbing & Mechanical, Reeves Journal, Radiant & Hydronics, Kitchen & Bath Pro and Supply House Times catering to distinct industry markets. Our publications are a vital source for businesses both nationally and globally.

BNP Media is a fourth-generation, family-run business, headquartered in Troy, Michigan, with regional offices around the country.
 
Informa Media
Informa was formed in 1998, and through growth and acquisition, has become a leading international Business Intelligence, Academic Publishing, Knowledge and Events business.

Some of their brands have a history dating back much further, including Contractor, Contracting Business, HPAC and HPAC Engineering magazines.
 
Mechanical Hub
Known as “The Voice of the Contractor,” Mechanical Hub is an online resource for today’s plumbing, HVAC and mechanical contractors.

With the addition of new sites Plumbing Perspective and Hydronics Hub, Mechanical Hub brings today’s busy contractor a one-stop site of information, and these digital tools comprise the ultimate online plumbing, heating and mechanical resource in the industry.
 
PHCP Pros Media
PHCPPros covers all aspects of the plumbing, heating, cooling and piping industry for 100,000 professional engineers, distributors and contractors.

PHCPPros combines the editorial and distribution strengths of Plumbing Engineer; The Wholesaler and PHC News to provide the latest news to readers and create a powerful business-to-business marketing strategy for the industry’s manufacturers and service providers.