The National Standard Plumbing Code™ (NSPC)
First published in 1933, the NSPC is designed to ensure the proper installation of plumbing systems, providing local and state governments, code administration bodies, and the industry with a modern code to protect health and promote safety. In 2017, IAPMO and the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors—National Association (PHCC) executed an agreement transferring ownership of the NSPC to IAPMO. The transfer encompasses all editions of the NSPC and ensures the code can progress for years to come.
The 2021 National Standard Plumbing Code–Illustrated provides the latest information about common materials, fixtures, devices and equipment systems used or installed in plumbing systems. The NSPC contains revisions that have been included to promote sustainable plumbing practices. This new edition is printed in the popular illustrated format, with comments and illustrations clearly shown as supplemental information. The illustrations and supplementary notes make it an indispensable training tool.
Appendix G, intended to promote safe and efficient water use in both residential and non-residential buildings, has been updated with revised excerpts from the 2017 Water Efficiency and Sanitation Standard (WE•Stand). Also new in the 2021 edition is Appendix L: Tiny Houses, which was added to address safe and reliable plumbing system requirements for both permanent single tiny houses (Part I) and for tiny house communities (Part II).
To keep the code current and viable and with input from all interested parties, the NSPC Committee — comprised of licensed contractors, engineers, inspectors and manufacturers — reviews the code annually and updates it on a three-year cycle. The NSPC Committee held the 2019 NSPC Public Hearing on July 11, 2019, at Bally's in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The NSPC proposed changes approved at the July hearing appear in the 2021 National Standard Plumbing Code–Illustrated.
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