Chicago, Ill. – On Saturday, April 20, leaders of the American Society of Plumbing Engineers and ASSE International gathered in Cleveland, Ohio, to sign a memorandum of understanding to jointly advance and promote the mutual interests of regulations, codes, standards, design, specifications, installation and inspection of plumbing systems.
The intent of the agreement is to work collaboratively to achieve technical consistency in plumbing and mechanical code provisions and to support measures, including federal and state legislation, that increase the level of enforcement of plumbing and mechanical codes and standards in the United States and internationally. To achieve these goals, the two organizations will periodically meet to review model plumbing and mechanical codes for inconsistencies, exchange information and encourage continuing dialogue, and leverage their strengths for the mutual benefit of both organizations’ memberships. ASPE and ASSE International will also jointly develop technical publications, standards, educational programs, conferences and trade shows to help educate professionals in the construction industry.
“Both ASPE and ASSE International are devoted to ensuring the proper installation and manufacture of plumbing systems and products, and this MOU will improve our ability to do that,” says ASPE President William F. Hughes Jr., CPD, LEED AP, FASPE. “Protecting public health is of upmost importance, and the collaborative efforts that result from this agreement will further help our members design safe, innovative systems.”
“The strength of each of these organizations, ASSE International and ASPE, is the expertise and knowledge base represented by their members and staffs,” says ASSE International President Steve Silber. “The general public can only benefit when such considerable talent is brought together to advance common interests and establish new directions for our industry as a whole. I see great things coming from this formal collaboration.”