Code Council Signs MOU with U.K. Association to Advance Plumbing Expertise

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Good plumbing and improved sanitation that saves countless lives go hand in hand. The International Code Council and the Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors of England and Wales are keenly aware of the issues surrounding the global sanitation crisis that takes the life of a child every 15 seconds. These two respected organizations have joined forces to help the entire plumbing industry worldwide to advance their expertise overall, as well as to take steps required to advance proper sanitation.

The International Code Council (ICC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors of England and Wales (APHC). The MOU calls for both organizations to work together to advance the plumbing industry overall, including myriad mutual goals on local, national and global levels.

This union will serve to share APHC and the Code Council’s respective and combined expertise to help plumbing professionals to advance their trade through education about new techniques and technologies. Another key goal outlined in the MOU is to dramatically enhance perceptions among consumers and businesses of the important role the plumbing industry plays in providing proper sanitation to communities throughout their respective countries.

While access to proper sanitation isn’t an issue in either of these well developed nations, an additional key focus of both organizations is to join forces towards advancing proper sanitation efforts to assist the 2.6 billion people who do not currently have access to proper sanitation.

“Plumbing is one of the most important industries in the world. Good plumbing saves countless lives every single day. People working in the industry are rightly proud of what they do” said Clive Dicken, Chief Executive Officer of APHC. “However, we face two issues: firstly, in the developed world, people have become complacent about sanitation and how their health depends on it; secondly, many parts of the developing world still do not have the luxury of decent sanitation, and 4,000 children die each day because of this.”

The APHC and Code Council will collaborate on efforts independent of and alongside other sanitation-related organizations to advance global sanitation standards. One example of how the Code Council is already sharing their knowledge towards this goal is their extensive work serving on the committee that is developing the Global Guidelines for Proper Toilet Design. Working collaboratively with the World Toilet Organization (WTO) and other global sanitation organizations that focus on global sanitation crisis, this document will serve to standardize the design, installation and maintenance of toilets throughout the world, making it easier for less developed nations to adopt and enforce these code provisions.

“Plumbers in the developed world have done their jobs so well that, unfortunately, the public now takes them for granted,” said Jay Peters, Executive Director for the Code Council’s Plumbing, Mechanical and Fuel Gas (PMG) Group. “Yet, 40 percent of the world’s population with no toilets are desperate for this life-enriching and life-saving form of sanitation that we take for granted. We are proud to be working alongside organizations like APCE and WTO to dramatically improve the sanitation conditions and lives of so many people.”

While in London signing the MOU, Jay Peters was one of about 100 exclusive industry leaders invited to attend APHC’s President’s Dinner. Mr. Peters was also honored with a request to give the keynote address, and to dine with Lord O’Neil of Clackmannan, an ex-member of the Houses of the Parliament. Making the most of his time in England, he also met with several contractors and manufacturers, and visited heating and plumbing training centers. All of these meetings provided invaluable insights regarding the similarities and differences about operating and manufacturing methods versus how they are done in the U.S.

APHC and the Code Council look forward to continuing to work together to identify opportunities for efforts that leverage their respective and collaborative expertise and knowledge to advance the plumbing industry and global sanitation through joint education programs, developing and enhancing products and services, new technologies, establishing new standards and provisions, as well as enhancing the benefits each offers their respective membership. For more information about the APHC, visit http://www.aphc.co.uk. For more information about the Code Council’s PMG Group, visit http://www.iccsafe.org/pmg.

The International Code Council (ICC) publishes building safety, fire prevention and energy efficiency codes that are used in the construction of residential and commercial buildings. Most U.S. cities, counties and states choose the I-Codes based on their outstanding quality. The ICC’s Plumbing, Mechanical and Fuel Gas (PMG) Group is devoted exclusively to providing PMG products and support to jurisdictions and construction industry professionals across the country and around the globe, with one or more PMG codes adopted in 49 states. The more than 200 superior products and related services were developed specifically by and for plumbing and mechanical professionals. Contact the PMG Group for additional information at 1-888-ICC-SAFE, x4PMG or visit iccsafe.org.

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