APSP Scores Victories at ICC Code Hearings Strengthening Pool & Spa Design & Construction Code

The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals scored several victories that strengthen the 2015 International Swimming Pool & Spa Code (ISPSC) for the pool, spa and hot tub industry during the International Code Council (ICC) Annual Conference and Final Action Hearings held in Atlantic City, N.J., Sept. 28-Oct. 10.

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Alexandria, VA (PRWEB) October 24, 2013

The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals scored several victories that strengthen the 2015 International Swimming Pool & Spa Code (ISPSC) for the pool, spa and hot tub industry during the International Code Council (ICC) Annual Conference and Final Action Hearings held in Atlantic City, N.J., Sept. 28-Oct. 10.

“Based upon the American National Standards Institute (ANSI)/APSP standards, APSP continues to promote sensible design and construction standards through the ISPSC so that building a pool and a spa becomes safer and more state of the art design efficient for consumers,” said Carvin DiGiovanni, APSP senior director, technical and standards.

In attendance to promote the 2012 International Swimming Pool & Spa Code (ISPSC) – and to continue the development of the code's second edition, the 2015 ISPSC – APSP successes included:

  • Inclusion of the ANSI/APSP/ICC-4 2012 Standard for Aboveground/Onground Residential Swimming Pools into the 2015 ISPSC. In addition, a three-part proposal to ensure consistency with the ANSI/APSP/ICC-14 and ANSI/APSP/ICC-15 Standards for energy efficiency, in both the ISPSC and 2015 International Energy & Conservation Code (IECC), was adopted;
  • Adoption of all ISPSC pool and spa design and construction requirements into the 2015 International Residential Code (IRC);
  • Adoption of the same three-part proposal that was accepted for the 2015 ISPSC into the IECC; and
  • Defeat for an onerous proposal that would have required a mechanical retraction system for non-powered pool covers installed on residential inground pools weighing more than 40 pounds.

The adoptions signal a strong message to pool and spa manufacturers and builders that the ISPSC enables design applications to be more efficient. The ISPSC is designed to provide building and health code officials, and the aquatic industry at large, with one comprehensive, consistent set of rules for the many thousands of jurisdictions in the country to adopt. For a complete list of state adoptions of the various I-codes (as of September 2013), click here.

“APSP is committed to providing pool, spa and hot tub manufacturers and contractors consistent standards by which to ensure consumer safety, production and installation efficiency and guidance for sensible legislation and regulation,” said APSP Director of Government Relations Jennifer Hatfield. “Our priority is to make sure the ISPSC is adopted across the 50 states because it protects consumers and makes good business sense. It’s a win-win for everyone.”

The ISPSC is the only comprehensive model swimming pool and spa code available, coordinated with the widely adopted family of International Codes and ANSI/APSP Standards. The Code covers all types of aquatic vessels, including residential and public pools, portable and in-ground spas, water parks, exercise spas, and hot tubs.

For more information about the ISPSC or to purchase the Code and commentary, visit APSP.org/ISPSC.

About APSP
The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) is the world’s oldest and largest association representing swimming pool, hot tub, and spa manufacturers, distributors, manufacturers’ agents, designers, builders, installers, suppliers, retailers, and service professionals. Dedicated to the growth and development of its members’ businesses and to promoting the enjoyment and safety of pools and spas, APSP offers a range of services, from professional development to advancing key legislation and regulation at the federal and local levels, to consumer outreach and public safety. APSP is the only industry organization recognized by the American National Standards Institute to develop and promote national standards for pools, hot tubs, and spas. For more information, visit APSP.org.


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