APSP Applauds New Pool & Spa Requirements for Washington, DC & Virginia

The International Swimming Pool & Spa Code (ISPSC), the only comprehensive model swimming pool and spa code available and comprised of widely adopted family of International Codes, American National Standards Institute and The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) standards, has been adopted in Washington, DC and the Commonwealth of Virginia.

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Alexandria, VA (PRWEB) May 14, 2014

The International Swimming Pool & Spa Code (ISPSC), the only comprehensive model swimming pool and spa code available and comprised of widely adopted family of International Codes, American National Standards Institute and The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) standards, has been adopted in Washington, DC and the Commonwealth of Virginia.

The ISPSC covers all types of aquatic vessels, including residential and public pools, portable and in-ground spas, water parks, exercise spas, and hot tubs. 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 May 2014), click here.

The District began enforcing the code ruling March 28, 2014. Virginia will begin enforcement July 14, 2014. The Virginia ruling can be viewed here.

“As a pool builder, this is really good news,” said Jason Vaughan, president of National Pools of Roanoke, Inc. “It makes good business sense because there are consistent standards by which to build or install, and it’s good for the consumer because it ensures safety standards.”

“APSP’s priority is to make sure the ISPSC is adopted across the 50 states,” said APSP Senior Director of Technical & Standards Carvin DiGiovanni. “We are 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.”

“The ISPSC integrates the widely used design and safety features of both the APSP standards and the I-Codes,” said Dominic Sims, CBO, CEO of the International Code Council, which partners with APSP and other leading organizations in the development of the ISPSC. “Code uniformity results in more consistent contractor training and certification, and is more cost-effective. By adopting the ISPSC, the industry and the public benefit from nationwide uniformity, advances in safety and technology, and for the first time, unprecedented protection for users of residential and public pools and spas.”

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

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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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