Alexandria, VA (PRWEB) June 19, 2014
The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) announces the newly revised American National Standards Institute (ANSI)/APSP/International Code Council (ICC)-3 2014 Standard for Permanently Installed Residential Spas and Swim Spas.
This Standard is for the design, equipment and installation of permanently installed residential spas and swim spas and does not cover public spas or factory built residential portable spas.
Major changes from the previous version from 1999 include the addition of permanent inground “swim spas,” which has caught the attention and excitement of consumers. “A swim spa provides a wonderful opportunity for homeowners who are challenged with limited backyard space to enjoy the recreational and health benefits of not only a pool but a spa all in one,” says Carvin DiGiovanni, senior director, technical and standards for APSP.
The revised standard also includes the latest safety and energy requirements by referencing the latest standards to ensure the highest degree of safety and operating efficiency. For example, a new Appendix B on Water Velocity Limits has been incorporated to assist pool designers and builders on how to determine the required design flow rates, essential to energy efficiency and bather safety.
“Contractors who are building, renovating or remodeling permanently installed spas or swim spas should use the new standards to provide their customers with the minimum guidelines for such a project,” said DiGiovanni. “The design requirements and construction practices outlined in the Standard are based upon sound engineering principles, research and field experience that, when applied properly, contribute to consumer satisfaction and safety in the final product.”
The revised ANSI/APSP/ICC-3 2014 Standard can be purchased at APSP.org/Store.
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.