November 23, 2005 - iapmo

November 23, 2005 - iapmo


Codes Department • 5001 E. Philadelphia St. Ontario, CA 91761 – USA

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November 15, 2002

Julius Ballanco, P.E.

American Society of Plumbing Engineers

1661 Cardinal Drive

Munster, IN 46321

Re: IAPMO Standards Council Decision Docket #1023

Date of Decision: November 8, 2002

Uniform Plumbing Code

J. Kenneth Richardson


IAPMO Standards


Gabriella Davis


IAPMO Standards


Terry Swisher, Chairman

Plumbing Code TC

Carl Marbery

Plumbing Code TC

Staff Liaison

Roger Rotundo, Chairman

Mechanical Code TC

Michael Kobel, P.E.

Mechanical Code TC

Staff Liaison

Dear Mr. Ballanco:

I am transmitting to you herewith the following decision of the IAPMO

Standards Council.

At its meeting of November 6 – 8, 2002, the IAPMO Standards Council

considered your appeal on behalf of the American Society of Plumbing Engineers

requesting acceptance of proposal item #149 and rejection of comment sequence

#240 which would result in the addition of circuit venting to Chapter 9 of the

2003 Edition of the Uniform Plumbing Code. This proposal was accepted by the

Plumbing Technical Committee in the 2001 Report on Proposals but the

Plumbing TC reversed its decision in the 2002 Report on Comments by accepting

comment sequence #240. At the September Association Technical Meeting

Convention, the membership voted to affirm the Plumbing TC’s action in

accepting comment sequence #240, resulting in no change to current code text on

this issue which does not permit circuit venting.

Appellant contends that the Plumbing TC’s action at the ROC stage,

affirmed by the membership, is in violation of section 3-3.6 of the Regulations

Governing Committee Projects. In appellant’s opinion, this proposal was

technically substantiated to properly support said proposal. This appeal requests

that the Council overturn the action set forth above that was recommended by the

full IAPMO codes and standards development process.

On an appeal, the Standards Council accords great respect and deference

to the IAPMO codes and standards development process. In conducting its

review, the Council will overturn the result recommended through that process

only where a clear and substantial basis for doing so is demonstrated. The

Council has reviewed the entire record concerning this appeal and has considered

all of the arguments raised by it. In the view of the Council, the technical data

provided to date does not reasonably satisfy the concerns of the TC and the IAPMO membership

that the subject installation method will be able to meet the health and safety objectives of the

UPC. Thus, this appeal does not present any clear and substantial basis on which to overturn the

results recommended by the IAPMO codes and standards development process. Accordingly,

the Council has voted to deny this appeal.


Michael Kobel, Secretary

IAPMO Standards Council

C: Neil Bogatz, General Counsel

Gabriella Davis, Recording Secretary

John Halliwill, Plumbing TC Staff Liaison

Members, Plumbing Technical Committee

IAPMO Standards Council

NOTE: Participants in IAPMO’s codes and standards making process are advised that limited review of this decision may be

sought from the NFPA Standards Council. For the rules describing the available review and the method for petitioning the NFPA

Standards Council for review, please consult Section 1-7 of the IAPMO Regulations Governing Committee Projects and the

IAPMO Regulations Governing Petitions to the NFPA Standards Council from Decisions of the IAPMO Standards Council.

Notice of the intent to file such a petition must be submitted to the Secretary of the NFPA Standards Council within 15 calendar

days of the Date of Decision noted in the subject line of this letter. As this document is being submitted to the American

National Standards Institute (ANSI) for designation as an American National Standard (ANS), any persons who have directly and

materially affected interests by this decision have the right to appeal to ANSI in accordance with ANSI Procedures.

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