The International Plumbing Code and the Uniform Plumbing Code contain sections addressing flushing and chlorine disinfection of potable water distribution systems. However, no industry standards tell plumbing professionals how to do it.
Decarbonization is driving the movement to electrification and away from fossil fuels. This includes water heaters; plumbing professionals must understand heat pump water heaters, electric resistance units and combination units.
Water flowing under a regimented schedule helps with patient safety by reducing the risk of waterborne pathogens.
April 3, 2023
Water stagnation in piping because of low or no occupancy offers the perfect breeding ground for Legionella and other waterborne pathogens. For hospitals, it is a critical issue affecting patient health and safety. Read on to discover how regularly flushing lines with water can mitigate the issue.
Properly sizing the boiler plant to match the heating requirements of the designated building.
March 7, 2023
Many multi-building campuses have traditionally used centralized systems to provide heat and hot water to all facilities. As boiler technology advances, however, consideration should be given to utilizing decentralized systems for new projects and retrofits alike.
Behavioral health environment elements protect patients from themselves; designers must understand the risk levels in each area of the facility.
March 6, 2023
When designing behavioral health facilities, plumbing professionals must choose environmental designs and products that minimize the risk of patients harming themselves and their caregivers. To do so, they need to understand the risk levels in each facility area.
The codes can be confusing when determining where zone valve boxes should be installed in critical care space, also known as Category 1 space. Read on for some tips on using the code to make those decisions.
As these gases serve similar purposes in brewery processes, replacing one with the other is viable where a specific gas may not be required. Read on to learn about technologies that can aid in this endeavor.
February 3, 2023
With a nationwide shortage of carbon dioxide, breweries are looking at nitrogen substitution for some brewing processes.
Systematically dealing with challenges allows the designer to identify the impacts and provide an efficient, sustainable and cost-effective solution.
February 3, 2023
Building retrofits may require a full or partial redesign of the existing space. Engineers and designers retrofitting a plumbing system must be aware of the many challenges ahead with documentation accuracy, code compliance and correct system sizing.