CHICAGO -- The American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE) is pleased to announce that the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has approved ASPE as an ANSI-accredited standards developer. This approval signifies that ASPE has demonstrated to ANSI’s Executive Standards Council that its development procedures meet the criteria detailed in the ANSI Essential Requirements: Due Process Requirements for American National Standards.
“With the granting of ANSI accreditation, ASPE joins the ranks of recognized industry standards developers, which validates ASPE as a leading voice in the principles, concepts, and standards for the plumbing design and engineering community,” says David Dexter, PE, CPD, FASPE, chair of ASPE’s Main Design Standards Committee and an engineer with Fosdick & Hilmer in Cincinnati.
“ASPE is proud to have received ANSI accreditation, one of the highest honors a U.S. standards developer can attain,” says ASPE Executive Director/CEO Jim Kendzel, MPH, CAE. “I have been involved with ANSI in many ways during my career, and I believe that the most important value the organization provides today is the reason why it was originally formed: to provide a mechanism for an open, volunteer consensus standards system in the United States that reduces duplication and conflict.”
As an ANSI-accredited standards developer, ASPE now may sponsor documents for approval by ANSI’s Board of Standards Review as meeting certain criteria regarding due process in development to be designated as American National Standards. To develop standards, ASPE will utilize a consensus-based process involving all interested parties and broad-based public review and comment, with the ultimate goal of publishing American National Standards that are recognized in the model plumbing codes. “We are committed to upholding the principles of openness, consensus, and due process defined in the ANSI Essential Requirements and our own procedures,” Kendzel says.
Through the work of its Design Standards Technical Committees and partnerships with industry organizations, ASPE is currently developing standards on siphonic roof drainage, rainwater catchment, hot water temperature and control, and water line sizing. “With ANSI accreditation, ASPE will continue our efforts to develop sound, science- and engineering-based design standards,” Dexter says. “These standards are a positive, approved means of furthering engineering principles and concepts to protect the welfare and safety of the public at large.”
“This is a great day for ASPE and the plumbing engineering profession,” says Dexter.