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ICC Evaluation Service (ICC-ES) and Underwriters Laboratories (UL) have established a dual PMG listing programme for plumbing, mechanical, and fuel gas (PMG) products.

The purpose of the programme is to provide code officials and construction professionals with a reliable means to verify that PMG products comply with applicable codes and standards.

Manufacturers of PMG products who take advantage of this alliance are said to benefit from the combined strengths of ICC-ES and UL.

The programme will provide a scheme for the testing, inspection, certification, and listing of PMG products, with independent listings covering both code compliance and compliance with applicable technical standards.

It provides ready acceptance of products by authorities having jurisdiction (AHJs), due to the high recognition of the ICC-ES and UL marks, and the ability to leverage the strength of the two brands.

There is a choice in service providers to show compliance through listing to both the International Plumbing Code (IPC) and the Uniform Plumbing Code (UPC).

The programme also provides acceptance of products nationally and internationally, wherever the IPC or the UPC codes have been adopted.

Additionally, products evaluated to the National Plumbing Code of Canada (NPCC) are suitable for installation in Canada.

The International Code Council (ICC), the parent organisation of ICC-ES, publishes the International Plumbing, Mechanical and Fuel Gas Codes, which to date have been adopted in 47 states at either the state or local jurisdiction level and countries including Mexico, Jamaica, Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi.

The programme also provides a demonstration of product compliance to the new low-lead requirements in the California Health and Safety Code, and demonstration of product compliance to the US EPA WatersenseSM requirements (as applicable).

The programme is said to provide an easier way of doing business, through one point of contact for both ICC-ES and UL listings.

It offers wider exposure for PMG products, through the network of ICC-ES and UL customers, media channels, and corporate partnerships, and allows the use of both the trusted ICC-ES PMG Mark and the UL Plumbing Mark.

Code officials, will also benefit from the dual PMG listing programme, through: the added assurance that PMG products meet the rigorous testing and evaluation requirements of both ICC-ES and UL; simultaneous posting of approved products on the websites of both ICC-ES and UL; and access to UL’s code correlation database.

This database directly connects the listings with specific code sections, to assist AHJs in the acceptance of certified products, and allow designers and installers to readily find code-complying products.

The ICC, the parent company of ICC-ES, publishes the International Plumbing, Mechanical and Fuel Gas Codes, which have been adopted in 47 states at either the state or local level.

Between them, ICC and ICC-ES have on staff a full range of PMG product experts, and professional engineers with product evaluation experience.

ICC and ICC-ES offer a full range of resources, from code books and electronic media, to specialised training and certification services.

There is also a dual PMG listing programme with UL that will ease the approval of PMG products for use in the field.

UL’s drinking water and plumbing product certification programme is fully accredited in the US and Canada and is recognised by the US EPA as well as all states and cities in the US that have adopted their own water product certification requirements.

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