Date: Tuesday, March 13, 2018
536 W. Erie Street, Chicago, IL
Cocktails/Dinner/Program: 6:00 p.m. / 6:30 p.m. / 7:00 p.m.
Changes to the Chicago Plumbing Code:
Chicago’s Plumbing Materials Pilot Program
A number of industry professionals have long proclaimed that the installation of CPVC (chlorinated polyvinyl chloride) piping would never reach Chicago’s city limits. Others have asserted that this cost-effective and highly durable piping material has been used in water supply systems since the late 1950s and is now considered the most popular pipe for residential home installation and replacement.
Regardless of any supporters’ assertions and any critics contending that drastic changes to the Chicago Plumbing Code will potentially harm the residential water distribution with the use of alternative materials as opposed to copper piping, the Chicago Department of Buildings (DOB) has moved forward with a pilot program (with input requested from UA Local 130 and several others) to evaluate the cost and performance of CPVC and other plumbing materials installed and used for water distribution and drain and vent pipe in new construction residential buildings and existing residential and non-residential buildings up to four stories in height within the city limits. For now, PCA Midwest and Plumbing Council affiliated contractors must comply with the pilot program that runs through March 31, 2018, if and when a project is approved by the DOB.
mmissioner Judy Frydland, along with department deputies Grant Ullrich and John Scott have accepted an invitation from the PCA Midwest to offer their personal insight on this topic and field questions about the effectiveness and potential permanent status of this program. They will also address the disciplinary action the DOB takes against irresponsible and (so-called) “fly-by-night” plumbing contractors seeking building permits in the city and how our association members can work in partnership with the DOB to promote the referral of quality, licensed and bonded union contractors to the general public. This is certainly one PCA Midwest membership meeting you won’t want to miss!
*In addition, the PCA Midwest will present its "Company Commitment to a Safe Workplace" Awards for the year ending 2017. All recipients are asked to attend to receive their distinguished awards.
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