The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) moved its annual Technical Committee meetings to Las Vegas. The meetings will still be held April 28-May 2, but were moved to Las Vegas from St. Louis. The meetings will work toward developing the 2015 Uniform Plumbing Code and the Uniform Mechanical Code publications.

The event will be held at the Planet Hollywood Hotel and Casino resort. Rooms can be reserved at a special rate ($119 per night) until March 27 when mentioning the IAPMO TC meeting.

The UPC Technical Committee will review public comments to the Report on Proposals at this year’s meetings. The comments address roof drainage pipe-sizing provisions; water consumption and referenced standard requirements for plumbing fixtures; and applying “wet location” to showers with thresholds among other items. For more on the public comments, please read Julius Ballanco’s column on Page 6.

The UMC Technical Committee will address comments regarding condensate control and air-filter requirements; hydronic heating and cooling systems; and flexible air ducts among other comments.

In other IAPMO news, the group’s Research and Testing Division announced TOTO has become the first manufacturer to gain Mexican certification through its program. The company’s Neorest toilet line is accredited to certify plumbing products intended for the Mexican market.

“The products we are certifying for the Mexican market represent our flagship toilet line,” said Fernando Fernandez, TOTO’s director of codes and standards. “IAPMO R&T has reached a new milestone by being able to grow its certification services into the Mexican marketplace. Not only does this expand on the concept of a true ‘one-stop shop,’ where testing and certification may be accomplished under one roof for a multitude of markets, but it also demonstrates IAPMO R&T’s willingness to listen to its customers’ expectations.”