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CISPI and NSF International announce new certification for no-hub couplings

ATlANTA— The Cast Iron Soil Pipe Institute (CISPI) has partnered with NSF International, an organization com- mitted to protecting public health and the environment, to launch a new certification program that will hold no- hub cast iron couplings to rigorous standards, just as with NSF certified cast iron soil pipe and fittings. CISPI assisted NSF International in developing this

new certification program to give users confidence that the cast iron pipe, fittings and couplings used in drain, waste and vent (DWv) systems are made to the appro- priate industry standards. The new program includes independent, periodic review of deflection, shear and unrestrained hydrostatic tests, as well as dimensional inspections and review of material test reports for steel and gaskets that comprise the couplings. Manufacturers will receive NSF certification for

couplings that meet the CISPI 310 standard based on in-plant inspections conducted by trained NSF person-

A. O. Smith launches water heaters tour

AShlAND CITy, TENN.— A. O. Smith has kicked off their high Efficiency Revolution Tour, a two-year, cross-coun- try excursion showcasing the company’s portfolio of high efficiency water heaters. An Rv, appropriately named the high Efficiency Mobile Marketing vehicle (MMv), has been equipped with the company’s high efficiency family of products.

After its launch from Ashland City,

Tenn., the tour will visit distributor/wholesaler locations, where contractors, plumbers, specifying engineers, builders and consumers are invited to visit the high Efficiency MMv and learn firsthand how A. O. Smith’s innovative new line is changing the water heating industry. The first leg of the high Efficiency Revolution Tour

will travel across the western u.S., with its first stop in Sacramento, Calif. It will ultimately make its way from coast to coast. For tour info,

PMI’s new name reflects global vision

ROllINGMEADOWS, Ill. — PMI announced that the asso- ciation has changed its name to Plumbing Manufacturers International. For 35 years, PMI was the acronym for the Plumbing Manufacturers Institute. While preserving the

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nel. Once certified by NSF International, manufacturers can apply an NSF certification mark to these couplings to indicate compliance with NSF requirements and will appear

on NSF’s website at Standard=CISPI+310&. “The NSF program is designed to provide peace of mind

for contractors and engineers,” said Bill levan, executive vice president of CISPI. “Now, plumbing professionals can simply look for the NSF marks on their cast iron pipe, fit- tings and no-hub couplings to be confident that the prod- ucts meet the highest quality control standards.” “CISPI’s involvement in this new certification pro-

gram will help manufacturers of no-hub couplings understand the importance behind obtaining NSF certifi- cation to CISPI 310 and meeting those requirements to protect public health,” said Bob Ferguson, vice presi- dent, NSF International Water Systems.

reputation and recognition of PMI, the updated name reflects the association’s and its members’ worldwide involvement and outreach. Member companies of PMI's voluntary, not-for-prof-

it, international industry association represent 95 per- cent of North America's plumbing manufacturers and produce a substantial quantity of the world's plumbing products. Reflecting this global leadership role, PMI also refreshed its brand identity, website and other mar- keting communications that will be introduced through- out the year and culminate with its presence at Greenbuild® International Conference and Expo, Oct. 4 – 7, 2011, in Toronto. PMI members celebrated the new name and identity at

the PMI 2011 Spring Conference, in New Orleans. In addition to the high-profile speakers and full-group ses- sions, the conference included dual tracks of marketing and technical meetings. Discussions in these meetings will help determine the ongoing fulfillment of the associ- ation’s mission in North America and the expertise it can share with other countries' plumbing industry leaders.

ANSI expands ICC-ES PMG/WaterSense program accreditation to include high- efficiency showerheads

ICC EvAluATION SERvICE (ICC-ES) announced on March 11, 2011, that the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) accreditation committee has voted to expand its accreditation of the ICC-ES/WaterSense PMG listing program to include high-efficiency showerheads. Prior to this expansion, ICC-ES’s ANSI accreditation More Industry News on page 10

April 2011

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