ASPE and PPI sign Memorandum of Understanding
By HPAC MagazineHPAC General Plumbing plastic pipe plumbing
The Plastics Pipe Institute and the American Society of Plumbing Engineers will collaborate on advocacy, education, technical activities and research.
The Plastics Pipe Institute, Inc. (PPI) and the American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE) have come together with a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will advance the benefits that both organizations provide to the plumbing industry.
David Fink, president, PPI and Billy Smith, FASPE, executive director/CEO ASPE, made the joint announcement virtually from their respective headquarters.
ASPE is the international organization for professionals skilled in the design, specification and inspection of plumbing systems, and PPI is the leading North American trade association representing the plastic pipe industry.
One of the key components of the MOU is advocacy. Where mutually beneficial, and to the extent allowed by laws and corporate policies, PPI and ASPE will work together on common public affairs goals and ideologies. Other areas addressed in the MOU include education, technical activities, and research.
“This Memorandum is certainly very exciting,” stated Lance MacNevin, P.Eng., director of engineering for PPI’s Building & Construction Division (BCD). “It clearly defines our goals, outlines the initiatives and sums up the strong support structure of why and how we have forged this agreement. The collaborative work of ASPE and PPI members, based on their years of experience and knowledge, is intended to benefit the plumbing community and, ultimately, the public.”
“PPI has enjoyed a close relationship with ASPE for a number of years,” said MacNevin. “Since becoming a professional member of ASPE in 2015, I have benefitted from the resources made available to their members, and participated in the ASPE Main Design Standards and its Legislative Committees. Also, PPI has been registered with ASPE as a continuing education CEU Provider since 2016. This has helped PPI to connect with plumbing engineers through ASPE conferences and chapter meetings. I encourage more PPI members to join ASPE.”
Part of PPI’s mission is to educate the plumbing industry about correct applications for plastic pressure piping systems using CPVC, HDPE, PEX, PE-RT, PP-R and PP-RCT. “It is important that plumbing engineers have access to accurate information about these pipe materials. There are ideal applications for each of these materials, when utilized correctly,” MacNevin said. “The MOU with ASPE will help to accelerate our goal to deliver accurate and thorough information about these systems, so that the best pipe material can be selected for an application.”