PPI and IGSHPA Sign Memorandum of Understanding
By Logan CaswellHPAC General Human Resources
The Plastics Pipe Institute and International Ground Source Heat Pump Association will promote research in areas where results add to the body of knowledge in natural resources.
The Plastics Pipe Institute (PPI) and the International Ground Source Heat Pump Association (IGSHPA) have announced a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the two companies.
The MOU is to help advance the benefits that both organizations provide to the geothermal exchange industry. Established in 1950, PPI is the non-profit North American trade association representing the plastic pipe industry and its members through research, education, technical expertise, and advocacy. Founded in 1987, IGSHPA is a non-profit, member-driven organization established to advance ground source heat pump (GSHP) technology on local, state, national, and international levels.
One of the key components of the MOU is technical development, where PPI and IGSHPA agree to foster technical cooperation by providing opportunities to participate in and comment on proposed standards, guidelines, policies, and position statements on technical subjects, encouraging members in each organization to collaborate on technical committees and task forces, and establishing liaison representatives to key technical committees.
Recognizing the important role that research plays in accelerating the transformation to a more sustainable built environment, PPI and IGSHPA also agree to identify and collaborate in the development of projects related to the design and construction of efficient and long-lasting piping systems for geothermal applications. They will also promote research in areas where results will add to the body of knowledge in conservating natural resources, increasing energy efficiencies and sustainability.
Other areas addressed in the MOU include advocacy and publications. In addition to the recent MOU, each organization maintains official membership in the other.