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Basics & Theory

Alpha Plumbing: Glossary Of Terms On Plumbing
Alpha Plumbing offers you this large and easily searchable glossary of plumbing terms.

Home Tips: Plumbing Water Cycle And Home Plumbing Systems
Home Tips site gives a quick overview of the different systems and components used in residential plumbing, including simple drawings and explanations.

PMI: History Of Plumbing Timeline
Plumbing Manufacturers International describes the history on plumbing in this online timeline.

QS Supplies: History Of Plumbing
QS Supplies says there’s a very interesting history behind the evolution of plumbing materials used through the ages and up to modern times. Going back all the way back to the time of the Roman Empire, piping constructed of lead and clay was the first reliable material used to deliver potable water to bathhouses, amphitheaters, and private residences all over the Empire.

Safe Plumbing: Glossary Of Plumbing Terms
Safe Plumbing provides a glossary of plumbing terms for plumbing industry, clean water, water efficiency, and health & safety.

The Plumber: Articles On History Of Plumbing
The Plumber.com offers articles on history of the plumbing industry, terminology, inventions, baths, boilers, toilets, companies, and even plagues & epidemics.
Education & Training

Career Tap: Career Information For Plumbing & Hydronic Heating Industries
Career Tap highlights the wide range of career paths, co-op education opportunities and potential employers within Canada's plumbing and hydronic heating industry.

CSA: New Online Training Program for Plumbing Inspectors
CSA Standards and the Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating offer a new online program to provide standardized, quality education and training for plumbing inspectors across Canada.

CSA: Reviewing Essential Practices for Plumbing Professionals
CSA online course Reviewing Essential Practices for Plumbing Professionals provides an understanding of plumbing systems, their operations, and their relationship to relevant codes and standards.

Fine Homebuilding: Ten Common Plumbing Mistakes
Fine Homebuilding article summarizes the ten most common plumbing mistakes, including solution methods. Learning from errors of others can save both time and money.

MSCC: Canadian Certification Program For Mechanical Service Contractors
Mechanical Service Contractors of Canada provides its National Certification Program for Mechanical Service Contractors. The MSCC Certified Contractor Certification is a company-wide designation, and the MSCC Technician Certification is an individual designation for journeymen in two distinct fields: plumbing and heating, and HVAC.
Industry Information

CIPHEX West: Plumbing & HVAC Trade Show & Conference
Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating presents their CIPHEX West Trade Show & Conference. It is Western Canada's largest plumbing and HVACR event and will showcase more than 200 exhibitors, taking place November 2 & 3, 2016 in Vancouver. CIPHEX West will showcase displays from manufacturers of plumbing, hydronics, heating, ventilation, air conditioning, refrigeration, geothermal heating, solar/hydronic combi-systems, fire protection, industrial pipe, valve and fittings, luxury bath and kitchen as well as water treatment products from Canada, the United States and overseas.

CMPX: Canadian Mechanical & Plumbing Exposition
CMPX, Canadian Mechanical & Plumbing Exposition is the national trade show for the heating, air conditioning, ventilation, hearth, plumbing, piping, refrigeration and emerging technologies industries.

MCEE: Canadian HVAC, Plumbing, Electrical & Lighting Expo
MCEE is eastern Canada's largest plumbing, HVACR, hydronic, electrical and lighting industry expo.

PM Engineer: Plumbing & Heating Industry Heading Down Dangerous Path
PM Engineer article by Dan Holohan says we’re quickly heading toward a time when the people who work on the equipment, both old and new, may not be able to solve the problems with those systems because, raised on search, they won’t know how to think critically and analytically.
Industry Sectors

ASPE: American Society of Plumbing Engineers
American Society of Plumbing Engineers is the international organization for professionals skilled in the design, specification and inspection of plumbing systems.

CIPH BC: Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating BC Region
BC Region of the Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating represents companies that manufacture, sell and distribute, plumbing, hydronic heating, Industrial PVF, waterworks products and services.

CIPH: Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating
Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating represents companies that manufacture, sell and distribute, plumbing, hydronic heating, Industrial PVF, waterworks products and services.

MSCC: Mechanical Service Contractors of Canada
Mechanical Service Contractors of Canada is the industry trade association for HVAC and plumbing service, repair and retrofit contractors in Canada.

PERC: Plumbing Efficiency Research Coalition On Water Efficiency
Plumbing Efficiency Research Coalition is an industry collaborative formed to advance plumbing research initiatives pertaining to water efficiency. The four initial research projects include: Drainline Carry Research on High-Efficiency Toilets; Water Re-use Systems and Safe Application for Re-use Water; Non-water Consuming Urinals; Sizing of Water Efficient Plumbing Systems.

WPC: World Plumbing Council Research Database
World Plumbing Council online research database allows users to investigate what is happening around the globe regarding research efforts pertaining to plumbing and water-related issues.
Information Sources

HPAC: Canadian Magazine For Heating Plumbing & Air Conditioning Trades
HPAC magazine is a Canadian industry magazine for the plumbing, heating, and air conditioning trades.

HPAC: Free eNewsletter For Heating, Plumbing & Air Conditioning Industry
Canadian HPAC e-newsletter from Heating Plumbing & Air Conditioning magazine is a free source of industry information covering news, rebates & incentives, products, codes, statistics & trends, events, training & courses, and more.

Mechanical Business: Industry Magazine For HVAC & Plumbing Trades
Mechanical Business, an trade magazine for the plumbing, hydronic, HVAC and refrigeration industries offers technical and feature articles, product reviews, guest columnists, and more.

PHC: Plumbing & Hydronic Contractor News Magazine
Plumbing & Hydronic Contractor magazine provides news and information to the plumbing and Hydronic heating industry.

Plumbing & HVAC: Canadian Industry Trade Magazine
Plumbing & HVAC is a Canadian trade magazine that offers articles, events, and product news for the plumbing and HVA industries.

Plumbing Zone: Discussion Forums For Professional Plumbers
Plumbing Zone has discussion forums on a wide range of topics for the plumbing industry.

Safe Plumbing: Resource Site On Plumbing Fixtures & Fittings
Safe Plumbing, a site from the Plumbing Manufacturers Institute, provides information on plumbing fixtures and plumbing fittings, safe drinking water, water conservation, home safety & accessibility, plus a glossary and a guide to label symbols.
Issues & Performance

ASHRAE: Legionellosis Standard Provides Guidance On Risk Management
ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 188-2015, Legionellosis: Risk Management for Building Water Systems, is intended for use by owners and managers of human-occupied buildings and those involved in the design, construction, installation, commissioning, operation, maintenance and service of centralized building water systems and components.

BC Gov: New BC Plumbing Code
The BC Plumbing Code (BC PC) applies the core concepts of the National Plumbing Code, combined with elements specific to BC's unique needs and sets out technical provisions for the design and installation of new plumbing systems. It also applies to the extension, alteration, renewal and repair of existing plumbing systems. The BC PC is ideal for anyone installing or designing plumbing systems. $120 CDN

Builder Magazine: Radiant Flooring Can Cause Legionnaires Disease
Builder Magazine says knowing how legionella grows in a domestic hot water system makes it clear why connecting potable water to a hydronic floor is of concern, and also helps us understand solutions.

Builders Websource: Tech Note On Water Hammer
Builders Websource offers you a Tech Note on water hammer, explaining what it is, design tips and examples, traditional solutions, troubleshooting, and installation of arrestors.

CIPH: BC Plumbing Code Issues & Interpretations
Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating bulletin outlines BC Plumbing Code information for non-compliance of certain installations, aplying for an alternative solution, and certification marks. (PDF)

CIPH: Understanding Implementation & Enforcement Of Low-lead Potable Plumbing Products In Canada
Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating bulletin says the Standing Committee on Building and Plumbing Services have approved to reference the ASME A112.18.1/CSA B125.1 and CSA B125.3 Standards into the 2010 National Plumbing Code Interim Changes. This will allow the Provinces and Territories the process to begin a mechanism to implement and enforce the new low-lead requirements. Only products intended for cooking & drinking fall under the scope of the these standards at this time.

CMHC: Online Guide To Sustainable Plumbing In The Home
CMHC online Guide To Sustainable Plumbing In The Home provides plumbers, building contractors and interested homeowners with an overview of fixtures, appliances and actions that can help conserve water and energy in different areas in the home. (PDF)

CMHC: Options For Greening The Plumbing Industry In Canada
CMHC study Exploration of Options for Greening of the Plumbing Industry in Canada investigated sustainable training options for the plumbing industry, similar to initiatives such as the Green Plumbers program in Australia and the United States. (PDF)

CMHC: Research On Plumbing Noises In Multi Family Units
CMHC researched how noise from plumbing systems can be a problem, especially in multi-family projects, and provides this report with results and recommendations.

EPA: Lead-Free Certification Marks For Drinking Water System & Plumbing Materials
US Environmental Agency document How to Identify Lead-Free Certification Marks for Drinking Water System & Plumbing Materials provides tips for identifying lead-free certification marks.

Fine Homebuilding: Quiet Plumbing Pipes
Fine Homebuilding online video describes one easy way to totally eliminate the noise of water inside your drain pipes.

Green Plumbers: Certification Program For Green Plumbers
Green Plumbers is a US national training and accreditation program that assists plumbers in understanding their role in the environment and public health. It trains and deploys green plumbers to promote the benefits of water conservation and the reduction of GHG emissions, with a focus on changing consumer and plumbing behavior through the use of energy efficiency and water saving technologies.

HPAC Magazine: Limescale In Hydronic Systems
HPAC Magazine describes issues and considerations for limescale accumulation in hydronic systems.

HPAC: Corrosion & How Water Behaves
HPAC Magazine says designers of modern hydronic systems strive for two important objectives: a reliable system and an energy efficient system. Achieving these requires proper equipment selection as well as attention to water quality. Unfortunately the latter is often overlooked, or left to the discretion of the installer, who may or may not appreciate its importance.

HPAC: How To Resolve Water Line Noise
Heating Plumbing & Air Conditioning magazine describes causes, potential risks and ultimate cure for noisy water lines.

HPAC: Minimize Risk Of Legionella In Plumbing Supply Systems
HPAC magazine says there is a market need to better understand waterborne pathogens and how to minimize the risk of microbial growth in building plumbing systems that can lead to occupant infection. This article specifically refers to Legionella within building plumbing supply systems.

HPAC: New Codes & Tighter Homes Change Mechanical Landscape
HPAC magazine says the HVAC and plumbing industry in Canada is in for some profound changes with the coming wave of new building codes, policies and regulations. All levels of government - federal, provincial and municipal - are pushing hard to go green and reduce the impact of greenhouse gas emissions and climate change.

JLC: Noisy Expansion Tank
Journal of Light Construction describes why an expansion tank may be noisy.

JLC: Solutions for Noisy Pipes
Journal of Light Construction describes one easy way to totally eliminate the noise of water inside your drain pipes.

Mechanical Business: Legislation Passed On Low-Lead Content Fittings
Mechanical Business says the Canadian Commission on Building Codes and Fires has approved the updating of the Table of Referenced Documents in the National Plumbing Code to reflect the most current editions of standards CSA B125.3-2012 Plumbing Fittings and ASMEA112.18.1/B125.1-2012 Plumbing Supply Fittings. The changes incorporate requirements for low-lead content fittings, and it is now up to each province or authority having jurisdiction to navigate the adoption process.

NRC: Intent Statements For 2010 Canadian National Plumbing Code
Canadian National Codes site provides intent statements for the National Plumbing Code of Canada 2010 edition.

NRC: New Items In Canadian National Plumbing Code
Canadian National Research Council says a number of changes align the requirements in NPC 2015 with advancements in technologies and materials in order to increase design and material choices.

NRC: Purchasable National Plumbing Code of Canada
National Research Council Canada sells the National Model Codes and the User's Guide series, now collectively referred to as Codes Canada. Codes Canada 2015 are now available for purchase.

Orderline: Purchasable Canadian Plumbing Codes & Standards
Orderline allows online purchasing of Canadian national plumbing codes and standards.

P & M: Preventing Legionella In Home Plumbing Systems
Plumbing and Mechanical magazine says the risk of contracting Legionnaires' Disease from residential plumbing is rare, but some inexpensive measures can be taken to prevent it.

PHC: Fundamentals Of Legionella Safety In Building Water Systems
Plumbing & Hydronic Contractor magazine describes some fundamentals of legionella safety in building water systems.

PHC: Water Quality & Hygiene
Plumbing & Hydronic Contractor says there are many factors that must be considered in minimizing the risk associated with Legionella in building plumbing systems. These range from risk assessment, disinfection methods and effectiveness to system layout and sizing.

PHCC: Q & A From Get the Lead Out Plumbing Webinar
Plumbing Heating Cooling Contractors Associations provides questions and answers from their January 16, 2013 Get The Lead Out Plumbing Webinar. (PDF)

Plumbing Engineer: Legionella Is The New Mold
Plumbing Engineer magazine says an aging population, aging water and increased awareness are just a few possible reasons for a rise in Legionnaires disease.

PM Engineer: Discovering Water Hammer
PM Engineer says in the beginning, when steam water hammer first showed up, it broke pipes, flanges and valves, and even killed people.

PM Engineer: Inadequte Requirements For Water Pressure In Codes
PM Engineer says one of the reasons for inadequate pressure-control requirements in the codes is the lack of understanding in the plumbing world regarding pressure.

PM Engineer: Legionella & Water Temperatures Go Hand-In-Hand
PM Engineer magazine describes issues and considerations for dealing with Legionella bacteria in plumbing systems.
Procedures

Building America: Designing A Core Plumbing System
Building America describes how to design a compact plumbing distribution system using a core plumbing strategy with all hot water fixtures positioned near and directly piped to a centrally located water heater to shorten plumbing runs and minimize water use in the home.

How Stuff Works: How To Repair Plumbing & Fixtures
How Stuff Works describes how to repair or replace plumbing pipes, fixtures, toilets, sinks, drains, and more.

HPAC: Balancing A Recirculating Domestic Hot Water System
HPAC magazine describes how to balance a recirculating domestic hot water system.

PHC: Pitfalls Of Busting Through Concrete
Plumbing Heating Contractor news says contractors should be wary of any plumbing job that involves breaking through concrete floors.

Taunton: Purchasable Book On Plumbing For Pros By Pros
Taunton book For Pros by Pros Plumbing details procedures for plumbing fixtures, hardware, and appliances in the home. It also takes in non-standard situations every builder or remodeler is likely to encounter, with photos and descriptions of every type of pipe, every form of fitting, and specialized plumbing tools. $25 USD.

The Plumber: Online Handbook On Plumbing Care & Repair
The Plumber provides online Plumbing Care & Repair Handbook, that has tips on using and troubleshooting all system components.

US HUD: Rehab Guide Volume #8: HVAC/Plumbing
US Department of Housing and Urban Development supplies Rehab Guide Volume #8: HVAC/Plumbing which has great info on new products and procedures for upgrading plumbing systems. Plumbing section starts on page 63. (PDF)
Product Supply

HPAC Magazine: Online Buyers Guide For Manufacturers & Wholesalers
Canadian HPAC magazine has online buyer's guide where you can search for heating, plumbing and air conditioning products, manufacturers and wholesalers.

NAHB: Tech Set 1 On Resource Efficient Plumbing
NAHB PATH Tech Set on Resource-Efficient Plumbing highlights five technologies that are easy to install, result in efficient and speedy delivery of hot and cold water, and allow for future, simplified retrofit of a greywater reuse system.

NRCan: DHW Equipment Qualifying For Canadian Grants
Natural Resources Canada describes eligible domestic hot water equipment for grants that are available in the Canadian ecoENERGY Retrofit for Homes program.

Wethead Media: Reviews Of Plumbing & Heating Products
Wet Head Media offers online reviews of a wide range of plumbing and heating products.
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