ALERT! CONTINUED ED HOURS!

January 12th, 2014 | Posted by Dan Macias in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on ALERT! CONTINUED ED HOURS!)
THIS JUST IN! PLEASE TAKE ADVANTAGE, SEE YOU THERE!  
We have heard that there is a Contractor/Inspector night.  Here is the attached  registration flyer to invite you and share it with  members/Contractors and of course Inspectors.  It is for all 130, 501 and/or 93 contractors and inspectors in Will, Kane, Kendall, DuPage, Lake, McHenry, and Cook counties. We send the flyer out several times to the Plumbing Inspector’s attention at 280 villages   Each village is allowed one person at no cost; any additional attendees from the same village or city will cost $50. The 2 hours of C.E. is state approved so the inspectors can count it towards their required “state-taught” hours.
Contractor Inspector Night 2 Hours C.E. Credit
Tuesday, January 21, 2014 Location: The Westin Lombard—Yorktown Center 70 Yorktown Center, Lombard, IL Registration will begin @ 5:30 p.m. Dinner 6:30 p.m. Program: 7:00 p.m. - Illinois Plumbing Code (2 Hr. C.E.) Instructor: Jim Majerowicz - Plumbers Local 130 Jim Majerowicz, Instructor of Plumbing for Plumbers Local 130, will present key issues of the current Illinois Plumbing Code. This class will count towards the Illinois Department of Public Health required hours for Certified Plumbing Inspectors. Current employers of UA Local 93, 130 and 501 members receive two reservations free of charge. PCA/PAMCANI Associate member firms receive one registration free of charge. One inspector from towns in Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, and McHenry Counties are admitted free of charge. Cost for each additional attendee/inspector from your municipality is $50. If you register and do not show for the program, you will be billed $25.00 For those contractors not affiliated with Locals 93, 130 and 501, registration will be accepted 1 (one) week prior to program date only depending on space availability and will require a registration fee of $50.00. Please register the following people for the January 21, 2014 Class:
ALL INFORMATION MUST BE FILLED OUT FOR EACH ATTENDEE: Name/s: ___________________________________________________________________________________ Plumbing License # _________________________________________________________________________ (You must bring plumbing license to class) Company/ Municipality:_______________________________________________________________________________ Mailing Address: ___________________________________________________________________________ City: _____________________________________________ State: _______ Zip Code: __________________ Phone: __________________________________________ Fax:_____________________________________ Mail (with payment if more than 1 inspector is registering) or fax (630-960-5487) your complete registration form to: PCA/PAMCANI 603 Rogers St., Suite 2 Downers Grove, IL 60515
Phone: 630-960-3970; e-mail questions to barb@pamcani.org
If you require additional assistance please contact our office at least one week before the meeting date.
 

2014 IPIA Updates

January 6th, 2014 | Posted by Dan Macias in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on 2014 IPIA Updates)
2014 Schedule Download 2014 Continuing Education Program Download Dues Form Download. ---- Any questions, feel free to contact.. Jack Sievert - jsievert@mundelein.org

Energy Efficient Building Act Clarification

December 16th, 2013 | Posted by Dan Macias in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Energy Efficient Building Act Clarification)
An important question was asked  by our President Mr George Swietczak to Mr  Darren B. Meyers, P.E., CEM, BPI-BA/EP, HVAC-QAP relative to The Illinois Energy Efficient Building Act [“the Act” 20 ILCS 3125]. Please read  Mr Meyers response. Happy reading! and Happy Holidays!!!  

Hey there George!  Thanks for the kind wishes.

This is in response to your correspondence with the Illinois Energy Office, regarding provisions of The Illinois Energy Efficient Building Act [“the Act” 20 ILCS 3125].  I have been asked by to respond on their behalf.   In addition to your questions,  I offer additional clarifying commentary which follows:

1.       Does the parenthetical phrase (Mandatory) require the installation of a recirculation system for service hot water?

No.  You are correct, George.  WHEN the residential domestic service hot water system is provided with a recirculation system, ONLY THEN are the provisions of Section R403.4.1 applied. The parenthetical language (Mandatory), and its application, are explained by way of Section R401.2 which reads, “Projects shall comply with Sections identified as “mandatory” and with either sections identified as “Prescriptive” or the performance approach in Section R405.”

2.       Regarding Table R403.4.2 maximum run length, Is this a cumulative length of piping 1’’ reducing to ¾ ‘’ reducing to ½’’  [Yes.] or does each pipe size have to travel the stated distance before requiring insulation? [No.]  For example, a 1-inch line 2 feet long connected to a ¾-inch line 9 feet long [Total length of ¾-inch or greater pipe = 2 + 9 è 11.  Eleven is greater than 10, therefore insulation is required.] connected to a ½-inch line 18 feet long [Total length of ½-inch or greater pipe = 2 + 9 + 18 è 39. 39 is greater than 20, therefore insulation is required.].  Would this pipe be required to be insulated?

3.       I have understood this table to imply that when the distance exceeds the 5 foot point from the heat source the line needs insulation to the end of the line (the terminal point of use).  George, This is a good “rule” to use, as it correctly represents the intent of the code.

4.       Here is how the State Energy Office has answered similar questions:

a.       Do the run lengths of Table R403.4.2 apply to a trunk with the branch lines combined or each separately?  Example:  A ¾-inch DHW supply trunk extends 6-feet from the W.H. outlet collar (say 3-feet vertical then 3-feet horizontal.  At points along the length of the horizontal portion of the ¾-inch trunk line, six (6) additional ½-inch branch lines extend as follows:

                                                               i.      Branch line one extends to the 2nd floor Master Bath, an additional 4-feet horizontal then 15-feet vertical:  Total run length of ¾-inch = 6’.  See Table R403.4.2 (no need to insulate as 6’ is less than 10’). However, the total run length of ½-inch = 6 + 4 + 15 è 25’.  See Table R403.4.2 (25’ is greater than 20’). Therefore, insulate R-3 from W.H. outlet collar to 2nd floor Master bath point of use.

                                                             ii.      Branch line two extends to the 2nd floor Bath 2, an additional 12-feet horizontal then 15-feet vertical:  Total run length of ¾-inch = 6’.  See Table R403.4.2 (no need to insulate as 6’ is less than 10’). However, the total run length of ½-inch = 6 + 12 + 15 è 33’.  See Table R403.4.2 (33’ is greater than 20’). Therefore, insulate R-3 from W.H. outlet collar to 2nd floor Master bath point of use.

                                                            iii.      Branch line three extends to the 1st floor powder room, an additional 3-feet vertical:  Total run length of ¾-inch = 6’.  See Table R403.4.2 (no need to insulate as 6’ is less than 10’). Total run length of ½-inch = 6 + 3 è 9’.  See Table R403.4.2 (9’ is less than 20’). Therefore, no need to insulate powder room branch.

                                                           iv.      Branch line four extends to the 1st floor laundry, an additional 9-feet horizontal then 4-feet vertical:  Total run length of ¾-inch = 6’.  See Table R403.4.2 (no need to insulate as 6’ is less than 10’). Total run length of ½-inch = 6 + 9 + 4 è 19’.  See Table R403.4.2 (19’ is less than 20’). Therefore, no need to insulate laundry branch.

                                                             v.      Branch line five extends to the 1st floor kitchen serving both the sink and dishwasher, an additional 9-feet horizontal then 4-feet vertical:  Total run length of ¾-inch = 6’.  See Table R403.4.2 (no need to insulate as 6’ is less than 10’). Total run length of ½-inch = 6 + 9 + 4 è 19’.  See Table R403.4.2 (no need to insulate as 19’ is less than 20’). However, Item 3 requires all piping from W.H. to “kitchen outlets” to be insulated R-3.  Thus, dishwasher/kitchen sink branch shall be insulated.

b.      The other question that begs to ask, is does the piping have to be insulated continuously? Yes (see our answer to c., below).

c.       Can the insulation be interrupted where it passes thru supports or where the pipe enters or exits a wall?  Yes, as the pipe and insulation pass through cuts and notching in studs or support beams.  However, no – The insulation cannot be interrupted simply because it enters or exits a wall.  Perhaps the question is specific to residential retrofit applications; in which case the AHJ’s judgment should be exercised.

We hope this answers your question in full.  This opinion is that of the Illinois State Energy Office, and offered for the purpose of technical assistance in support of the International Energy Conservation Code® (IECC®) as it applies to the State of Illinois.  The above opinion is based solely on the information which you have provided.  We have made no independent effort to verify the accuracy of your submitted information nor have we conducted a review beyond the scope of your question.  Remember that only the code official has the authority to administer and enforce the code, and that the opinions of IECC LLC and the Illinois State Energy Office are advisory.

 

Thank you for your inquiry.  Holiday Best, -Darren

 

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Radon Classes!!!

September 27th, 2013 | Posted by Dan Macias in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Radon Classes!!!)
Radon Classes Link!

Notes from the President

April 15th, 2013 | Posted by Dan Macias in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Notes from the President)
Any inspectors/plumber in need of continued ed hours??
I will be able to conduct continued ed classes for anyone in need. See recent posting above  for times and dates. Post date: Sept. 18, 2013.
George Swietczak
 
Here is the new proposed/draft Plumbing Code that is being filed with JCAR! Public Comment period will start April 26. Interesting reading! Part 890 Plumbing Code Amendments 4/10/2013