ATLANTA — ASHRAE and the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) have entered into a memorandum of understanding specifically detailing ways in which the two organizations can work together to advance and promote mutual interests in built environment codes and standards.

The memorandum was signed during ASHRAE’s 2012 Winter Conference in Chicago.

“With ASHRAE’s expertise in HVACR engineering, and IAPMO’s expertise in plumbing and mechanical codes, our joint efforts will ensure that the design, construction, reconstruction, and operation of buildings meet the built environment needs in codes and standards,” said ASHRAE president Ron Jarnagin.

The agreement outlines collaboration on common, public affairs goals, such as joint promotion of codes and standards at the local, state, and federal levels, as well as promotion of mutually beneficial positions during the development and passage of state and federal legislation.

“IAPMO and ASHRAE enjoy a long history of working together in the interests of promoting health, safety, and sustainability through the codes and standards that govern mechanical systems,” said IAPMO president Dan Daniels. “I am pleased that this memorandum of understanding will ensure our two organizations continue to strengthen each other and subsequently strengthen our industry.”

The agreement also outlines the fostering of technical cooperation in areas of common interest by providing policies and position statements developed on technical subjects as they relate to buildings and community developments; exploring ways to use ASHRAE standards in IAPMO codes, including derivative documents developed for use outside the U.S.; and investigating the feasibility of creating a coalition of U.S. codes and standard organizations to promote the international use of standards and codes developed by coalition participants.

“IAPMO is delighted to be working more closely with ASHRAE in our efforts to promote our standards and services throughout the world,” said IAPMO CEO GP Russ Chaney. “This memorandum of understanding provides both organizations with the basis to expand our already close and mutually beneficial relationship as we continue to collaborate together.”

Publication date: 02/27/2012