2015 Uniform Mechanical Code (UMC®)
The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO®) has
released the hardcopy and digital versions of its 2015 edition of the Uniform
(UMC®). Both the hardcopy and eBook version, viewable on computers, tablets and
smart phones, can be purchased and downloaded via the IAPMO web store at
In December, the IAPMO Standards Council issued the 2015 edition of the UMC®,
designated as an American National Standard for the fifth time.
IAPMO’s ANSI-accredited process brings together volunteers representing a
variety of viewpoints and interests to achieve consensus on mechanical
practices. The UMC is the only mechanical code of practice to be designated an
American National Standard.
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Significant changes to
the UMC include:
New general requirements for
condensate wastes and control, installation of appliances on
sloped roofs, and clearances to combustible constructions
New ventilation provisions,
such as the classification of recirculated and transferred air,
parking garages exhaust, and natural ventilation (Chapter 4).
New exhaust provisions for
clothes dryers, Type I hoods and grease ducts, dishwashing
machines, and downdraft appliances (Chapter 5).
New duct systems requirements
for factory-made air ducts, plastic ducts, and for ducts used in
underground installations (Chapter 6).
New appliances provisions, such
as electric duct heaters, electric ranges, refrigeration
appliances, and ductless mini-split systems (Chapter 9).
New refrigeration system
requirements, such as the refrigeration concentration limit,
ventilation for refrigeration machinery rooms, pressure vessels,
and pressure relief valve discharge (Chapter 11).
New hydronic systems provisions
First published by IAPMO in 1967,
the UMC is developed to govern the installation and inspection of
mechanical systems as a means of promoting the public’s health,
safety and welfare. Developed and subsequently republished at the
conclusion of each three-year code cycle, the UMC is designed to
provide consumers with safe mechanical systems while, at the same
time, allowing latitude for innovation and new technologies.
The public at large is encouraged and invited to participate in
IAPMO’s open consensus code development process. A code development
timeline and other relevant information are available at IAPMO’s
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Sponsor of the Uniform Codes, IAPMO – The International Association
of Plumbing and
Mechanical Officials – works in concert with government and industry
for safe, sanitary
plumbing and mechanical systems. Learn more about IAPMO at
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