Plumbing is the Foundation of Resiliency

It doesn’t take much for a water or sanitation crisis to impact your community. When it does, the human and economic toll can be extreme. Building plumbing resiliency into your building codes benefits home and building owners in four ways:

DISASTER MITIGATION/RECOVERY
DISASTER MITIGATION/RECOVERY

Every $1 spent on mitigation saves $11 in disaster repair and recovery costs. The hazard-resistant provisions in the UPC and UMC exceed FEMA requirements for federal reimbursement.

PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY
PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY

Reported cases of water-borne diseases like Legionnaires’ disease have grown by nearly nine times since 2000. The UPC has the most comprehensive Legionella-specific guidelines and standards embedded in a plumbing code.

SUSTAINABILITY/EFFICIENCY
SUSTAINABILITY/EFFICIENCY

Climate change adaptation measures are embedded in the UPC and UMC. IAPMO model codes lead the industry in water reuse with detailed provisions on the use of black, grey, rain, and stormwater.

AFFORDABILITY/EQUITY
AFFORDABILITY/EQUITY

UPC plumbing sizing provisions can save $5,000 in construction costs for single-family homes and more than $100,000 for new multifamily buildings. We also innovate solutions for affordable sanitation where no infrastructure exists.

UPC vs IPC

The Uniform Plumbing Code® (UPC) and Uniform Mechanical Code (UMC) are on the record as the code that protects public health and safety at the lowest lifetime costs for homes and buildings. We measure our success in lives, water and total lifecycle costs saved.