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Credits: 1 AIA LU/HSW; 1 AIBD P-CE; 0.1 IACET CEU
May qualify for learning hours through most Canadian architectural associations
Millions of piping systems across North America bring clean water to families, schoolchildren, doctors/patients, and workers. They also carry away sewage and other waste, among other essential functions. Water and drain/waste/vent piping infrastructure must safeguard human health and safety, while also addressing sustainability and environmental concerns. Recent piping crises such as lead contamination in Flint, Michigan, and benzene contamination in Santa Rosa, California, demonstrate that not all piping systems are created equal. This session will reveal hidden costs and risks, provide an overview of key building codes, and illustrate appropriate applications of various piping types.
Paul Hagar has worked in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry for more than 20 years, including consulting with the piping industry, working on codes and standards, marketing and sales of residential and commercial products, and collaborating with architecture and interior design firms. He is passionate about finding practical and effective solutions for environmental challenges that benefit both people and planet.
- Explain how widely used materials can affect the health of occupants, the community, and the environment.
- Discuss key building codes and their implications for specification and construction of piping systems.
- Cite significant fire risks associated with design of piping infrastructure.
- Discuss examples that illustrate how piping should be considered to ensure safety, resilience, and sustainability.