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 bring clean water to children, parents and the elderly in urban and suburban buildings and residential communities throughout North America. 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 poisonings in Flint, Michigan, and benzene contamination in Santa Rosa, California, demonstrate that not all piping systems are created equal. This session will discuss the importance of piping infrastructure, review emerging challenges, reveal how piping impacts health and safety, and show examples in code and practice.
- Describe the relationship between individual buildings and the wider landscape of piping infrastructure.
- Explain how emerging challenges make resiliency a key requirement for multifamily piping systems.
- List 4 ways that widely used materials impact the health of building occupants, the community, and the environment.
- Identify key building codes and their implications for specification of piping systems in multifamily construction, giving examples that illustrate how piping should be considered to ensure safety, resilience, and sustainability.