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2015 Uniform Plumbing Code Illustrated Training Manual Available Sooner Than Ever Before

The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO®) has released the hardcopy and eBook versions of its 2015 edition of the Uniform Plumbing Code Illustrated Training Manual (UPC-ITM) with unprecedented speed. This edition is available just two months after the release of the 2015 UPC.

Both the hardcopy and eBook versions, viewable on computers, tablets and smart phones, can be purchased
and downloaded via the IAPMO web store.

The UPC-ITM contains the entire 2015 UPC text as it was developed and published using an ANSI consensus process. Featuring hundreds of full-color photos and graphics, the UPC-ITM includes a narrative discussion for most sections of the code. Each commentary narrative is tagged with a “wrench” icon underneath the applicable code section serving as a pointer to direct the reader toward important information. These narratives make the UPC-ITM a living document that continues to grow and mature beyond its previous edition.

Equally useful as a reference document for the seasoned code user or as a training document for those just learning the UPC, the 2015 UPC-ITM features significant commentary updates in Chapters 15 and 16 for alternate water sources and nonpotable rainwater catchment systems.

The IAPMO Standards Council issued the 2015 edition of the UPC, which has been 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 plumbing practices.

Introduced in Los Angeles in 1928 and formally published as the Uniform Plumbing Code in 1945, the UPC is developed to govern the installation and inspection of plumbing 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 UPC is designed to provide consumers with safe plumbing 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 website.

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 www.iapmo.org.


IAPMO develops and publishes the Uniform Plumbing Code®, the most widely recognized code of practice used by the plumbing industry worldwide; Uniform Mechanical Code®; Uniform Swimming Pool, Spa and Hot Tub Code®; and Uniform Solar Energy, Hydronics and Geothermal Code — the only plumbing, mechanical, solar energy and swimming pool codes designated by ANSI as American National Standards — and the Water Efficiency Standard (WE-Stand)™. IAPMO works with government, contractors, labor force, and manufacturers to produce product standards, technical manuals, personnel certification/educational programs and additional resources in order to meet the ever-evolving demands of the industry in protecting public health and safety.

Last modified: December 30, 2022