The design of premise plumbing systems in the U.S. is based in part on decades-old data embodied in building codes. However, many important factors affecting these systems have changed considerably in recent years and new technical information is needed to ensure that premise plumbing systems are designed, installed, and operated such that the goals of water efficiency, water quality, and energy efficiency are considered in an integrated manner. Research is needed to advance the state of knowledge that supports the design of new premise plumbing systems and the operation and retrofit of existing systems. NIST, EPA and the Water Research Foundation (WRF) organized this workshop inviting representatives from industry, academia, government, standards organizations, and other research institutions to identify these research needs.
This two-day workshop took place August 1-2, 2018 and focused on identifying and discussing research needs to support the design and operation of new premise plumbing systems and the management of existing systems. The workshop findings are summarized to document the measurement science research needed to improve the efficiency and quality of water delivered by premise plumbing systems and for potential future program development within public and private sector agencies and organizations. You can find a link to the workshop summary here.
This workshop addressed the following core issues that are needed to inform future building codes and standards:
- The need for updated data and models to support the design of new premise plumbing systems.
- The need for new information to inform the operation and potential retrofit of existing plumbing systems.
- The design of future plumbing systems.
- The impact of human factors on water use, system operation, and maintenance.
The workshop was open to the public. However, due to the limited availability of space, participation in this workshop was offered on a first come, first serve basis and was limited to the first 45 registrants.