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Measurement Science Needs for Water Use Efficiency and Water Quality in Premise Plumbing Systems Workshop

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.

If you are not registered, you will not be allowed on site. Registered attendees will receive security and campus instructions prior to the workshop.

NON U.S. CITIZENS PLEASE NOTE: All foreign national visitors who do not have permanent resident status and who wish to register for the above meeting must supply additional information. Failure to provide this information prior to arrival will result, at a minimum, in significant delays in entering the facility. Authority to gather this information is derived from United States Department of Commerce Department Administrative Order (DAO) number 207-12. 

NIST currently accepts the following forms of federally issued identification in lieu of a state-issued driver's license, such as a valid passport, passport card, DOD's Common Access Card (CAC), Veterans ID, Federal Agency HSPD-12 IDs, Military Dependents ID, Transportation Workers Identification Credential (TWIC), and TSA Trusted Traveler ID. 

U.S. Residents: New Visitor Access Requirement: Effective July 21, 2014, under the REAL ID Act of 2005, agencies, including NIST, can only accept a state-issued driver's license or identification card from states that are REAL ID compliant or have an extension. See the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) site for the current compliance list

Created July 18, 2018, Updated March 26, 2019