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IAPMO India scales higher with world-leading standards of testing and certifying

India’s first of its kind Uniform Plumbing Code -I™ from the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) is creating a new milestone in Water and Energy Conservation with each certified mark of conformity it gives to manufacturers of plumbing equipment. IAPMO India has recently announced successful milestones of testing and certification as HSIL and The Viega GmbH & Co. KG group approach the first anniversary of certifying their products with IAPMO.


The Viega GmbH & Co. KG Group, a leading manufacturer of plumbing piping systems for the architectural, commercial, correctional, industrial, institutional and residential sectors became was the first to have its press type ‘Profipress’ copper alloy fittings and ‘Sanpress Inox’ stainless steel fittings certified by IAPMO. Similarly, HSIL become the first Indian company to certify their ‘Hindware’ brand of efficient water closet models to the 2011 Uniform Plumbing Code – India(UPC-I) and to star rate them for water efficiency to the 2011 Water Efficient Products – India (WEP-I) standard.


Reducing water consumption and protecting water quality are key objectives in sustainable building. IAPMO India’s UPC- I™ listing mark of conformity gives manufacturers like HSIL, Viega and society the assurance that such products have passed comprehensive laboratory testing, engineering evaluation and review to the required plumbing performance standards and codes so that compliance may be confirmed and documented. IAPMO India conducts a surveillance inspection program on a regular basis at the products’ manufacturing plant(s) to help insure that such listed products continue to comply with all certification requirements – thus ensuring a collectively responsible step towards efficient resource utilisation.


Key attributes of certification from IAPMO:


·         Comprehensive testing and evaluation of the product considering efficiency, performance, safety and other critical parameters in context to sustainable construction

·         Internationally tried and tested methods and best practices customised to Indian conditions

·         Codes and standards co-developed with leading industry bodies in India like the Indian Plumbing Association

·         Products with certification from IAPMO playing a larger role in mitigating the ill-effects of depleting water resources

·         Manufacturers participate in mitigating climate change through energy efficient products



Growing demand, poor management and climate change are creating a global water challenge. In order to manage impending challenges, the focus is increasingly on taking action to measure, manage and reduce water use and to encourage better water management through use of water efficient products. Manufacturers of plumbing equipment need to be at the forefront of this initiative and IAPMO globally plays a pivotal role in testing and certifying organisations that manufacture plumbing equipment.