Index of Industry Acronyms

  • 3TG – Tin, Tungsten, Tantalum, Gold (Dodd-Frank Act)

  • 4MS – Four Member States (UK, France, Germany, Netherlands)
  • ABA – Architectural Barriers Act
  • AAC – ANSI Accreditation Committee
  • ACCA – Air Conditioning Contractors of America
  • ACIA – American Construction Inspectors Association
  • ADA – Americans with Disabilities Act
  • ADAAG – Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines
  • AEESP – Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors
  • AGA – American Gas Association

  • AHAM – Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers

  • AHMA – Association of Hardware Manufacturers Association

  • AIA – American Institute of Architects

  • ANSI – American National Standards Institute

  • ARCSA – American Rainwater Catchment System Association

  • ASA – American Supply Association

  • ASHRAE – American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers

  • ASME – American Society of Mechanical Engineers

  • ASPE – American Society of Plumbing Engineers

  • ASSE – American Society of Sanitary Engineering

  • ASTM International – Formerly American Society of Testing and Materials

  • ARI – Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute
  • AWE – Alliance for Water Efficiency

  • AWWA – American Water Works Association

  • BIM – Building Information Modeling

  • BMA – Bathroom Manufacturers Association

  • BMS – Building Management System

  • BOCA – Building Officials and Code Administrators International

  • BOMA – Building Owners and Managers Association

  • BSC – California Building Standards Commission

  • Btu – British thermal unit

  • C3 – Comprehensive Consensus Code

  • CACP – Canadian Advisory Council on Plumbing

  • CBECS – Commercial Building Energy Consumption Survey

  • CCBFC – Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes
  • CDA – Copper Development Association

  • CDPH – California Department of Public Health
  • CEC – California Energy Commission
  • CEE – Consortium for Energy Efficiency

  • CEIR – Comite European de L’Industrie de La Robinetterie European Valve Association)

  • cfm – Cubic feet per minute
  • CFR – Code of Federal Regulations

  • CIE – Commission Internationale de L'Eclairage (International Commission on Illumination)

  • CIPH – Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating

  • CISPI – Cast Iron Soil Pipe Institute
  • CLCA – California Landscape Contractors Association
  • CSA – Formerly Canadian Standards Association
  • CSI – Construction Specifications Institute
  • CUWCC – California Urban Water Conservation Council
  • DOD – Department of Defense
  • DOE – Department of Energy
  • DOJ – Department of Justice
  • DOT – Department of Transportation
  • EHS – Environmental Health and Safety
  • EISA – Energy Independence and Security Act
  • EMS – Energy Management System
  • EPA – Environmental Protection Agency
  • EPAct – Energy Policy Act of 1992
  • EPD – Environmental Product Declaration
  • FHA – Fair Housing Act
  • FHAG – Fair Housing Accessibility Guidelines

  • FTC – Federal Trade Commission
  • GAMA – Gas Appliance Manufacturers Association

  • GBI – Green Building Initiative

  • gpf – Gallons per flush

  • gpm – Gallons per minute
  • GPMCS – Green Plumbing and Mechanical Code Supplement

  • GSA – General Services Administration
  • GWP - Global warming potential

  • GWW - Global Water Works
  • HCD - California Department of Housing and Community Development
  • HI - Hydraulic Institute
  • HET - High Efficiency Toilet
  • HEU - High Efficiency Urinal
  • HPD - Health Product Declaration
  • HUD – Housing and Urban Development
  • HVAC – Heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning
  • HVAC&R – Heating, ventilation, air-conditioning, and refrigeration
  • IA – Irrigation Association
  • IAEI – International Association of Electrical Inspectors
  • IAHRE – International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research
  • IAPMO – International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials

  • IAPMO ES – IAPMO Evaluation Service

  • IAPMO R&T – IAPMO Research and Testing

  • IAPMO T&S – IAPMO Testing and Services

  • IAS – International Accreditation Service
  • IAQ – Indoor air quality

  • IBC – International Building Code

  • ICBO – International Conference of Building Officials

  • ICC – International Code Council
  • ICC ES – International Code Council Evaluation Service
  • IgCC – International Green Construction Code

  • IDPH – Illinois Department of Public Health

  • IEC – International Electrotechnical Commission
  • IGC – Interim Guide Criteria by IAPMO

  • IOU – Investor Owned Utilities
  • I-P – Inch-pound

  • IPC – International Plumbing Code

  • IRC – International Residential Code
  • IRIS – Integrated Risk Information System
  • IS – Installation Standards by IAPMO

  • ISO – International Organization of Standardization

  • IWA – International Water Association
  • KCMA – Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association
  • kWh - Kilowatt-hour

  • L - Liter

  • LADBS - Los Angeles Department of Building Services
  • LCA - Life Cycle Assessment

  • LCCA – Lead Contamination Control Act
  • LCI – Life Cycle Inventory

  • LCR – Lead and Copper Rule
  • LEED – Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
  • MAPMO – Minnesota Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials
  • MCAA – Mechanical Contractors Association of America
  • MCAC – Mechanical Contractors Association of Canada

  • MSS – Manufacturers Standardization Society of the Valve and Fittings Industry, Inc.

  • NAA – National Apartment Association
  • NAECA – National Appliance Energy Conservation Act

  • NAHB – National Association of Home Builders
  • NAM – National Association of Manufacturers
  • NCHI – National Council of the Housing Industry (Division of NAHB)

  • NCSBCS – National Conference of States on Building Codes and Standards
  • NES – National Evaluation Service
  • NFPA – National Fire Protection Association
  • NIBS – National Institute of Building Sciences
  • NIST – National Institute of Standards and Technology

  • NKBA – National Kitchen and Bath Association
  • NMHC – National Multi Housing Council
  • NMHCSS – National Manufactured Housing Construction and Safety Standards
  • NOI – Notice of Intent
  • NPC – National Plumbing Code

  • NPCC – National Plumbing Code of Canada

  • NPGA – National Propane Gas Association
  • NRC – National Research Council Canada
  • NRDC – Natural Resources Defense Council
  • NSF International – Formerly National Sanitation Foundation
  • NSC – National Safety Council
  • NSPC – National Standard Plumbing Code
  • NTTA – National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act
  • OMB – Office of Management and Budget

  • OSHA – Occupational Safety and Health Administration

  • PBV – Pressure balancing valve
  • PCR – Product Category Rules

  • PDI – Plumbing Drainage Institute

  • PEL – Permissible exposure limits

  • PERC – Plumbing Efficiency Research Coalition

  • PEX – Cross-linked Polyethylene

  • PHCC – Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors-National Association
  • PIAC – Plumbing Industry Advisory Council
  • PILC – Plumbing Industry Leadership Coalition
  • PMI – Plumbing Manufacturers International
  • PPIG – Plumbing Products International Group

  • PPFA – Plastic Pipe and Fittings Association
  • ppb – Parts per billion

  • ppm – Parts per million

  • PS – Property Standards by IAPMO
  • RBQ – Régie du bâtiment du Québec (Building Code Board)
  • RPA – Radiant Panel Association
  • rpm – Revolutions per minute

  • RSES – Refrigeration Service Engineers Society
  • SBCCI – Southern Building Code Congress International

  • SCAQMD – South Coast Air Quality Management District

  • SCBPS – Standing Committee on Building and Plumbing Services

  • SCC – Standards Council of Canada

  • SDO – Standards Development Organization

  • SDWA – Safe Drinking Water Act

  • SME – Subject matter expert
  • SPC – Standard Plumbing Code

  • TCEQ – Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (formerly TNRCC)

  • TIL – Technical Information Letter (CSA)

  • TXV – Thermal Expansion Valve

  • UA – Union Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters

  • UCA – Universal Conformity Assessment
  • UFC – Uniform Fire Code

  • UL – Underwriters Laboratories

  • UMC – Uniform Mechanical Code

  • UPC – Uniform Plumbing Code

  • U.S.C. – United States Code

  • USDA – United States Department of Agriculture

  • USDOE – United States Department of Energy

  • USEPA – United States Environmental Protection Agency
  • USFEMA – United States Federal Emergency Management Agency

  • USGBC – U.S. Green Building Council

  • USGSA – United States General Services Administration

  • UUT – Unit under test

  • VDMA – German Valve Association
  • VOC – Volatile organic compound
  • VoW – Value of Water Coalition
  • WE-Stand – IAPMO’s Water Efficiency and Sanitation Standard
  • WEF – Water Environment Foundation
  • WERF – Water Environment Research Foundation
  • WFCA – Western Fire Chiefs Association

  • WPC – World Plumbing Council

  • WQA – Water Quality Association

  • WRAS – Water Regulations Advisory Scheme