The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals was successful in its effort to strengthen the 2015 International Swimming Pool & Spa Code for the pool, spa and hot tub industry during the International Code Council Annual Conference and Final Action Hearings held in Atlantic City, N.J., from Sept. 28 to Oct. 10.  

"Based upon the American National Standards Institute/APSP standards, APSP continues to promote sensible design and construction standards through the ISPSC so that building a pool and a spa becomes safer and more state of the art design efficient for consumers," says Carvin DiGiovanni, APSP senior director, technical and standards.  

The 2015 ISPSC/APSP successes included: 

  • Inclusion of the ANSI/APSP/ICC-4 2012 Standard for Aboveground/Onground Residential Swimming Pools into the 2015 ISPSC. In addition, a three-part proposal to ensure consistency with the ANSI/APSP/ICC-14 and ANSI/APSP/ICC-15 Standards for energy efficiency, in both the ISPSC and 2015 International Energy & Conservation Code (IECC), was adopted.
  • Adoption of all ISPSC pool and spa design and construction requirements into the 2015 International Residential Code.
  • Adoption of the same three-part proposal that was accepted for the 2015 ISPSC into the IECC.
  • Defeat of an onerous proposal that would have required a mechanical retraction system for non-powered pool covers installed on residential inground pools weighing more than 40 pounds.  

According to APSP, these adoptions send a "strong message" to pool and spa manufacturers and builders that the ISPSC is focused on efficiency and keeping the professional's best interest in mind. 

"APSP is committed to providing pool, spa and hot tub manufacturers and contractors consistent standards by which to ensure consumer safety, production and installation efficiency and guidance for sensible legislation and regulation," says APSP Director of Government Relations Jennifer Hatfield. "Our priority is to make sure the ISPSC is adopted across the 50 states because it protects consumers and makes good business sense. It’s a win-win for everyone."

The ISPSC is the only comprehensive model swimming pool and spa code available, coordinated with the widely adopted family of International Codes and ANSI/APSP Standards. The Code covers all types of aquatic vessels, including residential and public pools, portable and in-ground spas, water parks, exercise spas and hot tubs. 

For a complete list of state adoptions of the various I-codes (as of September 2013), click here. For more information about the ISPSC or to purchase the Code and commentary, click here