Dwight Perkins

Dwight Perkins is the Senior Director of Field Operations for the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) and orchestrates the code adoption efforts of 11 other IAPMO Field Service regions as well as directly working with the state code agencies in Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada and Oregon. Mr. Perkins has more than 35 years experience in the plumbing industry starting as an Apprentice in Alaska moving through the ranks to become a Journeyman Plumber and Business Manager of with UA Local 262. Prior to joining IAPMO, Perkins served in the City and Borough of Juneau Assembly while worked as Deputy Commissioner for the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development. He is extremely familiar with the demands jurisdictions face on a daily basis and he is particularly well suited to address those needs. Mr. Perkins may be contacted at IAPMO at 503-982-1193 or email dwight.perkins@IAPMO.org
Posted on September 04, 2012 by Dwight Perkins
While green standards for new and substantially renovated buildings garner widespread attention, a less spotlighted standard can impact the sustainability of many more structures. LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance (LEED EB:O&M) addresses building exterior and site...
Posted on August 15, 2012 by Dwight Perkins
New software and technology are helping construction companies streamline documentation for LEED certification. The New Building Institute (NBI) recently launched the COMNET Energy Modeling portal that gathers energy modeling data from a number of software packages, conducts quality assurance...
Posted on July 24, 2012 by Dwight Perkins
Over the past year, OSHA has been cracking down on contractors that violate fall safety standards. While it’s critical that all workers adhere to OSHA rules to avoid fines, but building teams should concentrate chiefly on making the job site safe even if that means going beyond what OSHA requires....
Posted on July 02, 2012 by Dwight Perkins
The proliferation of green standards has some developers yearning for a better-coordinated, simpler approach to defining sustainable structures. The current generation of green building evaluation mechanisms including LEED, Green Globes, the Living Building Challenge, EPA’s Building Performance...
Posted on June 26, 2012 by Dwight Perkins
After over 70 Congressman wrote to the General Services Administration criticizing proposed LEED 2012 credits on building materials, the US Green Building Council has started to fight back. The criticism pertains to proposed credits that may encourage alternatives to certain building materials now...
Posted on June 19, 2012 by Dwight Perkins
Three key federal agencies—General Services Administration, Department of Defense, and Department of Energy—are reexamining green building standards for the government. At issue is which of three standards, LEED, The Green Building Initiative’s Green Globes, and the International Living Future...
Posted on May 15, 2012 by Dwight Perkins
Incentive programs designed to improve workplace safety can sometimes discourage employees from reporting injuries, according to recent studies. And, if the incentive program does have that effect, it could put the employer at risk of violating federal safety regulations. In a 2009 report, the...
Posted on May 08, 2012 by Dwight Perkins
A new report provides a good temperature reading on the impact of sustainable standards in the construction industry. The total amount of building construction certified as meeting some form of green standard was nearly $70 billion worldwide in 2011, according to a report by industrial and energy...
Posted on May 01, 2012 by Dwight Perkins
Increased emphasis on safety at construction sites and other dangerous work places in recent years is paying dividends. The number of fatal work-related accidents in the U.S. has dropped from 5.3 per 100,000 workers in 1994 to 3.3 per 100,000 workers in 2009, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor...
Posted on April 11, 2012 by Dwight Perkins
Assistant Secretary for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs for the U.S. State Department Kerri-Ann Jones will give the keynote address at the Third International Emerging Technology Symposium by IAPMO and the World Plumbing Council. Jones oversees a new international...