Lynne Simnick

Lynne Simnick is the Director of Code Development for the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) and is responsible for the supervision and oversight of the creation and maintenance of all IAPMO codes and code supporting documents. Ms. Simnick has more than twenty-eight years experience in the plumbing industry including code development, education and training, plan review and evaluation services. Prior to joining IAPMO, Simnick worked as technical staff in engineering services, educator, inspector and plumber. She has a Bachelors of Science Degree in Education and Mechanical Engineering Technology. Simnick has authored many technical articles, participated in numerous standards committees with an expertise in code and standards development. Ms. Simnick may be contacted at IAPMO, 909-472-4110 or email lynne.simnick@IAPMO.org
Posted on July 18, 2012 by Lynne Simnick
Seattle officials want to green up their building stock, and one of their tools is implementing a Living Building Challenge pilot program that would allow construction of buildings taller than the present height limits in certain areas. To have a height exception approved, the building would have...
Posted on July 11, 2012 by Lynne Simnick
On July 1, California added enhancements and improvements to the CalGreen Building Code that set higher standards for conserving water, saving energy, and improving indoor air quality. The code enhancements also provide a flexible framework for green design. For example, the original code made...
Posted on June 13, 2012 by Lynne Simnick
The California Energy Commission approved more-stringent energy efficiency standards for buildings. The measures will require hot-water pipes to be insulated and roofs to be able to accommodate photovoltaic panels. The regulations will cover construction of new residential and commercial buildings...
Posted on June 04, 2012 by Lynne Simnick
Earthquakes measured in a San Francisco skyscraper may provide advances in science and lead to better seismic codes. The structure, equipped with the densest network of seismic monitoring instruments ever installed in an American high-rise, will measure tremors that even small Bay Area earthquakes...
Posted on May 29, 2012 by Lynne Simnick
A proposed LEED 2012 credit has the roofing industry worried about being able to fulfill sustainability goals on commercial projects. The “Avoidance of Chemicals of Concern” credit would effectively de-select over 90% of the most common roofing membranes and nearly 90% of the most common roof...
Posted on May 23, 2012 by Lynne Simnick
The General Services Administration, which manages most of the federal government’s building projects, requires that all of new projects be LEED Gold-certified, but some lawmakers and industry groups—PVC pipe manufacturers and the wood industry, for example—want to change that. PVC pipe...
Posted on April 24, 2012 by Lynne Simnick
Collection and reuse of gray water/rainwater for toilet flushing, irrigation, and utility systems could replace 7% of drinking water production. This goal can be accomplished by capturing, treating, recharging, and maintaining all water flow from the building, thus minimizing ground-sourced and off...
Posted on April 17, 2012 by Lynne Simnick
The US Green Building Council (USGBC) is revamping the LEED rating system this year with significant changes to boost sustainability over the long haul. LEED 2012 is going through a third public comment period now, with a proposed October launch. One notable update involves making sure that...
Posted on March 27, 2012 by Lynne Simnick
The 2012 Uniform Plumbing Code includes significant changes, with new provisions for alternative water sources for non-potable applications, rainwater catchment systems, plumbing facilities, and joining methods for water supply and drainage piping. This edition has improved layout design features,...
Posted on March 06, 2012 by Lynne Simnick
ASHRAE is expected to release “ASHRAEStandard 188: Prevention of Legionellosis Associated with Building Water Systems”this summer. The new standard will require that facility managers implement stronger safeguards through proactive risk assessment and risk management practices to prevent...

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