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IAPMO National Composting Toilet Code
Last fall, IAPMO (International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials) asked us to create a composting toilet code for the 2015 Edition of the Green Plumbing and Mechanical Code Supplement. We assembled a dynamic working group that created a draft code. We submitted our draft code in April and it is currently being review and revised by the IAPMO task group and will be voted on by the IAPMO Green Committee at the end of August. If adopted this code will be available for half of the United States and parts of Canada.
In our last newsletter we talked about how performance based codes differ from prescriptive codes.
Why Performance Based Codes for Sanitation?
Outside of cities most people rely on underground septic tanks (known as "onsite sanitation systems") to treat their waste. Septic tanks were not designed to remove nitrogen pollution. When a septic tank is used 60% to 90% of the urine enters aquifers and wells (USEPA 2002: “Onsite Treatment Systems Manual” EPA/625/R-00/008 Figure 3-7).
Better Protection for the Environment
Performance based codes make pollution reduction a requirement. Acknowledging that human excrement becomes part of the environment and prioritizing the entire ecosystem when regulating sanitation.
More Choices Means More Affordable Choices
Performance based codes legalize a range of systems, allowing for the seamless integration of innovative technologies and giving homeowners the ability to choose systems that work for their budget their landscape and their personal sanitation culture.
Creating a Framework for Today's Issues & Tomorrow's Pollutants
A performance based code can be easily modified to adjust to new information about emerging pollutants.