CPSC Awards Over $1.3 Million in Grants to Combat Drownings and Drain Entrapments
January 18, 2022
California Energy Commission Adopts PHTA's Portable Spa Energy Efficiency Standard
The CEC will require compliance with APSP-14 beginning January 1, 2022.
December 20, 2021
The Drain Cover Law Has Changed
A look at the important new rules surrounding VBGA.
November 2, 2021
PHTA Welcomes Public Review on New Standard for Elevated Pools/Spas
The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA) is inviting public review and comments on a new PHTA/ICC-10 Standard for Elevated Pools, Spas and Other Aquatic Venues Integrated into a Building or Structure. Public review is an important part of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standards consensus development process.
July 22, 2021
Energy Code Ace Offers No-Cost Help For Complying With New Pool Pump Regulations
Energy Code Ace is offering no-cost help for complying with new regulations impacting the pool pump and replacement pool pump motor market.
June 29, 2021
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PHTA Welcomes Comments on Revised National Standard for Residential Pool/Spa Energy Efficiency
The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA) is inviting public review and comments on the revision of the ANSI/APSP/ICC-15 2011 American National Standard for Residential Swimming Pool and Spa Energy Efficiency, also known as the PHTA-15 standard. Public review is an important part of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standards consensus development process.The PHTA-15 standard covers energy efficiency requirements for permanently installed residential aboveground/onground and inground swimming pools and inground spas operated by the property owner and used for bathing. It is intended to cover certain aspects of the swimming pool filtration and auxiliary system design; equipment, including pool and spa heaters; installation; and operational capabilities, for the purpose of minimizing energy consumption while maintaining water quality and temperature. The standard is intended to meet the new requirements of the Department of Energy’s Dedicated Purpose Pool Pump (DPPP) Rule, which applies to all pumps regardless of their use or purpose."Energy efficiency has become very important to the pool industry and to our nation," explains Kenneth Gregory, PHTA-15 Standard Writing Committee (SWC) Chair and Compliance & Safety Manager of Pentair. "In recent years, the pool industry has led the way in saving consumers money by providing energy-saving products as required by the APSP-15 standard. This new revision, PHTA-15, takes energy saving to a new level. Consumers for years to come will enjoy major savings on the cost to operate their pool, spa, or hot tub."PHTA invites all pool and hot tub professionals, as well as non-industry members, to review the draft and submit comments for consideration. The ANSI public review announcement on the required 45-day public review period was published in the ANSI Standards Action on June 4, 2021. All public review comments on the revised PHTA-15 standard are due on Monday, July 19, 2021.The PHTA-15 standard is a revision and redesignation of ANSI/APSP/ICC-15 2011 American National Standard for Residential Swimming Pool and Spa Energy Efficiency and is consolidated with Addenda A Approved by ANSI on January 9, 2013. The following individuals served on the PHTA-15 SWC:Kenneth Gregory, Chair, PENTAIR (Washington, Utah)Dan Baldewicz, Energy Solutions (Oakland, Calif.)Philip Escobedo, Fluidra (Carlsbad, Calif.)John Garner, Sr., Pools by John Garner Inc. (Jacksonville, Fla.)Paul Hackett, H2flow Controls Inc. (Sylvania, Ohio)Ray Mirzaei, Waterway Plastics (Oxnard, Calif.)John O'Hare, Hayward Pool Products (Clemmons, N.C.)Shawn Strausbaugh, International Code Council (York, Pa.)Gary Walt, Speck Pumps-Pool Products, Inc. (Jacksonville, Fla.)
June 15, 2021
PHTA Announces National Standard for Suction Entrapment Avoidance
The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA) is proud to announce that the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has approved the ANSI/PHTA/ICC-7 2020 American National Standard for Suction Entrapment Avoidance In Swimming Pools, Wading Pools, Spas, Hot Tubs, and Catch Basins. This newly approved standard is a revision of the ANSI/APSP/ICC-7 2013 standard. ANSI publicly announced the approval of the 2020 standard in ANSI Standards Action on November 19, 2020.
May 13, 2021
DOE Releases Preliminary Draft of Upcoming Motor Rule
The DOE pump regulations taking effect on July 19, 2021, will effectively outlaw the sale of roughly 75% of single speed pumps currently in use, but there was always a potential loophole — motors.
September 29, 2020
COVID-19 Updates (Sept. 8)
The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance continues to monitor workplace ordinances on a state-by-state basis amid the global pandemic.
September 8, 2020
Testing Deadline for VGB Compliance Extended
Last week, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission voted unanimously to approve to delay the effective date of CPSC's drain cover standard, ANSI/APSP/ICC-16 2017 from Nov. 24, 2020, to May 24, 2021. The six-month delay was requested by the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance on March 24, 2020 to provide drain cover manufacturers additional time while dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic that has disrupted manufacturers and test labs.
September 3, 2020
PHTA Calls for Revision of Aboveground/Onground Residential Swimming Pools Standard
This standard describes certain criteria for the design, manufacturing, testing, care and use of aboveground/onground residential non-diving swimming pools and their components.
July 14, 2020
President Signs Payment Protection Program Flexibility Act Into Law
The Pool and Hot Tub Alliance continues to inform industry professionals on updates around COVID-19. This week, they sent out a press release on the Payment Protection Flexibility Act, which was signed into law this week. Read the organization's statement below:
June 9, 2020
An Update on COVID Federal Guidelines
Once again, this past week the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance focused on state and federal issues, expanded communications, and public health outreach. Read the organization's update below:
May 12, 2020
This Week in COVID
This past week found the PHTA team focusing on state and federal issues, expanded communications, and public health outreach. Read the organization's update below:
May 7, 2020
Introducing the Coronavirus Toolkit
To help make it easier for you, the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance has created a toolkit to help with your recovery efforts.
April 23, 2020
This Week in COVID-19
This past week, the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance focused on state issues and continued communications, as well as working on its public health outreach. See the organization's COVID-19 update below:
April 21, 2020
Updated Guidance for Wisconsin Pool and Hot Tub Businesses
The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation has adjusted the essential/non-essential guidance for the pool and hot tub industry.
April 14, 2020
New Age of Pumps: Selling the Homeowners
In preparation for the 2021 new pump regulations, learn how to successfully sell variable speed pumps.
April 14, 2020
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