Plumbing Systems and Global Pandemics - 422

Includes a Live Event on 12/02/2020 at 1:00 PM (CST)

This seminar provides a broad review of the effect of COVID-19 crisis and the unintended consequences of how this crisis has specifically affected plumbing systems. Whether the impact to vacant buildings causing stagnant water and an amplification of waterborne pathogens, or revisions to medical gas system usage, flexible design is key, but it needs to be balanced and make sure other issues are not caused.  This holistic approach, will necessarily require the elevation of the entire plumbing engineering and design profession in order to meet these new challenges, making this unique opportunity for the entire plumbing industry.

Content Outline: 
  • Introductions & 2nd Order Thinking Concept Overview and unintended consequences of decisions, through the lens of water safety (chlorine/chloramine, corrosion inhibitors, and pH) (15 minutes)
  • COVID-19 impact on municipal water supplies and vacant buildings, overview best flushing practices prior to occupancy, and testing requirements (15 minutes)
  • Impact of COVID-19 to sanitary systems (15 minutes)
  • Impact of COVID-19 impact to medical gas (15 minutes)
  • Converting non-healthcare spaces to healthcare spaces from a plumbing perspective (15 minutes)
  • Review the ways that the COVID crisis has highlighted the need to elevate the plumbing engineering and design profession, and identify what steps plumbing engineers and designers can take to elevate the profession. (10 minutes)
  • Q&A - (5 Minutes)

Upon successful completion of the course learners will be able to:
  • Discuss 2nd Order thinking and why it is important this concept is so critical when creating solutions to problems stemming from global pandemics
  • Describe the challenges of converting non-healthcare spaces into healthcare spaces with respect to plumbing
  • Identify the concern of COVID-19 in sanitary systems and at wastewater treatment plants
  • Explain how COVID-19 can potentially impact existing medical gas systems and why evaluations are needed
  • Recognize the need to elevate the plumbing engineering and design profession, and identify first steps to make this happen. 

Christoph Lohr

Christoph Lohr has over 10 years of experience in designing plumbing systems for healthcare, laboratory, hospitality, sports, and university projects. He has a reputation as a results-oriented expert. Christoph's current responsibilities as Vice President of Strategic Initiatives for IAPMO is to identify long term, high impact projects, developing a business case for them, bring resources to bear, and executing them for maximum results. He has a concentrated focus in honing his personal and organization's strategy on possible breakthrough points which has led to improved effectiveness and growth.

Christoph's professional activities in the industry extend into multiple volunteer associations, of which he has also assumed leadership roles setting strategy and direction for teams including ASPE Phoenix Chapter, ASPE Society, ASPE Legionella Working Group, ASHRAE Committees, PIPE Trust of Arizona, IAPMO’s Safe Building Reopening Best Practices among others. Additionally, he has been involved in numerous strategic planning initiatives to help organizations he has belonged to in improving their overall effectiveness. It is with this mindset that Christoph consistently looks to find long-term, holistic solutions that positively impact public health and safety, particularly in the world of water and plumbing.


Plumbing Systems and Global Pandemics Live Program
12/02/2020 at 1:00 PM (CST)   |  60 minutes
12/02/2020 at 1:00 PM (CST)   |  60 minutes
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3 Questions  |  3 attempts  |  3/3 points to pass
3 Questions  |  3 attempts  |  3/3 points to pass
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2020 Digital Conference Session Certificate - Plumbing Systems and Global Pandemics - 422
0.10 CEUs credits  |  Certificate available
0.10 CEUs credits  |  Certificate available