FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 10, 2021
Janay Rickwalder, CAE
Vice President, Marketing and Communications
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(Alexandria, Va.) - The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA) is proud to announce that the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has approved the ANSI/PHTA/ICC-10 2021 American National Standard for Elevated Pools, Spas and Other Aquatic Venues Integrated into a Building or Structure. ANSI publicly announced the approval of the 2021 standard in ANSI Standards Action on September 3, 2021.
The purpose of this new standard is to establish minimum guidelines to provide a reasonable level of safety and protection to the structure into which the pool or spa is integrated. Safety and protection of health and public welfare are regulated by the applicable pool and spa codes and standards that control the design, construction, installation, quality of materials, location and maintenance or use of pools and spas.
“Over the past several years, the PHTA Commercial Council has worked hard to identify areas of overall pool safety that could use some improvement, were not quite in sync with current practices or customer desires, or in the case of this new standard, simply didn’t exist,” explains PHTA Standards Consensus Committee (SCC) Chair Kris Bridges, MCP, CBO, CZA, Building Official/Zoning Administrator, City of Martinsville, VA. “The ANSI/PHTA/ICC-10 2021 American National Standard for Elevated Pools, Spas and Other Aquatic Venues Integrated into a Building or Structure is a culmination of work by many incredibly dedicated and gifted volunteers whose focus on pool safety is admirable. To see this standard move from concept to discussion to development to now ANSI approval is inspirational.”
Elevated pools and spas are integrated into a structure over an occupiable space, are a subsystem of the structure, and shall be designed to interface with other building subsystems to reduce the risk of damage and undesirable impacts. Among other criteria, the design shall include a water-containment means that is accessible for maintenance.
PHTA-10 is now in the production phase. An announcement will be made once the standard is available for purchase on the PHTA website.
For more information, contact the Standards Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (703) 838-0083.
About the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance
The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA), a non-profit organization with nearly 3,500 members from around the world, was established in 1956 to support, promote, and protect the common interests of the $36.5B pool, hot tub and spa industry. PHTA provides education, advocacy, standards development, research, and market growth to increase our members’ professionalism, knowledge and profitability. Additionally, PHTA facilitates the expansion of swimming, water safety and related research and outreach activities aimed at introducing more people to swimming, making swimming environments safer and keeping pools open to serve communities. For more information, visit www.phta.org.