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Pool & Hot Tub Alliance Welcomes Public Comments on Revisions to PHTA/ICC-4 Standard for Aboveground/Onground Residential Swimming Pools

  • May 29, 2024

May 29, 2024

Media Contact:
Amy Willer
Director, Content and Communications
703-838-0083, ext. 121 |


(Alexandria, Va.) – The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA), the trade association representing the swimming pool, hot tub, and spa industry, is inviting public review and comments on revisions to the ANSI/APSP/ICC-4 2012 (R2022) American National Standard for Aboveground/Onground Residential Swimming Pools. The standard in development will be the PHTA/ICC-4 Standard for Aboveground/Onground Residential Swimming Pools. Public review is an important part of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standards consensus development process.

This standard describes certain criteria for the design, manufacturing, testing, care, and use of aboveground/onground residential (Type-O) non-diving swimming pools and their components. Aboveground/onground residential (Type-O) non-diving swimming pools are defined as pools with a shallow area water depth of 36 in. (914 mm) minimum at the wall and a water depth of 48 in. (1,219 mm) maximum at the wall. This includes portable pools with flexible/non-rigid or rigid side walls which achieve their structural integrity by means of uniform shape, support frame, or a combination thereof, and can be disassembled for storage or relocation.

The following individuals serve as Members on the PHTA-4 Standard Writing Committee (SWC):

  • Matthew (Chip) Wahlen, Chair, Intex Recreation Corp. (Long Beach, CA)
  • Rich Anderson, International Code Council (Loveland, CO)
  • Gregory Aymes, Aquasports Pools, LLC (New Brunswick, NJ)
  • Mitch Saccoccio, Blue Torrent Products (New York, NY)
  • Brannon Smith, Bestway USA Inc. (Chandler, AZ)
  • Eric Steinmeyer, Polygroup Services NA Inc. (El Paso, TX)
  • Alan Taveroff, Engineering Consultant (Rouses Point, NY)
  • Tony Zhou, IAPMO (Ontario, CA)

The PHTA/ICC-4 Standard applies to manufacturers and producers of aboveground/onground residential swimming pools, as well as consumers who use this type of pool.

PHTA invites all pool, spa, 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 May 24, 2024. All public review comments on the PHTA/ICC-4 Standard are due by July 8, 2024.

For more information on the draft standard, please visit the PHTA/ICC-4 webpage, email, or call (703) 838-0083.


About the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance
The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA), a non-profit organization with over 3,900 members from around the world, was established in 1956 to support, promote, and protect the common interests of the $62B pool, hot tub, and spa industry. PHTA provides education, advocacy, standards development, research, and market growth initiatives to increase our members’ professionalism, knowledge, and profitability. Additionally, PHTA promotes the use of pools by expanding 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


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