GERMANY — The International Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Foundation (IWSH) and the World Plumbing Council (WPC) will host 12 young plumbers from seven different countries at ISH 2023, a trade fair for the HVAC and plumbing industries, which is returning to Frankfurt am Main in Germany.
The theme for this year’s show is Solutions for a Sustainable Future.
In the latest edition of the WPC-IWSH Plumbing Champions program, the plumbers will assemble pre-wall frame systems and internal plumbing during the first three days of the ISH show, states a release. The systems will then be transported to and installed in bathrooms at Niddahalle, part of the Eintracht Frankfurt sports club in the west of the city, which is undergoing modernization retrofits.
The bathrooms in Niddahalle are more than 40 years old, built before today’s high-efficiency plumbing solutions that use less water.
The showcase demonstration will run from March 13 to 17.
The WPC will bring plumbing champions to Frankfurt from the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry of the United States and Canada; the Plumbing Industry Climate Action Centre (Australia); Apprenticeship Training Trust (New Zealand); and the Connect Trade Union (Ireland); all hosted and working together alongside peers from the Frankfurt branch of Innung Sanitär Heizung Klima, the master craftsperson’s guild for sanitation, heating and air conditioning.
The new Plumbing Champions initiative will showcase retrofit approaches that advance energy-efficient goals for the built environment, critical industry requirements set out in modern-day, international agendas such as the European Green Deal. The team will perform tasks including joining and bending hot and cold water piping systems, installing cisterns and brackets for water closets and basins, and joining HDPE waste pipe, states the release.
“Frankfurt is a water-stressed area. Drought conditions threatened significant economic damage last year when water on the Rhine got so low it impeded barge traffic,” said Dave Viola, CEO of IAPMO and IWSH and deputy chair of the WPC, in a statement. “The plumbing industry can alleviate water stress through improved water technology and a skilled workforce. We’re here to demonstrate it in real life.”