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Maryland House Bill 303 Passes House And Senate, Governor To Sign

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Maryland to Use International Swimming Pool and Spa Code as Minimum Standard

(Annapolis, MD) – Swimming pool and spa builders celebrated the passage of legislation that would establish a statewide building code for the construction of new swimming pools and spas in Maryland. House Bill 303, sponsored by Delegate Dana Stein (District 11, Baltimore County) and Senator Cory McCray (District 45, Baltimore City), requires Maryland to use the International Swimming Pool and Spa Code (ISPSC) as the new minimum standard moving forward for building swimming pools and spas in the State. The ISPSC is currently being practiced in over 30 states nationwide, including Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and New Jersey.

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“The Maryland Department of Health reported drowning as the second leading cause of death for children under the age of 4 and the third leading cause of death for children aged 5-14,” said Delegate Stein. “Most of the current laws and regulations for building swimming pools are over 30 years old and no longer practiced by the industry. This legislation will update the State’s current practices and modernize our approach.”

House Bill 303 passed with overwhelming bipartisan support in the House of Delegates and the Senate without opposition testimony in committee hearings. The legislation received strong support from the Maryland Chamber of Commerce, the Maryland Building Officials Association, the Maryland Fire Marshal Committee, the Maryland State Firefighter’s Association, and the National Drowning Prevention Alliance.

Alan Walker, Vice President of Anthony & Sylvan Pools and Maryland native, testified publicly in support of the statewide adoption of the ISPSC. “The statewide adoption of ISPSC pool building code is a win for the State of Maryland, contractors and customers,” said Walker. “This uniform level of code adoption allows pool builders to adhere to a uniform code, as opposed to different county-level codes, providing a higher-quality, safer product to homeowners. Maryland pool customers will also benefit from the most current safety developments in the timeliest manner. Anthony & Sylvan looks forward to continuing working with the State of Maryland for many years to come.”

The Legislation requires the Maryland Department of Labor to adopt the ISPSC as the minimum code for the State but specifically allows for the local jurisdictions to enforce and amend the code as necessary and, more importantly, correlate the ISPSC with their own local laws and regulations that are already established. The incorporation of the ISPSC in Maryland will follow the exact same process the State already has for most building codes in practice, such as the International Residential Code (IRC) and the International Building Code (IBC) which are enforced and amended by the counties.

“Baltimore City has utilized the ISPSC for several years, and most counties throughout Maryland also rely on portions of the code. If implemented, the ISPSC will seamlessly integrate into the State’s building codes. It’s common-sense legislation that will provide clear-cut clarity, easing the burden for businesses in the industry by providing a baseline code to follow, as opposed to a myriad of laws and regulations,” said Senator McCray, who sponsored the legislation in the Senate (Senate Bill 319).

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For more information or to learn how to get involved, please contact Jason Davidson, PHTA Director of Government Relations, at jdavidson@phta.org or 703-838-0083 x 165.

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About the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance
The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA), a non-profit organization with over 3,600 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.

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CamerEye Introduces Smarter Pool Construction Monitoring and Management System

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First complete AI-Camera Pool Safety System that goes from pool construction, inspection to continuous pool safety

SAN DIEGO, CA – June 21, 2022 – CamerEye™ introduces smarter pool construction monitoring and management with the most complete AI-video camera pool safety system and builder portal specially built for the pool industry.  CamerEye transitions from the start of pool build, through construction and alarm inspection to providing ongoing pool safety for homeowners after the job is done. 

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CamerEye’s builder portal (http://www.camereye.ai/construction-monitoring) is designed for pool builders who want streamlined job oversight and project management. The smart AI-video camera system and portal allows pool builders to monitor all job sites and construction progress from start to end.

Optimizing Efficiency and Safety with One Intuitive System

CamerEye provides real-time video, analytics, and recorded time-lapse video of construction progress, personnel activity, equipment security, and photo/video documentation, improving safety and quality control while reducing effort and expenses.

Live Video Monitoring 24/7 provides insight into multiple jobs at all times. Remote oversight capabilities help with quality assessment, to minimize supervisor visits to job sites, and allow easy monitoring of crews, subcontractors, and supplies.

Time-Lapse Video and Photo Documentation records and tracks each stage of construction from excavation to shotcrete to pool opening. Recordings and downloadable videos improve accountability, and job site material and equipment security, reducing risk of liability and litigation.  

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Unlike motion-based traditional monitoring cameras and outdated pool alarms, 

CamerEye is the only complete AI camera-based safety system that uniquely offers human and pet-only detection and alerts, notifying when personnel are on the jobs, construction is in progress, and if children and pets are near the pool perimeter, all while reducing false alerts of other moving objects. 

For optimal pool safety inspections, CamerEye is the first and only camera-based pool alarm that meets ASTM F2208-08 pool safety standards. It complies with pool barrier laws in 33 states and replaces door alarms, floating pool alarms, and in-pool splash alarms.

Once a project is complete, builders can pass on the already-installed camera system in just one click to homeowners. The advanced pool safety and security system provides 24/7 monitoring, detecting and alerting for humans and pets in and around the water, and provides the fastest distress detection with AI cameras, safeguarding pool areas for their ongoing peace of mind.

“We designed CamerEye from the ground up for the pool industry to monitor, detect, and alert for what matters the most, both on the job site and for homeowners’ pool safety after the job is done, “ says Sai Reddy, CEO and founder of CamerEye. “The system adds an important extra layer of safety that goes beyond construction and inspection without compromising standards, budgets or bottom lines.”

Learn more at http://www.camereye.ai/construction-monitoring.  For a free demo and special builder packages, contact CamerEye at (800) 906-2810, or email info@camereye.ai.  CamerEye is also seeking pool builders and service affiliates and dealers for all territories; visit https://camereye.ai/dealers/ for details.

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ABOUT CAMEREYE:

CamerEye’s mission is to make the world a safer place and help save lives by reinventing swimming pool and backyard safety using sophisticated, advanced technology and artificial intelligence detection solutions that provide peace of mind and help to reduce risk. The San Diego, CA-based company exists to continually reinvent and refine safety using technology and artificial intelligence and take safety to a deeper level. 

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International Swimming Pool and Spa Code to Become Law in Maryland

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The code will strengthen pool and spa safety and efficiency statewide

(Annapolis, MD) – Governor Larry Hogan announced that House Bill 303 will become law in Maryland and greatly advance swimming pool and spa safety and efficiency throughout the state. House Bill 303, sponsored by Delegate Dana Stein (District 11, Baltimore County) and Senator Cory McCray (District 45, Baltimore City), will require Maryland to use the International Swimming Pool and Spa Code (ISPSC) as the new minimum standard, effective December 31, 2023, for building swimming pools and spas.  

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The adoption of the ISPSC enhances the safety and efficiency of pools and spas by applying a consistent, uniform construction and safety code that is based on proven best practices for drowning prevention and energy efficiency. The ISPSC is currently used in over 30 states in the U.S., including Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and New Jersey. 

“On behalf of the industry and a diverse coalition of supporters, we applaud the General Assembly and Governor Hogan for passing and enacting HB 303,” said Justin Wiley, PHTA Vice President of Government Relations, Standards and Codes. “This safety-focused law takes a significant step toward modernizing Maryland’s building codes and standards for swimming pools and spas.” 

House Bill 303 passed with overwhelming bipartisan support in the House of Delegates and the Senate. The bill was supported by the International Code Council, Pool and Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA) and a coalition of businesses, regulators, first responders and safety professionals, including the Maryland Chamber of Commerce, the Maryland Building Officials Association, the Maryland Fire Marshal Committee, the Maryland State Firefighter’s Association and the National Drowning Prevention Alliance. 

“This adoption ensures a safe and comprehensive code for the design and construction of swimming pools in Maryland,” said Frank Quillen, President of the Maryland Building Officials Association. “The ISPSC coordinates with the other building safety codes adopted in Maryland to create a consistent regulatory framework for both building safety professionals and for builders.” 

The legislation requires the Maryland Department of Labor to adopt the ISPSC as a baseline code for the state and allows for local jurisdictions to enforce and amend the code as necessary. More importantly, the ISPSC correlates with local laws and regulations that are already established.  

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“The adoption, implementation and enforcement of modern codes and standards play an important role in keeping communities safe, resilient and affordable” said Gabe Maser, Code Council Senior Vice President of Government Relations. “The Code Council commends Maryland for the adoption of the International Swimming Pool and Spa Code and their efforts to ensure the state is using the most up-to-date safety and efficiency standards.”  

The signing and implementation of House Bill 303 will afford all jurisdictions access to grants for training on the ISPSC under the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act (VGBA). The VGBA is a United States law named after Virginia Graeme Baker, who died after sustaining a pool suction-drain injury in June 2002. It is incorporated as Title 14 of the U.S. Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA Title 14, Pub.L. 110-140). This act became enforceable law on December 19, 2008. 

The incorporation of the ISPSC in Maryland will follow the same process the state already uses for most building codes in practice, such as the International Residential Code (IRC) and the International Building Code (IBC) which are enforced and amended by the counties. 

“The PHTA Mid-Atlantic Chapter is happy to see that Governor Hogan is allowing the ISPSC to become law. This will help to improve safety around public and private pools and spas across the great state of Maryland,” said Brian St. Clair, President of the PHTA Mid-Atlantic chapter. “The public can find comfort in knowing that the ISPSC will hold companies to the highest safety standards, helping to reduce drownings, ER visits, and accidents around pools. It will also help to consolidate code compliance for new construction and renovations of pools and spas, helping to streamline the building process for local companies. Thank you, Governor Hogan, for helping to keep Marylanders safe while enjoying the pools and spas across this wonderful state!” 

You can view the 2021 ISPSC Digital Code here. 

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PSP/Deck Expo opens its Million Dollar Pool Design Challenge

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Five finalists, including one young professional, will be selected to receive a trip to PSP/Deck Expo 2022 and vie for a first-time ever $10,000 prize, provided by Riverflow Pumps by Current Systems. The finalists will present their design solutions to their peers during an on-floor education session.                                                                                                                                                               

Las Vegas, Nevada (June 7, 2022) – The International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo,
co-located with Deck Expo (PSP/Deck Expo) has opened submissions for its design competition. The Million Dollar Pool Design Challenge offers pool designers the opportunity to create a mock outdoor living area, with a minimum $1 million budget.  For the first time, designers can win a top prize of $10,000 thanks to Lead Sponsor, Riverflow Pumps by Current Systems.

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Reid Schindler and Mike Farley, both with a degree in landscape architecture and a combined background of over 50 years of award-winning pool design experience, are teaming up with PSP/Deck Expo for the fourth time to discover the industry’s top designers.

The design competition is now accepting submissions, at: https://www.themilliondollarpoolchallenge.com. The deadline to submit is September 18. Five finalists, including a young professional (under 30 years of age), will be named in early fall.

The finalists will each receive a complimentary Super Pass, travel stipend and two-night stay in Las Vegas and will participate in the Million Dollar Pool Finalist session within the conference program, where they will each present their designs. Live voting during the session will determine the winner of the challenge, who will be named at the conclusion of the session.

“Get ready to make your mark on the pool design industry,” said Farley. “We’re looking for bold ideas that exemplify a designer’s creativity, along with a viable plan to create their pool vision.”

PSP/Deck Expo takes place November 15–17, 2022, at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Nevada. Pre-show education occurs November 12–14, with the main conference education and expo hall happening November 15–17.

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Riverflow By Current Systems, Inc. – Lead Sponsor of the Million Dollar Pool Challenge


The Million Dollar Pool Design Challenge for 2022 has a scenario of:

Background

The clients are two lawyers – a husband and wife – who live in Chicago, Illinois. They are seeking a nice setting for their home, which has a lower terrace area, front approach, and rooftop terrace. Their goals for the space are health, wellness, and self-care. The space will be used seasonally; as a Chicago-based project, the designer should consider wind, sun direction, and shade. The couple will entertain six to 12 guests maximum.

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Aesthetics and View

  • Keep the view open, if possible, but the clients also want privacy
  • Preferred to have natural elements, but they love structured design
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Elements to Include

  • The use of a Riverflow Pumps by Current Systems application (lazy river, swim current system, or whitewater current)
  • A fire element to gather around
  • Cool lighting
  • A real or synthetic lawn space
  • The use of Ledge Lounger furniture
  • A hot tub and cold plunge are needed, possibly a sauna
  • An outdoor kitchen

“This is a great opportunity for designers at every level to get the recognition that they deserve,” said Schindler. “We’re looking for designers that can combine the perfect amount of form and function while keeping the homeowners’ wants and needs in the forefront of their design.”

Riverflow Pumps by Current Systems is the lead sponsor of the Million Dollar Pool Design Challenge.

“Designing with Riverflow Pumps by Current Systems unlocks many facets,” said Phil de Tournillon, Vice President, Riverflow Pumps by Current Systems. “From exercise with swim current to fun and adventure with lazy river current or whitewater current while having a small design footprint.”

Additional sponsors are Ledge Lounger, EstimCad, Pool Magazine, and the PHTA WAVE Young Professionals Network.

The winning designers will take home a cash prize of:

  • 1st Place – $10,000 (Sponsored by Riverflow Pumps by Current Systems)
  • 2nd Place – $3,000
  • 3rd Place – $1,250
  • 4th Place – $750
  • 5th Place – $500

One of the five spots is guaranteed to a young professional (Age 29 or below at time of submission), whose trip to PSP/Deck Expo will be sponsored by PHTA WAVE Young Professionals Network.

PSP/Deck Expo brings together builders, service techs, retailers and distributors. Thousands of members from the pool, spa, patio, decking and outdoor living community attend PSP/Deck Expo to engage with the latest products and services and to network. These interactions come in the form of new and existing connections, education sessions, demonstrations and more.

PSP/Deck Expo actively collaborates across the entire pool, spa, backyard, and decking industries to provide participants the most comprehensive array of networking, education, and technology available. The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA) is the official Show Sponsor, GENESIS® is the official Show Endorser, Pool and Spa News (PSN) is the official Show Publication, and the North American Decking and Railing Association (NADRA) is the Deck Expo Show Sponsor.

For more information, visit https://www.themilliondollarpoolchallenge.com, and to directly submit, visit https://forms.gle/wxBqBJbKjGpGDb239.

About the International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo™, co-located with Deck Expo
The International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo™, co-located with Deck Expo is where all segments of the industry (pool, spa, patio, decking, and outdoor living) gather to stay well-informed of the trends, market directions, and technology. The event offers industry professionals a large selection of educational sessions, an expo hall, and various networking opportunities. The event partners with The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA) as the official Show Sponsor, GENESIS® as the official Show Endorser, Pool and Spa News (PSN) as the official Show Publication, and the North American Deck & Railing Association (NADRA) as the official Show Sponsor of Deck Expo. The event is owned and produced by Informa Markets. www.poolspapatio.com

About Informa Markets
Informa Markets creates platforms for industries and specialist markets to trade, innovate and grow. We provide marketplace participants around the globe with opportunities to engage, experience and do business through face-to-face exhibitions, targeted digital services and actionable data solutions. We connect buyers and sellers across more than a dozen global verticals, including Pharmaceuticals, Food, Medical Technology and Infrastructure. As the world’s leading market-making company, we bring a diverse range of specialist markets to life, unlocking opportunities and helping them to thrive 365 days of the year. For more information, please visit www.informamarkets.com

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