Learn to be a Plumbing Designer

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I'm an HVAC engineer and was tasked to also take on Plumbing Design. I wonder if you can recommend good resources to study?

I found these ASPE books, and wonder if they are good, or if you recommend other resources?

I also will take some local courses and we have a Master Plumber on staff who can occasionally advise.

One wrinkle, I'm in WI and don't follow IPC. WI uses its own code. I assume most resources are based on IPC, but I hope there won't be substantial differences.

Any advice is appreciated.
 

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I would say skip the blue book and get the red. You'll mostly be sizing and routing. Which is really all the plumber needs as we won't spend time sizing a whole system, and the routing is just to eliminate design clash.

Some of the hot water systems can be tricky. As for learning where to do that? Most manufacturers have decent design outlines for different types of systems and if your an hvac engineer I'm sure you'd have some of that learned already.

Experience will probably teach you more than classes, high quality reference materials are probably the most essential,and valuable thing you'll get from a class.
 

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Thanks for the reply. I'll get the red book then (the other ones are out of stock anyway).
My employer also agreed to send me to a 1-day course this November, and a 3-day course next June. I hope by June i will have some good experience and can ask very good questions.

I looked a bit around what resources manufacturers offer. it looks like some have a access-controlled training section, and some have just some very generic training, or some just specific to their product. I'm actually not too familiar which manufacturers have the "good stuff". Could you point me to one that has good resources?
 

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