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Vol. 7, No. 17, August 21, 2014

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Big James and The Chicago Playboys to headline ASPE’s Sunday Night at the House of Blues presented by Sloan Valve
ASPE is excited to announce that six-time Living Blues Magazine Critics Choice Award winner Big James and The Chicago Playboys will perform at the 2014 ASPE Convention and Exposition welcome party on Sunday, September 21. A Chicago native, “Big James” Montgomery has played with the Little Milton Band, Buddy Guy’s Blues Band, Eric Clapton, George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic, and Dan Ackroyd, and his current band The Chicago Playboys has performed at legendary Chicago venues such as B.L.U.E.S. on Halsted, the House of Blues, and Buddy Guy’s Legends. Entrance to the welcome party is free for those who are full Convention registrants, and tickets are $50 for Expo-only registrants. You can purchase your ticket when you register online.

300+ manufacturers to showcase their newest innovations at the free ASPE Exposition
The ASPE Exposition is the largest display of plumbing design products and services available anywhere, and this year it is being held in Chicago on September 22-23. The industry’s top manufacturers will be exhibiting their latest products, and product engineers will be on-site to answer all of your application questions. Your free registration to the ASPE Exposition also includes complimentary education sessions in the New Product Innovation Showcase, the keynote address by Chicago Bears Super Bowl winner Dan Hampton, lunch and snacks on the show floor, and the chance to win one of several Apple iPad minis that will be given away during the show. Sign up for your free registration online now!

2014 ASPE Convention and Exposition app will help you navigate the show
Visit your app store to download the free 2014 ASPE Convention and Exposition app now available for iOS and Android devices (search for ASPE 2014). This easy-to-use tool gives you instant access to the complete show schedule, technical session descriptions, speaker bios, exhibitor listings, the Exposition floor map, show specials, and more.

How can you make the most of your 2014 ASPE Convention and Exposition experience?
ASPE is hosting a webinar today at 2 p.m. EDT to provide attendees with tips and resources to help you maximize your experience at this one-of-a-kind anniversary event. Register for this free webinar here today. If you can't make it today, the webinar will be available at ASPE's webinar archives.

Members: Volume 2 of the ASPE Journal is now available
The second edition of ASPE’s newest member benefit, ASPE Journal, includes a new regular feature: the ASPE Legislative Report by ASPE’s Senior Director of Technical and Regulatory Affairs, Billy Smith, FASPE. Volume 2 also includes articles on wet venting, reclaimed water treatment methods, and high-purity water system sizing.

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Network with ASPE in Toronto next month
On September 10, ASPE is hosting the inaugural meeting of the Toronto Chapter at the Holiday Inn, Toronto Airport East from 6-9 p.m. All Toronto-area plumbing industry professionals are invited to this free meeting to network, learn more about the Toronto Chapter, and participate in a panel discussion on Canadian low-lead regulations. Click here to register.

UCLA Extension’s Advanced Plumbing Systems Design courses start September 29--enroll by September 2 to save up to 10%
Registration is open for fall courses in UCLA Extension’s Advanced Plumbing Systems Design certificate program, which is sponsored by ASPE. This fall, the following courses will be offered: Plumbing Systems I: Code and Engineering Fundamentals, Plumbing Systems II: Advanced Engineering Systems, Fire Protection for Plumbing Engineering, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, and Electrical Design and Construction. The courses can be taken individually or as part of the certificate program.

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Long Island Chapter reaches membership goal
The Long Island Chapter is pleased to announce that it has reached 50 members by ASPE’s 50th Anniversary, a goal the Chapter set two years ago. The Long Island Chapter remains committed to the Society’s goals for increasing membership and ensuring the Society's longevity. The Chapter is proud to be part of ASPE's great history and vows to continue growing and meeting whatever new challenges the Society may experience during its next 50 years. The Chapter’s delegation will be in Chicago and looks forward to the festivities, business, and, of course, the anniversary celebration.

Dallas/Ft. Worth Chapter announces scholarship winner
On behalf of the Dallas/Ft. Worth Chapter, Region 5 Director Kelvin Kennedy, CPD, GPD, CD, and DFW Chapter Vice President, Technical Troy Skiles, CPD, GPD, presented a check for $1,000 from the Chapter’s Richard Ellis Scholarship Award to Rene Le of Kansas State for her dedication to the plumbing industry while working as an intern at Schmidt & Stacy. Congratulations Rene!

Learn, network, and have fun with ASPE Chapters
ASPE Chapters are hosting plumbing design classes, golf outings, and other events to help local professionals make new contacts and learn more about the industry. Go to aspe.org/chapterevents to find out what’s happening in your area.

Prove your Chapter is the best by winning the 50th Anniversary Chapter Trivia Contest 
Answer sheets are due to gpienta@aspe.org no later than August 29. Only one answer sheet per Chapter will be accepted!

Engineering firm leaders are optimistic about the current business climate
More than 68% of U.S. engineering firm leaders think the current business climate is better than last year at this time, and 60.5% say their backlogs are larger now compared to last year, according to the American Council of Engineering Companies’ Engineering Business Index. However, only 40.9% believe opportunities in the public water/wastewater sector will grow during the next 12 months.

Why do women leave engineering careers?
According to a National Science Foundation study that surveyed 5,300 engineering alumnae spanning six decades, the most common reasons women leave engineering careers include lack of opportunities for advancement, caregiving responsibilities, and pursuing better opportunities in other fields. More>>

WQA releases statement on cyanotoxins
In response to the water crisis in Toledo earlier this month, the Water Quality Association has created a fact sheet on the toxins found in the city’s drinking water supply, which are being blamed on algae blooms on Lake Erie.

How can clean water change the world?
In addition to the obvious health aspects of clean water, access to this valuable resource can lead to better school attendance, reduce conflict, and increase gender equality. Find out how in this infographic from Ohio University’s Russ College of Engineering and Technology.

2015 swimming pool and spa code is released
The new ICC/APSP International Swimming Pool & Spa Code covers both residential and commercial installations and features tighter alignment with all of the latest pool and spa standards and technology. More>>

CEU credits are available for ASPE members at CIPHEX West
Western Canada’s largest plumbing and HVACR event, CIPHEX West, will be held November 5-6 in Calgary, and ASPE members are eligible to earn continuing education credits at six of the technical education sessions. More>>

New international water footprint standard published
ISO 14046: Environmental Management–Water Footprint–Principles, Requirements, and Guidelines is based on life-cycle assessments and can help companies measure and address the potential environmental impacts of their water use practices and processes.

Public toilet offers an unexpected sea view
A Polish architect designed a public toilet in Gdynia, Poland with periscopes and mirrors instead of windows to give users an unobstructed view of the Baltic Sea. More>>

Input sought on new hydronic and radiant heating/cooling personnel certification standard
ASSE International and the Radiant Professionals Alliance are looking for professionals to help develop a standard that will outline the minimum requirements needed to obtain a license to design and install hydronic and radiant heating/cooling systems. More>>  

Green building tools to be streamlined under new agreement 
ICC, ASHRAE, AIA, IES, and the USGBC have signed a memorandum to collaborate on the development of Standard 189.1, the International Green Construction Code, and LEED to offer a comprehensive system of regulatory tools for jurisdictions. More>>

Green Plumbers and QWEL to collaborate on training and certification program
IAPMO Green Plumbers Training and Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper have teamed up to provide a turnkey water-use efficiency training program to help urban water-related tradespeople learn how to use water more wisely. More information on the program is available at gpqwel.org.

Third-quarter 2014 issue of World Plumbing Review is available
The August 2014 issue of World Plumbing Review features a recap of the Water Innovation Challenge as well as other plumbing industry news from around the world.

 

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