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Vol. 8, No. 2, January 22, 2015

Don’t miss ASPE’s webinar on firestopping next Thursday
Firestopping Plumbing Deck Penetrations on January 29 at 2 p.m. EST will outline the importance of proper firestopping design and explain the differences between manufactured systems and built-in-place systems to help participants update their plumbing specifications. Nonmembers can attend this webinar for free by joining ASPE. Learn how here.

2015 Alfred Steele Scholarship deadline is January 31
Need help getting your engineering degree? Up to $3,000 in scholarship money is available for qualified applicants through ASPE's Alfred Steele Scholarship, which is limited to ASPE members and their immediate family members who are pursuing a degree in engineering.

Just announced! ASPE’s regional workshop tour heads to Milwaukee in March
Join ASPE on March 11 in Milwaukee for a new workshop: Plumbing Engineering for Engineers, which will help those early in their careers learn more about the technical details of this exciting industry segment. A virtual option to attend this workshop is available for those who can’t make it to Milwaukee.

On March 12, ASPE’s popular hands-on Revit MEP 2015 workshop will be held in Milwaukee. The class is limited to 16 participants, so register soon!

Congratulations new CPDTs!
ASPE is pleased to announce the first group of Certified Plumbing Design Technicians who successfully passed the CPDT exam held last November. This new certificate program recognizes plumbing designers at the technician level and is intended as a precursor to ASPE’s Certified in Plumbing Design certification. The next CPDT exam will be held this fall.

Earn your GPD designation next month in San Antonio
On February 9-10, ASPE and IAPMO are holding a Green Plumbing Design workshop to help PEs and/or CPDs learn how to design sustainable plumbing systems. Those who pass the exam at the end of the workshop will earn the GPD designation.

Join AYP in San Antonio on February 11
ASPE Young Professionals is headed to San Antonio, Texas for its next national networking event. Join your peers at Main Event San Antonio North from 5:30-7:30 p.m. for drinks, appetizers, and billiards. Thanks to Lubrizol, this event is FREE and includes two drink tickets. 

Intermediate plumbing design workshop being held February 11
ASPE’s regional workshop tour stops in San Antonio for a full-day workshop that will cover plumbing systems commonly found in commercial kitchens, including natural gas, domestic water, sanitary waste and vent, and storm drainage. 7.5 PDHs will be awarded to attendees.

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Limited spaces are available at ASPE’s Revit workshops in February 
Don’t wait any longer to take advantage of one of these hands-on workshops that will help designers take their Revit MEP 2015 skills to the next level.

Virtual med gas systems workshop being held February 18
ASPE is offering a virtual option to attend our Medical Gas Systems Awareness workshop being held in Phoenix. This full-day program is for design professionals who want an up-to-date overview of these critical life support systems and will include updates on new code requirements and equipment technologies and a hands-on specification review. 7.5 PDHs will be awarded to attendees.

ASPE seeks presentations for the 2015 Technical Symposium
Proposals will be accepted until March 1 for 75-minute to 3.5-hour education sessions at the 2015 Technical Symposium being held in St. Louis on October 1-4. Selected presenters will be notified by May 1. Click here for more information.

Register now for the 2015 CPD exam 
ASPE’s Certified in Plumbing Design program recognizes outstanding professionals with advanced skills in the design and specification of plumbing systems. To earn the privilege of proudly displaying CPD after your name, register for this year’s exam, which is being held at testing sites across the country on April 9 and 10. The registration deadline is March 12. 

To help you study for the exam, ASPE is once again offering our popular CPD Review Webinar Series.

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Get out of the cold and network with ASPE members
ASPE Chapters are offering numerous special events in the coming months to help local plumbing industry professionals network, learn new skills, and have fun. Click here to find out what’s happening in your area. Chapters, to include your events, email gpienta@aspe.org.

Water crises ranked as the greatest risk facing the world
For the first time, water crises took the top spot in terms of the risk's impact, which is a measure of potential devastation, in the World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report. Also for the first time, more environmental risks were ranked among the top than economic ones.

2014 was a record-breaking year for high-rise construction
Last year, 97 buildings of 200 meters (656 feet) or more were completed around the world, including 11 supertalls (300 meters or more), according to the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat’s 2014 Year in Review report. At 541 meters (1,775 feet), One World Trade Center in New York City was the tallest building completed in 2014 and is now the world’s third tallest.

First zero-net-energy healthcare network produces more energy than it consumes
Using locally sourced biogas, methane, wood chips, solar panels, geothermal systems, and wind, Gundersen Health System in Wisconsin has reduced its energy consumption by 40 percent (a $2 million annual savings) and achieved energy independence. The network claims to be the first known health system in the nation to offset 100 percent of fossil fuel use with locally produced energy. More>>

Input on the definition of zero-energy needed
Public comments on the U.S. Department of Energy’s proposed definitions of zero-energy building, zero-energy campus, zero-energy portfolio, and zero-energy community will be accepted until February 20, 2015. More>>

ASHRAE seeks presenters for its high-performance buildings conference
The 2015 ASHRAE Energy Modeling Conference: Tools for Designing High-Performance Buildings will be held September 30-October 2 in Atlanta, and presentation proposals are now being accepted on modeling techniques for various building systems.

AWE releases the first phase of its outdoor water savings research initiative
The goal of the Alliance for Water Efficiency’s Outdoor Water Savings Research Program is to develop actionable information and data on the savings potential and actual water savings from a variety of outdoor conservation measures. More>>

New website tracks state policies on water leaks
Cutting Our Losses, a new website from the Natural Resources Defense Council, includes an interactive U.S. map that tracks state policies on reporting and reducing urban water losses, as well as links to local water loss reports and water audits.

EPA launches finance center to improve water and wastewater infrastructure
The Water Infrastructure and Resiliency Finance Center today to help communities across the country improve their wastewater, drinking water and stormwater systems, particularly through innovative financing and by building resilience to climate change.

UN conference discusses water and sustainable development
Video recordings of sessions and other information from the recent 2015 UN-Water International Conference are now available here.

AWWA Journal articles are now available for free
All peer-reviewed articles in Journal-American Water Works Association published after January 1, 2015 are now available at no cost to view online and download. Archived articles will be available later this year.

ARCSA seeks instructors
The American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association is looking for ARCSA APs to help teach the ARCSA AP Workshop. To submit a resume or for more information, contact info@arcsa.org.

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