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Vol. 8, No. 3, February 5, 2015

ASPE announces William Smith, FASPE, as Executive Director/CEO
The ASPE Board of Directors recently appointed William “Billy” Smith, FASPE, as the Society’s Executive Director/CEO. In his new role, Billy will continue representing the interests of ASPE and the plumbing engineering community in code and standards activities as he did in his former role of Senior Director of Technical and Regulatory Affairs. He also will be responsible for leading the Society’s administrative, management, and financial operations, building relationships with other industry organizations, and supporting ASPE’s local chapters. Billy can be reached at bsmith@aspe.org. More>>

Save $50 on ASPE’s medical gas and Revit workshops in Phoenix
The full-day Medical Gas System Awareness for the Design Professional workshop, being held in Phoenix on February 18, also offers a virtual option for those who want to learn how to design these critical life support systems. The hands-on Revit MEP 2015 workshop on February 19 is designed to help those with basic to intermediate knowledge take their Revit MEP skills to the next level. Both workshops offer CEUs and are now $50 off!

Learn more about the new CPD exam open-book policy
At this year’s Certified in Plumbing Design (CPD) exam, being held at testing sites across the country on April 9 and 10, candidates will be allowed to bring up to six reference materials into the testing center. For more information on what will be approved, visit ASPE’s CPD Exam Open-Book FAQs. Registration for this year’s exam closes March 12.

Don't forget to sign up for the CPD Review Webinar Series to help prepare for the exam! Series registration closes March 12.

Join ASPE and AYP in San Antonio next week to learn, network, and have fun
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.

On February 11, the full-day Intermediate Plumbing Design workshop 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.

Also on February 11, kick back after work with ASPE Young Professionals 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. You can register online here.

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Register now for ASPE’s Revit workshops in Austin
Space is limited, so don’t wait any longer to take advantage of one of these hands-on workshops:

ASPE teams with the Wisconsin Chapter to bring workshops to Milwaukee
On World Plumbing Day (March 11), ASPE and the Wisconsin Chapter are hosting a full-day workshop, Plumbing Engineering for Engineers, which is designed to help professionals learn more about fluid dynamic principles and how they relate to modern plumbing systems. Registration includes lunch and 7.5 hours of continuing education credit. A virtual option to attend this workshop is also available for those who can't make it to Milwaukee.

The full-day, hands-on Revit MEP 2015 workshop on March 12 includes a computer rental, lunch, and 7.5 PDHs. Space is limited, so register soon!

Just announced! ASPE’s March webinar will feature double-containment piping systems
The 2015 Webinar Series continues on March 25 with Double-Containment Piping Systems at 2 p.m. EDT. Topics covered will include applications, EPA regulations, material selection, system design, and leak detection methods. Nonmembers: click here to learn how to attend this webinar for free.

Share your knowledge at the 2015 ASPE Technical Symposium
Presentation proposals will be accepted here until March 1 for 75-minute to 3.5-hour education sessions at the 2015 ASPE Technical Symposium being held in St. Louis on October 1-4. Selected presenters will be notified by May 1.

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Houston Chapter charter member passes away
Albert A. Sterling Jr. passed away on December 29 at the age of 98. He earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 1939 from Rice University and started his professional career with Ingersoll-Rand in New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. After serving for the U.S. Navy during World War II, he moved to Houston and began Albert Sterling & Associates, a manufacturer representative firm. He joined ASPE in 1969 and helped found ASPE’s Houston Chapter. More>>

Chapter leaders: do you need a speaker for an upcoming chapter meeting?
One of ASPE’s partners, the American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association (ARCSA), has numerous speakers available to present sessions on topics relating to rainwater harvesting. To learn more, contact ARCSA’s Regional Representatives Committee Chair, Charlee Myers, at mtnmesa@usa.net or ARCSA’s Executive Director, Heather Kinkade, at info@arcsa.org.

Enhance your skills at local ASPE Chapter events
Several ASPE Chapters are offering educational workshops this winter, such as the Dallas/Ft. Worth Chapter’s CPD review course conveniently located near the airport and the Baltimore/Washington, D.C. Chapters’ CPD review course. Other Chapters are holding product shows that include technical seminars. Click here to find out what’s happening in your area. Chapters, to include your events, email gpienta@aspe.org.

Reports point to a strong construction market in 2015
Eighty percent of construction firms plan to expand their payrolls in 2015, a dramatic increase over 2014, when only 57 percent of firms added employees, and contractors are optimistic about water and sewer construction, according to Ready to Hire Again: The 2015 Construction Industry Hiring and Business Outlook, by the Associated General Contractors of America. 

Also according to AGC, construction spending rose in December to a six-year high of $982 billion as public construction for the year increased for the first time since 2009.

The American Institute of Architects’ semi-annual Consensus Construction Forecast predicts that construction spending will increase 7.7 percent in 2015 and that every major building category is projected to see spending increases. More>>

Water in the 21st Century Act reintroduced
The legislation (H.R. 291 and S.176) would formally authorize the WaterSense program and encourage other initiatives that promote water efficiency, savings, and sustainability.

Extremely water-repellant metal created
University of Rochester scientists have developed a method of creating super-hydrophobic materials without the use of chemical coatings, which could have potential applications in rainwater harvesting and latrine design. The materials created are so water repellant that water rolls off at an angle of less than 5 degrees and collects dust particles along the way, leaving a completely dry, spotless surface. More>>

NASA-inspired shower claims to save 90 percent of water
A Swedish developer has created a closed-loop shower that instantly purifies the water that falls down the drain to drinking water standards and recycles it back through the showerhead. More>>

ASSE International seeks electrical heater expert for standard working group
Candidates should have 10+ years of experience in developing, manufacturing, or designing systems with electrical heaters for air and water to provide insight into the environmental and hydraulic requirements of ASSE Standard 1060: Performance Requirements for Outdoor Enclosures for Fluid Conveying Components. More>>

New initiative supports water demand offset and water-neutral growth programs
These community-wide policies help offset the projected water demand of new development with water-efficiency measures to result in a net-zero impact on area water use. They are a major part of the Net Blue initiative by the Alliance for Water Efficiency, Environmental Law Institute, and River Network.

2015 U.S. Water Prize winners announced
The City of San Diego Public Utilities Department, the Electric Power Research Institute, and The Coca-Cola Company were recognized by the U.S. Water Alliance for their programs that promote the value of water and encourage water sustainability.

ASHRAE headquarters achieves four Green Globes
The Green Building Initiative recently awarded ASHRAE’s international headquarters in Atlanta, which is already LEED Platinum rated, the highest Green Globes rating for its sustainable measures, which include ongoing benchmarking for energy and water consumption and water audits. More>>

New partners commit to the Better Buildings Challenge
More than 20 new partners representing multifamily, hospitality, education, industrial, and commercial facilities have committed to improving energy efficiency by 20 percent over the next 10 years, and financial institutions have committed $1.7 billion to support the cause, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

2015 WateReuse Symposium issues call for abstracts
Being held September 13-16 in Seattle, the 30th annual WateReuse Symposium will feature presentations on innovations in water reuse technologies and programs. Abstracts will be accepted until February 27.

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