Earn your GPD designation this fall
Your next chance to earn the Green Plumbing Design (GPD) designation will be in St. Louis on September 30-October 1, prior to the 2015 ASPE Technical Symposium. Go to aspe.org/GPD or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on this certificate program sponsored by ASPE and IAPMO. Registration will open soon.
Public comments sought on two new plumbing industry standards
ARCSA/ASPE 78: Stormwater Harvesting System Design for Direct End-Use Applications and WQA/ASPE 1201: Electrochemical Drinking Water Treatment Systems are open for public comment here. Comments will be accepted until April 13, 2015.
Where can you find ASPE members this spring?
More ASPE Chapters are announcing golf outings this spring and summer, including New Orleans and Dallas/Ft. Worth on May 8 and San Diego on June 15. You can find more information about these events and other local ASPE Chapter events at aspe.org/chapterevents.
California passes unprecedented water-use restrictions to combat drought
Yesterday, California Governor Brown issued an executive order that includes mandatory water restrictions, increased enforcement to prevent water waste, and increased reporting of water use data, among other initiatives to try to bolster the state's drought resiliance. The state also recently implemented new rules that prohibit residents from hosing down driveways, limit outdoor watering to two days per week for homes and businesses, and permit restaurants and bars to serve water only upon request. Governor Brown also recently signed legislation that will provide $1 billion to fund water infrastructure improvements, grants for water-recycling programs, and new wells and wastewater treatment facilities.
Did you know it’s illegal to harvest rainwater in Colorado?
Luckily, a new bill aims to overturn a law that prohibits citizens from collecting rainwater, which is based on the principle that the water is the right of people downstream. More>>
Passive houses offer aggressive energy savings
While not mainstream, passive houses are attracting interest in the United States, especially in New York City where several large projects are in the works. Passive building standards, developed in Germany, help buildings maintain a comfortable interior climate without active heating and cooling systems. More>>
Washington, D.C. ranks #1 on the 2015 Energy Star Top Cities list
This year, the top 10 cities with the most Energy Star-certified buildings range from coast to coast and include New York City, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Denver, and San Francisco. More>>
How can improving access to water increase productivity and economic well-being?
According to Water for Women, the amount of time women in India spend collecting water equals $160 million in lost working income, and the number of hours women spend collecting water in sub-Saharan Africa is equal to all the hours all people work for income in France. However, school enrollment for girls improves by 15% when clean water and working toilets become locally accessible without a long walk, and data suggests that $1 spent on water and sanitation creates a $4 economic return.
ASHRAE seeks comments on Legionella prevention standard
Changes to ASHRAE Standard 188P: Legionellosis: Risk Management for Building Water Systems are open for public review through April 12. More>>
Energy conservation standards for pumps are available for review
The U.S. Department of Energy recently released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) for Energy Conservation Standards for Pumps as well as a NOPR for Test Procedures for Commercial and Industrial Pumps, both of which are available for review and comment.
2015 Uniform Mechanical Code is now available
The latest version of the UMC, published by IAPMO, contains significant changes for condensate wastes, hydronic systems, and refrigeration systems, among others. More>>
Free webcast on building commissioning being held April 23
Registration for the ASHRAE webcast, “New Tomorrows for Today’s Buildings: Existing Building Commissioning,” which will be broadcast live from 1-4 EDT on April 23, is now open at ashrae.org/webcast.
Registration is open for the 2015 NFPA Conference and Expo
The National Fire Protection Association will host its annual Conference and Expo on June 22-25 at McCormick Place in Chicago.
WQA receives accreditation for environmental labeling
The Water Quality Association is the only certification body in the world that is ANSI-accredited to provide third-party certification of products for environmental conscientiousness under Type-I Environmental Labeling programs. More>>
Better Buildings Workforce Guidelines are introduced
The National Institute of Building Sciences and the U.S. Department of Energy created these professional certification and certificate program guidelines for four energy-related jobs: energy manager, building energy auditor, building operations professional, and building commissioning professional. More>>