Vol. 8, No. 8, April 16, 2015


ASPE Convention and Exposition makes the 2014 Top 250 U.S. Trade Shows list
For the second time in a row, the ASPE Convention and Exposition was placed on the TSNN (Trade Show News Network) Top 250 U.S. Trade Shows list for 2014, coming in at #213 with 301 companies across 67,500 net square feet. The full story and the full list of shows recognized can be found here.

Just announced: ethics in plumbing engineering webinar being held May 13
This one-hour webinar at 2 p.m. EDT will explore ethical guidelines to consider when specifying plumbing materials for projects, including safety and health, competing fairly, gifts and entertainment, and conflicts of interest. Nonmembers can attend this webinar for free by joining ASPE. Learn how here.

Join AYP at its next national networking event in St. Louis
On October 3, during the 2015 ASPE Technical Symposium, ASPE’s St. Louis Chapter will host an ASPE Young Professionals networking event at the Flying Saucer Draught Emporium from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Pre-registration is required to attend this event, so register here today.

Enhance your career at the ASPE Technical Symposium
ASPE welcomes all plumbing industry professionals interested in learning new skills to bolster their careers to the 2015 Technical Symposium being held October 1-4 in St. Louis. The technical education program will feature sessions on water reuse systems, Revit 2016, medical gas systems, project management, and more. Education tracks are available for entry-level, intermediate, and advanced skill levels, offering a variety of training options for professionals at all career levels.


Technical articles sought for the next edition of ASPE Journal
ASPE is looking for in-depth, nonproprietary technical articles on plumbing system design topics for its members-only ASPE Journal. To submit an article or for more information, contact gpienta@aspe.org.

Next CPDT exam to be held this October
The Certified in Plumbing Design Technician (CPDT) program recognizes designers of plumbing systems and provides a standard of professional competence in the practice of plumbing design at the technician level. The 2015 exam will be held at testing sites across the country on October 29-30. Registration will open in July.

Need some quick CEUs for your CPD recertification?
Just go to aspe.org/ReadLearnEarn to take advantage of ASPE's convenient Read, Learn, Earn program, which offers the opportunity to earn 0.1 CEU for every exam you pass. Exams take just one hour to complete, and 12 are available for those who need a few more CEUs for their recertication application. 

Hit the links and network with ASPE members this spring
Golf outings offer plumbing system designers, engineers, and manufacturer reps the perfect opportunity to network in a casual setting. Numerous ASPE Chapters are hosting events this April and May, including Charlotte, West Coast Florida, Baltimore, Los Angeles, and Western Michigan. You can find more information about these and other local ASPE Chapter events at aspe.org/chapterevents.


California Energy Commission approves stringent water appliance standards
The energy efficiency and water standards, which call for 1.28-gpf toilets, 0.125-gpf urinals, and 1.2-gpm residential lavatory faucets as of January 1, 2016, are expected to save more than 10 billion gallons of water in the first year. However, some industry groups, including PMI, IAPMO, and PHCC-National Association, are concerned about the feasibility of implementing such stringent standards as well as health and safety factors. More>>

Water Week 2015 helps bring together plumbing industry proponents and policy makers
Events being held this week in Washington, D.C. as part of Water Week 2015 include the Future of Water Congressional Briefing and the National Water Policy Forum, Fly-In and Expo. As part of the event on Tuesday, ARCSA launched its “We the People” petition, which appeals to the U.S. President to support rainwater harvesting

San Francisco introduces mobile, solar-powered toilets
In an effort to make poverty-stricken neighborhoods more livable, the city is piloting a program in which two portable toilets with sinks are dropped off four days a week and are supervised by attendants working for a nonprofit contracted by the city to ensure they stay clean and are not used for unsavory behaviors. More>>

New water-efficiency standard to replace Green Plumbing and Mechanical Code Supplement
IAPMO has announced plans to publish an American National Standard for water efficiency and sanitation in December 2017, which will be based on the water provisions in the 2015 GPMCS. More>>

New York expands solar hot water program
The statewide incentive program for both residences and commercial facilities now can be used for projects that displace hot water produced by heating oil, natural gas, propane, and wood in addition to projects that displace electricity. More>>

Celebrate Earth Day 2015 next Wednesday
The theme of Earth Day’s 45th anniversary is “It’s our turn to lead.” Proponents see 2015 as the year economic growth and sustainability come together, world leaders pass a binding climate change treaty, and cities put their money into renewable energy solutions.

ASHRAE seeks input on revisions to residential indoor air quality guideline
ASHRAE Guideline 24-2008: Ventilation and Indoor Air Quality in Low-Rise Residential Buildings includes information on envelope and system design, material selection, commissioning and installation, and operation and maintenance. More>>

ICC Evaluation Service accredited to certify building products for Canada
This new service allows manufacturers that distribute products in the U.S. and Canada to have their products readily approved by code officials in both countries. More>>

PPI is hiring an engineering director
The Plastics Pipe Institute is looking for a qualified engineer to direct the activities of the organization’s Building & Construction and Conduit Divisions. A full job description can be found here. To apply, contact tonyr@plasticpipe.org.

First comment period for LEED multifamily rating system is open 
Comments on LEED for Operations and Maintenance: Multifamily will be accepted until May 29. More>>

New joint U.S.-Canada standard for the plumbing and heating sector is announced
UL Standards and ULC Standards will work together to develop a standard on balloon-type ball backwater valves to reduce impediments to the cross-border trade of these devices. More>>

IAPMO scholarship essay competition deadline is May 1
The competition is open to any student enrolled in a high school, community college, trade school, four-year accredited college, or university or who is working in an apprentice program. More>>

First residential water efficiency rating system to be developed
The Residential Energy Services Network’s Water Efficiency Rating Index will provide information on how efficiently water is being used in homes using a numerical rating system. More>> 

Registration is open for WEFTEC 2015
The 88th Annual Water Environment Federation Technical Exhibition and Conference is being held September 26-30 in Chicago. 


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