Vol. 8, No. 11, May 28, 2015


2015 ASPE Technical Symposium early bird registration rate ends July 31
Join your peers, favorite manufacturers, and ASPE on October 1-4 in St. Louis, Missouri for the year’s premier professional development event for plumbing engineers and designers. The Product Show is growing, the technical sessions have been scheduled, and special events just for ASPE Young Professionals will be included. ASPE has secured a fabulous room rate at the Hyatt Regency at the Arch, so don’t wait any longer to register!

Show off your sustainable design skills with a Green Plumbing Design designation
The GPD designation denotes professionals with a high level of competence in sustainable plumbing design practices, and your next chance to become a GPD will be just prior to the 2015 ASPE Technical Symposium in St. Louis on September 30-October 1. Registration is open for this intense two-day workshop where you will learn how to design systems that protect and conserve water supplies and reduce energy consumption in the delivery and use of water.

ASPE’s newest publication, Pumps and Pump Systems II, is available for download
Thanks to the generous volunteer effort of ASPE’s Memphis Chapter, Pumps and Pump Systems has been completely revised and updated and is now available for purchase at ASPE’s online store. Hardbound copies of the book will be available soon.

Get some quick CEUs with ASPE’s Read, Learn, Earn program
Did you know that this member benefit is FREE for ASPE members? In just one hour you can earn 0.1 CEU for your CPD and PE recertifications by successfully completing the monthly Read, Learn, Earn exam. The June 2015 Read, Learn, Earn exam will be posted next week.

Keep track of your CEUs online with ASPE’s new member benefit
At the ASPE CEU Center, you can find all of the verified CEU credits you've earned through ASPE national and can manually enter other CEUs you’ve earned at Chapter meetings and similar events. This is a convenient way to organize your credits to make the CPD recertification process quick and painless.


Stormwater harvesting standard is open for a second public review
Changes made to the first draft of ARCSA/ASPE 78: Stormwater Harvesting Systems for Direct End-Use Applications are available here for public comment through June 28, 2015.

ASPE members: the latest ASPE Journal is available
In the May 2015 issue of ASPE Journal, ASPE’s only members-only publication, you can learn how to design safe and efficient hospital plumbing systems, and ASPE’s Membership Committee Chair starts a new feature on member concerns.

Chapter officers: need help with ASPE-related graphic design?
If your Chapter needs any design work, such as ads and flyers for special events or meetings, please contact ASPE’s Graphic Designer, Nadine Saucedo, for assistance. 

Where can you network with ASPE members this spring?
Product shows and golf outings offer plumbing system designers, engineers, and manufacturer reps the perfect opportunity to network in a casual setting. You can find out what’s happening with local ASPE Chapters at aspe.org/chapterevents.


UN launches international building sustainability program
The Sustainable Buildings and Construction program aims to improve the social, environmental, and economic performance of buildings by promoting resource and energy efficiency as well as sustainable consumption and production patterns in the building construction industry. More>>

Which U.S. cities topped the latest energy-efficiency scorecard?
Boston continues to be the most energy-efficient city in the country, according to the 2nd edition of the City Energy-Efficiency Scorecard by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Chicago, Minneapolis, and Seattle have improved the most since 2013.

New index reveals which countries are leading in improving water and sanitation services for their citizens
According to a new WASH Performance Index developed by The Water Institute at the University of North Carolina, El Salvador, Niger, and Pakistan are performing better in improving water and sanitation for their citizens than larger nations such as Russia and Brazil.

First rainwater harvesting program in Utah is created
RainHarvest is a new rainwater collection program created to encourage homeowners and small businesses to use rainwater for outdoor purposes. More>>

Washington, D.C. to use green infrastructure to combat sewer overflows
Rain gardens, green roofs, and porous pavement installations will be used in conjunction with underground tunnels to help manage runoff into Rock Creek and the Potomac River. More>>

Amendments to Ontario Energy-Efficiency Regulation are available for public review
The proposed changes would set or update test methods and/or efficiency requirements for 20 products, including boilers, water heaters, water chillers, and heat pumps, and the Ontario Ministry of Energy will accept comments on them through July 6, 2015.

Environmental product declaration for water and sewer pipes is verified
NSF Sustainability has verified the first North American industry-wide environmental product declaration for water and sewer piping, which was published by the Uni-Bell PVC Pipe Association. More>>

Free LEED v4 webinar being held June 23
Get to Know LEED v4” will explain how the rating system differs from the 2009 version and the tools and resources that are available to help building design teams.

Recording of ASHRAE 188P webinar is available for free viewing
HC Info is providing free access to the recording of “ASHRAE 188P: What to Know About the Latest Draft,” which includes information about the pending Legionella standard, the estimated costs of implementing the proposed measures in a facility, and the standard’s potential impact on disease, lawsuits, litigation, laws, and the demand for products and services.


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