Green Plumbing Design workshop being held September 30-October 1
Your next chance to earn your Green Plumbing Design (GPD) designation will be in St. Louis this fall, just prior to the 2015 ASPE Technical Symposium. Offered by ASPE and IAPMO, the GPD program recognizes plumbing engineers with advanced skills in sustainable plumbing system design and consulting. You can learn more about the workshop and how to register at aspe.org/GPD.
CPDT exam registration opens next week
The Certified in Plumbing Design Technician program provides professional recognition of individuals who are skilled in the design of plumbing systems at the technician level (one to four years of experience). Your next chance to earn the CPDT designation will be held October 29 and 30 at testing sites across the country, and registration will open on July 27 at aspe.org/CPDT.
Network and have fun with ASPE Chapters
ASPE’s newest Chapter, the Greater Toronto Area Chapter, is holding its first golf outing on October 7 at the Crosswinds Golf and Country Club in Burlington, Ontario. You can learn more about this and other Chapter events at aspe.org/chapterevents.
Shift from coal to natural gas leads to decreased water use for power generation
Freshwater withdrawn from lakes and rivers to cool power plants fell dramatically from 52 trillion gallons in 2005 to 33 trillion gallons in 2012, thanks to the increased use of natural gas versus coal for power generation, according to a research report by Climate Central. Ten states saw decreases of 1 trillion gallons or more.
Puerto Ricans get creative in the face of water rationing
Due to one of the worst droughts in the island’s history, some Puerto Ricans are going up to 48 hours without water, leading to some inventive ways of conserving it, such as spouses showering together as one former mayor suggested. More>>
Lack of sanitation facilities hampers global drinking water gains
Although the Millennium Development Goal for drinking water was achieved in 2010, 2.4 billion people worldwide still do not have access to improved sanitation facilities, which threatens to undermine the child survival and health benefits gained from safe drinking water, according to a new report from the World Health Organization and UNICEF.
San Francisco mandates alternate water use in new construction
As of August 1, new buildings of 250,000 square feet or more must use recycled water for toilet and urinal flushing and irrigation. More>>
New scald awareness white paper is available
ASSE International has released “Adjustment of Automatic Compensating Valves to Prevent Potential Scald Hazards,” which discusses the necessity of properly setting limit stops on water temperature control devices.
Presentations sought for the 2016 International Emerging Technology Symposium
The conveners of this biannual symposium, which is next being held May 10-11, 2016 in Chicago, are accepting presentation proposals on topics such as alternate water sources, water efficiency, 3D modeling, and more. Click here for more information and the application.
Revised push-fit fittings standard is published
ASSE 1061-2015: Performance Requirements for Push-Fit Fittings establishes minimum performance requirements for fittings intended for use in hot and cold potable water distribution and hydronic heating systems. More>>
WPC scholarship application deadline is August 31
The World Plumbing Council is offering two $10,000 scholarships to help individuals involved in plumbing industry training visit another country for the purposes of researching and furthering plumbing training and methodologies. More>>
RPA is accepting radiant and hydronic design award entries
The Radiant Professionals Alliance is accepting entries for its System Design Showcase Awards through November 1. Details on how to enter can be found here.
DOE issues RFI on solar installations in commercial buildings
The U.S. Department of Energy and Better Buildings Alliance seek feedback on practical, industry-driven, financially enduring, and self-sustaining strategies that will facilitate solar deployment. More>>