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Vol. 10, No. 14, July 6, 2017 

New at the 2017 ASPE Technical Symposium!
This year we are introducing a few new features as part of the 2017 ASPE Technical Symposium Technical Education Program. First, our full-day Intermediate Plumbing System Design Workshop will teach attendees how to design systems commonly found in commercial kitchens, such as sanitary waste and vent, domestic water, and natural gas. Also, we are offering two tours of the Jean R. Marcotte wastewater treatment plant, the largest-capacity wastewater treatment plant in the world. Both options offer the same amount of CEUs for participating as if you had taken technical sessions during the same time. Pre-registration is required by September 4 and space is limited, so go to 2017tech.aspe.org to sign up now.

2017 CPDT Exam is being held October 5 and 6
To help candidates prepare for the Certified Plumbing Design Technician (CPDT) Exam, we have developed the CPDT Study Guide, which is available as a free download on aspe.org. The CPDT program recognizes young plumbing system designers who excel at the technician level, and registration is now open for the 2017 Exam at aspe.org/CPDT-exam

Two new sponsors join the 2017 ASPE Technical Symposium Product Show
We are pleased to announce that Engineered Solutions Canada and Morris Lee Canada, both part of the Morris Group International family of companies, will be exhibiting at the 2017 ASPE Technical Symposium Product Show as Friend Sponsors. Registration for this year's premier professional development event for plumbing system designers is open at 2017tech.aspe.org.  

Save the date: water reuse webinar is being held August 16
"Water Reuse, Technically Speaking" will teach attendees the critical steps to successfully integrate a rain/stormwater, graywater, and black water recycling scheme, as well as how regulations inform system design. This one-hour contact program at 2 p.m. EDT awards 0.1 CEU or 1.0 PDH, and registration is open at aspe.org/WaterReuseWebinar.

AB&I Foundry joins Tyler Pipe & Coupling as an ASPE Affiliate Sponsor
Part of the McWane family of companies, AB&I and Tyler Pipe are both leading U.S. manufacturers of cast iron soil pipe and fittings. To learn more about becoming an ASPE Affiliate Sponsor, contact Brian Henry at bhenry@aspe.org or 847-296-0002 x235.

New Chapter Officer tools are now available
On our Chapter Officers Resource Page, you now can find brochures on How to Create a Chapter Ambassador Program and How to Host an ASPE Convention/Symposium. A Chapter Ambassador Program is a great way to welcome new members to your Chapter and continually reinforce the benefits of membership, and the new brochure will help you implement a program in your Chapter.

Get ready to network with ASPE members
Even though most ASPE Chapters are on summer break, they still are planning events for local engineers and manufacturer reps, such as the Central Indiana golf outing on August 4 and the Dallas/Ft. Worth sporting clay shoot on August 10. Go to aspe.org/ChapterEvents for more information on these and other local events.

Americans view water as the most important natural resource in their daily lives
However, 61 percent of American consumers surveyed in a new Nestlé Waters North America study characterized water problems as a crisis or major issue for the United States, and two in three believe their own community's clean drinking water is at risk. More>>

Concerns about tap water increase significantly
The number of homeowners who expressed concern about possible health risks associated with tap water (29 percent) is much higher compared with just two years ago (12 percent), and 36 percent are concerned about contaminants in their water, up from 25 percent in 2015, according to a new WQA survey. More>> 

Florida finalizes the sixth edition of the state building code
The new edition of the Florida Building Code will be effective on December 31. Also, Governor Rick Scott signed House Bill 1021
into law, which will simplify the code adoption process. More>>

IAPMO issues an amendment to the 2015 UPC
TIA UPC-004-15 revises some values in UPC Table 501.1(1) regarding water heater first-hour ratings. A proposed amendment on new language for Section 710.6: Backwater Valves was rejected. More>>

Update to building accessibility standard is released
ICC A117.1-2017: Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities includes enhanced dimensions for clear floor space, turning space, and accessible routes and new provisions for water bottle filling stations, among other updates. More>>


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New ASHRAE European Region is formed
ASHRAE also has signed MOUs with two high-profile European societies: the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) and the Federation of European Heating, Ventilation, and Air-Conditioning Associations (REHVA). More>>

Updated structural design standard is published
ASCE/SEI 7-16: Minimum Design Loads and Associated Criteria for Buildings and Other Structures includes new wind-speed and seismic maps, state-coordinated snow data for seven mountainous states, and chapters on tsunami and fire design. More>>

NFPA announces a two-day workshop on automatic sprinkler system plan review
On July 13-14 in Cranston, Rhode Island, NFPA experts will guide workshop participants through a plan review and calculations and explain how to identify deficiencies and document findings. You can learn more and register here.

Free Legionella standards compliance webinar is being held August 3
"Complying with New Legionella Standards and Requirements: 8 Keys to Success" will cover Legionella standards and rules, new CDC publications, ASHRAE 188, New York regulations, and pending NSF standards. Pre-registration is required here.

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