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Vol. 10, No. 18, August 31, 2017 

ASPE's thoughts and prayers are with those affected by Hurricane Harvey. To help your fellow industry members, please consider donating to a relief organization such as the American Red CrossAll Hands VolunteersGreater Houston Community FundHumane Society of Houston, or Houston Food Bank.

2017 ASPE Technical Symposium standard rate ends today
To avoid a $50 late fee, you must register today at 2017tech.aspe.org. What will you gain by attending? In addition to earning up to 1.2 CEUs and learning new design techniques to impress your clients and coworkers, you will get the chance to meet and mingle with hundreds of plumbing industry professionals from across North America as well as the industry's top manufacturers and manufacturer reps. Check out the Official Planning Guide and the website to learn more and don't forget to register today.

Special events registration deadline has been extended to September 30
If you are planning on attending the 2017 AYP Leadership Academy, AYP Networking Event, the Intermediate Plumbing System Design workshop, or a tour of Montreal's wastewater treatment facility—all being held during the 2017 ASPE Technical Symposium—you still have time to sign up at 2017tech.aspe.org. On-site registration will not be available for any special events.

Don't forget to reserve your room for the 2017 ASPE Technical Symposium
ASPE's room block at the Hotel Bonaventure Montreal is 80 percent sold, and the special ASPE rate ends on September 20. Once ASPE's rooms have been exhausted, attendees will be responsible for their own housing. You can reserve your room at Hotel Bonaventure Reservations.

ASPE welcomes new Friend Sponsors
Dobbins Sales Ltd., Insuguard by TB Concept Inc., Kemper AIP Metals, and Klenzoid Canada have joined the 2017 ASPE Technical Symposium as Friend Sponsors, which means they also will be exhibiting at the Product Show on October 19-20 at the Hotel Bonaventure Montreal. Entrance to the Product Show is included in a full Technical Symposium registration, and tickets to just the Product Show are also available.

Recruit new WOA members to win
Through December 31, 2017, the ASPE member who recruits the most female members will win $500 that can be used toward any ASPE product, program, or service. Currently, Dann Holmes of the Eastern Michigan Chapter is in the lead. To find out more details about the program, visit aspe.org/woa-membership-drive.

Members: a new ASPE Journal is now available
In this issue, some long-time ASPE members share their thoughts on special design topics regarding decontamination systems and Legionella, ASPE's Membership Vice President sums up a productive summer, and ASPE's Executive Director/CEO details his activities in the legislative arena. You can read ASPE Journal at aspe.org/aspejournal (member log-in required).

You still have time to register for our next webinar
On September 13, our one-hour webinar titled "Professional Liability Issues for Engineers" will help you understand how to manage risks from the beginning of a project through completion and beyond. It will discuss liability insurance, the limits of liability and indemnification, what constitutes an error or omission, statutes of limitation and repose, and what to do when things go wrong. You can register until September 12 at aspe.org/profliab.

2017 CPDT Exam registration deadline is approaching
This fall, eligible candidates have the opportunity to sit for the Certified Plumbing Design Technician (CPDT) Exam on October 5 or 6. Registration for the exam closes on September 15, so act fast. Click here to learn more about the exam and to find testing locations near you.

ASPE seeks presenters for the 2018 Convention & Expo
If you want to share your knowledge and design experience with others in the plumbing industry who are eager to learn, then you need to submit a proposed presentation for the 2018 ASPE Convention & Expo taking place in Atlanta on September 28 to October 3. The Education Committee is accepting proposals until January 15, 2018, and chosen presenters will be notified by May 1. You can learn more and submit your presentation at aspe.org/callforpresenters.

ASPE Chapters are planning fall networking events to help local plumbing industry professionals connect
On September 14, ASPE's Philadelphia Chapter is holding a golf outing, on September 16, the Los Angeles Chapter is hosting an overnight picnic, and on October 20, the Central Ohio Chapter is holding a sporting clays outing. Also, the Philadelphia Chapter's Plumbing Design School starts on September 11. To learn more about these and other local events, visit aspe.org/chapterevents

CDC seeks help in efforts to prevent Legionnaires' disease in the United States
The CDC is developing best practices for creating and implementing a water management plan to prevent disease due to waterborne pathogens and is looking for input on a list of questions related to this topic. Comments will be accepted until October 17. More>>

It's World Water Week
Organized by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), World Water Week is an annual event that focuses on global water issues, and this year the theme is "water and waste: reduce and reuse." You can learn more and follow this year's activities at worldwaterweek.org.

Drinking water tax is proposed in California
The tax would be used to clean up contaminated groundwater and fix public water systems, but it is opposed by water agencies who say the bill would turn them into state tax collectors. More>>

Proposed changes to Ontario's building code would encourage graywater reuse
Other amendments would require apartment buildings and condominiums to have a heat or energy recovery unit and new houses and large buildings to have roof designs and conduits that facilitate future solar technology installation. The Ministry of Municipal Affairs seeks comments on the changes through September 29. More>>

Fighting fatbergs
A National Geographic article explores how cities around the world are dealing with grease-clogged sewers and potentially recycling the recovered gunk as biodiesel. More>>


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New tool helps compare the efficiency of different HVAC systems
The free, interactive Building Efficiency System Tool (BEST) allows design professionals to compare different styles of HVAC systems that have various efficiency ratings (EER, IEER, SEER, COP, HSPF) as they are applied in an actual building. More>>

ICC launches new cloud-based test-taking system
Candidates can now take ICC's professional certification exams online using the new Proctored Remote Online Testing Option (PRONTO) system. More>>

ASSE issues interpretation of "third-party certifier"
The interpretation affects ASSE/IAPMO/ANSI Series 6000-2015: Professional Qualifications Standard for Medical Gas Systems Personnel. More>>

Registration is open for World Standards Week 2017
ANSI is holding this annual event on October 16-20 in Washington, D.C., and registration is now open here.

U.S. DOE recognizes two ASHRAE certifications as meeting the Better Buildings Workforce Guidelines 
Those holding a Building Commissioning Professional (BCxP) or Building Energy Assessment Professional (BEAP) certification are now eligible for government body contracts calling for these services. More>>

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