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Vol. 10, No. 26, December 21, 2017

ASPE wishes our members and industry friends a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
Our best wishes go to everyone for a happy, healthy, and productive 2018. Please note that ASPE's headquarters will be closed from December 22 until January 2, but staff will still be accessible via email and phone.

Just announced: Revit MEP workshops have been scheduled around the country
ASPE's popular, hands-on Revit MEP workshop will be held in Detroit on March 2, Denver on March 9, and Houston on May 10. Taught by IMAGINiT Technologies, this one-day workshop will help intermediate Revit MEP users get projects started and maximize workflows. Attendees will earn 0.75 CEUs or 7.5 PDHs, and registration is now open at aspe.org/revit2018.

Plumbing Engineer magazine seeks experts in commercial building design
ASPE's official publication is looking for engineers to provide input on new trends in designing systems for commercial buildings, specifically sustainable technologies. You can either volunteer to write a 1,200-word article or be interviewed. If you would like to contribute, contact Editorial Director Sharon Rehana at sharon@tmbpublishing.com by January 5.

ASPE's Affiliate Sponsor program grows
We are pleased to announce that Reliance Detection Technologies, Weil Pump, and Wilo USA have become ASPE Affiliate Sponsors for 2018. Also, Charlotte Pipe, Copper Development Association, Liberty Pumps, Lubrizol, Uponor, and Zurn have renewed their Affiliate Sponsorships for the next year. To join this exclusive group, contact Director of Affiliate Relations, Brian Henry, at bhenry@aspe.org or 847.296.0002 x235. 

Don't miss your chance to present at the 2018 ASPE Convention & Expo
Presentation proposals for the 2018 ASPE Convention & Expo in Atlanta are due by January 15. In addition to plumbing system design topics, we are looking for contractor-related presentations. You can learn more and submit your proposal at aspe.org/callforpresenters

Thank you PPI for sponsoring our next webinar so ASPE members can attend for free
On January 16, our 2018 Webinar Series kicks off with "Designing PEX Plumbing Systems to Optimize Performance and Efficiency," which is sponsored by the Plastics Pipe Institute. Registration is open until January 15 at aspe.org/DesigningPEX.

Sponsoring an ASPE webinar is a great way to increase your company's exposure to the plumbing engineering community
This is a phenomenal marketing tool for generating highly qualified leads and provides a way to communicate directly with hundreds of plumbing design and engineering professionals. In addition, your company will receive exposure in online and print marketing before the event. To learn more, contact Brian Henry at bhenry@aspe.org or 847.296.0002 x235. 

You still have time to sign up for our two-day workshop in Chicago
Space is extremely limited for our Basic Plumbing Design workshop being held January 25–26 at our headquarters near Chicago's O'Hare Airport, which will cover design strategies for storm drainage, natural gas, domestic cold and hot water, and sanitary sewer systems. More information and registration are available at aspe.org/BasicsWorkshop.

ASPE College of Fellows nominations and 2018 Steele Scholarship applications are due January 31
Visit aspe.org/fellows or contact Stacey A. Kidd for more information on how to nominate an ASPE member for the Kenneth G. Wentink College of Fellows. Eligibility requirements and the application form for the 2018 Alfred Steele Scholarship can be found at aspe.org/SteeleScholarship.

Members: 2018–2020 Board of Directors applications are now being accepted
The deadline to apply for one of the 12 elected positions on the 2018–2020 ASPE Board of Directors is May 31. The application package and a guide to the nominating process can be found at aspe.org/MembersOnly. You must be an ASPE member in good standing to apply. 

Study predicts a $13 to $15 billion boost to the U.S. economy through water-efficiency investments
A direct investment of $10 billion in water- and energy-efficiency programs could boost the U.S. GDP by $13 to $15 billion and create 120,000 to 260,000 jobs, while also saving between 6.5 and 10 trillion gallons of water, according to a new analysis by the Alliance for Water efficiency.

2018 National Standard Plumbing Code is now available
IAPMO is offering the 2018 edition in an illustrated format, with comments and illustrations clearly shown as supplemental material. More>>

Registration for the ICC 2018 Committee Action Hearings — Group A Codes is open
The Group A Codes include the IPC, IMC, IFC, and IRC, among others, and the 2018 hearings will be held in Columbus, Ohio on April 15–25. More>>

ASHRAE launches a new Building Energy Quotient Portal
The portal helps users identify opportunities to lower building operating costs and make informed decisions on steps that can increase the value of a property. More>>

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ICC publishes a new resource to promote code officials
"Value of the Code Official" contains tools such as a flyer and a presentation that demonstrate the importance of the profession. More>>

Input on changes to the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program is needed
The Department of Energy is looking for feedback on possible changes to the program that would reduce compliance costs, enhance consumer choice, and maintain or increase energy savings. More>> 

Texas Water Development Board is seeking nominations for the Texas Rain Catcher Awards
The competition is open to individuals, companies, organizations, municipalities, and other local and state governmental entities in Texas. More>>


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