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Vol. 7, No. 18, September 4, 2014

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2014 ASPE Convention education sessions approved for AIA and USGBC continuing education credit
If you need AIA-approved CEUs, take advantage of the 2014 ASPE Convention technical education program on September 23-24 in Chicago. Almost all of the sessions are eligible for AIA credit, and one- and two-day passes are available for those who want to learn from industry experts and gain CEUs for relicensing. Also, two sessions are approved for GBCI credit: “LEED for Plumbing v4: What Do You Need to Know?” on September 23 and “The Future of Environmental Plumbing Design” on September 24. You can find the full schedule of technical education sessions, including session descriptions and speaker bios, here. If you haven't already, register for the 2014 ASPE Convention and Exposition here today!

Joint WQA/ASPE standard earns ANSI approval
WQA/ASPE/ANSI S-803 (2014): Sustainable Drinking Water Treatment Systems is a new American National Standard that will help manufacturers establish market leadership by certifying their products’ sustainability via an intensive life cycle analysis-based program. This standard is one of a suite being developed by WQA for consumer water contact products to provide meaningful product sustainability performance information to consumers and stakeholders and to drive innovation and continual improvement in the sustainability of these products. WQA/ASPE/ANSI S-803 is now available for purchase at ASPE’s online store. More>>

Toronto industry professionals: don’t forget to RSVP for ASPE’s networking meeting on September 10
Next Wednesday, ASPE is hosting a free networking dinner meeting at the Holiday Inn, Toronto Airport East from 6-9 p.m. All Toronto-area plumbing industry professionals are invited to network, learn more about ASPE, and participate in a panel discussion on Canadian low-lead regulations. Click here to RSVP.

Registration for ASPE’s new certification exam opens next week
ASPE’s newest certification program, Certified Plumbing Design Technician (CPDT), provides professional recognition of plumbing designers who do not yet have the experience required for the Certified in Plumbing Design (CPD) designation. Registration for the first exam to achieve this new designation opens September 11.

 

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ASPE announces Bradford White as our newest Affiliate Sponsor 
Bradford White, one of the most technologically advanced manufacturers of water heating, space heating, combination heating, and water storage products in the world, recently joined ASPE’s Affiliate Sponsorship program to increase visibility of its products and services and show its support of the plumbing engineering community. ASPE Affiliate Sponsors gain year-round recognition via various media and at ASPE events. To learn more, click here or contact djern@aspe.org.

ASPE executive director/CEO appointed co-chair of energy-efficiency committee
Jim Kendzel, MPH, CAE, has been appointed a Chapter Co-Chair for the second phase of the American National Standards Institute’s Energy Efficiency Standardization Coordination Collaborative (EESCC). During the first phase, the EESCC developed and published the Standardization Roadmap: Energy Efficiency in the Built Environment, and Phase Two will build on that effort by accelerating the development of needed standardization activities. More>>

Input needed on updates to the CPD program
ASPE is revising the Certified in Plumbing Design (CPD) program and needs your help to validate, supplement, or change the task and knowledge determinations of the CPD Working Group. Please take this brief survey to provide your input on how best to update the CPD certification exam.  

UCLA Extension’s Advanced Plumbing Systems Design courses start September 29
Registration is open for fall courses in UCLA Extension’s Advanced Plumbing Systems Design certificate program, which is sponsored by ASPE. This fall the following courses will be offered: "Plumbing Systems I: Code and Engineering Fundamentals," "Plumbing Systems II: Advanced Engineering Systems," "Fire Protection for Plumbing Engineering," "Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design," and "Electrical Design and Construction."

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Learn, network, and have fun with ASPE Chapters
ASPE Chapters are hosting plumbing design classes, golf outings, and other events to help local professionals make new contacts and learn more about the industry. Go to aspe.org/chapterevents to find out what’s happening in your area.

International water industry professionals celebrate World Water Week 2014
Held annually in Stockholm, World Water Week provides a forum for individuals and organizations to discuss the most challenging problems facing the global water industry. This year’s theme is “Energy and Water,” and this week participants are examining ongoing and future work and collaboration between the energy and water communities. At the World Water Week website you can find live video from Stockholm, news, photos, and more about the event.

NCEES votes to remove master’s degree requirement from engineering licensure rules
The additional education requirement in NCEES’ best-practice models for state licensure laws and rules, which called for an engineering licensure candidate to obtain a master’s degree or its equivalent before initial licensure, was intended to go into effect in 2020. However, 2014 NCEES annual meeting delegates voted to remove the requirement and instead develop an official NCEES position statement that supports additional engineering education beyond a bachelor’s degree. More>>

How to reduce water scarcity in 35 years
Researchers from McGill and Utrecht Universities have identified six strategies that can be used in combination to effectively reduce water stress around the world by 2050, yet the researchers acknowledge that economic, cultural, and social factors may make some of the measures difficult to implement in certain areas. More>>

Substantial retirement exodus of building code officials predicted by 2020
More than 80 percent of code officials who participated in a recent NIBS/ICC survey expect to retire within the next 15 years, and more than 30 percent plan to do so within five years, exposing a significant gap in building safety if new recruitment measures are not implemented. More>>

Global interest in solar water heating quietly increases
The market for solar collectors grew almost 10 percent from 2011 to 2012, with Cyprus, Austria, Israel, and Barbados leading the way in terms of per capital installation of solar water-heating units, according to an article in The New York Times, which examines the results of recent reports by the International Energy Agency and the International Renewable Energy Agency.  

When was the first flush toilet created? Find out in PMI’s new history of plumbing timeline
This infographic from Plumbing Manufacturers International contains interesting tidbits such as the origin of the nickname “John” for the toilet and the first city to install a city water tower.

Participation sought to develop a new standard for plumbing fixture replacement technicians
Home Innovation Research Labs, in its capacity as an ANSI-approved standard developer, has initiated the development of a professional qualifications standard for plumbing fixture replacement technicians and is looking for individuals to join the consensus committee. The application to join the committee can be found here, and the deadline to apply is September 15.

ACC and USGBC join forces to enhance LEED
This new initiative will take advantage of the scientific know-how of the American Chemistry Council to incorporate state-of-the-art safety, sustainability, and life cycle-based approaches in LEED. More>>

SFPE Conference and Expo being held October 12-17
Registration is open for the Society of Fire Protection Engineers’ annual conference being held in Long Beach, California. Technical education sessions will discuss sprinkler system design and hydraulic calculations among other topics.
 

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