Vol. 8, No. 16, August 6, 2015                                         


Young Professionals: don’t miss out on these exclusive professional development events
If you are planning to attend the AYP Leadership Conference on October 1 or the AYP social networking event on October 3, both being held during the 2015 ASPE Technical Symposium in St. Louis, you need to register soon as space is extremely limited. These events are designed exclusively to help young professionals make new contacts and learn how to excel in the plumbing engineering industry. The registration deadline is September 4, so register at aspe.org today.

2015 ASPE Technical Symposium hotel deadline is September 4
If you are attending the 2015 ASPE Technical Symposium but haven’t reserved your room yet, the deadline to receive the low room rate of $129/night at the Hyatt Regency at the Arch, which is only available for attendees to the 2015 ASPE Technical Symposium, is September 4. Reserve your room now so you don’t miss out on this great rate at this four-star hotel conveniently located to many attractions in downtown St. Louis.

ASPE announces a free text renewal service for members
As part of ASPE’s ongoing efforts to streamline member services, members now have the option to receive membership renewal reminders via automated SMS texts. If you opt-in, two messages will be sent to your cell phone if you have not renewed your membership. The first message will be sent 15 days prior to your membership expiration date, and the second message will go out on the day of the expiration date. You will be provided with a number to call in your membership renewal payment in addition to a link that will connect you to our online renewal system.

If you would like to participate, go to aspe.org/user, log in with your username and password, add your cell phone number to your record, and make sure you click the “opt in” box, which will give ASPE permission to send you renewal reminders via SMS. If you have any questions, contact Stacey A. Kidd, Director of Membership and Meetings, at skidd@aspe.org


NSF International joins ASPE’s Affiliate Sponsor program
NSF International is an independent global organization that writes standards and tests and certifies products for the building materials, food, water, health sciences, and consumer goods industries to minimize adverse health effects and protect the environment. As an ASPE Affiliate Sponsor, NSF increases visibility of its brand to ASPE’s members and the plumbing engineering community through print and digital media and at ASPE events. To learn how your company can benefit from ASPE’s Affiliate Sponsor program, contact Director of Affiliate Relations, Brian Henry, at bhenry@aspe.org.

Study reference sources are now available for the CPDT exam
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. If you are taking the CPDT exam being held at testing sites around the country on October 29 and 30, ASPE has assembled a list of the CPDT exam tasks and associated references in the Plumbing Engineering Design Handbooks (if available) to aid in your studies. More information on this new tool and the CPDT exam can be found at aspe.org/cpdt. Registration for the exam is open until September 25.

Comments sought on revisions to sustainable water treatment systems standard
Comments on revisions to WQA/ASPE/ANSI S-803: Sustainable Drinking Water Treatment Systems will be accepted at aspe.org through August 10.

ASPE Members: the 3Q15 ASPE Board Report is now available
You can find out what’s been going on in ASPE Regions and at the national level in the third-quarter 2015 ASPE Board Report (log-in required).

Beat the heat with ASPE Chapters
ASPE Chapters are offering numerous ways to network with fellow plumbing industry professionals, such as picnics, baseball games, product shows, and golf outings. You can learn more about these Chapter events at aspe.org/chapterevents.

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NYC Legionella outbreak brings new scrutiny to cooling tower maintenance
Five water cooling towers have tested positive for Legionella in the affected area and are thought to be the source of the outbreak, highlighting longstanding concerns about the upkeep and oversight of the towers, according to The New York Times.

Seattle releases plan to manage 400 gallons of stormwater annually
The draft citywide Green Stormwater Infrastructure Strategy includes methods such as bioretention swales, rain gardens, cisterns, green roofs, and permeable pavement. More>>

Organizations explain path to new green construction code
In response to a call from industry, ASHRAE and ICC have outlined their plan to consolidate the International Green Construction Code and ANSI/ASHRAE/ICC/IES/USGBC Standard 189.1. More>>

New toolkit developed to help raise awareness of the value of water
The Value of Water Coalition has released a new toolkit called “What’s the Value of Water?” to help organizations convey the importance of conserving water and updating water infrastructure.

ARCSA announces rainwater harvesting courses
Upcoming two-day courses for those looking to increase their skills and/or seek the ARCSA AP designation will be held in Vancouver, Dallas, and Monterey. More information can be found at arcsa.org.

New solar heating systems standard is published
IAPMO/ANSI S1001.4: Energy Production Rating of Solar Heating Collectors specifies a comprehensive calculation procedure to evaluate the daily energy production of individual collectors. More>>

Updated BIM standard is released
The National BIM Standard-United States (NBIMS-US) Version 3 is available as a free download at nationalbimstandard.org.  

Free Legionella prevention webinar being held August 18
This one-hour webinar will outline what ANSI/ASHRAE 188-2015 requires for building operators, designers, and contractors. Attendance is limited and pre-registration is required here.


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