Vol. 8, No. 19, September 17, 2015                                         

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2015 ASPE Technical Symposium Program Guide is now available!
The official Program Guide for the 2015 ASPE Technical Symposium contains everything you need to know about this year’s event, including schedules, technical session descriptions, speaker bios, product show exhibitors, and more! Join your peers in St. Louis on October 1-4 to learn new skills, enhance your career opportunities, and network with professionals from across the country. Registration is still open at aspe.org/2015-ts-home-page so don’t delay any longer to reserve your spot in the year’s premier professional development event for plumbing engineers and designers.

Largest-ever ASPE Technical Symposium Product Show is being held October 1
More than 35 industry manufacturers and service organizations will be exhibiting at the 2015 ASPE Technical Symposium Product Show at the Hyatt Regency at the Arch in St. Louis. The show starts at 5 p.m. and entrance is free to full Technical Symposium registrants, so be sure to arrive early to attend this exciting event. Other tickets are just $20 in advance or at the door. 

ASPE seeks members to record video testimonials prior to the 2015 Technical Symposium
On Thursday, October 1, at the Hyatt Regency at the Arch in St. Louis, ASPE will be collecting membership testimonials from willing participants to be featured in ASPE’s upcoming membership video. Interviews will be 5-10 minutes, and participants will be asked questions about their ASPE membership experience. If you are interested in scheduling an interview time, please contact Stacey A. Kidd at skidd@aspe.org or 847.296.0002 x227, and she will provide additional details.

CPDT exam registration deadline is extended to October 9
The Certified in Plumbing Design Technician (CPDT) exam will be held at testing sites across the country on October 29 and 30. The CPDT designation provides professional recognition of plumbing designers in the early stages of their careers and is intended as a precursor to the Certified in Plumbing Design (CPD) designation. Registration and more information about the 2015 CPDT exam can be found at aspe.org/cpdt.


Download the new CPDT Study Guide now 
To help candidates prepare for the CPDT exam, ASPE has created a CPDT Study Guide that explains what to expect on the test and provides reference resources. It is available as a free download at aspe.org/cpdt.

ASPE Executive Director/CEO to attend WPC meetings in China next week
Billy Smith, FASPE, will represent the Society at the World Plumbing Council (WPC) International Forum meetings in Shanghai on September 22-25. While in China, Billy will also attend the 2015 Shanghai International Building Water Supply and Drainage Forum and ISH China and CIHE (China International Trade Fair for Sanitation, Heating, Ventilation, and Air-Conditioning).


Learn, network, and have fun with ASPE Chapters
ASPE’s Dallas/Ft. Worth Chapter has announced its fall Plumbing Product Exposition and Golf Classic on October 15-16. You can learn more about this and other Chapter networking events at aspe.org/chapterevents.


Direct potable reuse guidance document is released
Framework for Direct Potable Reuse, developed by AWWA, the Water Environment Federation, and the National Water Research Institute, provides information on the costs, benefits, and energy requirements for DPR programs and discusses regulatory considerations, technical issues related to the production of advanced treated water, and gaining public support.

Researchers develop method to prevent pharmaceuticals from contaminating drinking water
By making a small molecular change to the structure of the beta-blocker propranolol, scientists discovered that the drug broke down more easily when passing through the body and into sewage systems, indicating that a similar approach could be used to redesign other drugs to keep them from polluting natural water bodies. More>>

Consumer confidence in U.S. drinking water is dwindling
Consumers are slightly less confident than they were two years ago in the quality of the water in their homes, as 56 percent of respondents to a Water Quality Association study (4 percent more than in 2013) described themselves as “concerned” or “very concerned” with it. More>>

Real estate investors are placing an increasing emphasis on sustainability
While water conservation measures appear to be growing more slowly than energy-related practices, 86 percent of North American property companies and funds have implemented water-efficiency improvements for standing investments within the last four years, according to the 2015 Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB) Report.

U.S. EPA launches its fourth annual Campus RainWorks Challenge
To compete in the Campus RainWorks Challenge, student teams must design green infrastructure systems to reduce stormwater pollution and increase resiliency to climate change on their campuses. Registration closes September 30.

IAPMO seeks code change proposals for the next editions of the UPC and UMC
Formal code proposals for the 2018 editions of the Uniform Plumbing Code and the Uniform Mechanical Code will be accepted here until January 4, 2016.

Comments sought on green building assessment protocol
The Green Building Initiative has opened the public comment period for the next edition of ANSI/GBI 01: Green Building Assessment Protocol for Commercial Buildings, which will provide compliance requirements for the next version of the Green Globes rating system. More>>

Solar Energy and Hydronics Code eBook is now available
The electronic version of the 2015 Uniform Solar Energy and Hydronics Code contains all of the provisions of the latest code that governs the installation and inspection of solar, hydronic, and geothermal energy systems. More>>

CIPHEX Roadshow travels across Canada this fall
The Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating’s exposition for plumbing, HVAC, and hydronics professionals will visit Burnaby, British Columbia (October 15), Edmonton, Alberta (October 20), Regina, Saskatchewan (October 22), Brandon, Manitoba (October 28), and St. John’s, Newfoundland (November 18).

Registration is open for ASHRAE’s winter conference
The 2016 ASHRAE Winter Conference and the AHR Expo will be held January 23-27 in Orlando. The early bird registration rate ends November 2.

New rainwater harvesting manual is available for pre-order
ARCSA’s 2015 Rainwater Harvesting Manual provides calculation, design, and installation information for passive and active rainwater harvesting systems.


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