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.