Vol. 8, No. 20, October 1, 2015                                         

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Meet us in St. Louis!
The 2015 ASPE Technical Symposium kicks off tonight with the popular Product Show from 5-8 p.m. Join us at the Hyatt Regency at the Arch to network with hundreds of your peers, grab a bite to eat and a drink, and learn about the latest innovations from more than 35 of the industry’s top manufacturers and service providers. Entrance is free for Technical Symposium full registrants, and tickets are just $20 at the door.

You still have time to attend…
ASPE’s Technical Symposium, being held this weekend, is the premier professional development event for plumbing engineers and designers, offering dozens of technical education sessions on topics such as Revit, storm- and rainwater harvesting, fire suppression systems, Legionella guidelines, ethics, water heating, sustainability, and more. All sessions offer CEUs in addition to the valuable insight you will learn from the industry’s top experts in their fields. Check out the session schedule or the Program Guide for more detailed information and then come to the Hyatt Regency at the Arch in downtown St. Louis to register to attend one, two, or all three days.

ASPE College of Fellows is accepting applications
The Kenneth G. Wentink College of Fellows is comprised of ASPE members who have made significant and exceptional contributions to the plumbing engineering profession, the Society, and the plumbing industry. Visit aspe.org/fellows or contact Stacey A. Kidd for more information on how to nominate a member for this lifetime honor. Nominations must be submitted by January 31, 2016.

CPDT exam registration closes next Friday
The Certified in Plumbing Design Technician (CPDT) designation provides professional recognition of plumbing designers in the early stages of their careers and is intended as a precursor to ASPE’s Certified in Plumbing Design (CPD) designation. The 2015 CPDT exam will be held at testing sites around the country on October 29 and 30, and registration is open at aspe.org/cpdt until October 9.


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

Members: have you signed up for our new text renewal service?
As part of ASPE’s ongoing efforts to streamline member services, you 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 when your membership renewal deadline is approaching. The texts will provide two options to instantly renew your membership. 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


“Improve Chapter Performance” webinar series starts October 27
Later this month, ASPE will begin hosting a special series of online webinars with StarChapter, the member-friendly association management software, to help Chapters learn ways to improve member participation and help your Chapter grow. During the webinars you will learn how to improve performance using a robust technology that includes website design, event registration, membership management, and emails. More information will be disseminated via eblasts and ASPE Pipeline, so check your email often to learn about this exciting new Chapter resource.

Learn, network, and have fun with ASPE Chapters
ASPE’s Atlanta Chapter is holding its annual golf outing on October 14 at the Fairways of Canton Golf Club in Canton, Georgia. You can learn more about this and other Chapter networking events at aspe.org/chapterevents.


Millions of drinking water improvement funds remain unspent
Almost $1.1 billion is sitting unspent in Drinking Water State Revolving Fund accounts due to mismanagement, project delays, and structural problems, and approximately one in every five dollars is being spent on costs other than infrastructure improvements, according to the Associated Press.

DOE releases a common definition of zero energy buildings
According to A Common Definition of Zero Energy Buildings, a zero energy building is “an energy-efficient building where, on a source energy basis, the actual annual delivered energy is less than or equal to the on-site renewable exported energy.” This new U.S. Department of Energy publication also provides important guidelines for measuring energy efficiency.

More than 100,000 HVACR employees will be needed to address growing demand
Almost half of all HVACR mechanics and installers will retire in the next decade, but post-secondary programs are not filling the seats needed to supply the growing demand for these jobs, says the HVACR Workforce Development Foundation.

New standard addresses disaster resilience
The RELi national consensus standard has 194 prerequisites and credits to help building owners and developers build and operate facilities that can better withstand disasters such as super storms, sea-level rise, drought, and heat waves. More>>

Clean Water Act reporting goes digital
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has switched from paper to electronic reporting of facility-specific information under the requirements of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program. More>>

ANSI seeks comments on proposed non-sewered sanitation systems standard
As part of an initiative to facilitate the development of a worldwide consensus standard on non-sewered sanitation systems, ANSI and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation are proposing a new international committee. Comments on the proposal are due by October 16, 2015. More>>

New publication collects solar energy code provisions in one place
The 2015 International Solar Energy Provisions and Commentary includes code and standard provisions for the design, installation, and administration of both solar thermal and photovoltaic systems. More>>

IAPMO seeks backflow prevention experts to develop new training classes
The Backflow Prevention Institute is developing new certification classes for backflow prevention installation, assembly, repair, and cross-connection surveying and seeks volunteers to help develop the criteria for training and certification. More>>

Check out PMI’s new video
TV and radio personality Bill Kurtis describes how Plumbing Manufacturers International’s members produce water-efficient plumbing products that save water while meeting high safety and performance standards in this new video.

Updated professional qualifications standard for medical gas systems personnel has been published
The 2015 edition of ASSE Series 6000, which parallels the medical gas-related requirements of the updated NFPA 99-2015: Health Care Facilities Code, has been designated as an American National Standard and is now available for purchase. More>>

Building water management toolkit is available as a free download
Developed as part of Brendle Group’s Net Zero Water Initiative, the building-scale software provides a framework for organizations of all sizes to assess their site usage and improve water management.


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