Vol. 8, No. 23, November 12, 2015                                         

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Registration for the 2016 International Emerging Technology Symposium is open
The 2016 IETS, of which ASPE is a co-convener, will be held May 10-11 at the Westin O’Hare Hotel outside of Chicago. During this exciting networking and professional development event, experts in the fields of water quality, sanitation, water reuse, water and embedded energy, HVAC, and renewable technologies will interact with attendees and discuss issues challenging the plumbing and mechanical industries as well as solutions coming to the market. To register, go to aspe.org/IETSRegistration. The early bird registration rate is available until February 15.

Learn about NFPA 99 changes and new medical gas technologies at our December webinar
This one-hour webinar on December 9 at 2 p.m. EST will cover changes to the medical gas and vacuum system requirements in the 2015 edition of NFPA 99: Health Care Facilities Code as well as new technologies in medical gas and vacuum systems. Registration is open until December 8 here. If you aren’t a member of ASPE, click here to learn how to attend this webinar for free. This one-hour contact program awards 0.1 CEU or 1.0 PDH.

Get hands-on with Revit 2015 at our regional workshops
Join us on January 19 and 20 in Baltimore, February 24 and 25 in Chicago, March 8 and 9 in St. Louis, and March 22 and 23 in Denver for one of our one-day workshops where you will learn how to design functional and graphically pleasing plumbing systems in Revit 2015. Registration is open at aspe.org/2016revit. The early bird registration fee (a $50 discount) ends on November 30, so register soon!

Start studying for the 2016 CPD Exam with the CPD Review Manual
The 2016 CPD Exam will be held on March 31 and April 1, and registration will open on January 4. If you want to start preparing now, ASPE has released a revised and updated CPD Review Manual, which is available for download at our online store. This reference guide contains design information on all of the most common plumbing systems and a practice exam that includes explanations of right and wrong answers. A print version of the manual will be available by the end of the year. Note: only the print version, not the PDF download, will be allowed into the testing center on the exam day.

Earn your GPD designation this winter
ASPE and IAPMO are holding Green Plumbing Design workshops in Baltimore (January 18-19) and Chicago (February 22-23) for those who want to showcase their sustainable design skills with a GPD designation. You must be a CPD or PE to qualify for the exam, and registration is limited to 18 attendees so sign up soon. More information and registration are available at aspe.org/GPD.

Want to be a speaker at the 2016 ASPE Convention and Exposition?
The 2016 ASPE Convention and Exposition is being held in Phoenix on October 28-November 2, and ASPE is looking for technical education session proposals on a variety of plumbing system design topics. To be considered, go to aspe.org/CallforPresenters by February 1 to submit your presentation. Speakers who are chosen to present will be notified by May 1. 


Find out how to prevent plumbing system noise during our newest archived webinar 
Introduction to Plumbing Acoustic Isolation” is now available for viewing at your leisure. During this webinar you will learn how to identify sources and contributing factors of plumbing noise and incorporate cost-effective methods of plumbing acoustic isolation into your designs. CEUs are available for first-time viewers. 

Errata issued for ARCSA/ASPE/ANSI 63
An error was found in a calculation in Appendix A of ARCSA/ASPE/ANSI 63-2013: Rainwater Catchment Systems. To access the corrected page, click here.



ASPE membership continues to grow!
Thanks to member outreach initiatives at the National and Chapter levels, ASPE membership is holding strong at 6,000 members. To encourage even more growth, we are rolling out a new membership challenge for Chapters in which each new member gained will help your Chapter's chances of winning the grand prize. Information will be sent to Chapter leaders soon, so huddle up with your fellow Chapter members and devise strategies to recruit new members!

Want to run for the National Board of Directors?
The Nominating Committee will begin accepting applications from members who are interested in running for one of the 12 national officer positions starting January 4. Click here to find more information and the application form (member log-in required).

Member Q&A: A new feature of ASPE Pipeline
To help members better understand renewals, benefits, procedures, and other membership issues, we will be presenting some common membership questions and their answers. This week’s question is:
I just received my renewal form and was wondering if there are other options to renew rather than mailing in the form?
Yes, ASPE offers various avenues to assist members in renewing their membership: 1) You can fax your renewal form along with credit card payment to 847.296.2963; 2) you can scan and email the completed renewal form to rrodriguez@aspe.org; or 3) the quickest way to renew is to call ASPE at 847.296.0002 x223 and pay via phone.

ASPE College of Fellows nominations are due January 31
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.

Get help obtaining your engineering degree with a Steele Scholarship
ASPE’s Alfred Steele Scholarship awards up to $3,000 per year to qualified applicants. The scholarship is limited to ASPE members and their immediate family members (i.e., spouses and children) who are planning a career in engineering. You can learn more here, or contact Stacey A. Kidd for more information. Applications are due by January 31.

Encourage the next generation of plumbing engineers by volunteering for Boy Scouts of America
As a Merit Badge Counselor you can play a vital role in stirring a young man's curiosity about a particular profession, hobby, or life skill. It is easy to become a volunteer. Just register with the Boy Scouts of America by contacting your local BSA Council and turn in an application, which will be processed by the Council. (Every applicant is screened.) If you are interested in serving your community in this fashion and require assistance, please contact Scott Steindler.


Do you want help improving Chapter operations?
StarChapter is a service endorsed by ASPE that can help your Chapter improve member communication and participation. To learn how, attend one of our free webinars on November 17, December 8, or January 12, which will explain the different features of the software, including online event registration, membership management, website content, email communication, and e-commerce. To sign up for one of these webinars, go to aspe.org/starchapter.

Learn, network, and have fun with ASPE Chapters
Gear up for the holidays with ASPE Chapters! You can learn what’s happening around the country at aspe.org/chapterevents.

Workplace safety fines to increase for the first time in 25 years
Under a bipartisan budget bill recently signed by President Obama, OSHA will be required to bring penalties for violations in line with inflation increases since 1990, which could mean as much as an 80 percent bump in fines. More>>

New rules announced to improve drinking water monitoring across Europe
The rules follow hazard analysis and critical control point (HACCP) principles and are designed to give member states more flexibility on monitoring parameters based on potential risk. More>>

Great Lakes states look to capitalize on water
To encourage economic and population growth, the Great Lakes region is implementing measures to turn the Rust Belt into the Blue Belt by taking advantage of the area’s abundant water supplies. More>>

Not surprisingly, California ranks No. 1 for venture capital investment in water companies
Water-related technology patents also have increased dramatically in the state, with 137 registered last year that cover water treatment technologies, water supply networks, and efficiency measures. More>>

Guide to Canadian low-lead requirements is released
The Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating and CSA Group have published a guide to frequently asked questions about low-lead requirements in Canadian standards. You can access the guide here.

Students develop a reusable storm drain filter
The filter is made of 100 percent recycled textiles and is capable of adsorbing oil at six times its mass. A 3D printed device indicates when the filter is saturated with oil and/or heavy metals and needs to be replaced. More>>

Report details the pros and cons of community water fluoridation
State of the Science: Community Water Fluoridation by the Water Research Foundation examines positions for and against fluoridation and includes case studies of cities that do and do not fluoridate.

WaterSmart Innovations calls for presentation proposals
The ninth annual WSI conference and expo will be held October 5-7, 2016 at the South Point Hotel and Conference Center in Las Vegas. Information on submitting an abstract can be found here.

New service connects volunteers with plumbing-related projects
Plumbers Without Borders has created a global database that enables humanitarian organizations to find volunteers and nonprofits interested in working on plumbing-related projects around the world. More>>

Whitepaper highlights ways to achieve resilience
Properly applying enhanced building codes is just one possible strategy that stakeholders can use to begin developing public/private incentives to support community resilience, according to Developing Pre-Disaster Resilience Based on Public and Private Incentivization.



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