Vol. 8, No. 25, December 10, 2015                                         

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The Green Plumbing Design (GPD) workshop is going virtual
If you want to participate in one of our Winter 2016 GPD workshops but can't travel to either Baltimore or Chicago, ASPE is offering an online option to take the workshop on February 22-23. You can participate from your home or office for the 1.5 days of lecture and then take the exam at a testing center near you. (You can locate a test center here.) Registration is open at aspe.org/gpd so don't hesitate to sign up for this convenient way to earn your GPD designation. 

Congratulations new CPDTs!
ASPE is pleased to announce that 35 individuals successfully passed the recent Certified in Plumbing Design Technician (CPDT) exam. The list of new CPDTs can be found at aspe.org/CPDTDirectory, and more information about this program is located at aspe.org/CPDT. The 2016 exam dates will be announced in the spring. 

ASPE appoints the first Women of ASPE Chair
Sarah Balz, PE, CPD, GPD, LEED AP, has been appointed Chair of the Women of ASPE (WOA) special-interest group. The core mission of WOA is to attract, retain, and advance women in the plumbing design industry through education, leadership development, and the creation of trusted relationships. WOA is also committed to enabling women to achieve their professional goals. Sarah, PM Engineer magazine's 2014 Plumbing Engineer of the Year, has been an ASPE member since 1997, served as the Wisconsin Chapter President for three years (one of the few women to hold this Chapter position), and has been a frequent speaker for ASPE Symposiums, Conventions, and webinars.

CPD Review Manual is now available
Hardbound copies of the CPD Review Manual are now available in ASPE's online store. This handy study guide includes a practice test with test-taking tips, and in addition to using it to prepare for the exam, you can take the hardbound manual into the test-taking center on the day of the exam. Registration for the 2016 exam opens January 4 at aspe.org/cpd

Space in our Revit workshops is running out!
Participation in our one-day, hands-on workshops on Revit MEP 2015 is limited, and slots are quickly being filled by those eager to learn how to utilize this software to create functional and bold piping systems. The workshops are being held 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. Register soon at aspe.org/2016revit so you don't miss out.


ASPE Affiliate Sponsors renew for 2016
ASPE is pleased to announce that Charlotte Pipe, the Copper Development Association, Uponor, and Zurn have renewed their ASPE Affiliate Sponsorship for the next year, meaning their name and logo will be featured in such venues as Plumbing Engineer magazine, ASPE Pipeline, and the 2016 ASPE Convention and Exposition. To learn how your company can benefit from ASPE's Affiliate Sponsor program, contact bhenry@aspe.org. 

ASPE seeks volunteers to join the CPDT Committee
This year-long commitment will include collaboration with other ASPE members in web-based meetings to develop and review material for the Certified Plumbing Design Technician (CPDT) program. The time commitment is approximately three to six hours per month, and you will receive a $500 stipend for participating. You can apply here, or email Donna Novickas for more information. Applications will be accepted until December 31. Volunteers must be Certified in Plumbing Design (CPD).

Want to present a technical education session at the 2016 ASPE Convention and Exposition?
ASPE's next biennial Convention and Exposition will be held in Phoenix on October 28-November 2, and ASPE seeks technical education session proposals on a variety of design topics. To be considered, go to aspe.org/CallforPresenters by February 1 to submit your presentation.



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 am a current member of ASPE and would like to advance to the Full Member status. What is the process?
Current members who are interested in advancing their membership status to the Full Member category are required to fill out the membership advancement application. The information requested on the form must be filled out completely as it aids in determining if the member qualifies for the membership advancement. The application should be sent to the Society Vice President, Membership for review. If the application is approved, the Society Vice President, Membership will notify ASPE's membership staff, and the member's record will be upgraded to reflect Full Member status. During the member's next membership renewal cycle, their fee will reflect the Full Member renewal fee. To access this form, log in to the members-only section with your username and password. For additional questions, email skidd@aspe.org

Get your ASPE Board of Directors application ready!
The Nominating Committee will begin accepting applications from members who are interested in running for one of the 12 national officer positions on the 2016-2018 Board of Directors starting January 4. Click here to learn more and access the application form. 

Deadlines approaching: ASPE College of Fellows nominations and Steele Scholarship applications 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 for more information on how to nominate a member. 
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 and apply here.


Want to help local Boy Scouts earn Merit Badges related to our industry?
As a Merit Badge Counselor you can play a vital role in stirring a young man's curiosity about our industry, and several badges relate directly to the skill sets of plumbing designers: Plumbing, Engineering, Energy, Drafting, Composite Materials, Soil and Water Conservation, Sustainability, and Salesmanship. To volunteer, contact your local BSA Council and turn in an application. (Every applicant is screened.) If you are interested in serving your community in this fashion and require assistance, please contact Scott Steindler.

The first round of the Chapter Membership Tournament ends this month
ASPE's exciting new membership challenge teams Chapter against Chapter in a bid to advance to the final round. The first round ends December 31, so you still have time to increase your Chapter's membership as much as possible to move on to the second round. The brackets, rules, and prizes can be found at aspe.org/ChapterChallenge. Good luck!

Last chance! Learn how StarChapter can help improve your Chapter's operations
ASPE Chapters are using StarChapter to operate more efficiently, create professional and easy-to-use websites, collect membership data, find new members, and manage event participation and payments. To learn how, attend our last free webinar on January 12, which will explain the different features of the software. To sign up, go to aspe.org/starchapter

Gear up for the holidays with ASPE Chapters
ASPE Chapters all over the country are holding holiday events to benefit their local communities and members. You can find out what's happening at aspe.org/chapterevents.


Humans' global water footprint has been severely underestimated 
New research raises the estimate of global water consumption by nearly 20 percent due to water management methods that are interfering with the natural ratio of evapotranspiration to precipitation, which is contributing to water shortages. More>>

Energy-efficiency initiatives save more than energy
Multiple benefits invariably result from energy-efficiency measures beyond the first goal of saving energy, such as improved comfort and convenience, enhanced business productivity and quality, and savings in related maintenance and administrative costs, according to a new report by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. More>>

75 percent of owners of sprinklered homes would purchase homes with sprinklers again
A new study by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that sprinklered homeowners more often indicated they would pay for sprinklers in a new home and were twice as likely to support mandatory sprinkler requirements as those in unsprinklered homes. More>>

ASHRAE seeks comments on proposed energy audit standard
ASHRAE/ACCA Standard 211P: Standard for Commercial Building Energy Audits defines procedures for Level 1, 2, and 3 Energy Audits, provides a common scope of work for these audits, standardizes industry practices, and establishes minimum reporting requirements. Comments will be accepted until January 4, 2016. More>>

Earthquake building rating system is launched
The U.S. Resiliency Council (USRC) has released the USRC Earthquake Building Rating System, which rates buildings on three performance measures: safety, damage (repair cost), and recovery (time to regain basic function). More>>

Updated cross-connection control professional qualifications standard is published
ASSE/IAPMO/ANSI Series 5000-2015: Cross-Connection Control Professional Qualifications Standard provides minimum performance and testing requirements for backflow prevention assemblies and establishes minimum requirements for various backflow prevention and cross-connection control professionals. More>>

EPA decides against creating a high-efficiency nozzle specification
Instead, the U.S. EPA has decided to develop a draft specification that focuses on pressure-regulating sprinkler bodies for landscape irrigation systems. More>>

New center brings stakeholders together to solve water issues
The University of Arizona's Water and Energy Sustainable Technology Center will allow government, industry, and academia to work together to create solutions to water scarcity problems. More>>

Handbook on permeable pavements is released
Permeable Pavements, by the American Society of Civil Engineers, provides guidance for the design, construction, and maintenance of permeable pavement systems that provide transportation surfaces and manage stormwater and urban runoff. More>>



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