Vol. 10, No. 2, January 19, 2017

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Next week's Revit workshop is sold out!
However, you still have time to register for one of the following hands-on workshops:

  • February 24: Baltimore (Owings Mills) 
  • March 9: Indianapolis 
  • March 16: New York City 
  • March 30: Seattle

Special offer for nonmembers: if you register for one of these workshops and join ASPE, your first year of ASPE membership will be included in the special registration fee. You can learn more and register at aspe.org/revit2017

Brush up on your plumbing design skills next Wednesday in Oklahoma City
Our full-day Basic Plumbing Design workshop will cover sizing and equipment selection for domestic cold and hot water systems, sanitary sewer systems, and storm drainage systems. You can learn more and register at aspe.org/BasicsWorkshop.

Discover ASPE's Affiliate Sponsors in our new case studies brochure
ASPE is pleased to announce the first annual ASPE Affiliate Sponsor Case Studies to help introduce you to their newest products and services. In this edition you can learn about AcornVac Vacuum Plumbing Systems, HOLDRITE #117 Series No-Hub Fitting Restraints, Liberty Pumps Omnivore Grinder, Lubrizol Corzan Piping Systems, Navien Condensing Tankless Gas Water Heaters, NSF/ANSI 61 Drinking Water System Components, QuantumFlo Custom Pump System, Uponor PEX Piping, and Watts Powers IntelliStation.

Learn how to wow your clients at our presentation boot camp
On March 29 in Seattle, ASPE is hosting a full-day webinar, "Presentation Boot Camp: The Basics and Beyond." Participants will engage in interactive discussions and exercises to learn how to understand your audience, tailor content, relate the benefits of your services to the client, deliver with verbal and non-verbal impact, create a "big close," and maintain momentum through the Q&A. Registration is open here.

Presentation proposals for the 2017 ASPE Technical Symposium are due February 1
ASPE seeks plumbing industry experts to present technical education sessions at the 2017 ASPE Technical Symposium, which is being held October 19-22 in Montreal. Click here t
o submit your presentation for consideration. You will be notified by May 1 if your presentation has been accepted.

Check out these resources to help prepare for the 2017 CPD exam
The four-part CPD Review Webinar Series discusses the systems covered in the exam and contains updated formulas and practice questions. Practice questions also can be found in the CPD Review Manual and online at the third-party website used for exam registration. Several ASPE Chapters are holding CPD review classes around the country, so be sure to contact your local Chapter President to see what is available in your area. The 2017 CPD exam is being held at testing sites around the world on April 6 and 7, and registration is open at aspe.org/cpdexam.

ASPE announces intent to revise two WQA sustainability standards
WQA/ASPE/NSF S-802: Sustainable Treatment Media for Drinking Water Applications will be revised to add a module on ion-exchange resins. WQA/ASPE/NSF S-803: Sustainable Drinking Water Treatment Systems will be revised to add modules on self-regenerating cation exchange water softeners and ion-exchange resins. Also, due to an arrangement with NSF International, NSF will be recognized in the standards' designations. For more information, contact gpienta@aspe.org

ASPE Members: You still have time to help your son or daughter get their degree in engineering!
The deadline to apply for up to $3,000 in scholarship money is January 31. Learn more about ASPE's Alfred Steele Scholarship and apply today at aspe.org/SteeleScholarship.

A/E employment reaches an all-time high
In December 2016, A/E employment totaled 1,453,800, topping the previous all-time high of 1,453,000 in February 2008, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. In related news, engineering firm leaders are optimistic about improved profitability in all public market sectors, with water and wastewater coming in second, according to the American Council of Engineering Companies' Engineering Business Index.

Construction firms plan to expand this year
Expecting demand to grow in all market segments, 73 percent of construction firms surveyed by AGC plan to increase their payrolls in 2017, although many are worried about finding skilled workers. More>>

Illinois governor signs school lead testing bill
On Monday, Governor Bruce Rauner signed Senate Bill 550, which requires schools and daycares to sample for lead contamination from sources of potable water in school buildings. More>>

Denver passes a new energy benchmarking ordinance
The Energize Denver program aims to improve the energy efficiency of existing commercial and multifamily buildings in Denver by 10 percent by the end of 2020.

How can existing building codes transform U.S. communities?
Although enforced in just half of all states, existing building codes can help municipalities and building owners cost-effectively turn abandoned or blighted buildings into high-performance properties, according to a new white paper by the NIBS National Council of Governments on Building Codes and Standards.

IAPMO seeks input on a proposed amendment to the 2015 UPC
Comments on the amendment regarding closet flanges will be accepted until January 24. More>>

NSF announces its first annual FOG Prevention Conference
Plumbing engineers and regulatory officials are encouraged to attend this event in Ann Arbor, Michigan on February 7-8. You can view the agenda and register here.

ASHRAE publishes two revised refrigerant standards
The 2016 versions of ANSI/ASHRAE 15: Safety Standard for Refrigeration Systems and ANSI/ASHRAE 34: Designation and Safety Classification of Refrigerants provide requirements for refrigeration systems used in residential, commercial, and industrial applications. More>>

PMI starts search for a new executive director
Those interested in applying for the position to succeed Barbara Higgens as CEO/Executive Director of Plumbing Manufacturers International can contact mmonaco@kittlemansearch.com. More>>

New report offers a framework for integrated water management
The One Water Roadmap by the U.S. Water Alliance offers best practices to help communities achieve success in reliable and resilient utilities, thriving cities, competitive business and industry, sustainable agricultural systems, social and economic inclusion, and healthy waterways.

BIM guideline for building owners is released
The National BIM Guide for Owners will help building owners produce a standard set of BIM documents for design teams during design and construction and for maintenance and operations staff upon completion. More>>


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