Vol. 12, No. 7, March 28, 2019
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ASPE launches an exciting new member benefit
We are pleased to announce the launch of ASPE Connect, an online platform where members can connect, engage, and learn with fellow professionals. In this online community, you will be able to network, share insights and experiences, and gain knowledge through interactive discussions—all from your computer or mobile device. If you haven't checked it out yet, get started at connect.aspe.org.

Good luck CPD exam candidates!
The 2019 Certified in Plumbing Design exam is being held next week, and we'd like to wish good luck to the industry professionals who are endeavoring to join our elite group of CPDs this year. The CPD exam is held annually in the spring, and if you'd like to learn more about this program and start preparing for the 2020 exam, visit aspe.org/CPD.

Get an ASPE publication at a significant discount through our Book of the Month program
From April 1–30, 2019, ASPE members can purchase the PDF version of the Plumbing Engineering & Design Handbook of Tables for 50% off the regular member price. Just enter coupon code APRILSHOWERS when you check out. (Fine print: Discount is only available for ASPE members and PDFs. If purchasing multiple items, the discount will be applied only to the assigned publication. Coupon code can only be used once and cannot be used on top of the Chapter Officer discount.)

Join us for our next webinar on Legionella risk management
On April 18 at 2 p.m. EDT, presenter Christoph Lohr, PE, CPD, ASSE 6020, LEED AP BD+C, will discuss equipment that kills or captures waterborne bacteria, plumbing system design methods to eliminate bacteria growth, and piping materials that will promote flow. This one-hour contact program provides 0.1 CEU, and registration is open at aspe.org/LegionellaRiskWebinar. If you can't attend on April 18, this webinar will be archived for viewing at a later date.

More sponsors join the 2019 ASPE Tech Symposium
Please help us welcome NIBCO (Gold level), QuantumFlo (Silver level) and Highland Tank (Bronze level) to our growing list of Sponsors who also will be exhibiting at the exclusive Tech Symposium Product Show. The 2019 ASPE Tech Symposium will be held at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown on October 24–27, and registration will open next month.

FREE webinar for ASPE members is being held May 15
"Specification and Design Considerations for Thermoplastics in Commercial Water Applications" will explore the various considerations when replacing metals with thermoplastics, including pressure and temperature ratings and mechanical and environmental factors can affect the long-term performance of plumbing systems. Thanks to Corzan Piping Systems, this webinar is free for ASPE members, and you can register at aspe.org/CorzanWebinar

Registration is open for our next Basic Plumbing Design workshop in June
This two-day course on June 27–28 at ASPE's headquarters in Rosemont, Illinois will cover the design, sizing, and equipment selection for storm drainage, domestic hot and cold water, water heating, sanitary sewer, and natural gas systems. Participants will earn 1.3 CEUs, and you can learn more and register at aspe.org/BasicsWorkshop.

Reminder: ASPE seeks plumbing design experts to serve on the Main Design Standards Committee
The Main Design Standards Committee is the consensus body having responsibility for the review and approval of all ASPE design standards, and we are currently taking applications for members in the User Group. To apply, please submit a completed application by April 5.

New UNESCO report highlights the inequality of water access
Globally, approximately 2.1 billion people still lack access to clean and continuously available drinking water, and those who are poor or marginalized often spend 10 to 20 times more for water than those who live in areas with piped systems, according to the 2019 World Water Development Report, Leaving No One Behind.

Labor shortage continues to challenge the construction industry
Seventy percent of commercial construction contractors are struggling to meet project deadlines, and 40 percent have had to turn down project offers because they didn't have enough people to do the work, according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. More>>

Industry organizations win trade case against Chinese cast iron pipe producers
On March 20,  the United States International Trade Commission voted unanimously in favor of an antidumping duty and countervailing duty petition against imports of cast iron soil pipe from the People's Republic of China, which was filed by the Cast Iron Soil Pipe Institute and Charlotte Pipe. More>>

Americans appreciate clean restrooms even more than ever
According to Bradley's newest Healthy Hand Washing Survey, one in two Americans are willing to spend more at businesses that have clean, well-maintained restrooms, and the percentage of those who will "definitely" or "probably" spend more money increased to 52% this year compared to 45% in 2018. More>>

IAPMO seeks Technical Correlating Committee members
The TCC will work toward the correlation of the 2021 editions of the Uniform Swimming Pool, Spa, and Hot Tub Code and the Uniform Solar, Hydronics, and Geothermal Code. The deadline to submit an application is May 3. More>>

National Standard Plumbing Code public hearing to be held July 11
At the hearing in Atlantic City, New Jersey, proposed code changes for the 2021 NSPC will be discussed and voted on for inclusion in the next version of the code. More>>

Empowering Women in Industry is taking award nominations
Nominations are being accepted in numerous categories, including Engineer of the Year, Emerging Leader of the Year, Leadership in STEM, Tradeswoman of the Year, and more. Nominations are due May 30. More>>

Online database of ASSE-certified rainwater harvesting professionals is now available
RW Installer, RWC Designer, and RW/SW Inspector professionals are now included in ASSE's searchable listing.

ASHRAE launches new Certified HVAC Designer program
The CHD certification validates the competency of an HVAC designer, working under the responsible charge of an engineer, to design HVAC systems to meet building/project requirements. More>>

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