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It's not too late to register for the 2010 International Emerging Technology Symposium, scheduled for May 11-12 in Ontario, CA. IAPMO and the World Plumbing Council have assembled a who's who of experts and leaders who will shape the plumbing and mechanical industries well into the 21st century. Be sure to check out the impressive list of presenters and panels listed below.

Space if filling up quickly! Open your web browser to https://forms.iapmo.org/ETS/Default.aspx to secure your participation in this outstanding event.







PODIUM PRESENTERS

"An Update on WPC Activities – Goals and Challenges" - Robert Burgon, Co-Host, WPC

"Water and Energy Conservation Initiatives" - Jim Stack, PHCC – National Association

"The Impact of Conservation on Design" - Gray Uhl, Director of Design, American Standard Brands

"Insitu Bioremediation for Grease Interceptors" - Dr. Markus Lenger, Hydrologix® Systems, LLC

"FOG (Fats, Oils and Greases) as a Resource" - Max Weiss, Weiss Research

"The Future of Space Heating is a Very Efficient Water Heater" - Gary Klein, Affiliated International Management

"Water Meets Energy — Synergies and Conflict" - Bill Hoffman, H.W. (Bill) Hoffman and Associates, LLC

"The Language of Commissioning" - Tom Meyer, President, Praxis Green Incorporated

"The Green Movement: Opportunities and Challenges Presented for Manufacturers" - David Hagopian, PMI

"Standards Enabling the Way to a Sustainable Future" - Christine Dejong, ASTM International

"The Non-Invasive, Non-Destructive and Remote Identification of Depleted Appliance Water Trap Seals" - Professor John Swaffield, Heriot Watt University

"Water Conservation Impact of Residential Plumbing System Design" - Craig Selover, Masco Corporation

"Green Plumbing and Hydronic Materials for the 21st Century" - James Paschal, Paschal Engineering

"Benefits of Removal of Water Hardness (Calcium and Magnesium Ions) from a Water Supply" - Joseph F. Harrison, Water Quality Association

"2010's Top New and Innovative Water-Efficient Products" - John Koeller, P.E., Koeller and Co., and Bill Gauley, P.Eng., Veritec Consulting


PANEL DISCUSSION

Focus on Green Homes — Water Efficiency Provisions for Home Builders
Panelists: Stephanie Tanner, EPA WaterSense Home Program
Doug Bennett, Southern Nevada Water Authority
Shane Peters, Plumbing & Mechanical Plans Examiner
Building and Safety, Santa Monica, California
Craig Selover, Masco Corporation

Focus on Water Reuse — Opportunities and Obstacles
Panelists: Peter Cartwright, Cartwright Consulting Co.
Mike Vail, Water Legacy
Collin Fisher, Aquacell-Australia
Paul James, Just Water Savers USA, Inc.
Max Ekins, Davey Water Products
John Bauer, Water Harvesting Solutions

Focus on Water Efficiency Products — The Evolution of Rating Toilets
Panelists: John Koeller, P.E., Koeller and Company
C.J. Lagan, American Standard Brands
Rob Zimmerman, Kohler Co.
John Watson, Sloan
Fernando Fernandez, TOTO USA
Stephanie Tanner, US EPA WaterSense Home Program
Bill Gauley, P.Eng., Veritec Consulting


Registration:
IAPMO Members - $295, Non-members - $395
Register for the Emerging Technology Symposium and attend the ACEEE Hot Water Forum and save up to $225!

 

Presentation Descriptions:

"An Update on WPC Activities Goals and Challenges" - Robert Burgon, Co-Host, WPC
Established in 1990, the World Plumbing Council is comprised of 40 Full Members and 96 Affiliate Members representing 26 countries on six continents with a mission "To unite the world plumbing industry to promote the role of plumbing in improving public health and safeguarding the environment." Among the WPC's goals and challenges are promoting the image and standards of plumbing, promoting education and training, create awareness of the plumbing industry's role in protecting the environment and promoting the health aspects of plumbing.

Earlier this year, the WPC launched the inaugural World Plumbing Day, to be held on March 11 each year. World Plumbing Day was established to celebrate the plumbing industry worldwide, raise public awareness of the importance of plumbing and curry respect for our industry.

Looking ahead, we are entering the most challenging, fascinating and rewarding period in the history of plumbing. Are we up to the challenge?



"Water and Energy Conservation Initiatives" - Jim Stack, PHCC - National Association
The presentation will discuss PHCC Member Services, program priorities for 2010, water and energy conservation partnerships, education initiatives and what PHCC will work to accomplish in the future.

"The Impact of Conservation on Design" - Gray Uhl, Director of Design, American Standard Brands
As we move forward to develop new plumbing products, there are many elements that must be considered. Design has an impact on not only the construction, performance and water savings, but also on the choices the consumer makes from an emotional and aesthetic standpoint.

This presentation will explore these choices and what they mean to the future of our industry. We'll discuss consumer expectations from "green" products, how we make product choices, the impact of codes on design and explore the mindset of the early adopter.




"The Impact of Conservation on Design" - Gray Uhl, American Standard Brands
As we move forward to develop new plumbing products, there are many elements that must be considered. Design has an impact on not only the construction, performance and water savings, but also on the choices the consumer makes from an emotional and aesthetic standpoint.

This presentation will explore these choices and what they mean to the future of our industry. We'll discuss consumer expectations from "green" products, how we make product choices, the impact of codes on design and explore the mindset of the early adopter.




"Insitu Bioremediation for Grease Interceptors" - Dr. Markus Lenger, Hydrologix® Systems, LLC
Hydrologix® Systems LLC has been awarded US Patent No. 7,615,156, Device for In-Situ Bioremediation of Liquid Waste, the first to achieve commercial success with our Hydrologix® Grease Reduction System's treatment of kitchen and sewage wastewater, at the source or "in-situ". This makes the Hydrologix® Grease Reduction System the ‘greenest' and most cost effective way today to handle disposal of foul industrial, domestic and agricultural wastewater.

In effect the GRS is a computerized-controlled mini wastewater treatment plant that reduces the potentially hazardous wastewater producing lethal H2S gases, to the harmless by-products of water and CO2. Remote monitoring and live camera feeds help ensure a trouble free performance and optimum reliability. The Hydrologix® GRS's patented technology is a unique system that provides a thriving culture of specially blended microorganisms to instantly digest the liquid waste right in the holding tank, usually a city mandated grease interceptor. The challenge in the past was how to maintain the organisms in such a harsh environment (one that even disintegrates stainless steel) and ensure continuous robust growth, a challenge only Hydrologix® has overcome.

This presents a phenomenal leap forward for the wastewater industry worldwide, which is struggling for more cost effective and sustainable ways to manage the ever-growing waste problem and offload aging city wastewater treatment plants. In San Diego County, installations are going forward through GreenTek, Inc., a California contractor. And in Orange County other installations have been in place for nearly seven years.




"FOG (Fats, Oils and Greases) as a Resource" - Max Weiss, Weiss Research
FOG (Brown Grease) is altered by long term water and cleaning chemical contact. Brown Grease is rarely suitable for bio-diesel because of decomposition. All conventional recycling, including landfill and incineration requires the discharger to pay the recycling facility to accept the grease.

In a study of 30 metropolitan areas selected scientifically to represent a cross section of the country, sponsored by the Dept. of Energy in 1998, investigators established the quantity of annual interceptor grease per person as 13lbs. or, about 4 billion pounds annually.[Urban Waste Resource Assessment, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, NREL/SR-579-26141, 11/98] with an estimated crude oil energy equivalent of 1.5 million barrels. Introduced are three FOG conversion processes illustrating the ecologic of using GRDs to harvest FOG for an expanding green energy market.




"The Future of Space Heating is a Very Efficient Water Heater" - Gary Klein, Affiliated International Management
As we drive the energy needs for single family heating and cooling down with more efficient building envelopes, water heating is increasing as a percentage of total energy use. Water heating is needed daily, while the need for heating and cooling is only a few to several hours of the day and not every day of the year. In addition, the power requirements for heating and cooling (Btu/hr) in these buildings, either peak or part load, are 1/2 to 1/10th that of the power needed to provide 2 gpm at 70F temperature rise, which is what is needed for a 2.5 gpm shower. We need to look at integrated systems in which the focus is on high efficiency hot water, and provide space conditioning as an ancillary, albeit very important service.

There are several ways to integrate water heating, space heating and space cooling into a single system. For heating only climates, one strategy is to use fossil fired water and space heating as a stand-alone system. We are very familiar with how to do this if the heating is hydronic, but we should be looking at how to do this with a forced air system. Another strategy is to have fossil fired water and space heating coupled with an AC system, again forced air for heating and cooling. Another strategy is to have an electric system, which for efficiency reason would be based on heat pump technology, and again forced air. Solar preheating could be included in all of these systems.

One format for this session could be one speaker covering the overall topic. An alternative is to have a moderator/facilitator set the tone and have manufacturers of the different technologies present their strategies. If this session is of interest, I will help organize the speakers and help facilitate the session.

Participants in this session will:
1) Gain an understanding of the magnitude and trends of water heating compared to space heating and cooling
2) Learn how a very efficient water heater can be the thermal engine for the space conditioning system
3) Identify which products are there today and which are emerging to implement this vision




"Water Meets Energy Synergies and Conflict" - Bill Hoffman, H.W. (Bill) Hoffman and Associates, LLC
Energy meets Water: Synergies and Conflicts – Discusses the often complex relationships between water and energy efficiency.




"The Language of Commissioning" - Tom Meyer, President, Praxis Green Incorporated
This orientation to the building commissioning process is to broadly acquaint participants with the processes, terms, documents and roes of commissioning, retro-commissioning, re-commissioning and continuous commissioning.




"The Green Movement: Opportunities and Challenges Presented for Manufacturers" - David Hagopian, PMI
Mr. Hagopian will take us through some of the obstacles (challenges) and rewards (opportunities) for manufacturers in the green building markets. He will use the prism of history to compare the current situation to the past to see how challenges have been met by previous generations. He will also look how manufacturing companies have situated their organizations to meet challenges and capitalize on opportunities. His focus will begin wide, then dive into specifics regarding PMI members and Certification organizations and then end with opportunities for the manufactures of green building products.




"Standards Enabling the Way to a Sustainable Future" - Christine Dejong, ASTM International
Standardization has an important role in the information infrastructure that guides design, manufacturing and trade in the global economy. ASTM International brings together diverse global stakeholders from industry, government, academic institutions and testing facilities to create consensus standards that guide research, production and use of alternative energy sources such as solar power, geothermal energy and biomass. In addition, the standards developed by ASTM committees facilitate a more sustainable environment by addressing water stewardship issues including water reclamation, quality, conservation and stewardship. Other ASTM efforts support eco-friendly homes and office buildings, enhanced waste management, new innovations in oil spill response and improved environmental assessment processes. This presentation will provide an overview of ASTM International and how ASTM standards are playing an important role in advancing needed energy innovations, improving water efficiency and providing standards solutions that will support the sustainability of our planet.




"The Non-Invasive, Non-Destructive and Remote Identification of Depleted Appliance Water Trap Seals" - Professor John Swaffield, Heriot Watt University
The 2004 IAPMO Symposium highlighted the role of dry traps in the 2003 Amoy Gardens SARS epidemic, a plumbing failure identified by WHO as implicated in 321 cases resulting in 42 deaths. Following the symposium the Drainage Research Group at HWU investigated an application of transient theory that could identify dry traps due to the difference in wave reflection between a full and dry trap. Mention at the 2005 WPC Auckland Conference was followed by a $0.5M EPSRC UK Research Council 3 year award to HWU. A Steering Committee from organisations concerned with drainage design and public health, including IAPMO, BuroHappold, CIBSE, SNIPEF, Studor and RBS, also contributed advice, further financial support and provided test sites.

This highly successful research collaboration led to an operational non-invasive, non-destructive, remote testing methodology that propagates a 10 Hz, 30mm water gauge pressure transient into a building drainage network, via an exciter installed below the system roof termination. Comparison of a defect free system transient response to that including a defective trap, identifies the trap location as the traces diverge at the time taken by the transient to travel, at the acoustic velocity in air, 343 m/s, from the monitoring station to the defect and return, implying a test duration measured in seconds. The paper will present the underlying transient theory, its laboratory and site validation from four buildings, including multi-storey housing, an academic building, an office block and a large healthcare facility, confirming this methodology as an emerging technology that has the potential to enhance public health provision within complex buildings.




"Water Conservation Impact of Residential Plumbing System Design" - Craig Selover, Masco Corporation
This presentation will provide a brief review of the water conservation provisions of a commercial green building program and how WaterSense for Homes will impact it. The majority of the presentation will then deal with next steps in generating data to support further increasing water efficiency, stemming from two month baseline data and observations from a Residential Home Water Use Study of 4 homes over an 8 week period.




"Green Plumbing and Hydronic Materials for the 21st Century" - James Paschal, Paschal Engineering
Case studies of Low Carbon/Low Energy techniques derived from Europe, technologies, approaches and mechanical systems are reviewed, discussed and related to the North American context. The seminar reviews various design strategies that highlight an integrated building services strategy that uses simple, cost effective, low energy approaches including radiant cooling to deliver excellent indoor environmental quality with low operating costs and carbon footprint. Integral to this approach is the piping system and material choice. Advantages and disadvantages of various materials will be discussed, as well as emerging trends and hands-on demonstration of new technologies in North American plumbing and hydronic piping.




"Benefits of Removal of Water Hardness (Calcium and Magnesium Ions) from a Water Supply" - Joseph F. Harrison, Water Quality Association
To present research findings of recent Battelle Memorial Institute study that tested devices fed with softened and unsoftened water under controlled laboratory conditions designed to accelerate the water side scaling in the device and quantify the performance efficiency. This project specifically focused on efficiency improvements in household water heaters from use of softened water. and the subsequent effect on performance of fixtures, such as low flow showerheads and faucets and appliances such as laundry washers and dishwashers.




"2010's Top 5 New and Innovative Water-Efficient Products" - John Koeller, P.E., Koeller and Co., and Bill Gauley, P.Eng, Veritec Consulting
John and Bill identify the five products that they have determined as innovative and predicted to provide lasting water savings and satisfied customers. A brief description of each the five products will be given, along with key information about each of them (sources, availability, applications, etc.).

Included is a rough estimate of water use reductions that could be expected from each of the products. John will present an evaluation plan for assessing water use and water use reductions for each of the five products. Such plans could include field installations and measurements, laboratory studies, or other means by which "real world" savings can be reliably estimated.