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U.S. and Asian Plumbing Industry Leaders Gather for Groundbreaking Event 

The first meeting of the International Water Saving Network was hosted by the American Society of Plumbing Engineers in August.
Chicago, September 17, 2013 – The American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE), in collaboration with the Asian Saving Water Council (ASWC), organized the first International Water Saving Workshop at ASPE’s headquarters on August 28-29, 2013. The purpose of the workshop was to bring together members of the ASWC and the Chicago-area plumbing community to exchange ideas related to water-efficiency initiatives and to form a stronger relationship of collaboration for the future. Attendees to the workshop are included at the bottom of this press release.

“ASPE is committed to playing a significant role in the development of best practices in plumbing engineering in both the United States and internationally,” says ASPE President William F. Hughes Jr., CPD, LEED AP, FASPE. “Our membership represents the top level of plumbing engineering and design professionals, and it is critical for us to represent and share the knowledge of our members with our international colleagues. We were thrilled to organize such an event, and we appreciate the ASWC for reaching out to us in a true spirit of collaboration.”
The workshop included presentations on green codes and standards in the United States, water-efficiency initiatives and trends, research initiatives, and the future development of water product sustainability standards. In addition, John R. Bauer, President of Wahaso – Water Harvesting Solutions Inc., provided the group with an excellent presentation on the design of rainwater catchment systems. Finally, the group toured the Chicago Center for Green Technology and Chicago City Hall’s green roof.
“I could not be prouder of our plumbing community in the Chicago area for coming together and putting on a great workshop for our new friends from the ASWC,” notes Jim Kendzel, MPH, CAE, Executive Director/CEO of ASPE. “I am especially thankful to S.J. Peters, Executive Director, and his team at the Plumbing and Mechanical Contractors Authority of Northern Illinois for putting together an excellent tour of Chicago for our guests. In addition, thanks go out to Lori Abbott, President of the Plumbing Contractors Association of Chicago and Cook County, for sponsoring a wonderful lunch and transportation during our tour of Chicago.”
The meeting resulted in future plans to share research, develop an ongoing communication process through social media, develop a collaborative relationship with the World Plumbing Council, and consider partnering with Japanese delegates in the promotion of International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standards for water efficiency. The group agreed to meet again at some point in the future to further the friendships and dialogue that began at ASPE’s headquarters in Chicago.
Workshop participants included the following:
ASWC Delegates:
• Dr. Kyosuke Sakaue, Chairman and Japan Representative, ASWC; President, Japanese Society of Plumbing Engineers; Professor, Meiji University
• Dr. Cheng-Li Cheng, Regional Director and Taiwan Representative, ASWC; Professor, National Taiwan University
• Dr. Yasutoshi Shimizu, Secretary General and Japan Representative, ASWC; Honor Researcher, TOTO Ltd.
• Dr. Kanako Toyosada, Vice Secretary General and Japan Representative Member, ASWC
U.S. Delegates:
• William Hughes, CPD, LEED AP, FASPE, President, ASPE
• Jim Kendzel, MPH, CAE, Executive Director/CEO, ASPE
• Mary Ann Dickinson, President and CEO, Alliance for Water Efficiency
• David Viola, Senior Director of Technical Services, International Association of Plumbing & Mechanical Officials
• Barbara Higgens, Executive Director, Plumbing Manufacturers International
• Tom Palkon, CWS-VI, Vice President and Chief Operations Officer, Water Quality Association
• Jim Schneider, LEED AP, Editorial Director, Plumbing Engineer magazine
ASPE is the only professional organization devoted to the training and certification of plumbing engineers and designers. ASPE and its 6,000 worldwide members are dedicated to protecting the health, welfare, and safety of the public through the dissemination of technical data and information to expand the base of knowledge among plumbing engineers, designers, contractors, code officials, inspectors, and manufacturers. For more information, visit ASPE.org.