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International Emerging Technology Symposium 
IAPMO > International Emerging Technology Symposium

Co-convened by American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE), the Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating (CIPH), the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO®), the Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA), the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors National Association (PHCC), the Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI), the United Association (UA), and the World Plumbing Council (WPC)

You are invited to attend the Fifth International Emerging Technology Symposium

The Westin O'Hare
Rosemont, Illinois
May 10-11, 2016

Why attend the International Emerging Technology Symposium (IETS)?

- Network with industry, water efficiency, utility, manufacturer, inventor, government and academia participants
- Discover first-hand ideas and new approaches regarding emerging technologies coming to the market
- Discuss emerging issues challenging the plumbing and mechanical industries with top subject matter experts
- Understand international perspectives on challenges and opportunities on water and energy efficiency
- Participate during lively panel discussions dealing with timely issues facing our industries
- Learn about the unintended consequences of water efficiency and the how they are being addressed
- Find practical solutions to new problems by seeing emerging technologies

Bonus! Visit the product showcase that will feature the latest innovations in the industry and have a chance to win a free registration to the 2018 IETS!

Early registration is recommended Space is limited!

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What’s on Tap?

You won’t want to miss the 2016 IETS program, which is shaping up to be the most compelling to date. This biennial event continues to provide critical insight into the future of our industry. Nowhere else is such focused attention provided for professionals on all facets of optimizing the safe and efficient use of water.  Join with your colleagues on May 10th and 11th, 2016 in Chicago, at this must attend event.  Here’s just a sample of what’s on tap.

Featured topics:

Opportunistic Pathogens in Premise Plumbing: The prime directive of the plumbing industry is to design and install safe water supply and sanitary systems for our nation’s buildings. However, water scarcity resulting from persistent drought and declining water quality are causing problems that the plumbing trade, plumbing engineers, building and facility managers, health officials, and even the public-at-large need to be aware of in order to mitigate the potential for opportunistic pathogens to thrive in premise plumbing and infect at-risk building occupants.  

While it may seem that the issues of drought and the increase in legionellosis outbreaks are unrelated, they are in fact directly linked. The 2016 IETS will take participants on a deep dive into this issue with podium presentations and a vibrant panel discussion. 

Hear from Dr. Marc Edwards, engineering professor and researcher at Virginia Tech, Tim Keane, consulting engineer, principal, Legionella Risk Management, Inc. and Gary Klein, president, Gary Klein and Associates, Inc.  These experts will discuss how good design and engineering can provide cost effective and simple solutions for without creating conflicting unintended consequences. These excellent presentations will be followed by a panel discussion that will focus on proven mitigating strategies, determining where we are regarding needed research on opportunistic pathogens and examines the potential for the newly published standard ASHRAE 188P to reduce the trend of increasing outbreaks of legionellosis.      

The Plumbing Industry’s Research on Peak Demand for Residential Buildings:  Dr. Steven Buchberger of the University of Cincinnati will provide an update on the ASPE/IAPMO/WQA’s peak demand study, which has the potential to arrive at a new statistical process for water supply pipe sizing in residential buildings. 

Keynote Address presented by Sustainability Research Expert Professor Stuart White: Professor Stuart White is the Director of the Institute for Sustainable Futures leads a team of researchers dedicated to creating a path to a sustainable future through independent, project-based research.  An acclaimed author, commentator and award honoree with over 30 years of experience in sustainability research, Professor White’s work focuses on achieving sustainability outcomes for a range of government, industry and community clients across Australia and internationally.

And, of course, you will learn what’s new regarding the topics that have made the IETS one of the most important and informative industry events: new and exciting technologies in the field of alternate water use technologies, plumbing fixture and fitting technologies, new water metrics for non-residential buildings, the water-energy nexus, and market based programs designed to foster the more efficient use of water in buildings. 

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The 2016 International Emerging Technology Symposium…. Fostering Safety, Innovation and Sustainability in Building Water Systems.  Register today!

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Hotel Accommodations
The 2016 IETS will be held at the Westin O’Hare Hotel in Rosemont, IL. A special room rate of US$189.00 has been arranged for IETS participants. Please call the hotel directly at +1-847-698-6000 to reserve your room. Mention the International Emerging Technology Symposium to secure the special room rate.

We are continually seeking new sponsors and abstracts on emerging technologies. Please contact Maria Bazan at 708-995-3007 for details or click here


What is it?
There is no other occasion where you will be able to meet – all at once and in one place – so many well-known experts in the fields of water and energy efficiency.

These experts will expose you to emerging products and practices and you will witness them exchange views on new trends in the industry. You will be able to hear ideas and approaches about emerging technologies coming to market; learn about innovative green plumbing and mechanical concepts; view presentations; and engage in timely discussions on how the water utility, manufacturing, engineering and trade industries have found solutions through emerging technologies in the water efficiency, plumbing and mechanical industries.

Sponsors, presenters, and panelists participating in this symposium represent a diverse body of knowledge in the fields of:
• Water, Sanitation and Health
• Water and Energy Efficiency
• Water Reuse
• Solar and Other Renewable Energies
• Water Quality
• Fat, Oil and Grease Discharges
• Advancements in Mechanical Systems
• Plumbing Research Initiatives
• Laws, Regulations and Policy Development
• New Efficiencies in HVAC
• topics raised by audience participants during the symposium

This 2014 symposium is a highly anticipated reprise of the 2008, 2010 and 2012 symposiums. Click here to view details of the 2012 symposium or to view video excerpts from past symposiums, click here to search YouTube.

"This symposium represents an exciting opportunity to highlight how our industry creates and adapts to emerging technologies through the use of a vital emerging technology," said IAPMO Executive Director GP Russ Chaney. "The event promises to be tremendously informative, as we trust a great many unique organizations will seize the opportunity by providing their most highly-qualified experts as presenters and panelists."

Goals of the International Emerging Technology Symposium
• Provide outstanding networking opportunities to meet experts in the fields of water and energy efficiency.
• Expose participants to emerging products and practices.
• Exchange views on new trends in the industry.
• Share ideas and approaches on bringing emerging technologies to market.
• Discuss innovative green plumbing and mechanical concepts.
• Provide vision for a more efficient future for plumbing and mechanical systems

Interpretation services will Not be provided

If you would like to join us at this revolutionary symposium or if you have any questions, please contact:
Maria Bazan
Toll Free: 1-877-427-6601 (Domestic)
+1-708-995-3007 (International)

Co-convened with American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE), the Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating (CIPH), the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO®), the Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA), the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors National Association (PHCC), the Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI), the United Association (UA), and the World Plumbing Council

IAPMO Members - $495, Non-members - $595

Early Bird Registration, available until March 15, 2014
IAPMO Members - $445, Non-members - $545

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