The 2016 International Emerging Technology Symposium (IETS) - What’s on Tap?
January 7, 2016
You won’t want to miss the 2016 International Emerging Technologies Symposium, which is shaping up to be the most compelling program to date. This biennial event, slated for May 10-12 at the Westin Hotel in Rosemont, Illinois, 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 practical use of water. PHCC is a co-convener so PHCC members are eligible for a discounted registration rate. Join with your colleagues at this must-attend event!
It’s clear from the abstracts and the commitments to participate already received that the lineup of presentations and panel discussions will provide for the most timely and stimulating IETS program to date. Here’s just a sample of what’s on tap. (All presenters mentioned are currently scheduled to appear.)
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 experts including Dr. Marc Edwards, professor, Virginia Tech; Tim Keane, consulting engineer, principal, Legionella Risk Management, Inc.; and Gary Klein, president, Gary Klein and Associates, Inc.; on how addressing the problems of efficient hot water design and anti-scald showering requirements can work together to help reduce risks from pathogens. Dr. Janet Stout and Dr. William McCoy will share the latest research on testing and water treatment strategies for water systems. Hear directly from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on its pending Scientific Literature Review of Technologies for Legionella Control and the implications it presents.
Unintended Consequences of Water Efficiency: Drainline blockages in buildings, clogged sewers, declining water quality, and bio-film growth resulting from oversized water distribution and premise plumbing systems have all been widely reported and attributed to the unintended consequences of water efficiency. Hear from Julius Ballanco, plumbing engineer and industry expert; Dr. Michael Gormley of Heriot Watt University in Scotland; Pete DeMarco, IAPMO Group senior vice president and the Plumbing Efficiency Research Coalition’s technical director; and others on what recent research has informed us and what remains to be addressed regarding these emerging issues.
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.
And, of course, you will learn what’s new regarding the topics that have made the IETS one of most important and informative industry events: new and exciting technologies in the field of alternate water use (rainwater and gray water systems) technologies, plumbing fixture and fitting technologies, new water metrics for non-residential buildings, the water-energy nexus, and new market based programs designed to foster the more efficient use of water in buildings.