ASPE’s Smith appointed to ASHRAE SPC 188

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Chicago — William M. Smith, FASPE, Senior Director of Technical & Regulatory Affairs for the American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE), was recently appointed to ASHRAE SPC 188, Minimizing the Risk of Legionellosis Associated With Building Water Systems as the Primary Organizational Representative for ASPE and Project Committee Voting Member-User for a two-year term ending June 30, 2016. ASPE’s Executive Director/CEO, Jim Kendzel, MPH, CAE, was appointed the Alternate Organizational Representative for ASPE for the same term.

“I’m extremely excited that ASPE has been selected and has an opportunity to participate in and continue the ongoing efforts of this project committee in the important establishment of much-needed requirements related to Legionellosis risk management for building water systems,” Smith says. “This is another big step in our efforts to broaden the Society’s footprint and bring the depth of talent within our membership to the service of protecting the health and safety of the public.”

For several years, SPC 188 has been involved in developing ASHRAE Standard 188P, Legionellosis: Risk Management for Building Water Systems, which would be the first set of standardized requirements specific to the building industry to manage the risks associated with the growth of and exposure to Legionella. The standard is intended to help facility managers and owners understand how to evaluate the design and operation of their building water systems to reduce the risk of Legionellosis. SPC 188 is a broad consensus group that includes engineers, manufacturers, water treatment providers, representatives from medical, government, and higher education institutions, and plumbing industry associations such as ASHE, IAPMO, PMI, NSF International, and now ASPE.

“Billy’s newly created position of Senior Director of Technical & Regulatory Affairs allows ASPE to become more involved in crucial committees, and his appointment to SPC 188 indicates ASPE’s increased commitment to and involvement in issues facing the plumbing industry,” says ASPE President William F. Hughes Jr., CPD, LEED AP, FASPE. “I am looking forward to working with ASHRAE on this project, and I hope that both of our organizations will become more involved in other projects that will benefit the plumbing community and the industry.”

A fourth public review draft of ASHRAE Standard 188P, which has been substantially rewritten from previous versions, is expected to be made available later this summer.

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