Vol. 6, No. 9, May 2, 2013
Start planning your 2013 ASPE Technical Symposium experience today
The ASPE Technical Symposium is the industry’s premier educational event for plumbing engineers and designers, and this year it is being held in Orlando, Florida on September 19–22. The Symposium’s main feature, 2.5 days of technical sessions, will provide 15 PDHs while offering information on exciting new innovations in BIM, medical gas systems, the green codes, solar water heating, LEED, rain- and graywater harvesting, and more.
For those wishing to beef up their credentials, this year ASPE is offering two opportunities to earn designations at the 2013 ASPE Technical Symposium. The Green Plumbing Design Certificate program, offered by ASPE and IAPMO, will be held before the Symposium on September 18–19, and the Certified in Plumbing Design (CPD) exam will be held on Sunday, September 22.
After earning your Green Plumbing Design certificate on Thursday, September 19, join your peers and wind down at the Technical Symposium Product Show, where you can learn about new product offerings from your favorite manufacturers. You will have a second chance to pick the product engineers’ brains during the roundtable lunch on Friday, September 20.
ASPE also is offering a special tour of the Walt Disney World Resort Laundry Facility on Friday evening after the technical sessions. The tour is limited to 50 people, so make sure to sign up when you fill out the registration form.
To learn more about the 2013 ASPE Technical Symposium, discover some great travel discounts, and register, visit aspe.org/2013tech. We look forward to seeing you in Orlando!
Manufacturers: want to participate in the 2013 ASPE Technical Symposium Product Show?
ASPE is offering several sponsorship packages to help manufacturers increase their visibility among the plumbing engineers and designers who will attend the 2013 ASPE Technical Symposium in Orlando, Florida, September 19–22. Contact Director of Affiliate Relations David Jern for more information and to sign up.
Kick off your summer at one of ASPE’s regional workshops
Later this month, ASPE and IAPMO are joining forces to bring two one-day design seminars to the Philadelphia area: “High-Performance Hot Water Design” on May 21 and “Nonpotable Water Reclaim System Design” on May 22. One- and two-day registrations are available, including breakfast, lunch, and 7.5 PDHs each day.
On June 4–5, ASPE and ARCSA are holding the 200-level Rainwater Harvesting Course in Boston. It is a required course for those pursuing the ARCSA AP designation, but anyone seeking to enhance their understanding of rainwater catchment system design also should attend. Attendees will receive the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Rainwater Harvesting: System Planning manual and 15 PDHs for the entire course.
Learn about natural gas systems at the next ASPE webinar
The 2013 ASPE Webinar Series continues on May 15 at 2 p.m. EDT with “Introduction to Natural Gas.” Join presenter Julius Ballanco, PE, CPD, FASPE, to earn CEUs and learn everything you need to know to start designing natural gas systems. Registration is just $69.95 for ASPE members and FREE for nonmembers who apply for membership.
AYE wants to help you succeed
Have you recently entered the plumbing engineering industry? Are you looking for ways to get more involved? Do you want to enhance your career opportunities? ASPE Young Engineers (AYE) was created exclusively to help young engineers excel in their careers and make an impact on the industry. Join us in Philadelphia on May 21, Boston on June 4, or Chicago on June 13 for one of our special evening networking events to meet other young engineers and talk about your career strategies. If you can’t make it to one of these events, check out our webpage to find out how to stay connected with AYE.
ASPE and ASSE International join forces to advance the plumbing industry
On April 20, leaders of ASPE and ASSE International gathered in Cleveland to sign a memorandum of understanding to jointly advance and promote their mutual interests in the plumbing industry. The two organizations will work collaboratively to achieve technical consistency in plumbing and mechanical code provisions and to support measures that increase the level of code enforcement in the United States and internationally.
Showcase your top project in Plumbing Engineer
Plumbing Engineer, ASPE’s official publication, seeks nominees for its 2013 Project Awards, and selected projects will appear in the June issue. To be considered, email a three- to five-paragraph project description, credit list (including the project’s owner, engineer, contractor, and any other pertinent team members), and two or three high-resolution project photos to Plumbing Engineer Editorial Director Jim Schneider by May 13. In the description, explain why the project is innovative, unique, or otherwise noteworthy from a plumbing design and engineering standpoint and discuss any special challenges this project presented and how you solved them.
Has your chapter joined the Chapter Book Challenge?
ASPE is offering several intriguing incentives to chapters that agree to update one of ASPE’s publications in the next year. For more information, contact Director of Publications Gretchen Pienta.
Learn. Network. Succeed.
In addition to their annual golf outings, numerous ASPE chapters are holding educational events such as daily seminars, workshops, and plant tours to help you meet other local engineers and learn about new advances in plumbing design. Check out our local events webpage to find out what’s happening in your area.
May is National Building Safety Month
President Obama signed a proclamation designating May as National Building Safety Month, a public service campaign founded by the International Code Council to raise awareness of the importance of building codes and a trained workforce in creating and sustaining safe structures.
U.S. ranks No. 1 in green tax initiatives
The United States tops the list of 21 countries that are most active in using green tax incentives and penalties to achieve green policy objectives due to its extensive program of federal tax incentives for energy efficiency, renewable energy, and green buildings, according to the KPMG Green Tax Index.
Proposed legislation would create Supply Star program
This new program, included in S. 761: Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2013, would recognize and promote practices, companies, and products that use highly efficient supply chains that conserve energy, water, and other resources.
Millions of drinking water project funds left unspent in California
California has not spent $455 million of the $1.5 billion it has received for its Safe Drinking Water State Revolving Fund, constituting the largest unspent sum in the country, says the U.S. EPA.
Who won the Energy Star National Buildings Competition?
Demarest Elementary School in Bloomfield, New Jersey came in first place in the EPA’s 2012 Energy Star Battle of the Buildings competition by demonstrating a 52 percent energy use reduction. In addition to energy conservation, nearly 400 competitors also tracked and reduced their water consumption using the WaterSense program.
Top 10 green projects announced
Among the winners of AIA’s 2013 COTE Top 10 Green Projects is one of the first buildings in the nation with on-site treatment of gray- and black water.
Total cost of fire in the U.S. increased 38 percent
In 2010, the total cost of fire was an estimated $328 billion, a 38 percent increase since 1980. However, the economic loss due to fire decreased by 29 percent, totaling $14.8 billion, finds a new NFPA report.
Community college seeks engineering instructors
The City College of San Francisco’s Engineering and Technology Department invites experts interested in teaching HVAC, environmental control technology, engineered plumbing systems, and related disciplines to apply to its part-time teaching pool. Screening will begin May 9.
Registration for WSI 2013 is open
The WaterSmart Innovations Conference and Exposition, featuring technical sessions on water-efficient products, services, and systems, will be held October 2-4 at the South Point Hotel and Conference Center in Las Vegas.
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