Vol. 6, No. 10, May 16, 2013



Online registration for the 2013 ASPE Technical Symposium is open

Signing up to attend the 2013 ASPE Technical Symposium is quick and easy thanks to our NEW online registration system. In just two simple steps you can ensure your place at the only event designed specifically to meet the professional development needs of plumbing engineers and designers. Check it out and register today!

It’s not too late to sign up for our Philadelphia workshops

Next Monday and Tuesday ASPE and IAPMO are joining forces to bring two one-day design seminars to the Philadelphia area: “High-Performance Hot Water Design” and “Nonpotable Water Reclaim System Design.” One- and two-day registrations are available, including breakfast, lunch, and 7.5 PDHs each day. You can pre-register online now or sign up on-site the morning of the event.


Take your rainwater harvesting skills to the next level at the ARCSA/ASPE Boston workshop

On June 4–5, ASPE and ARCSA are holding the 200-level Rainwater Harvesting Course in Boston. Anyone seeking to enhance their rainwater catchment system design capabilities should attend. Attendees will receive the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Rainwater Harvesting: System Planning manual and 15 PDHs for the entire course.


ASPE Young Engineers: Want to save 50% off next year’s membership dues?

Members of ASPE Young Engineers (AYE) who attend one of our summer networking events in Philadelphia on May 21, Boston on June 4, or Chicago on June 13 can save 50% off their membership dues renewal by encouraging a nonmember colleague to join ASPE. How? Just bring your colleague to one of these events, and if they sign up for membership within three months, you receive the discount. Better yet, your colleague gets 50% off their first-year dues! Contact AYE Staff Liaison Pam Rosenberg for more information.


ASPE joins IAPMO and WQRF in revising Hunter's curve

This research project is the result of a special task force convened to revise the methodology used to size plumbing systems in response to the increased use of high-efficiency plumbing fixtures. The study will use data provided by Aquacraft Inc., a water management, research, and use analysis firm, and the results are expected to be available by the end of the year. More>>


New online plumbing design classes announced

ASPE and UCLA Extension are pleased to announce several new online plumbing classes designed especially for young engineers and designers, contractors, and plan checkers who wish to update their knowledge or start a new profession. Starting June 24, “High-Rise Building Design” will be offered. Starting in September, “Code and Engineering Fundamentals,” “Solar Thermal Energy Solutions,” and “LEED and Green Building Design” will be offered. For more information or to register, contact ksantos@unex.ucla.edu.


ASPE joins the Licensing that Works Coalition

ASPE has joined numerous other groups in endorsing Mandatory Education Requirements for Engineering Licensure, the ASME position statement making the case for the four-year degree as the key requirement for obtaining an engineering license. On the other side of the debate are adherents to the “Master’s or Equivalent” (MOE) plan, which proposes 30 additional credits or a master’s degree, on top of the bachelor’s, for licensure. According to the Coalition, no evidence suggests that adding a full academic year of coursework will improve an engineer’s impact on the public’s health and safety. The Coalition also believes that higher educational requirements could impair America’s ability to place an adequate supply of engineers in the industrial workforce.


ASPE members: find out what's happening in the second-quarter Board Report

The latest ASPE Board of Directors quarterly newsletter will be available by May 20 (member log-in required).



Help update PEDH Volume 2. Get free stuff. It’s that easy.

ASPE seeks volunteers to help revise several chapters of Plumbing Engineering Design Handbook Volume 2. If your chapter contributes to this project, it will receive several rewards, including free webinar registrations and discounts to ASPE events. Contact Director of Publications Gretchen Pienta for more information or to volunteer.


Kick off your summer with ASPE

ASPE chapters across the country are hosting special events to help local plumbing industry professionals network and have fun, including a day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, minor-league baseball outings, golf tournaments, product shows, and more. Check out our local events webpage to find out what’s happening in your area.


One-third of the world’s population will not have access to improved sanitation by 2015

A new WHO/UNICEF report, Progress on Sanitation and Drinking-Water, 2013 Update, warns that the 2015 Millennium Development Goal target of halving the proportion of the 1990 population without sanitation will be missed by 8 percent.


Energy-efficiency legislation passes Senate committee

The Senate Energy Committee, by a bipartisan voice vote, approved the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act (S. 761) that was introduced just last month. The bill now moves to consideration by the full Senate.


Graywater use legalized in Colorado

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper recently signed the final draft of House Bill 1044, approving the use of graywater in Colorado homes and businesses for toilet flushing and irrigation.


Despite bans, bottled water sales flourish

U.S. consumption of bottled water increased by 6.2 percent and bottled water sales were up 6.7 percent in 2012, the strongest growth seen in five years, according to a new Beverage Marketing Corporation study. More>>


Comment period for plumbing fixture test procedures extended

The public comment period regarding proposed testing rules for showerheads, faucets, water closets, urinals, and commercial pre-rinse spray valves has been extended to June 7. Learn more and submit comments here


Ontario mandates sprinklers in retirement homes

The province is the first in Canada to require automatic fire sprinkler systems in retirement homes and long-term care facilities. More>>


Proposed systems manual opens for public review

ASHRAE Guideline 1.4P: The Systems Manual for Facilities, which establishes a uniform procedure for transmitting design, construction, testing, and operational information to building owners and operators, is open for public review until June 2. To read the draft guideline and submit comments, visit ashrae.org/publicreviews.


Protocols for estimating energy efficiency published

Methods for Determining Energy-Efficiency Savings for Specific Measures, published by the U.S. DOE, provides straightforward methods for evaluating gross energy savings for a number of the most common residential and commercial measures and programs offered by utility ratepayer-funded energy-efficiency programs. 


New Canadian campaign hopes to recruit 25,000 piping trade members

The United Association of Journeyman and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry of the United States and Canada has launched a national marketing campaign to recruit 25,000 skilled piping trade professionals to fill infrastructure jobs, especially in Alberta and Northern British Columbia where work sites are already seeing a shortage of skilled workers. More>>


WQA Aquatech 2014 issues call for papers

Presentations may be 25, 50, or 110 minutes on topics such as water treatment technologies, contaminant chemistry and removal, water treatment waste discharge solutions, and other water industry‐related consumer trends. Visit wqa-aquatech.com to submit a proposal.


Newest edition of World Plumbing Review released

The April 2013 World Plumbing Review, published by the World Plumbing Council, recaps World Plumbing Day activities around the world, among other news.







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