Vol. 6, No. 11, May 30, 2013



September Certified in Plumbing Design exam announced

Want to become a CPD this year? If you weren’t able to take the Certified in Plumbing Design exam in April, don’t worry. ASPE is offering a special chance to take the exam on September 22 immediately after the 2013 ASPE Technical Symposium in Orlando, Florida. If you sign up for both the September CPD exam and the 2013 ASPE Technical Symposium, you will receive 25% off the exam fee! This is a perfect opportunity to enhance your career choices by reaping the benefits of both the Technical Symposium’s professional development program and the recognition of the CPD designation for one low cost.


It’s not too late to sign up for the ARCSA/ASPE rainwater harvesting workshop in Boston

Next Tuesday and Wednesday (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 should attend. Attendees will receive the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Rainwater Harvesting: System Planning manual and 15 PDHs for completing the course. You can pre-register online or register on-site the morning of June 4.

Save the date: the next ASPE webinar is June 19

The 2013 ASPE Webinar Series continues on June 19 with a prerecorded one-hour webinar on air-aspirating smoke detection, a critical component of early fire detection system design. Presenter Todd Stevens, SET, CFPS, will discuss how these products work and how to integrate them into the overall design of a fire suppression system.


Join ASPE Young Engineers in Boston and Chicago next month

The ASPE Young Engineers (AYE) networking tour is coming to Boston on June 4 and Chicago on June 13, and all ASPE Young Engineers are invited to join us at these evening social events. If you bring a nonmember colleague and they sign up for ASPE membership within three months, you’ll receive 50% off next year’s dues, and they will receive 50% off their first year’s dues!


Healthcare plumbing system experts needed

ASPE seeks experts in the design of healthcare plumbing systems to join a committee that will help develop a new technical handbook. If you are interested, contact Director of Publications Gretchen Pienta for more information. 


ASPE joins industry organizations to revise Hunter’s curve

ASPE, the International Association of Plumbing & Mechanical Officials (IAPMO), and the Water Quality Research Foundation (WQRF) will jointly fund a research project using data provided by Aquacraft Inc. to update Hunter’s curve for residential applications using water-efficient fixtures. The findings are expected to be applied to a code proposal for a future edition of the Uniform Plumbing Code. More>>


Reminder: ASPE is going paperless on July 1

To streamline the mailing of membership renewal invoices, ASPE renewal notices will no longer be mailed as of July 1. All renewal notices will be sent electronically, so make sure we have your current e-mail address on file by contacting Membership Coordinator Jinnie Yoo.


Enhance your skills with online design classes from UCLA Extension

ASPE and UCLA Extension are offering several new online plumbing design classes: “High-Rise Building Design” (starting June 24), “Code and Engineering Fundamentals,” “Solar Thermal Energy Solutions,” and “LEED and Green Building Design” (starting in September). For more information or to register, contact ksantos@unex.ucla.edu.


ASPE seeks chapters to help update PEDH 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.


Have fun in the sun with ASPE

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


Campus Conservation Nationals saves almost 1.7 million gallons of water

120 universities and community colleges participated in this year’s competition to reduce on-campus water and energy use. Schools with the highest water-reduction rates were Northwestern University, Oberlin College, Wake Forest University, Cal Poly Pomona, and Indiana University.


Texas governor signs landmark water bill

On Tuesday, Texas Governor Rick Perry signed House Bill 4, which establishes a new Texas Water Development Board and proposes a $2 billion fund for water infrastructure and conservation projects on which Texas residents will vote this November.


Portland voters reject fluoridating the public water supply

Last week, 60 percent of voters in Portland, Oregon opposed a plan to add fluoride to the municipal water supply, which serves about 900,000 residents.


USAID launches international water strategy

The U.S. government’s first Water and Development Strategy focuses on two strategic objectives—water for health and water for food—to help combat water and sanitation challenges around the world.


Draft FAQ on lead-free requirements is available for review

This draft document, including answers to frequently asked questions, expresses the EPA’s interpretation of the requirements of the federal “Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act,” which goes into effect next January. Comments will be accepted until June 21.


What are some of the latest high-efficiency plumbing fixtures?

A 1-gpf toilet, a 0.5-gpf urinal, and a 2-gpm showerhead are among the newest high-efficiency offerings from several manufacturers.


Rainwater harvesting conference being held November 5–9

The American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association (ARCSA) is teaming up with the Irrigation Association for the 2013 ARCSA Annual Conference and Tradeshow in Austin, Texas. Registration opens June 24.   


Presentations sought on high-performance building design for developing countries

ASHRAE has issued a call for papers for the “Efficient, High-Performance Buildings for Developing Economies” conference to be held April 24–25, 2014 in Manila, Philippines (co-sponsored by AHRI and endorsed by IAPMO). Abstracts are due July 12.


WPC is taking applications for its 2013 Education & Training Scholarship

The scholarship, worth a maximum of $10,000, is available to anyone involved in plumbing industry education and training and will enable the successful applicant to travel to another country to share ideas and techniques on plumbing training.


World Plumbing Day poster competition winners announced

Two fifth graders from Corinaldi Avenue Primary School in Montego Bay, Jamaica were awarded first and second place in the 2013 World Plumbing Day International Poster Competition.






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