Vol. 6, No. 12, June 13, 2013



Meet your favorite manufacturers at the 2013 ASPE Technical Symposium Product Show

The 2013 ASPE Technical Symposium kicks off on Thursday, September 19, with the popular Product Show, where you can get one-on-one face time with representatives of the manufacturers that make the products you specify. Join your peers, grab a drink, and get a bite to eat while you learn about the newest plumbing products and share your opinion about their applicability in your designs. Visit aspe.org/2013techproductshow often to see who will be participating, and don’t forget to register before August 19 to get the early bird rate!


Tonight! ASPE Young Engineers comes to Chicago

All ASPE Young Engineers are invited to join us at Cactus in Chicago at 6 p.m. for our latest networking event. 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!


Learn about air-aspirating smoke detection at next week’s ASPE webinar

At 2 p.m. EDT on June 19, ASPE will broadcast 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.


Special offer for nonmembers: If you sign up for ASPE membership, we will waive the $129.95 fee for this webinar! Learn how here.


ASPE and ARCSA join to develop stormwater harvesting standard

ASPE and the American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association (ARCSA) are teaming up once again to develop and publish an American National Standard for plumbing system design. The latest collaboration, ASPE/ARCSA 78, will cover stormwater harvesting system design requirements for direct and indirect end-use applications. 


ASPE and ARCSA seek individuals skilled in stormwater system design to join the Working Group responsible for developing this standard. If you would like to participate, submit an application form or contact ASPE Director of Publications and Standards Gretchen Pienta for more information.


Young engineers: get career advice at our free webinar

On June 25 at 2 p.m. EDT, join ASPE Young Engineers (AYE) members during our free 30-minute webinar to share ideas, ask questions, and learn how other young professionals are succeeding in today’s competitive industry.


Online high-rise plumbing design course starts June 24

Don’t miss your chance to learn from ASPE Vice President, Legislative David DeBord, CPD, LEED AP, ARCSA AP, as he teaches the online class “High-Rise Building Plumbing Design,” which runs weekly from June 24 to September 9 as part of UCLA Extension’s Plumbing Systems Design sequential course. The class will cover traditional and alternative water systems for high-rises, including sanitary waste and vent, stormwater use, hot water recirculation, and more.


Members: ASPE is going paperless on July 1

ASPE renewal notices will no longer be mailed as of July 1. To ensure that you don’t miss any renewal notices, you can verify your e-mail address with Membership Coordinator Jinnie Yoo.


Showcase your skills at the 2014 Emerging Technology Symposium

Being held April 23–24, 2014 in Washington, D.C., the ETS is designed to help participants network with experts in the fields of water and energy efficiency, learn about emerging products and practices, exchange views on new trends in the industry, and discuss innovative green plumbing and mechanical concepts. ASPE is co-convening this symposium with CIPH, IAPMO, MCAA, PHCC-NA, PMI, UA, and WPC, and the conveners are taking proposals for presentations until September 30. Click here for submission guidelines.


Learn, network, and have fun with ASPE this summer

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


How much is needed to sustain the country’s drinking water infrastructure?

For the nation’s water systems to continue providing safe drinking water to Americans, the U.S. EPA estimates that $384.2 billion will be needed through 2030 for infrastructure improvements, including $247.5 billion to replace or refurbish aging or deteriorating lines and $72.5 billion to construct, expand, or rehabilitate infrastructure to reduce contamination, according to a recent report to Congress.


Proposed bill would mandate water conservation in federal buildings

If water is used to achieve energy efficiency in federal buildings, S. 1020: All-of-the-Above Federal Building Energy Conservation Act of 2013 would require water-conservation technologies to be applied to the extent that they are life-cycle cost-effective. 


Miami-Dade to spend billions to fix sewer system

Miami-Dade County, Florida has agreed to invest $1.6 billion in major upgrades to its wastewater treatment plants and wastewater collection and transmission systems to eliminate sanitary sewer overflows, according to a settlement with the U.S. DOJ and EPA.


New stormwater calculator will help manage rainwater runoff

The National Stormwater Calculator, currently in the final stages of review, will help users determine how different green infrastructure practices such rain gardens, rain barrels, cisterns, and natural areas that absorb rainwater will prevent problems associated with urban stormwater runoff.


Better Buildings Challenge saves $58 million in first year

Since the program was launched in December 2011, participants of the federal government’s Better Buildings Challenge have improved facility energy efficiency by more than 2.5 percent on average, equal to about $58 million in annual energy savings, according to the Spring 2013 Progress Update.


Green Globes building certification program announces upgrades

The Green Globes for New Construction program is now based on an ANSI standard, ANSI/GBI 01-2010: Green Building Assessment Protocol for Commercial Buildings, and offers more options for energy performance assessment, among other changes.


Which federal agency scored the highest on sustainability?

Of the 25 federal agencies that released Office of Management and Budget Sustainability/Energy Scorecards, which track the agencies’ performance in achieving energy, transportation, and environmental goals, only the Environmental Protection Agency and the General Services Administration scored green on all seven benchmarks.


California code seminars being held August 22–23

IAPMO is offering a seminar on important changes to the 2013 California Plumbing and Mechanical Codes (August 22) and one specifically on the Alternate Water Systems and Rainwater Catchment Systems chapters of the California Plumbing Code (August 23) at its headquarters in Ontario, California. ASPE members will receive a $30 discount off the registration fee for each seminar. Call 877‐427‐6601 ext. 3005 to register.


ASHRAE seeks papers for 2014 Annual Conference

Presentation proposals for the conference, being held June 28–July 2, 2014 in Seattle, are sought on high-performance building design, indoor environment, commissioning, refrigeration, ground source heat pumps, and other topics. Submission guidelines can be found here.






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