Vol. 6, No. 13, June 27, 2013



The 2013 ASPE Technical Symposium planning guide has arrived!

Do you need help planning your 2013 ASPE Technical Symposium experience? Check out the newly released Official Planning Guide, which contains everything you need to know to make the most out of your trip to Orlando on September 19-22. You can also find the brochure in the July issue of ASPE's official publication, Plumbing Engineer.


In the brochure you can read about the special events, plan your own unique education program, find travel discounts, and learn who will be exhibiting at the product show. Then all you have to do is register at aspe.org/2013techreg by August 19 to get the early bird discount. Don't delay-register today.


ASPE announces staff changes

After several years of exemplary service to the Society, ASPE Managing Director/Director of Education & Meetings Cliff Reis is leaving ASPE next month. To fill the void created by his departure, former Director of Membership Stacey Kidd has been appointed Director of Membership & Meetings, and former Education Coordinator Pam Rosenberg has been promoted to Manager of Education & Certification. More>>


Save the date: two-part webinar on domestic hot water system design being held July 16 and 17

Join your peers and presenter Raymond Parham, PE, for two one-hour webinars starting at 2 p.m. EDT  on July 16 and 17 to learn about model code provisions for domestic hot water, design challenges associated with the various water heaters, distribution system design for different building types, and how to design for multiple temperature distribution and pressure zones. Registration is just $100 for ASPE members for both webinars-almost a 30 percent discount off the regular price of two webinars. It's such a great deal, you can't afford to miss it.


Holdrite joins ASPE's prestigious Affiliate Sponsor list

HOLDRITE, an industry leader in pipe support and alignment systems, has joined the growing list of manufacturers and service providers that are part of ASPE's Affiliate Sponsor program, which is designed to help ASPE's partners build name recognition within the plumbing engineering community year-round via exposure in the Society's print and digital media outlets and at Society events.


To learn more about becoming an ASPE Affiliate Sponsor, contact Director of Affiliate Relations David Jern


Congratulations new CPDs!

ASPE would like to recognize and congratulate those who achieved the Certified in Plumbing Design (CPD) designation by passing the April 2013 examination. They have joined the ranks of outstanding professionals with advanced skills in the design and specification of plumbing systems.


Do you want to become a CPD? ASPE is offering a second CPD exam this year following the 2013 ASPE Technical Symposium in Orlando, Florida on September 22. Visit aspe.org/CPDCertification for more information.


Online plumbing design courses start this September

ASPE and UCLA Extension are offering several new online plumbing design classes this fall: "Code and Engineering Fundamentals," "Solar Thermal Energy Solutions," and "LEED and Green Building Design." For more information or to register, contact ksantos@unex.ucla.edu.


Reminder: ASPE is going paperless next Monday

ASPE membership renewal notices will be sent via e-mail starting July 1. Please ensure that ASPE has your current e-mail address on file by contacting Membership Coordinator Jinnie Yoo.


2013 ASPE Technical Symposium marketing materials are available

ASPE has created numerous marketing materials that chapters can use to help advertise the 2013 ASPE Technical Symposium to your local plumbing engineering community. Just visit aspe.org/2013techmarketing to find ads and flyers that you can put in your newsletter or on your website or even print out to distribute at events. Don't forget to remind people that they can register at aspe.org/2013techreg, and we look forward to seeing all of you in Orlando this September!


ASPE announces vice president, membership training

If you are an incoming chapter vice president of membership, then this exciting one-day training session is for you. This workshop will provide you with the necessary training and tools to be successful in your chapter leadership position. It will be held on August 3 and will be facilitated by ASPE Membership Committee Chair Brian Salisbury, CPD, FASPE, and ASPE Vice President, Membership, Scott Steindler, CPD, LEED AP BD+C, ARCSA AA. The deadline to register is July 10. You can learn more about the workshop here, or contact Membership Coordinator Jinnie Yoo with any questions.


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 can we make U.S. buildings and communities more resilient?

On June 13, NYC Mayor Bloomberg released the recommendations of the Building Resiliency Task Force, which he convened after Superstorm Sandy to outline steps to strengthen building codes and standards to ensure that existing buildings and future construction meet the highest level of resilience during severe weather events. The report proposes methods to prevent sewage backups, capture stormwater, deliver drinking water, and other improvements.


In related news, U.S. mayors pledged on June 17 to make their communities more resilient to extreme weather by signing a plan created by Resilient Communities for America that lays out actions such as using more renewable energy and making buildings and infrastructure more energy-efficient.


Architecture Billings Index rebounds

Following the first reversal into negative territory in 10 months in April, the Architecture Billings Index bounced back up to 52.9 in May, a dramatic increase over April's 48.6 score. 


Commercial construction costs increase

The second-quarter 2013 Turner Building Cost Index increased to 859, reflecting a 1.18 percent increase from 1Q13 and 4 percent yearly from 2Q12, due in part to large, complex projects requiring specialty equipment and materials.


U.S. construction worker safety is improving

The number of on-the-job fatalities dropped from 1,016 in 2008 to 781 in 2011, and the total number of recordable injuries dropped from 4.7 per 100 workers to 3.9 per 100 workers during the same period, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. More>>


Berkeley Lab releases building energy benchmarking tool

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has issued the first full public release of EnergyIQ, a free, web-based, action-oriented benchmarking tool for commercial buildings to help owners and engineers identify energy-efficiency opportunities, decrease costs, and reduce carbon emissions.


New report details the environmental consequences of development

At least 850,000 acres of lakes, reservoirs, and ponds and 50,000 miles of rivers and streams in the U.S. are thought to be impaired by stormwater runoff, but certain types of land use and transportation strategies can reduce the environmental and human health impacts of development, according to Our Built and Natural Environments: A Technical Review of the Interactions among Land Use, Transportation, and Environmental Quality.


NFPA seeks presentation proposals for its 2014 conference

NFPA is soliciting session proposals for the 2014 NFPA Conference & Expo, being held June 9-12 in Las Vegas, on the following topics: fire protection engineering, building and life safety, detection and notification, fire suppression, green initiatives, and research. The deadline to submit a proposal is September 16.


NIBS annual report issued

The National Institute of Building Sciences' 2012 Annual Report to the President of the United States contains information on the National BIM Standard-United States, NIBS Guideline 3-2012: Building Enclosure Commissioning Process, and the Whole Building Design Guide, among other initiatives.


AWE launches sustainability training for Canadian plumbers

The pilot program will cover the fundamentals of water treatment and supply, advances in water-efficient technology, and opportunities in sustainable practices and will provide testing and accreditation so plumbers can market their standardized training to customers. More>>






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