Vol. 6, No. 14, July 11, 2013



ASPE commits resources to administer U.S. technical advisory group on water reuse

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) recently announced the formation of ISO/TC 282 - Water Reuse, and in response, ASPE submitted an application to become accredited as the administrator of the U.S. technical advisory group (TAG) responsible for the development of U.S. positions on draft standards developed within ISO/TC 282. Organizations and individuals interested in joining this effort can contact Director of Publications and Standards Gretchen Pienta for more information.


Did you know the ASPE Technical Symposium is being held one month earlier this year?

Don't worry-you still have plenty of time to register and plan your trip to Orlando on September 19-22. Early bird registration is available until August 19, and you can get the special ASPE rate at the Buena Vista Palace Hotel until August 23. The Buena Vista Palace is located on the Walt Disney World Resort, and ASPE has arranged discounts on theme park tickets for 2013 Technical Symposium attendees so bring your family to take advantage of this great value.


Don't forget to check out the Official Planning Guide in the July issue of Plumbing Engineer to help plan your 2013 ASPE Technical Symposium experience.


ASPE unveils its new logo

On July 1, ASPE announced the launch of its new logo, which was conceptualized as part of ASPE's goal to enhance recognition of plumbing engineering as a unique and forward-thinking profession that is vital to the construction industry. The design of the new ASPE logo also reflects the Society's commitment to championing water- and energy-efficient plumbing systems and product manufacturing technologies.


Learn about domestic hot water system design and save

Join your peers and presenter Raymond Parham, PE, next Tuesday and Wednesday for two one-hour webinars starting at 2 p.m. EDT 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.


Members: ASPE is now paperless

ASPE membership renewal notices are now being sent via e-mail. Please check your spam folder to ensure that you receive your invoice on time. To update your e-mail address, contact Membership Coordinator Jinnie Yoo.


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.


Miami Chapter charter member passes away

William R. Gonzalez, PE, who joined ASPE in 1968, passed away on June 23. He was one of the founding fathers/charter members of the Miami Chapter and held several chapter officer positions including chapter president. During his 50-year career, he worked for prominent firms including HJ Ross Associates, Spillis-Candela Architects, McDowell Engineers, and TLC Consulting Engineers.


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.


Global construction output forecast to grow by 70% by 2025

A majority of the increase is expected to come from emerging markets, with China and India contributing the most growth. The construction market in North America is forecast to be almost 40 percent larger than 2007, while the construction market in Western Europe is expected to be almost 5 percent smaller. More>>


LEED v4 to launch this fall

The USGBC membership recently voted to approve LEED v4, and the updated rating system will be launched this fall at the Greenbuild Conference and Expo being held November 18-23 in Philadelphia.


Video series examines the future of water

NBC Learn and the National Science Foundation have teamed up to produce a new informative series called "Sustainability: Water," which consists of seven videos explaining significant challenges to managing the water supply in selected regions and cities across the United States.


$1 billion increase expected in disinfection systems market

Revenues in the water and wastewater disinfection systems market are forecast to increase to $2.96 billion in 2019, fueled by rapid urbanization and water reuse legislation. Chlorine-related disinfection, which currently dominates, is expected to decrease, while UV and AOP disinfection will make up 33.7 percent of the market. More>>


Nashville tower to be one of the world's most energy-efficient skyscrapers

505 Church Street in downtown Nashville is designed to achieve LEED Platinum and the energy-use goals of the 2030 Challenge by incorporating integrated photovoltaic panels, solar shading, under-floor air distribution, sky gardens, and other sustainable features.


Report identifies gaps in water/energy nexus research

To better manage and advance sustainable practices, deeper understanding is needed regarding energy use in water and wastewater systems, according to Water-Energy Nexus Research: Recommendations for Future Opportunities, by the Alliance for Water Efficiency and American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.


ASSE seeks working group members for new product standard

ASSE International seeks interested parties to participate on a working group for the development of ASSE Standard 1081: Performance Requirements for Pressure-Reducing Boiler Feed Valves with Integral Backflow Preventers-Intermediate Atmospheric Vent Style. You can find application instructions here.


New handbook on district cooling systems published

ASHRAE's District Cooling Guide includes design guidance on central chiller plants, chilled-water distribution systems, and consumer interconnection, as well as information on system enhancements, the integration of thermal storage into a district cooling system, operations, and maintenance.


Free Legionella webinar available

"Legionella: An Update for Building Operators, Engineers, and Water Treaters," covers current issues related to Legionnaires' prevention, ASHRAE 188P, and HACCP water plans. You can watch it for free here.


New online forum for building professionals launched

ASHRAExCHANGE provides construction industry professionals with a free online platform for real-time discussion and information exchange on the design, construction, operation, and support of the built environment.


IAPMO R&T gains accreditation in Mexico

Mexico's EMA (Entidad Mexicana de Acreditacion, A.C.) has recognized IAPMO R&T Lab for the testing of water closets, flushometer valves, fill and flush valves, and showerheads for certification in Mexico. More>>