Vol. 6, No. 17, August 22, 2013



2013 ASPE Technical Symposium early bird deadline extended

Register by August 30 to save $50!  

It's not too late to register for the 2013 ASPE Technical Symposium and receive $50 off the regular price. The early bird deadline is August 30, so register now to take advantage of the year's best professional development event for plumbing engineers and designers.

What will you find at the 2013 ASPE Technical Symposium?

>> Networking with the industry's top manufacturers and your peers at the Product Show

>> 25 professional development sessions for beginners through advanced plumbing engineers

>> Up to 15 contact hours for your licensing and recertification requirements

>> A tour of the Walt Disney World Laundry Facility

>> The chance to earn your Green Plumbing Design (GPD) certificate

>> A special offering of the Certified in Plumbing Design (CPD) exam


Check out the Official Program Guide for more information.


Don't forget to reserve your Symposium hotel room by tomorrow

The special ASPE rate of $119/night at the Buena Vista Palace Hotel in Orlando will not be available after tomorrow, so make sure to reserve your room now. This is the perfect opportunity to take the family on a low-cost trip to Disney World, as the Buena Vista Palace Hotel is located on the Walt Disney World Resort property, and the hotel offers complimentary transportation to the theme parks and Downtown Disney. ASPE also has arranged special discounts on theme park tickets for 2013 Technical Symposium attendees.


New 2013 Symposium/2014 Convention deal announced

Everyone who registers for the full 2013 ASPE Technical Symposium will automatically receive a 30% discount on a registration to the 2014 ASPE Convention & Exposition in Chicago on September 18-24. This represents almost $200 in savings! If you purchase a one-day registration to the Symposium, you will receive 15% off the 2014 Convention fee. (You will be sent the discount code when registration opens next year. This offer cannot be combined with any other Convention registration promotion.)


Entrance to the 2013 Technical Symposium Product Show is FREE!

If you will be in the Orlando area on Thursday, September 19, join your peers from 5-8 p.m. at the Buena Vista Palace Hotel for a unique chance to get one-on-one face time with the manufacturers who make the products you specify. Product engineers will be available to answer your questions, and you could possibly even influence future product designs. Grab a drink and get a bite to eat at this engaging event!


Reminder to members: ASPE renewals are now sent via e-mail

If your membership expires on September 30, please be on the lookout for your invoice in your e-mail on September 3 (remember to check your spam/junk folder). To renew, you can go to aspe.org/RenewMembership, scan and e-mail your renewal invoice to jyoo@aspe.org, call 847-296-0002 x223 to pay via phone, or fax your form to 847-296-2963.


Online plumbing design course starts September 26

"Code and Engineering Fundamentals" offered by ASPE and UCLA Extension and taught by Haig Demergian, PE, CPD, FASPE, will be held online from September 26 to December 19.


The third-quarter 2013 ASPE Board Report is available

Find out what's been happening with the ASPE Board of Directors at aspe.org/BODnewsletter. (Member login required.)


Chapter officers: want help sending your members to the 2014 Convention?

If a chapter covers a member's registration fee for the 2013 ASPE Technical Symposium, the chapter will receive a 30% discount on a 2014 Convention & Exposition registration fee. If that was not enough, ASPE will reimburse the chapter 10% off the Symposium registration fee for all attendees sponsored by the chapter (to be reimbursed to the chapter following the Symposium). This represents a savings to the chapter of almost $260 per sponsored individual for both events! Contact Jinnie Yoo by August 30 to let her know if your chapter is sponsoring any members.


End your summer on a high note with ASPE

August and September are packed with ASPE chapter events designed to help local plumbing industry professionals learn more about the industry, brush up on design skills, network, and have fun. Check out our local events webpage to find out what's happening in your area.


PERC releases phase 2 work plan

The Plumbing Efficiency Research Coalition has announced its intention to launch a phase 2 study, which will build on the results of its drainline transport study and focus on pipe size reduction, additional flush volume levels, toilet discharge, and toilet paper characteristics. The Test Plan Proposal is available for review, and any comments can be sent to Pete DeMarco.


WaterSense to develop flushometer toilet specification

The EPA has released a notice of intent that describes the efficiency and performance criteria being considered for the draft specification, as well as technical issues that need further clarification. Comments on the NOI can be sent to watersense-products@erg.com.


New toolkit helps building owners create water-efficiency programs

The free Building Water Efficiency toolkit, developed by the Environmental Defense Fund and AT&T after a series of pilot projects, focuses on cooling system improvements and includes a water scorecard and audit forms in addition to other resources. 


2014 NEC is available

The National Fire Protection Association has released the 2014 National Electrical Code in digital format. The hard copy will be available by the end of the month.


IA releases state contractor licensing guide

The Irrigation Association's web-based Landscape Irrigation Contractor State Licensing Guide provides details about each state's licensing requirements to practice landscape irrigation and links to state licensing webpages.


Unilever announces innovative shower design contest

Participants are asked to submit designs for the "shower of the future," which should be cost-efficient and affordable to the end user, have an innovative design that fits within a typical modern bathroom, and use no more than 2.6 gallons of water in a single use. More>>


ICC publishes Illustrated IBC Handbook

The 2012 International Building Code Handbook, a new publication from the International Code Council and McGraw-Hill Professional, combines detailed discussions with more than 600 color illustrations to support the application of IBC provisions. More>>


UL announces new global water systems validation services

Underwriters Laboratories' Water Product Validation Services evaluate water systems and products to criteria defined by the manufacturer to determine the validity of marketing claims and issues certificates of validation for systems/products that meet those claims.


IAPMO R&T to certify commercial pre-rinse spray valves to WaterSense

The EPA will release the commercial pre-rinse spray valve WaterSense specification on September 19, at which point manufacturers may begin bringing their products to IAPMO R&T for testing and certification. More>>


Great Energy Efficiency Day being held October 2

Registration is now open for the Alliance to Save Energy's annual Great Energy Efficiency Day, which will showcase success stories from business and government leaders on how they are working toward the goal of doubling energy productivity by 2030. 


ASSE Standard 1030-2013 receives ANSI approval

ASSE Standard 1030-2013: Performance Requirements for Positive Pressure Reduction Devices for Sanitary Drainage Systems is now recognized as an American National Standard. More>>


NSF International launches new website

Located at the same address (nsf.org), the site enables users to quickly find services, programs, and NSF contact information; stay current on industry-specific training courses, webinars, and other resources; and easily find NSF listings.






This e-mail was sent by American Society of Plumbing Engineers, located at 6400 Shafer Ct., Suite 350, Rosemont, IL 60018 (United States). To receive no further e-mails, please click here or reply to this e-mail with "unlist" in the Subject line.