Vol. 6, No. 19, September 19, 2013




It’s here! The 2013 ASPE Technical Symposium kicks off tonight

Join us for the free Product Show, Buena Vista Palace Hotel, Orlando, Florida

The 2013 Technical Symposium Product Show, being held tonight from 5-8 p.m., is an intimate gathering of the industry’s top manufacturers, offering plumbing system designers the chance to get one-on-one face time with the product engineers who make the products you specify. Learn from the experts how to apply their products in your designs while you grab a drink and get a bite to eat at this free, engaging event. 


It’s not too late to attend the 2013 ASPE Technical Symposium this weekend

The technical education program starts tomorrow, Friday, September 20, so you still have time to take advantage of this opportunity to increase your skill set and earn CEUs. Just download the registration form and go to the Buena Vista Palace Hotel on the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando to attend the professional development sessions designed exclusively for plumbing engineers and designers. Remember: everyone who registers for the full 2013 Technical Symposium receives 30% off a full registration to the 2014 ASPE Convention & Exposition in Chicago, September 18-24, 2014. 

ASPE and NSPE partner to advance the engineering profession

On September 3, ASPE signed a memorandum of understanding with the National Society of Professional Engineers with the goal of promoting the image of professional engineering and its ethical responsibilities to the public as well as the need for professional engineering licensure and certification programs. 


ASPE hosts the first International Water Saving Workshop

In collaboration with the Asian Saving Water Council, ASPE organized the first International Water Saving Workshop in Chicago on August 28-29 to bring together U.S. and Asian plumbing industry leaders to exchange ideas related to global water-efficiency initiatives.

Alfred Steele Scholarship deadline announced

The Alfred Steele Scholarship is limited to ASPE members and their immediate family members who have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, are in or plan to attend a college, university, or technical school on a full-time basis, and are enrolled in an engineering program. For more information and to apply, visit aspe.org/SteeleScholarship or contact Jinnie Yoo. The deadline to apply is January 31, 2014.

ASPE College of Fellows is accepting applications

The Kenneth G. Wentink College of Fellows is comprised of ASPE members who have made significant and exceptional contributions to the plumbing engineering profession, the Society, and the plumbing industry. Visit aspe.org/fellows or contact Jinnie Yoo for more information on how to nominate a member for this lifetime honor. Nominations must be submitted by January 31, 2014.

Special archived webinar opportunity available this month

ASPE members can view “Wastewater Reuse Technically Speaking: Water, Design, and Cost Analysis” for just $35 through September 30. Just visit the webinar page and select the second option (first-time viewing) to take advantage of this opportunity.

ASPE executive director/CEO featured on Mechanical Hub

Mechanical Hub recently caught up with Jim Kendzel, MPH, CAE, to get his thoughts on ASPE and the plumbing industry in general. Click here to access the full interview.

Chapter officers: ASPE seeks your chapter’s input on UPC and UMC changes

The Uniform Plumbing Code and Uniform Mechanical Code are currently under review, and ASPE’s Legislative Committee seeks member input on the proposed changes. Chapter officers are asked to engage your chapter membership to review and provide suggestions on the Uniform Mechanical Code Report on Proposals and the Uniform Plumbing Code Report on Proposals. Submit your chapter’s comments to Jim Kendzel by November 15.

Chapters: don’t forget to appoint a liaison to the 50th Anniversary Committee

ASPE requests each chapter to designate a chapter member to be the liaison to the national 50th Anniversary Committee. The person will receive communication from the committee and will be responsible for coordinating requests with the rest of the chapter. Send the individual’s name and contact information to Gretchen Pienta. (If no individual is appointed, the chapter president will be the contact.)

Kick off fall with ASPE

September is 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.

Celebrate World Green Building Week

The theme of this year’s event, organized by the World Green Building Council, is “Greener Buildings, Better Places, Healthier People.” You can find events, fact sheets, and other resources at the World Green Building Week website.

New Orleans Urban Water Plan promotes embracing stormwater rather than fighting it

The proposed 50-year program of retrofits views stormwater and groundwater as benefits rather than nuisances to be blocked or pumped away and re-envisions New Orleans as a flexible, permeable metropolis of canals and ponds to mitigate flood risk and combat subsidence.

Chicago to require energy reporting starting next year

The Chicago City Council approved an ordinance that will require owners of buildings more than 50,000 square feet to disclose energy consumption data and information about building size, use, and occupancy levels using the Energy Star Portfolio Manager as part of an effort to cut energy use by 30 percent in half of Chicago buildings by 2020.

Harvesting the fog

A fog-capturing system being used in rural Kenya to combat water shortages can provide enough clean water for 20-40 people, or about 400-1,000 liters, per day depending on the size and design of the collector and the atmospheric fog density.

EPA releases lead-free certification guide

How to Identify Lead-Free Certification Marks for Drinking Water System & Plumbing Materials” explains the requirements of the federal regulations going into effect on January 4, 2014 and describes the third-party certification process to help users identify products that comply with the new law.

Cost of installing home fire sprinklers down from 2008

Using a larger sample size than a similar study in 2008, a new report by the Fire Protection Research Foundation finds that the average cost to install sprinklers in residential dwellings is currently $1.35 per square foot, compared to $1.61 psf in 2008. 

Green building gains steam in the U.S.

Even if you aren’t a proponent of LEED, you cannot deny its impact on increasing awareness of sustainable building in the United States. The USGBC now offers a state-by-state snapshot of green building activity, including public policy initiatives, example projects, and market statistics.

FGI posts sustainability white paper for comment

The Facility Guidelines Institute seeks comments on the first draft of “Sustainable Design Guidelines for Hospitals and Outpatient Facilities.” The paper and commenting directions can be found at fgiguidelines.org/resources.php.

New structural design manuals published

The International Code Council and the Structural Engineers Association of California have partnered to publish a five-volume series of Structural/Seismic Design Manuals updated to the 2012 International Building Code and referenced standards.

CIPHEX Roadshow travels to four Canadian cities this October

The free traveling expo for plumbing, HVACR, hydronics, water treatment, tools, equipment, software, and services visits Halifax on October 1, Quebec City on October 3, Winnipeg on October 8, and Edmonton on October 10.

Input on hot water distribution needed for new research study

Your expertise in the field of hot water distribution is needed for a research project funded by the California Energy Commission that will study issues that diminish distribution efficiency and overall energy use within a multifamily building’s central domestic hot water system. To participate in a short interview, send your name, phone number, and the best time to reach you to gabe@enovativegroup.com.

WPC announces individual memberships

An individual membership in the World Plumbing Council is only $55 per year and affords members worldwide networking and leadership opportunities. Click here to learn more.





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