Vol. 6, No. 22, October 31, 2013



ASPE’s siphonic roof drainage standard receives ANSI approval
On October 16, ASPE/ANSI 45-2013: Siphonic Roof Drainage was approved as an American National Standard by the American National Standards Institute. It is ASPE’s first standard to be approved as an ANS since ASPE became an ANSI-accredited standards development organization last year. “ASPE/ANSI 45 is an exemplary standard that clearly defines the way siphonic roof drainage should be designed,” says Peter Kraut, PE, chair of the working group that spent the last year revising the 2007 version of the standard to meet ANSI’s consensus development requirements.

To purchase ASPE/ANSI 45-2013, or for more information about ASPE’s standards development program, contact Director of Publications & Standards Gretchen Pienta.

Save the date: PEX in commercial piping applications webinar being held December 9
FREE for ASPE members!
Sponsored by UPONOR, this webinar will help contractors and engineers understand the benefits as well as the challenges and potential pitfalls of using PEX for plumbing and hydronic distribution on large-scale commercial projects. This one-hour webinar at 2 p.m. EST provides one hour of continuing education credit and is FREE for ASPE members. Register here today. 

Special webinar offering announced for ASPE members
Through November 30, ASPE members can view the archived webinar on storm drainage systems presented by ASPE Vice President, Technical Mitch Clemente, CPD, and earn one contact hour of continuing education for just $35. Click here to take advantage of this opportunity today.

Intermediate plumbing design workshop being held in Los Angeles on January 28
This half-day seminar from noon to 4:30 p.m. includes lunch and 3.5 continuing education credits. Presenter Peter Kraut, PE, will focus on commercial kitchen design, including natural gas, sanitary waste and vent, storm drain, and domestic water systems, fixtures, and equipment. The class is limited to 35 participants, so learn more and register early at aspe.org/IntermediateWorkshop

Get hands-on with Revit on January 30
This instructor-led, full-day workshop in Santa Ana, California will take participants step by step through the creation, layout, and editing of HVAC ductwork, mechanical piping, and domestic piping, including sloped sanitary requirements. Registration includes lunch and 7.5 contact hours of continuing education, and space is limited to 50 participants. More information can be found at aspe.org/revitmepworkshop.



Just announced: Get hands-on with Revit in Texas on February 11
This one-day workshop in San Antonio includes a computer rental preloaded with Revit MEP 2014, lunch, and 7.5 PDHs and is intended for Revit users who are familiar with the software interface and proficient with the core tools. Learn more and register at aspe.org/revitmeptexas.

Young professionals in SoCal: join ASPE for two FREE networking events
ASPE Young Professionals will host two free networking events in Southern California this January to help local young engineers and designers make new contacts, share experiences, and possibly find new career opportunities. Stop by the City Tavern in Culver City on January 28 or Bowlmor Lanes in Tustin on January 31 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. to kick back after work with other up-and-coming plumbing industry professionals! 

Have any historical chapter memorabilia to share for ASPE’s 50th Anniversary?
As part of ASPE’s 50th Anniversary celebration, ASPE will be showcasing historical photos and other mementos in various venues. If your chapter has any memorabilia to share, contact 50th Anniversary staff liaison Rachel Boger for more information on where to send it.

Help revise ASPE publications AND send chapter members to the 2014 ASPE Convention & Exposition
How? If your chapter agrees to revise either Practical Plumbing Engineering or Plumbing Technology by next August, your chapter will receive 10 discounted registrations to the 2014 ASPE Convention & Exposition. Contact Gretchen Pienta for more information. 

Learn more about the federal lead reduction act with the EPA’s updated FAQs
A new document from the EPA clarifies answers to frequently asked questions about the Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act to help the plumbing industry and the public understand the statutory requirements of the legislation, which goes into effect in January.

Indian plumbing industry urges government to require safe plumbing standards
In anticipation of the World Plumbing Conference being held in New Delhi next month, which will focus on plumbing codes in developing countries, the Indian Plumbing Association is supporting the implementation of mandatory requirements in the country’s building codes.

Poor sanitation is stunting Indonesia’s economic growth
Inadequate sanitation practices, such as treating only 5 percent of sludge from septic tanks and 1 percent of wastewater, cost Indonesia approximately 2.3 percent of the country’s GDP annually in health- and environmental-related economic losses, according to a report by the World Bank.

New innovation harnesses the sun to purify water
Purdue University professors have developed a water treatment system that uses UV radiation to kill waterborne microorganisms, consisting of a UV-transparent pipe on a parabolic reflector.

EPA releases new green infrastructure strategic agenda
The new agenda outlines five major areas of focus to help further the growth and success of green infrastructure approaches to address water quality issues across the country.

ICC seeks comments on accessible building standard
Comments on the first public review draft of ICC A117.1-2014: Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities will be accepted until December 9.

Comments on changes to irrigation system professional certification programs needed
The EPA seeks public input on draft specifications for the Irrigation System Installation and Maintenance, Designer, and Auditor certification programs, as well as the draft WaterSense Professional Certification Program Labeling System. Written comments must be submitted by November 19.

DOE releases final rule for plumbing product test procedures
The new regulations recently issued by the U.S. Department of Energy regarding test procedures for showerheads, faucets, water closets, urinals, and commercial pre-rinse spray valves go into effect November 22.

Industry manufacturers and organizations recognized with WaterSense awards
Kohler Co., Delta Faucet, Niagara Conservation Corp., and the Irrigation Association were among the winners of the WaterSense 2013 Partners of the Year awards. The program recognizes the commitment of WaterSense partners in promoting water efficiency to the American public.

Great Energy Efficiency Day rescheduled for November 20
This event hosted by the Alliance to Save Energy will be held in Washington, D.C. and will feature seminars on efforts at the local, state, and federal levels to double U.S. energy productivity by 2030.




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