Vol. 6, No. 24, November 27, 2013


Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, ASPE’s office will be closed Thursday and Friday, November 28-29.

Joint ARCSA/ASPE rainwater catchment systems standard receives ANSI approval
On November 14, the American National Standards Institute approved ARCSA/ASPE/ANSI 63-2013: Rainwater Catchment Systems as an American National Standard. Developed by the American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association and ASPE, and co-sponsored by IAPMO and NSF International, this standard will help safely implement rainwater catchment systems using precipitation from rooftops and other hard, impervious surfaces for subsequent use in nonpotable and even potable water applications. The standard is available for purchase at ASPE’s online store.

Free webinar for ASPE members being held December 9
Join other engineers and contractors at 2 p.m. EST during ASPE’s “PEX in Commercial Piping Applications” webinar to learn about the benefits, challenges, and potential pitfalls of using PEX for plumbing and hydronic distribution. Sponsored by UPONOR, this webinar provides one hour of continuing education credit.

Volunteers needed to help review ASPE's certification program
ASPE is looking for committed volunteers to assist in reviewing the CPD (Certified in Plumbing Design) program for the purpose of ensuring that the program has kept current with changes in the industry and revising it as needed. This will be a year-long commitment beginning early next year. More information and the application form can be found here. Applications will be accepted until December 31.

Congratulations new CPDs!
ASPE would like to recognize and congratulate those who achieved the CPD designation by passing the September 2013 exam. 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? Registration for the April 24-25, 2014 exam opens January 2. Visit aspe.org/CPDCertification for more information.


Member reminder: ASPE renewals are now sent via e-mail only
If your membership expires December 31, your invoice will be e-mailed to the e-mail address we have on file on December 2, so check your inbox and spam/junk folder. You can renew online here, 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.

ASPE’s regional workshop tour hits the road next year
On January 28 in Los Angeles, ASPE’s Intermediate Plumbing Design Workshop will cover design techniques for natural gas, sanitary waste and vent, storm drain, and domestic water systems, fixtures, and equipment for commercial kitchens. This half-day seminar includes lunch and 3.5 continuing education credits.

On January 30 in Santa Ana, California and February 11 in San Antonio, ASPE’s Revit MEP Training Workshop 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 for this full-day workshop includes lunch and 7.5 contact hours of continuing education.

Join ASPE Young Professionals for two FREE networking events in Southern California
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. You can register online now or at the event.

Registration is open for online advanced plumbing design classes
UCLA Extension and ASPE are offering three courses during the winter quarter as part of the new Advanced Plumbing Systems Design Certificate. “Advanced Engineering Systems,” “Hospital and Laboratory Plumbing Systems Design,” and “LEED and Green Building Design” will be offered online from January 6 through March 30.

Reminder: don’t forget to update your chapter logo by the end of the year
ASPE requests all chapters to begin using your new ASPE chapter logo no later than January 1. For more information or to request your chapter logo in a certain format, contact rboger@aspe.org.

Chapter history questionnaires are due January 24
Don’t miss out on being included in ASPE’s 50th Anniversary Yearbook, which will be distributed to 2014 ASPE Convention & Exposition attendees. Send your completed chapter history questionnaire to gpienta@aspe.org no later than January 24. 

Proposed legislation would fund green stormwater infrastructure projects
The Innovative Stormwater Infrastructure Act of 2013 (H.R. 3449/S. 1677) would allow qualified entities to receive grants to plan, design, and implement green infrastructure projects that address stormwater management and other water quality and quantity issues.

Engineers discover new catalysts that break down nitrites in drinking water
Researchers at Rice University have found that engineered nanoparticles of gold and palladium are highly efficient at deconstructing nitrites, harmful contaminants commonly found in groundwater due to overuse of fertilizers. The catalysts eventually could be used in filtration units attached to water taps.

How to save thousands while showering
A Swedish industrial designer has developed the OrbSys shower, which uses a closed-loop system to recycle water while you wash, saving more than 90 percent in water usage and 80 percent in energy per shower, which translates to approximately $1,351 in annual energy bill savings. 

IAPMO issues tentative interim amendments regarding lead content
TIAs UPC-012-09 and UPC-002-12 replace code language related to lead content in piping systems used to convey potable water to bring the 2009 and 2012 Uniform Plumbing Codes in line with the federal low-lead law, which goes into effect on January 4.

ICC launches online code development tool
cdpACCESS allows users to submit code change proposals and public comments, view agendas and reports, and vote online. Code change proposals for the International Green Construction Code are due by January 10.

ASTM Water Portal offers convenient access to water-related activities
The new ASTM Water Portal provides updated information on ASTM standards, schedules of upcoming meetings, research reports, and other resources from ASTM committees and subcommittees impacting water-related areas.

National Electrical Code ebooks are now available
The National Fire Protection Association has announced the availability of digital National Electrical Code (NEC) products for Nook, Kindle, and Apple devices. Available are 2008, 2011, and 2014 NEC codes, handbooks, and pocket guides and the NFPA 70E standard and handbook.

Free HACCP webinar being held December 10
NSF International is offering a free webinar on how to use hazard analysis and critical control point methodologies in building water systems to prevent waterborne infection. 

Registration for ACE 2014 is now open
The American Water Works Association’s Annual Conference & Exposition will be held June 8-12 in Boston. Early bird registration ends March 29.

Papers sought for international conference on efficient building design
ASHRAE’s International Conference on Efficient Building Design will be held Oct. 2-3, 2014 in Beirut, Lebanon. Abstracts (400 words) are due January 6. Submittal information can be found at www.ashrae.org/Beirut2014.

What are you planning for World Plumbing Day? Let the WPC know your ideas
The World Plumbing Council is interested in learning how plumbing industry professionals will be celebrating World Plumbing Day 2014 (March 11). Visit worldplumbingday.org to find contacts, the World Plumbing Day logo, a World Plumbing Day brochure, fact sheets, suggested activities, news items, and a calendar of events.






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