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Vol. 6, No. 25, December 12, 2013

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Due to the holidays, ASPE’s office will be closed December 24-January 2. ASPE Pipeline will resume publication on January 9, 2014. Have a very safe and happy New Year!

ASPE announces a new member benefit: the CEU Center
Members can now organize every CEU they have earned for their recertification requirements in one convenient place! Just go to aspe.org/ceucenterinfo and log in to instantly view the CEUs you have earned through ASPE National. You also can record CEUs you’ve earned outside of ASPE, as well as upload certificates or other proof of CEU credit. ASPE's CEU Center makes recertifying your CPD designation quick and easy, so start using it today!

ASPE executive director elected to the World Plumbing Council Executive Board
At the 10th World Plumbing Conference in New Delhi, India, the World Plumbing Council elected ASPE Executive Director/CEO Jim Kendzel, MPH, CAE, to a three-year term as a Director on the WPC Executive Board. His first assignment as Director will be to chair the World Plumbing Day Committee. World Plumbing Day, initiated by the WPC, is celebrated annually on March 11 to promote the important role plumbing plays in safeguarding public health and safety. Jim will be working with industry representatives to organize activities to celebrate World Plumbing Day. To share your ideas, contact Jim at jkendzel@aspe.org.

Want to write for ASPE's new journal?
Next year, ASPE is launching a new technical journal for members, and we are looking for industry experts just like you to share your knowledge of plumbing engineering and design. Articles should be nonproprietary, educational in nature, and explore basic or advanced techniques in plumbing system design. Possible topics include water reuse systems, domestic water system design, fire suppression system engineering, hydronics for plumbing engineers, and special plumbing systems. Contact Gretchen Pienta with a proposal or for more information.
 
 

The 2014 ASPE Webinar Series kicks off on January 22
Subsoil Drainage System Design,” at 2 p.m. EST, will teach participants how to design a drain tile system, read a soils report, size sump and sewage ejector pumps, and measure hydrostatic pressure, among other considerations. Nonmembers can participate in this webinar for free by becoming an ASPE member. Learn how here.

Call for papers announced for the 2014 ASPE Convention & Exposition
Share your knowledge and increase your exposure as an expert in the industry by presenting at the only event dedicated to plumbing engineers and designers. ASPE is currently taking submissions for technical sessions to be presented at the 2014 ASPE Convention & Exposition in Chicago, September 20-24. Submissions for 75-minute presentations on nonproprietary topics are due March 1.

SyncroFlo renews as an ASPE CEU Provider
In 2014, SyncroFlo is eligible to provide ASPE CEU credits for its professional development courses. ASPE CEUs are used by CPD professionals to fulfill the program’s recertification requirements. How can your company become an approved ASPE CEU Provider? Click here or contact Pam Rosenberg for more information.
 

Members: want to submit a bylaw amendment or run for the Society board of directors?
You can submit ASPE Bylaws changes, which will be debated and voted on by Society delegates at the 2014 Business Meeting, to Jim Kendzel. Include the exact wording change and a detailed rationale for the modification.

The Nominating Committee will begin accepting applications from members who are interested in running for one of the 12 national officer positions starting January 2. Click here to find more information and the application form (member log-in required).

Kick off 2014 with new technical skills
On January 28 in Los Angeles, ASPE’s Intermediate Plumbing Design Workshop will explore design techniques for commercial kitchen plumbing systems. 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. Registration for this full-day workshop includes lunch and 7.5 contact hours of continuing education.

ASPE Young Professionals announces a new networking event
Mingle and network with local San Antonio plumbing industry professionals on February 11 at this just-announced AYP event. AYP also is visiting Southern California in January. You can find more information and register here.

Past ASPE members: take advantage of this special membership renewal deal
ASPE is offering a cost-saving membership program to help past members reinstate their ASPE membership for only $95! To take advantage of this offer, call 847-296-0002 x227 or e-mail skidd@aspe.org for more details. Hurry, this promotion ends soon. Note: promotion is only valid for memberships that expired prior to 2013.

Submit your Steele Scholarship application or College of Fellows nomination by January 31
ASPE’s Alfred Steele Scholarship awards up to $3,000 per year to qualified applicants. You can learn more here, or contact Jinnie Yoo for more information.

The Kenneth G. Wentink College of Fellows honors ASPE members who have made significant and exceptional contributions to the plumbing engineering profession, the Society, and the plumbing industry. You can find the nomination form here.

CPDs and PEs needed to help review ASPE's certification program
ASPE is looking for CPDs or PEs to assist with reviewing the Certified in Plumbing Design program to ensure that it has kept current with changes in the industry and revising it as needed. More information and the application form can be found here. Applications will be accepted until December 31.

Save the date: FREE webinar for ASPE members being held February 19
Comparing the Design Considerations of Non-Metallic Plumbing Systems” will teach participants how to specify the best non-metallic system for any given project, including code considerations and life-limiting factors. Sponsored by Lubrizol, this webinar is free for ASPE members.

Hands-on plumbing system demo needed for USA Science & Engineering Festival
ASPE is participating in the USA Science & Engineering Festival in April, and we are looking for ideas for a hands-on demonstration of a plumbing system suitable for grammar, middle school, or high school students. Help teach America's youth about plumbing system design and possibly encourage the next generation of plumbing engineers! Submit your ideas to Pam Rosenberg by December 18.

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ASPE announces the 50th Anniversary Chapter Trivia Contest
Does your chapter know the most about ASPE’s history? Prove it with the 50th Anniversary Chapter Trivia Contest. It’s easy: look for a new question in each issue of ASPE Pipeline in 2014, discuss the answers with your chapter, and submit your chapter’s answers by the deadline. Complete rules, the answer sheet, and the first question will be in the January 9 ASPE Pipeline. Good luck!

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.

Will fire hydrants be exempt from the federal lead-free law?
The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed the Community Fire Safety Act of 2013, which would exempt fire hydrants from being subject to lead-safety regulations for drinking water that go into effect January 4. The U.S. Senate is currently reviewing the bill.

British building claims to be the world’s greenest
One Angel Square in Manchester, London has achieved the highest BREEAM score ever awarded due to features such as graywater and rainwater recycling and an advanced heating and cooling system that recycles wasted heat. It claims to be the world’s greenest building, but other facilities scored by different green rating systems are vying for that title.

Waging a war on flushable wipes
The Canadian Water and Wastewater Association has joined the Water Environment Federation in an effort to prevent sewer clogs caused by so-called flushable wipes by pushing for independent third-party testing of the products and public education.

Which cities are most prepared for natural disasters?
Several cities are praised for their water-related municipal programs to combat future weather events in a new report from the Center for American Progress, including Houston’s Rebuild Houston program, launched after massive flooding in 2012 to improve drainage and water infrastructure, Los Angeles’s water-conservation and cooling programs, Salt Lake City’s watershed and groundwater restoration initiatives, and New York City’s green stormwater infrastructure upgrades.

Registration is open for the 2014 Emerging Technology Symposium
Join experts in the fields of water and energy efficiency in Arlington, Virginia on April 23-24 for the 2014 International Emerging Technology Symposium, being convened by ASPE and several other leading organizations. The early bird registration rate is available until March 16.

ASSE International seeks scald awareness task group participants
Members will help develop a white paper and promotional tools on the importance of automatic compensating valves and water temperature limiting devices to prevent scalding. You can find more information here.

IAPMO R&T publishes a new American National Standard for solar water heating
IAPMO/ANSI S1001.1: Design and Installation of Solar Water Heating Systems establishes minimum quality criteria for the design and installation of residential and small commercial solar water heating systems for manufacturers, distributors, architects, engineers, contractors, code authorities, program administrators, and end-users. More>>

New version of Green Globes for New Construction released
ECD Energy and Environment Canada has released a new version of Green Globes for New Construction Canada, based on a Canadian adaptation of ANSI/GBI 01-2010: Green Building Assessment Protocol for Commercial Buildings. Green Globes calls this the most significant upgrade to the Canadian standard since its launch.

Guide helps estimate building codes’ impact on energy savings
Benefits and Costs of Energy Standard Adoption in New Commercial Buildings” by NIST provides calculations of estimated energy use and cost savings, reductions in greenhouse gas emissions related to lower energy use, and savings on life-cycle costs for each state in connection with the adoption of up-to-date building codes over a 10-year period.

Read about the World Plumbing Conference in the December 2013 World Plumbing Review
This issue of World Plumbing Review includes highlights from the World Plumbing Conference (can you find the ASPE members mentioned?), an article on the Portuguese approach to graywater recycling, and more. 

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