Vol. 7, No. 1, January 9, 2014


ASPE celebrates 50 years of advancing plumbing engineering
In 1964, a small group of plumbing engineers in Southern California formed the first national organization dedicated exclusively to the needs of the plumbing engineering profession: the American Society of Plumbing Engineers. This year, ASPE will honor their accomplishment, the accomplishments of all those who have served in leadership roles since the founding of ASPE, and the achievements of the Society in advancing plumbing engineering during the past 50 years via a year-long anniversary celebration. Check future issues of ASPE Pipeline for more news and information about the celebration, which will culminate at the 2014 ASPE Convention & Exposition in Chicago this September.

Show your support of plumbing engineering by becoming a 50th Anniversary sponsor
ASPE invites all individuals and engineering firms to help celebrate 50 years of plumbing engineering by becoming a sponsor of ASPE’s 50th Anniversary celebration. You or your firm will be recognized as a sponsor on exclusive 50th Anniversary digital and print media throughout the year. You can find more information about this opportunity at aspe.org/50.

Just announced! Learn about commercial kitchen design from the comfort of your office
ASPE has just announced a virtual option to attend the January 28 Intermediate Plumbing Design Workshop that is being held in Los Angeles. Taught by Peter Kraut, PE, this half-day workshop will explore design techniques for commercial kitchen plumbing systems and offers 3.5 continuing education credits.

Registration for the 2014 CPD exam is now open
The Certified in Plumbing Design (CPD) exam will be held at testing sites across the country on April 24 and 25, and you can register online now at aspe.org/CPD. ASPE once again is offering a CPD Review Webinar Series to help you prepare. The four webinars will cover topic areas addressed on the test and offer expert advice on how to solve exam questions. You also can purchase the CPD Review Manual to help with your preparation for the exam. The manual, which contains practice questions, is back in stock and ready to ship immediately.

Join ASPE on January 22 for our newest webinar on drainage system design
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.

ASPE seeks technical articles on plumbing system design techniques
ASPE is looking for industry experts just like you to share your expertise. 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, grease interceptors, wastewater treatment, fire suppression system engineering, and special plumbing systems. Contact Gretchen Pienta with a proposal or for more information.

Revit MEP training classes being held in Santa Ana and San Antonio
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.

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.

AYP invites young professionals to our networking events in Southern California and San Antonio
Join ASPE Young Professionals after work on January 28 in Culver City, California, January 31 in Tustin, California, and February 11 in San Antonio to meet and network with other up-and-coming local plumbing engineers and designers. Learn more and register here.

Uponor and Lubrizol join ASPE’s Affiliate Sponsorship Program
ASPE is pleased to welcome our newest Affiliate Sponsors for 2014: Uponor and Lubrizol. ASPE Affiliate Sponsors gain a direct, immediate, and personal connection with ASPE members via exposure in Plumbing Engineer, ASPE Pipeline, ASPE.org, and other print and digital media outlets, as well as at Society events. To learn how your company can join the program, contact ASPE Director of Affiliate Relations David Jern.

ASPE members: have you checked out the newest member benefit?
ASPE’s CEU Center allows members to organize every CEU you have earned for your recertification requirements in one convenient place. CEUs from ASPE National are automatically recorded, and you also can record CEUs you’ve earned outside of ASPE and upload certificates or other proof of CEU credit.

Don’t miss your chance to take UCLA Extension’s online course in hospital and lab plumbing system design
Taught by Stephen E. Howe, PE, CEM, this online course offered by UCLA Extension and sponsored by ASPE covers hospital medical gas systems, equipment valves, alarms, laboratory gas systems, and an introduction to pure water systems. It is a required course in the new Advanced Plumbing Systems Design Certificate. For more information, contact ksantos@uclaextension.edu.

Share your knowledge at the 2014 ASPE Convention & Exposition
ASPE seeks presentation proposals for the 2014 Convention & Exposition technical education program. Being held in Chicago on September 20-24, ASPE's 2014 Convention & Exposition will attract thousands of plumbing engineers from across the country who want to learn from experts like you, so go to aspe.org/callforpapers to submit your technical session proposal today.

Help teach America's youth about plumbing system design
ASPE seeks hands-on demonstrations of plumbing system designs suitable for grammar, middle, or high school students to be presented at the USA Science & Engineering Festival in April. Submit your ideas to ASPE Manager of Education & Certification Pam Rosenberg by January 15 to help encourage the next generation of plumbing engineers. (Note: You do not need to be available to attend the festival; ASPE will present the demonstration.)

ASPE seeks board of directors candidates and Industry Award nominations
ASPE's Nominating Committee is looking for dedicated members to run for the 12 national board of directors positions for the 2014-2016 board, which will be elected in September. More information and the application form can be found here (member log-in required).

ASPE's Industry Award is presented biennially to companies that have shown outstanding service to the advancement of plumbing engineering technology. Any ASPE member can nominate a company, even their own. 



The 50th Anniversary Chapter Trivia Contest starts now!
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 through August, discuss the answers with your fellow chapter members, and submit your chapter’s answer sheet by the deadline. Go to aspe.org/50_triviacontest for rules and to download the answer sheet.

January 9 question: When was the American Society of Plumbing Engineers incorporated? (include month, date, and year)

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.

Chapter leaders: now is the time to submit ASPE bylaws changes
Proposed changes to ASPE's bylaws will be discussed and voted on by chapter delegates at the 2014 Business Meeting in September. You can submit changes (include a detailed rationale for the change) to ASPE Executive Director/CEO Jim Kendzel.

Montreal Chapter leader passes away
David Boutin, who served as the Montreal Chapter membership vice president for seven years, passed away on December 28. He was a manufacturer representative for Victaulic and was instrumental in boosting participation and sponsorship of the chapter's annual golf tournament.

President signs Community Fire Safety Act of 2013 into law
Public Law 113-64 amends the Safe Drinking Water Act to exempt fire hydrants from certain prohibitions against the use of lead pipes, solder, and flux—in essence exempting fire hydrants from compliance with the Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act, which went into effect on January 4. The reasoning behind the bill can be found here.

UA and NRDC propose mandating hot water piping insulation
The United Association and the Natural Resources Defense Council have submitted a code change proposal for the 2015 Uniform Pumbing Code to require the insulation of all hot water piping systems in new buildings to save water and energy.

Can a building power itself using its water system?
A Hong Kong property developer has implemented a prototype system in several of his company’s properties that uses excess pressure from the building’s water system to spin a turbine to generate electricity. He has pitched the idea to local governments, but currently the technology is too costly for wide-scale use.

Ontario strengthens energy-efficiency standards for appliances
Last month, the Province of Ontario released an amendment (O. Reg. 337/13) to Ontario's Energy-Efficiency regulation under the Green Energy Act, which sets or enhances minimum efficiency standards for residential clothes washers and dryers, dishwashers, and water heaters, among other products.

How does the international community define plumbing?
You can find an in-depth definition of plumbing as well as numerous other terms in the World Health Organization’s Health and Environment Lexicon, a multi-language online glossary.

WQA to offer plastic pipe and fitting testing
Through a partnership with Jana Laboratories, the Water Quality Association is now offering testing of water distribution products for conformance to NSF/ANSI Standard 14: Plastic Piping System Components and Related Materials as part of WQA’s Gold Seal product certification program.

Existing system commissioning guideline open for public comment
ASHRAE seeks input on a new guideline that describes the procedures, methods, documentation, requirements, and physical activities of the commissioning process for existing buildings, systems, and assemblies using the principles developed in ASHRAE Guideline 0-2005: The Commissioning Process. 

Comments sought on guidelines for product environmental performance standards
The U.S. EPA requests public input on draft guidelines that address key characteristics of environmental standards and ecolabels, including the credibility of the development process and the effectiveness of the criteria for environmental performance, for a wide range of products.

IgCC change proposals are due tomorrow
Code change proposals for the International Green Construction Code will be accepted until midnight PST on January 10 via ICC's new online code development tool, cdpACCESS.

Gas line sizing webinar being held January 15
IAPMO's Gas Sizing: Using the UPC Tables, Calculations, and Manufacturer's Tables webinar will explore these three techniques for properly sizing gas installations.

Water hygiene webinar series starts January 22
ASPE and other international organizations are supporting a year-long webinar series on international water safety issues in buildings offered by the Royal Society for Public Health. Topics will include waterborne pathogen control methods, system design best practices, risk assessment, testing, and more.

Early bird registration for the 2014 Emerging Technology Symposium ends March 16
Well-known experts in the fields of water and energy efficiency will gather on April 23-24 in Arlington, Virginia to discuss and debate emerging technologies in plumbing and HVAC design. Join them to learn about innovative solutions to today's complex engineering questions at this event being co-convened by ASPE and numerous other leading industry organizations. Registration is open at aspe.org/2014ETS.

Get caught up on global water issues with WPC’s latest newsletter
The World Plumbing Council’s Water, Sanitation, Hygiene, and Health Newsletter contains links to the WHO report on the Scheme to Evaluate Household Water Treatment Technologies, a webinar on societal openness to risk assessment, and abstracts of articles from the Journal of Water and Health. 


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