ASPE Chapters celebrate World Plumbing Day
World Plumbing Day is celebrated on March 11 to recognize the importance of plumbing in safeguarding public health and safety, and this year many ASPE Chapters are hosting special events to commemorate the day. For instance, the Eastern Michigan Chapter is holding a special evening meeting including a World Plumbing Day-themed pinewood derby. If your chapter is celebrating World Plumbing Day this year, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can publicize your event on aspe.org.
Toronto-area plumbing industry professionals are invited to a breakfast gathering on March 20
ASPE is hosting a breakfast meeting at the Metro Toronto Convention Center for local plumbing industry professionals to discuss how to bring the value of ASPE to Toronto through the formation of a local chapter. Attendance is free, but you must preregister at aspe.org/TorontoBreakfast. For more information, contact ASPE Executive Director/CEO Jim Kendzel.
Learn about changes in LEED v4 during ASPE’s March webinar
On March 12 at 2 p.m. EDT, ASPE’s 2014 webinar series will continue with LEED For Plumbing: v3 to v4. Presenter Sarah Balz, PE, CPD, LEED AP, will discuss the areas in LEED for New Construction that impact plumbing design and construction. Nonmembers can attend this webinar for free by signing up for ASPE membership. Learn how here.
2014 ASPE Convention & Exposition call for papers ends March 1
ASPE is accepting technical session proposals for the education program of the 2014 ASPE Convention & Exposition, being held in Chicago on September 20-24. The Convention Education Committee seeks presentations on beginner, intermediate, or advanced plumbing design/engineering topics; research findings or case studies from the plumbing design/engineering field; business management practices related to design/engineering firms; and other current topics.
ASPE board of directors applications are due May 30
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 thanks ANSI for recognizing 50 years of plumbing engineering innovation
The American National Standards Institute staff, headed by President and CEO Joe Bhatia, recently presented ASPE with a plaque congratulating the Society on the occasion of our 50th Anniversary and recognizing ASPE for our ongoing commitment to the global standardization and conformity assessment community. Thank you ANSI!
Chapter history questionnaire deadline extended
We want every ASPE Chapter to be included in ASPE’s 50th Anniversary Yearbook, but we need your help! Any information you can provide is appreciated, so please send your completed chapter history questionnaire to email@example.com no later than February 28.
Prove your chapter is the best by winning 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.
February 6 question: Who designed the first ASPE logo?
Chapter leaders: proposed ASPE bylaws changes are due May 23
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.
Celebrate engineering during Engineers Week: February 16-22
Engineers Week is held annually to celebrate how engineers make a difference in the world, to increase public dialogue about the need for engineers, and to bring engineering to life for kids, educators, and parents. This year’s theme is “Let’s Make a Difference!” and you can find ideas to celebrate engineering year-round at the DiscoverE website.
Commercial building projected to see big spending gains this year
Led by the hotel and retail project categories, commercial construction spending is forecast to increase 5.8 percent in 2014 and 8 percent in 2015, according to the American Institute of Architects’ semi-annual Consensus Construction Forecast.
10 U.S. cities unite to cut greenhouse gas emissions
Last week, the mayors from 10 cities announced their participation in the City Energy Project, a national initiative to create healthier and more prosperous American cities by improving the energy efficiency of buildings.
U.S./Canada standards project to focus on balloon-type ball backwater valves
As part of a joint Canada/U.S. pilot project focused on new product areas for which standards do not currently exist, the Standards Council of Canada has chosen balloon-type ball backwater valves as the product for the plumbing/heating sector. SCC will work with an accredited standards development organization and provide funding to facilitate the development of a joint standard.
New York expands tax incentive to install green roofs
Legislation renewing the state green-roof abatement program doubles the previous maximum benefit, adds new plant species, allows new drainage and other structural provisions to make installation easier, and extends the application deadline to March 15, 2018. More>>
Will 2014 be a record-setting year for skyscraper construction?
As many as 90 buildings of 656 feet (200 meters) or more are projected to be completed by the end of the year, with as many as 13 projects exceeding 984 feet (300 meters), according to a new report by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. Design trends include twisting and curvy facades and super-slim footprints.
Proposed energy-efficiency roadmap open for public comment
The EESCC Standardization Roadmap V1.0 draft outlines 116 recommendations to advance energy efficiency in the built environment through standards and conformance activities. ASPE has been directly engaged in the development of this work, especially on Chapter 1, which identifies 40 recommendations in the area of building energy and water assessment and performance standards. Comments will be accepted through March 15.
Building a water-sustainable city: can it be done?
This vision is not far off, says the Blue Economy Initiative, which embarked on a research project to define the water-sustainable city of the future and found that it would include three main components: a culture of conservation, visible green design, and shared responsibility among government, citizens, and industry. Many of these components are already in practice, as shown in case studies from Chicago, Seattle, Edmonton, and other cities.
EPA and Freddie Mac collaborate to help multifamily property owners save water and energy
The recently signed agreement between Energy Star and Freddie Mac outlines strategies to save water and energy for multifamily property owners and residents to help cut carbon pollution as well as increase the affordability of these properties. More>>
2014 IAPMO technical committee meetings move to Las Vegas
The meetings, which were originally going to be held in St. Louis, will now take place at the Planet Hollywood Hotel and Casino on April 28-May 2. The meetings will address proposed changes to the 2015 Uniform Plumbing Code and Uniform Mechanical Code. More>>
ICC seeks new committee members
The International Code Council is taking applications from volunteers to serve on Code Committees, the Code Correlation Committee, and Code Interpretation Committees for the 2015-2017 code development cycle. Applications are due by June 2. Click here for more information and to apply.
New certification program aims to make hotels healthier
NSF International’s new StaySafer certification program for the global hospitality sector is designed to help reduce illness caused by contaminated food, water, and ice to protect the health and safety of hotel guests as well as the reputation of the hotel brand. The NSF DrinkSafer protocol is based on NSF Standard 432.
Registration for the 2014 NFPA conference is open
The 2014 NFPA Conference & Expo will be held June 9-12 in Las Vegas and will feature the latest in fire, security, and life safety products and technology as well as educational sessions and author Michael Beschloss as the keynote speaker.