Vol. 7, No. 5, March 6, 2014


Young designers: want to win a trip to Singapore to show off your skills?
ASPE is sponsoring a young engineer/designer to be part of the U.S. team in the Water Innovation Challenge, and we are accepting applications from ASPE members 25 years old or younger until March 15. The Challenge will culminate in Singapore this June during International Water Week, so we need to find the right candidate quickly. For more information on the Challenge and team member qualifications, go to aspe.org/content/water-innovation-challenge.

Attention LEED APs: ASPE’s March webinar offers GBCI credit
Registration closes next Tuesday for “LEED for Plumbing: v3 to v4,” being held on March 12, which will highlight important changes in the newest version of LEED that impact plumbing system design, as well as explain how to calculate credits and use the LEED online template. This webinar is approved for one hour of GBCI continuing education for LEED AP recertification.

If you aren’t an ASPE member and want to attend this webinar for free, plus gain all of the other benefits of ASPE membership, click here.

Early bird registration for the 2014 International Emerging Technology Symposium ends March 16
Renowned industry experts from the U.S. EPA, Water Quality Association, IAPMO India, the UNC Water Institute, Heriot-Watt University in Scotland, and more will be partaking in stimulating panel discussions during the 2014 International Emerging Technology Symposium on April 23-24 in Arlington, Virginia. ASPE and our co-sponsors invite all industry professionals to join us to learn about the newest technologies in water and energy system design, so register today at aspe.org/2014ETS.

Free breakfast for Toronto-area engineers being held March 20
ASPE invites all Toronto-area plumbing industry professionals to a free breakfast, sponsored by IPEX, on March 20 during the Canadian Mechanical & Plumbing (CMPX) Exposition at the Metro Toronto Convention Center. The purpose of the gathering is to discuss how to bring the value of ASPE to Toronto through the formation of a local chapter. Space is limited, and you must pre-register at aspe.org/TorontoBreakfast. Registered attendees will also receive a one-day pass to the CMPX exhibit hall.

Sanitary system design expert needed
ASPE seeks an engineer or designer skilled in sanitary system design for a short-term project to help review and update ASPE’s Plumbing Engineering Design Handbook. To participate, contact gpienta@aspe.org.

2014 CPD exam registration closes March 27
ASPE’s Certified in Plumbing Design program recognizes outstanding professionals with advanced skills in the design and specification of plumbing systems. To earn the privilege of proudly displaying CPD after your name, register for this year’s exam, which is being held at testing sites across the country on April 23 and 24.

Don't forget to sign up for the CPD Review webinars
To supplement your preparation for the exam, ASPE is holding a CPD Review webinar series starting March 24. The webinars cover the topic areas addressed on the exam, provide sample problems and insight on solving them, and allow you to interact with the presenter.


Thank you 50th Anniversary sponsors!
ASPE thanks the following sponsors for joining our celebration of 50 years of advancing plumbing engineering: Jeffrey W. Edwards, CPD, JB Engineering & Code Consulting P.C., Freeman Engineering, ASPE Omaha Chapter, Frank & Patty Teebagy, ASPE New Jersey Chapter, ASPE Boston Chapter, Edward Saltzberg & Associates, Patrick McClellan, CPD, GPD, NIBCO, Metropolitan Industries Inc., Holdrite, DiClemente Siegel Design, Detection & Suppression International, Cathell & Associates, Creative Environment Corp., William Hughes Jr., CPD, LEED AP, FASPE, Mitch Clemente, CPD, Jeffrey Ingertson, CPD, FASPE, David DeBord, CPD, LEED AP, Scott Steindler, CPD, LEED AP, ARCSA AP, GPD, Gary Mahoney, CPD, FASPE, Vince Scriboni, Chris Graham, CPD, James Zebrowski, PE, CPD, FASPE, Chris Scott, CPD, Kelvin Kennedy, CPD, Jim Kendzel, MPH, CAE, and Cory Powers.

Do you want to join the celebration? Visit aspe.org/50 to fill out your application today.

Help your little ones gain an interest in plumbing engineering and possibly win cash prizes 
ASPE’s World Plumbing Day poster contest is open to children in grades 1 through 5, and the three winners will earn cash prizes for themselves and their schools. The original poster design must depict the role plumbing engineering plays in protecting the public's health and safety and incorporate the words “World Plumbing Day” and the date March 11, 2014. Visit aspe.org/wpdposter for complete details. Posters will be accepted until March 30.

Want to become a GPD? Attend our workshop in Chicago this April
ASPE and IAPMO are holding a Green Plumbing Design training workshop at ASPE’s headquarters on April 9-10. PEs and/or CPDs are eligible to take this exciting two-day seminar on innovative green design techniques, followed by an exam to test your knowledge and earn your GPD certificate. Registration is open at aspe.org/GPD, but space is limited to 18 participants so don’t delay.

Learn how to properly specify fire suppression systems at ASPE’s April webinar
Fire Protection--We Specified What?!” being held on April 23, will provide real-world information on specifying fire and life safety systems, including NFPA 13 and NFPA 7, design criteria, coordination, failure-driven specification revisions, fire alarm and fire sprinkler system integration, the importance of site observations, plan reviews and inspections, and case studies of things that have gone wrong. Banner_standards.jpg

Has your chapter turned in its chapter history?
If not, it’s not too late! We want every ASPE chapter to be included in ASPE’s 50th Anniversary Yearbook, so the deadline to return your chapter history questionnaire has been extended. Don’t wait any longer! Any information you can provide is appreciated, so send your completed chapter history questionnaire to gpienta@aspe.org as soon as possible.

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.

March 6 question: Who was the first president of ASPE’s Research Foundation?

Kick off spring with ASPE
ASPE chapters are warming up with exciting new social and educational opportunities for local plumbing industry professionals. Find out what’s happening in your area at aspe.org/ChapterEvents.

Help celebrate World Plumbing Day next Tuesday
The World Plumbing Council would appreciate your support and involvement for this year’s celebration of World Plumbing Day (March 11) to maximize the profile of the plumbing industry’s value to the global community, and your community too. To promote WPD, you can play the World Plumbing Council Chairman’s World Plumbing Day message at industry meetings or in your office reception area. At the WPD website, you can find ideas on activities, a copy of the WPC Chairman’s World Plumbing Day message, posters, brochures, and a bumper sticker promoting the day.

California governor signs legislation to assist drought-crippled state
On March 1, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a $687 million drought-relief package to deal with severe statewide water shortages. The bill will fund programs including stormwater recapturing, expanded use of recycled water, better management of groundwater storage, and stronger water conservation measures.

Want to conserve water? There’s an app for that
A number of free apps are available to help people conserve water and save money, including apps that turn water conservation into a family competition, apps that teach children about the importance of saving water, and even one that allows you to report a water-wasting neighbor to the local authorities.

Two-thirds of Southern Africa’s population still has no access to basic sanitation
Lack of basic sanitation and little access to clean, safe water for the majority of Southern Africa’s citizens are hampering economic progress in several countries, and leaders are not responding to the problem quickly enough, says a new report by WaterAid. In fact, sanitation and water poverty in the region has increased steadily in the past 20 years.

Texas city attempts groundbreaking program to combat drought
Wichita Falls, which is under Stage 4 Drought Disaster conditions, is testing a system that will combine 50 percent recycled wastewater with 50 percent lake water to provide the city’s drinking water supply. It is the first city in the world to attempt to provide potable water using 50 percent treated wastewater. More>>

New alliance created to bring engineering services to underserved U.S. communities
The Community Engineering Corps, formed by Engineers Without Borders USA, the American Society of Civil Engineers, and the American Water Works Association, will work with volunteers providing pro bono engineering services to bring needed infrastructure improvements to communities that do not have the financial means to access traditional engineering resources.

Pennsylvania case study quantifies the benefits of green infrastructure
Using Lancaster, Pennsylvania as a case study, a new EPA report estimates that the city’s green infrastructure plan will reduce infrastructure capital costs by $121.7 million and wastewater pumping and treatment costs by $661,000 per year, as well as provide approximately $2.8 million in energy, air quality, and climate-related benefits annually. The Lancaster case study and others are located here.

WQA modifies certification titles
Beginning in March 2015, the Water Quality Association will offer two advanced-level certifications, Master Water Specialist and Master Service Technician, in addition to four core titles: Certified Water Treatment Representative, Certified Water Specialist, Certified Installer, and Certified Service Technician. More>>

WHO launches program to evaluate household water treatment technologies
The International Scheme to Evaluate Household Water Treatment Technologies will certify manufacturers of water treatment products to help developing countries that don’t have the capability to evaluate product performance on their own.

Where can you find Canadian low-lead requirements in one convenient place?
The Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating has compiled a background report that includes the most up-to-date information on low-lead requirements for potable plumbing products in Canada, including a low-lead adoption chart by province, relevant codes and standards, markings, and a wholesaler’s perspective.

New efficiency standards for commercial refrigeration equipment announced
The Department of Energy’s new efficiency standards will help make commercial refrigeration equipment about 30 percent more efficient than the previous standards, potentially cutting carbon pollution by about 142 million metric tons and saving businesses up to $11.7 billion on their energy bills. More>>

NSPE report defines the engineering body of knowledge
Engineering Body of Knowledge applies to all engineering disciplines, employment situations, and roles, and it outlines a set of capabilities needed to enter practice as a professional engineer responsible for activities that potentially impact the public's health, safety, and welfare.

Public comments on 2015 Uniform Solar/Hydronics and Swimming Pool Codes sought
IAPMO is accepting comments on the 2014 Report on Proposals for the 2015 editions of the Uniform Solar Energy and Hydronics Code and the Uniform Swimming Pool, Spa, and Hot Tub Code through June 20. More>> 


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