Vol. 7, No. 6, March 20, 2014


Regional plumbing system design workshops are coming to Denver this June
On June 3, ASPE’s full-day Intermediate Plumbing Design workshop will help local plumbing industry professionals learn more about commercial kitchen design. Presenter Peter Kraut, PE, will discuss how to design natural gas, domestic hot water, sanitary waste and vent, and storm drain systems, as well as plumbing fixture specifications. Registration includes 0.75 CEUs and lunch.

On June 4, ASPE’s Revit MEP workshop will immerse participants in Revit MEP project design. This hands-on class will cover project setup, how to create systems, layouts, and schedules for plumbing and HVAC, and more. Registration includes a computer rental preloaded with Revit MEP, 0.75 CEUs, and lunch.

CPD exam deadline is March 27
If you want to join the ranks of the industry’s top plumbing engineers, register by next Thursday for this year’s Certified in Plumbing Design exam, which is being held at testing sites across the country on April 23 and 24. CPDs are the recognized leaders in plumbing system design, and many employers require certification to be eligible for job opportunities.

Supplement your studies with the CPD Review webinar series
Starting on March 24, you'll be able to view each of the four webinars available in the CPD Review webinar series to help you prepare for the 2014 CPD exam. Registration includes a copy of the CPD Review Manual ($50 member value), but closes on March 28.

World Plumbing Day poster contest ends March 30
ASPE’s World Plumbing Day poster contest is open to children or grandchildren of ASPE members in grades 1 through 5, and the three winners will earn cash prizes for themselves and their schools. Original poster designs should include the words "World Plumbing Day" and the date March 11, 2014 and must depict the role plumbing engineering plays in protecting public health and safety. Visit aspe.org/wpdposter for complete details on submissions and judging, and encourage your little ones to participate in this fantastic opportunity to earn international recognition.

Fire suppression system experts needed
ASPE seeks individuals skilled in fire suppression system design, specifically inert gases, wet and dry chemicals, clean agents, water mist, and foam systems, to help with a short-term publications project to  revise ASPE's Fire Protection Systems handbook. For more information or to volunteer, contact Director of Publications Gretchen Pienta.



ASPE and IAPMO bring green plumbing design training to Chicago this April
The Green Plumbing Design (GPD) training workshop will be held 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. Register now at aspe.org/GPD.

Attend ASPE’s April webinar to learn how to properly specify fire suppression systems
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, water supplies, 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.

Spring online courses from UCLA Extension and ASPE start in April
Several courses from UCLA Extension's Advanced Plumbing Systems Design certificate program are available online starting the first week of April, including "Plumbing Systems I: Code and Engineering Fundamentals," "Plumbing Systems III: Systems Applications," and "Electrical Design and Construction." These courses can be taken individually as a refresher or as part of the sequential certificate program.

CPDs: do you need CEUs for recertification?
If your CPD recertification is due April 30 and you still need CEUs, visit ASPE’s Read, Learn, Earn webpage to learn about different aspects of plumbing system design and earn instant CEU credit by passing the accompanying quizzes. This convenient way to earn CEUs for CPD recertification is free for ASPE members.

ASPE's 50th Anniversary sponsors list keeps growing!
Thanks go to the following sponsors who recently joined the list of those who are helping ASPE celebrate 50 years of advancing plumbing engineering: J. Joe Scott II, CPD, LEED AP FASPE; Karl Yrjanainen, PE, CPD; ASPE Atlanta Chapter; Green Turtle; PerryCrabb Inc.; B.J. Terroni Company Inc.; ZRHD, P.C.; and Hugh M. Cunningham Companies: Plumbing & Mechanical Group, Sandia Group, Louisiana Group, Oklahoma Group, and Arkansas Group. 

Want to join them? Go to aspe.org/50 to sign up today.


Has your chapter appointed an ASPE Young Professionals liaison?
To help young members in your chapter reap the benefits of ASPE membership, we ask each chapter to appoint a liaison to keep members informed of AYP events, such as our local happy hour gatherings and intermediate-level plumbing design courses.

Prove your chapter is the best by winning the 50th Anniversary Chapter Trivia Contest
Go to aspe.org/50_triviacontest for rules and to download the answer sheet. Good luck!

March 20 question: What was the name of the column that Alfred Steele, PE, wrote for Plumbing Engineer magazine beginning in 1973?

Education? Networking? Fun? ASPE chapters provide all of this and more
ASPE chapters are offering numerous social and educational opportunities for local plumbing industry professionals this spring, including golf outings, minor league baseball games, and design workshops. Find out what’s happening in your area at aspe.org/ChapterEvents.

Many Americans remain oblivious about personal water usage
A professor from Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs surveyed Americans on their water usage and discovered that participants used twice as much water for household activities than they thought they did. Less than 2 percent knew that using low-flow or high-efficiency toilets would result in the greatest savings in household water use; almost half believed that taking shorter showers would result in the greatest water reduction. More>>

EPA asks Americans to chase leaks to save water
Fix a Leak Week, occurring this week, encourages homeowners to inspect their plumbing and irrigation systems for leaks, which can waste up to 1 trillion gallons of water per year nationwide. Their website offers tips, facts and figures, and educational resources on saving water in households.

Proposed legislation would provide a tax credit for purchasing WaterSense fixtures
H.R. 4114: The Water Efficiency Improvement Act of 2014 proposes amending the IRS Tax Code to provide a 30 percent tax credit (up to $2,000 per taxpayer) on the purchase of WaterSense-certified products.

Water Week 2014 aims to help create responsible clean water policy
Being held April 7-11 in Washington, D.C., Water Week 2014 will provide a forum for water and wastewater experts to advocate for clean water issues, showcase innovative approaches to sustainable water management, and educate federal leaders about the importance of clean water to public health, the environment, and a strong economy.

Changes to the 2015 IgCC are available for review
The International Code Council has released the changes proposed for the 2015 International Green Construction Code that will be considered during the Group C Committee Action Hearing in April. More>>

NGWA restarts its Certified Groundwater Professional designation program
The National Groundwater Association has restructured its Certified Groundwater Professional (CGWP) program for engineers and scientists with a professional background in groundwater hydrogeology and hydraulics, geochemistry, modeling, and remediation. The program has been tiered to allow those with less professional experience earn the designation faster.

PMI is accepting applications for technical director
Plumbing Manufacturers International has an immediate position for technical director available. Requirements include an enthusiastic and team-minded professional with interest and experience in plumbing systems, building codes and standards, green building programs, and water conservation. The full job description can be found on PMI’s LinkedIn page.

ARCSA issues call for abstracts for its 2014 Conference
The American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association is looking for abstracts on the topics of drought and rainwater catchment for the 2014 ARCSA Conference. You can send proposed abstracts to info@arcsa.org by June 1.

ASHRAE seeks presentation proposals for its 2015 Winter Conference
The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers has announced a call for papers for its 2015 Winter Conference in Chicago on January 24-28. Conference paper abstracts are due March 24, and full technical papers are due April 14. Click here for submittal guidelines.

The latest issue of WPC’s newsletter is available
The March 2014 issue of “Water, Sanitation, Hygiene, and Health,” published by the World Plumbing Council, contains information on the new WHO International Scheme to Evaluate Household Water Treatment Technologies and free online courses on water and sanitation.

Canada’s Most Water Wise School Competition winners announced
The Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating’s Most Water Wise School Competition challenged college and university students to identify an action plan to decrease their school's water footprint. The first-place team from Conestoga College won a $3,000 prize, and the runner-up from the University of Ottawa won a $1,000 award.


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