Get excited for the year's biggest plumbing industry celebration!
Registration for the 2014 ASPE Convention & Exposition opens next month
Check out aspe.org/expo to start planning your trip to take your place in this historic event, being held September 20-24 in Chicago. In addition to festivities to celebrate ASPE’s 50th Anniversary, the 2014 Convention & Exposition will include exciting features such as the Sunday Night Party at the House of Blues sponsored by Sloan Valve, a keynote address by Super Bowl Champion Chicago Bears defensive tackle Dan Hampton, a Chicago highlights tour for registered spouses and guests, the ever-popular Monday Night exhibitors' parties, and more.
Also, don’t forget to sign up as a 50th Anniversary sponsor at aspe.org/50 to show your support of the plumbing engineering industry. Sponsorships will be available until the end of June. ASPE thanks those who have already signed up as a 50th Anniversary sponsor. Your support is greatly appreciated!
It’s not too late to sign up for ASPE’s April webinar on fire suppression system specification
Next Wednesday, ASPE is presenting “Fire Protection: We Specified What?!” for plumbing engineers and designers interested in learning how to correctly write bid documents that lead to the installation of safe and properly operating fire and life safety systems. Registration closes at 5 p.m. CDT on April 22.
One-day passes are now available for the 2014 ETS
To take part in the 2014 International Emerging Technology Symposium in Washington, D.C. without a two-day time commitment, you now can register for either Wednesday, April 23 or Thursday, April 24. Each day will offer presentations and panel discussions on a variety of topics related to water- and energy-efficiency technologies that are guaranteed to teach even seasoned industry veterans something new. You can find the daily schedule and registration information here.
FREE webinar for ASPE members being held May 7
ASPE’s May webinar is sponsored by Lubrizol, which means ASPE members can participate for free! “A Methodical Approach to Selecting the Right Piping System” will help you understand how to specify the correct materials for specific applications.
If you aren’t an ASPE member but want to take advantage of this free webinar offering, join ASPE here today.
CSA Group joins ASPE’s Affiliate Sponsorship program
As Canada’s largest standards development organization, CSA Group has published more than 3,000 standards, codes, and related products and also provides consumer product testing and certification services. ASPE Affiliate Sponsors gain a direct connection to ASPE’s 6,000 members via exposure in Plumbing Engineer, ASPE Pipeline, ASPE.org, and other print and digital media, as well as at Society events. To learn more about becoming an ASPE Affiliate Sponsor, contact David Jern.
Congratulations new GPDs!
At the recent Green Plumbing Design workshop in Chicago, 12 new GPDs joined the growing list of CPDs and PEs who proudly display the GPD designation after their name: Sean Allard, CPD, GPD, Theresa Allen, PE, CPD, GPD, Nicholas Capretta III, CPD, GPD, Todd Cooper, CPD, CET, GPD, Nicholas Ekdahl, CPD, GPD, Kelvin Kennedy, CPD, CD, GPD, Benjamin Oisten, CPD, GPD, Dennis Richards Jr., CPD, GPD, Frank Sanchez, CPD, GPD, Christopher Sbarbaro, CPD, GPD, Timothy Smith, CPD, GPD, FASPE, and Brian Tym, PE, GPD. The next GPD workshop will be held in Kansas City on June 18-19.
Does your CPD certification cycle end on April 30?
Don't delay in recertifying. You now can recertify online! Just visit aspe.org/CPD to complete the online application and pay the renewal fee.
Help shape the future of water reuse standards this June
Plumbing industry stakeholders interested in learning more about and sharing their opinion on national and international water reuse standards are invited to Chicago on June 25-26 for ASPE’s free Water Reuse Workshop. More information can be found here.
ASPE seeks UV treatment system stakeholders to comment on new standard
ASPE and WQA are developing a scoping document for a new standard on UV treatment systems, and we encourage anyone involved in their use (academics, government/regulatory officials, NGOs, retailers/consumer groups, SDOs, trade associations) to join our interested parties list to review the scope as well as the standard once it is written. To participate, send your contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where will ASPE’s regional workshops be this summer?
On June 3 in Denver, ASPE’s full-day Intermediate Plumbing Design workshop will teach local plumbing industry professionals about commercial kitchen design. Registration includes 0.75 CEUs and lunch. If you can’t make it to Denver, a virtual option is available to attend this workshop.
On June 5 in Denver, 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.
On June 17 in Kansas City, a one-day lecture on Revit MEP will help local plumbing and mechanical designers understand how to optimize workflows using best practices to create models, templates, systems, and layouts. Registration includes 0.75 CEUs and lunch.
Son of New Orleans charter member passes away
Ollie J. French III, the son of New Orleans member Ollie J. French Jr., FASPE, passed away earlier this week. Services will be held next week, and more information will be available at nola.com. Please keep Ollie and his family in your thoughts during this difficult time.
Attention chapter members! Make sure your chapter is included in ASPE’s Yearbook
If your chapter is listed below, ASPE has not received your chapter history questionnaire, which means your chapter runs the risk of not being included in the ASPE Yearbook, a major component of ASPE’s 50th Anniversary celebration. Make sure to download the questionnaire here and confer with your fellow chapter members to return it as soon as possible.
Chapters: Alabama, British Columbia, Capital Region New York, Cleveland, Columbia, Connecticut, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Denver, Eastern Michigan, Intermountain, Long Island, Los Angeles, Miami, Minnesota, Montreal, Nashville, North Florida, Northern California, Quebec, Richmond, San Diego, Virginia Blue Ridge
How can local ASPE chapters help you this spring?
ASPE chapters are offering numerous social and educational opportunities to help local plumbing industry professionals learn new skills, meet others in the industry, and have fun. Find out what’s happening in your area at aspe.org/ChapterEvents.
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.
April 17 question: How many ASPE chapters were chartered through the end of 1975?
Water and sewer infrastructure needs top the list of water industry issues for 2014
Water industry professionals in the United States are most concerned about the condition of the country’s water and wastewater infrastructure, as well as the availability of long-term water supplies, according to the 2014 AWWA State of the Water Industry Report. Those surveyed also cited concern about the public’s understanding of the value of water resources.
LA leads all U.S. cities with the most Energy Star-certified buildings
With 443 buildings that are Energy Star certified, Los Angeles ranked #1 on this year's list, but New York, which ranked #4, had the highest annual energy cost savings, and Chicago, which ranked #6, prevented the most emissions.
What are the key components of a sustainable water future?
Innovations in science, technology, and management, including integrated, real-time data collection, increased reliance on stormwater capture, self-repairing materials for distribution systems, and expanded use of high-efficiency plumbing, will be necessary to ensure reliable water supplies, according to a report by the California Council on Science and Technology. While the report focuses on California, the solutions are applicable to other areas.
First international water stewardship standard released
Last week, the Alliance for Water Stewardship published International Water Stewardship Standard, Version 1.0, a global framework to promote sustainable freshwater use by helping companies mitigate their water risks and take actions to earn recognition for responsible water stewardship. A complementary verification program will be completed later this year.
Free building commissioning webinar being held April 29
At 1 p.m. EDT, NIST Engineering Laboratory and ASHRAE’s Technical Committee 7.9 on Building Commissioning are hosting a webinar for stakeholders interested in helping guide the future of building commissioning research and investment. You can learn more and register here.
Supply water temperature classification added to cooling data center guidance
The second edition of “Liquid Cooling Guidelines for Datacom Equipment Centers” provides best practice guidance for implementing liquid cooling systems in data centers, including interface requirements between the chilled-water system and the technology cooling system and water quality guidelines. More>>
ASHRAE training focuses on water system design
ASHRAE offers 21 eLearning courses that cover water system design, which can be found at elearning.ashrae.org by clicking on Individual Courses and entering Water in the search field. ASHRAE also offers several instructor-led courses that cover Standard 189.1: Standard for the Design of High-Performance Green Buildings (Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings), which includes a section on water use efficiency. Questions about the courses can be sent to email@example.com.
Registration is open for the Global Cities Summit
Representatives of government agencies, nonprofit organizations, academia, industry groups, and other smart city stakeholders are invited to take part in this conference being held in Toronto on May 15-16 that will explore sustainable solutions to urban infrastructure challenges.
Comments sought on new residential graywater systems standard
IAPMO Z1207-201x, Small-Scale Residential Graywater Recycling Systems is intended for residential graywater use for toilet flushing and subsurface irrigation and specifies requirements for materials, physical characteristics, performance testing, and markings. Comments will be accepted until April 28. Contact standards@IAPMOstandards.org for a copy of the draft standard.