Vol. 7, No. 10, May 15, 2014


Register for the 2014 ASPE Convention & Exposition and save!
ASPE wants everyone in the industry to help us celebrate our 50th Anniversary at the 2014 Convention & Exposition (September 20-24 in Chicago), so we are offering numerous discounts to make your trip more affordable.

  • First-timers receive 50% off the registration fee. If you’ve never been to an ASPE Convention & Exposition, now is the perfect time to take advantage of this money-saving offer. (Email skidd@aspe.org for the discount code.)
  • Coworkers who register together can save up to $100. If two to four members of the same firm register together, each gets $70 off the registration fee. If five or more register together, the savings increase to $100.
  • Bring your boss for free. If a principal in your company has never attended an ASPE Convention & Exposition, you can sign them up for a complimentary registration, which includes the Exposition, Sunday Night Party, and education sessions.
  • Attend one day for less. If you want to earn CEUs at the education sessions on either Tuesday or Wednesday, you can sign up for a cost-effective single-day pass.
  • 2013 Technical Symposium attendees receive 30% off. Anyone who attended the 2013 Technical Symposium gets 30% off a 2014 Convention & Exposition registration. (Email skidd@aspe.org for the discount code.)

The early bird deadline is August 16, so register soon to benefit from these amazing discounts.

ASPE announces a new member benefit
ASPE Journal is the latest technical publication for ASPE members, and the premier issue can be found here (member log-in required). This online resource will be published quarterly to provide a few interesting, thought-provoking articles on plumbing system design that members can read at their leisure. You can print the PDF or read the online version to interact with the authors and other members. Let us know what you think! If you’d like to provide an article, contact gpienta@aspe.org.

Mary Collum joins ASPE as the Society's new graphic designer
An honors graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, Mary will work for the Society on a part-time basis to lend her skills to ASPE's publications and marketing materials. You can contact her at mcollum@aspe.org

ASPE and other industry groups promote resilience in building design
On Monday, industry leaders released a joint statement in which they agreed to promote resilience in contemporary planning, building materials, and design, construction, and operational techniques as the solution to making the nation’s aging infrastructure more safe and secure. ASPE is a proud supporter of the initiative. More>>

World Plumbing Day poster contest winners selected
This year ASPE was responsible for managing the International World Plumbing Day poster contest, and the Society also held a poster contest for ASPE members’ children and grandchildren. The winners of the international poster competition were:

  • 1st place: Breanna Maxwell, Corinaldi Avenue Primary School, Montego Bay, Jamaica
  • 2nd place: Isabella Santa Maria, Floyd M. Stork School, Alta Loma, California
  • 3rd place: Mia Sanchez, Mariposa Elementary, Ontario, California

The ASPE winner was Adam Araujo, a 10-year-old student at James M. Quinn Elementary School in Dartmouth, Massachusetts and son of ASPE member Walter Araujo, a Plumbing and Fire Protection Project Manager at Creative Environment Corp. Consulting Engineers in East Providence, Rhode Island. You can see the winning posters here.

Two new sustainable drinking water treatment system standards are open for public review
WQA/ASPE S-802: Activated Carbon Media for Drinking Water Treatment is now open for public review in addition to WQA/ASPE S-803: Sustainable Drinking Water Treatment Systems. Comments will be accepted until June 13 for WQA/ASPE S-803 and June 27 for WQA/ASPE S-802. You can download the drafts and the comment forms here.

Keynote speaker and location announced for ASPE's Water Reuse Workshop on June 25-26
This event will be held at the Chicago Courtyard O'Hare, and keynote speaker Dr. Joseph Cortruvo will kick it off with a presentation on direct potable reuse technologies. Panel discussions and breakout sessions will be held to encourage discussion and debate among participants on the future of water reuse strategies. Click here to learn more and register for this free workshop. ASPE thanks NSF International and the Water Quality Association for helping sponsor this event.

Join ASPE Young Professionals at new networking events this summer
AYP is hosting two new social and networking events for young industry professionals. Join your peers at Coors Field in Denver on June 3 for a Colorado Rockies baseball game or the Fox & Hound in Kansas City on June 17 for some after-work relaxation. Go to aspe.org/aypnetworking to learn more.

Holdrite and Copper Development Association join ASPE’s CEU Provider program
Holdrite and CDA can now offer ASPE CEUs for CPD recertification for their training sessions related to plumbing system design. Click here for more information on becoming an ASPE CEU Provider, to learn which training programs are eligible, and to find contact information for the providers.

50th Anniversary Sponsorship deadline is June 30
Don’t forget to sign up as a 50th Anniversary sponsor at aspe.org/50 to show your support of the plumbing engineering industry. New sponsors are being added daily, but your chance to sign up will end in June.

Help the ASPE RF conduct critical research
ASPE's Research Foundation is about to embark on two research projects on water conservation, but they need addiitonal funding to get started. Please click here to make a donation to this very important cause. The ASPE RF thanks those who have already graciously donated.


It’s not too late to sign up for ASPE’s summer regional workshops
Join ASPE for these full- and half-day training programs:

Registration is open for UCLA Extension's summer semester
Two courses in the Advanced Plumbing Systems Design certificate program, sponsored by ASPE, will be held this summer. Both are electives in the certificate program or can be taken individually by those wishing to increase their design skills.

Members: The 2Q14 ASPE Board Report is available
To find out what’s been happening at the national level, check out the latest ASPE Board Report newsletter (member log-in required). 

Chapter leaders: proposed bylaws amendments are due May 23
Proposed changes to the ASPE Bylaws will be discussed and voted on by chapter delegates at the 2014 Business Meeting in September. You can submit your proposed changes via email, including a detailed rationale for the change, to ASPE Executive Director/CEO Jim Kendzel.

Chapter history questionnaires are due May 31
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.
Alabama, British Columbia, Capital Region New York, Columbia, Connecticut, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Denver, Long Island, Miami, Minnesota, Nashville, Quebec, Richmond, San Diego, Virginia Blue Ridge

Prove your chapter is the best by winning the 50th Anniversary Chapter Trivia Contest
You can find rules and the answer sheet at aspe.org/50_triviacontest.
May 15 question: What was the original name of the Northern California Chapter?

Get out of the office and network with ASPE members
Local chapters are offering numerous social and networking events this summer. Find out what’s happening in your area at aspe.org/ChapterEvents.

Water bill increases slow down despite rate hikes
Single-family residential water rates for families of four using 100 gallons per person per day increased 6.2 percent in 30 major U.S. cities in the past year, the smallest year-to-year change in five years, according to an annual survey by Circle of Blue. One explanation is rate structures that charge high-volume users more and encourage conservation.

Approximately 1.6 million Americans don't have indoor plumbing
According to the latest American Community Survey, nearly 630,000 occupied households lack complete plumbing facilities (toilet, tub or shower, and/or running water). Although the locations are geographically varied, they tend to cluster in certain regions. You can find out where here

Where are the LEED hot spots outside of the U.S.?
Not surprisingly, Canada tops the list of countries with the most LEED-certified space outside of the United States, but it is followed by four Asian countries: China, India, South Korea, and Taiwan.

New energy-efficiency compliance path code proposal moves closer to adoption
On May 4, the technical committee charged with revising the International Green Construction Code voted to approve a proposal that would lead to the first outcome-based compliance path in a model energy code. The final vote to adopt the proposal into the IgCC will occur in October. More>>

2014 COTE Top Ten Green Projects feature innovative water-conservation technologies
Ground source heat pump wells, variable-refrigerant flow heating and cooling systems, large-scale graywater recycling, and zero stormwater runoff are just a few of the water-efficient strategies employed by the recipients of AIA’s Committee on the Environment Top 10 Awards.

Code change proposals sought for the 2015 GPMCS
IAPMO is accepting proposals for changes to the 2015 edition of the Green Plumbing and Mechanical Code Supplement through June 18. Go to iapmo.org/Pages/IAPMO_Green.aspx for more information on submitting a proposal.

Registration for the 2014 WaterSmart Innovations Conference is open
Being held October 8-10 at the South Point Hotel and Conference Center in Las Vegas, WSI 2014 will feature education sessions for water-efficiency professionals and an exposition highlighting the latest in water-efficient product and services. The early bird registration rate ends June 2.

The latest version of World Plumbing Review is available
Learn who won the World Plumbing Day (WPD) poster content, what WPD celebrations occurred around the world (including the ASPE Eastern Michigan Chapter’s NASPE Race), and more in the April 2014 issue of World Plumbing Review.



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