Vol. 7, No. 16, August 7, 2014



Early bird registration rate ends next week!
To save $50 off the ASPE Convention registration fee, you must register by August 16. To also take advantage of the first-timers discount or the 2013 Technical Symposium attendee discount, email skidd@aspe.org. One-day registrations, guest registrations, and discounts for registering multiple people from the same firm at the same time are also available.

Hotel rooms at ASPE rates are rapidly selling out
ASPE has negotiated remarkable room rates at top Chicago hotels for ASPE Convention and Exposition attendees, but the rooms are going quickly. Reserve your room by August 22 so you don’t miss out.

Attend Convention education sessions from the comfort of your office
Did you know that you can participate in Convention technical sessions even if you can’t make it to Chicago? ASPE is streaming five of the top education sessions live from the event to help you learn new skills and earn CEUs on September 23 and 24. Go to aspe.org/2014virtual to sign up for the sessions of your choice.

New manufacturers join the New Product Innovation Showcase
The New Product Innovation Showcase will be held September 22 and 23 during the 2014 ASPE Exposition, and we invite all Exposition attendees to visit the ASPE Pavilion to learn about the hottest new plumbing industry products directly from the technical experts. Remember: entrance to the Exposition only is free! You can register in advance here or on-site at the McCormick Place Lakeside Center in Chicago.


ASPE Toronto Chapter to hold its first networking meeting next month 
On September 10, ASPE is hosting the inaugural meeting of the Toronto Chapter at the Holiday Inn, Toronto Airport East from 6-9 p.m. All Toronto-area plumbing industry professionals are invited to this free meeting to network, learn more about the Toronto Chapter, and participate in a panel discussion on Canadian low-lead regulations. Click here to register.

Viega joins ASPE’s CEU Provider Program
Viega LLC is now eligible to offer ASPE CEUs for CPD recertification for its professional development session “Pathogen Control by Design.” To learn how your company can join ASPE’s CEU Provider Program, click here or contact prosenberg@aspe.org.



ASPE awards Alfred Steele Scholarships to three engineering students
ASPE is pleased to announce that the following students received Alfred Steele Scholarships this year:

  • Zachary D. Christenson, son of ASPE member Randy Paul Christenson, PE, who previously attended the University of Northwestern-St. Paul and will be attending the University of Minnesota in the fall as a sophomore, received a $3,000 scholarship.
  • Jill Vande Boom, a student member of ASPE who attends the Milwaukee School of Engineering and has a 3.95 GPA, received a $2,000 scholarship.
  • Breshel M. Wilson, a student member of ASPE who is a recent graduate of Muchin College Prep High School with a 3.38 GPA and will be attending Southern Illinois University, received a $1,000 scholarship. 

Start the conversation by writing for ASPE Journal 
ASPE’s newest member benefit, ASPE Journal, contains thought-provoking articles on technical topics of interest to plumbing engineers. If you would like to contribute an article and start a new conversation among your peers, contact gpienta@aspe.org.


Central Indiana Chapter takes advantage of ASPE’s bus stipend to bring local engineers to the 2014 Exposition 
Did you know that ASPE will provide a $500 stipend to help your Chapter charter a bus to the 2014 ASPE Convention and Exposition? It’s as easy as filling out this form to help your Chapter members and other local design professionals attend the ASPE Exposition on September 22-23 in Chicago.

What’s going on with ASPE Chapters this August?
The Houston Chapter will be holding a black tie buffet/bar event on August 16 to celebrate the 45th Anniversary of the Chapter, and the San Francisco and Dallas/Ft. Worth Chapters are offering plumbing design courses this month. Go to aspe.org/chapterevents to learn more.

Prove your Chapter is the best by winning the 50th Anniversary Chapter Trivia Contest 
Answer sheets are due to gpienta@aspe.org no later than August 29. Only one answer sheet per Chapter will be accepted!
August 7 question: What was the title of ASPE’s first webinar and when was it held?

Cambridge becomes the latest city to require energy benchmarking
The recently passed Building Energy Usage and Disclosure Ordinance will require owners of designated property types to annually benchmark and report their properties’ energy use, water use, and building information via the U.S. EPA’s Portfolio Manager tool. More>>

USGS updates national seismic hazard maps
Using more data and updated earthquake models, the U.S. Geological Survey has concluded that the eastern United States has the potential for larger and more damaging earthquakes, the New Madrid Seismic Zone has a larger range of potential earthquake magnitudes and locations, and the earthquake hazard in California extends over a wider area than previously thought. More>>

London releases plan to ensure a secure, sustainable, and affordable water and energy supply by 2050
On July 30, the mayor of London proposed the London Infrastructure Plan 2050, which includes a report on the current status of green, energy, water, and waste infrastructure, challenges facing infrastructure provision in the city, and the city’s solutions based on programs already in place in other cities.

Despite employment gains, construction industry outlook remains uncertain
Construction employment is at its highest level since May 2009, but spending decreased in June due to shrinking public investment, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America. The analysis says that uncertainty about federal funding for infrastructure and construction programs is one reason for the uneven recovery.

PERC to begin work on phase 2 of drainline carry study
The Plumbing Efficiency Research Coalition, of which ASPE is a member, has announced that funding for the second phase of its drainline carry research has been secured, and work on the project is expected to begin in the coming months. The study will examine how a drain pipe size reduction influences drainline transport in a long building drain and the significance of that influence relative to slope, flush volume, and the other system variables studied in Phase 1 and also will evaluate performance at the 1.0-gpf flush volume. You can download a copy of the Phase 2 research plan here.

ICC and PMI to facilitate discussion on lack of indoor plumbing
On August 25, the International Code Council will host a teleconference chaired by Plumbing Manufacturers International Executive Director Barbara Higgens to discuss the lack of basic sanitation of the reported 1.6 million Americans in 630,000 households who do not have indoor plumbing. Participation is limited to 150 people on a first-come, first-serve basis. More>>

WQA seeks presentation proposals for WQA Aquatech 2015
The Water Quality Association invites submittals of proposals for educational presentations for the Orlando, Florida conference being held on April 20-24, 2015. Topics sought include plumbing codes, cross-connection control, and water treatment. More>>

WaterSense revises program to label professional certification programs
The U.S. EPA recently released the WaterSense Professional Certification Program Labeling System and three revised specifications for professional certification programs that will provide better national recognition and credibility for WaterSense-labeled certification programs and the professionals who are certified by them.

New well construction standard is published
ANSI/NGWA-01-14: Water Well Construction Standard includes guidelines to help professionals design and build water well systems that contribute to public health and safety. More>> 

Free Legionella webinar available for viewing
A recording of the webinar “Deciding Whether to Test for Legionella” can be viewed free of charge at hcinfo.com until September 30. It discusses testing water for Legionella from the perspective of government agencies considering regulations, professional societies issuing standards, and building operators attempting to reduce risk.

NIBS Consultative Council issues summary report
In this concise summary, the National Institute of Building Sciences' Consultative Council, of which ASPE Executive Director/CEO Jim Kendzel, MPH, CAE, is a member, reiterates its recommendations to government and the industry regarding the building workforce, the use of nonpotable water, the energy/water nexus, and other issues.



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