Vol. 7, No. 21, October 16, 2014


Learn about medical gas systems at the next ASPE webinar
Medical Gas Systems of Today, on October 29 at 2 p.m. EDT, will discuss strategic design concepts found within NFPA 99-2012: Health Care Facilities Code. Presenter Tom Spremo will evaluate the role of new technologies within life support systems to help participants implement new design concepts that reduce costs, minimize system disruption, and avoid hot work where it is no longer effective. This one-hour contact program provides 0.1 CEU or 1.0 PDH.

Nonmembers can attend this webinar for free by signing up for ASPE membership. Learn more here.

CPDT exam registration closes October 24
ASPE’s newest certification program, Certified Plumbing Design Technician (CPDT), provides professional recognition of plumbing designers who do not yet have the experience required for the Certified in Plumbing Design (CPD) designation. The first exam for this new program will be held at testing sites across the country on November 20 and 21. To be eligible to take the CPDT exam, a candidate must have a bachelor’s degree in engineering with one year of experience designing plumbing systems, or an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in a field related to engineering and a minimum of two years of experience designing plumbing systems, or four years minimum of plumbing design experience.

Join the Greater Toronto Area Chapter at its next meeting on November 12
ASPE’s new Greater Toronto Area Chapter is meeting on November 12 at the Holiday Inn, Toronto Airport East, starting with a Chapter board meeting (open to all) at 6 p.m. Networking and dinner will be followed by a discussion on changes to the Ontario Plumbing Code led by Joseph Rogers, a Code Advisor with the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing. All Toronto-area plumbing industry professionals are welcome to attend this networking meeting. Please RSVP here by November 11.

Save the date: laboratory drainage webinar being held December 3
Laboratory Drainage Plumbing Piping Design is FREE for ASPE members thanks to Charlotte Pipe and Foundry Co. Presenter Vic Hines, CPD, LEED AP, will provide an in-depth technical look at the applications typically seen in various types of laboratories and will compare the five different piping systems currently manufactured to ASTM standards that address chemical or special waste. If you aren’t an ASPE member but want to participate in this webinar for free, join ASPE to take advantage of the Society's numerous member benefits. Learn how here.

Congratulations new GPDs! 
The following individuals earned the Green Plumbing Design designation during the GPD workshop offered in Chicago in September:

Keith D. Bush, CPD, GPD, CSI, Cleveland Chapter
Michael D. Danielson, CPD, GPD, Dallas/Ft. Worth Chapter
Koriey Jermayne Dixon Sr., CPD, GPD, LEED AP BD+C, Houston Chapter
Robert H. Evans Jr., CPD, GPD, Washington, D.C. Chapter
Jon Michael Franzese, CPD, GPD, Seattle Chapter
Istvan Godri Martis, CPD, GPD, Richmond Chapter
Patrick Lavoie, P.Eng, GPD, Montreal Chapter
Jared Crowell Matthews, PE, GPD, Atlanta Chapter
Douglas John Nelson, PE, GPD, Wisconsin Chapter
Desmond A. Richelsen, CPD, GPD, Washington, D.C. Chapter
Erica Lynne Ross, PE, GPD, LEED AP BD+C, San Francisco Chapter
Zay Y. Soe, PE, CPD, GPD, Los Angeles Chapter
Donald A. Taylor, CPD, GPD, Houston Chapter
Michael Taylor, PE, GPD, LEED AP, Member at Large
Harold W. Wodicka, PE, CPD, GPD, Wisconsin Chapter


Your next chance to become a GPD will be February 9-10, 2015 in San Antonio. Go to aspe.org/gpd to register soon, as space is limited to 18 participants.

ASPE seeks input on updates to the CPD program
ASPE is updating the Certified in Plumbing Design program and needs your help! Please take this brief survey to provide your input on how best to update the CPD exam.

Learn, network, and have fun with ASPE Chapters this fall
ASPE Chapters are hosting plumbing design classes, golf outings, and other events to help local professionals make new contacts and learn more about the industry. Go to aspe.org/chapterevents to find out what’s happening in your area.

Northeast cities brainstorm methods to combat flooding
On October 8, the New York City Department of City Planning released "Retrofitting Buildings for Flood Risk," which contains guidance on how to economically retrofit buildings to reduce the risk of damage and disruption from coastal flooding.

Also earlier this month, the Urban Land Institute released a report called "The Urban Implications of Living With Water," which outlines flooding solutions for four Boston-area neighborhoods devised by teams of architects, insurers, real estate developers, engineers, investors, and government representatives.


India’s new prime minister tackles sanitation 
Poor sanitation costs India 6.4 percent of its gross domestic product annually, so Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched the Clean India program to ensure every home and school has access to a toilet by 2019. More>>

Proposed standards would decrease commercial rooftop air-conditioner energy use by 30%
The proposed standards would achieve the largest national energy savings of any standard ever issued by the U.S. Department of Energy, would save businesses between $16 and $50 billion, and would reduce electricity consumption by about 1.3 trillion kilowatt-hours over the lifetime of a unit. More>>

IAPMO seeks public comments on green code supplement
The 2015 version of the Green Plumbing and Mechanical Code Supplement is open for public review until November 24. To download a copy of the proposed changes that the Green Technical Committee approved at its August 2014 meeting, as well as the comment form, go to iapmogreen.org

Inefficient multifamily properties use six times more water than efficient properties
Another key finding of the “Transforming Multifamily Housing: Fannie Mae’s Green Initiative and Energy Star for Multifamily” report is that properties in the West use almost 50% more water per square foot compared to properties in the Northeast.

Kohler receives the WaterSense Sustained Excellence Award
This is the second year in a row that Kohler has received WaterSense’s highest recognition. Delta Faucet Co. was named the Manufacturer Partner of the Year and the Irrigation Association was named the Professional Certifying Organization Partner of Year in the 2014 WaterSense Partners of the Year awards. More>>

DOE to require verification of water and energy usage
The new U.S. Department of Energy rule will require re-assessment of energy and water performance every four years for new and retrofitted federal buildings that are certified by private-sector green building certification systems. More>>

New tool can help assess building sustainability
A new database called BIRDS, developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, can help designers evaluate if it pays to exceed code requirements for energy efficiency by tallying expected costs, kilowatts expended, carbon emissions, and other impacts over a planned commercial building's lifetime.

Free Legionella webinar being held October 22
Legionella Update: Smart Planning Based on the Latest Information at 11 a.m. EDT will discuss the latest draft of ASHRAE 188P and considerations for water management plans. Pre-registration is required.

Experts identify gaps in building commissioning research
The top need identified was the development of a standardized protocol for measuring actual building performance before and after building commissioning to set a baseline for building commissioning evaluation, according to the “Roadmap for Building Commissioning Research Workshop Summary Report.”


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