Vol. 7, No. 22, October 30, 2014


2014 ASPE Convention and Exposition attracts highest attendance since 2006 
The 2014 ASPE Convention and Exposition, held September 20-24 in Chicago, attracted 4,946 total registrants, representing the highest overall attendance since 2006. The event’s target audience, plumbing engineers and designers, grew by 27.6 percent over the previous show cycle in 2012. The 2014 ASPE Exposition also showcased its largest show floor ever, with 301 companies across 67,500 net square feet--a six percent increase in its footprint over the 2012 Exposition. More>>

Just announced! ASPE’s plumbing design workshops hit the road in January
ASPE’s popular one-day, hands-on Revit training courses will be held on January 19 and 20 in Charlotte, North Carolina and February 12 and 13 in Austin, Texas. The full-day Intermediate Plumbing Design workshop, which covers plumbing systems found in commercial kitchens such as sanitary waste and vent, domestic hot water, and natural gas, will be held on February 11 in San Antonio, Texas. Class sizes are limited, so register soon to take advantage of these professional development opportunities, all of which offer CEUs for your recertification requirements.

Toronto-area engineers: network with you peers at ASPE’s Greater Toronto Area Chapter 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, but please RSVP here by November 11.

FREE webinar for ASPE members 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 that address chemical or special waste that are currently manufactured to ASTM standards. If you aren’t an ASPE member but want to participate in this webinar for free, join ASPE to take advantage of this webinar and numerous other member benefits. Learn how here.

Earn your GPD designation in San Antonio next February
Registration is now open for the Winter 2015 Green Plumbing Design workshop and exam on February 9-10 in San Antonio. Go to aspe.org/gpd to register soon, as space is limited to 18 participants.


New sustainable management standard is open for second public review 
WQA/ASPE S-801: Sustainable Management includes attributes, criteria, and metrics that will be used to assess the sustainable management practices and performance of manufacturers, as well as component and material suppliers, that are seeking to obtain certification to applicable WQA sustainable product standards. Changes as a result of the first public review are now open for comment here. Comments must be received by 5:00 p.m. EST on November 30.

Registration is open for the Winter 2015 semester of UCLA Extension’s Advanced Plumbing Systems Design program
Courses start January 5, and if you enroll by December 5, you will save up to 10 percent off the regular registration fee. Offered this winter are the following courses: Plumbing Systems I: Code and Engineering Fundamentals; Plumbing Systems II: Advanced Engineering Systems; Hospital and Laboratory Plumbing Systems Design; Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design; and Electrical Design and Construction. Many classes are offered online, and they can be taken individually or as part of the certificate program. Contact et@uclaextension.edu to register or for more information.

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 certification exam.

Share ASPE’s 50th Anniversary video with your Chapter members
ASPE staff created a video to commemorate ASPE's 50th Anniversary, which was played at numerous locations during the 2014 ASPE Convention and Exposition. The video is now available on You Tube for Chapters to play during meetings or other events.

Get ready for the holidays with ASPE Chapters
ASPE Chapters are gearing up for holiday excitement with special meetings and parties in November and December, such as the West Coast Florida Chapter’s Thanksgiving Food Drive on November 11. Click here to find out what’s happening in your area. To include your Chapter's events, email gpienta@aspe.org.


Seismically reliable tunnel completed to ensure San Francisco’s water supply
The $288 million project is part of one of the largest water infrastructure improvement programs in the country. The Bay Tunnel replaces two old pipelines that sat on the San Francisco Bay floor and connects East Bay water supplies with customers on the Peninsula and in San Francisco. More>> 

Cities propose solar panels as a means to curb greenhouse gas emissions
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has set a goal of developing 100 megawatts of solar power on public buildings and 250 megawatts on private properties in 10 years to generate 1 percent of the city’s electricity and reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by an estimated 35,000 metric tons a year. More>>

Solar Vision 2020, proposed by San Francisco Board of Supervisors President David Chiu, aims to double the amount of solar electricity generated in the city by 2020 to fulfill San Francisco's goal of a fossil fuel-free electricity supply by 2030. More>>

Massachusetts continues to be the most energy-efficient state
The State Energy Efficiency Scorecard by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy also found that energy-efficiency programs in 2013 saved approximately 24.4 million megawatt-hours, a 7 percent increase over 2011. Arkansas, the District of Columbia, Kentucky, and Wisconsin were found to be the most improved energy-efficiency states for 2014.

Virginia governor unveils ambitious energy plan
The 2014 Virginia Energy Plan calls for 15 percent of the state’s energy to come from renewables by 2025 and a 10 percent reduction in energy consumption by 2020. Governor Terry R. McAuliffe also signed an executive order that directs state buildings to reduce energy consumption by 15 percent by 2017 and creates a new state Chief Energy Efficiency Officer position.

New British Columbia water heater energy-efficiency requirements go into effect in December
Starting December 19, applications for building permits must comply with new requirements for energy-efficiency in housing, small commercial, and industrial buildings. More>>

Harvard launches green building design center
The Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities was created to explore the role that building efficiency plays in urban sustainability and to promote the creation and continued improvement of sustainable, high-performance buildings and cities.

New landscape irrigation standard published
ASABE/ICC 802-2014: Landscape Irrigation Sprinkler and Emitter Standard classifies sprinkler and drip irrigation systems, sets uniform testing procedures, and establishes minimum design and performance requirements for commercial and residential landscape irrigation components. More>>

First building standard focusing on health and wellness released 
WELL Building Standard v1.0 is a performance-based certification system that aims to improve human health and wellbeing through the built environment via performance requirements in seven categories: air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort, and mind.

How can you get 14,575 NFPA definitions for free?
Just download your copy of the 2014 edition of the NFPA Glossary of Terms, published by the National Fire Protection Association, which includes all of the defined terms in NFPA's published codes, standards, guides, and recommended practices.

ASHRAE announces student design competition winners
Included in the winning projects were innovations such as variable refrigerant flow systems with simultaneous heating and cooling, dedicated outdoor air systems with energy recovery, and a ground source heat pump system where water is pumped through vertical piping in the ground, providing a heat source and a heat sink for the pumps. More>>

Deadline to register for CIPH’s Most Water Wise School Competition is December 1
Teams of Canadian college and university students are invited to participate in this competition to design an interdisciplinary approach with input from both engineering and business students to reduce their school’s water footprint. More>>


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