Vol. 7, No. 23, November 13, 2014


ASPE partners with international organizations to enhance the global plumbing industry
ASPE and CSA Group recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to facilitate the exchange of information regarding technical, legislative, and regulatory matters that affect the plumbing products industries in North America and globally, particularly utilizing CSA Group’s Communities of Interest (COI) site. The two organizations will work together to improve the quality of plumbing system designs and to help ensure that plumbing products are safer, more efficient, and more affordable to benefit consumers internationally. More>>

ASPE also recently signed MOUs with the Japanese Society of Plumbing Engineers and the Architectural Institute of Taiwan to promote friendship and collaboration for the purpose of scientific and cultural exchange via technical publications, training programs, and joint membership packages. More>> 

Students: apply now for ASPE's Alfred Steele Scholarship
The Alfred Steele Scholarship is limited to ASPE members and their immediate families who have a 3.0 GPA or higher who are in or plan to attend a college, university, or technical school on a full-time basis (minimum of 12 credit hours) enrolled in an engineering program. To apply, go to aspe.org/SteeleScholarship or, if you have questions, contact Stacey Kidd. The application deadline is January 31, 2015.

Nadine Saucedo joins ASPE as the Society’s new graphic designer
Nadine has been a graphic designer for more than 25 years and has experience developing influential designs for nonprofit organizations, corporations, and small businesses. "One particular position for the past five years has been with the plumbing industry, which makes joining the ASPE team a welcoming opportunity," she says. "I am excited to be onboard with ASPE and look forward to meeting everyone." Nadine can be reached at nsaucedo@aspe.org.

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 the various types of laboratories and 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 our member benefits.


ASPE’s plumbing design workshops to visit Charlotte, Austin, and San Antonio
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 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 workshops provide lunch and CEUs.

Green Plumbing Design workshop being held in San Antonio in February
Registration is open for the Winter 2015 Green Plumbing Design workshop on February 9-10 in San Antonio. ASPE and IAPMO developed this program for PEs and/or CPDs who want to learn how to design systems that conserve and protect water supplies and reduce energy consumption in the delivery and use of water. Those who pass the exam at the end of the workshop are granted the GPD designation.

Members: the next edition of ASPE Journal is now available
At aspe.org/aspejournal you can learn why group venting was developed and particularly why wet venting was recommended as the preferred method to vent a group of bathroom fixtures as well as how to remove contaminants such as hardness, odor, microorganisms, bacteria, and minerals from reclaimed water. (Member login required.)

ASPE seeks comments on revisions to new sustainable management standard
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 and 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.

Online plumbing design courses from UCLA Extension start January 5
If you enroll by December 6, 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 FundamentalsPlumbing Systems II: Advanced Engineering SystemsHospital and Laboratory Plumbing Systems Design, and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. Courses can be taken individually or as part of the Advanced Plumbing Systems Design certificate program.

Co-conveners seek abstracts for the Fifth International Emerging Technology Symposium
The IETS will gather plumbers, contractors, engineers, manufacturers, and water-efficiency experts in Chicago in May 2016 to introduce new technologies for the plumbing and mechanical industries and to discuss emerging trends, challenges, and opportunities important to anyone who cares about how water is used in the built environment. Information on submitting a proposed presentation can be found here.

Members: don't miss your new copy of PEDH Volume 2
The updated version of Plumbing Engineering Design Handbook, Volume 2: Plumbing Systems, which includes a new chapter on rainwater and stormwater harvesting, will be distributed to all active members in good standing early next year. If you have not renewed your membership, please do so immediately here or call 847-296-0002 x223 to pay via phone to ensure that you receive your copy as part of your membership benefits.

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 to help local plumbing industry professionals network and have some fun. Click here to find out what’s happening in your area. Chapters, to include your events, email gpienta@aspe.org.


Engineering firm leaders are upbeat about employment and company performance
U.S. engineering firm CEOs reported a strong rebound in hiring in third-quarter 2014—67.4 percent said employment at their firm was equal to or higher now than pre-recession levels—and 65 percent reported higher backlogs compared to this time last year, according to the ACEC Engineering Business Index.

U.S. water withdrawals reach lowest level in 40 years
National water usage decreased 13 percent from 1970 to 2010, mostly due to changes in electricity generation and new irrigation technologies, according to “Estimated Use of Water in the United States” by the USGS.

How does water usage differ across the United States?
Counties in Western states and those close to the Mississippi River withdraw a substantially higher amount of water for irrigation than those east of the Mississippi, and domestic water use in the West is higher than in most of the Midwest and East; however, counties withdrawing the most water for power generation are found across the Midwest and East, according to “Tidal Wave or Drop in the Bucket? Differences in Water Use Across the United States” by The Hamilton Project.

Trillions of gallons of water are being lost to leaky infrastructure
2.1 trillion gallons of water are lost each year in the United States because of aging and leaky pipes, broken water mains, and faulty meters, accounting for about one-sixth of the water that is treated annually. More>>

Energy Department pledges millions to improve energy efficiency
The U.S. Department of Energy has announced $9 million to encourage investments in energy-saving technologies that can be deployed in offices, shops, restaurants, hospitals, hotels, and other types of commercial buildings. More>>

USGBC extends LEED 2009 deadline
Projects now can be registered under the LEED 2009 rating system until October 31, 2016 instead of June 15, 2015 to give users more time to prepare for LEED v4. More>>

LA approves ASSE as a recognized listing agency
The City of Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety has approved ASSE International as a Recognized Listing Agency, which means immediate recognition of the ASSE Seal on all plumbing products tested to ANSI-approved ASSE International product performance standards. More>>

Registration is open for WQA Aquatech USA
Being held April 21-24, 2015 in Las Vegas, WQA Aquatech USA will offer educational sessions, networking, and a product tradeshow for water treatment industry professionals. Early bird registration is available until March 20.

Water reuse conference being held February 1-3
The 2015 Industrial and Commercial Water Reuse Conference, sponsored by the WateReuse Association, will be held in Austin, Texas and will feature educational sessions on sustainable water policies, water and energy conservation, and water treatment and reuse technologies.

WaterSmart Innovations issues call for papers
Professionals and students working in an industry dealing with water conservation or urban water efficiency may submit an abstract until February 2 for an oral presentation, panel discussion, or workshop at this event being held October 7-9, 2015 in Las Vegas. More>>

National petition to support rainwater harvesting to launch on November 17
At ARCSA's national conference in Phoenix, a "We the People" petition, which appeals to the U.S. President, will be launched by ARCSA in support of rainwater harvesting. If you want to be placed on the list for the original petition email link and ARCSA's newsletter, click here.


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