Vol. 7, No. 24, November 27, 2014


Note: In observance of Thanksgiving, ASPE’s office will be closed November 27-28.

Just announced: specification coordination workshop being held in Charlotte on January 22 
ASPE’s regional workshop tour will stop in Charlotte, North Carolina with a new offering: Cross-Discipline Drawing and Specification Coordination, a half-day workshop that will examine common coordination failures and their consequences. Presenter Nina M. Giglio, FCSI, CCS, will review specifying methods, organization structures for building information, and specification enforcement, as well as tools to assist with coordination during project documentation and into construction. The workshop includes lunch and 3.5 hours of continuing education credit.

Laboratory plumbing systems webinar being held next Wednesday—FREE for ASPE members!
On December 3 at 2 p.m. EST, presenter Vic Hines, CPD, LEED AP, will provide an in-depth technical look at the plumbing applications typically found in laboratories and the five piping systems currently manufactured to ASTM standards that address chemical or special waste. Laboratory Drainage Plumbing Piping Design is FREE for ASPE members thanks to Charlotte Pipe and Foundry Co. 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.

Apply now for the 2015 Alfred Steele Scholarship 
Need help getting an engineering degree? Up to $3,000 in scholarship money is available for qualified applicants through ASPE's Alfred Steele Scholarship, which is limited to ASPE members and their immediate families. The application deadline is January 31, 2015.

Enhance your design skills at ASPE’s plumbing design workshops 
ASPE’s popular one-day, hands-on Revit training course will be held on January 19 and 20 in Charlotte, North Carolina and February 12 and 13 in Austin, Texas. Registration includes a computer rental, lunch, and CEUs. 
The full-day Intermediate Plumbing Design workshop will be held on February 11 in San Antonio, Texas. This workshop focuses on commercial kitchen plumbing systems and also includes lunch and CEUs. Class sizes are limited, so register soon to take advantage of these professional development opportunities.


Earn your GPD designation in San Antonio next 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.

Public comments on revisions to new sustainable management standard are due by November 30
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.

Sign up for UCLA Extension’s Winter 2015 classes by December 6 to save up to 10 percent
Offered this winter are the following online 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.

Thank you CPD survey participants!
ASPE thanks the hundreds of industry professionals who offered input on how to update the Certified in Plumbing Design program. Your comments will be used to revise the CPD exam to more closely align with current industry trends.

Get ready for winter with ASPE Chapters
Don't get stuck at home this winter! ASPE Chapters are offering numerous special events in the coming months to help local plumbing industry professionals network, learn new skills, and have fun. Click here to find out what’s happening in your area. Chapters, to include your events, email gpienta@aspe.org.

Houston tops the list of U.S. cities with the most new construction in 2014
In the first nine months of 2014, $25.1 billion of new construction projects were started in the greater Houston metropolitan area, a 176 percent increase over the same period in 2013. Due to the state’s expanding economy, three more Texas cities made Forbes’ list of Building Boom Towns.

Every dollar invested in water and sanitation brings a four-fold return
Investments in water and sanitation yield substantial economic benefits, including an overall estimated gain of 1.5 percent of global GDP and a $4.3 return for every dollar invested in water and sanitation services due to reduced healthcare costs, according to the 2014 UN-Water Global Analysis and Assessment of Sanitation and Drinking-Water report.

Increasing water stress identified as a top trend for 2015
Members of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council identified issues they believe will have the biggest impact on the world in the coming year, and water stress, particularly access to fresh water, made the list at #9. More>>

First multifamily properties with Energy Star ratings recognized
The 17 Energy Star-certified multifamily buildings include numerous energy-efficiency techniques such as a two-pipe closed-loop hydronic HVAC system with fan coil units in each residence, high-efficiency equipment, and solar hot water heating. More>>

Updated green building standard is now available
ANSI/ASHRAE/USGBC/IES Standard 189.1-2014: Standard for the Design of High-Performance, Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings includes more stringent water use requirements for toilets, clothes washers, dishwashers, and green roofs among other changes made through the three-year public review process. More>>

ICC announces new training program
The International Code Council Preferred Provider Program offers industry professionals an easily accessible network of educational seminars, institutes, and other courses on topics such as codes and standards, construction materials and methods, building components, guidelines, legal issues, and best practices.

WPC launches research database
The World Plumbing Council Research Database provides information on plumbing- and water-related research efforts from around the globe to help facilitate collaboration and reduce duplication efforts. Users are encouraged to upload research and ideas to populate the database.

Registration is open for ACE15
The American Water Works Association’s 2015 Annual Conference and Exposition will be held June 7–10 in Anaheim, California. Early bird rates are available through March 27.


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