Vol. 7, No. 25, December 11, 2014


Please note: ASPE’s office will be closed from December 24 to January 2. Have a Safe and Happy New Year!

New! ASPE’s regional workshop tour travels to Phoenix in February
On February 18, ASPE will host a one-day workshop on medical gas systems to help local professionals learn about new code requirements and innovative technologies for these critical life-support systems. If you can’t make it to Phoenix, a virtual option of this workshop will be offered. Registration includes 7.5 hours of continuing education credits.

On February 19, ASPE’s popular hands-on one-day Revit workshop will help plumbing and mechanical designers take their MEP projects to the next level. Registration includes a computer rental pre-loaded with Revit 2015, lunch, and 7.5 hours of continuing education credits.

Share your expertise at the 2015 ASPE Technical Symposium
ASPE seeks presenters for 75-minute educational sessions at the 2015 Technical Symposium being held in St. Louis on October 1-4. Proposals will be accepted through March 1, and selected presenters will be notified by May 1. Click here for submission guidelines.

ASPE seeks technical articles
If you’d rather share your expertise in a technical article, ASPE is now taking submissions for the 2015 issues of ASPE Journal. Articles should be in-depth, nonproprietary technical discussions on topics of interest to plumbing designers. Contact gpienta@aspe.org to submit an article or for more information.

Advanced Plumbing Technology books needed!
Students enrolled in the Winter 2015 semester plumbing design course at the City College of San Francisco need copies of Advanced Plumbing Technology for their coursework. If you have a copy and would like to donate it to a future plumbing engineer, please contact gpienta@aspe.org. (Note: Advanced Plumbing Technology is currently being revised, and the updated version will be available next year.)

Kickstart your new year at ASPE’s design workshops
Learn some new skills or refresh your knowledge to help enhance your career opportunities at one of ASPE’s regional workshops in January and February:

Need help getting your engineering degree? Apply now for the 2015 Alfred Steele Scholarship
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.


CPD exam registration opens January 2
The 2015 Certified in Plumbing Design exam will be held at testing sites around the country on April 9 and 10. Full ASPE members are automatically eligible to sit for the exam. New this year: the CPD exam will be open book. Candidates may bring up to six manuals or books into the testing center. Email certification@aspe.org for more information.

Register now for the Winter 2015 GPD workshop
Being held in San Antonio on February 9-10, the Green Plumbing Design workshop will help PEs and/or CPDs 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 will earn the GPD designation.

UCLA Extension’s online plumbing design classes start January 5
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.

Charlotte Chapter charter member passes away
Bill Waddington, PE, passed away unexpectedly on December 5. He joined ASPE on May 20, 1981, was a founding member of the Charlotte Chapter, and held almost all Chapter board positions over the years. He graduated from Penn State with a B.S. in Architectural Engineering, spent the majority of his career at Odell, and retired from United Engineering Group a few years ago.  

Where can you network with local ASPE members?
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. To include your Chapter's events, email gpienta@aspe.org.

Outcome-based pathway voted into the 2015 IgCC
The outcome-based provision in the 2015 IgCC bridges the gap between the existing prescriptive and performance pathways for energy compliance by giving design teams the ability to achieve compliance through actual performance and operations post-occupancy. More>>

Pure Water San Diego project gets the green light
The San Diego City Council recently approved this direct potable reuse project, which aims to recycle enough purified water to account for 30 percent of San Diego's drinking water needs by 2035.

U.S., Canada, and Mexico agree to recognize architect credentials
The Tri-National Agreement, which many consider to be one of the first professional services recognition programs under NAFTA, will allow architects who meet the eligibility requirements to work across North American borders. More>>

Chinese citizens strongly support water conservation
More than 94 percent of respondents to the Xylem Value of Water Index in China are willing to change their behavior to help solve water scarcity issues, and more than 75 percent are willing to pay more to upgrade water systems to secure access to clean water.

Airports of the future will focus on sustainability
To decrease carbon dioxide emissions and reduce waste, current and planned airport designs are incorporating water- and energy-efficiency measures such as solar technologies, on-site water recycling, and lighting controls, according to a CNN article.

Where will the tallest skyscrapers be located next year?
At 2,073 feet, the Shanghai Tower in Shanghai and the Wuhan Center in Wuhan, China will be the tallest buildings to open next year. Coming in fourth on the list of the top 10, 432 Park Avenue in New York City will be the third tallest building in the U.S. when finished. More>>

Solar Rating & Certification Corp. joins ICC
SRCC is now part of the ICC Group that includes the ICC Evaluation Service (ICC-ES) and the International Accreditation Service (IAS). More>>

Watts completes acquisition of AERCO
Watts Water Technologies recently finalized a deal to acquire 100% of the share capital of AERCO, a leading manufacturer of high-efficiency commercial boilers and water heaters. More>>

Webinar on changes to ASHRAE's energy-efficiency standard being held December 16
This free webinar will explain what plumbing engineers need to know about new energy-efficiency requirements for service water pressure booster systems in the 2010 edition of ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1: Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings.

Video series discusses how to prevent mistakes in water sampling for Legionella
The four, 10-minute videos outlining methods to avoid mistakes in planning, collecting samples, and interpreting test results are available free of charge through December 17 at hcinfo.com.


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