Vol. 8, No. 1, January 8, 2015

ASPE’s 2015 Webinar Series kicks off on January 29
Firestopping Plumbing Deck Penetrations will outline the importance of proper firestopping design and explain the differences between manufactured systems and built-in-place systems to help participants update their plumbing specifications. Nonmembers can attend this webinar for free by joining ASPE. Learn how here.

Just announced! AYP networking event being held February 11
ASPE Young Professionals is headed to San Antonio, Texas for its next national networking event. Join your peers at Main Event San Antonio North from 5:30-7:30 p.m. for drinks, appetizers, and billiards. Thanks to Lubrizol, this event is FREE and includes two drink tickets.

2015 Alfred Steele Scholarship deadline is January 31
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 family members who are pursuing a degree in engineering. The application deadline is January 31.

Don’t wait any longer to register for one of ASPE’s Winter 2015 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:

Sustainable activated carbon media standard receives ANSI approval
ASPE and the Water Quality Association (WQA) are pleased to announce that WQA/ASPE/ANSI S-802: Sustainable Activated Carbon Media for Drinking Water Treatment has been officially recognized as an American National Standard. The standard evaluates the sustainability of raw activated carbon media used in drinking water filter systems using a points-based system for potential certification by third parties. WQA/ASPE/ANSI S-802 will be available for download at ASPE’s online store next week.

Culligan and Zurn join ASPE’s Affiliate Sponsor program
Headquartered in Rosemont, Illinois, Culligan is a world leader in delivering water solutions for commercial and residential applications. A recognized leader in commercial, municipal, and industrial markets, Zurn manufactures the largest array of engineered water solutions in the industry, including a wide range of sustainable plumbing products. As ASPE Affiliate Sponsors, Culligan and Zurn increase their visibility within ASPE’s membership and the industry at large. For more information on becoming an ASPE Affiliate Sponsor, contact David Jern.

Earn your CPD certification this spring
ASPE’s Certified in Plumbing Design program recognizes outstanding professionals with advanced skills in the design and specification of plumbing systems. To earn the privilege of proudly displaying CPD after your name, register for this year’s exam, which is being held at testing sites across the country on April 9 and 10. The registration deadline is March 12. 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.

New online recertification announced for CPDs
You can now submit your CPD recertification form and pay the renewal fee online at your convenience. Just go to aspe.org/cpdrecertapp to complete the online form prior to your renewal expiration date. Members, be sure to log in to receive the member recertification price.


Supplement your studies for the CPD exam with ASPE's webinar series
This four-part series will help exam takers prepare by discussing the five task segments involved in a plumbing engineer's job dimensions--gathering information, administration, design, specifications, and construction services--from which all 100 exam questions are derived. Each webinar includes sample questions as well as insight on how to best prepare to pass the exam. Registration for the series is open until March 12.

Winter 2015 GPD workshop being held this February
On February 9-10, the Green Plumbing Design workshop will be held in San Antonio to 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.

ASPE seeks presentations for the 2015 Technical Symposium
Proposals will be accepted until March 1 for 75-minute to 3.5-hour education sessions at the 2015 Technical Symposium being held in St. Louis on October 1-4. Selected presenters will be notified by May 1. Click here for more information.

Share your expertise in ASPE Journal
If you’d rather share your expertise in a technical article, ASPE is now taking submissions and proposals 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 proposal.


Get out of the cold and network with 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. Chapters, to include your events, email gpienta@aspe.org.

Water for the World Act is signed into law
On December 19, President Obama signed the Senator Paul Simon Water for the World Act, which was unanimously passed by the House and Senate. Water for the World will strengthen implementation of the Senator Paul Simon Water for the Poor Act of 2005 by improving the capacity of the federal government to implement, leverage, monitor, and evaluate programs to provide first-time or improved access to safe drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene to the world's poorest on an equitable and sustainable basis. More>>

Safe Drinking Water Act turns 40
December 16, 2014 marked the 40th anniversary of the signing of the Safe Drinking Water Act by President Gerald Ford in 1974. The SDWA was responsible for creating uniform drinking water standards that were enforceable throughout the country to ensure almost universal tap water safety throughout the United States. An article in Slate explores the law’s history, impact, and future.

Minnesota residential fire sprinkler mandate goes into effect this month
Starting January 24, all new homes of 4,500 sf and larger built in the state will be required to include fire sprinklers according to a new provision in the Minnesota building code that passed last July. More>>

New draft specification for flushometer-valve toilets is released
The EPA is proposing a maximum flush volume of 1.28 gpf for both single- and dual-flush flushometer-valve toilets, which represents a 20 percent savings over the federal standard of 1.6 gpf. More>>

DOE proposes new energy-efficiency standards for residential dishwashers
The proposed standards set new maximum annual energy use and maximum per-cycle water consumption levels for standard and compact dishwashers. Comments on the proposed rules will be accepted until February 17. More>>

Where did the Earth’s water originate?
Scientists have long speculated that water on Earth originated from comets, but new data appears to debunk this theory and points to asteroids as the likely source. More>>

White paper explores the benefits of direct potable reuse
Research by the WateReuse Association finds that potable reuse compares favorably with other new water supply alternatives in terms of cost, energy requirements, environmental considerations, and reliability. The white paper is available as a free download here.

ICC 2015-2017 code development cycle begins
Proposed changes to Group A codes, which include the International Plumbing, Mechanical, Fuel Gas, and Swimming Pool and Spa Codes, are due by January 12. Proposals can be submitted online at cdpACCESS. Registration for the Committee Action Hearings being held April 19-30 in Memphis is open here.

ASHRAE announces a call for papers for its 2016 Winter Conference
The 2016 ASHRAE Winter Conference will be held January 23-27 in Orlando, and the association will accept presentation proposals until March 23 on topics including design/build, modern residential systems, international design, and cutting-edge technologies, among others. More>>

December 2014 World Plumbing Review is now available
This issue of the World Plumbing Council’s newsletter features articles on the new Community Plumbing Challenge, the Design for All barrier-free bathroom products competition, and ISH 2015.


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