Vol. 8, No. 6, March 19, 2015


Registration is open for the 2015 ASPE Technical Symposium
This year's premier event for plumbing engineering professional development will be held October 1-4 in St. Louis. New features include an ASPE Young Professionals Leadership Conference and networking event in addition to ASPE’s in-depth technical education sessions and product show. To learn more and register, go to aspe.org/2015-ts-home-page. ASPE has secured a low room rate of $129 at the Hyatt Regency at the Arch just for Technical Symposium attendees, so make sure you don’t miss out! 

Green Plumbing Design workshop being held September 30-October 1
Your next chance to earn the Green Plumbing Design (GPD) designation will be in St. Louis prior to the 2015 ASPE Technical Symposium. Go to aspe.org/GPD or contact prosenberg@aspe.org for more information on this certificate program sponsored by ASPE and IAPMO. Registration will be available soon.

Congratulations new Green Plumbing Designers!
At the Green Plumbing Design workshop held in San Antonio, Texas in February, 10 participants passed the exam to join the growing list of PEs and/or CPDs who have earned the right to place the GPD designation after their name. The new GPDs are:

  • Serpil Barmettler, PE, GPD
  • Charles Lengal III, CPD, GPD, Denver Chapter
  • Rolando Meneses, CPD, GPD, CEM, LEED AP, Dallas/Ft. Worth Chapter
  • Quang Huu Nguy, CPD, GPD, Central Texas Chapter
  • Raymond F. Parham, PE, GPD, Houston Chapter
  • Christopher Adam Phillips, CPD, GPD, Central Texas Chapter
  • Eugene Wayne Raanes, PE, CPD, GPD, Central Texas Chapter
  • Steven W. Smith, CPD, GPD, Houston Chapter
  • Joe Stone, PE, GPD, Central Texas Chapter
  • Cyril F. Unger, CPD, GPD, FASPE, Houston Chapter

Sustainability working group members sought
ASPE and the Water Quality Association (WQA) are preparing to expand the scope of WQA/ASPE/ANSI S-803 (2014): Sustainable Drinking Water Treatment Systems to include water softeners and ion-exchange resin media and are seeking volunteers to assist with drafting the environmental criteria for these product types. Individuals interested in joining this working group can contact WQA’s Sustainability Certification Supervisor, Stuart Mann, at smann@wqa.org or 630-929-2546.

WQA/ASPE/ANSI S-803 is available for download at ASPE's online store.

Don’t miss ASPE’s March webinar next week
Next Wednesday, the one-hour webinar, Double-Containment Piping Systems, at 2 p.m. EDT, will explore applications, EPA regulations, material selection, system design, and leak detection methods for these systems. Registration closes at 5 p.m. CDT on March 24. Nonmembers: click here to learn how to attend this webinar for free.


Leonard Valve joins ASPE’s CEU Provider Program
ASPE CEU Providers are allowed to offer CEUs for CPD recertification for approved workshops, and Leonard Valve has joined the growing list of providers with its workshop “Mixing Valve Technologies.” By becoming an ASPE CEU Provider, your company can increase its visibility among the more than 650 plumbing engineers and designers who hold the CPD designation, so click here to learn how to join this prestigious program.

Public comments sought on two new plumbing industry standards
ARCSA/ASPE 78: Stormwater Harvesting System Design for Direct End-Use Applications and WQA/ASPE 1201: Electrochemical Drinking Water Treatment Systems are open for public comment here. Comments will be accepted until April 13, 2015.

Where can you find ASPE members this spring?
Two new product shows have been announced: the Minnesota Chapter’s Product Show and Hydronic Heating Seminar on May 13 and the New York City Chapter’s Plumbing and Fire Protection Exposition on May 21. Also, the New Jersey Chapter’s annual golf outing will be held on May 7. You can find more information about these events and other local ASPE Chapter events at aspe.org/chapterevents.

Fix a Leak Week encourages water conservation
Household leaks can waste more than 1 trillion gallons of water annually in the United States, so WaterSense created Fix a Leak Week to remind homeowners of the importance of finding and fixing leaks. Events are being held across the country this week to celebrate this annual event. To find out how we manage to waste that much water via leaks per year, read this article in The Washington Post.

Sunday is World Water Day
This year, the theme of World Water Day is "Water and Sustainable Development" to highlight the many different areas water affects, including health, nature, industry, urbanization, energy, food, and equality. The United Nations General Assembly designated March 22 as World Water Day in 1993, and it has been celebrated annually ever since.

Americans lose billions of gallons of shower water thanks to behavioral waste
Engaging in other activities while waiting for the shower to warm up wastes up to 30 percent of shower water overall and 41 percent of hot water energy, but simple technologies are available to stem this tide, according to an article in The Washington Post.

Why does plumbing matter?
In celebration of World Plumbing Day, Plumbing Manufacturers International started the Why Plumbing Matters campaign to highlight the numerous ways the plumbing industry contributes to the health and safety of the public and the environment. More>>

Investment in building performance is needed to ensure sustainability goals
While building sustainability programs have historically focused on the design side, building teams need to find ways to ensure that major building systems can truly deliver enhanced energy management, water conservation, and improved indoor air quality to positively impact the bottom line of building owners, investors, and tenants, according to the UL research report "Dawn of the Building Performance Era."

Proposed changes to the 2015 I-Codes are available for review
Proposed public comment changes to the next editions of the Group A codes, which include the International Plumbing Code, International Mechanical Code, and International Swimming Pool and Spa Code, can be found here. These changes will be considered at the ICC Committee Action Hearings on April 19-28 in Memphis.

First standard evaluating Cryptosporidium removal from public drinking water is published
NSF/ANSI 419: Public Drinking Water Equipment Performance - Filtration incorporates state and federal regulatory requirements, including the EPA LT2 Rule for public water systems that use surface or groundwater, to streamline the testing and certification process for manufacturers of water filtration technologies. More>>

2015 UPC e-book is now available
IAPMO has released an electronic version of the 2015 Uniform Plumbing Code that can be viewed on computers, tablets, and smartphones. More>>

ASHRAE seeks presentations for international emerging energy technologies conference
The International Conference on Energy Research and Development will be held March 14-16, 2016 in Kuwait, and ASHRAE is accepting presentation abstracts until June 1, 2015.

Organizations partner to support building codes in the Middle East
As part of the Standards and Codes for Sustainable Construction project, ICC and ASTM International are sponsoring events to enhance the Gulf Region’s efforts in areas such as energy efficiency, water conservation, materials management, building safety, and overall economic growth. More>>

Industry magazine names the most influential women in the plumbing/HVAC industry
Among those recognized by Contractor Magazine are PMI’s CEO/Executive Director, Barbara Higgens, and IAPMO’s Vice President of International Business Development, Megan Lehtonen. More>>

WateReuse Association introduces new brand
The WateReuse Association and its Research Foundation have merged their boards of directors to streamline operations and encourage aggressive research, advocacy, and education efforts. More>>


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