Vol. 8, No. 9, April 30, 2015


Dave Jern, ASPE Director of Affiliate Relations, retires today
After a long career in sales and publishing in the plumbing industry and others, Dave Jern is retiring from ASPE today. Dave joined ASPE as the Executive Publisher of Plumbing Systems & Design magazine and continued his work with the Society’s Affiliate members and manufacturer friends in the newly created position of Director of Affiliate Relations when the magazine ceased publication in 2012. Good luck Dave, and we will miss you!

Greater Toronto Area Chapter charter meeting being held May 20
ASPE’s newest Chapter will receive its official charter from ASPE President Mitch Clemente, CPD, on May 20 at the International Plaza Hotel in Toronto. All local plumbing engineers are invited to attend this celebratory event to learn about the benefits of joining the Greater Toronto Area Chapter. For more information, contact Interim Chapter President Brian Young, P.Eng.

Congratulations new CPDs!
ASPE is pleased to announce that 98 candidates passed the Certified in Plumbing Design exam held earlier this month. These individuals have earned the right to use the CPD designation, which denotes plumbing engineers with advanced skills in the design and specification of plumbing systems. You can see all of the new CPDs here. For more information on the CPD program, go to aspe.org/CPD.

Learn about ethics in plumbing engineering at the next ASPE webinar
During this one-hour webinar on May 13 at 2 p.m. EDT, industry veteran Mark Tanner, CPD, will explore ethical guidelines to consider when specifying plumbing materials for projects, including safety and health, competing fairly and ethically, gifts and entertainment, and conflicts of interest. Nonmembers can attend this webinar for free by joining ASPE. Learn how here.


What will you find at the 2015 ASPE Technical Symposium Product Show?
On October 1 at the Hyatt Regency at the Arch in St. Louis, numerous industry manufacturers will be exhibiting at the intimate product show that will kick off the 2015 ASPE Technical Symposium. Exhibiting so far are IPEX, Copper Development Association, Charlotte Pipe and Foundry, AB&I Foundry/McWane EST, Tyler Pipe & Coupling/Wade Drains, Victaulic, Viega, NIBCO, Uponor, Kynar by Arkema, George Fischer, Patterson Pump Co., Josam, and Equipment Controls Co. The product show is just one of the many educational benefits of ASPE’s Technical Symposium, being held this year on October 1-4, so put it on your calendar and register today. To learn how to become an exhibitor, contact Brian Henry.

Plumbing designers: earn your CPDT designation this fall
The Certified in Plumbing Design Technician (CPDT) program recognizes designers of plumbing systems and provides a standard of professional competence in the practice of plumbing design at the technician level. The program was developed as a precursor to the Certified in Plumbing Design (CPD) program. The 2015 exam will be held at testing sites across the country on October 29-30, and registration will open in July.

Where can you network with ASPE members this spring?
Product shows and golf outings offer plumbing system designers, engineers, and manufacturer reps the perfect opportunity to network in a casual setting. Numerous ASPE Chapters are hosting events this spring, including the Minneapolis Product Show on May 13 and the New York City Plumbing and Fire Protection Exposition on May 21. You can find more information about these events and other local ASPE Chapter events at aspe.org/chapterevents.


Celebrate Building Safety Month in May
Founded by the International Code CouncilBuilding Safety Month has been an annual public safety awareness campaign since 1980. This year’s theme is “Resilient Communities Start with Building Codes.”

Despite restrictions, San Francisco buildings continue to use water for heating
Approximately 170 buildings in the city use potable water for steam heating, wasting 250,000 gallons per day, according to CBS. The company that runs the heating loop says it is investigating other water sources.

Portland startup captures the power of water to create electricity 
The LucidPipe Power System, developed by Lucid Energy, has been installed in Portland, Oregon and Riverside, California and is planned for San Antonio. It uses the pressure of gravity-driven water flowing through a pipe to turn turbines within the pipes to generate electricity. More>>

Total U.S. water use declined rapidly from 2005-2010
From 2005 to 2010, per capita water use in the United States declined 17 percent, the largest decline in any five-year period, to levels not seen since the 1940s, according to Water Use Trends in the United States by the Pacific Institute. Reductions in water use for thermoelectric power generation, the largest use of water in the country, accounted for nearly two-thirds of the reduction.

Increasing water prices leveled off last year
The price of residential water service in 30 major U.S. cities rose faster than the cost of nearly every other household staple last year; however, the increase was the smallest year-to-year change in the six-year history of Circle of Blue's Price of Water survey.

Water insecurity costs the global economy $500 billion annually
Costs due to water insecurity are related to inadequate water and sanitation services, flood damage, drought, and irrigation for agriculture, says Securing Water, Sustaining Growth by the Global Water Partnership.

AIA’s Top 10 Green Projects incorporate water-conserving methods
In addition to reducing energy usage, several of the buildings on the COTE Top 10 list save water by using rainwater, AC condensate, and black water for irrigation and toilet flushing. More>>

New residential water heater standards went into effect last week
These new efficiency standards require much higher Energy Factor (EF) ratings for large water heaters, which means that 55-gallon+ gas water heaters will need to be of the condensing combustion design and 55-gallon+ electric water heaters will need to be of a heat pump design. More>>

Global water quality predicted to decline
Unless appropriately addressed and treated, human sources of water pollution, including household and industrial waste, agricultural chemicals, and livestock waste, will severely affect the quality of water around the world, especially in low- and lower-middle income countries, according to The Murky Future of Global Water Quality by the International Food Policy Research Institute and Veolia.

New sustainability standard for water treatment chemicals is published
NSF/AWWA/ANSI 416: Sustainability Assessment Standard for Water Treatment Chemical Products offers manufacturers and distributors of water treatment chemicals a framework for measuring and reducing the environmental impacts of their products. More>>

NIST seeks comments on resilience planning guide
The National Institute of Standards and Technology is accepting public comments on the Community Resilience Planning Guide for Buildings and Infrastructure Systems through June 26. The draft and public comment form can be found here.

Campus RainWorks Challenge winners announced
The University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign received first and second prize respectively for their innovative green infrastructure designs in the EPA’s annual Campus RainWorks Challenge.


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