Vol. 8, No. 10, May 14, 2015


ASPE’s newest Chapter to be chartered next week
Next Wednesday, May 20, the Greater Toronto Area Chapter will hold its charter meeting at the International Plaza Hotel in Toronto. All local plumbing industry professionals are invited to join ASPE President Mitch Clemente, CPD, ASPE Executive Director/CEO Billy Smith, FASPE, and Region 2 Director Keith Bush, CPD, GPD, CSI, at this celebratory event to welcome ASPE’s newest Chapter Board of Directors and members. For more information, contact Interim Chapter President Brian Young, P.Eng.

Increase your exposure with a 2015 Technical Symposium sponsorship
ASPE’s Technical Symposium sponsorship program is a unique opportunity for manufacturers and service providers to show their support of the industry and reach out to attendees of this networking and educational event. On October 1-4, hundreds of plumbing engineers, designers, specifiers, and contractors will gather in St. Louis, Missouri to mingle with and learn from their peers. Benefits of this year’s sponsorship program include a networking roundtable luncheon for Platinum and Gold sponsors, as well as the successful tabletop product show for Platinum, Gold, and Silver sponsors. To learn more about sponsorship, click here, and then contact ASPE’s Director of Affiliate Relations, Brian Henry, to sign up.

ASPE thanks the sponsors of the 2015 Technical Symposium
As of today, the following companies have graciously sponsored the 2015 ASPE Technical Symposium to help make the event a success for all participants: 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, Equipment Controls Co., and IMAGINiT Technologies.

Registration is open for the fall 2015 Green Plumbing Design workshop
The GPD designation denotes professionals with a high level of experience and training in sustainable practices who are dedicated to ensuring the efficient use of our precious water resources via water-conserving plumbing system designs. The two-day workshop on September 30-October 1 in St. Louis, just prior to the 2015 ASPE Technical Symposium, will teach participants 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 be granted use of the GPD designation. Go to aspe.org/gpd to learn more and register. 



ASPE Members: the second-quarter ASPE Board Report is available 
You can learn about new initiatives, get updates on ongoing programs, and find out what’s happening in all areas of the Society in the Board of Directors’ quarterly newsletter. (Member login required.)

Raleigh Chapter charter member passes away
Larry Whitford, CET, a charter member of ASPE’s Raleigh Chapter who joined ASPE in 1990, passed away on April 30 of natural causes. You can view his obituary here.

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. You can find out what’s happening with local ASPE Chapters at aspe.org/chapterevents.


President Obama signs the Energy Efficiency Improvement Act of 2015
On April 30, S. 535 was enacted with the goal of promoting energy efficiency in commercial buildings via a new voluntary energy program within the current Energy Star framework, new regulations for smart grid-enabled water heaters, and benchmarking and public disclosure of energy usage for buildings.

New Jersey governor vetoes residential sprinkler bill
On May 7, Governor Chris Christie conditionally vetoed a bill that would have required sprinkler systems in new one- and two-family homes but has recommended that the bill be modified to allow the state's Department of Community Affairs to amend the Uniform Construction Code to require sprinklers in new townhomes if it deems appropriate. More>>

Despite drought, water startups find few investors
New investments in water and wastewater startups drastically declined 39 percent last year to $358 million, and the number of deals fell by 42 percent to the lowest level since 2009, according to The New York Times.

Federal government changes its fluoride recommendation for the first time in 50 years
The Department of Health and Human Services recently recommended that the fluoride added to drinking water should not exceed 0.7 milligrams per liter. The previous recommendation was 0.7-1.2 milligrams per liter. More>>

Diversification and the need for skilled employees will drive M&A activity this year
Large and mid-size engineering and architecture firms will be looking to build greater competitive scale via expanded capabilities, a broader geographic reach, diversified end markets, and more skilled talent, according to FMI’s Mergers & Acquisitions Advisor.

Nano-coated mesh captures oil but lets water pass through
Researchers at The Ohio State University have developed a stainless steel mesh with a nearly invisible oil-repelling coating, which could be used to clean up oil spills and for other applications. More>>

New confined space rule is published
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued its new rule for confined spaces in construction, which will go into effect on August 3. More>>

Comments sought on proposed amendments to NFPA 13
Several proposed Tentative Interim Amendments for NFPA 13: Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems are available for public review and comment through June 19. More>>

ICC is accepting applications for pool solar heating and cooling standard committee members
The new standard will establish minimum requirements for the performance, design, and installation of solar thermal heating systems for heating water used within pools, spas, hot tubs, exercise spas, water parks, and spray grounds as well as establish methods for rating the performance of these systems. Applications are due by May 29. More>>

Water-based fire protection qualification standard is published
ASSE/IAPMO/ANSI Series 15000-2015: Professional Qualifications Standard for the Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems was developed to address a level of competency beyond the requirements of NFPA 25: Standard for the Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems. More>>

Committee members sought for new well pumps standard
The National Ground Water Association is seeking people to form a consensus body to develop a proposed groundwater pumping systems standard that will provide guidance on performance requirements for pumps used in water wells. More>>

Innovative water solutions highlighted in new whitepaper
The New Wave of Water Innovation by the Value of Water Coalition spotlights infrastructure projects across the country that are helping rebuild and modernize water systems to achieve sustainability and resiliency.


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