Equipment Controls Co. joins ASPE’s Affiliate Sponsorship program
Headquartered in Norcross, Georgia, Equipment Controls Co. (ECCO) is a leading provider of commercial and residential gas, water, and electrical metering, pressure regulating, and piping products and accessories. To learn how your company can directly connect with ASPE’s members through the Affiliate Sponsorship program, contact ASPE Director of Affiliate Relations David Jern.
Show your support of plumbing engineering by becoming a 50th Anniversary sponsor
ASPE invites all individuals and engineering firms to help celebrate 50 years of plumbing engineering by becoming a sponsor of ASPE’s 50th Anniversary celebration. You or your firm will be recognized as a sponsor on exclusive 50th Anniversary digital and print media throughout the year. You can find more information about this opportunity at aspe.org/50.
FREE webinar for ASPE members being held February 19
Comparing the Design Considerations of Non-Metallic Plumbing Systems will teach participants how to specify the best non-metallic system for any given project, including code considerations and life-limiting factors. Sponsored by Lubrizol, this webinar is free for ASPE members.
Just announced: Toronto breakfast gathering being held on March 20
ASPE is hosting a breakfast meeting at the Metro Toronto Convention Center for local plumbing industry professionals to discuss how to bring the value of ASPE to Toronto through the formation of a local chapter. Attendance is free, but you must preregister at aspe.org/TorontoBreakfast.
Presentation proposals for the 2014 ASPE Convention & Exposition are due March 1
ASPE is accepting technical session proposals for the education program of the 2014 ASPE Convention & Exposition, being held in Chicago on September 20-24. The Convention Education Committee is seeking presenters who have spoken on beginner, intermediate, or advanced plumbing design/engineering topics; research findings or case studies from the plumbing design/engineering field; business management practices related to design and engineering firms; and other current topics.
ASPE’s March webinar will explain changes in LEED v4
On March 12 at 2 p.m. EDT, ASPE’s 2014 webinar series will continue with LEED for Plumbing: v3 to v4. Presenter Sarah Balz, PE, CPD, LEED AP, will discuss the areas in LEED for New Construction that impact plumbing system design and installation. Nonmembers can attend this webinar for free by signing up for ASPE membership. Learn how here.
Chapter history questionnaires are due tomorrow!
Don’t miss out on being included in ASPE’s 50th Anniversary Yearbook, which will be distributed to 2014 ASPE Convention & Exposition attendees. Send your completed chapter history questionnaire to email@example.com no later than January 24.
Prove your chapter is the best by winning the 50th Anniversary Chapter Trivia Contest
It’s easy: look for a new question in each issue of ASPE Pipeline through August, discuss the answers with your fellow chapter members, and submit your chapter’s answer sheet by the deadline. Go to aspe.org/50_triviacontest for rules and to download the answer sheet.
January 23 question: What is the title of the first single-topic handbook ASPE published?
Number of zero net energy buildings has doubled since 2012
The number of buildings achieving zero net energy (ZNE)-verified performance or those targeting ZNE has more than doubled in just two years, from 60 in 2012 to 160 by 2014, according to a new report by the New Buildings Institute. Now found in 36 states and two Canadian provinces, ZNE buildings use only a quarter of the energy of average buildings.
Super Bowl being held in a super energy-efficient stadium
MetLife Stadium, host of Super Bowl XLVIII, tops the list of five NFL stadiums doing the most to save energy, with its water-efficient plumbing, automated lighting control system, and other upgrades. Click here to find out if your favorite team’s stadium made the list.
Can you shame people into using less water?
A California water utility used “behavioral water efficiency” technology to let customers know how their water usage compared to their neighbors' usage and found that the use of such reporting reduced residential water use by 5 percent.
World Bank launches Thirsty Energy initiative
Water constraints adversely impact the energy sector in many parts of the world, so the World Bank has started a global program to improve integrated water and energy planning to avoid unwanted future energy-crisis scenarios.
Will the U.S. beat Germany in the solar capacity market?
930 MW of new photovoltaic capacity was installed in the United States in third-quarter 2013—a 35 percent increase over third-quarter 2012—due in part to decreased prices for PV systems and solar panels, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association. 2013 is likely to be the first time in more than 15 years that the U.S. installs more solar capacity than world leader Germany.
Innovative water treatment and sanitation projects win grant awards
Among the projects that will receive financing from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are a waterless toilet with an inexpensive mini waste processor, breathable membranes that protect groundwater from contaminants and also accelerate the drying and disinfection of human waste, and microbial fuel cells powered by urine.
Essay contest asks, “How is the planet's energy future tied to the innovation and skill of the plumbing and mechanical industry?”
High school seniors and full-time technical/trade school, community college, and four-year college/university students who are affiliated with IAPMO’s industry partners are invited to submit an essay to win one of three scholarships and a one-year membership in IAPMO. The deadline to submit an essay is May 1.
ASHRAE publishes revised GreenGuide
The fourth edition of ASHRAE GreenGuide: Design, Construction, and Operation of Sustainable Buildings contains new information on indoor environmental quality and a new chapter on sustainable sites.
IAPMO R&T gains accreditation for certification in Mexico
IAPMO R&T is now able to offer certification services for shower fixtures, toilets, and admission and discharge valves for toilet tanks manufactured for installation in Mexico.
Regional HACCP seminars start in February
NSF International’s one-day HACCP for Building Water Systems Training Course will be held in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Philadelphia, and Chicago in February and March and will teach participants how to apply hazard analysis and critical control point methodologies to prevent waterborne infection.
Registration for the PMI Spring Conference is open
Plumbing Manufacturers International’s 2014 Spring Conference will be held March 2-5 at Charleston Place in Charleston, South Carolina and will feature numerous presentations and panel discussions by international industry leaders. Registration closes February 3.
IAPMO names Dave Viola chief operating officer
The promotion, which includes the role of senior vice president of business strategy, recognizes Viola’s contributions to the growth of the organization since he joined IAPMO in 2007 as senior director of technical services. More>>