Vol. 4, No. 19, October 6, 2011


ASPE and ARCSA Sign Joint Standards Development Agreement

ASPE Executive Director/CEO Jim Kendzel, MPH, CAE, and recently elected ARCSA President Bob Boulware, PE, have signed an agreement to jointly develop and publish an ARCSA/ASPE consensus standard for rainwater catchment systems.


ASPE Seeks Member Input on Green Supplement Revisions

IAPMO is calling for public comments on changes to the 2012 Green Plumbing and Mechanical Code Supplement, and ASPE would appreciate members' help in developing an official Society response. Send your comments or recommended changes to Jim Kendzel no later than October 20.


ASPE Seeks Member Comments on the 2012–2013 ICC Code Cycle

ICC is soliciting recommendations on code changes for the International Building Code, International Fuel Gas Code, International Mechanical Code, International Plumbing Code, and International Private Sewage Disposal Code. The ASPE Legislative Committee is asking all ASPE membersto take this opportunity to provide comments or suggestions related to I-Code changes. Submit your comments directly to Jim Kendzelby November 5.


It’s Not too Late to Register for the 2011 ASPE Technical Symposium

On Oct. 27–30, ASPE is holding this year’s premier professional development event for plumbing industry professionals—the ASPE Technical Symposium—in Orlando, Florida. If you want to attend innovative, hands-on educational sessions, network with industry leaders from across the country, increase your career advancement opportunities, and have fun with your peers, register today!


Congratulations to the 2011 Technical Symposium Suite Winner

ASPE congratulates the Central Florida Chapter for winning the use of a suite at the Buena Vista Palace Hotel & Spa during the 2011 ASPE Technical Symposium. As of Oct. 4, the Central Florida Chapter had the most members registered for the event.


Free Webinar for ASPE Members

On Thursday, October 13, at 1 p.m. EST, the Plumbing Contractors of America will host a joint PCA/ASPE webinar on how engineers and contractors can successfully work together on design-assist projects. ASPE members can register by visiting the Members-only section of ASPE.org.


ASPE Seeks Technical Articles on Venting System Design

Are you skilled in designing or specifying systems such as combination drain and vent, wet venting, or circuit venting? Plumbing Systems & Design magazine seeks nonproprietary articles on how to design such systems and would like to help you share your knowledge. Contact Gretchen Pientafor more details or to submit a proposal.


Want to Help Spread the Word About Engineering?
The 2012 National Engineers Week is February 19–25, and once again ASPE will join numerous organizations across the country to promote engineering as a career. If you are interested in contributing or just want to share some ideas, contact Pam Newman.


Kenneth G. Wentink College of Fellows Committee Seeks Nominations

ASPE’s Kenneth G. Wentink College of Fellows honors ASPE members of established reputation who have made significant, sustained contributions to the plumbing engineering profession, the Society, or the plumbing industry. Any Society member may nominate any other member, but members may not nominate themselves. If you have questions, contact Stacey A. Kidd.


Educational and Networking Opportunities

Today: Dallas Plumbing Product Exposition

ASPE’s Dallas/Ft. Worth Chapter is holding this event at Grapevine Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas, from 4:30–8:30 p.m. Technical sessions offering CEUs will be held from 12:30–4:30 p.m.


October 7: Phoenix Pump Seminar

ASPE’s Phoenix Chapter is presenting a pump technical seminarfrom 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Aunt Chilada’s Mexican Restaurant in Phoenix. The cost of the event is $30, which includes refreshments and lunch. Three CEUs will be issued for attendance.


October 7: Dallas Golf Outing

ASPE’s Dallas/Ft. Worth Chapter is holding this event at Riverchase Golf Course in Coppell, Texas, starting with breakfast at 6:45 a.m. Price includes breakfast, golf, lunch, and prizes.


October 14: San Francisco Golf Outing

ASPE’s San Francisco Chapter is holding this event at Willow Park Golf Course in Castro Valley, California, starting at 10 a.m. Contact Wade Sorensen (510-317-8102) for more information or to RSVP.


October 18: North Florida Golf Outing

ASPE’s North Florida Chapter is holding their annual golf outing at Saint Johns Golf and Country Club in Saint Augustine, Florida, starting at noon. Contact Joe Bertino (904-357-4237) for more information.


October 18: Raleigh Manufacturing Plant Tour

ASPE’s Raleigh Chapter will be touring the Zurn Industries manufacturing plant in Sanford, North Carolina. The event is open to the first 20 members who sign up at the September 20 chapter meeting or contact Scott Sansbury (919-772-4767).


October 20: Philadelphia Plumbing and Fire Protection Exposition

ASPE’s Philadelphia Chapter is holding this event at the Ramada Inn in Essington, Pennsylvania, from 1:45–7 p.m., with technical seminars on LEED and vacuum drainage systems starting at 1 p.m. Contact Mike Panco for more information or tickets to the exposition and Steve Ziga to RSVP for a seminar.


October 24: Alabama Golf Outing

ASPE’s Alabama Chapter is holding this event at Grayson Valley Country Club in Birmingham, Alabama, starting at noon. Contact Clark Williamson for more information.


November 1: St. Louis Plumbing Product Show

ASPE’s St. Louis Chapter is cosponsoring this event with PSC at the Ameristar Casino in St. Charles, Missouri from 1:30–7:30 p.m. Technical sessions offering CEUs will be held from 1:30–5:30 p.m. Contact Dennis Callahan for more information.


November 3: Western Michigan Trade Show

ASPE’s Western Michigan Chapter is holding this event at the Elks Country Club in Grand Rapids, Michigan in conjunction with the Michigan Mechanical and Plumbing Contractors Association. Contact Gordy Berridge for more information.


November 8: Boston Product Show

ASPE’s Boston Chapter is holding this event at The Lantana in Randolph, Massachusetts, including technical sessions offering CEUs. Visit aspebostonchapter.orgfor more information.













Watch Greenbuild 2011 Live

The USGBC’s annual Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, being held this week in Toronto, is live video streaming a variety of speakers and education sessions so those who are unable to attend can view the event from their home or office.


Green Jobs Account for One-third of the Design and Construction Workforce

Currently, 35 percent of architects, engineers, and contractors report having green jobs, representing 661,000 jobs and one-third of the industry workforce. That share is expected to increase over the next three years, with 45 percent of all design and construction jobs being green by 2014, according to McGraw-Hill Construction.


WaterSense Partners of the Year Announced

Yesterday, the EPA announced the 2011 WaterSense Partners of the Year, who have made great strides in increasing water efficiency and awareness of the WaterSense label across the country: Cobb County Water System, Delta Faucet Company, The Home Depot, Christopher Curry, KB Home, and Energy Inspectors Corp.


Atlanta Passes Rainwater Harvesting Ordinance

The new Section 1300 “Potable Rainwater Catchment Systems” of the Atlanta City Code allows harvested rainwater to be used for private potable uses if it has been treated to EPA Primary Drinking Water Standards.


New D.C. Storm Water Performance Standards Promote Green Infrastructure

The new permit, which goes into effect tomorrow, requires a minimum of 350,000 square feet of green roofs to be installed on Washington, D.C., properties; all development projects of at least 5,000 square feet to retain 1.2 inches of storm water on site from a 24-hour storm; and the retrofitting of more than 18 million square feet of drainage of impervious surfaces.


Is Texas in Danger of Running Dry?

In serious drought conditions, Texas does not and will not have enough water to meet the needs of its people, businesses, and agricultural enterprises, and without proper planning, severe drought conditions could cost Texans $116 billion per year by 2060, according to “Water for Texas 2012 State Water Plan” by the Texas Water Development Board.


Ohioans Soon Will Be Able to Fill Up Their Tank with Recycled Sludge

In southern Summit County, Ohio, construction begins this month on a $4.5 million anaerobic digester, which will turn sewage sludge into compressed natural gas for vehicles.


Saskatchewan Adopts New Plumbing and Sewage Regulations

The Saskatchewan Ministry of Health has separated its private sewage requirements and plumbing requirements into two separate documents—The Plumbing Regulations and The Private Sewage Works Regulations—both of which became effective October 1.


Next Week Is Fire Prevention Week

Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire in 1871. This year’s theme is “Protect Your Family from Fire.”


From Wine Waste to Water

The Parducci, Caymus, Conundrum, Alpha Omega, and Rombauer wineries in California are applying innovative methods to treat their wastewater, including hydrate systems, trickle towers, and wetlands, to conserve water used for irrigation.


Rainwater Harvesting Technologies Showcased at Conference

At the ARCSA national conference in Portland, Oregon, innovative rainwater harvesting techniques such as a rain wall and rain pillow were exhibited.


Harnessing the Sun to Create Drinking Water

Purdue University researchers have invented a prototype water-disinfection system that uses the sun's ultraviolet radiation to inactivate waterborne pathogens and purify water so it is safe to drink.


Get Your Code Questions Answered on ICC’s New Online Forum

ICC’s Codes & Standards Discussion Forum allows both members and nonmembers to ask questions, share opinions, and discuss the I-Codes and related subjects in an interactive environment.


New Standard Aims to Prevent Fires and Explosions During Gas Pipe Purging 

NFPA 56 (PS), 2012 Edition: Standard for Fire and Explosion Prevention During Cleaning and Purging of Flammable Gas Piping Systems provides minimum safety requirements for the cleaning and purging procedures of flammable gas piping systems for electric-generating plant, industrial, institutional, and commercial applications.


Revised Backflow Standards Are Now Available

ASSE’s four reduced-pressure and double-check backflow standards, which have been recognized by ANSI as American National Standards, have been updated and are now available for purchase.


IAPMO Becomes the Sixth Organization Worldwide to Earn ANSI Audited Designator Status

As an Audited Designator, IAPMO now has the right to designate future editions of the UPC, UMC, USEC, and USPHTC as American National Standards immediately upon the publication release date, and upon conclusion of IAPMO’s ANSI-accredited procedures, without requiring prior approval by the ANSI Board of Standards Review.


ICC Seeks Comments on Commissioning Guideline

The guideline is aimed at code officials who want to use commissioning as a tool to verify compliance with high-performance building design, as well as owners, architects, and engineers who want to use commissioning to satisfy regulatory requirements. Comments will be accepted until Oct. 27.



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