Vol. 4, No. 21, November 3, 2011



2011 ASPE Technical Symposium Exceeds Expectations

From the speakers and technical sessions to the location and the Product Show, those who attended the 2011 ASPE Technical Symposium in Orlando, Florida last weekend had nothing but superlatives to offer about the event. If you were not able to attend or want to relive some memories, stay tuned for the complete recap in the December issue of Plumbing Systems & Design. In the meantime, here are some of the highlights:

  • Numerous chapters received membership awards during the Saturday Awards Luncheon. Click here to see a complete list of the winners.
  • Also at the Saturday Luncheon, Henry G. Vickery, a member of the Central Florida Chapter, won the 2011 ASPE Research Foundation Raffle. He will enjoy a one-week stay at the LaCosta Beach Club Resort in Pompano Beach, Florida, early next year.
  • Check out ASPE on Facebook to view photos of the event.

Did you attend the 2011 Technical Symposium? If so, we want your feedback. Please take this brief evaluation and let us know your thoughts.

Note for Attendees: CEU/PDH certificates for 2011 Technical Symposium sessions will be mailed by the end of next week.



ASPE and IAPMO Partner to Create Green Plumbing Design Certification

During the 2011 ASPE Technical Symposium, ASPE Executive Director/CEO Jim Kendzel, MPH, CAE, ASPE President William F. Hughes Jr., CPD, LEED AP, FASPE, IAPMO President Dan Daniels, and IAPMO CEO Russ Chaney signed a memorandum of understanding to develop a Green Plumbing Design program to train, test, and certify qualified plumbing engineers in green plumbing design work. The program will be tied to the current ASPE Certified Plumbing Design program by requiring the CPD as one of the eligibility requirements for sitting for the Green Plumbing Design exam.



ASPE Seeks Committee Members for Siphonic Roof Drainage Standard Revision

Next year, ASPE 45: Siphonic Roof Drainage will be revised and republished, and ASPE seeks plumbing industry professionals to join the review committee. If you are interested, please contact Gretchen Pienta for the application form. For more information about the standard, contact Peter Kraut.



Members: Have You Downloaded the Newest ASPE Member Benefit?

The Plumbing Engineering & Design Handbook of Tables App makes finding pipe sizing data quick and easy with its convenient Adobe Air format that can be downloaded onto any laptop or portable device. It is available ONLY to ASPE members as a benefit of membership.



ASPE’s Next Webinar on Emergency Fixtures Is Next Week

Next Wednesday, Nov. 9, at 2 p.m. EST, the ASPE webinar series continues with a discussion of emergency fixture requirements per ANSI Z358.1 and OSHA. Participants will learn about the performance guidelines of this equipment, where it must be located, how to size and design the related piping and drainage systems, and testing and maintenance procedures. Register today at ASPE.org.



ASPE Is Accepting Applications for the Alfred Steel Scholarship 

The Alfred Steele Scholarship is awarded to full-time students enrolled in an engineering degree program at a college, university, or technical school and is limited to ASPE members and their immediate families. The deadline to submit application materials is January 31, 2012. Contact Stacey A. Kidd with any questions.


Volunteers Needed 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

The deadline to nominate an ASPE member for the Kenneth G. Wentink College of Fellows is January 31, 2012. Any Society member may nominate any other member, but members may not nominate themselves. Contact Stacey A. Kidd with any questions.



Educational and Networking Opportunities

Today: Western Michigan Trade Show

ASPE’s Western Michigan Chapter is holding this event at the Elks Country Club in Grand Rapids, Michigan from 3:30–7:30 p.m. 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.org for more information.


November 18–19: Little Rock Advanced Plumbing Design Class

ASPE’s Dallas/Ft. Worth Chapter is offering this course at Georg Fischer Sloan in Little Rock, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Medical gas systems and domestic hot and cold water systems will be covered. Breakfast and lunch, a copy of the Plumbing Design Student Handbook, and 1.6 CEUs are included. Click here for more information and to register.


December 3: Los Angeles Holiday Party

ASPE’s Los Angeles Chapter is holding this event at Quiet Cannon in Montebello, California, starting at 7 p.m. Live music, dancing, a DJ, and a gift exchange will be part of the festivities. Find more information in the chapter’s newsletter at aspela.com.


NEW! Washington, D.C., Holiday Party Being Held December 10

ASPE’s Washington, D.C., Chapter is holding this event at Rams Head Tavern in Savage, Maryland, from 1–4 p.m. RSVP to Donald Keith by November 23.
















States Must Update Building Codes to 2010 Version of ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA 90.1

The U.S. Department of Energy recently issued a ruling that requires states to certify that they have reviewed the provisions of their commercial building code regarding energy efficiency and, as necessary, updated their code to meet or exceed Standard 90.1 (2010) by October 18, 2013.


EPA to Develop Standards for Fracking Wastewater Discharge

The U.S. EPA has announced that it will develop standards to be released in 2013 and 2014 regarding wastewater discharges produced by natural gas extraction.


Colorado HET Legislation Gets Flushed

A proposal that would have restricted the sale of toilets in Colorado to those that are 1.28 gpf was recently defeated, but it most likely will be reintroduced next year.


China Loses Money to Make Water

In its effort to supply the world with fresh water, China is investing billions in desalination plants—even though the desalted water from its pilot project costs twice as much to produce as it sells.


Save Water—Don’t Wash Your Jeans

Levi-Strauss is advocating several water-conserving measures to ensure its continued existence, including teaching cotton farmers rainwater-capture techniques for irrigation and urging customers to rarely—or never—wash their jeans.


Advanced Water Heating Products Can Save Energy

Advanced water heating and distribution technologies can save a cumulative 2.3 quadrillion Btu through 2025, or about 5 percent of projected demand in residential and commercial buildings in the year 2025 (43 quads), as well as an average of 37 percent of energy over federal minimum efficiency standards for water heaters and conventional water heating systems, according to a new American Council for an Energy-efficient Economy report.


What Are the Benefits of Upgrading Water and Wastewater Infrastructure?

An investment of $188.4 billion in water infrastructure—the amount the EPA indicates would be required to manage storm water and preserve water quality—would inject $265 billion into the economy and create nearly 1.9 million direct and indirect jobs, according to “Water Works: Rebuilding Infrastructure, Creating Jobs, Greening the Environment.”


ICC-ES Seeks Members for New Environmental Committee

ICC-ES seeks applicants to join the Environmental Committee that will support the expansion of ICC-ES environmental programs. The role of the Environmental Committee is to consider and approve criteria for products and systems under the International Green Construction Code, International Energy Conservation Code, and other green building codes and rating systems.


New NSF Program Helps Companies Attain Product Approvals Worldwide

The NSF International Passport Program helps manufacturers achieve certifications for water treatment, distribution, and plumbing products in major and emerging global markets such as the UK, Australia, Brazil, China, Italy, France, Japan, and many others.


Pump Experts Sought to Review New Standard

The Hydraulic Institute is seeking qualified individuals in North America to participate in the review process for the draft of the updated American National Standard for Pumps—General Guidelines for Types, Definitions, Application, Sound Measurement, and Decontamination (ANSI/HI 9.1-9.5-2012).


Water Smart Innovations Conference Sessions Are Available for Free Download

You can download presentations from the conference, which was held in Las Vegas last month, on its website.


Watch the IgCC Final Action Hearings via Live Webcast

The Final Action Hearings for the International Green Construction Code will be broadcast through November 6.















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