Vol. 4, No. 24, December 15, 2011
Happy Holidays from ASPE!
The ASPE Board of Directors and staff wish our members and industry friends a very safe and happy holiday season and New Year. ASPE Pipeline will resume its regular publishing schedule on January 12, 2012.
Public Comment Period for ASPE’s Proposed Hot Water Standard Closes December 30
ASPE is calling for public comments on the proposed ASPE Plumbing Engineering & Design Standard 15: Hot Water Temperature & Control. Click here to download a copy of the draft standard and the comment form. The public review process is open to ASPE members and the public at large until noon CST on December 30, 2011.
Register Now for the ASPE/ARCSA Rainwater Harvesting Workshop
On February 14–15, 2012, ARCSA and ASPE are joining forces to offer a Rainwater Harvesting Workshop in Rosemont (Chicago), Illinois. The course will follow the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Rainwater Harvesting Planning manual, which attendees will receive at no extra cost. This course is required for those seeking AP status with ARCSA. It also is approved by USGBC for GBCI continuing education credits and will be recognized for CPD recertification.
Learn All About ADA Design Requirements at the Next ASPE Webinar
“How It Works: Plumbing and Accessible Bathrooms” will be held on Wednesday, January 18, at 2 p.m. EST. Participants will learn the requirements of ICC/ANSI A117.1 and the Fair Housing Accessibility Act, including the differences in their application and enforcement and how they interface.
ASPE Announces New ICC Committee Appointments
ASPE is pleased to announce the appointment of the following representatives to serve on critical code committees for the International Code Council.
—David E. DeBord, CPD, LEED AP, ARCSA AP (Chicago Chapter): Code Development Committee – Plumbing
—James Paschal, PE, CPD, LEED AP (Eastern Michigan Chapter): Code Development Committee – Mechanical
—Ronald E. Holmes (Alabama Chapter): Code Development Committee – Residential
—Terrence R. LeBeau, CPD (Chicago Chapter): Code Development Committee – Swimming Pool
—Winston L. Huff, CPD, LEED AP (Nashville Chapter): Code Development Committee – Green Construction, Energy and Water
—Phillip F. Parisi (New York City Chapter): Code Development Committee – Green Construction, General
—Gary M. Chiurazzi, CPD (Capital Region New York Chapter): Code Interpretation Committee – Plumbing, Mechanical, Fuel Gas, and Swimming Pool
—Jim Kendzel, MPH, CAE (ASPE Executive Director/CEO): Code Interpretation Committee – Plumbing, Mechanical, Fuel Gas, and Swimming Pool
—David W. Burke, CPD (Western Michigan Chapter): Code Action Committee – Plumbing, Mechanical, Fuel Gas, and Residential
ASPE CEO Appointed to IAS Technical Advisory Council
Jim Kendzel, MPH, CAE, Executive Director/CEO of ASPE, has accepted an appointment to the International Accreditation Service Technical Advisory Council for the newly approved IAS Personnel Certification Body Accreditation Program, which will recognize companies and organizations that provide the highest quality personnel certification services.
Alfred Steel Scholarship Applications Are Due by January 31
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.
Nominations for the ASPE College of Fellows Are Due by January 31
The Kenneth G. Wentink College of Fellows honors individuals who have made significant and exceptional contributions to the plumbing engineering profession, the Society, and the plumbing industry. Any Society member may nominate any other member, but members may not nominate themselves.
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Educational and Networking Opportunities
December 21: Long Island Holiday Party
ASPE’s Long Island Chapter is holding this event at the Four Points Sheraton in Plainview, New York, from 6–10 p.m. It is free to all ASPE members who RSVP before December 1 to Paul Freeman (631-312-6486). Cost is $50 for nonmembers or members without an RSVP.
January 10: Phoenix Product Show
ASPE’s Phoenix Chapter and ASHRAE’s Central Arizona Chapter are holding this event at El Zaribah Shrine Auditorium in Phoenix from noon to 7 p.m. Technical seminars will be held in conjunction with the tabletop show.
January 13: Omaha Post-holiday Party
ASPE’s Omaha Chapter is holding this event at Dave & Buster’s in Omaha from 7–11 p.m. RSVP to Dave McGill by January 9.
January 24: Charlotte Medical Gas Seminar
ASPE’s Charlotte Chapter is holding this seminar at BeaconMedaes in Rock Hill, South Carolina, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eight PDH hours, the BeaconMedaes Design Guide, and complimentary lunch are included. RSVP by January 16 to Scott Steindler.
February 3: Central Florida Sporting Clay Shoot
ASPE’s Central Florida and West Coast Florida Chapters are holding this adults-only event at Fishhawk Sporting Clays in Lithia, Florida, starting at 1 p.m. Contact Jason Proctor (813-917-1648) or see the chapter’s newsletter for more information.
NEW! Portland Product Show Being Held February 8
ASPE’s Portland Chapter is holding this event with ASSE at Northwest Natural Gas Company in Portland from 4–7 p.m. Contact Michele Limas for more information.
March 7: Chicago Plumbing Course
ASPE’s Chicago Chapter is holding this 16-week course on plumbing engineering basics on Wednesdays from 5:30–8 p.m. at the offices of ESD at 175 W. Jackson in Chicago. Contact David DeBord (312-456-2359) with questions about the course.
While a modest investment in drinking water, wastewater, and wet weather management can prevent these economic losses, by 2020 the gap between what is being spent on water infrastructure and what is needed to meet the nation's needs will reach $84 billion, says the American Society of Civil Engineers.
61 percent of Americans believe access to safe drinking water and sanitation should be a priority for the U.S. government when assisting developing nations, according to a recent poll.
During a public comment period, the Nevada state engineer received thousands of letters voicing opposition to the Southern Nevada Water Authority’s plan to tap groundwater across eastern Nevada and pump it to Las Vegas through a 300-mile, multibillion-dollar pipeline.
The Hartford County, Maryland, Council has delayed implementation of a fire sprinkler requirement for new single-family and duplex homes until July 1, 2012. The law, which was originally passed on January 4 as part of a state-mandated 2012 international building code, had been set to go into effect January 1, 2012.
Under the settlement, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District will work to complete a tunnel and reservoir plan to increase its capacity to handle wet weather events and address combined sewer overflow discharges. The project will be completed in a series of stages in 2015, 2017, and 2029.
Despite a downward trend in high-rise fires in the past few decades, from 2005–2009, 15,700 reported structure fires in U.S. high-rise buildings per year caused an associated $235 million in direct property damage, according to the NFPA.
With greater water scarcity in some regions and increasing global demand for high-quality water, international trade agreements are necessary to help save water globally, concludes a report published by the UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education.
As of this month, the square footage of LEED-certified existing buildings surpassed LEED-certified new construction by 15 million square feet, marking the first time that LEED-certified existing buildings have surpassed LEED-certified new construction cumulatively.
The list of the Top 100 Global Strategic Infrastructure Projects for 2012 includes numerous water- and wastewater-related projects valued at $22 billion.
A portable wastewater treatment system being developed by Michigan State University researchers with a Department of Defense grant will generate energy and produce drinking water to allow small, remote military bases to be more mobile and cost-effective.
In a study of 3,000 British adults by the London Science Museum, sunshine was voted as the top thing that Brits could not live without, with an Internet connection in second place, followed by clean drinking water third. Facebook and e-mail (fifth and eighth) beat out a flushing toilet (ninth).
NSF International has earned accreditation from Brazil’s National Institute of Metrology, Standardization, and Industrial Quality (INMETRO) to test and certify drinking water treatment products for the Brazilian marketplace. Manufacturers seeking to import their products into Brazil are required to obtain the INMETRO seal of conformity.
This Water Environment Federation program, designed to encourage innovation, entrepreneurship, and professional commitment in the water quality sector, is accepting applications for its 2012 program. Water, wastewater, and storm water professionals are encouraged to apply before the submission deadline on January 15, 2012.
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