Vol. 5, No. 2, January 26, 2012



Plumbing Engineer Named the Official Publication of ASPE

Last week, ASPE and TMB Publishing signed an agreement in which TMB’s monthly magazine Plumbing Engineer will be “The Official Publication of ASPE” as of the March 2012 issue. ASPE members will receive Plumbing Engineer as a member benefit. Not an ASPE member? Click here to learn how ASPE can help enhance your career in the plumbing industry.


ASPE Board Votes to Create Oklahoma City Satellite Chapter

On January 21, the ASPE board of directors voted to make Oklahoma City a Satellite Chapter under the jurisdiction of the Dallas/Ft. Worth Chapter. This is the second satellite the DFW Chapter has sponsored. If you are interested in being part of the Oklahoma City Satellite Chapter, contact Membership Coordinator Jinnie Yoo.


Learn About the New NFPA 99 at the Next ASPE Webinar

On February 8 at 2 p.m. EST, Mark Allen will review revisions in the new Healthcare Facilities Code that have particular impact on medical gas system design. Participants can earn one hour of continuing education for this webinar, so register today.


Don’t Miss Your Chance to Learn All About Rainwater Harvesting in Two Days

The ARCSA/ASPE Rainwater Harvesting Workshop, being held February 14–15 in Rosemont, Illinois, will provide an in-depth review of rainwater harvesting design and installation guidelines, including outdoor and in-home rainwater use and sanitation for potable uses.


ASPE College of Fellows Deadline Extended

Nominations for the Kenneth G. Wentink College of Fellows will be accepted until March 1. More information about the nomination process can be found here.


Illustrated Plumbing Codes Design Handbook Reprint Sale Ends Soon!

If you don’t have your own copy yet, purchase it now and receive 10% off the regular price through January 31.


Call for Papers Announced for the 2012 ASPE Convention

ASPE is currently taking submissions for technical sessions to be presented at the 2012 Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, October 27–31. 


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.


Are You Participating in National Engineers Week?

For more ideas or for help in coordinating an event, contact Pam Newman or visit aspe.org/EngineersWeek for more information.


Educational and Networking Opportunities

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.


February 8: Portland Product Show

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.


February 17: New Orleans Fire Sprinkler Seminar

ASPE’s New Orleans Chapter is hosting this seminar on hydraulically designed fire sprinkler systems at the Clarion Inn Conference Center in Gonzales, Louisiana, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost includes breakfast, lunch, and snacks, and eight continuing education hours. Contact Scott Steindler (504-754-5272) for more information.


February 21: San Diego Tabletop Product Show

ASPE’s San Diego Chapter is holding this event at Al Bahr Shrine Temple in San Diego from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Admission and lunch are free. Contact Rod Koepke (858-244-0406) 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.


NEW! Raleigh Clay Pigeon Shoot Being Held March 10

ASPE’s Raleigh Chapter will be holding their first annual Clay Pigeon Shooting Outing at Drake Landing LLC in Fuquay Varina, North Carolina. Details will be available at the chapter’s February meeting.


NEW! Buffalo-Niagara Tradeshow/40th Anniversary Reception Being Held March 14

ASPE’s Buffalo-Niagara Chapter and the New York State Association of Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Contractors are hosting a tradeshow from noon to 6 p.m. at Hearthstone Manor in Depew, New York. A reception celebrating the chapter’s 40th anniversary will follow from 6–8 p.m. For vendor or attendee information, contact Joseph Eppolito (716-633-5300) or visit the chapter’s website.


March 21: Seattle Product Show

ASPE’s Seattle Chapter will be holding its second annual product show at the Westin Seattle. With the new Seattle location and continued chapter growth, attendance and vendor participation are expected to be extremely strong. Contact Greg Skaggs (206-793-7133) if you wish to participate as a vendor or desire additional information.


March 23: Phoenix Golf Outing

ASPE’s Phoenix Chapter’s annual golf outing will be held at Starfire Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona. More details will be available soon at aspephx.com.





















Canada Takes a Step Toward National Certification of Plumbing Officials

The Plumbing Officials’ Association of British Columbia has approved an MOU that will allow the Building Officials’ Association of British Columbia to provide certification examinations for plumbing officials, creating the first plumbing certification program recognized provincially in the country. The MOU also allows both parties to work with the ICC to develop a national plumbing certification program.


New York Must Revise Its Storm Water Runoff Regulations

The New York State Supreme Court has invalidated the state’s system of issuing permits to regulate storm water runoff because it does not satisfy the requirements of the federal Clean Water Act.


Florida Debates Ownership of Reclaimed Water

House Bill 639, which would shift control of reclaimed water away from water management districts and to utilities, was approved by a state House committee despite objections that such a measure would privatize water.


New Jersey Governor Signs Wastewater Management Bill

Last week, Gov. Chris Christie signed into law A4335, which extends the requirement of wastewater management planning agencies to establish or update wastewater management plans and the validity of sewer service and wastewater service areas for three years.


Total Ban on Fracking in Colorado Is Not Probable, Say Experts

Commerce City, Colorado residents were told by a panel of experts that any effort to ban hydraulic fracking in the area most likely would be overturned by the courts because there is little a city can do to regulate the chemicals used during the procedure.


Texas and Oklahoma Take Water Dispute to Supreme Court

A north Texas regional water district has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear its lawsuit against Oklahoma for the right to capture and divert more than 130 billion gallons from three river basins in south-central and southeastern Oklahoma.


Ultra-sustainable Development Becomes First Community of WaterSense-labeled New Homes in the Country

All 10 townhomes in a development in Issaquah, Washington called zHome have earned the WaterSense label for new homes and feature numerous water-efficient technologies that reduce potable water use by 70 percent compared to a typical King County home.


Is the Era of Cheap Water Over?

The true value of water is not adequately reflected by current pricing, leading to ineffective resource management, so increased prices are likely to occur to improve water efficiency and increase innovation, says a new Deloitte Touche report on the future of the global water sector.


New Analysis Ranks Building Codes in Hurricane-prone States

The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety assessed 18 states’ performance in developing and promulgating a residential building code system that uses modern building codes and strong enforcement.


Why Investors Should Take a New Look at Water

Water shortages present a commercial opportunity for water technology and engineering companies and will force countries to spend more on recycling and conservation, which offers investment potential in the water market, according to an article in the Financial Times Adviser.


How Standards Can Help Tackle Water Problems

Standards offer harmonized technology, terminology, and best practices so countries sharing the same water resources can work together efficiently and effectively, says a new ISO brochure.


NHL Launches Gallons for Goals Initiative

NHL Green’s Gallons for Goals program aims to raise consciousness about water scarcity issues and encourage water conservation by fans and players. As part of the initiative, the National Hockey League Foundation has pledged to restore 1,000 gallons of water to a critically dewatered river for every goal scored during the 2011–12 regular season.


New Institute Formed to Advance Technologies to Solve Water Challenges

The Living Technology Institute, a nonprofit organization based in Charlottesville, Virginia, has been established to advance innovative, ecological technologies based on a whole system approach to water.


Which State Has the Most LEED-certified Buildings per Capita?

The District of Columbia leads the nation, with more than 31 square feet of LEED-certified space per person in 2011, with Colorado being the leading state, with 2.74 square feet per person.


WEF Partners with Imagine H2O to Advance Water Entrepreneurship

The Water Environment Federation has partnered with Imagine H2O, a San Francisco-based nonprofit that hosts an accelerator program for water startups, to encourage entrepreneurs to turn water challenges into innovative business opportunities.


ICC Seeks Public Comments on Accessible Buildings Standard

Public comments and proposals on ICC/ANSI A117.1: Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities will be accepted until April 16.


Fire Suppression, Detection, and Signaling Symposium to Be Held March 5–8

This Fire Protection Research Foundation event will be held at the Sheraton Crescent Hotel in Phoenix and will feature sessions on new developments in water-based suppression systems, high-challenge commodity protection, and new fire suppression agents, among others.


New Video Highlights Significant Changes in the 2012 International Codes

This 20-minute video offers an in-depth preview of the significant changes included in the 2012 International Plumbing, Mechanical, and Fuel Gas Codes.






















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