Vol. 5, No. 5, March 8, 2012


Advance your career: Become a CPD

The Certified in Plumbing Design (CPD) designation provides formal recognition of your outstanding skills in the design and specification of plumbing systems. In fact, many employers seek out CPDs when hiring or require the CPD certification in job descriptions. This year’s CPD exam is being held in April at online testing sites across the country. Register today and get ready to showcase your skills with the CPD designation, but don’t delay: registration closes April 2.


The CPD Review Webinar Series can help you prepare for this year’s exam

To supplement your studies for this year’s CPD exam, ASPE is rebroadcasting the four-part CPD Review Webinar Series, taught by ASPE Vice President, Legislative David E. DeBord, CPD, LEED AP, ARCSA AP, with whom you will be able to interact via the CPD Review Webinar Series blog. Also, if you purchase the entire series by March 29, you will receive a free copy of the CPD Review Manual (a $50 member value).


Legislative Committee seeks member input

The ASPE Legislative Committee is currently preparing comments on two key documents that have a direct impact on plumbing engineering and design: the LEED green building program and ICC/ANSI A117.1 (2009): Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities. A significant ASPE member value is the ability to have a voice in the development of industry standards and codes through the ASPE Legislative Committee, and this is your opportunity to address any issues you might have encountered when using these two documents in your design projects. More information about the documents and comment deadlines can be found here.


The 2012 ASPE Webinar Series continues on March 21

The March ASPE webinar will teach participants how to identify common mistakes when reviewing fire protection system design drawings and submittal plans. Register now for this can’t-miss educational program being held March 21 at 2 p.m. EDT.


ASPE seeks articles on booster systems and variable-speed pumps

If you have experience designing booster systems or using variable-speed pumps in your designs and would like to share your knowledge via a technical article in ASPE’s official publication, Plumbing Engineer, please contact Managing Editor Gretchen Pienta with an article proposal.


2012 Convention call for papers deadline is April 1

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

Boston Chapter helps engineering students form ASPE’s newest student chapter

ASPE’s Boston Chapter, led by Fredrick Neth, EIT, the chapter’s vice president, technical, worked with the faculty and students of Wentworth Institute of Technology to form the Wentworth-ASPE Student Chapter in Boston. The student chapter is currently comprised of 13 students representing Bachelor of Science programs in mechanical engineering technology and architecture and is led by Ryan Eisenhauer who was elected the student chapter president. More…


Need help studying for this year’s CPD exam?

Several ASPE chapters, including Orange County and Washington, D.C., are offering CPD review courses to help local members study for the CPD examination.


Chapter networking opportunities

Do you want to mingle with and learn from your plumbing industry peers? Networking is the best way to keep abreast of local code changes, job opportunities, and other industry news, and ASPE chapters make it easy with monthly technical meetings, seminars, tours, golf outings, and more. Find upcoming events in your area online now!


$1 trillion is needed to fix America’s water infrastructure

The cost of repairing and expanding U.S. drinking water infrastructure will top $1 trillion in the next 25 years if pipes are replaced at the end of their useful lives, says a new report by the American Water Works Association. More…


Industry experts recommend new water infrastructure financing legislation

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee heard testimony from water industry experts in support of draft legislation that would create a federal Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Authority that would provide loans for local wastewater and drinking water facilities mandated by state and federal environmental laws and regulations. More…


Belfast Health Trust investigates Pseudomonas outbreak

Four infants have died after contracting infections due to the Pseudomonas bacterium while staying at neo-natal wards in Northern Ireland since December, and health officials say that the pathogen has been traced to water faucets. More…


Researchers develop new system to eradicate bacteria in hospital water supplies

In related news, researchers at Dublin Dental University Hospital have developed an automated water disinfectant system to eradicate microbial contamination in the hospital’s water supply on an ongoing basis. More…


International drinking water goal has been achieved

The world has met the Millennium Development Goal target of halving the proportion of people without access to safe drinking water, well in advance of the 2015 deadline, according to UNICEF and WHO. At the end of 2010, 89 percent of the world's population used improved drinking water sources, which is 1 percent more than the goal. More…


Urban Waters Federal Partnership announces pilot projects

The Urban Waters Federal Partnership, made up of 11 federal agencies, has launched an ambassador program in seven cities to help accelerate and coordinate projects to improve water quality and protect public health. More…


Learn about recent international plumbing news from the WPC

The March issue of World Plumbing Review includes information on World Plumbing Day, Plumbers Without Borders, and a new Penn State study on drain contamination. More…


Comments sought on draft high-rise fire protection handbook

SFPE and ICC are developing Guidelines for Designing Fire Safety in Very Tall Buildings to provide information on the performance of very tall buildings and their occupants in fire events, using performance-based fire protection engineering concepts. Comments will be accepted until June 8. More…


National Fuel Gas Code open for public comment

The American Gas Association and NFPA have announced the public comment period for the 2015 version of the National Fuel Gas Code. Comments may be submitted until June 22. More…


ASHRAE standards are now available on ICC website

ASHRAE and ICC have collaborated to offer numerous ASHRAE standards, including the 90.1 energy standard, as downloads from the ICC digital standards library. More…


IAPMO announces backflow prevention training in Louisiana

IAPMO and the Louisiana Rural Water Association have formed a partnership to conduct backflow training certification classes at various locations throughout the state of Louisiana this year. More…



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