Vol. 5, No. 10, May 17, 2012


ASPE signs MOU with NSF International

On Tuesday, ASPE Executive Director/CEO Jim Kendzel, MPH, CAE, and NSF International Vice President Pierre Sbabo signed a memorandum of understanding to advance and promote public health and sustainability initiatives within the plumbing industry. The MOU impacts the design, specification, installation, inspection, and regulation of plumbing systems. More>>


Tables Book App is now available on your Android smartphone!

Now you can conveniently locate on your Android phone all of the equations, pipe sizing data, and background information that you need to successfully complete plumbing system design and installation projects on a daily basis. Download it here today! (The app will be available for Apple iPhones and iPads soon.)



Three engineering students receive ASPE Steele Scholarships

This year, ASPE awarded Alfred Steele Scholarships to three deserving students pursuing degrees in engineering: Elizabeth and Veronica Mende and Jingyu Lee. Twins Elizabeth and Veronica both graduate this month from Will Carleton Academy in Hillsdale, Michigan with 4.0 GPAs, and each received $1,000 toward their first year at Kettering University in Flint, Michigan, where Elizabeth is majoring in mechanical engineering and Veronica is majoring in biomechanical engineering. Jingyu Lee, a student member of ASPE, attends Illinois Institute of Technology with a triple major in architectural engineering, civil engineering, and architecture. He has a 3.89 GPA and has been on the Dean’s List for seven consecutive semesters. Congratulations Elizabeth, Veronica, and Jingyu!


What’s new with grease interceptors?

Find out during ASPE’s next webinar, being held June 6 at 2 p.m. EDT. Presenter Rand Ackroyd, executive director of the Plumbing & Drainage Institute, will discuss new trends in interceptor design and installation, FOG alarm and sensing devices, grease ordinances vs. plumbing code requirements, grease interceptor requirements in the 2012 UPC and IPC and proposals for IPC 2015, and how to size gravity grease interceptors. Register today!


ASPE Research Foundation elects new board of directors

At its annual meeting, the ASPE Research Foundation held formal elections for the 2012–2013 fiscal year. The following individuals were elected to serve on the board: President Julius A. Ballanco, PE, CPD, FASPE; Vice Presidents David H. Anelli, William N. Erickson, William F. Hughes Jr., CPD, LEED AP, FASPE, Curtis A. Ray Jr., CPD, Max Weiss, and Stanley Wolfson; Treasurer Carol L. Johnson, CPD, LEED AP; and Secretary Jim Kendzel, MPH, CAE.


Want help justifying attending the 2012 ASPE Convention & Exposition?

If you are wondering if attending the 2012 ASPE Convention & Exposition is worth the cost, consider this: by attending you can earn almost one year’s worth of CEUs for your CPD recertification or other licensing requirements. By taking full advantage of the entire event, you can earn up to 16.75 hours of continuing education—as well as learn about amazing new technologies and products in the plumbing industry.


Want to see this in real numbers? ASPE has developed a Justification Toolkit that you can use to determine ROI and quantify the benefits of attending for your employer or employees. Registration is opening soon, so keep an eye on your e-mail for the announcement!

Region presidents meetings being held June 1–2

ASPE chapter leaders will congregate at the five Region Chapter Presidents Meetings to discuss operations issues and Society news with the ASPE board of directors and staff. If you would like to bring up a topic of discussion, make sure to tell your chapter president. 


Take your networking out of the office at ASPE chapter events

Who says you can’t work on the golf course? Participating as a golfer or sponsor in one of ASPE’s chapter golf outings is an excellent way to meet area industry representatives and make new connections. Check out our list of local ASPE chapter events, updated weekly, to find out what’s going on in your area.


Proposed rule would stop the import of noncompliant fixtures

The U.S. Department of Treasury has proposed amendments to Customs and Border Protection (CBP) regulations in which the CBP will refuse admission of imports that do not comply with applicable energy conservation or labeling standards. More>>


New NFPA program designed to help code enforcers join technical committees

The NFPA’s Enforcer Funding Program aims to increase the number of code enforcers participating on NFPA’s technical committees to maintain balance and broad participation in their standards development process. 


ASHRAE launches new terminology site

Common definitions for terms found in ASHRAE standards and other publications related to mechanical, envelope, electrical, lighting, load calculations, design, water design/conservation, and energy use and measurement metrics now can be found at the free ASHRAEwiki.


IAPMO seeks public comments on product standards

The following standards are available for public review until May 28: IGC 288-2012: Thermostatic Shower Mixing Valves with On-Demand Hot Water Circulation Systems, IGC 289-2012a: Portable Seated Personal Showering System, PS 64-2012a: Roof Pipe Flashings, and PS 119-2012a: Water-Powered Sump Pumps. Drafts and the comment template can be found here.


Proposed revisions to energy standard for existing buildings is open for public comment

ASHRAE and the Illuminating Engineering Society are accepting comments on revisions to ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 100: Energy Conservation in Existing Buildings until June 18. Information and the draft can be found here.


Connecticut Design & Trades Conference being held May 25

Presented by the Connecticut Department of Construction Services, this event offers several educational sessions designed specifically for those in code-related, design, and trades fields. Registration is available online here.


Free hot water system design workshops being held in California

Green Plumbers Training & Accreditation is holding a series of free workshops in May and June to educate hot water system designers on best practices learned as a result of a three-year California Energy Commission study on reducing natural gas usage. Click here to register.


Uniform Codes available for instant download

IAPMO has made all of the most recent editions of the Uniform Codes and several supporting documents available for purchase and immediate download as eBooks via the IAPMO Store.


Nominate an outstanding building professional for an ICC award

ICC is accepting nominations of individuals or groups that have contributed commendably to building safety, code enforcement, public service, community service, or fire prevention for several awards to be presented at the ICC Annual Conference in October. More>>


WPC is taking applications for its 2012 Education & Training Scholarship

The World Plumbing Council is taking applications until July 31 for its Education and Training Scholarship, which is available to those who wish to travel to another country to investigate aspects of plumbing industry education and training.






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