Vol. 5, No. 12, June 14, 2012


2012 ASPE Convention & Exposition registration is open!

Combining the largest plumbing product tradeshow in the country with professional development sessions designed exclusively for plumbing industry professionals, the 2012 ASPE Convention and Exposition is the must-attend event of the year for plumbing engineers, designers, specifiers, and contractors. Join us October 27–31 in Charlotte, North Carolina and experience:

  • direct contact with 300+ manufacturers of the products you will be specifying
  • product engineers on-site to answer your questions
  • 30+ technical education seminars to sharpen your design skills
  • Charlotte Pipe & Foundry tours to see firsthand the cast iron pipe manufacturing process
  • networking with 4,000+ of your peers from across North America
  • a night at the NASCAR Hall of Fame, presented by Charlotte Pipe
  • FREE exposition hall
  • the chance to earn almost a year’s worth of CEUs

Register now to receive the early bird rate. We look forward to seeing you in Charlotte!


ASPE congratulations the new CPDs

ASPE would like to recognize and congratulate the individuals who achieved the Certified in Plumbing Design (CPD) designation by passing this year’s examination. They have joined the ranks of outstanding professionals with advanced skills in the design and specification of plumbing systems. For more information about the CPD program, visit aspe.org/CPDCertification.


Visit our new ASPE apparel store

At our new store, powered by Kevin’s Wholesale, you can choose from numerous different T-shirts, polos, button-downs, jackets, and bags and customize your order—including style, size, and color. You’re sure to find something for everyone!


Discover new high-containment strategies during ASPE’s next webinar

On Wednesday, June 27 at 2 p.m. EDT, join us at our next webinar to learn about the different high-containment systems and their components, including pressurized steam and nonpressurized chemical treatment systems, tank materials, piping materials, and leak detection methods.


Take an online course in plumbing systems design this fall

UCLA Extension and ASPE once again are teaming up to offer online and on-campus courses in plumbing systems design for the fall semester. Taught by Haig Demergian, PE, CPD, FASPE, the code and engineering fundamentals classes are ideal for beginners or those wanting a refresher course. See the current flyer for more information. Registration opens July 31.


ASPE members: the deadline to run for the ASPE BOD is June 30

The Nominating Committee still seeks applications from members who are interested in helping the Society grow and prosper by running for one of the 12 officer positions. You can find information on the nomination process, as well as the application form, in the Members-only section of ASPE.org. The committee will begin scheduling interviews with qualified candidates after July 1.


The ASPE Board Report is now available

Members can read the latest ASPE Board Report online at aspe.org/BODnewsletter.

New Jersey Chapter issues final report on fundraising program

Water for Panzaala” details the New Jersey Chapter’s fundraising initiative to help raise money for a new freshwater well in the village of Panzaala in northern Uganda. The total amount donated by chapter members and affiliates was $1,951, and the chapter added another $500 for a grand total of $2,451 raised!


Golf outings, baseball games, and product shows abound this summer

Have some fun and network at the same time! Check out our list of local ASPE chapter events, updated weekly, to find out what’s going on in your area.


U.S. mayors debate new strategies to fund water programs

Solutions from the May 31 U.S. Conference of Mayors panel discussion included amending the Clean Water Act or asking the U.S. EPA to change the way it implements the Act to meet a more cost-efficient approach. More>>


USGBC delays LEED 2012 until next year

Due to member feedback, USGBC is delaying the ballot on LEED 2012 until June 1, 2013 and renaming the version LEED v4. More>>


NYC fixtures must be WaterSense labeled starting July 1

According to an amendment to the New York City Plumbing Code, showerheads, private lavatory faucets, water closets (except those in public restrooms), and urinal flush valves or fixture/valve combinations shall meet the specifications required for the WaterSense program label.


EPA releases new storm- and wastewater framework

The Integrated Municipal Storm Water and Wastewater Planning Approach Framework outlines new solutions, such as green infrastructure, designed to help local communities prioritize their investments in storm- and wastewater infrastructure to reduce overflows and pollution.


Water Institute of Texas launched

Researchers at this new University of Texas at San Antonio institute will provide data, technologies, and policy solutions for decision makers and companies developing short- and long-term water sustainability strategies. More>>


Industry pioneer Larry Galowin passes away

Lawrence S. Galowin, a member of the international commission on water supply, plumbing, and drainage for buildings and former program manager and researcher in building service systems at NIST, died May 15. More>>


India goes blue

The Confederation of Indian Industry is developing a set of “blue” ratings—new water standards that will set benchmarks for water usage in industry to help businesses become more water efficient. More>>


New code coalition created

ICC and NFPA have formed the Coalition for Current Safety Codes to advocate states and municipal jurisdictions to adopt current building, fire prevention, sustainable, electrical, and life safety codes.


FGI seeks public comments on healthcare design guidelines

The public comment period for Guidelines for Design and Construction of Health Care Facilities will be open until November 22. More>>


Emerging Technology Symposium presentations available online

You can watch every speaker, demonstration, and panel discussion delivered during this event at IAPMO’s YouTube page, including the panel discussion moderated by ASPE’s Executive Director/CEO Jim Kendzel, MHP, CAE.


Vancouver rainwater harvesting workshop being held June 25–26

ARCSA’s 200-Level Accredited Professional workshop is designed for those interested in pursuing a greater understanding of rainwater harvesting techniques and is required for those seeking the ARCSA AP designation.


Certified Irrigation Contractor program receives national accreditation

The Irrigation Association’s CIC program is the only certification program in the irrigation industry accredited by the National Commission of Certifying Agencies. More>>


ASSE Series 16000 receives ANSI approval

ASSE/IAPMO/ANSI Series 16000: Professional Qualifications Standard for the Plumbing Inspector is now recognized as an American National Standard. More>>


RPA calls for system design showcase competition entries

The Radiant Professionals Alliance is now accepting entries demonstrating creativity and finesse in the design and installation of radiant or hydronic systems. The deadline is July 15. More>>


Raindrops Geneva Award competition announced

The theme of this International Rainwater Harvesting Alliance competition is “The Best Poster on the Advantages of Rainwater Harvesting.”






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