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



Never been to an ASPE Convention & Exposition?

ASPE is making it easier than ever!

ASPE is pleased to announce a new and exciting program developed to encourage members as well as nonmembers—who have never attended an ASPE Convention & Exposition—to experience the premier educational and professional development event for plumbing engineers and designers. If you sign up, you can take full advantage of the 2012 ASPE Convention & Exposition, including more than 30 professional development seminars, all hospitality and special events, the two-day Exposition, and the chance to earn almost a year’s worth of CEUs for your professional licenses and certifications.


Members, to learn more about our new First-Timer Program and to register for the 2012 Convention & Exposition, please contact your local ASPE chapter. (Contact information for local chapter officers can be found at aspe.org/Regions). Nonmembers, please contact skidd@aspe.org or 847-296-0002, ext. 227.


Exhibitors: use our custom evites and web buttons to promote your booth

ASPE is offering 2012 Convention & Exposition exhibitors a complimentary new way to invite your customers and clients to your booth. You can create a personalized e-mail invitation (evite) to send to your client list or a customized web button to put on your website. It only takes a few minutes to let thousands of people know where to find your booth in the Charlotte Convention Center on October 29–30. Start creating your customized invitations now!


Learn about the newest water treatment technology at our July webinar

Presented by Pauli Undresser, Director of Regulatory and Technical Affairs for the Water Quality Association, “Deliver Safer Water: Commercial Final Barrier,” on July 25 at 2 p.m. EDT will introduce participants to a new approach to water treatment that removes contaminants missed or introduced by central treatment options. Register today to learn about these innovative point-of-use strategies.


ASPE seeks rainwater harvesting articles

For an upcoming issue of ASPE’s official publication,Plumbing Engineer, we are looking for technical design articles or case studies on rainwater harvesting. To submit a proposal, contact gpienta@aspe.org.


The Tables App—now available for iPhone and Android

From the convenience of your smartphone you now can quickly and easily access sizing data for numerous plumbing systems and piping materials. This app is FREE for ASPE members, so click here to learn more and download your copy today.


UCLA and ASPE team up to offer an online plumbing systems design course this fall

Taught by long-time instructor Haig Demergian, PE, CPD, FASPE, this code and engineering fundamentals course is ideal for beginners or those wanting a refresher. See the current flyer for more information. Registration opens July 31.


Chapter officers: annual reports are due July 15

You must send your chapter’s annual report AND treasurer’s report to your region director no later than July 15 to ensure the rechartering of your chapter.


Which ASPE chapter is celebrating its 40th anniversary this month?

Find out at our local ASPE chapter events webpage, where you also will discover other networking opportunities across the country this summer.


Demand for commercial building design services drops

The Architecture Billings Index—an economic indicator of construction activity—dropped to 45.8 in May from 48.4 in April, reflecting a sharp decrease in demand for design services. The ABI reflects the approximate nine- to 12-month lag time between architecture billings and construction spending. More>>


Growth in U.S. energy use predicted to slow

The Energy Information Administration has released its Annual Energy Outlook 2012, which estimates energy trends—supply, demand, and prices—through 2035. According to the report, the rate of growth in energy use will slow, reflecting moderate population growth, an extended economic recovery, and increasing energy efficiency in end-use applications.


2012 Battle of the Buildings begins this month

This year, the EPA’s National Building Competition includes a “top water saver” category to recognize the fact that commercial buildings account for approximately 17 percent of publicly supplied water use. To earn the distinction of top water saver, a building must have the greatest percent reduction in water use indoors, outdoors, or a combination of both.


Plugging leaks could save billions of cubic meters of water in Asia

Approximately 29 billion cubic meters of water are lost each year in Asia and the Pacific due to leaks and inefficient water management practices, according to Good Practices in Urban Water Management by the Asian Development Bank. By cutting the amount of lost water in half, 150 million people could be supplied with treated water.


Is your city water-wise?

As part of the 2012 National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation, U.S. mayors asked their cities’ residents to reduce their water use, and in one month residents from more than 1,000 U.S. cities pledged to reduce their water use by nearly 6 billion gallons. Find out where your city placed here.


Public comments sought on amendments to UPC

Comments on two tentative interim amendments (TIAs) regarding bathroom groups and venting to the 2009 and 2012 editions of the Uniform Plumbing Code will be accepted until July 23. More>>


Rainwater harvesting conference being held September 10–12

ARCSA’s Urban Rainwater Capture conference, being held in Raleigh, North Carolina, will offer sessions on commercial rainwater systems, water treatment, and storm water management.


Advanced building performance classes start this fall

ASHRAE Learning Institute is offering 11 online courses on high-performance building design. Site licenses are available to organizations that have five or more course participants.


NFPA EuroCon being held November 12–14

This fire protection and life safety conference, being held in Amsterdam, will offer more than 25 educational sessions on fire and life safety, property protection, and property risk management.


IAPMO online standards store is open for business

You now can download IAPMO standards as eBooks via the IAPMO Online Store.





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