Vol. 5, No. 16, August 9, 2012


ASPE awarded grant to develop plumbing technician certification program

In collaboration with the City College of San Francisco, ASPE will develop a plumbing design technician course curriculum and certification program using the i funded by the National Science Foundation. The goal of the program, called PIPED (Program in Plumbing Engineering Design), is to produce a model curriculum in plumbing engineering design that can be implemented in two-year colleges throughout the country and increase the number of qualified engineering technicians to meet workforce demand.


The three-year grant started August 1 and will be shared between ASPE and CCSF with an approximately 40 to 60 split in funds. CCSF is the official sponsor of the program, and former ASPE Grants Manager Donna Novickas will be the principal investigator. Past ASPE President A. Calvin Laws, PE, CPD, FASPE, will help develop the course materials. Contact Donna at dnovickas@aspe.org for more information.


Need help planning your 2012 ASPE Convention & Exposition experience?

The 2012 ASPE Convention & Exposition brochure is now available! In it you can find all of the information you need to plan your trip: detailed education session descriptions, speakers, exhibitors and their booth numbers, special events, schedules, a biography of keynote speaker Kyle Petty, registration options, special hotel rates, travel discounts, sponsors and patrons, and more! In addition to the brochure, you can find even more information and register online at aspe.org/expo.


ASPE RF receives a generous donation from ASSE

The American Society of Sanitary Engineering recently donated to the ASPE Research Foundation study on biofilm and opportunistic pathogen growth in manual and automatic faucets, prompted by the Johns Hopkins Hospital field study last year. The project will be conducted in conjunction with the Montana State University Center for Biofilm Engineering.


Learn how to overcome domestic water system design problems at our August webinar

Top Design Issues for Domestic Water Systems, on August 22 at 2 p.m. EDT, will teach participants how to deal with common problems encountered in domestic water system design, including backflow prevention, low-flow fixtures, hot water temperature maintenance, fire- and water-stopping, tips for medium- and high-rise buildings, and more.


If you sign up for ASPE membership, we will waive the fee for this webinar! Learn more here.


Early bird rate for online plumbing systems course ends August 26

Sign up now for the UCLA Extention/ASPE online plumbing systems course to take advantage of the early bird registration rate. The course, Plumbing Systems I: Code and Engineering Fundamentals, starts September 26. Learn more about the program here.


ASPE members: the July 2012 board of directors newsletter is now available

You can read it online at aspe.org/BODnewsletter.


Chapter officers: let ASPE help you market the 2012 Convention

Numerous promotional materials are available to chapter officers and members at the Chapter Resources section of the 2012 ASPE Convention & Exposition website. Choose from website banners and buttons, PDFs, JPGs, e-blasts, and more!


Keep your business going strong at ASPE networking events

Our local ASPE chapter events webpage will help you find social and networking opportunities in your area.


Where does the U.S. rank in energy efficiency?

Ninth out of the 12 major world economies, according to the 2012 International Energy Efficiency Scorecard by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. The United States has made “limited or little progress toward greater efficiency at the national level” in the past decade, says the report, putting it well behind the United Kingdom, Germany, and Italy, which scored first, second, and third respectively.


Nonresidential construction spending projected to increase 6.2 percent in 2013

The American Institute of Architects’ semi-annual Consensus Construction Forecast projects a 4.4 percent rise in spending for the remainder of this year for nonresidential construction projects due to a spike in demand for industrial facilities, and spending is expected to increase even more next year.


ASSE to join IAPMO pending member vote

IAPMO President Dan Daniels and CEO GP Russ Chaney formally presented an invitation for the transition Friday, July 20, to the American Society of Sanitary Engineering board of directors, which accepted the invitation. IAPMO and ASSE are now working to draft a legally binding document for the transition, which will be balloted to ASSE’s membership at its annual meeting this November. More>>


New green building coalition formed

More than 27 associations representing a wide range of interests in the building and construction industry have announced the formation of the American High-Performance Buildings Coalition to promote and support the development of sustainable building standards that are based on consensus and scientific performance data.


Federal water reinvestment act proposed

The Water Protection and Reinvestment Act of 2012 (HR 6249) would raise revenue to help states replace, repair, and rehabilitate critical wastewater treatment facilities. More>>


EPA releases guideline to help determine health risks from waterborne pathogens

The first-ever Microbial Risk Assessment Guideline, developed with the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, lays out an overarching approach to conducting meaningful assessments of the risks posed by pathogens in food and water. 


Proposed Milwaukee wastewater discharge permit would require green infrastructure

A draft state wastewater discharge permit for the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District is the first in the country to require rooftop plantings and the installation of other green infrastructure in lieu of sewer pipes or storage tunnels to collect and absorb storm water. More>>


First net-zero building in NYC opens

The Delta building in Brooklyn is completely self-powered by a combination of solar and wind technologies, including solar thermal tubes that preheat domestic water before it flows via gravity to point-of-use heaters. More>>


ICC seeks Evaluation Committee members

The ICC Evaluation Service is seeking candidates to serve on the Evaluation Committee starting January 1, 2013. Committee members evaluate proposed acceptance criteria prepared by staff concerning building products. The deadline for submissions is September 28.


Registration for Greenbuild 2012 is open

The USGBC’s annual Greenbuild conference and exposition will be held in San Francisco, November 14–16.


How does sustainable design affect fire safety?

Find out during the Fire Protection Research Foundation’s Fire Safety Design and Sustainable Buildings: Challenges and Opportunities conference, being held in Chicago on November 7–8.






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