Vol. 5, No. 17, August 23, 2012


2012 ASPE Convention & Exposition early bird rate ends soon

If you haven’t yet registered for the 2012 ASPE Convention & Exposition, don’t delay much longer! To receive the discounted early bird rate, you must register on or before September 14. The ASPE Convention & Exposition, being held October 27–31 in Charlotte, North Carolina, combines the largest plumbing product tradeshow in the country with more than 30 professional development sessions designed exclusively for plumbing industry professionals. Drive your career today by registering now!


Never been to an ASPE Convention?

ASPE is offering a special First-Timers registration rate for those who have never attended an ASPE Convention. Contact your local ASPE chapter officer for more information. Local officer information can be found at aspe.org/Regions.


Young engineers: join our new special-interest group!

ASPE Young Engineers (AYE) is a special-interest group of plumbing designers who are 35 years old or younger. The goal of this group is to determine your professional needs and how ASPE can assist, attract future Society and industry leaders, and help reshape and redefine the future of ASPE. If you are interested in participating in this exciting new group, e-mail Stacey Kidd for more information.


Also, we are holding a special breakfast for AYE on Tuesday, October 30, from 7–8:15 a.m. during the 2012 ASPE Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. A ticket for the breakfast is required, so please e-mail Stacey Kidd if you plan to attend.


Green Plumbing Designer certificate program to be launched at the 2012 ASPE Exposition

ASPE and IAPMO have joined forces to develop the Green Plumbing Designer certificate program, which will be launched at the 2012 ASPE Convention & Exposition. The goal of the certificate program is to introduce green plumbing theory and concepts to plumbing designers who hold the CPD or PE. To learn more about this new program, stop by the ASPE Pavilion on the show floor during the 2012 ASPE Exposition in Charlotte, North Carolina on October 29–30.


ASPE seeks volunteers to help develop CPDT certification

ASPE is looking for committed volunteers to assist in the development of a CPDT (Certified Plumbing Design Technician) certification, which will be a new professional level halfway to a CPD. Committee members will help develop the CPDT job analysis, write test questions, identify prerequisites and recertification requirements, and identify job tasks/competencies. Most work during this year-long commitment will be done via virtual meetings. The planned start date is mid-September, and a recognition stipend of $500 will be paid upon completion. Click here to learn more and apply.


Early bird rate for online plumbing systems course ends August 26

Sign up now for the UCLA Extension/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.


Save the date: fuel oil systems webinar being held September 19

ASPE’s 2012 Webinar Series continues on September 19 at 2 p.m. EDT with “Basic Design Components of Fuel Systems.” Registration will open soon at aspe.org.


Founder of Capital Region New York Chapter passes away

Clarence A. Carlsen, who was a founding father and first president of ASPE’s Capital Region New York Chapter, passed away on August 8 at Glens Falls Hospital in New York following a brief illness. 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.


2012 World Water Week to focus on water and food security

Next week during the 2012 World Water Week in Stockholm, representatives from water sector organizations around the world will debate how to increase water efficiency in all aspects of food production, achieve water and food security in an urbanizing world, and overcome the challenges posed by the water-food-energy nexus. Earlier this week, the Stockholm International Water Institute released its report Feeding a Thirsty World: Challenges and Opportunities for a Water and Food Secure World, which will provide official input into the discussions to take place.


Solar-powered toilet wins Reinvent the Toilet challenge

At the Reinvent the Toilet fair held last week in Seattle, a team from the California Institute of Technology took home the $100,000 first prize, awarded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, for its prototype toilet that runs on solar power and breaks down waste into power-generating hydrogen. More>>


Cost-effective improvements could lead to significant energy savings

A new energy and water benchmarking report of New York City buildings shows that if all comparatively inefficient large buildings were brought up to the median Energy Use Intensity in their category, NYC consumers could reduce energy consumption by approximately 18 percent and greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent.


An endless green pipeline?

A University of Arizona civil engineering professor emeritus has designed an underground pipe consisting of a central layer of lightweight plastic honeycomb between layers of resin-saturated carbon fiber fabric, which he says can be built on-site in a single section of virtually infinite length. More>>


Updated UV disinfection guidelines released

Ultraviolet Disinfection Guidelines for Drinking Water and Water Reuse provides updated protocol for testing and validating UV performance in water treatment and contains new guidelines on dosing, design equations, and commissioning tests.


New guide helps businesses manage water use

Water for Business provides an overview of water tools and initiatives to help companies manage their water use more sustainably, outlines the benefits of the different tools available, and illustrates how to combine tools to meet wide-ranging needs.


Industry leaders explain how standards boost business

As part of ANSI’s “Standards Boost Business” campaign, several industry leaders offered video testimony about how standardization has helped their organizations reduce costs, streamline operations, expand markets, and boost the bottom line.


Volunteers sought to develop solar energy and hydronics code

The Radiant Professionals Alliance is seeking representatives to serve on a working group to assist in the creation of the Uniform Solar Energy and Hydronics Code, the first code to integrate all aspects of hydronic heating and cooling systems, including solar thermal, radiant, and geothermal technology.


Guideline on green building commissioning now available

ICC G4-2012 Guideline for Commissioning will help the building compliance and design communities successfully implement the building commissioning process mandated in the 2012 International Green Construction Code and International Energy Conservation Code. 


Registration for the 2012 Water and Health Conference is open

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s 2012 Water and Health Conference: Science, Policy and Innovation will be held October 29 to November 2 and will offer more than 200 presentations on water, sanitation, hygiene, health, and development topics.


Variable-speed drive webinar series starts September 20

The Hydraulic Institute’s four-part series will explain how VSDs in pump systems can generate cost savings and reliability improvements, reach optimal energy savings, convert single-phase power to three-phase power, and reduce inrush current at startup. More>>


USGBC now offering online LEED Green Associate courses

The U.S. Green Building Council has partnered with Pearson to launch an online program to help industry professionals prepare for the LEED Green Associate exam and learn green building strategies and techniques.







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