Vol. 5, No. 18, September 6, 2012


Register now for the 2012 ASPE Convention & Exposition to receive the early bird rate

The early bird registration rate for the 2012 ASPE Convention & Exposition ends September 14, so if you haven’t registered yet, don’t delay much longer. You don’t want to miss experiencing 300+ of the newest plumbing products, Kyle Petty’s keynote address, 30 professional development seminars, and networking with more than 4,000 of your colleagues from across North America. It’s all happening October 27–31 in Charlotte, North Carolina, so register now.


Take advantage of ASPE’s registration incentives

To help make it easier for plumbing professionals to attend the 2012 Convention & Exposition, ASPE is offering numerous registration incentives, including the First-Timers discount, Bring Your Boss for Free program, discounts for multiple attendees from the same firm, and a special membership deal for nonmembers. To learn more, contact your local ASPE chapter or visit aspe.org/expo.


Learn how to design and specify fuel oil storage systems at our September webinar

On September 19 at 2 p.m. EDT, the webinar Basic Design Components of Fuel Systems will discuss the design of aboveground and underground storage tank systems, including the different manholes, valves, and tanks that you must investigate to select the right items for the project.


Showcase your expertise in Plumbing Engineer

ASPE seeks technical design articles or case studies for future issues of Plumbing Engineer, the official publication of ASPE. If you have written an article you’d like to publish or want help developing an idea, contact Gretchen Pienta.


Volunteers needed to help develop plumbing design technician certification

ASPE is looking for plumbing industry professionals to help develop the CPDT (Certified Plumbing Design Technician) certification. Most work during this year-long commitment will be done via virtual meetings, and a recognition stipend of $500 will be paid upon completion. Click here to learn more and apply. 


Chapters kick off the fall season with networking events

ASPE chapters are back in business and are offering local industry professionals numerous opportunities to learn and network with their peers. In addition to their regular monthly meetings, chapters are holding plumbing design courses, family outings, and golf tournaments. Check out our local ASPE chapter events webpage to find educational and networking opportunities in your area.


Renewable energy sources needed to alleviate strain on water

The top Democrat on the Natural Resources Committee has released a report examining the connection between dwindling water resources and the nation’s energy production and offers several solutions, including developing water-free renewable energy such as wind and photovoltaic solar and using alternative water sources like recycled wastewater and other new technologies. More>>

Breakthrough in microbial fuel cell performance could make activated sludge process obsolete

A new technology developed by the Oregon State University College of Engineering increases the performance of microbial fuel cells used in wastewater treatment to produce 10 to 50 more times the electricity per volume than most other approaches. More>>


Celebrate World Standards Week October 9–12

ANSI’s annual event for members of the international standards and conformity assessment community will feature networking and educational events in Washington, D.C. More>>


Revised GPMCS released

The 2012 Green Plumbing & Mechanical Code Supplement includes new provisions to help achieve greater efficiency, including reduced maximum flush volumes and flow rates, minimum water quality standards for rainwater catchment systems, and standards for water reuse treatment technologies.


NSF now offers grease interceptor certification

Manufacturers of hydromechanical grease interceptors as large as 100 gpm can now get their products tested and certified by NSF International. More>>


Comments to proposed building commissioning standard sought

ASHRAE is accepting public comments on the draft Standard 202P: Commissioning Process for Buildings and Systems until October 1.


NFPA fall training seminars announced

The one-day seminar, held in locations across the country, will address changes to the 2013 editions of NFPA 13, 13R, 13D, and NFPA 20 and is intended for designers and installers already familiar with the standards.


IAPMO solicits proposals for 2015 UPC and UMC

Formal code proposals toward the development of the 2015 editions of the Uniform Plumbing Code and Uniform Mechanical Code are being accepted until January 3, 2013. More>>


Manufacturers wanted to test pilot water softener standard

The Water Quality Association seeks manufacturers to participate in a test of their new draft product performance standard and test protocol for point-of-use electrochemical demineralization systems for hard water treatment. More>>


Registration is open for 2012 ICC Annual Conference

Being held October 21–28 in Portland, Oregon, ICC’s Annual Conference and Final Action Hearings will offer code-enforcement officials, PMG, fire, and design professionals the opportunity to help finalize the 2015 I-Codes. 


Illinois Medical Gas Expo being held October 11

The event will feature a product show and educational sessions and is being held at the Pipe Fitters' Local Union 597 Training Center in Mokena, Illinois. More>>






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