Vol. 5, No. 20, October 4, 2012


Charlotte rolls out the red carpet for 2012 ASPE Convention & Exposition attendees

Charlotte, North Carolina offers 2012 ASPE Convention & Exposition attendees and their guests numerous outdoor and indoor activities and diverse dining options. Want to discover what you can do when you aren’t exploring the 300+ exhibitor booths at the Exposition or learning new design techniques during the technical sessions? We’ve compiled a list of exciting adventures for the whole family on our website, or you can check out charlottesgotalot.com for more information on Charlotte attractions, nightlife, dining, shopping, and services.


If you haven’t registered yet, you still have time! Just go to aspe.org/expo and register today for the full Convention or the FREE Exposition only.

ASPE joins industry leaders to help get the lead out

At the invitation of the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Association Educational Foundation, ASPE joined numerous plumbing manufacturers and industry associations at the kickoff meeting of a consortium assembled to alert and prepare industry constituents for upcoming changes in the allowable level of lead in plumbing products. The mission of the new consortium is to provide widespread education about the manufacture, distribution, and installation of lead-free plumbing products. More>>


Instructors for online plumbing courses sought

ASPE and UCLA Extension are looking for instructors to teach online Plumbing Systems Design program courses. Candidates must have extensive experience in the field. The proposed classes are Hospital and Laboratory Plumbing, High-Rise Building Plumbing, Pumps & Fire Protection for Plumbing Engineers, and Fuel Oil Systems. This is an excellent opportunity to contribute to the education of young plumbing engineers and designers, so if you are interested, contact Haig Demergian, PE, CPD, FASPE, at 323-931-3770 or demergian@sbcglobal.net for more information.


IAPMO Green Plumbers joins ASPE’s CEU Provider Program

High-Performance Hot Water, an eight‐hour workshop administered by IAPMO Green Plumbers, is now eligible to issue ASPE CEUs for CPDs to use toward their recertification requirements. ASPE's CEU Provider Program offers continuing education providers the opportunity to issue ASPE CEUs for their professional development programs. IAPMO Green Plumbers joins AcornVac, American Standard Brands, Eemax, Lubrizol, PDI, SyncroFlo, and Water Control Corp. as an approved provider.


ASPE members: help determine the unanticipated consequence of green water technologies

The ASPE board of directors encourages ASPE members and others in the plumbing industry to participate in a survey being conducted by Virginia Tech, the Water Research Foundation, and the U.S. Green Building Council to identify and understand the unanticipated consequences of green water technologies and practices on water use in buildings. Results of the study will be published on the USGBC website.  


Los Angeles Chapter wins First-Timer Challenge

As part of the 2012 Convention & Exposition registration campaign, ASPE held a chapter challenge to see which chapter could recruit the most first-time Convention registrants. Congratulations Los Angeles Chapter for sending the most first-time attendees to the 2012 Convention! For their reward, the chapter will receive use of an executive suite at the Westin Hotel in Charlotte from October 26–31. Thanks go to the other participating chapters: Chicago, Omaha, Montreal, Charlotte, and Central Ohio. While the chapter challenge has ended, ASPE is still accepting first-timer registration forms, so please continue to encourage your chapter members to take advantage of this discounted registration fee to attend the year’s biggest event for plumbing engineers!


Evansville Satellite Chapter holds inaugural banquet

On Saturday, September 29, ASPE’s Central Indiana Chapter sponsored a banquet at Angelo’s Italian Restaurant in downtown Evansville, Indiana, to swear in their satellite chapter’s first board of directors: President Larry Fox, CPD, VP Technical Sam Schenk, CPD, VP Membership Jim Wakelam, Treasurer Brian Lowe, and Secretary Chadd Preske. In addition to Central Indiana Chapter board members, ASPE Executive Director/CEO Jim Kendzel, MHP, CAE, and local contractors, engineers, wholesale suppliers, and vendors attended the event.


ASPE chapters kick off the fall season with educational and networking events

If you want to tour a facility, attend a plumbing design course, or meet some new contacts at a social outing, ASPE chapters can help! Check out our local ASPE chapter events webpage to find learning and networking opportunities in your area.


Legality of Massachusetts state licensing board questioned

In 1998, the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Professional Engineers voted to no longer consider plumbing engineering a fundamental branch of engineering and stopped issuing plumbing engineering licenses to all new applicants, but has continued to renew existing licenses. However, according to Massachusetts General Law, all commercial plumbing plans and specifications must be stamped by a registered professional engineer, an issue that was brought to light in a recent article about plans approved for new schools in the state that do not have plumbing engineer signatures.


California law affirms human right to water

A.B. 685, signed by Governor Brown on September 25, establishes an official state policy that every person has the right to safe, clean, affordable, and accessible water for human consumption, cooking, and sanitary purposes and requires all relevant state agencies to consider this policy when establishing policies pertinent to those uses of water. More>>


Which state is the most energy efficient?

Massachusetts is ranked No. 1 for the second year in a row, according to the ACEEE 2012 State Energy-Efficiency Scorecard, followed by California, New York, Oregon, Vermont, and Connecticut.


Updated water reuse guidelines released

The 2012 edition of the EPA’s Guidelines for Water Reuse summarize U.S. and international regulations and water reuse practices, including indirect potable reuse and industrial reuse, disinfection and treatment technologies, emerging contaminants, and public involvement and acceptance.


New protocol evaluates swim spa system performance and safety

CCS-11804: Component Certification Specification for Public Use Spa, Swim Spa, Hot Tub, or Related Equipment includes requirements from 16 pool and spa safety and quality standards, including NSF/ANSI 50, to simplify the evaluation process for swim spas.


LEED v4 open for public comment

Minor changes were made to the indoor and outdoor water use reduction, cooling tower water use, and water metering credits. Comments will be accepted through December 10. More>>


NEC formally recognized in I-Codes

ICC has officially designated NFPA 70: National Electrical Code as the electrical code for use with the ICC’s International Family of Codes. More>>


CSA nonpotable water reuse standard published

CSA B128.3: Performance of Nonpotable Water Reuse Systems covers packaged nonpotable water reuse systems for wastewater or graywater that are intended for treatment applications and have a capacity of 2,650 gallons per day or less, as well as site-assembled components included in packaged nonpotable water reuse systems.


National Canadian construction codes open for public review

The Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes invites stakeholders to participate in the review of proposed changes to the following National Model Construction Codes: National Building Code of Canada 2010, National Fire Code of Canada 2010, and National Plumbing Code of Canada 2010. Comments will be accepted through November 16. More>>


Weiland leaves ICC

International Code Council Chief Executive Officer Rick Weiland recently announced that he will be leaving the association to pursue other opportunities. Executive Vice President and Director of Operations for ICC, Dominic Sims, C.B.O., will serve as acting CEO until Weiland’s successor is found. More>>


Clif McLellan appointed vice president of NSF International’s Global Water Division

Clif McLellan has more than 18 years of experience with NSF International, most recently as director of toxicology helping improve the safety of water and water-related products. More>>




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