Vol. 5, No. 25, December 13, 2012


ASPE wishes our members and friends Happy Holidays and a safe New Year

This is the last issue of ASPE Pipeline for 2012. Publication will resume on Thursday, January 10, 2013.

Please be advised that the ASPE office will be closed from Monday, December 24, 2012 until Wednesday, January 2, 2013.

2013 ASPE Webinar Series kicks off on January 16

Join ASPE for a webinar on hot water temperature maintenance at 2 p.m. EST on January 16, 2013. Presenter Ray Parham, PE, will cover the model code language and design elements for heat trace and circulated systems and go through practice examples with participants. Sign up now at aspe.org/currentwebinar. 


Venting systems experts needed to help develop new standard

ASPE is looking for a few individuals to resume a project to write a new American National Standard on venting systems. If you are interested in becoming a member of this committee, please submit an application form. For more information, contact Gretchen Pienta

Students: Apply now for ASPE's Alfred Steele Scholarship

The Alfred Steele Scholarship is limited to ASPE members and their immediate families who have a 3.0 GPA or higher who are in or plan to attend a college, university, or technical school on a full-time basis (minimum of 12 credit hours) enrolled in an engineering program. To apply, go to aspe.org/SteeleScholarship, or if you have questions contact Stacey Kidd. The application deadline is January 31, 2013.

Share your knowledge at the 2013 ASPE Technical Symposium

ASPE seeks plumbing system design experts to present sessions at the 2013 Technical Symposium being held September 19-22, 2013 in Orlando, Florida. Visit aspe.org/CallForPapers to submit your idea by April 1.

Public comments sought for rainwater catchment systems standard

All interested parties are invited to review and comment on ARCSA/ASPE 63: Rainwater Catchment Systems, being developed by the American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association and the American Society of Plumbing Engineers, with sponsorship support from the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials. The draft and comment form can be found here. Comments will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. CST on January 18, 2013.

Members: Don't miss your new copy of PEDH Volume 4

Plumbing Engineering Design Handbook Volume 4: Plumbing Components and Equipment will be distributed to all active members in good standing early next year. If you have not renewed your membership for 2012, please do so immediately here or call 847-296-0002 x227 to pay via phone to ensure that you receive your copy as part of your membership benefits.

ASPE is going paperless

In an effort to streamline the mailing of membership renewal invoices, ASPE renewal notices will no longer be mailed as of July 1, 2013. All renewal notices will be sent electronically, so to make sure we have your most current e-mail address on file, click here to update your information.

Meet the new ASPE board members in the December ASPE Board Report

ASPE members can access the latest newsletter from the ASPE board of directors at aspe.org/BODnewsletter (member login required). 

Celebrate the holidays with ASPE

ASPE chapters across the country are holding holiday celebrations in December to help local professionals meet and mingle in a festive atmosphere. Check out our local events webpage to find an event in your area.



Does the industry need two rainwater catchment systems standards?

recent article by Contractor magazine Editor-in-Chief Robert Mader explores the issue of two potentially competing American National Standards for rainwater catchment systems. ASPE and ARCSA, with sponsorship from IAPMO, are submitting the revised ARCSA/ASPE 63 standard for ANSI approval, and ICC recently announced a new project covering the same scope. While the article surmises that two might be better than one, ASPE Executive Director/CEO Jim Kendzel, CAE, MPH, proposes cooperation as the better solution in his letter to the editor.

Congress passes energy-efficiency bill

Last week, both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate passed by an overwhelming majority the American Energy Manufacturing Technical Corrections Act of 2012, which among other things establishes a single efficiency descriptor and accompanying test methods for all covered water heaters. President Obama is expected to sign it into law this week. More>>

How do human activities impact the world's water resources?

Considerably more water is used to produce the goods we consume than for direct uses such as drinking, bathing, washing clothes, and watering gardens, finds a new report on California's water footprint by the Pacific Institute.

Fire protection engineer salaries increase 3 percent

The median total compensation for U.S. fire protection engineers is $113,748, a 2.9 percent increase since 2010, according to a new Society of Fire Protection Engineers survey.

Get the Lead Out consortium members discuss initiatives

The Wholesaler magazine Editorial Director Mary Jo Martin interviewed members of the Get the Lead Out plumbing consortium at their recent meeting at PMI's headquarters in Rolling Meadows, Illinois. Click here to view the videos and learn how industry leaders are planning to help educate the plumbing community about forthcoming "lead-free" laws.

Public comments sought on green building standards

Limitations on full-flush volumes for toilets and the use of municipal reclaimed water for irrigation are being proposed for ANSI/ASHRAE/USGBC/IES Standard 189.1-2011: Standard for the Design of High-Performance, Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings. The changes are proposed via Addendum v and are open for public review until January 14, 2013.

A proposed standard for the design, construction, and operation of high-performance healthcare facilities, ASHRAE/ASHE Standard 189.3P: Standard for the Design, Construction and Operation of Sustainable High-Performance Health Care Facilities, is open for public comment until January 21, 2013. 

NFPA seeks comments on amendment to residential sprinkler standard

The change to NFPA 13R: Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems in Low-Rise Residential Occupancies would remove language that conflicts with building codes regarding mixed-use occupancies in a single building. Comments will be accepted until January 25, 2013.

AWWA seeks presentations on water quality technology

The American Water Works Association has announced its Call for Papers for the 2013 Water Quality Technology Conference and Exposition being held in Long Beach, California, November 3-7, 2013.




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