Vol. 6, No. 1, January 10, 2013



ASPE seeks members to serve on IAPMO Pool and Solar Technical Committees
The International Association of Plumbing & Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) seeks knowledgeable individuals to serve on technical committees responsible for the development of the 2015 Uniform Swimming Pool, Spa, and Hot Tub Code and the Uniform Solar Energy and Hydronics Code. A key objective of ASPE is to have representation on the committees responsible for developing model codes impacting our industry, so we are looking for ASPE members who are interested in submitting their name for consideration to serve on these two IAPMO committees as ASPE liaisons. You will be responsible for actively participating on the committee to which you are assigned and providing reports back to the ASPE Legislative Committee. If you are interested, please send your current resume and a brief description of your experience in the area covered by the IAPMO committee you want to join to Gretchen Pienta by January 31. 

Registration for the 2013 CPD Exam opens next week

The Certified in Plumbing Design (CPD) program is the only international credential program in the plumbing engineering field, providing formal recognition of outstanding professionals with advanced skills in the design and specification of plumbing systems. The 2013 Exam will be held April 18 and 19, and registration will open at aspe.org/CPDcertification next week.


Learn how to maintain hot water temperatures at our January 16 webinar

Join presenter Ray Parham, PE, for a webinar on hot water temperature maintenance at 2 p.m. EST on January 16 to learn how to design heat trace and circulated systems. Sign up now at aspe.org/currentwebinar.


Not an ASPE member? If you join now, we will waive the $129.95 nonmember fee for this webinar! Learn how here.


Public review of rainwater catchment systems standard closes January 18

ARCSA/ASPE 63: Rainwater Catchment Systems isbeing developed by the American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association and the American Society of Plumbing Engineers, with sponsorship support from the International Association of Plumbing & 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.


Alfred Steele Scholarship deadline is January 31

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 contact Stacey Kidd if you have questions.


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 in Orlando, Florida. Visit aspe.org/CallForPapers to submit your idea by April 1.


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. All renewal notices will be sent electronically, so make sure we have your current e-mail address on file by clicking here.

Kick off the New Year with ASPE

ASPE Chapters are organizing events to help local industry professionals brush up on their design skills and network with area engineers and manufacturers. Check out our local events webpage to find out what’s being held in your area.



Global firms plan to continue building green

51 percent of building industry firms around the world surveyed in a new McGraw-Hill Construction study are planning more than 60 percent of their work to be green by 2015, up from 28 percent in 2012, with water use reduction being the second most important environmental factor in the United Arab Emirates, United States, and Brazil.


NYC’s energy use reporting shows surprising results

The city’s newest, LEED-certified buildings are not necessarily the most energy efficient, according to data released under a city law that tracks energy use in New York buildings. For example, the LEED Gold-certified 7 World Trade Center (opened in 2006) scored 74 (1 point less than the minimum set for high-performing buildings), while the Chrysler Building (completed in 1930) scored 84. More>>


EPA updates rule for pathogens in drinking water

The Revised Total Coliform Rule sets a limit for E. coli in drinking water and requires public drinking water systems to notify the public if a test exceeds the maximum contaminant level. More>>


LA storm water lawsuit verdict overturned

Earlier this week, the U.S. Supreme Court reversed a decision by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which last year ruled that Los Angeles County was liable for violating the Clean Water Act for allowing storm water runoff to flow into the Los Angeles and San Gabriel rivers after heavy rains. More>>


300-mile groundwater pipeline gets go-ahead

In late December, the Bureau of Land Management issued its final approval for a pipeline that would move water from several aquifers in central Nevada to the Las Vegas area, a distance of nearly 300 miles.


New standard for geothermal heat pump systems piping published

NSF/ANSI 358-1: Polyethylene Pipe and Fittings for Water-Based Ground-Source “Geothermal” Heat Pump Systems establishes minimum physical and performance requirements for geothermal piping system components and will be referenced in the 2015 International Mechanical Code. More>>


Green schools use 32 percent less water than their conventional counterparts

While more research needs to be done on the connection between school building environment and student health and learning, new data from USGBC shows that LEED-certified schools can save significant direct operating costs and do not necessarily have to cost more to build than a conventional school. More>>


Ski resort free to make snow from wastewater, for now

The Hopi Tribe has withdrawn its lawsuit challenging snowmaking with reclaimed wastewater at the Arizona Snowbowl in Flagstaff, and the ski resort began making snow late last year and proposes to use it later this season to build a base for skiing and snowboarding, unless future lawsuits derail their plans. More>>


How does industrial water use affect the Great Lakes?

If all of the industrial facilities located on the Great Lakes implemented water-conservation activities, almost half a trillion gallons of surface- and groundwater could be saved each year, which would also reduce wastewater flows in a roughly equal amount, according to a new report by the Alliance for Water Efficiency.


NFPA seeks input on fire and electrical safety

The Fire Protection Research Foundation asks industry professionals to complete a brief survey to help identify key emerging issues likely to impact fire and electrical safety in the next five years. 


Biological Treatment Symposium being held March 28–29

The AWWA 2013 Biological Treatment Symposium will be held in Denver and will include seminars on the latest developments in biotreatment technology, operations, and monitoring strategies. 


Celebrate World Plumbing Day on March 11

To commemorate the event, the World Plumbing Council is holding a poster contestfor schoolchildren, with a submission deadline of March 30.





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