Vol. 6, No. 2, January 24, 2013



Showcase your skills at the 2013 ASPE Technical Symposium

Want to show off your expertise in plumbing system design to hundreds of the industry’s top professionals? ASPE seeks highly qualified individuals to present technical education seminars at this year’s premier professional development event for plumbing engineers: the ASPE Technical Symposium, which will be held September 19–22 in Orlando, Florida. Visit aspe.org/CallForPapers to submit your idea by April 1.


ASPE to co-convene the 2014 International Emerging Technology Symposium with leading industry partners

At the 2014 International Emerging Technology Symposium (April 23–24, 2014, Arlington, Virginia), industry experts will gather to introduce new technologies for the plumbing and mechanical industries and discuss how policy initiatives can drive the introduction of these technologies to market. In addition to ASPE, the following leaders in the plumbing and mechanical industries have signed on to present the symposium as co-conveners: IAPMO, WPC, MCAA, PHCC-NA, PMI, UA, and CIPH. More>>

PPFA joins ASPE’s CEU Provider Program

ASPE is pleased to announce that the Plastic Pipe and Fittings Association has become an approved ASPE CEU Provider for 2013 for its educational seminar “Green Building Plumbing and Mechanical Technologies.” Approved ASPE CEU Providers are able to issue CEUs for their educational programs to the more than 650 plumbing engineers who hold the CPD designation, which increases the visibility and credibility of their programs. More>>


Learn 5 truths about waste treatment at our February webinar

On February 20 at 2 p.m. EST, Mark Girgenti of Burt Process Equipment will present the webinar “Got Waste? 5 Truths About Waste Treatment Design,” which will explain the theory of pH adjustment with specific emphasis on batch, continuous flow, and hybrid system design. Piping and instrumentation diagrams and 3D modeling examples, as well as advanced treatment schemes, will also be reviewed.


ASPE seeks volunteers to serve on Membership Committee

ASPE is looking for committed members to serve on ASPE’s Membership Committee, which is responsible for helping ASPE Chapters with the recruitment and retention of new members and for carrying out the strategic objectives related to membership activities set forth by the Society Board of Directors. If you are interested, fill out the application and return it to Stacey Kidd by February 15.


Water reuse system design experts needed

ASPE is looking for individuals experienced in designing the following water reuse systems to help develop a new handbook: rainwater harvesting, graywater, black water, clear water (mechanical condensate), and sprinkler and fire pump drain and test water. We also need individuals with knowledge of the various water treatment methods for nonpotable reuse. If you are interested in contributing to this project, please send a brief bio with your applicable experience to gpienta@aspe.org.


ASPE’s official publication seeks article authors

Plumbing Engineer magazine seeks articles on the following topics: scald prevention, pipe joining, commercial kitchen design, and emergency fixtures. If you are interesting in submitting an article, contact Gretchen Pienta.


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.


Members: Make sure you don’t miss your renewal notices

In an effort to streamline the distribution 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.


Enhance your skills and network with ASPE

Many ASPE Chapters are offering design seminars, plumbing product tradeshows, and fun networking outings this spring, including the Pumping Systems Design Seminar in New Orleans, the Medical Gas Training Seminar in Detroit, and the West Coast Florida Sporting Clay Shoot. Check out our local events webpage to find out what’s being held in your area.



$157 billion a year needed to fill the infrastructure investment gap

Between now and 2020, investment needs across key infrastructure sectors—including roads, bridges, power lines, sewer systems, ports, and waterways—total $2.75 trillion, while planned expenditures are about $1.66 trillion, leaving an investment gap of $1.1 trillion, according to a new ASCE report. However, with an additional investment of $157 billion a year between now and 2020, 3.5 million jobs and $3.1 trillion in GDP can be saved.


Bill proposed to encourage water efficiency

H.R. 123: Water Advanced Technologies for Efficient Resource Use Act of 2013 would establish within the EPA a WaterSense program to identify and promote water-efficient products, buildings, landscapes, and services to reduce water use, conserve energy, and preserve water resources.  


Is national integrated water resources management the answer?

A new research report by the American Water Resources Association explores efforts in several states to implement integrated water resources management (IWRM), highlighting its effectiveness at all levels of water management, the process of shifting to an IWRM approach, costs and benefits, and how it could be a common-sense approach for managing water in the United States.


Public comments sought on design guidelines for residential care facilities 

The Facility Guidelines Institute seeks comments on a new standard, Guidelines for Design and Construction of Residential Health, Care, and Support Facilities, which provides minimum recommendations for new construction and renovation of nursing homes, hospice facilities, assisted living facilities, independent living settings, adult daycare facilities, wellness centers, and outpatient rehabilitation centers. Comments are due by March 20.


Which state has the most LEED-certified space?

Virginia tops the list, although on a per-capita basis, Washington, D.C. is the leader, with 36.97 square feet of LEED space certified per resident in 2012, according to the USGBC’s Top States for LEED in 2012 ranking.


Registration for the 2013 NFPA Conference & Expo is open

The event, being held June 10–13 in Chicago, will feature education sessions, association technical meetings, and a fire, security, and life safety product exposition. The early bird registration rate ends April 26.


ASHRAE issues call for papers for 2014 Winter Conference

ASHRAE’s 2014 Winter Conference will be held in New York City on January 18-22. The Conference has a building-oriented theme and seeks papers on building information systems, environmental health, international design, HVAC&R applications and systems, and, featured for this Conference, tall building performance.


IAPMO announces 2013 scholarship competition 

The competition is open to members—and their children—of IAPMO, ASPE, PHCC, MCAA, UA, and ASSE who are currently enrolled in a high school, community college, trade school, or four-year accredited college or university or working in an apprentice program. Participants must submit an original essay (1,000 words minimum) on "Which steps can the plumbing/mechanical industries take to encourage businesses and individuals to go green?" The first prize is a $1,000 scholarship and a one-year paid membership to IAPMO. Send your essay, including your name, your school's name, and yours or your parent's professional affiliation with one of the qualifying trade associations or union locals, to Gabriella Davis by June 1.


New edition of WPC Review is available

Learn about new water treatment system regulations in the UK, ISH 2013—The World’s Leading Trade Fair for the Bathroom Experience, Building Services, Energy, Air-Conditioning Technology, and Renewable Energies, and more in the December 2012 issue of WPC Review.


Leading Canadian organizations collaborate to celebrate World Plumbing Day

The Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating and the Mechanical Contractors Association of Canada are joining other Canadian members of the WPC to promote World Plumbing Day by providing content and other promotional efforts and PowerPoint presentations for school discussions. Representatives also will be approaching government officials for their support and assistance. More>> 


Design-Aire Engineering celebrates its 30th anniversary

Design-Aire Engineering is a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business, multi-discipline engineering consulting firm licensed in 25 states and specializing in MEP, refrigeration, fire protection, and energy efficiency. It has completed MEP design for 2,203 projects and 125 energy audits with an average cost savings of 15 percent as the sole energy-efficiency auditor for the State of Indiana Energy Office (2000–2005). The company was awarded the BKD Indiana Excellence Award in 2007 for helping 23 companies receive $9 million in tax deductions, and President E.W. “Bob” Boulware, PE, is the past president of ARCSA and recently published Alternative Water Source and Wastewater Management.





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