Vol. 6, No. 3, February 7, 2013



Siphonic roof drainage design standard is open for public review

ASPE 45: Siphonic Roof Drainage, a standard that was first published in 2007, has gone through extensive revision using the ASPE standards development process accredited by the American National Standards Institute. The draft revisions are now open for public comment until 11:59 CDT on March 24, 2013. To view the draft standard and submit a comment, visit aspe.org/publicreview.


Guardian Equipment joins ASPE’s CEU Provider Program

By becoming an approved ASPE CEU Provider, Guardian Equipment joins a growing list of highly respected plumbing industry organizations that want to increase their visibility and enhance the desirability of their educational programs. Guardian can now issue ASPE continuing education units for its professional development seminar “Safety First! How to Specify Emergency Showers and Eyewashes” to the more than 650 plumbing engineers and designers who hold the Certified in Plumbing Design (CPD) designation. More>>

Discover new waste treatment techniques 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.


If you are not a member of ASPE, we will waive the registration fee for this webinar if you sign up for membership. Learn how here.


Are you a water reuse system design expert?

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


Enhance your career—become a CPD

With the Certified in Plumbing Design (CPD) designation after your name, you will be recognized as a leader in the plumbing engineering field. This year’s CPD exam is being held April 18 and 19 at testing sites across the country. What are you waiting for? Register today at aspe.org/CPDcertification.


Members: The First-Quarter ASPE Board Report is available

Find out what decisions were made at the January 2013 ASPE Board of Directors meeting here (member login required).


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.



Richard Ellis, long-time DFW Chapter member, passes away

On February 1, L. Richard Ellis, CPD, FASPE, died after a long battle with illness. He joined ASPE in 1970 and was instrumental in forming the Dallas/Ft. Worth Chapter, and he was awarded Life Membership by the Board of Directors in 2006. A member of the Technical & Research Committee, Richard was active in updating the Plumbing Engineering Design Handbook and other ASPE publications. More>>


Enhance your skills and network with ASPE

Many ASPE Chapters are offering plumbing product tradeshows and fun networking outings this spring, including the San Diego product show on February 20, the Phoenix product show on March 7, and the Tampa golf outing on March 22. Check out our local events webpage to find out what’s being held in your area.




How will climate change affect water resources?

In many areas across the United States, surface and groundwater supplies are expected to be reduced further by declining runoff and groundwater recharge trends, increasing the likelihood of water shortages for many uses, according to Chapter 3 of the draft National Climate Assessment Report. Comments on the report will be accepted until April 12.


D.C. aims to adopt one of the greenest codes in the country

Due to the impact of the proposed strict green building requirements, the public comment period has been extended through February 22. The District estimates that each project built under the new code will use 30 percent less energy than current projects, many of which are already subject to the District's Green Building Act.


New plan would double U.S. energy productivity by 2030

The Energy 2030 plan, created by an alliance comprising leaders from the power sector, environmental groups, financial community, manufacturing, transportation, and government, recommends initiatives that would save the average household more than $1,000 and American businesses $169 billion annually; reduce government agency spending by $13 billion a year; create 1.3 million jobs and increase GDP by up to 2 percent; decrease energy imports by more than $100 billion annually; and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 33 percent below 2005 levels.


Examining the science and psychology of drinking toilet water

An article in the February issue of EARTH magazine explores efforts around the world to make drinking water from sewage and how municipalities are attempting to overcome the “yuck” factor to encourage wastewater reuse.


NFPA seeks public input on sprinkler standard

“Public input” is the term now used at NFPA to address a code change proposal to a technical document. Input on NFPA 13: Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems will be accepted until May 31.


The U.S. government wants your opinion on green building certification systems

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) is requesting input from the public to better inform its recommendation to the Department of Energy on what green building certification systems the federal government should use for new and renovated government buildings: LEED, Green Globes, and/or the Living Building Challenge. More>>


Proposed standard on Legionellosis prevention opens for public comment

ASHRAE is accepting comments on Standard 188P, Prevention of Legionellosis Associated with Building Water Systems until March 11. To submit a comment, visit www.ashrae.org/publicreviews.


What will the utilities of the future look like?

The wastewater utilities of the future (UOTF) will become more efficient energy users and renewable energy producers and use green infrastructure to manage storm water and improve the quality of life, according to a new report by the National Association of Clean Water Agencies, Water Environment Research Foundation, and Water Environment Federation.


ARCSA announces first-quarter 2013 rainwater catchment workshops

These workshops are intended for those seeking their ARCSA AP certification and others wanting to learn about rainwater harvesting design and construction. Learn more at arcsa.org.


NSF offers dual certification of gasket and sealing products

The certification combines testing to NSF/ANSI 61, ASSE 1061, and ASTM F2854 for chloramine resistance and tensile strength to provide push-fit fitting manufacturers with compliant gasket and sealing materials for use in drinking water distribution systems. More>>


ICC celebrates its 10th anniversary

On Feb. 1, 2003, three regional code organizations—Building Officials and Code Administrators, International Conference of Building Officials, and Southern Building Code Congress International—began operating as one consolidated association: the International Code Council. More>>


New how-to guide for building performance measurement published

ASHRAE’s “Performance Measurement Procedures for Commercial Buildings: Best Practices Guide” contains tools and techniques for measuring, managing, and improving the performance of a facility as demonstrated by its energy and water use and indoor environmental quality.






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