Vol. 6, No. 4, February 21, 2013



ASPE Convention & Exposition named one of the top 50 fastest-growing tradeshows in 2012

ASPE’s Convention & Exposition, held in Charlotte, North Carolina last fall, will be honored as one of the fastest-growing tradeshows in 2012 in terms of total attendance at Trade Show Executive’s Fastest 50 Awards & Summit in Chicago this May. The 2012 ASPE Convention & Exposition attracted plumbing industry professionals from across North America with new technologies offered by the 311 exhibiting companies and features such as the New Product Innovation Showcase, which helped boost total attendance to 4,161, an increase of 12 percent over 2010. More>>


Help ASPE develop a new plumbing design certification

This new plumbing design certification will be for those who are not yet eligible to become a CPD (Certified in Plumbing Design). The certification is part of a larger program to develop a college-level plumbing design curriculum with the intent of encouraging more students and young engineers to join the plumbing system design community. We are looking for input on the parameters of the new certification, so please take some time to complete this survey if you have the applicable experience noted on the first page.

Black water and condensate reuse system design experts needed

ASPE is looking for individuals experienced in designing reuse systems for black water and mechanical (AC and cooling tower) condensate to help develop a new handbook. If you are interested in contributing to this project, please send a brief bio with your applicable experience to gpienta@aspe.org.


CPD exam takers: be sure to sign up for our CPD review webinar series

This year’s CPD exam is being held April 18 and 19 at testing sites across the country, and to help participants prepare, ASPE is offering four review webinars for viewing in March and April. In addition to covering topic areas addressed on the test, you will receive expert advice on how to solve questions during the exam. You can learn more and register here.


Save the date: the next ASPE webinar will be held March 20

“Top 10 Hospital Fire Protection Tips,” at 2 p.m. EDT on March 20, will explore common design issues related to hospital fire protection, including fire pumps, standpipes, sprinklers and spacing, detection requirements, trash and linen chutes, smoke control, and smoke compartments. Registration opens next week at aspe.org/currentwebinar.


Public comment period for siphonic roof drainage design standard closes March 24

ASPE 45: Siphonic Roof Drainage, a standard that was first published in 2007, has gone through extensive revision using the ASPE standards development process, and the draft revisions are now open for public comment. To view the draft standard and submit a comment, visit aspe.org/publicreview.


ASPE announces two exciting ways to showcase your design expertise

2013 ASPE Technical Symposium Call for Papers

Held biennially, ASPE’s Technical Symposium is the premier educational event for plumbing engineers and designers, offering in-depth technical seminars designed for professionals at all stages in their careers. If you are looking to share your knowledge and design experience with others in the plumbing industry who are eager to learn, then you need to become a presenter at the 2013 ASPE Technical Symposium. For more information and to submit a technical seminar idea, visit aspe.org/callforpapers.


2014 International Emerging Technology Symposium Call for Abstracts

The ETS is designed to help participants network with experts in the fields of water and energy efficiency, learn about emerging products and practices, exchange views on new trends in the industry, and discuss innovative green plumbing and mechanical concepts. ASPE is co-convening this symposium with CIPH, IAPMO, MCAA, PHCC-NA, PMI, UA, and WPC. For more information on submitting an abstract, contact Maria Bazan by September 30.


Boston Chapter member, Rand Ackroyd, passes away

Rand Ackroyd passed away unexpectedly from surgical complications on February 16 at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Boston. Considered one of the world’s foremost experts in the area of backflow prevention, he was a regular presenter at ASPE technical events, a contributor to many ASPE publications, and a member of ASPE’s Design Standards Committee. More>>


Have some fun with ASPE chapters

As the weather warms, ASPE Chapters are planning exciting new events to help local industry professionals make new contacts and learn more about plumbing engineering. Check out our local events webpage to find out what’s happening in your area.



Architecture Billings Index sees strongest growth since 2007

The January ABI score was 54.2, a sharp jump from December’s score of 51.2, reflecting strong demand for design services and a good indication that construction activity will increase in the coming months. More>>


Bill proposed to speed up investment in water infrastructure

S. 335: Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act of 2013 would create the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Authority to use U.S. Treasury funds for large-scale projects that can’t be financed through the existing State Revolving Fund program. More>>


Sustainable water practices = jobs

Implementing sustainable water strategies will both address growing water shortage problems and create jobs in a wide range of professions—from plumbers and landscapers to engineers and irrigation specialists—many of which are projected to grow significantly in the overall economy by 2020, according to a new Pacific Institute report.


Drought forces Texas towns to look at toilet water in a new light

Low water levels have prompted several Texas municipalities, including Wichita Falls, Brownwood, Abilene, and Lubbock, to move forward with direct potable-reuse projects to provide drinking water for residents. More>>


Can rainwater harvesting help solve Mexico City’s water problems?

Although roughly 30 percent of Mexico City’s residents have only sporadic access to city-supplied water, many city officials don’t think rainwater harvesting is the answer. Residents, however, are taking matters into their own hands. More>>


EPA seeks input on draft specification for commercial pre-rinse spray valves

To earn this proposed WaterSense label, commercial pre-rinse spray valves must use no more than 1.28 gpm, or 20 percent less water than the federal standard. Written comments on the draft will be accepted until April 8. More>>


NBIS calls for comments on taxonomy of building codes and standards

The National Institute of Building Sciences seeks input on a new compilation of codes and standards relating to the built environment. The deadline to propose changes is March 8. More>>


Online Canadian plumbing inspection course is available

Jointly developed by CSA and the Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating, this new training program enables those working with plumbing systems, national plumbing, and building inspections to provide the required level of quality relating to inspection, enforcement, and installation processes. 


New website offers valuable information on upcoming lead laws

The Get the Lead Out Plumbing Consortium’s official website is part of a widespread training initiative to further understanding of and legal compliance with the Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act. It offers information on training events, answers to commonly asked questions, and education and communication resources about the national law.


CIPH celebrates its 80th anniversary

February 8 marked the 80th anniversary of the incorporation of the Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating as a national not-for-profit trade organization. CIPH was founded in Montreal in 1933 to raise the standards of the plumbing and heating industries and to promote and conserve the right of the industry. More>>


Solar Heating and Cooling Alliance launched

Governed by the Solar Energy Industries Association, the Alliance aims to grow the solar heating and cooling market through advocacy and awareness. More>>






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