Vol. 6, No. 5, March 7, 2013
Special ASPE webinar bundle announced
You can save big if you register for two of ASPE’s March webinars at the same time: “Nonpotable Water Reclaim System Review” at 2 p.m. EDT on March 19 and “Top 10 Hospital Fire Protection Tips” at 2 p.m. EDT on March 20. Nonmembers: If you sign up for ASPE membership, you can attend both webinars for free!
Volunteers needed to help develop roof drain testing standard
ASPE seeks volunteers to join a working group charged with developing an ASPE/IAPMO American National Standard test method for evaluating the design flow rates of roof drains. Most of the group’s work will be conducted via conference call. You can apply here or contact Gretchen Pienta for more information.
Young engineers: join our new LinkedIn group
The ASPE Young Engineers subgroup is dedicated to helping young engineers connect online and learn more about events and opportunities being developed by ASPE’s new special-interest group. Join us today!
ASPE and UCLA Extension team up again to offer an online course on solar thermal energy solutions
This brand-new online class is being offered for the Spring 2013 quarter (April 4 to June 20) and will be taught by Bristol Stickney, Chief Technical Officer of SolarLogic LLC. The course focuses on solar hydronic plumbing systems, solar domestic hot water systems, and solar combisystems. Students must have at least one year of work experience with a consulting engineering or architectural firm, contractor, or government plan check department. For more information, call Carol Eisman with UCLA Extension at 310-206-1548.
Want help taking the CPD exam? Sign up for our CPD review webinar series
To help participants prepare for this year’s exam being held April 18 and 19, 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.
Input on new plumbing design certification needed by March 11
ASPE is looking for input on the parameters of a new certification being developed for those who are not yet eligible to become a CPD (Certified in Plumbing Design). We are especially interested in the opinion of practitioners with less than eight years of professional experience. Please take some time to complete this survey if you have the applicable experience noted on the first page.
Public comment period for siphonic roof drainage design standard closes March 24
Draft revisions to ASPE 45: Siphonic Roof Drainage are open for public comment. To view the draft standard and submit a comment, visit aspe.org/publicreview.
Save the date: 2013 ASPE Technical Symposium will be held September 19–22
This year’s premier education event for plumbing engineers is being held one month earlier than usual so it doesn’t interfere with Halloween. If you are interested in earning CEUs while learning about the latest advances in plumbing system design techniques, mark your calendar now and plan on attending the 2013 ASPE Technical Symposium in Orlando, Florida. Registration will open in May.
Philadelphia Chapter presents Future City award to local school kids
On January 26, Philadelphia Chapter Vice President, Education Mike Panco attended the 2013 Philadelphia Regional Future City Competition, in which 51 schools and almost 700 students participated. After much deliberation, he presented the 2013 ASPE Philadelphia Chapter award to the Grey Nun Academy from Yardley, Pennsylvania. You can learn more about the award in the chapter’s newsletter.
Central Florida Chapter member celebrate National Engineers Week
Edwin Gonzalez visited his daughter's middle school during National Engineers Week and spoke to seventh graders about how engineers help others live more productively and solve problems to help the environment. Learn more at ASPE’s Facebook page.
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.
World Plumbing Day is March 11
On Monday, the international building community will celebrate World Plumbing Day, which is designed to recognize the important role the plumbing industry plays in ensuring the health and safety of modern society.
Louisiana energy-efficiency program shelved
The state Public Service Commission voted to halt an initiative that would require utility providers to implement energy-efficiency incentive programs for residential and commercial customers to give regulators more time to research the costs and benefits of the program.
Indian state considering mandatory water recycling
A severe drought affecting one-third of Maharashtra, India, the country’s second most-populous state, has promoted the government to propose compulsory measures such as water recycling and rainwater harvesting for companies located in the area.
Do green buildings offer a quantifiable financial value?
A new report from the World Green Building Council argues that sustainable buildings provide many tangible benefits for a number of stakeholders, including reduced operating costs, increased marketability and asset value, improved worker productivity, and higher return on investment.
Fix a Leak Week reminds Americans to check their plumbing systems
WaterSense is teaming up with its partners to promote the fifth annual Fix a Leak Week on March 18–24 to help bring awareness to the amount of water that is lost each year due to household leaks.
ICC seeks education presentation proposals
Presentations at the 2013 ICC Annual Conference, to be held in Atlantic City, New Jersey, September 30–October 2, will focus on three main themes: Evolving Education, Leveraging Existing Technology, and Emerging Practices. You can submit a proposal here.
IAPMO introduces guide to 2012 UPC and UMC changes
2012 Guide to Important Code Changes illustrates substantive changes to the Uniform Plumbing Code and Uniform Mechanical Code, explains why the changes were made, and describes how the changes will impact code users in the field.
Backflow industry professionals needed to help revise standard
ASSE International is forming a working group for the 2013 revision of ASSE/IAPMO/ANSI Series 5000: Cross-Connection Control Professional Qualifications Standard. You can find application information here.
LEED v4 is open for public comment
LEED v4 is the newest update to the LEED rating systems and incorporates changes in three main categories: new market sectors, increased technical rigor, and streamlined services. Comments will be accepted until March 30.
New sustainability mark launches in April
Products certified to use the new Water Quality Association Sustainability Mark must meet the requirements of new standards being developed for reverse osmosis, UV purifiers, activated carbon filtration, and similar devices.
U.S. Water Prize winners announced
Onondaga County, New York, for its green infrastructure solutions, The Freshwater Trust, for its solutions to restore and protect rivers and streams, and MillerCoors, for its strategies to protect and conserve water throughout its lifecycle are recipients of the 2013 U.S. Water Prize bestowed by the U.S. Water Alliance.
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