Vol. 6, No. 6, March 21, 2013



NSF International joins IAPMO in co-sponsoring ARCSA/ASPE rainwater catchment standard

NSF International, a global independent public health organization that writes standards and tests and certifies products for the water, food, health sciences, and consumer goods industries, is co-sponsoring with the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) ARCSA/ASPE 63: Rainwater Catchment Systems, an American National Standard being developed by ASPE and the American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association. The sponsorship stems from a memorandum of understanding that ASPE and NSF International signed in May 2012 to advance and promote public health and sustainability initiatives within the plumbing industry.


ASPE and ARCSA announce a new rainwater harvesting workshop

Being held June 4–5 in Boston, the 200-level Rainwater Harvesting Course will provide an in-depth review of commercial rainwater harvesting design and installation; outdoor and in-home rainwater use; sanitation practice for potable uses; rules, regulations, guidelines, and restrictions; business management; project planning; site and installation safety; and system construction and maintenance. It is a required course for those pursuing the ARCSA AP designation, but anyone seeking to enhance their understanding of rainwater catchment system design is encouraged to attend.

Registration for the 2013 CPD exam closes March 25

The Certified in Plumbing Design (CPD) exam will be held April 18 and 19 at testing sites across the country. Full ASPE members are automatically approved to sit for the exam, so don’t miss this opportunity to earn the only designation for the plumbing engineering industry’s top professionals.


CPD review webinar series starts March 25

To help participants prepare for this year’s CPD exam, 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. Register today!


ASPE joins effort to develop national BIM standard

To ensure the National BIM Standard–United States accurately references the needs of plumbing engineers, ASPE recently signed a memorandum of agreement with the National Institute of Building Sciences buildingSMART alliance. ASPE is forming a committee of BIM experts to provide input and submit information for incorporation into the standard.


AEC Daily joins ASPE’s CEU Provider Program

AEC Daily, an e-learning provider for architects, engineers, contractors, specifiers, and other construction professionals, has been approved as an ASPE CEU Provider for 2013. Eligible for the program are two of AEC Daily’s continuing education courses: “Tankless Water Heating Solutions” and “Cost-Effective Energy Savings with Drain Water Heat Recovery.”


ASPE’s official publication seeks article authors

Plumbing Engineer, the official publication of ASPE, is looking for experts to write technical articles for several upcoming issues. If you are interested in submitting an article on one of the following topics, contact Gretchen Pienta with a brief proposal. The topics are rainwater harvesting, geothermal systems, and commercial piping system design.


Save the date: the next ASPE webinar will be held April 17

New Technologies in Clean Agents,” presented by Todd Stevens of Minimax LLC, will explore advancements in higher pressure Novec 1230 and FM200 systems as well as cutting-edge technologies that will allow for selector valve systems never before done with certain chemical agents.


Registration is open for online solar plumbing systems course

Offered by UCLA Extension, the online course “Solar Thermal Energy Solutions” starts April 4. Taught by Bristol Stickney, Chief Technical Officer of SolarLogic LLC, the course will focus on solar hydronic plumbing systems, solar domestic hot water systems, and solar combisystems.


Public comments on siphonic roof drainage design standard will be accepted until 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.


Network or play golf? Do both with ASPE chapters.

As the weather warms, ASPE chapters are planning exciting new events including golf outings and product shows 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.



Tomorrow is World Water Day

World Water Day is held annually on March 22 to focus attention on the importance of freshwater and to advocate for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. This year’s theme of World Water Day is international water cooperation.


America’s drinking water infrastructure earns a poor grade

In its 2013 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure, the American Society of Civil Engineers graded the nation’s drinking water infrastructure a D based on the hundreds of thousands of water main breaks that occur each year due to aging pipelines and the lack of resources available to repair them. The country’s wastewater and stormwater systems also received a D.


How to make an earthquake-proof pipeline

Researchers from Cornell University and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have discovered how to make water pipe that will bend rather than rupture during an earthquake using medium- and high-density polyethylene (MDPE and HDPE). Based on these findings, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power will commence this fall a project to install a 2.5-mile, 30-foot diameter HDPE pipeline in the Elizabeth Tunnel, which carries Los Angeles aqueduct water across the San Andreas Fault, providing half of LA's water supply. More>>


Industry leaders promote water infrastructure funding

At a recent oversight hearing on water infrastructure financing, representatives from AWWA, U.S. Water Alliance, National Association of Clean Water Agencies, and other organizations testified before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies about the need for federal investment in water infrastructure. You can read their testimony here.


Which city has the most Energy Star-certified buildings?

Last year, Los Angeles retained its top spot on the EPA’s annual list, with 528 Energy Star-certified buildings. In 2012, more than 20,000 Energy Star-certified buildings across the country helped save more than $2.7 billion in utility bills, according to the EPA.


Water overtakes soda as Americans’ top beverage

Since 1998, the average amount of water Americans drink per year has increased 38 percent, from 42 gallons to 58 gallons, while soda has stumbled 17 percent, from 54 gallons to 44 gallons. The increase is attributed to the availability of portable bottled water, but tap water is making a comeback. More>>


Canada’s largest plumbing, HVACR, hydronic, and electrical expo being held April 17–18

Featuring 420 exhibiting companies, a new product showcase, and a free seminar program, MCEE 2013 will be held at Place Bonaventure in Montreal.


Registration for ASHRAE 2013 is open

ASHRAE’s Annual Conference will be held in Denver on June 22–26 and will feature technical education courses and tours and numerous networking opportunities.


New campaign encourages Americans to conserve water

The Alliance for Water Efficiency’s Never Waste campaign is designed to build awareness about the impact of water waste by quantifying the amount of water wasted in our daily lives by comparing it to an everyday object—a water bottle.






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