Vol. 6, No. 7, April 4, 2013



ASPE and IAPMO announce two new design workshops in Philadelphia

Want to learn new design techniques while earning CEUs and making new contacts? ASPE and IAPMO are joining forces to bring two one-day design seminars to the Philadelphia area: “High-Performance Hot Water Design” on May 21 and “Nonpotable Water Reclaim System Design” on May 22 at the Clarion Hotel & Conference Center in Essington, Pennsylvania. One- and two-day registrations are available, including breakfast, lunch, and 7.5 PDHs each day. You can learn more about these exciting new workshops and register here.


Learn about new clean agent technologies during the next ASPE webinar

On April 17 at 2 p.m. EDT, Todd Stevens of Minimax LLC will discuss 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. Register today.


Special offer for nonmembers: If you join ASPE, we will waive the $129.95 registration fee for this webinar! Learn how here.

Join ASPE and ARCSA for a rainwater harvesting workshop in Boston this June

The 200-level Rainwater Harvesting Course is required for those pursuing the ARCSA AP designation, but anyone seeking to enhance their understanding of rainwater catchment system design also should attend. The two-day workshop being held June 4–5 will provide an in-depth review of commercial rainwater harvesting design and installation, including outdoor and in-home rainwater reuse; sanitation practices for potable uses; rules, regulations, guidelines, and restrictions; site and installation safety; and system construction and maintenance.


Young engineers: network, learn, and have fun with AYE

ASPE Young Engineers (AYE) is planning exciting new networking and educational opportunities exclusively for those who are just starting out in the industry. Join our ASPE Young Engineers subgroup on LinkedIn or visit our webpage today to stay up to date on industry trends and grow your career.


ASPE seeks comments on draft rainwater standard

ARCSA/ASPE 63: Rainwater Catchment Systems is being developed by a joint effort of the American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association and the American Society of Plumbing Engineers, with sponsorship support from the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials and NSF International. Comments will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. CST on May 3, 2013. The draft and comment form can be found here.


Registration for the 2013 ASPE Technical Symposium opens next month

This year ASPE will offer several exciting new opportunities for plumbing engineers and designers during the 2013 ASPE Technical Symposium being held September 19–22 in Orlando, Florida. Stay tuned for more information and get ready to register in May.



Have fun this spring 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.



Construction spending forecast to increase in 2013

After steadily increasing by 20 percent since 2011, total spending on all types of construction is expected to continue growing this year, and construction gained 150,000 new jobs from October 2012 through February 2013, rivaling the all-time highest jobs growth rate, according to Construction Economics. More>> (Link includes a free download to the full report.)


America’s rivers are stressed out

Due to phosphorus and nitrogen pollution, acidification, and other biological stressors, 55 percent of the streams and rivers in the United States are in poor condition, according to a report recently released by the U.S. EPA.


U.S. Senate committee approves WIFIA

The Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Authority would make low-interest federal loans available to address large water infrastructure projects across the United States. More>>


Comments sought on proposed addenda to energy standard

ASHRAE will accept comments on the 26 proposed addenda to ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2010: Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings until April 21. More>>


Does energy labeling lead to reduced energy use?

In response to mandatory energy labeling programs being implemented in cities across the United States, Building Owners and Managers Association International and the Greater Boston Real Estate Board co-sponsored a study that found no empirical evidence that these mandates have any effect on energy use.


96 percent of Australians actively conserve water at home

The water-saving activities include taking shorter showers, buying water-efficient appliances and fixtures, and changing irrigation habits, according to an annual survey conducted by Smart WaterMark. While rainwater harvesting practices have steadily increased since 2006, graywater recycling has decreased.


Registration for WEFTEC 2013 is open

The Water Environment Federation’s 86th Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference will be held October 5–9 in Chicago, and the technical program will focus on resource recovery, energy management, wastewater treatment design, water reclamation and reuse, desalination, disinfection, and public health, among other topics.


Purdue seeks input on BIM

The Department of Building Construction Management at Purdue University is conducting a study to test the reliability and validity of a proposed framework for measuring BIMM (BIM Maturity), or the extent to which BIM is explicitly defined, managed, integrated, and optimized throughout an AEC project. The survey should take no more than 15 minutes.


Canadian water-efficiency conference opens call for papers

The Canadian Energy and Water Efficiency Conference will be held October 16–18 in Calgary, Alberta, and abstracts on proposed presentations will be accepted until April 30.







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