Vol. 6, No. 15, July 25, 2013



What will you learn at the 2013 ASPE Technical Symposium?


If you want to know more about the professional development opportunities that will be offered at the 2013 ASPE Technical Symposium to help plan your trip or get your employer's approval, now you can find technical session descriptions and speaker bios at aspe.org/2013techsessiondescriptions.


The 2013 ASPE Technical Symposium, being held September 19-22 in Orlando, offers technical education sessions for plumbing industry professionals at all career stages. You can follow one of the five education tracks-Plumbing System Design 101, Sustainable Design, Healthcare Design, Advanced Plumbing Design, and BIM-or mix and match classes from different tracks to create your own unique professional development experience.


Don't forget to register by August 19 to get the early bird rate!

Exciting new exhibitors join the 2013 Technical Symposium Product Show

Join your peers and favorite manufacturers on Thursday, September 19, from 5-8 p.m. at the Buena Vista Palace Hotel in Orlando to learn about new plumbing products, services, and initiatives from 2013 Technical Symposium sponsors and ASPE partners. The list of exhibitors keeps growing, so check aspe.org/2013techproductshow often to see which companies will be participating.


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

At this "Introduction to Sanitary Hospitals" webinar, presenter James Dipping, PE, CPD, LEED AP, will explain how to design plumbing systems that help minimize the risk of infection, as well as maintenance, repair, and hospital shutdown. Also, the webinar will introduce specialized systems-including dialysis, clean steam and reverse osmosis, and testing and pathology labs-in which plumbing plays a vital role in maintaining hospital operations.


ASPE Young Engineers announces a new networking event

Attention young engineers: Do you want to meet new contacts, learn how to advance in the industry, and become a strong voice for the profession? ASPE Young Engineers (AYE) is holding several special social events across the country just for ASPE members 35 years old and younger. Join us in Eagan, Minnesota on August 15 to mingle with your peers, make new friends, enjoy some food and drink, and learn how to advance in your career.


If you can't make it this event, check out our webpage to find out how to stay connected with AYE.


Technical article authors sought for Plumbing Engineer magazine

ASPE's official publication, Plumbing Engineer, seeks articles on the following topics for several upcoming issues: emergency fixtures, scald protection, high-rise building design, commercial restroom design, backflow prevention, and water conservation. To propose an article, contact Director of Publications Gretchen Pienta.


Rainwater harvesting standard revisions available for public review

Several changes made to the draft ARCSA/ASPE 63: Rainwater Catchment Systems standard are available for public review at aspe.org/publicreview. The revisions were made in response to comments received during the second full public review, and only the changes noted are available for comment at this time. Comments will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. CDT on August 23, 2013.


Online plumbing design courses start this September

ASPE and UCLA Extension are offering several new online plumbing design classes this fall: "Code and Engineering Fundamentals," "Solar Thermal Energy Solutions," and "LEED and Green Building Design." For more information or to register, contact ksantos@unex.ucla.edu.


Chapter presidents: have you appointed an AYE liaison?

ASPE Young Engineers (AYE) is looking for your help in recruiting a volunteer to be the AYE liaison for your Chapter and help accomplish the goals set forth by the AYE leaders. The ideal volunteer should meet the AYE criteria and be a current member of ASPE. Click here to learn more.


Chapter officers: stay tuned for information on ASPE's 50th anniversary celebration

The year-long celebration for ASPE's 50th anniversary will begin January 1, 2014, and we need the Chapters' help to make it memorable. In a few weeks Chapter officers will receive a letter from your Region Director about the celebration, and we hope everyone plans on participating in the festivities, which will culminate at the 2014 ASPE Convention & Exposition in Chicago.


Long-time Atlanta Chapter member passes away

Charles L. Barr Jr., who joined ASPE as an Affiliate member in 1977, passed away on July 11 after an extended illness. A self-employed mechanical engineer and a veteran of the U.S. Army, Charlie was a member of ASPE's Atlanta Chapter.


Learn, network, and have fun with ASPE this summer

ASPE chapters across the country are hosting special events to help local plumbing industry professionals network and have fun, including golf tournaments, family picnics, and more. Check out our local events webpage to find out what's happening in your area.


Recent heat wave exposes U.S. water infrastructure weaknesses

After a potential crisis involving a water main break in Prince George's County, Maryland was averted, experts warned that many of the nation's water systems also are in danger of breaking down during severe weather, reports The Washington Post.


President asked to make water a national priority

Last week, the Committee for an American Clean Energy Agenda submitted a draft executive order to the White House, asking the President to conduct a national water census and create a U.S. water budget among other objectives.


New Connecticut legislation removes barriers to water conservation

Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy recently signed Substitute Senate Bill No. 807, which includes several ways for public utilities to encourage conservation such as the use of metering to provide timely pricing for customers and allow for alternative rate designs that reduce water loss.


Court forces California to develop hexavalent chromium standard

According to a recent California Superior Court of Alameda ruling, the California Department of Public Health must propose standards for permissible levels of chromium-6, a potential carcinogen, in drinking water by the end of August. More>>


EU retailers to begin labeling bathroom fixtures

Numerous European retailers, merchants, and manufacturers have agreed to start labeling plumbing products for sale with the Water Label to help consumers identify the water efficiency of bathroom faucets, showers, toilets, and baths.


Britons could save $330 million by taking shorter showers

The largest review of domestic water use in the United Kingdom has found that showering consumes 25 percent of daily water use, but by cutting one minute off the average 7.5-minute shower time, Britons could save nearly $330 million annually on energy bills.


Can a urinal save water and encourage men to wash their hands?

A Latvian designer has created a new urinal called Stand that includes a built-in faucet and sink. The water running through the faucet also is used to flush the urinal, and the designer hopes the proximity of the two fixtures will remind users to wash their hands.


Report identifies knowledge gaps in waterborne pathogen control methods

Current engineering methods to control opportunistic pathogens in premise plumbing are discussed and future research needs are identified in this new Water Research Foundation report.


DOE seeks comments on showerhead test procedures

The U.S. Department of Energy seeks written comments and also will hold a public meeting on July 30 to discuss a proposed test method for verifying the amount of force required to remove the flow control insert of showerheads. Information on how to submit comments can be found here


IAPMO releases UPC and UMC study guides

The guides help users of the Uniform Plumbing Code and Uniform Mechanical Code better understand the requirements mandated by each code using multiple-choice questions covering key sections, especially focusing on substantive differences between the 2009 and 2012 editions of each code. More>>


Commercial building energy audit course offered by ASHRAE

Commercial Building Energy Audits on November 4 and 6 will explain the materials needed to perform ASHRAE Level 1, 2, and 3 audits, what to ask for in a comprehensive audit report, how to build an energy-efficiency retrofit team, site visit tips, and other tools.


New high-rise design handbook offered by ICC and SFPE

Engineering Guide: Fire Safety for Very Tall Buildings provides a performance-based methodology to address multiple fire safety issues and offers an integrated approach to the design of fire safety in high-rise buildings. More>>


Early bird deadline for ARCSA national conference is August 15

ARCSA's 2013 conference, "Rainwater-The 'Alternate' Water Source," is co-sponsored by the Irrigation Association and will be held November 4-8 in Austin, Texas.


Boulware to be honored at ARCSA national conference

E. W. Bob Boulware, PE, ARCSA AP, will be inducted into the Rainwater Catchment Hall of Fame this November for his work promoting rainwater harvesting. His recent book, Alternative Water Sources and Waste Management Systems, is being sold internationally in response to the growing recognition of water shortages. He also was the principal writer of the ARCSA/ASPE 63: Rainwater Catchment Systems standard.






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