Vol. 6, No. 18, September 5, 2013




Entrance to the 2013 Technical Symposium Product Show is FREE!

If you will be in the Orlando, Florida area on Thursday, September 19, join your peers from 5-8 p.m. at the Buena Vista Palace Hotel for a unique chance to get one-on-one face time with the manufacturers who make the products you specify. Product engineers will be available to answer your questions, listen to your concerns, and explain how to apply their products in your designs. Grab a drink and get a bite to eat at this engaging event 

Special archived webinar opportunity available this month for ASPE members

ASPE members can view “Wastewater Reuse Technically Speaking: Water, Design, and Cost Analysis” for just $35 through September 30. This one-hour archived webinar provides technical insight into the world of wastewater reuse, including a discussion of the many steps required to successfully design a graywater or blackwater reuse scheme. Just visit the webinar page and select the second option (first-time viewing) to take advantage of this opportunity.

ASPE seeks technical how-to articles on water reuse system design

If you are skilled at designing rainwater, stormwater, graywater, or blackwater harvesting systems for commercial or multifamily buildings, you should consider sharing your expertise with your peers by writing a technical article. If you are interested in contributing, contact Gretchen Pienta for more information. 

Lubrizol renews as an ASPE CEU Provider

In the upcoming year, Lubrizol is eligible to provide ASPE CEU credits for its professional development courses “The Science of Solvent Welding,” “Value Engineering with CPVC Water Distribution Systems,” “CPVC Fire Sprinkler Systems,” “Introduction to CPVC Piping Systems,” and “Understanding the Differences Between Plastic Piping Systems.” ASPE CEUs are used by Certified in Plumbing Design (CPD) professionals to fulfill the program’s recertification requirements. Want to know how your company can become an approved ASPE CEU Provider? Click here or contact Pam Rosenberg for more information.

Online plumbing design course starts September 26

Code and Engineering Fundamentals,” offered by ASPE and UCLA Extension and taught by Haig Demergian, PE, CPD, FASPE, will be held online from September 26 to December 19. This is a required course in the Plumbing Systems Design Sequential Certificate Program offered by UCLA Extension. 

Chapters: please appoint a liaison to the 50th Anniversary Committee

ASPE requests each chapter to designate a chapter member to be the liaison to the national 50th Anniversary Committee. The person will receive communication from the committee and will be responsible for coordinating requests with the rest of the chapter. Send the individual’s name and contact information to Gretchen Pienta. (If no individual is appointed, the chapter president will be the contact.) 

Earl Ellrod, Connecticut Chapter president, passes away

Earl A. Ellrod III, an ASPE member since 1998, served as president of the Connecticut Chapter for more than seven years, as well as chapter historian, education chair, and fundraising chair. He was a charter member of the chapter, which was established on June 28, 2000, and was instrumental in the growth and prosperity of the chapter.

Kick off fall with ASPE

September is packed with ASPE chapter events designed to help local plumbing industry professionals learn more about the industry, brush up on design skills, network, and have fun. Check out our local events webpage to find out what’s happening in your area.

Experts debate global water issues during World Water Week

Hundreds of organizations and individuals are convening in Stockholm this week to discuss how to use scarce water supplies in smarter ways. The theme of this year’s event is “Water Cooperation-Building Partnerships,” and you can watch many of the sessions and find out what’s being debated at the World Water Week website

Providing water services to the world’s poor offers an untapped market potential

The public sector alone cannot meet the challenge of providing water and sanitation for the millions worldwide who lack access to these services, offering an enormous opportunity for private firms to create profitable, sustainable businesses, finds a new study by the World Bank’s Water and Sanitation Program and the International Finance Corporation.

DOE invests millions to develop heating and cooling innovations

One of the nine R&D projects that received funds from the U.S. Department of Energy will commercialize a natural gas air-conditioner and heat pump that claims up to 200 percent efficiency improvements for space heating and 150 percent efficiency improvements for water heating and space cooling. Another will develop an oil-free heat pump to eliminate the use of hydrofluorocarbons in refrigerant systems, which could support 50 percent energy savings for commercial building heating and cooling.

IAPMO awarded $296K to increase exports of plumbing supplies

The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials will receive $296,062 from the International Trade Administration’s Market Development Cooperator Program to increase the competitiveness of the U.S. plumbing supplies industry abroad by generating exports to Indonesia.

Ontario adopts low-lead plumbing fittings standards

The Ontario Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing recently adopted amendments to the Ontario Building Code, effective January 1, 2014, that reference the 2012 editions of ASME A112.18.1/CSA B125.1: Plumbing Supply Fittings and CSA B125.3: Plumbing Fittings, which address lower lead content in plumbing fittings.

Presentations sought for new building simulation conference

The 2014 ASHRAE/IBPSA-USA Building Simulation Conference, being held September 10-12, 2014 in Atlanta, will address best practices in energy modeling and building performance simulation. Presentation proposals will be accepted until November 4. 

IAPMO R&T launches Canada-only certification program

The new program is a streamlined, lower-cost version of IAPMO R&T’s original service and offers certification of products solely for the Canadian market. More>>

Shabbir Rawalpindiwala receives 2013 Joseph K. Seidner Award

Shabbir Rawalpindiwala, Manager of Codes & Standards, Engineering & Plumbing for Kohler Ltd., was recognized for his outstanding contributions to Canadian plumbing codes and standards. The award is bestowed by the Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating to acknowledge the outstanding commitment of plumbing industry volunteers who dedicate their time, knowledge, and expertise in developing safer plumbing codes and standards. 





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