Vol. 6, No. 21, October 17, 2013


Check out ASPE’s redesigned website at ASPE.org
The redesigned and reconfigured ASPE.org features an enhanced user experience to make locating important information quick and easy. Members: be sure to log on to take advantage of new features and areas for members only. Nonmembers: feel free to peruse the site to learn about the benefits of ASPE membership and find plumbing industry news and events.

ASPE members: to renew your membership online, you now must log in with your user name and password. Just click on the green box in the upper right corner. Forgot your password? You now can request a new password immediately online.

Next week: ASPE’s 2013 Webinar Series continues with the ABCs of graywater recovery and reuse 
On Wednesday, October 23 at 2 p.m. EDT, this one-hour webinar will discuss potential applications for recovered graywater, treatment technologies, system design details, current regulations, and NSF testing protocols. From the comfort of your home or office computer, join us to earn one contact hour of continuing education while learning about a popular sustainable design technique.

Special offer for nonmembers: if you join ASPE and register for the ABCs of graywater recovery and reuse webinar, we will waive the webinar registration fee! Learn how here.

AYP announces two FREE networking events for young professionals in California
ASPE Young Professionals will host free networking events in Los Angeles on January 28 and Tustin, California on January 31. Kick back after work with other up-and-coming plumbing industry professionals to make new contacts, share your experiences, and possibly find new career opportunities. 

ASPE’s regional workshop tour heads to California this January
Just announced! Intermediate Plumbing Design Workshop in Los Angeles on January 28: This half-day seminar is for advanced plumbing designers who want to learn more details about commercial kitchen design, including natural gas, sanitary waste and vent, storm drainage, and domestic water systems, fixtures, and equipment. Learn more and register at aspe.org/IntermediateWorkshop.

Get hands-on with Revit: on January 30 in Santa Ana, California, this instructor-led workshop will take participants step by step through the creation, layout, and editing of HVAC ductwork, mechanical piping, and domestic piping, including sloped sanitary requirements. Registration includes lunch and 7.5 contact hours of continuing education. Space is limited to 50 participants, so register at aspe.org/revitmepworkshop now. 

Need help sending your engineering whiz kid to college?
ASPE’s Alfred Steele Scholarship awards up to $3,000 per year to qualified applicants, but the deadline to apply is January 31, so you have to act fast. You can learn more at aspe.org/SteeleScholarship, or contact ASPE Membership Coordinator Jinnie Yoo for more information.

Deadline to nominate an ASPE member for the College of Fellows is January 31
The Kenneth G. Wentink College of Fellows honors ASPE members who have made significant and exceptional contributions to the plumbing engineering profession, the Society, and the plumbing industry. Visit aspe.org/fellows or contact Jinnie Yoo for more information on how to nominate a member for this lifetime honor.

ASPE members: the fourth-quarter 2013 ASPE Board Report is available
Find out what the ASPE Board of Directors has been up to in their quarterly newsletter. (ASPE member log-in required.)

Chapter presidents: check your inbox for the ASPE chapter history questionnaire
On Monday morning, all chapter presidents or the designated chapter 50th Anniversary liaison were e-mailed a chapter history questionnaire. Please work with your chapter members to complete the questionnaire by January 24, 2014 to be included in ASPE’s yearbook, which will be available at the 2014 ASPE Convention & Exposition in Chicago to help celebrate ASPE’s 50th Anniversary. For more information, contact Director of Publications Gretchen Pienta.

Chapters sought to revise two ASPE publications
Want help sending chapter members to the 2014 ASPE Convention & Exposition? If your chapter agrees to revise either Practical Plumbing Engineering or Plumbing Technology by next August, your chapter will receive 10 discounted registrations to the event! Contact Gretchen Pienta for more information.

The new trend in green roofs: blue roofs
One of the country’s first integrated green and blue roofs was recently installed on top the nonprofit Osborne Association’s headquarters in the South Bronx. The roof will manage more than 100,000 gallons of stormwater runoff each year by combining “blue” detention trays that slow the flow of stormwater into the sewer system and “green” trays that contain soil and vegetation to absorb rainwater and improve air quality.

What happens when energy and water collide?
Water shortages across the country are increasingly affecting energy utilities' ability to provide electricity since the majority of power plants use water to create steam and cool their systems. Unless energy companies reduce their reliance on water by implementing new technologies, they run the risk of becoming obsolete, says a new analysis by the Union of Concerned Scientists.

New guidelines will set standards for energy-related building workforce credentialing
The National Institute of Building Sciences and the U.S. Department of Energy are partnering to develop the Better Buildings Workforce Guidelines to address commercial building workforce training and certification programs for five energy-related jobs: energy auditor, commissioning professional, building/stationary engineer, facility manager, and energy manager. ASPE has joined the initiative and plans to be an active participant in the process.

ICC seeks plumbing engineers for PMG committee
The International Code Council is looking for plumbing engineers to serve on its Plumbing, Mechanical, and Fuel Gas Code Action Committee. The responsibilities of committee members and the application are located here (scroll to bottom of page). The deadline to apply is October 21.

Comments sought on changes to Canadian model construction codes
The Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes is accepting comments on proposed changes to the National Building Code of Canada, National Fire Code of Canada, National Plumbing Code of Canada, and National Energy Code of Canada until December 13. You can find the proposed changes and information on commenting here.

Free webinar on Legionella prevention strategies being held October 22
At 11 a.m. EDT, this free one-hour webinar will discuss Legionella prevention options in light of current and pending guidelines and standards and discuss conflicts regarding water temperature and Legionella. Space is limited, and registration is required at hcinfo.com.

Registration is open for ASHRAE's Winter Conference and the AHR Expo in NYC
ASHRAE’s 2014 Winter Conference will take place January 18-22 at the New York Hilton, and the International Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigerating Expo will be held in conjunction with the Winter Conference, from January 21-23, at the Javits Convention Center.

Share your perspective on the value of BIM standards
The National Institute of Building Sciences’ buildingSMART alliance seeks input on the National BIM Standard-United States via an online survey that should take no more than 10 minutes to complete. Feedback will be accepted until November 15.

WPC announces scholarship recipient
Lennox Shade, Senior Plumbing Instructor at the National Youth Development and Apprenticeship Center in Trinidad, was awarded the 2013 World Plumbing Council Education and Training Scholarship to study vocational craft training in Germany.

Add these new books on water to your fall reading list
The New York Times recently reviewed four books on humans’ relationship with water: Drinking Water, Thirst, Empire of Water, and Taking on Water.




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