Vol. 7, No. 15, July 24, 2014


2014 ASPE Convention and Exposition deadlines are approaching!
The early bird rate to attend the 2014 ASPE Convention and Exposition ends August 16, so don’t delay any longer to save on your registration to the plumbing industry’s biggest event this year, being held September 20-24 in Chicago. Register here today! To get one of the excellent hotel rates ASPE has negotiated for our attendees, book your hotel room by August 22.

Take advantage of one of these discounts to save even more on your 2014 ASPE Convention registration
First-timers receive 50% off the registration fee. If you’ve never been to an ASPE Convention and Exposition, now is the perfect time to reap the benefits of this money-saving offer. (Email skidd@aspe.org for the discount code.)
Coworkers who register together can save up to $100. If two to four members of the same firm register together, each gets $70 off the registration fee. If five or more register together, the savings increase to $100.
Bring your boss for free. If a principal in your company has never attended an ASPE Convention and Exposition, you can sign them up for a complimentary registration, which includes the Exposition, Sunday Night Party, and education sessions.
Attend one day for less. If you want to earn CEUs at the technical education sessions on either Tuesday or Wednesday, you can sign up for a cost-effective single-day pass.
2013 Technical Symposium attendees receive 30% off. Those who attended the 2013 ASPE Technical Symposium get 30% off a 2014 Convention and Exposition registration. (Email skidd@aspe.org for the discount code.)
Register here!

Check it out: New Product Innovation Showcase lineup announced
During the 2014 ASPE Exposition on September 22-23, industry manufacturers will be demonstrating their latest technologies at the New Product Innovation Showcase, located in the ASPE Pavilion. We invite all Exposition attendees to participate in these 15-minute presentations to learn how to use the hottest new plumbing system products in your designs. Remember: entrance to the Exposition is FREE. Register here today.

ASPE Team USA member speaks to Wood TV about the Water Innovation Challenge
Judith Torres, a member of Team USA, which won the Water Innovation Challenge in Singapore last month, recently appeared on eightWest, a local daily lifestyle show on Wood TV8, covering West Michigan. You can view the interview here

One week remains to buy ad space in ASPE’s most popular handbook
Plumbing Engineering Design Handbook, Volume 2: Plumbing Systems covers topics such as domestic water heating systems, water treatment, water reuse systems, and cold water systems and will be a constantly referenced resource for plumbing engineers until the next version is published in 2018. To advertise in this volume, fill out the contract located here by July 31.

Learn how to properly support piping during ASPE’s August 6 webinar
An Introduction to Pipe Hangers and Supports will help participants recognize the value and importance of disallowing field-devised methods, identify the ideal piping support and restraint options for various applications, and understand the requirements for no-hub pipe and fitting restraints. Once again ASPE is offering a special deal for nonmembers for this webinar: just sign up for ASPE membership, and you can attend this webinar for free.



How can you become a GPD this September?
Your next chance to take the Green Plumbing Design workshop and earn your GPD designation will be September 18-19 in Chicago, prior to the 2014 ASPE Convention and Exposition. Sponsored by ASPE and IAPMO, the GPD certificate denotes professionals with a high level of experience and training in sustainable practices. Engineers and designers who hold either the CPD certification and/or a PE license are eligible to take this workshop.

Virtual 2014 ASPE Convention offers education and CEUs from the comfort of your home or office
If you can’t make it to Chicago for the 2014 ASPE Convention and Exposition this September, ASPE is offering a virtual option to attend five of the technical education and professional development seminars that make the ASPE Convention and Exposition a can’t miss event for plumbing engineers and designers seeking to enhance their careers. Each of the seminars will be streamed live from Chicago and will offer CEUs.

Got talent? 
ASPE is looking for a singing talent to perform the National Anthem during the ASPE Business Meeting on Saturday, September 20. If you are interested, send a sample recording via email to skidd@aspe.org or mail to ASPE, Attn: Stacey A. Kidd, 6400 Shafer Court, Suite 350, Rosemont, IL 60018.

Start the conversation by writing for ASPE Journal
ASPE’s newest member benefit, ASPE Journal, contains thought-provoking articles on technical topics of interest to plumbing engineers. If you would like to contribute an article and start a new conversation among your peers, contact gpienta@aspe.org.

2014-2016 Board of Directors candidates announced
At the 2014 ASPE Business Meeting on September 20-21 in Chicago, Chapter delegates will elect the members of the 2014-2016 ASPE Board of Directors. To find out who has submitted an application and learn about their credentials for office, go to aspe.org/2014BODcandidates, and then consult with your Chapter’s delegates before they leave for Chicago.

End summer on a high note with ASPE Chapters
You still have time to play golf, go fishing, and attend a product fair with local ASPE Chapters this summer. To find out what’s happening in your area, go to aspe.org/chapterevents.

Prove your chapter is the best by winning the 50th Anniversary Chapter Trivia Contest 
Go to aspe.org/50_triviacontest for rules and to download the answer sheet. Only one answer sheet per chapter will be accepted!
July 24 question: Who was the first ASPE historian?


Construction starts surged 34% last month
Nonresidential construction starts in June were the highest recorded in one month since 2008, totaling $32 billion, according to Reed Construction Data. Water/sewage construction increased 40% during June, a 28% increase over June 2013. More>>

In related news, in 2013 the commercial real estate development industry grew at the strongest pace since the economic recovery began in 2011, and growth will continue to rise for the remainder of 2014 and into 2015, with year-over-year growth expected in the range of 8-15%, according to a report on the state of the industry by the NAIOP Research Foundation

2014 looks to be another strong year for A/E firm mergers and acquisitions
In the first half of 2014, 101 sales of U.S.-based architecture and engineering firms were recorded, roughly matching the number of sales in the first half of 2013. Texas experienced the most activity, and megadeals, such as AECOM’s recent acquisition of URS, dominated the market. More>>

Water Resources Research Act turns 50
Signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson on July 17, 1964, this law established a Water Resources Research Institute that provides grants for research that addresses water problems or expands the understanding of water and water-related phenomena. More>>

U.S. lags behind other world leaders in energy efficiency
Of the world’s 16 largest economies, the United States ranks 13th in energy efficiency, according to the International Energy Efficiency Scorecard. Germany takes the top spot, while at the other end, Russia, Brazil, and Mexico ranked lower than the U.S.

Ban on federal funding of low-flow toilets passes House
An amendment to the 2015 Energy and Water Appropriations Act (H.R. 4923) that would prevent the use of federal funding from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, EPA, and DOE to finance toilet retrofit programs unanimously passed the U.S. House of Representatives last week. More>>

Court rules that architects can be sued for design defects
The California Supreme Court recently unanimously ruled that a condominium homeowners association could sue the principal architects for negligent design, which the plaintiffs claimed led to several defects including water infiltration, structural cracks, and overheating. More>>

Federal task force aims to define net-zero energy
The General Services Administration's Net-Zero Energy Task Group is drafting definitions to help guide the construction and operation of these buildings and has decided on a preliminary definition that distinguishes between two different types of net-zero energy buildings. More>>

New tool can help communities mitigate flooding
The EPA’s Flood Resilience Checklist offers strategies that communities can consider to prepare for, deal with, and recover from floods, such as conserving land in flood-prone areas, directing new development to safer areas, and using green infrastructure approaches like rain gardens to manage stormwater. 

ASHRAE issues call for papers for its 2015 conference
ASHRAE’s 2015 Annual Conference in Atlanta on June 27-July 1, 2015 will focus on the design, construction, and operation of high-performance buildings. Presentation proposals will be accepted until September 22. More>>

ANSI seeks participants to help develop international energy standards
U.S. stakeholders are encouraged to participate in the development of standards under ISO Technical Committee 163: Thermal Performance and Energy Use in the Built Environment and its subcommittees. Information on joining the U.S. Technical Advisory Groups assigned to these committees can be found here.

New ICC manual details special inspection methods
Special Inspection Manual outlines the responsibilities of the special inspector, building official, project owner, engineer or architect of record, and contractor in a special inspection program, which provides specialized oversight and inspection during construction. More>>



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