ASPE announces Bradford White as our newest Affiliate Sponsor
Bradford White, one of the most technologically advanced manufacturers of water heating, space heating, combination heating, and water storage products in the world, recently joined ASPE’s Affiliate Sponsorship program to increase visibility of its products and services and show its support of the plumbing engineering community. ASPE Affiliate Sponsors gain year-round recognition via various media and at ASPE events. To learn more, click here or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
ASPE executive director/CEO appointed co-chair of energy-efficiency committee
Jim Kendzel, MPH, CAE, has been appointed a Chapter Co-Chair for the second phase of the American National Standards Institute’s Energy Efficiency Standardization Coordination Collaborative (EESCC). During the first phase, the EESCC developed and published the Standardization Roadmap: Energy Efficiency in the Built Environment, and Phase Two will build on that effort by accelerating the development of needed standardization activities. More>>
Input needed on updates to the CPD program
ASPE is revising the Certified in Plumbing Design (CPD) program and needs your help to validate, supplement, or change the task and knowledge determinations of the CPD Working Group. Please take this brief survey to provide your input on how best to update the CPD certification exam.
UCLA Extension’s Advanced Plumbing Systems Design courses start September 29
Registration is open for fall courses in UCLA Extension’s Advanced Plumbing Systems Design certificate program, which is sponsored by ASPE. This fall the following courses will be offered: "Plumbing Systems I: Code and Engineering Fundamentals," "Plumbing Systems II: Advanced Engineering Systems," "Fire Protection for Plumbing Engineering," "Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design," and "Electrical Design and Construction."
Learn, network, and have fun with ASPE Chapters
ASPE Chapters are hosting plumbing design classes, golf outings, and other events to help local professionals make new contacts and learn more about the industry. Go to aspe.org/chapterevents to find out what’s happening in your area.
International water industry professionals celebrate World Water Week 2014
Held annually in Stockholm, World Water Week provides a forum for individuals and organizations to discuss the most challenging problems facing the global water industry. This year’s theme is “Energy and Water,” and this week participants are examining ongoing and future work and collaboration between the energy and water communities. At the World Water Week website you can find live video from Stockholm, news, photos, and more about the event.
NCEES votes to remove master’s degree requirement from engineering licensure rules
The additional education requirement in NCEES’ best-practice models for state licensure laws and rules, which called for an engineering licensure candidate to obtain a master’s degree or its equivalent before initial licensure, was intended to go into effect in 2020. However, 2014 NCEES annual meeting delegates voted to remove the requirement and instead develop an official NCEES position statement that supports additional engineering education beyond a bachelor’s degree. More>>
How to reduce water scarcity in 35 years
Researchers from McGill and Utrecht Universities have identified six strategies that can be used in combination to effectively reduce water stress around the world by 2050, yet the researchers acknowledge that economic, cultural, and social factors may make some of the measures difficult to implement in certain areas. More>>
Substantial retirement exodus of building code officials predicted by 2020
More than 80 percent of code officials who participated in a recent NIBS/ICC survey expect to retire within the next 15 years, and more than 30 percent plan to do so within five years, exposing a significant gap in building safety if new recruitment measures are not implemented. More>>
Global interest in solar water heating quietly increases
The market for solar collectors grew almost 10 percent from 2011 to 2012, with Cyprus, Austria, Israel, and Barbados leading the way in terms of per capital installation of solar water-heating units, according to an article in The New York Times, which examines the results of recent reports by the International Energy Agency and the International Renewable Energy Agency.
When was the first flush toilet created? Find out in PMI’s new history of plumbing timeline
This infographic from Plumbing Manufacturers International contains interesting tidbits such as the origin of the nickname “John” for the toilet and the first city to install a city water tower.
Participation sought to develop a new standard for plumbing fixture replacement technicians
Home Innovation Research Labs, in its capacity as an ANSI-approved standard developer, has initiated the development of a professional qualifications standard for plumbing fixture replacement technicians and is looking for individuals to join the consensus committee. The application to join the committee can be found here, and the deadline to apply is September 15.
ACC and USGBC join forces to enhance LEED
This new initiative will take advantage of the scientific know-how of the American Chemistry Council to incorporate state-of-the-art safety, sustainability, and life cycle-based approaches in LEED. More>>
SFPE Conference and Expo being held October 12-17
Registration is open for the Society of Fire Protection Engineers’ annual conference being held in Long Beach, California. Technical education sessions will discuss sprinkler system design and hydraulic calculations among other topics.