Input needed on updates to the CPD program
ASPE is updating the Certified in Plumbing Design (CPD) program and needs your suggestions to help 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 to improve the CPD 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.
Central Florida Chapter awards engineering scholarships
ASPE’s Central Florida Chapter is pleased to announce that it has awarded the following scholarships for the 2014 school year at Valencia College in Orlando:
- The ASPE Central Florida, Lloyd Brown/Kendall Kalapp Scholarship ($1,000) was awarded to Jordan Seepersad. Jordan is the first student to receive this award, as this scholarship was fully funded last year thanks to Central Florida Chapter fundraisers such as the Clay Shoot held annually.
- The American Society of Plumbing Engineers-Jim Black Scholarship ($1,000) was awarded to Ashley Swenson.
Both students will be attending an upcoming Chapter meeting to receive their check from the Chapter and the Valencia College Foundation.
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.
Updated version of the National CAD Standard is released
The American Institute of Architects, Construction Specifications Institute, and National Institute of Building Sciences have released Version 6 of the United States National CAD Standard, which includes new major and minor group definitions for “Airports and Plumbing,” an enhanced and improved symbols library, and new guidelines on how to implement the standard for BIM use. More>>
Massachusetts governor signs law promoting renewable energy sources in building systems
Starting January 1, 2015, The Renewable Thermal Energy Act (S. 2214) will provide financial incentives for several thermal renewable energy heating and cooling alternatives, including geothermal and air-source heat pumps, solar heating, and biofuels.
90% of proposed NYC buildings fail basic energy code test
According to a New York City Department of Building’s audit of more than 1,200 architectural plans for new and renovated office and residential buildings, nine out of 10 failed to meet the 30-year-old energy code. The audits are part of the city’s plan to cut carbon emissions by 30% by 2030. More>>
PFCs in local Delaware water supplies blamed on firefighting foams
Toxic contamination found last month in all three city of New Castle, Delaware public water wells is thought to be linked to the use of firefighting foams at a nearby Air National Guard Base. Air Force fire training areas around the country also might have released PFCs into local waterways according to a defense agency briefing document issued last November. More>>
London “super sewer” gets go-ahead
The Thames Tideway Tunnel under London will upgrade a drainage system dating back to the Victorian era to cope with at least 30 million tons of raw sewage that spills into the waterway each year. It is 15 miles long and 24 feet in diameter. More>>
Canadian construction codes are open for public review
The Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes seeks input 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 for Buildings. Comments will be accepted until October 31, 2014. More>>
Water utilities support $524 billion in economic activity
This figure is based on the planned operating and capital investments of 30 public water utilities, which also will support roughly 289,000 permanent jobs, according to the National Economic and Labor Impacts of the Water Utility Sector research project by the Water Environment Research Foundation and the Water Research Foundation.
New innovation centers to improve the nation’s drinking water
The U.S. EPA is building two national centers for research into advanced, low-cost methods to reduce, control, and eliminate water contaminants in small to medium-sized drinking water systems. More>>
Vote on the country’s best restroom
The finalists for Cintas’ America’s Best Restroom Contest include a restroom shaped like a toilet and one in which a waterfall feeds the sinks. Votes on the best restroom will be accepted until October 31 here.