Vol. 8, No. 4, February 19, 2015

ASPE joins CSA Group’s Communities of Interest
In our continuing effort to exchange information affecting the plumbing products industries in North America, ASPE is excited to announce the creation of the ASPE and CSA Plumbing Communities on CSA Group’s Communities of Interest networking site. The Communities are dedicated online resources where you can discover new ideas and connect with other plumbing industry stakeholders in the United States and Canada to demonstrate your technical expertise, share your experiences, and access the incredible depth of knowledge of fellow community members. Within each of the Communities, you will find open discussion forums, valuable information on industry projects, links to regulatory authorities, opportunities to participate in standards-related activities, and much more. Just sign up to start participating today!

Members: the newest edition of ASPE Journal is now available
The February 2015 edition of ASPE’s members-only publication features articles on wet venting, loop distribution for high-purity water systems, and legislative updates from around the industry. (Member login required.)

New ASPE standards open for public review next week
The newest joint efforts by the American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association (ARCSA) and ASPE, ARCSA/ASPE 78: Stormwater Harvesting System Design for Direct End-Use Applications, and the Water Quality Association and ASPE, WQA/ASPE 1201: Electrochemical Drinking Water Treatment Systems, will open for public comment here on February 27, 2015. Comments will be accepted until April 13, 2015.

Booster pumping system experts needed
ASPE is looking for a few individuals to help update a chapter on booster pumping systems in the Advanced Plumbing Technology handbook. Volunteers will be asked to contribute nonproprietary material as well as review material contributed by others. Engineers, designers, and manufacturer reps are encouraged to participate in this project, which is anticipated to take two months. Contact gpienta@aspe.org for more information.

2015 ASPE Technical Symposium presentation proposals are due March 1
You don’t have much more time to propose a technical education session for the 2015 ASPE Technical Symposium being held in St. Louis on October 1-4. Click here to submit your idea for a 75-minute to 3.5-hour session on an innovative plumbing industry topic. Selected presenters will be notified by May 1.



CPD exam registration closes March 12
The Certified in Plumbing Design (CPD) exam is being held at testing sites across the country on April 9 and 10, and a new feature this year will allow candidates to bring up to six reference materials into the testing center. For more information on what will be approved, visit ASPE’s CPD Exam Open-Book FAQs.

Don’t forget to sign up for our CPD Review Webinar Series to help prepare for the exam. Registration for the series closes March 12.

ASPE’s regional workshop tour heads to Milwaukee next month
On World Plumbing Day (March 11), ASPE will host a full-day workshop, Plumbing Engineering for Engineers, which is designed to help plumbing industry professionals learn more about fluid dynamic principles and how they relate to modern plumbing systems. Registration includes lunch and 7.5 hours of continuing education credit.

The full-day, hands-on Revit MEP 2015 workshop on March 12 includes a computer rental, lunch, and 7.5 PDHs. Space is limited, so register soon!

Learn about double-containment piping systems at the next ASPE webinar
On March 25 at 2 p.m. EDT, the newest ASPE webinar, Double-Containment Piping Systems, will explore applications, EPA regulations, material selection, system design, and leak detection methods for these systems. Nonmembers: click here to learn how to attend this webinar for free.

Members: the first-quarter 2015 ASPE Board Report is now available
Find out what’s happening with the new ASPE Board of Directors in the latest edition of the ASPE Board Report. (Member login required.)

ASPE Houston Chapter celebrates its 40th Annual Product Show
The theme of the Houston Chapter’s 40th Annual Product Show is “What’s Your Houston?” to allow exhibitors to express what Houston means to them. The Chapter invites all ASPE members and other industry professionals to this event being held on April 1. You can find more information about this product show and other local ASPE Chapter events at aspe.org/chapterevents.

Chapter leaders: do you need a speaker for an upcoming chapter meeting?
One of ASPE’s partners, the American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association (ARCSA), has numerous speakers available to present sessions on topics relating to rainwater harvesting. To learn more, contact ARCSA’s Regional Representatives Committee Chair, Charlee Myers, at mtnmesa@usa.net or ARCSA’s Executive Director, Heather Kinkade, at info@arcsa.org.

114th Congress to tackle numerous water-related issues
Due to legislation passed last year, such as the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014, and ongoing concerns about water scarcity, this year Congress will consider many water resource development, management, and protection issues regarding infrastructure, drought protection, and water rights, among others, as noted in this summary report by the Congressional Research Service.

Construction industry faces a tight job market for skilled workers
After downsizing approximately 30 percent of its personnel just a few years ago, the national construction industry is struggling to find skilled workers. Among the top trade workers in high demand that are in short supply are pipefitters and plumbers, according to the Craft Labor Recruiting and Retention 2015 Survey Report by FMI.

What was the top state for LEED last year?
With 174 projects encompassing more than 42 million square feet certified in 2014, Illinois took the top spot on a per-capita basis according to the USGBC’s Top 10 States for LEED 2014.

Frankfort tops list of most sustainable cities
While European cities scored high in terms of environmental, economic, and social sustainability, North American cities failed to crack the top 10 in the Sustainable Cities Index from Arcadis and the Center for Economics and Business Research.

Korean researchers discover super-strong, super-cheap steel
Scientists at the at Pohang University of Science and Technology have discovered a new flexible alloy that has the same strength-to-weight ratio as titanium alloys, but at a tenth the cost. More>>

Biomass to be considered as a renewable energy source in green building standard
In response to a proposal to add biomass to the definition of renewable energy systems, the committee responsible for developing ASHRAE/IES/USGBC Standard 189.1: Standard for the Design of High Performance Green Buildings has said it will work on a definition of biomass and requirements on the use of biomass to meet the renewable energy requirements of the standard. More>>

EPA releases stormwater climate change tool
This new feature of the EPA’s Stormwater Management Model allows engineers and planners to evaluate the performance of water infrastructure while considering future climate change projections. More>>

New publication details solar energy code and standards requirements
2015 International Solar Energy Provisions organizes all of the solar thermal and photovoltaic safety code provisions from the 2015 International Codes and industry standards of the ICC Solar Rating & Certification Corporation in one convenient publication.

NFPA seeks public input on healthcare and fuel gas codes
NFPA is now accepting comments on the following documents in its annual 2017 revision cycle: NFPA 99: Health Care Facilities Code and NFPA 54: National Fuel Gas Code.

Holdrite announces plumbing system design webinars 
The following webinars are being offered as part of ASPE’s CEU Provider Program: Pipe Hangers and Supports on March 3, Firestop Systems on April 7, and Acoustic Systems on May 12.

USGBC publishes LEED v4 User Guide
This guide explains the changes from LEED 2009 to LEED v4 and the motivation behind the changes and provides comparison charts showing the evolution from the credits in LEED 2009 to the credits in LEED v4.

ARCSA merges with Canadian rainwater association
The American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association and the Canadian Association for Rainwater Management recently announced a merger in which CANARM will operate under the same name but under ARCSA’s North American Division. More>>

ASSE International launches updated website
The new asse-plumbing.org offers easy-to-find and relevant, updated information about its nationally recognized standards, product listings, and professional certification programs.


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