ASPE announces Sunday Night at the House of Blues Presented by Sloan Valve
Anyone who has ever attended an ASPE Convention & Exposition welcome party knows that it is a can’t-miss event, and this year will be no exception. ASPE is excited to announce that this year’s welcome party will be held at the legendary House of Blues in Chicago on September 21 and that Sloan Valve will be the exclusive sponsor. (Read the official press release here.) All registered Convention attendees and booth personnel with an official 2014 Convention & Exposition badge are invited to partake in fun, food, drinks, and Chicago-style music. (Individual tickets will be available for sale for those without a badge.) Registration for the 2014 ASPE Convention & Exposition opens in May, so start planning now to join us for this exciting celebration of ASPE’s 50th Anniversary.
Check out the 2014 ASPE Convention & Exposition website
To get an early start on planning your 2014 ASPE Convention & Exposition experience, go to the official website to find information on dates, times, and locations and to join the mailing list to be notified when registration opens in May. Exhibitors, you can find out how to become a sponsor or patron and how to advertise in the official show guide. We look forward to seeing you in Chicago in September!
Join the celebration by becoming a 50th Anniversary Sponsor
Just go to aspe.org/50 to fill out a print or online form to join the growing list of individuals, ASPE chapters, manufacturers, and engineering firms who are showing their support of ASPE and the plumbing engineering community by helping ASPE celebrate its 50th Anniversary in 2014. As a 50th Anniversary Sponsor, you will be recognized on various promotions including the official 50th Anniversary website, ASPE’s Yearbook, exclusive 50th Anniversary media at the 2014 ASPE Convention & Exposition, and more!
Water reuse experts are invited to a brainstorming workshop this June
On June 25-26, ASPE is hosting a workshop near O’Hare Airport in Chicago to discuss the development of national and international standards covering water reuse systems. Included in the discussions will be ARCSA/ASPE/ANSI 63-2013: Rainwater Catchment Systems, ASPE/ARCSA 78: Stormwater Harvesting Systems, and the activities of the U.S. Technical Advisory Group to ISO Technical Committee 282: Water Reuse. More information can be found here.
It’s not too late to attend the Green Plumbing Design workshop next week
The Green Plumbing Design (GPD) training workshop will be held at ASPE’s headquarters in Chicago on April 9-10. PEs and/or CPDs are eligible to take this exciting two-day seminar on innovative green design techniques, followed by an exam to test your knowledge and earn your GPD certificate. Register now at aspe.org/GPD.
Just announced: ASPE’s regional workshops visit Kansas City and Denver this June
On June 3 in Denver, ASPE’s full-day Intermediate Plumbing Design workshop will teach local plumbing industry professionals about commercial kitchen design, including how to design natural gas, domestic hot water, sanitary waste and vent, and storm drain systems, as well as plumbing fixture specifications. Registration includes 0.75 CEUs and lunch.
New: If you can't make it to Denver, a virtual option is available to attend this workshop.
On June 4 in Denver, ASPE’s Revit MEP workshop will immerse participants in Revit MEP project design. This hands-on class will cover project setup, how to create systems, layouts, and schedules for plumbing and HVAC, and more. Registration includes a computer rental preloaded with Revit MEP, 0.75 CEUs, and lunch.
On June 17 in Kansas City, a one-day lecture on Revit MEP will help local plumbing and mechanical designers understand how to optimize workflows using best practices to create models, templates, systems, and layouts. Registration includes 0.75 CEUs and lunch.
On June 18-19 in Kansas City, ASPE and IAPMO are holding a Green Plumbing Design workshop for PEs and/or CPDs interested in earning the GPD designation.
Attention chapter members! Make sure your chapter is included in ASPE’s Yearbook
If your chapter is listed below, ASPE has not received your chapter history questionnaire, which means your chapter runs the risk of not being included in the ASPE Yearbook, a major component of ASPE’s 50th Anniversary celebration. Make sure to download the questionnaire here and confer with your fellow chapter members to return it as soon as possible.
Chapters: Alabama, British Columbia, Capital Region New York, Cleveland, Columbia, Connecticut, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Denver, Eastern Michigan, Intermountain, Long Island, Los Angeles, Miami, Minnesota, Montreal, Nashville, North Florida, Northern California, Quebec, Richmond, San Diego, Virginia Blue Ridge
Have fun and hone your design skills this spring with ASPE
ASPE chapters are offering numerous social and educational opportunities for local plumbing industry professionals this spring, including golf outings, minor league baseball games, and design workshops. Find out what’s happening in your area at aspe.org/ChapterEvents.
Prove your chapter is the best by winning the 50th Anniversary Chapter Trivia Contest
It’s easy: look for a new question in each issue of ASPE Pipeline through August, discuss the answers with your fellow chapter members, and submit your chapter’s answer sheet by the deadline. Go to aspe.org/50_triviacontest for rules and to download the answer sheet.
April 3 question: Who was the first recipient of the George W. Runkle Award of Merit?
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Celebrate Building Safety Month this May
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New DC construction codes aim to save significant water and energy
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Major firms believe water issues will negatively affect business growth
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Drought spurs interest in recycling wastewater
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Webinar on plumbing product compliance being held April 17
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Proposed changes to the 2015 UPC and UMC are available for download
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ASHRAE joins partnership to develop the National Green Building Standard
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