ASPE seeks presentation proposals for the 2016 Convention and Exposition
If you want to share your knowledge and design expertise with others in the plumbing industry who are eager to learn, then you need to submit a presentation proposal to be considered as a speaker for the 2016 Convention and Exposition taking place in Phoenix from October 28-November 2. We are looking for presentations on a variety of design topics, so go to aspe.org/CallforPresenters by February 1 to submit your proposal for a technical education session.
ASPE Tables App for Apple iOS has been released
An updated version of the popular ASPE Tables App that is compatible with iPhones and iPads using iOS 7.0 or later is now available for download in the iTunes Store. To access all of the functions of this app, you must be an ASPE member in good standing.
PEDH Volume 2 correction announced
On page 4 of Plumbing Engineering Design Handbook, Volume 2 (2014), a correction has been made to Table 1-2 and the example above it. You can access the corrected page here.
Member Q&A: A new feature of ASPE Pipeline
To help members better understand renewals, benefits, procedures, and other membership issues, we will be presenting some common membership questions and their answers. This week’s question is:
I haven’t been a member for quite some time; how can I rejoin the Society?
Currently, ASPE has a reinstatement program in place for past members of the Society. This program allows past members to reinstate their membership for $100 and maintain their membership history and membership number. This discounted fee does not include the most recent Plumbing Engineering Design Handbook, but you will be entitled to receive the next volume, which is expected to ship in January 2016. To receive more information on the reinstatement program, contact Stacey A. Kidd, Director of Membership and Meetings, at 847-296-0002 x227 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fourth-Quarter 2015 ASPE Board Report is now available
Find out what’s been going on at the National level in the 4Q15 ASPE Board Report, in which Board of Directors members provide updates on their areas of responsibility. You can read it in both PDF and online versions at aspe.org/BODnewsletter.
Nominate an outstanding ASPE member for the Kenneth G. Wentink College of Fellows
The Kenneth G. Wentink College of Fellows is comprised of ASPE members who have made significant and exceptional contributions to the plumbing engineering profession, the Society, and the plumbing industry. Visit aspe.org/fellows or contact Stacey A. Kidd for more information on how to nominate a member for this lifetime honor. Nominations must be submitted by January 31, 2016.
Submit your Steele Scholarship application by January 31
ASPE’s Alfred Steele Scholarship awards up to $3,000 per year to qualified applicants. The scholarship is limited to ASPE members and their immediate family members (i.e., spouses and children) who are planning a career in engineering. You can learn more here, or contact Stacey A. Kidd for more information.
Are you looking for a volunteer opportunity in your area?
The Merit Badge Counselor is a key player in the Boy Scout advancement program. Whatever your area of expertise or interest--whether it is a special craft or hobby, a profession, or a life skill--as a Merit Badge Counselor you can play a vital role in stirring a young man's curiosity about that particular topic. By serving, you offer your time, knowledge, and other resources so Scouts can explore a new interest. It is easy to become a volunteer. You will need to register with the Boy Scouts of America by contacting your local BSA Council and obtaining, completing, and turning in an application, which will be processed by the Council. (Every applicant is screened.) If you are interested in serving your community in this fashion and require assistance, please contact Scott Steindler.
“Improve Chapter Performance” webinar dates have been announced
To help Chapters improve member communication and participation, ASPE and StarChapter will be holding webinars on the following dates for Chapter leaders to learn about this exciting service: November 17 and December 8, 2015 and January 12, 2016. To sign up for one of these free webinars, go to aspe.org/starchapter.
Learn, network, and have fun with ASPE Chapters
Gear up for the holidays with ASPE Chapters! You can learn what’s happening around the country at aspe.org/chapterevents.
Massachusetts remains the most energy-efficient state for the fifth year in a row
Numerous states across the country made great strides in implementing energy-efficiency policies in the past year, with Massachusetts, California, Vermont, Rhode Island, and Oregon taking the top five spots in the State Energy-Efficiency Scorecard by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.
Study identifies ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions with wastewater management technologies
Using readily available technologies, almost 50 percent of electricity-related emissions from the wastewater sector in the U.S., Europe, and China can be abated for zero or negative cost, according to a new report by Xylem.
Colgate Palmolive and Ford Motor Company receive top ranking for water security
The A rating in CDP’s Global Water Report 2015 recognizes companies that are sustainably managing water resources by mitigating corporate water risk and realizing opportunities to reduce their own impacts and improve water security for the environment and other water users.
Data indicates that energy benchmarking works
Since the implementation of San Francisco’s Existing Commercial Buildings Energy Performance Ordinance in 2011, energy use in the properties tracked declined 7.9 percent, according to a report by the Urban Land Institute.
LID strategies suggested to manage urban stormwater runoff
Low-impact development techniques such as rain barrels, absorbent roofs, and permeable pavement are just a few of the methods identified by a group of international researchers to help reduce waste and better meet water demands while also protecting natural water resources. More>>
Mexico communities turn to rainwater harvesting to solve water crisis
To combat problems such as dwindling water supplies and flooding, grassroots movements have sprung up in Mexico City to supply rainwater harvesting systems to homeowners in response to what they see as a lack of government action. More>>
Senegal aims to clean up sewage problem with new social policies
In a city where the majority of residents are not connected to a sewer system and disease is rampant, the Senegal government is providing Dakar citizens with toilets that turn waste into compost as well as small portable pumps to allow sanitation teams access to remove waste safely from septic systems. The collected waste eventually will be used to power an electrical plant. More>>
First draft of rainwater collection standard is available for public comment
Comments on ICC/CSA 805: Standard for Rainwater Collection System Design and Installation will be accepted until November 24, 2015. You can access the draft and comment here.
New code reference for water efficiency is published
2015 WEP: Water-Efficiency Provisions of the International Green Construction Code, published by ICC and ASHRAE, includes indoor and outdoor water-efficiency and conservation provisions from the 2015 IgCC, 2015 IPC, and ANSI/ASHRAE/USGBC/IES 189.1-2014.
Comments sought on green building standard
Home Innovation Research Labs seeks comments on the 2015 version of the National Green Building Standard, which provides a point-based rating system for green residential construction, remodeling, and land development. More>>