Vol. 8, No. 24, November 25, 2015                                         

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Please note: ASPE’s office will be closed November 26-27 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Team USA wins the Community Plumbing Challenge
Three ASPE members were part of the first place-winning Team USA at the Community Plumbing Challenge that was held earlier this month in Nashik, India. Jill Vande Boom was a team member, and Judith Torres and Douglas Nelson, PE, GPD, were coaches. Team USA, which ASPE helped sponsor, designed improved plumbing facilities for the bathroom at a 400-student school and also worked with students to teach them proper hygiene. More>>

Early bird rate for Revit workshops ends December 1
Start your year off right by attending one of our one-day intensive workshops where you will learn how to take your plumbing, piping, and HVAC designs to the next level using Revit MEP 2015. They will be held January 19 and 20 in Baltimore, February 24 and 25 in Chicago, March 8 and 9 in St. Louis, and March 22 and 23 in Denver. Register soon at aspe.org/2016revit to get $50 off the regular rate.

ASPE and IAPMO seek comments on water pipe sizing research
An IAPMO/ASPE Task Group has completed the draft copy of a research report on estimating the water demand load from high-efficiency fixtures to properly size plumbing systems. The report can be found here, and comments should be sent to Daniel Cole by December 4. 

Don’t miss our last webinar of the year on December 9 
Learn about changes to the medical gas and vacuum system requirements in the 2015 edition of NFPA 99: Health Care Facilities Code at this one-hour webinar on December 9 at 2 p.m. EST. Registration is open until December 8 here. If you aren’t a member of ASPE, click here to learn how to attend this webinar for free. This one-hour contact program awards 0.1 CEU or 1.0 PDH.

Volunteers are needed to help review ASPE's CPDT program
ASPE is looking for committed volunteers to join existing CPDT Committee members in developing and reviewing CPDT (Certified Plumbing Design Technician) material in 2016. This is a year-long long commitment that will include collaboration with other ASPE members in web-based meetings to develop and review material. The time commitment is approximately three to six hours per month, and you will receive a $500 stipend for participating. Please email Donna Novickas if you would like more information. The application form is available here, and applications will be accepted until December 31. You must have a CPD certification to apply.

Registration for the 2016 CPD exam opens January 4
The Certified in Plumbing Design (CPD) designation provides formal recognition of outstanding professionals with advanced skills in the design and specification of plumbing systems, and the 2016 exam will be held at testing sites around the country on March 30 and April 1. To learn more about the program and eligibility, go to aspe.org/CPD.

Want to earn your GPD designation this winter?
ASPE and IAPMO are holding Green Plumbing Design workshops in Baltimore (January 18-19) and Chicago (February 22-23) for those who want to showcase their sustainable design skills with a GPD designation. You must be a CPD or PE to qualify for the exam. More information and registration are available at aspe.org/GPD, but space is limited to 18 participants in each workshop, so register soon.


ASPE seeks presentation proposals for the 2016 ASPE Convention and Exposition 
The 2016 ASPE Convention and Exposition is being held in Phoenix on October 28-November 2, and ASPE is looking for technical education session proposals on a variety of plumbing system design topics. To be considered, go to aspe.org/CallforPresenters by February 1 to submit your presentation.

2016 International Emerging Technology Symposium is being held May 10-11
During this exciting networking and professional development event being held in Chicago, experts in the fields of water quality, sanitation, water reuse, water and embedded energy, HVAC, and renewable technologies will interact with attendees and discuss issues challenging the plumbing and mechanical industries as well as solutions coming to the market. To register, go to aspe.org/IETSRegistration. The early bird registration rate is available until February 15.

Rada joins ASPE's Affiliate Sponsor program
ASPE is pleased to announce that Rada, a Kohler Company, has signed up as an ASPE Affiliate Sponsor for the next year. Rada has made an impact globally with innovative technologies for commercial water control systems such as the world's first digital thermostatic mixing valve specifically for healthcare. As an ASPE Affiliate Sponsor, Rada will increase exposure of its products within ASPE's membership and the industry at large. To learn how your company can become an ASPE Affiliate Sponsor, contact Director of Affiliate Relations, Brian Henry, at bhenry@aspe.org.

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.

Learn about plumbing acoustic isolation from the comfort of your home or office
A new archived webinar, “Introduction to Plumbing Acoustic Isolation,” is now available for viewing at your leisure. During this webinar you will learn how to identify sources and contributing factors of plumbing noise and incorporate cost-effective methods of plumbing acoustic isolation into your designs. CEUs are available for first-time viewers. You can access the webinar here.



The latest edition of ASPE Journal is available
The November 2015 issue of ASPE Journal, ASPE’s only member-only publication, includes case studies on rainwater harvesting and hospital potable water systems, a message from ASPE’s Membership Committee Chair, and a legislative update. You can read the articles online or download the whole publication at aspe.org/ASPEJournal.

ASPE Board of Directors applications will be accepted starting January 4
The Nominating Committee will begin accepting applications from members who are interested in running for one of the 12 national officer positions on the 2016-2018 Board of Directors starting January 4. Click here to find more information and the application form.

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’ve been a long-standing member of ASPE and I’m interested in becoming a Life Member. What is the process?
The Society’s Board of Directors may grant upon verification of retirement Life Membership status to any retired person who has been a Member in good standing continuously during the past 10 years, has demonstrated significant contributions to their Chapter and the Society, has reached the age of 60 years, and is no longer active in the profession. To begin the process, the Chapter President must fill out the Life Membership application and provide supporting documentation stating why the Member should be granted Life Membership. The information should highlight the candidate’s accomplishments and contributions on the local and national levels. The application should be sent to the Director of Membership and Meetings for review. After the review is complete, the Director of Membership and Meetings will present the candidate to the Society Board of Directors at their next quarterly meeting. The final Board decision will be communicated to the Chapter President and the candidate via email. The Life Membership application can be found in the members-only section of ASPE’s website.

ASPE College of Fellows nominations and Steele Scholarship applications are due January 31
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 for more information on how to nominate a member for this lifetime honor.
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 and apply here.

Encourage the next generation of plumbing engineers by volunteering for Boy Scouts of America
As a Merit Badge Counselor you can play a vital role in stirring a young man's curiosity about a particular profession, hobby, or life skill. It is easy to volunteer. Just contact your local BSA Council and turn in an application. (Every applicant is screened.) If you are interested in serving your community in this fashion and require assistance, please contact Scott Steindler.

ASPE announces the Chapter Membership Tournament!
ASPE’s exciting new membership challenge teams Chapter against Chapter in a bid to advance to the next round. How does it work? It’s simple: Just increase your Chapter’s membership as much as possible during each round and you could win! The brackets, rules, and prizes can be found at aspe.org/ChapterChallenge. Good luck!

The next StarChapter webinar is being held December 8
StarChapter is a service endorsed by ASPE that can help your Chapter improve member communication and participation. To learn how, attend one of our free webinars on December 8 or January 12, which will explain the different features of the software, including online event registration, membership management, website content, email communication, and online store. To sign up, go to aspe.org/starchapter.

Gear up for the holidays with ASPE Chapters
ASPE Chapters all over the country are holding holiday events to benefit their local communities and members. You can find out what’s happening at aspe.org/chapterevents.


2.3 billion people worldwide still don’t have a safe, private toilet
In honor of World Toilet Day 2015, WaterAid released a new report on the state of the world’s toilets and started an interesting new social media campaign to bring attention to the problem. More>>

UN seeks to reinvent how the global community addresses water and sanitation issues
Due to a mismatch between the Sustainable Development Goals of ensuring clean water and sanitation worldwide by 2030 and currently available resources, the UN Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation has recommended the creation of a new intergovernmental platform on water and sanitation. More>>

Colorado releases a $20 billion water plan
The plan, 10 years in the making, aims to save 130 billion gallons of water per year, increase reservoir storage, protect critical watersheds, and streamline permitting for water projects, among other objectives. More>>

Highway runoff reclamation project is launched in Florida
The city of Altamonte Springs designed a highway water engineering system that will siphon approximately 1.6 billion gallons of runoff per year into the local water treatment system and ultimately into residential irrigation systems. More>>

New Amazon campus to be heated entirely with recovered energy 
When completed, the 4-million-square-foot Denny Triangle campus in Seattle will be heated by waste heat from Pacific Northwest’s telecom hub on an adjacent block using a system that will circulate 3,000 gallons of water per minute and save about 4 million kilowatt-hours a year. More>>

Organizations look to harmonize water standards across Europe
To remove trade barriers within EU states, a group of manufacturers and trade organizations is drafting universal standards and testing and certification requirements for products and materials that come in contact with drinking water. More>>

First EPD verification group for construction products is announced
ASTM International, ICC Evaluation Service, NSF International, and Sustainable Minds have created a Program Operator Consortium that will serve as a resource and advocate for creating product category rules (PCRs), reviewing life-cycle assessment (LCA) reports, and verifying and publishing environmental product declarations (EPDs). More>>

Input needed on proposed water-based fire protection systems bracing standard
NFPA is looking for comments on and possible committee members for a new standard that would address hanging and bracing requirements for many different water-based systems, not just sprinkler systems. Click here for more information and to submit comments.

Associations collaborate to develop joint Canadian-U.S. plumbing standards
Under the concept of “one standard, one test/one scheme” throughout North America, PMI and CIPH are working to create harmonized standards and conformity assessment procedures initiated by ANSI and the Standards Council of Canada. More>>

Building Performance Modeling Conference announces call for presenters
This conference sponsored by ASHRAE and IBPSA-USA is being held August 10-12, 2016 in Salt Lake City. Presentation proposals are due by February 3. More>>



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