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 firstname.lastname@example.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>>