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Vol. 7, No. 13, June 26, 2014

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Earn up to 19.25 continuing education hours at the 2014 ASPE Convention & Exposition
The 2014 ASPE Convention & Exposition on September 20-24 in Chicago offers three different ways to earn CEUs for your recertification and relicensing requirements.

  1. Each of the 25 technical education sessions offers 1.25 hours, and you can mix and match sessions from the five tracks to create your own unique educational experience. Covering industry-specific topics such as medical gas systems, backflow prevention, hot water system design, and BIM, this year’s sessions are designed for beginner through experienced professionals and will help take your design skills to the next level.
  2. You can earn up to 13 hours of continuing education just for walking the show floor on September 22-23. The 300+ exhibiting manufacturers are excited to show you their latest plumbing product innovations, and their product engineers will be on-site to answer all of your technical specification questions.
  3. If you can’t make it to Chicago, ASPE is offering a virtual option to stream five of the technical sessions, which will be broadcast live from Chicago on September 23-24.

Visit aspe.org/expo to plan your 2014 ASPE Convention & Exposition experience and register today!

Just announced: win a Bose Bluetooth speaker at the 2014 ASPE Convention & Exposition
ASPE Young Professionals (AYP) has just announced that the Chicago Host Committee will be raffling off a Bose Bluetooth speaker during the AYP networking event at the Rock Bottom Brewery on Monday, September 22 at 6:30 p.m. Make sure to pre-register for this event at aspe.org/expo to hang out with fellow AYP members, tour the brewery, sample beers, and enter the raffle for your chance to win.

ASPE joins plumbing industry leaders in supporting energy-efficiency legislation
Last Friday, ASPE and 18 other plumbing industry organizations sent a letter to Capitol Hill in support of H.R. 4801, which would require the Secretary of Energy to prepare a report on the impact of thermal insulation on both energy and water use for potable hot water. More>>

Congratulations new GPDs!
At last week’s Green Plumbing Design workshop in Kansas City, all 10 participants passed the exam to become the newest GPDs. Congratulations go to Edwin S. Counsman, CPD, GPD; Benjamin Paul Denker, PE, GPD; Matthew A. McCalla, PE, GPD; Chad McCarthy, CPD, GPD; David T. McClellan, CPD, GPD; Layne Andrew Micek, CPD, GPD; Michael Monthey, CPD, GPD; Joseph Poplinger, PE, GPD; Nikki R. Probert, CPD, GPD; and Warren Rosenbrook, PE, CPD, GPD.

The next opportunity to earn this prestigious designation will be offered in Chicago on September 18-19 prior to the 2014 ASPE Convention & Exposition. Go to aspe.org/GPD to learn more about the GPD program offered by ASPE and IAPMO and to register for the Chicago workshop.

Last chance to become a 50th Anniversary Sponsor!
More than 70 individuals, ASPE chapters, engineering firms, and manufacturers have joined ASPE’s 50th Anniversary celebration by becoming a sponsor. To be recognized as a supporter of the plumbing engineering profession with your name or logo on ASPE’s 50th Anniversary webpage, you must sign up by June 30.

Public review of WQA/ASPE S-802 ends tomorrow
Comments will be accepted until 11:59 EDT on June 27 for WQA/ASPE S-802: Activated Carbon Media for Drinking Water Treatment. The public comment period for WQA/ASPE S-801: Sustainable Management ends July 11. The drafts and the comment forms can be found here. 

Want to write for the ASPE Journal?
ASPE’s newest member benefit, ASPE Journal, contains thought-provoking articles on technical topics of interest to plumbing engineers. If you would like to contribute an article and start a new conversation among your peers, contact gpienta@aspe.org.

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ASPE seeks comments on sustainable drinking water treatment systems standard
WQA/ASPE S-803: Sustainable Drinking Water Treatment Systems will open for a second public review on June 30. Comments will be accepted until 11:59 EDT on July 30, 2014. You can download the draft and the comment form here.

Don't forget to take advantage of the special half-price webinar deal for ASPE members soon
ASPE members can view the archived webinar "Residential Fire Sprinkler Systems: A Design Engineer's Perspective" for just $35 through the end of the month to learn about the requirements of NFPA 13D and earn one hour of continuing education.

Team USA featured in WorldSkills Foundation report
The June 2014 issue of From the Foundation by the WorldSkills Foundation features highlights from the 2014 Water Innovation Challenge, in which Team USA triumphed over Team Australia. ASPE member Judith Torres was a member of the team, which was led by ASPE Research Foundation Vice President William Erickson and ASPE member Douglas Nelson, PE, who served as an advisor.

Two manufacturers join ASPE's CEU Provider Program
Apollo/Elkhart Products Corp. and IPEX USA LLC are now eligible to provide CEUs for CPD recertification for their education programs listed at aspe.org/ceuproviders.

Enrollment for UCLA Extension LEED course closes tomorrow
The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design hybrid course is part of UCLA Extension's Advanced Plumbing Systems Design Certificate program, which ASPE sponsors. The online Solar Thermal Energy Solutions course is also currently available.

 

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Founding member of ASPE’s Baltimore Chapter passes away
Edward J. Dwyer Sr., an ASPE member since 1974, passed away on June 19. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II, was vice president of sales at JOSAM Manufacturing, and then founded the E.J. Dwyer Company. He was also an ASPE Regional Affiliate Liaison in 2002-2004. More>>

Prove your chapter is the best by winning the 50th Anniversary Chapter Trivia Contest 
Go to aspe.org/50_triviacontest for rules and to download the answer sheet. Only one answer sheet per chapter will be accepted!
June 26 question: What is the name of the award that is given to the company whose display in the Exposition best exemplifies the theme of the Convention and Exposition, and what year was it created?

U.S. infrastructure makes the world’s top 20--just barely
Globally, the U.S. ranks 19th, behind Spain, Portugal and Oman, in the quality of its infrastructure, according to the Global Competitiveness Report by the World Economic Forum. The U.S. ranks fifth in total competitiveness, behind Switzerland, Singapore, Finland, and Germany.

Colorado becomes the fourth state to mandate water-efficient fixtures
On June 6, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed into law SB14-103, which will prohibit the sale as of September 16, 2016 of tank-type toilets, urinals, faucets, and showerheads that do not meet WaterSense flow requirements. California, Georgia, and Texas already have similar laws.

CBS radio series examines the residential fire sprinkler debate
Firefight, a 10-part series originally broadcast in 2013, recently won the Chesapeake Associated Press Broadcasters Association award for outstanding news series. According to NFPA, the report “thoroughly examines nearly every aspect of home fire sprinklers and how eliminating the sprinkler requirement mandated in all model building codes is placing firefighters and homeowners in harm's way.”

ANSI and EESCC recommend 125 ways to advance energy-efficiency standardization
On Monday, the American National Standards Institute and the Energy Efficiency Standardization Coordination Collaborative released the final Standardization Roadmap: Energy Efficiency in the Built Environment, which identifies opportunities for energy and cost savings and establishes a framework that industry, government, and others can use to make U.S. buildings more energy efficient.

World Cup stadiums go green
The LEED Silver Maracanã stadium in Rio de Janeiro, which will host the final game of the 2014 World Cup as well as serve as a major sporting venue for the 2016 Olympics, features photovoltaic panels on the roof and rainwater reservoirs. Innovations in the LEED Certified Castelao Arena in Fortaleza, Brazil reduce water use by 67.6 percent and energy use by 12.7 percent annually. More>>

DOE explores ways to solve the water/energy quandary
In The Water-Energy Nexus: Challenge and Opportunities, the U.S. Department of Energy identifies several ways to decrease energy use in the distribution of water and vice versa, including optimizing the freshwater efficiency of energy production, optimizing the energy efficiency of water treatment, distribution, and end-use systems, and increasing the safe and productive use of nontraditional water sources.

Comments sought on solar thermal standards
The International Code Council and the Solar Rating & Certification Corporation are accepting public comments on ICC 900/SRCC 300-201: Solar Thermal Systems Standard and ICC 901/SRCC 100-201: Solar Thermal Collector Standard until August 11, 2014. Comments can also be sent to ASPE Senior Director of Technical and Regulatory Affairs, Billy Smith, FASPE, for coordination and forwarding to ICC.

EPA proposes a new landscape irrigation sprinkler specification
The proposed WaterSense specification would apply to both high-efficiency nozzles and pressure-regulating bodies of landscape irrigation sprinklers, and comments on the Notice of Intent will be accepted through July 28, 2014.

New BAS guideline is open for public review
Comments on ASHRAE Guideline 13-2014: Specifying Building Automation Systems will be accepted through July 21, 2014. More>>

Energy 2030 On the Road initiative launched
The Alliance to Save Energy’s new education, outreach, and action campaign was created to encourage communities and states to adopt the Energy 2030 goal of doubling the country’s energy productivity by 2030.

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 July 8, Firestopping Plumbing Deck Penetrations on August 19, and Plumbing Acoustics Isolation on September 16.

Registration is open for Greenbuild 2014
The 2014 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo will be held on October 22-24 in New Orleans and will feature LEED workshops and tours of green buildings in New Orleans.

PMI CEO receives local business award
Barb Higgens, CEO of Plumbing Manufacturers International, recently received the Rolling Meadows, Illinois, 2014 Business Leader of the Year Award. More>>

 

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