SFPE revises Canon of Ethics
Society of Fire Protection Engineers revises the Canon of Ethics for Fire Protection Engineers to include the environment.
Integrating sustainable design principles into the built environment is becoming more common in today’s environmentally focused society. These “green” building designs focus on reducing the use of non-renewable resources and minimizing environmental impact.
To call attention to the important role fire protection engineers play in protecting the environment, the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) has revised the Canon of Ethics for Fire Protection Engineers . A new Canon has been added that requires fire protection engineers to perform their professional duties in such a manner that respects the environment.
Fire protection engineers recognize their work has a direct impact on the quality of life for all people. Accordingly, the services provided by fire protection engineers are dedicated to the protection of the public’s safety, health, and welfare; and the environment.
When designing “green” buildings, one sustainable design approach currently being used by fire protection engineers is the use of reclaimed water for fire protection system water supplies. When reclaimed water is used as a water supply for a water-based fire protection system, the fire protection engineer will perform an analysis to identify any concerns with water quality that would affect the proposed systems. This analysis can include examining pipe-corrosion potential and the need for back flow prevention.
Additionally, fire protection engineers have the skills to work with design team members to ensure sustainable design in areas related to natural lighting, building air handling systems, atriums and the testing of water-based fire protection systems.
Annual Salary Survey
After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.
The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.