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ICC establishes new Professional Development Council

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WASHINGTON — The International Code Council’s (ICC) new Professional Development Council (PDC) was recently established to better coordinate career path resources for ICC Members and other stakeholders by utilizing shared knowledge between ICC Education and Certification programs.

The ICC Board of Directors approved the new Council Policy #45 in April to create the PDC and by which it will be governed. This critical new council, replaces both BIPS and the Education Committee. A major purpose of the PDC is to align the ICC Education and Certification Programs to ensure quality training is available to meet the needs of ICC Members, all ICC educational customers and ICC Certification holders while maintaining the credibility and validity of the ICC Certification Program. The council is as follows.

Chair: Cindy L. Davis, Director, State Building Code Office, Virginia Department of Housing & Community Development

Board Liaison(s):
Alexander “Cash” Olszowy, III, Building Inspection Supervisor, Lexington Fayette Urban County Government

Gilbert Gonzales, CBO, Chief Building Official, Murray, Utah, Public Services Building

Staff Liaison:
Mark Johnson, Executive Vice President & Director of Business Development
Assistant: Casey Thomas

Certification Committee:
Cindy L. Davis, Director, State Building Code Office, Virginia Department of Housing & Community Development

Anthony DeVoe, Operations Manager, Construction Testing & Engineering

Autumn Hartsoe, Plans Examiner, City of Goodyear

Jeremy Searfoss, Lieutenant- Office of the Fire Marshal, Department of Fire & Rescue Services, Reading PA

Jeff Whitney, Building Official

Rick Witt, Director of Building Inspection, Chesterfield County, Virginia

Staff Liaison:
Michelle Porter, Director Certification and Testing

Education Committee:
Jeff Camp, Chief Building Official, City of Elizabethtown

John Delesandro, Supervisor of Licensing & Education, New Jersey Department of Community Affairs

Dave Horras, Chief Building Official, City of Westminster, Colorado

Tom Johnson, Code Official, Zoning Administrator, Health Officer, Town of Durham

Sean Reid, Program Manager, Johnson County Planning Department, Contractor & Licensing Program

Nancy Springer, Building Division Manager, CBO, Butte County—Building Division

Staff Liaison:
Doug Thornburg, Vice President, Education & Certification

 

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ACCA, IHACI comment on California HVAC Impact Evaluation

ARLINGTON, Va. — ACCA, the Indoor Environment & Energy Efficiency Association, and the Institute of Heating & Air Conditioning Industries (IHACI) sent a joint letter to California Public Utility Commission (CPUC), on September 11, regarding CPUC WO32 (HVAC Impact Evaluation DRAFT Report) and urging them to refrain from releasing the report in its current form.

As the CPUC WO32 was progressing, ACCA and IHACI, along with industry partners AHRI, ASHRAE, HARDI, RSES, and others, worked through the Western HVAC Performance Alliance (WHPA) to identify and resolve serious deficiencies in the effort. However, on August 27, 2014, the CPUC released the draft final report, which did not address the numerous flaws identified by the industry experts.

“ACCA and our partners at IHACI are concerned that the CPUC is moving forward by releasing this report that ignores wide-spread industry concerns about how the WO32 studies were scoped, investigations undertaken, and the results interpreted and presented,” said Paul T. Stalknecht, president and CEO of ACCA. “On top of ignoring the industry’s concerns, the CPUC is only providing a two week review period for the lengthy report that does not include copies of the collaborating studies or raw data. This limited review period makes it difficult for industry stakeholders to provide timely and useful input.”

The letter included three recommendations for the CPUC regarding the WO32 report:
the WO32 report not be released in its current form; report flaws be addressed and once the subsequent update is available, that adequate time be provided for dissemination, review, and vetting; and in the interim, the WO32 report information and purported findings not be used for decision making.

ACCA, IHACI, and the entire HVAC industry, strongly encourages quality installation and quality maintenance of HVAC systems as that creates and maintains the equipment energy efficiencies needed in California and elsewhere. The organizations remain committed to helping CPUC and others in working towards a standards-based approach for improving the operating performance of installed HVACR systems.

For more information on the letter sent to the CPCU, email Glenn Hourahan, ACCA senior vice president of technical, accreditation, and educational policy development at glenn.hourahan@acca.org.

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CDC unveils Model Aquatic Health Code

Plumbing Engineer - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 13:32

ATLANTA — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), with assistance from the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO), has published the Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC). The MAHC is a voluntary guidance document based on science and best practices that can help local and state authorities make swimming and other water activities healthier and safer, according to CDC. States and localities can use the MAHC to create or  pdate existing pool codes to reduce risk for outbreaks, drowning, and pool-chemical injuries. The MAHC guidelines address the design, construction, operation, maintenance, policies, and management of public aquatic facilities.

CDC and IAPMO in 2012 signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work together to eliminate overlap and conflict between the MAHC and IAPMO’s Uniform Swimming Pool, Spa and Hot Tub Code (USPSHTC). Through their collaboration, the agencies also worked to clarify the roles of construction code and environmental health officials, as well as developing training and continuous compliance programs that support the goals of ensuring the environmental health of recreational aquatic facilities.

“CDC is excited to have released the 1st Edition of the Model Aquatic Health Code and appreciate the feedback from all stakeholders throughout the process, which truly helps to make a stronger code, and are committed to working with IAPMO and other code writing organizations to continue to advance aquatic health and safety in this country,” said Dr. Michael Beach, chief of CDC’s Waterborne Diseases Prevention Branch.

A variety of federal laws govern aquatic facilities, such as the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act, which governs the construction of drain covers and entrapment systems to prevent body and hair entrapment by drain suction. Many states and localities also have their own environmental health codes governing the construction and/or operation of swimming pools and spas. Some provisions of these different codes may conflict with each other, creating confusion among pool and spa designers, equipment manufacturers, regulators, pool owners and builders as to who holds jurisdiction.

The MAHC will serve as a model for state and local environmental health agencies to transform their varied pool regulations into a set of nationally consistent standards that promote the health and safety of the swimming public.

Visit www.cdc.gov/healthywater/swimming/pools/mahc

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New Refrigerant R&D Plan announced for HVACR industry

Plumbing & Mechanical Contractors - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 13:30

ARLINGTON, Va. – At a White House event, Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) President and CEO Stephen Yurek announced that the nation’s heating, ventilating, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVACR) industry will invest $5 billion in research and development funds over the next decade to develop the next generation of refrigerants and the air conditioning and refrigeration equipment in which they will be used.

The event, sponsored by the White House Council on Environmental Quality, highlighted the positive work by the private sector in developing alternatives to high global warming potential (GWP) refrigerants.

Yurek told those in attendance, which included Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, and State Department Special Envoy for Climate Change Todd Stern, that the HVACR industry has been proactive in developing refrigerants with lower GWP.

“Close to $2 billion has been spent by the industry since 2009 researching energy-efficient equipment and the utilization of low-GWP refrigerants,” Yurek stated, “and over the next 10 years, the HVACR industry will invest an additional $5 billion for R&D and capital expenditures to develop and commercialize low-GWP technologies.”

Yurek touted the positive, proactive efforts by the HVACR and water heating industry in energy conservation and environmental stewardship. He said that in the late 1980s, the industry supported international efforts to protect the ozone layer by developing non-chlorine-containing refrigerants, and agreeing to an aggressive timetable to phase-out ozone depleting chemicals while steadily improving the energy efficiency of its equipment.

“During the past decade, the industry has worked diligently to reduce the potential impact on the Earth’s climate of refrigerants used in our equipment,” Yurek said.

He noted that, with no encouragement from government, AHRI and its member companies launched the Low-GWP Alternative Refrigerants Evaluation Program in 2011, the first phase of which was completed at the end of 2013. The second phase of the program is currently underway. The intent of the program is to evaluate different refrigerants in several applications.

“The industry is committed to working with the international community in transitioning away from high-GWP refrigerants in a managed and orderly process, and this research is a tangible part of that commitment,” Yurek said.

The Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) is the trade association representing manufacturers of air conditioning, heating, commercial refrigeration, and water heating equipment.

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NAWIC installs new national president, board members

Plumbing & Mechanical Contractors - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 13:55

FORT WORTH, Texas — The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) installed Sandy K. Field, CBT, CIT, as its 60th National President during NAWIC’s Annual Meeting and Convention in Indianapolis, Ind. on September 5. Field, Office/HR Manager for Horizon Group International, has been a member of NAWIC’s Houston, Texas Chapter since 2005.

“I am looking forward to next year as NAWIC navigates through some exciting changes, one being the redistricting of our regions,” Field said. “The redistricting brings with it unlimited possibilities for NAWIC and its members. However, as with any change, it must be properly managed to enjoy a smooth, productive and effective transition. As President, it will be my responsibility to see that the transition is carried out smoothly and in a manner that is most beneficial to the association as a whole.”

Field plans to spend her year in office working to increase the value of a NAWIC membership.

Field said, “It has been my mantra for the past few years that we need to get back to the basics of why NAWIC was founded. To ‘enhance the success of women in the construction industry’ we must offer value to membership with programs that are relevant to the industry and provide opportunities for professional development. One of my priorities will be to work with the chapters to evaluate how we can increase the value of membership on the chapter level to not only bring in new members, but also retain our existing members.”

Also during her tenure, Field plans to promote NAWIC’s mentoring programs.

Field said, “Another priority of mine is mentoring future leaders for the association. Our membership is made up of very dynamic women and we need to make sure we are building future leaders on all levels.”

NAWIC also installed officers: President-Elect Riki F. Lovejoy, CBT, CIT, Greater Orlando, Fla. Chapter; Vice President Connie M. Leipard, CIT, Central Missouri Chapter; Treasurer, Stephanie K. Crane, CIT, Greater Birmingham, Ala. Chapter; Secretary Amy Berg, CBT, CIT, Fargo-Moorhead, N.D. Chapter; and Immediate Past President Yasmine A. Branden, CCA, Portland, Ore. Chapter.

In addition to the officers, the NAWIC board is comprised of a national director from the association’s 13 regions. Each director serves a two-year term and is elected by her peers to bring the wishes and needs of the chapters to the attention of the association.

New directors installed include:
• Midwest Region (6) Director Debbie Speake, Southwest Missouri Chapter
• North Central Region (4) Director Anne Pfleger, CIT, Lima, Ohio Area Chapter
• Northeast Region (14) Director Catherine D. Schoenenberger, Granite State Chapter (New Hampshire)
• Pacific Northwest Region (10) Director Rachel Stroup, Santa Clara, Calif. Chapter
• Pacific Southwest Region Director Lorelee Langworthy, CBT, CDS, CIT, San Diego, Calif. Chapter
• Southeast Region (2) Director Anne Welch, CIT, Montgomery, Ala. Chapter

NAWIC region directors serving the second year of their term include:
• Midwest Region (13) Diane I. Mike, CBT, Greater Madison, Wis. Chapter
• Northeast Region (1) Director Sharon B. Adkins, Hartford, Conn. Chapter
• Pacific Northwest Region (9) Director Sarah L. Webb, CDS, CIT, South Sound, Wash. Chapter
• South Atlantic Region (11) Director Samantha Jane Hedgepath, Asheville, N.C. Chapter
• South Central Region (5) Director Miki Haas, CIT, Northshore, La. Chapter
• South Central Region (7) Director Jennifer M. Swinney, CBT, CDS, CIT, San Antonio, Texas Chapter
• Southeast Region (3) Director Jill Hanson, CIT, Tampa, Fla. Chapter

NAWIC is an international association serving approximately 130 chapters across the U.S. It was founded in 1953 to enhance the success of women in the construction industry as Women in Construction of Fort Worth, Texas. In 1955, the charter was expanded to allow chapters to form across the country and the National Association of Women in Construction was born. NAWIC’s Core Purpose is to enhance the success of women in the construction industry. The association has expanded to include international affiliates in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa and the United Kingdom.

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IRWIN Tools celebrates National Tradesmen Day

Plumbing Engineer - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 13:00

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. — Today, IRWIN Tools encourages all Americans to make plans to recognize and thank professional tradesmen – the men and women who are the backbone of this great nation. This year marks the fourth annual National Tradesmen Day, September 19.

IRWIN Tools initiated National Tradesmen Day to inspire the nation to show more appreciation and gratitude for skilled workers like auto mechanics, roofers, bricklayers, plumbers, woodworkers, electricians and carpenters – America’s Real Working Hands.

Since IRWIN first set out to champion the vital role of tradesmen for building and maintaining our nation’s infrastructure, IRWIN’s employees and retail partners have personally thanked tens of thousands of tradesmen and celebrated their unsung contributions across the country.

IRWIN Tools manufactures and distributes a broad line of hand tools and power tool accessories under the IRWIN brand including VISE-GRIP pliers and wrenches, MARATHON saw blades, QUICK-GRIP clamping tools, SPEEDBOR wood drilling bits, STRAIT-LINE marking tools, UNIBIT step drill bits, MARPLES fine woodworking tools, and HANSON taps and dies. IRWIN Tools is a part of Newell Rubbermaid’s global portfolio of leading brands.

Visit www.nationaltradesmenday.com 

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RectorSeal announces acquisition of Evolve Composites

Plumbing & Mechanical Contractors - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 13:52

DALLAS — The RectorSeal Corporation, a leading Houston, Texas-based manufacturer of chemical and specialty products for professional tradesmen, has acquired the Polyslab(TM), Evo-Crete(TM) and related HVAC brands from Evolve Composites Pty Ltd (Evolve), based in Queensland, Australia. Evolve manufactures a range of equipment base products for heating and air conditioning systems.

RectorSeal has been a portfolio company of Capital Southwest Corporation (Nasdaq:CSWC) since 1967.

“The Evolve transaction is another example of RectorSeal’s demonstrated ability to identify and execute accretive, strategic acquisitions,” said Joseph B. Armes, chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Capital Southwest.

The acquisition of Evolve’s assets represents the 26th acquisition by RectorSeal since 1991.

“We view this transaction as an opportunity to expand the breadth of RectorSeal’s HVAC/R offerings and establish a local presence to more effectively address the Australian market with RectorSeal’s complete product line,” said David Smith, president of RectorSeal.

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

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New Executive Vice President, COO named at Bradford White

Plumbing Engineer - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 13:27

AMBLER, Pa. – Nicholas J. Giuffre, president and CEO of Bradford White, recently announced the promotion of R. Bruce Carnevale to the position of Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. In his new position, Carnevale will be responsible for managing all operational aspects of the company with a primary focus on enhancing the quality and consistency of the Bradford White customer experience across all business channels.

“As our new Executive Vice President and COO, Bruce’s strategic vision and customer-focused leadership make him the perfect candidate to manage Bradford White’s operations for the long-term growth and success of the company and our industry partners,” said Nick Giuffre, president and CEO of Bradford White.

“Bradford White is in an unprecedented period of growth and there is considerable demand for our products,” Carnevale said. “These factors, combined with the largest manufacturing plant expansion in the history of our company, have unquestionably provided us with some considerable challenges and opportunities. As a result, we are putting the right people and the right resources in place to take care of our customers and reps in the way they expect and deserve for many years to come.”

Prior to his promotion, Carnevale was Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Bradford White. He is also a member of the company’s board of directors and serves several industry organizations, committees and boards in support of the plumbing and HVAC industries.

Bradford White Corporation is a full line manufacturer of residential, commercial and industrial products for water heating, space heating, combination heating and storage applications.

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New Executive Vice President, COO named at Bradford White

Plumbing & Mechanical Contractors - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 15:48

AMBLER, Pa. – Nicholas J. Giuffre, president and CEO of Bradford White, recently announced the promotion of R. Bruce Carnevale to the position of Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. In his new position, Carnevale will be responsible for managing all operational aspects of the company with a primary focus on enhancing the quality and consistency of the Bradford White customer experience across all business channels.

“As our new Executive Vice President and COO, Bruce’s strategic vision and customer-focused leadership make him the perfect candidate to manage Bradford White’s operations for the long-term growth and success of the company and our industry partners,” said Nick Giuffre, president and CEO of Bradford White.

“Bradford White is in an unprecedented period of growth and there is considerable demand for our products,” Carnevale said. “These factors, combined with the largest manufacturing plant expansion in the history of our company, have unquestionably provided us with some considerable challenges and opportunities. As a result, we are putting the right people and the right resources in place to take care of our customers and reps in the way they expect and deserve for many years to come.”

Prior to his promotion, Carnevale was Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Bradford White. He is also a member of the company’s board of directors and serves several industry organizations, committees and boards in support of the plumbing and HVAC industries.

Bradford White Corporation is a full line manufacturer of residential, commercial and industrial products for water heating, space heating, combination heating and storage applications.

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IAPMO supports legislation on Limited Water Supplies

Plumbing Engineer - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 12:53

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) strongly supports legislation in the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives that aims to help communities nationwide better prepare for the future by providing new incentives and investments to help residents, businesses and local water agencies conserve, recycle and manage limited water supplies.

Introduced in the Senate (S. 2771) by Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and in the House (H.R. 5363) by Reps. Grace Napolitano (D-Calif.) and Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), “W21: Water in the 21st Century” would expand rebates and grants for water conservation and efficiency; support local investments in water recycling and improved groundwater and storage; invest in research into water-saving technologies and desalination; and establish an open water data system. The measure also would seek to help local communities take steps to become better prepared for drought.

”Anyone who knows California knows that we have forever fought about water, and it’s time to change the story,” Sen. Boxer said. “We’re doing just that with ‘W21: Water in the 21st Century,’ which will help us prepare for the future by conserving, recycling and better managing our precious water supplies.”

Napolitano said she was proud to sponsor the bill in the House of Representatives, and appreciates support from stakeholders in the plumbing industry for legislation that will help develop a reliable water supply for the 21st century.

”The Water in the 21st Century Act will help our communities address ongoing drought cycles by providing funds and support to our local water agencies and residents for water use efficiency, water conservation, desalination, and water recycling projects,” she said.

The legislation would strengthen the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) WaterSense program, which promotes water conservation in products, buildings and landscapes through information and rebates. It also would create a new grant program within the EPA for local water systems to conserve water, increase water efficiency or reuse water; modify or relocate existing water system infrastructure made or projected to be made inoperable by climate change impacts; preserve or improve water quality; and other projects.

“Sen. Boxer and Rep. Napolitano realize the positive payback of the WaterSense program,” said Dain Hansen, vice president of Government Affairs for The IAPMO Group. “This program, conceived and supported through a public-private partnership with the EPA, drives water conservation nationwide in a bipartisan, industry-wideapproach.”

IAPMO is leading an effort of major industry organizations in supporting the legislation, and urges individuals to reach out to their representatives and express support for it. Elected officials and their contact information may be accessed at www.govtrack.us/congress/members.

 

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ASHRAE provides assistance to future engineers

Plumbing Engineer - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 20:38

ATLANTA – Twenty five students are receiving nearly $130,000 in financial assistance for the 2014-15 school year via ASHRAE’s scholarship program.

Over the course of 26 years, ASHRAE has awarded more than $1.4 million to over 300 deserving undergraduate and graduate students. The recipients of ASHRAE’s scholarship assistance for 2014-15 are:

  • Reuben Trane Scholarships: $10,000 to be awarded over two years, Hannah Littman, Georgia Institute of Technology, mechanical engineering; Alex Gasper, North Carolina State University, mechanical engineering; and Hunter Bachman, University of Delaware, mechanical engineering. The scholarship was established by the Trane Co. in memory of its founder, an innovative engineer, inventor and business executive.
  • Willis H. Carrier Scholarships: $10,000 for one year, Emmett Konrad, Iowa State University, mechanical engineering; and Elena Stutzer, University of Alaska, mechanical engineering. The scholarship was established by the Carrier Corp. in memory of its founder, who installed the world’s first scientifically designed air-conditioning system.
  • Lynn G. Bellenger Engineering Scholarship: $5,000 for one year, Katelyn Stenger, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, mechanical engineering. The scholarship recognizes a female undergraduate engineering student and is named in memory of the Society’s first female president.
  • Lynn G. Bellenger Engineering Technology Scholarship: $5,000 for one year, Courtney Hart, Vermont Technical College, architectural engineering technology. The scholarship recognizes female engineering technology students and is named in memory of Presidential Member Bellenger.
  • Frank M. Coda Scholarship: $5,000 for one year, Garth Grunerud, Lakehead University, mechanical engineering. The scholarship was created in memory of ASHRAE’s former executive vice president, who served from 1981-2004.
  • David C.J. Peters Scholarship: $5,000 for one year, Harrison Gray, University of Nevada, mechanical engineering. The scholarship is awarded to qualifying students attending Pennsylvania State University, Virginia Tech, California State University, Oklahoma State University, University of Texas, Clemson University, North Carolina State University, University of Nebraska, Cal Poly State University or University of Nevada. The scholarship was created by Southland Industries to honor Peters, an advocate of recruiting quality.
  • General Scholarships: $5,000 for one year, Keshavan Kope, University of California, mechanical engineering; and Arkasama Bandyopadhyay, Oklahoma State University, mechanical engineering.
  • Memorial Scholarship: $5,000 for one year, Nicole Barber, University of Regina, environmental systems engineering.

The following awards provide one-year $3,000 scholarships:

  • Region III Boggarm S. Setty Scholarship: Bayu Demerci, Pennsylvania State University, architectural engineering. This scholarship is awarded to an undergraduate engineering student attending an institution within ASHRAE Region III, which covers Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Washington, D.C. and is named after Setty, Fellow ASHRAE, Life Member.
  • Region IV Benny Bootle Scholarship: Lauriana Cojocaru, Bob Jones University, general engineering. The scholarship was established collaboratively by Region IV and Bootle, a former Region IV director and regional chair on the ASHRAE Board of Directors.
  • Minnesota Chapter Scholarship: Matthew Hamilton, University of Wisconsin, mechanical engineering.
  • Duane Hanson Scholarship: Michelle Shadpour, University of Southern California, mechanical engineering. The scholarship was established by Gayner Engineers and is named for the company’s former president.
  • Alwin B. Newton Scholarship: Andrew Nagus, University of Illinois, mechanical engineering. The scholarship is named for an industry pioneer and ASHRAE Fellow who was granted 219 patents.
  • Henry Adams Scholarship: Jonathan Hankenhof, University of Cincinnati, mechanical engineering. The scholarship was established by Henry Adams, Inc. in memory of its founder, a charter member and sixth president of ASHRAE’S predecessor society, ASHVE, established in 1899.
  • Region VIII Scholarship: Rezaei Someyeh, University of Tulsa. The scholarship is awarded to students attending schools in ASHRAE Region VIII, which includes Arkansas, Oklahoma, Mexico and parts of Louisiana and Texas.
  • Donald E. Nichols Scholarship: Anthony Taylor, Tennessee Technological University, mechanical engineering. The scholarship is awarded to an undergraduate engineering student attending Tennessee Technological University. It is named for a former ASHRAE vice president and graduate of Tennessee Technological University.
  • J. Richard Mehalick Scholarship: Yash Palawat, University of Pittsburgh, mechanical engineering. The Scholarship is named in memory of an ASHRAE member who was a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and oversaw development of air conditioning equipment used in commercial, military, aerospace and transportation applications.
  • Bachelor of Engineering Technology Scholarship: Nicholas Guetterman, Southern Illinois University, Industrial Technology.
  • High School Senior Scholarships: Chelsea Galera, Virginia Tech, mechanical engineering; Vincent Recco, Pennsylvania State University, mechanical engineering; Vasilis Schindle, University of Manitoba, mechanical engineering; and Lance Evans, Wenatchee Valley Community College, environmental systems and refrigeration technology. The scholarships are provided for high school seniors entering their freshman year of college in an engineering or engineering technology program.

For more information on ASHRAE scholarships, visit www.ashrae.org/scholarships.

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Scholarship winners announced by PHCC Educational Foundation

Plumbing & Mechanical Contractors - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 20:34

FALLS CHURCH, Va. — The Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors (PHCC) Educational Foundation announced the winners of 2014 scholarships awarded through the foundation. Seven students were awarded a total of $20,000 in scholarships funded by the foundation, the South Jersey Mechanical Contractors Association, Anne Williams, the PHCC Auxiliary of Massachusetts and PHCC’s Past National Officers.

Sixteen additional students will receive 2014 scholarships thanks to over $40,000 in funding provided by A. O. Smith, Bradford White Corporation, Delta Faucet Company, RIDGID Tool Company and State Water Heaters.

Evan Womble, of Durham, N.C., has been awarded the 2014 Charles F. Hiley Memorial Scholarship, a $5,000 award funded by the PHCC Educational Foundation and South Jersey Mechanical Contractors Association. Womble will be attending Campbell University, pursuing a degree in Business Administration.

Joshua Anderson, of Iowa City, Iowa, has been awarded a $2,500 scholarship funded by the PHCC Educational Foundation. Anderson is working full-time at PHCC member Bea Day Plumbing and is enrolled in the Kirkwood Community College Plumbing Program.

Zachary Charland, of Hubbardston, Mass., has been awarded a $2,500 scholarship funded by Anne Williams, in memory of Francis A. Williams, and the PHCC of Massachusetts Auxiliary. Charland is enrolled at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Adam Christopher Girardi, of Bonita, Calif., has been awarded a $2,500 scholarship, funded by the PHCC Past National Officers. Girardi is working full-time at PHCC member Perry Plumbing, In National City, Calif. He will be enrolling in the San Diego PHCC Plumbing Apprentice Program this fall.

Alex Moses, of Cambridge, Minn., has been awarded a $2,500 scholarship funded by the PHCC Educational Foundation. Moses is enrolled at University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, Minn., pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Brian Prenger, of Huntington Beach, Calif., has been awarded a $2,500 scholarship funded by the PHCC Educational Foundation. Prenger is working full-time at PHCC member C&R Drains, Costa Mesa, Calif., and is enrolled in the PHCC ORSB (Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties) Apprentice Program.

Eric Teran of El Cajon, Calif., has been awarded a $2,500 scholarship funded by the PHCC Educational Foundation. Teran is working full-time at PHCC member Anderson Plumbing, Heating & Air in El Cajon, Calif., and will be enrolling in the San Diego PHCC Apprentice Program this fall.
The PHCC Educational Foundation, a partnership of contractors, manufacturers, and wholesalers, was founded in 1987 to serve the plumbing-heating-cooling industry by preparing contractors and their employees to meet the challenges of a constantly changing marketplace.

Students interested in pursuing a career in the plumbing or HVACR professions are invited to visit the foundation’s website for information on 2015 scholarships.

Visit www.phccfoundation.org

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Hydraulic Institute executive director to retire

Plumbing Engineer - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 13:48

PARSIPPANY, N.J. – The Hydraulic Institute announced the planned retirement of its long-serving executive director.

Robert K. Asdal, who has served as HI Executive Director since February 1, 1991, has announced his retirement plan to the HI Board, which will become effective June 30, 2015. During his tenure the Institute has grown significantly in size, scope, services to members expanding its geographic footprint as well. As Executive Director for nearly 24 years Asdal has helped the Board shape the strategic direction of HI to better serve the needs of members and the customers that they serve.

HI’s membership now includes pump companies worldwide, supported by a relatively new Board-approved policy to admit pump and supplier OEMs outside North America as members. The Institute’s Associate membership program, attracting leading suppliers to the industry is another successful program introduced under Asdal’s leadership. Motor, seal, drive, coupling, bearing, casting, software and instrumentation and control companies now affiliate with HI in important roles from helping write standards to educational offerings.

The HI Standards Partner program for engineering consulting firms, another important innovation led by Asdal has strengthened HI engagement with this important sector of the industry. With his efforts in crafting an enduring vision and mission for energy, efficiency and economics of pump system optimization, HI also created Pump Systems Matter, a 501(c)3 educational subsidiary, which increasingly provides webinars, pump systems optimization courses and e-learning to pump end-users, OEMs, energy efficiency organizations, utilities and pump distributors.

HI has prominently led in representing the pump industry in the U.S. DOE pump efficiency rulemaking, which led to terms for a negotiated rulemaking this summer. HI also engaged with Congress and the Senate and House energy oversight committees on behalf of the pump industry.

Established in 1917, HI was previously run by an association management company. Asdal was HI’s first full-time employee, joining the association when its budget was less than $500,000. During his 24 year tenure HI has grown to over a $3 million operating budget with a staff of sixteen people.

Dennis Wierzbicki, HI Board Chairman, said, “Bob has been a terrific assist to HI and the pump industry with his ceaseless energy, enthusiasm and ideas to continually grow the scope of HI programs and services. The Board and HI members are indebted to him for his years of valued service. The Hydraulic Institute is stronger, more effective and more impactful as a result of his efforts over the years. We are working closely with a search committee and the board to find a worthy successor.”

HI has retained the services of Association Strategies, Inc. to support the HI Search Committee and the Hydraulic Institute Board in conducting a national search for a successor. Interested candidates can apply via the ASI website.

Visit www.assnstrategies.com

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Registration opens for ICC 2014 conference, hearings, expo

Plumbing & Mechanical Contractors - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 13:01

WASHINGTON — Registration is open for the Intermnational Code Council’s (ICC) 2014 Annual Conference, Group C Public Comment Hearings and Expo. The vents will take place September 28–October 5 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Attendees can advance their careers by attending top-notch seminars, networking with colleagues and peers, and helping finalize changes to the 2015 International Green Construction Code by participating in the code hearings.

With the Public Comment Hearings that will take place, the future of sustainable construction will be up for discussion. The ICC stresses that attendees help is needed to ensure that the 2015 International Green Construction Code (IgCC), the first green code to be developed that is coordinated with the I-Codes, is a safe, resilient, sustainable and energy efficient model code for use in the built environment. The hearings are free to attend and offer the opportunity to learn more about the codes, get involved in the code development process, and voice opinions about proposed code changes. No other building safety code conference offers more exclusive I-Code resources, tools and educational opportunities under one roof than ICC’s Annual Conference.

ICC Non-Members registering for a Full Conference Registration will receive a free, one year “Building Safety Professional” ICC Membership. For details and a list of exclusive ICC Member benefits and services included in this offer, click here. Membership begins November 1. (Please note, this free Membership offer is not redeemable for cash value and does not include a free code book during your first free year of Membership.)

The World Organization of Building Officials (WOBO) will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the organization’s first conference and hold its Board of Governors meeting in conjunction with the 2014 ICC Annual Conference. WOBO was founded to fill a void and satisfy a number of needs as building officials organization to deal with global issues that began to emerge in the 1970s.

Register at http://ow.ly/BhzgU

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Registration opens for ICC 2014 conference, hearings, expo

Plumbing Engineer - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 14:08

WASHINGTON — Registration is open for the Intermnational Code Council’s (ICC) 2014 Annual Conference, Group C Public Comment Hearings and Expo. The vents will take place September 28–October 5 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Attendees can advance their careers by attending top-notch seminars, networking with colleagues and peers, and helping finalize changes to the 2015 International Green Construction Code by participating in the code hearings.

With the Public Comment Hearings that will take place, the future of sustainable construction will be up for discussion. The ICC stresses that attendees help is needed to ensure that the 2015 International Green Construction Code (IgCC), the first green code to be developed that is coordinated with the I-Codes, is a safe, resilient, sustainable and energy efficient model code for use in the built environment. The hearings are free to attend and offer the opportunity to learn more about the codes, get involved in the code development process, and voice opinions about proposed code changes. No other building safety code conference offers more exclusive I-Code resources, tools and educational opportunities under one roof than ICC’s Annual Conference.

ICC Non-Members registering for a Full Conference Registration will receive a free, one year “Building Safety Professional” ICC Membership. For details and a list of exclusive ICC Member benefits and services included in this offer, click here. Membership begins November 1. (Please note, this free Membership offer is not redeemable for cash value and does not include a free code book during your first free year of Membership.)

The World Organization of Building Officials (WOBO) will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the organization’s first conference and hold its Board of Governors meeting in conjunction with the 2014 ICC Annual Conference. WOBO was founded to fill a void and satisfy a number of needs as building officials organization to deal with global issues that began to emerge in the 1970s.

Register at http://ow.ly/BhzgU 

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SPI to feature Solar Heating and Cooling Symposium

Plumbing & Mechanical Contractors - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 13:04

WASHINGTON – On October 20 and 21, Solar Power International, the solar industry’s most powerful, comprehensive educational conference and product exhibition, will offer its first-ever dedicated symposium on the solar heating and cooling (SHC) sector.

“This is a truly exciting time for solar heating and cooling,” said Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). “Every year, more than 30,000 SHC systems are installed in the U.S. – but we can do even better. SEIA’s goal is to install 100 million SHC panels over the next 35 years, creating more than 50,000 good-paying American jobs and saving $61 billion in energy costs for America homeowners, businesses, schools and governments.”

Approximately 44 percent of energy consumption in the U.S. is directly attributable to heating and cooling. As detailed in the SHC roadmap, released last year and developed by BEAM Engineering and a task force of SEIA-member companies, an expansion of SHC systems will allow America to generate nearly 8 percent of its total heating and cooling needs through solar, displacing an equivalent of 64 coal plants.

The two-day symposium will feature keynote speaker Jigar Shah, author of “Creating Climate Wealth,” panels on innovation, growth markets and financing, as well as networking opportunities and access to the Solar Power International floor show.

Celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2014, the Solar Energy Industries Association is the national trade association of the U.S. solar energy industry. Through advocacy and education, SEIA is building a strong solar industry to power America. As the voice of the industry, SEIA works with its 1,000 member companies to champion the use of clean, affordable solar in America by expanding markets, removing market barriers, strengthening the industry and educating the public on the benefits of solar energy.

Visit www.seia.org

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National Appliance Energy Conservation Act will be a game changer

Plumbing & Mechanical Contractors - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 13:30

FALLS CHURCH, Va. — The National Appliance Energy Conservation Act (NEACA) is the new water heater efficiency standards going into effect on April 16, 2015. PHCC will continually be updating its site with new information on the act, as it becomes available.

A “playbook” has been developed in partnership with Bradford White Corporation on the new water heater efficiency standards and how they’ll impact your business. It includes:

•New Energy Factor Requirements

•Current vs. 2015 Standards in a Variety of Common Size Water Heaters

•A Handy Checklist to Prepare for the Countdown!

•What You Should Tell Your Technicians

•What You Should Tell Your Customers

•Impact on Manufacturers and Distributors

Changes will vary depending on class and volume. They will be minor in some cases and more radical in others. PHCC is committed to getting the industry ready for this game changer. Programs and resources currently available are listed on its site. A PHCC webinar is available for viewing, presented by Chad Sanborn of Bradford White Corporation. Learn about the new regulations and potential changes in products and installation. CONNECT 2014 will feature a Special Educational Session, October 8-10, in New Orleans.

Bradford White will give attendees the competitive edge with the latest information on how the new regulations will impact business. These new efficiency standards are a prime opportunity to reach out to both existing and potential customers.

Visit www.phccweb.org 

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GEO wants to amend Illinois Regulatory Policy for GHPs

Plumbing Engineer - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 13:04

WASHINGTON — Illinois MapThe Geothermal Exchange Organization (GEO), Geothermal Alliance of Illinois and ComEd are collaborating to amend the Illinois Technical Reference Manual (TRM) used by Illinois’ electric utilities to determine the efficiency of geothermal heat pumps (GHPs).

“We changed state law last year to redefine energy efficiency as the reduction of energy consumed for an end use, and now we must change the rules used to determine product efficiency,” said GEO President and CEO Doug Dougherty.

The group’s amendment would change four critical points:

  1. Allowing GHPs to be compared to 80 percent efficient natural gas furnaces
  2. Including the desuperheater water heating efficiencies of GHPs
  3. Recognizing the true cost of air-source heat pumps, raising the average by 54 percent
  4. Extending the useful life of a GHP from 18 to 25 years

“The changes we propose are based on reality, not hypotheticals, and clearly dismiss the arcane notion of fuel switching when comparing the efficiencies of GHPs to fossil-fuel appliances for space and water heating,” Dougherty said. “We’re sharing our amendment with the newly formed NY-GEO (previous article), which is launching a similar effort in New York.”

GEO believes the Illinois changes can serve as a template across the country in states that have similar regulatory impediments.

Visit www.geoexchange.org

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RPA conference to be held in conjunction with 2015 AHR Expo

Plumbing & Mechanical Contractors - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 13:53

September 9th, 2014

WESTPORT, Conn. — The Radiant Professionals Alliance (RPA) has announced that it will hold its Annual Meeting and Conference in conjunction with the 2015 AHR Expo that takes place in Chicago from January 26-28, 2015. RPA believes that the joint effort will significantly expand its overall presence.

A long-time supporter of AHR Expo and an integral part of the IAPMO Group, RPA is established for the purpose of providing superior leadership and fostering the awareness of innovative technology through comprehensive educational activities, products, codes and standards, and public awareness initiatives. It is RPA’s mission to serve as a clearinghouse of experience, ideas, and information to further the objectives and sustain interest on behalf of the RPA membership.

In addition to relocating its meeting and conference to AHR Expo, RPA will develop a training and education program and host a booth on the show floor. Hundreds of radiant professionals are expected to attend RPA’s Annual Meeting & Conference, which will be held Tuesday, January 27, 2015, at McCormick Place. RPA will also hold its Board Meeting in Chicago on Sunday, January 25, 2015, the day before the opening of the show.

“The Radiant Professionals Alliance has been an exhibitor at AHR Expo for many years and it has been very beneficial. Now we are thrilled to be working with AHR Expo to enhance education and training for the Radiant-Hydronic Industry,” said Mark Eatherton, executive director of the RPA.

Eatherton said the RPA has already assembled an Education Committee of experts who are developing a complete radiant and hydronic training and education program that will be available to all AHR Expo attendees. In addition, some of the topics that will be addressed at the RPA Annual Meeting include:
•Updates on the RPA Certification program for Designers and Installers
•Preview of the new Uniform Solar Energy and Hydronics Code for the United States
•A review of the RPA Education Committee’s priority list of programs and projects for the industry
•A presentation of legislative activity involving the Radiant-Hydronics industry by the Public Policy Committee, including their mission to expand rebate programs
•Market expansion programs for the Commercial Radiant-Hydronics segment, targeted specifically at the Manufacturer and Contractor, and a separate program for Residential Market expansion

RPA is one of nearly three-dozen industry-leading organizations that are Endorsing Associations of AHR Expo, many of which also offer educational programs at the show.

“Participating in AHR Expo enhances RPA’s status as one of the leading organizations in the industry, all of which are there,” said Mark Chaffee, chairman of the Board of RPA.

GP Russ Chaney, CEO of IAPMO, echoed these sentiments and said, “IAPMO endeavors to always be a positive contributor to the Plumbing and Mechanical Industry and we are very pleased that RPA will be expanding its presence at 2015 AHR Expo to better meet the needs of the industry.”

“We are delighted RPA is relocating its annual Meeting and Conference to AHR Expo,” said Clay Stevens, president of International Exposition Company, which produces and manages the AHR Expo. “AHR Expo attendees who are interested in radiant heating and cooling will be able to stay at the cutting-edge of the technology, while RPA members will be able to discover new products and solutions from nearly 2,000 exhibitors and choose from more than 100 AHR Expo and ASHRAE educational sessions.”

Stevens said radiant heating and cooling has been a steadily growing segment of AHR EXPO for several years and features many exhibiting companies showcasing radiant products and solutions.

“AHR Expo represents all segments of the HVACR industry so we are glad any time we can strengthen and grow a key sector of the show,” Stevens said.

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National Appliance Energy Conservation Act will be a game changer

Plumbing Engineer - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 13:30

FALLS CHURCH, Va. — The National Appliance Energy Conservation Act (NEACA) is the new water heater efficiency standards going into effect on April 16, 2015. PHCC will continually be updating its site with new information on the act, as it becomes available.

A “playbook” has been developed in partnership with Bradford White Corporation on the new water heater efficiency standards and how they’ll impact your business.

It includes:
•New Energy Factor Requirements
•Current vs. 2015 Standards in a Variety of Common Size Water Heaters
•A Handy Checklist to Prepare for the Countdown!
•What You Should Tell Your Technicians
•What You Should Tell Your Customers
•Impact on Manufacturers and Distributors
•Click here to download the complete handbook. (Members only)

Changes will vary depending on class and volume. They will be minor in some cases and more radical in others.

PHCC is committed to getting the industry ready for this game changer. Programs and resources currently available are listed on its site. A PHCC webinar is available for viewing, presented by Chad Sanborn of Bradford White Corporation. Learn about the new regulations and potential changes in products and installation.

CONNECT 2014 will feature a Special Educational Session, October 8-10, in New Orleans. Bradford White will give attendees the competitive edge with the latest information on how the new regulations will impact business. These new efficiency standards are a prime opportunity to reach out to both existing and potential customers.

Visit www.phccweb.org

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