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MCERF supports Team USA in Water Innovation Challenge

Plumbing & Mechanical Contractors - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 13:34

ROCKVILLE, Md.— The Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF) donated $5,000 to sponsor Team USA in the upcoming WorldSkills Foundation Water Innovation Challenge supported by the World Plumbing Council. PCA Chairman Emeritus William N. Erickson (C.J. Erickson Plumbing Co.), a former member of the Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA) Board of Directors will lead the team. The competition will be held June 3-5 in Singapore and co-located with Singapore International Water Week.

The WorldSkills Foundation Water Innovation Challenge will bring together a group of international, multi-discipline teams of plumbers and engineers under the age of 26 to participate in a series of hands-on design challenges and practical tasks. During three days of intense competition, the teams will develop a series of real and innovative solutions for emerging water and sanitation problems in two developing countries: Nepal and Bangladesh. Solutions created during the Water Innovation Challenge will go on to be implemented by the winning team in the WorldSkills Foundation’s Nepal or Bangladesh “Sanitation Studio” program—a partnership between Australian NGO Healthabitat and WorldSkills Foundation.

Design tool kits created by the teams will also be made available for other non-governmental organizations (NGOs) or international development organizations for further use in their own plumbing and sanitation development works around the world.

By taking part in this inaugural event, the teams will demonstrate that an idea combined with the necessary technical knowledge and hands-on ability can take a young plumbing apprentice anywhere in the world, where their skills can really make a difference.

The Challenge will be further complimented by a showcase of new virtual 3-D learning tools created as part of the WorldSkills Foundation–Institute of Technical Education (ITE) Singapore Innovation Lab project: virtual reality training applications for plumbing and sanitation, designed for the use of over 500 students in the Higher Nitec Facilities Management courses across ITE.

The World Health Organization has declared plumbers the most important front-line health workers around the globe. Many people appreciate that when they have easy access to clean water in basins, taps and toilets, much of the technical and practical skill required to provide these services happen behind the scenes. This “hidden” work—carried out by plumbers—meets the essential standards and requirements demanded by our daily lives,  specially when living in close communities.

The United Nations has declared 2005-2015 an International Decade for Action, in which a global “Water for Life” agenda must focus on increased attention to water related issues. By including safe drinking water supply and sanitation in the Millennium Development Goals, the global community has recognized their critical importance and the role they play in ensuring a healthy and sustainable future for all people of the world.

While many parts of the world enjoy access to clean water and effective sanitation provided by a skilled and professional plumbing workforce, the above statement reveals that many global communities are trapped in a vicious cycle of disease, poor health, deprivation and death.

MCERF supports the mechanical contracting industry’s most critical educational and research needs. It does so by funding industry-critical research and contributing significantly to the support of talented and interested young people by funding internship grants and working very closely with MCAA’s student chapters and faculty advisers.

Visit www.mcerf.org

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Xylem wins award for employee engagement program

Plumbing Engineer - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 13:20

RYE BROOK, N.Y. – Xylem Inc. has been chosen to receive the 2014 Corporate Excellence Award from Charities@Work, an alliance of four nonprofit federations that serves as the cooperative voice for more than 2,000 international, national, and local charities. The award was presented at the Charities@Work 13th Annual Best Practices Summit on Employee Engagement in Corporate Citizenship in New York on April 4.

Xylem received the Corporate Excellence Award in recognition of its employee engagement activities, including a matching gifts program, volunteer opportunities, and senior leadership and executive participation. Director of Corporate Citizenship and Social Investment Michael Fields accepted the award on behalf of Xylem.

“I am proud of the achievements Xylem Watermark has been able to make with our employee engagement program,” Fields said. “Xylem has always taken pride in devoting our technology, time, and talent to advance the smarter use of water. We applaud our employees for their consistent dedication in helping us find solutions to water issues around the world, and we are pleased to be recognized for our strong engagement program and commitment to making it a success.”

Each year, Xylem Watermark offers employees a variety of ways to make their mark on the global water crisis. Through the Employee Matching Gifts Program, Xylem matches each employee’s contributions up to $5000 per year, and in some water-related emergencies, double matches contributions to Xylem Watermark’s nonprofit partners. Employees can also serve as Watermark Champions, leading their offices in programs and fundraisers to help solve water challenges. In addition, an average of 50 employees each year travel to the field with Xylem Watermark’s nonprofit partners to take an active role in addressing critical water needs for communities.

Xylem Watermark’s mission is to provide and protect safe water resources for communities around the world, and does so through a holistic strategy including nonprofit partnerships, corporate citizenship, thought leadership – and employee engagement.

Xylem Watermark is the global corporate citizenship and social investment program of Xylem Inc., a leading global water technology provider. The program seeks to provide and protect safe water resources for vulnerable communities around the world. Xylem Watermark partners with leading international humanitarian organizations – Water For People, Mercy Corps, China Women’s Development Foundation, Planet Water Foundation and Fundación Avina – to support communities in more than 20 countries around the world. Through these partnerships, and by engaging Xylem’s employees around the world, the program has reached more than 2.3 million people with clean water and sanitation solutions since 2008. Learn more at www.xylemwatermark.com.

Charities@Work is an alliance of four nonprofit federations (America’s Charities, Community Health Charities, EartheShare and Global Impact) that serves as the cooperative voice for more than 2000 international, national, and local charities. Its purpose is to provide employers with an efficient way to enhance their employee engagement programs and initiatives and to respond to growing employee interest in a wider range of giving options. The Charities@Work 13th Annual Best Practices Summit on Employee Engagement in Corporate Citizenship brings together new speakers and valuable content through interactive plenary sessions, workshops and peer-to-peer breakout sessions. The Corporate Excellence Award is the top award, given annually to one corporation for overall excellence in employee engagement or Corporate Social Responsibility.

Visit www.charitiesatwork.org and www.xyleminc.com

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Lochinvar announces March VIP Contractor program winner

Plumbing & Mechanical Contractors - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 16:33

LEBANON, Tenn. – The March winner in the VIP Installation Showcase is Charlie Sarkis of A. Tech Mechanical in Welland, Ontario. His entry described an installation at a 10,000-square-foot home with five zones of radiant in-floor heating.

“Two KBN155 boilers were the choice for both peace of mind and efficiency,” Sarkis said.

One more VIP will be selected for a trip for two to Nashville in June. VIPs can upload a photo and brief description of any qualified boiler or boiler/Squire combination installation for a chance to be named the monthly winner of the VIP Installation Showcase. Once an entry has been submitted, it is featured in a gallery where Facebook users can vote for their favorite installation. Those not engaged with social media can enter and vote on www.knightheatingboiler.com.

The top three entries with the most votes each month are selected as finalists, and a panel of Lochinvar judges chooses the monthly winner. New and repeat entries can be submitted each month for additional chances to win.

Visit www.Lochinvar.com

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Mr. Rooter Plumbing creatively celebrates World Health Day

Plumbing Engineer - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 16:18

WACO, Texas — April 7 is not only the founding date of the World Health Organization (WHO), it has also become a day to raise awareness of ongoing health concerns “World Health Day.” Each year, a new awareness theme is created to focus attention on public health concerns and encourage families to take action to protect themselves. This year, the WHO focused on bringing to light the threats vector-borne illnesses pose to people around the world.

Mr. Rooter Plumbing traveled abroad in 2009, working with Haitian communities to teach locals simple water purification approaches, making clean water a possibility for the villages. After seeing the contamination they endured, Mr. Rooter Plumbing wanted to continue that outreach.

This year, Mr. Rooter Plumbing decided to utilize a zombie/apocalypse theme in its outreach about clean water and high standards for sanitation. Mr. Rooter Plumbing celebrated World Health Day, and keeping zombies at bay, by following these steps to better protect against water-borne illnesses:
1. Pick up a water filter for home faucets to guarantee contamination-free water.
2. Don’t let loved ones swallow water in swimming pools, hot tubs, rivers, fountains, or oceans.
3. Avoid flushing non-degradable products; this damages sewage treatment processes and causes water pollution.
4. When traveling, bring bottled waters along. But, don’t forget to recycle them!
5. Turn off running tap water to prevent water shortages and reduce the amount of contaminated water needing treatment.
6. Keep an eye on what goes down the drain. Don’t let paints or oils run down them; they’ll contribute to contamination!
7. Try to use environmentally friendly household cleaning products and toiletries.
8. Allow a plumbing professional to clean up any waste or sewage leaks in or around the home. Vector-borne illnesses often camp out in these messy conditions.
9. Clean up litter in your community, and throw it away. If left alone, it’ll contribute to water contamination.
10. Learn common symptoms for water-borne illnesses; education is the best form of protection. Share the wealth of knowledge with family and friends to help them protect themselves as well.

Check out the zombie/apocalypse video that Mr. Rooter Plumbing created in its outreach efforts at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSzkMtz9rJk 

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Rinnai launches tankless water heater replacement effort

Plumbing & Mechanical Contractors - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 20:38

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. — Rinnai America Corporation is incentivizing contractors, dealers and installers with $200 in cash for every traditional tank-style water heater they replace with the Rinnai RH180 Tank-Tankless Water Heater between April 15 and July 31.

Rinnai’s new water-heating innovation, the RH180 Hybrid Tank-Tankless Water Heater, simplifies a homeowner’s life with greater hot-water performance and supply. The unit:

  • Combines the immediate large quantity of hot water provided by a traditional tank-style water heater and the advanced supply delivered by tankless technology.
  • Is an ideal solution for emergency replacement or remodeling jobs.
  • Offers a 180-gallon first-hour rating and reduced recovery time as compared to traditional tank-style water heaters.
  • Uses standard connections: 1/2-inch gas line, same water connections as a standard tank and 4-inch B-vent or common vent for a fast and easy install.
  • Touts a controller with diagnostic capabilities, easy repair and component accessibility, and minimizes standby loss.

“The Rinnai RH180 Hybrid Tank-Tankless Water Heater ‘Boot It. Loot It. Like It.’ promotion is a win-win for trade professionals,” said Kirk Morrow, director of sales at Rinnai. “The RH180 Hybrid Tank-Tankless Water Heater provides homeowners with a luxurious hot-water experience and trade professionals earn cash in the process.”

Visit www.rinnai.us

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LIXIL donates to UNICEF Philippines after Super Typhoon Haiyan

Plumbing Engineer - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 20:34

PISCATAWAY, N.J. ―LIXIL Corporation, a global leader in the housing products and building materials industry, announced that in collaboration with American Standard Brands, its wholly owned subsidiary in the U.S., it supplied UNICEF Philippines with 10,000 SaTo hygienic toilet pans to support reconstruction efforts in the aftermath of the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan.

SaTo – pronounced SAH-toh, derived from “Safe Toilet” – is a sanitary toilet pan designed by American Standard Brands for use in Bangladesh. It works without sewer infrastructure and uses ingeniously simple mechanical and water seals to close off pit latrines from the open air, reducing the transmission of disease. LIXIL and American Standard collaborated to donate these pans to the Philippines, where UNICEF estimates that as many as 4 million children may be affected by the disaster. UNICEF intends to employ the toilet pans as an interim solution until the sewage system in the area can be rebuilt.

“We are delighted UNICEF will be using the toilet pans to effectively improve sanitation in the disaster-stricken area. Improving world sanitation is a key corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative for LIXIL,” said Harumi Matsumura, executive officer and senior managing director, public relations, CSR and environmental for Lixil.

This commitment to supporting the area is in addition to the 10 million JPY ― nearly $100,000 in U.S. dollars ― and 10,000 plates, bowls and spoons donated immediately after the typhoon struck in November 2013.

In addition to emergency responses such as these, LIXIL is implementing the “ISIS 2018” Project, as part of a wider program focused on improved sanitation with UNICEF. This initiative was formalized in a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the two organizations in November 2013.

Victoria Bolam, global brand and CSR director for Lixil, explained that the Improved Sanitation In Schools 2018 (ISIS 2018) program will provide improved sanitation facilities and education to 2,018,000 school children worldwide by the end of 2018. A minimum of 44,000 children will benefit from sanitation education and basic sanitation kits in the Philippines in 2014, and 16,000 school children in rural schools in China will receive new toilet facilities in July.

“LIXIL’s most challenging ISIS project is the installation of eco-sanitation toilet systems in schools located in the poorest and most marginalized communities in Mukuru, Nairobi. These involve design, construction, education, maintenance, compost manufacture and compost sales. The first system will be installed at the beginning of April this year, and will benefit up to 400 children,” Bolam said. “Improved sanitation is not just about toilets. It is about improved health, education, safety, and, most importantly, dignity. We are committed to finding workable, scalable solutions which provide an impactful solution to this global issue.”

Visit www.lixil-group.co.jp

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NAHB reports popular features found in new homes

Plumbing & Mechanical Contractors - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 14:16

WASHINGTON — With New Homes Month in April, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) is sharing the most popular features in new single-family homes in 2014. Builders from across the country were surveyed on what features they were most likely to include in a typical single-family home this year, revealing that convenience, livability and energy efficiency are top priorities.

“Newly constructed homes can suit the specific requirements of today’s home buyers,” said NAHB Chairman Kevin Kelly, a home builder and developer from Wilmington, Del. “And now is a great time to consider buying a new home, as consumers can take advantage of competitive home prices and low interest rates to find the perfect new home for their families.”

Home builders are including features that are practical and functional for the daily lives of today’s home buyers. The features that are most likely to be included in a typical single-family home this year are:

  1. Walk-in closet in the master bedroom
  2. Low-e windows
  3. Laundry room
  4. Great room

Energy efficiency is a key theme with Energy-Star rated appliances, programmable thermostats and Energy-Star rated windows at the top of the list. These features help make the home more comfortable and can save the home owner significant money over the long term. On a median per square-foot basis, home owners spent 78 cents per square foot per year on electricity, while owners of new homes spent 65 cents per square foot per year, according to data from the 2009 American Housing Survey (AHS).

Builders also list features such as granite countertops, a double sink and a central island as winning elements in new-home kitchens, and a linen closet and a private toilet in the bathroom. Additional features likely to be included throughout the home include first-floor ceilings at least nine-feet high, a front porch, outdoor lighting and a patio.

Home buyers can access home buying and home building information and resources on NAHB’s website.

Visit www.nahb.org/forconsumers

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U.S. DOE to present webinar on compliance, enforcement for plumbing products

Plumbing Engineer - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 13:39

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), on April 17, from 2-3:30pm (EST), will host an online webinar titled “DOE Certification, Compliance, and Enforcement Overview for Plumbing Products.”

Last year, U.S. Customs and Border Protection finalized regulations that allow officials to refuse admission of consumer products and industrial equipment that are found to be noncompliant with energy conservation and labeling standards, including plumbing products.

“This is the second time in the last couple of years that the plumbing industry has partnered with DOE to provide industry specific guidance,” said Dain Hansen, vice president of Government Relations for IAPMO.
“With U.S. Customs and Border Protection now increasing its ability to enforce and refuse entry to noncompliant products, this training is coming at an opportune time.”

The webinar will explain the obligations that manufacturers, private labelers and importers must meet to ensure their plumbing products comply with the federal water consumption regulations. These obligations include testing in accordance with the appropriate test procedures to ensure compliance with the applicable standard and annually certifying to DOE the compliance of these products.

DOE will explain how to certify compliance as well as the steps DOE takes to ensure products are indeed compliant with their applicable standards. A recently implemented customs rule regarding importation of
products regulated by DOE and the steps importers must take to ensure their products are properly imported prior to sale in the U.S. will also be discussed.

Under authority from the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 (as amended), DOE regulates the water consumption of specific plumbing products. These products include faucets, showerheads, water closets,
urinals, and commercial pre-rinse spray valves.

IAPMO R&T Lab and IAPMO R&T have partnered with DOE for nearly 10 years as a provider of third-party testing and certification services to such DOE consumer product labeling programs as ENERGY STAR and U.S.
EPA’s WaterSense.

Participants may register at www1.gotomeeting.com/register/637357752

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Veteran appreciates new home from Homes for Our Troops

Plumbing & Mechanical Contractors - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 14:11

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Marine Sergeant Jordan Maynard described his new home in Cottonwood, Ariz., with both disbelief and gratitude in his voice. Injured after stepping on an IED while doing foot patrol during his second deployment in Afghanistan in 2011, Maynard was forced to amputate both of his legs above the knee after the blast. He soon found that the residence he was once living in was no longer a good fit, as it could not accommodate his injuries and new lifestyle.

Homes for Our Troops (HfOT), an organization that builds new homes for injured war veterans using donations of money, labor, and materials for construction, chose Maynard to be the recipient for a new home that would be custom designed to fit his unique physical needs and allow him to feel liberated and independent. Since 2011, HARDI has collaborated with the organization by donating funds and equipment through the silent auction and HALO walk held in conjunction with HARDI’s annual conference. This year, HARDI was able to donate over $16,000 in money and donations of material and equipment to Homes for Our Troops.

On February 1, 2014, the town of Cottonwood held a special ceremony for Sergeant Maynard, attended by US Armed Forces veterans and Marine Corps soldiers, where he was officially handed the keys to his new home. Before that, the community held a spaghetti supper where $6,106 was contributed to Homes for Our Troops in honor of Sergeant Maynard. To date, Cottonwood has raised more money for Homes for Our Troops than any other city. No small feat for a town with a population of just over 11,000 people.

For full story visit www.hardinet.org/news

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Veteran appreciates new home from Homes for Our Troops

Plumbing Engineer - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 13:36

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Marine Sergeant Jordan Maynard described his new home in Cottonwood, Ariz., with both disbelief and gratitude in his voice. Injured after stepping on an IED while doing foot patrol during his second deployment in Afghanistan in 2011, Maynard was forced to amputate both of his legs above the knee after the blast. He soon found that the residence he was once living in was no longer a good fit, as it could not accommodate his injuries and new lifestyle.

Homes for Our Troops (HfOT), an organization that builds new homes for injured war veterans using donations of money, labor, and materials for construction, chose Maynard to be the recipient for a new home that would be custom designed to fit his unique physical needs and allow him to feel liberated and independent. Since 2011, HARDI has collaborated with the organization by donating funds and equipment through the silent auction and HALO walk held in conjunction with HARDI’s annual conference. This year, HARDI was able to donate over $16,000 in money and donations of material and equipment to Homes for Our Troops.

On February 1, the town of Cottonwood held a special ceremony for Sergeant Maynard, attended by US Armed Forces veterans and Marine Corps soldiers, where he was officially handed the keys to his new home. Before that, the community held a spaghetti supper where $6,106 was contributed to Homes for Our Troops in honor of Sergeant Maynard. To date, Cottonwood has raised more money for Homes for Our Troops than any other city. No small feat for a town with a population of just over 11,000 people.

Visit www.hardinet.org/news

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PMI Supports Senate Legislation Authorizing WaterSense Program

Plumbing Engineer - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 16:26

ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill. — On April 9, 2014, Senator Tom Udall (D) of New Mexico introduced legislation, The WaterSense Efficiency, Conservation, and Adaptation Act, that would authorize and enhance the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) WaterSense program, providing a dedicated source of funding for the water equivalent of Energy Star.

“We applaud Senator Udall for introducing this legislation which recognizes the importance of the WaterSense program, a public-private partnership, that encourages consumers to decrease indoor water use through more efficient plumbing products, services, and practices which will save water, as well as money and energy,” said Barbara C. Higgens, Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI) CEO/Executive Director. Visit www.pmihome.org.

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PHCC Essentials class provides glimpse of 2020 jobsite

Plumbing & Mechanical Contractors - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 14:08

FALLS CHURCH, Va. — A sold-out crowd of 27 project managers, estimators and contractor business owners have completed the 2014 offering of the Essentials of Project Management course conducted by the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors—National Association (PHCC) Educational Foundation. This four-day intensive training program has been teaching p-h-c contractor business owners and their project management team to recognize the massive value of pre-planning and standardizing their project management procedures since 1996.

This year’s program featured expanded discussions on project cash flow, recruiting Generation Y workers and new technologies that will radically change construction over the next five years. Kirk Alter is the course director and a professor at Purdue University.

The foundation will be offering a two-day Advanced Management Workshop with Alter at the Viega Educational Facility in Nashua, N.H., on June 6 and 7. The next full Essentials class will be held in March 2015, but individual sessions extracted from the course are available as half- or full-day educational seminars that can be presented locally to industry organizations and contractor groups.

Visit www.naphcc.org

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IAPMO prepares for 4th International Emerging Technology Symposium

Plumbing Engineer - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 13:24

ARLINGTON, Va. — On  April 23 – 24, at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Va., well-known experts in the fields of water and energy efficiency will gather for the fourth International Emerging Technology Symposium (IETS).

The experts will discuss emerging products and practices and exchange views on new trends in the industry. Ideas and approaches about emerging technologies coming to market will be shared so that attendees can learn about innovative green plumbing and mechanical concepts, view presentations, and engage in timely discussions on how the water utility, manufacturing, engineering and trade industries have found solutions through emerging technologies in the water efficiency, plumbing and mechanical industries.

Sponsors, presenters, and panelists participating in this symposium represent a diverse body of knowledge in the fields of:
• Water, Sanitation and Health
• Water and Energy Efficiency
• Water Reuse
• Solar and Other Renewable Energies
• Water Quality
• Fat, Oil and Grease Discharges
• Advancements in Mechanical Systems
• Plumbing Research Initiatives
• Laws, Regulations and Policy Development
• New Efficiencies in HVAC
• Topics raised by audience participants during the symposium

The following are a few of the planned Emerging Technology Symposium Presentations to discuss emerging trends, practices and products:

“Comparing the Energy Requirements of Hot Water Circulation System Control Strategies” by Gary Klein, Affiliated International Management, LLC

“Emerging Opportunities for Heat Metering” by James Critchfield, Director, Clean Energy Initiatives, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

“Emerging Residential Scale Prevention Technologies” by Pauli Undesser, WQA Director of Regulatory and Technical Affairs

“Potable Water Hygiene System – A Novel Approach for Drinking Water Installations” by Dr. Roland Blumenthal, Kemper Building Technology

“WaterSense Flushes Out Concerns With High‐Efficiency Commercial Plumbing” Stephanie Tanner, Lead Engineer, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense and Robert Pickering, Environmental Engineer, Eastern Research Group Inc.

“Moving to continuous water supply in urban India: Implications for Last Mile infrastructure” by Kyle Konda – UNC Water Institute

“Bio-aerosols in Building Drainage and Plumbing Systems: Cross Contamination, Monitoring and Prevention” by Dr. Michael Gormley, Institute for Building and Urban Design, The School of the Built Environment, Heriot-Watt University, Scotland

“Solid Transport in Near Horizontal Drain Lines: Mechanisms and Modeling Under Low Water Usage Criteria” byDr. Michael Gormley, Institute for Building and Urban Design, The School of the Built Environment, Heriot-Watt

“Innovative Technologies in Commercial Foodservice” by Don Fisher, President/CEO of Fisher-Nickel, Inc.

This 2014 symposium is a highly anticipated reprise of the 2008, 2010 and 2012 symposiums.

“This symposium represents an exciting opportunity to highlight how our industry creates and adapts to emerging technologies through the use of a vital emerging technology,” said IAPMO Executive Director GP Russ Chaney. “The event promises to be tremendously informative, as we trust a great many unique organizations will seize the opportunity by providing their most highly-qualified experts as presenters and panelists.”

Goals of the Emerging Technology Symposium
• Provide outstanding networking opportunities to meet experts in the fields of water and energy efficiency.
• Expose participants to emerging products and practices.
• Exchange views on new trends in the industry.
• Share ideas and approaches on bringing emerging technologies to market.
• Discuss innovative green plumbing and mechanical concepts.
• Provide vision for a more efficient future for plumbing and mechanical systems

Full Registration includes IAPMO Members – $495, Non-members – $595. And, One-Day Only Registration includes IAPMO Members – $300, Non-members – $360.

Visit www.iapmo.org/Pages/EmergingTechnologySymposium.aspx 

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PMI welcomes new technical director

Plumbing Engineer - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 14:51

ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill. — Barbara C. Higgens, CEO/Executive Director of Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI) has named Matt Sigler as PMI’s technical director, effective immediately.

As technical director, Sigler is in charge of analyzing and reporting proposed code and standard changes, maintaining and managing effective relationships with PMI members, certification agencies and industry peers. Sigler will also represent PMI at various industry meetings and code hearings.

Most recently, Sigler was a plumbing code development administrator with the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) in Ontario, California. During his tenure with IAPMO, Sigler managed the development of several Uniform Plumbing Codes and provided technical assistance to IAPMO’s membership. Sigler comes to PMI with the full support and blessing of IAPMO which is an Allied Member of the organization.

“We are delighted to welcome Matt to the PMI team. He comes to PMI highly recommended by his peers and with the blessing of IAPMO. We look forward to working with him. He is a great addition to our talented staff,” noted Higgens.

Previously, Sigler worked as a consultant for CodeSmart, LLC of Indiana and a corporate manager of code administration for C.P. Morgan Communities in Indianapolis, IN. He has a Bachelor of Science in Construction Technology/Management from Indiana State University as well as a number of industry certifications. He is a member of the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) and has served on several of their technical committees. Additionally, he served on technical committees for the International Code Council (ICC), and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) where he served on the Board of Directors from 2005-2009—during that same time frame, Sigler was also the national director of the Indiana Builders Association.

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ACCA IE3 Expo attendance up 6 Percent​

Plumbing & Mechanical Contractors - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 13:03

ARLINGTON, Va. — ACCA, the Indoor Environment & Energy Efficiency Association, held ACCA 2014 and the IE3: Indoor Environment & Energy Expo in Nashville, Tenn., March 17 – 20. Attendance was up 6 percent over 2013, making the 2014 event one of the largest ACCA conferences ever.

ACCA 2014 featured a new format and hundreds of contractors from across the country went to Nashville to learn ways to increase their bottom line, expand into new markets, and find ways to motivate their employees. Over the course of three and a half days they had opportunities to attend timely educational learning labs, MainStages focused on the big picture, the IE3 Expo, and a variety of social events.

For 2014, ACCA assembled a Conference Faculty of the nation’s most profitable and successful contracting professionals. Together, they created a learning program that is simply unmatched anywhere in the indoor environment and energy industry. Attendees had the opportunity to select from over 30 focused learning labs that covered topics about leadership, commercial contracting, residential contracting, business operations, radiant and hydronics, quality assurance, and building performance.

The opening and closing MainStage sessions featured two dynamic speakers who helped attendees take a hard look at their companies and motivated them to make positive changes for success.

Opening MainStage speaker, Larry Winget, gave an honest talk about the only hindrance to success is yourself. And explained that when you take away all the excuses and whining, and make the decision to work hard for the things you want, you will achieve success.

Closing MainStage speaker, Doc Hendley, shared his inspiring story of turning from a Harley riding, tattooed bartender into a humanitarian who helps provide clean water to some of the poorest and most needy people in the world. His message was that each of us can make a difference and create positive change on any level, if we put our minds to it and make the effort.

As is always the case with ACCA events, some of the most important learning happened as contractors opened up and shared real-world experiences with each other. Open idea-sharing sessions such as the popular “I’ve Got an Idea!” seminar, sponsored for a seventh year by Jackson Systems, generated dozens of tips for contractors to take back to their businesses for increased efficiencies and profitability.

This year, the IE3: Indoor Environment & Energy Expo was co-sponsored by ACCA and the Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA). There was 35,000 square feet of exhibit space and more than 200 exhibiting companies. The expo also drew over 2,000 contractors to browse the vendors’ booths.

The outgoing ACCA board of directors passed the proverbial gavel to the 2014-15 leadership during the conference, welcoming the new team to what is sure to be another busy and productive year. Outgoing Chairman, Bobby Ring of Meyer & Depew Co. in Kenilworth, New Jersey, turned over the top spot to incoming Chairman Dave Kyle of Trademasters Services Corp. in Lorton, Virginia during the Big Bang party.

Kyle brings with him a powerful line-up of officers: Phil London of Thermal Concepts, Inc. as senior vice chairman; Steve Lauten of Total Air and Heat Co. as secretary/treasurer; and Jerry Bosworth of Bosworth Air Conditioning; Ellis Guiles, TAG Mechanical Systems, Inc.; and, Matt Todd of Entek Corporation as vice chairmen. Ring, of course, will stay on board as immediate past chairman.
During the Big Bang! party, Ring thanked the membership and the association for all the hard work that made his tenure as chairman so productive and successful.

Kyle then took the stage and gave a rousing presentation about the opportunities ahead for the industry. He pointed out that contractors must evolve with the industry and must take the lead, so that companies from outside the industry don’t come in and steal their business.

ACCA also released its 2013 Annual Report to Members, which was a new graphic format. The report included a number of accomplishments stemming from a productive year when the association significant strides on technical, political, and educational fronts.

The association recognized some of the top contracting companies in the industry with its 2014 Contractors of the Year program. Residential winner WC – We Care Heating & Cooling in Murrieta, California, and commercial winner Haller Enterprises, Inc. in Lititz, Pennsylvania, were recognized at the opening and closing MainStages.

Also at the opening MainStage ACCA asked attendees to observe a moment of silence to honor two of its past chairmen who passed away during 2013; Wallace Lee of Lee Company in Franklin, Tenn., and Skip Snyder of the Snyder Company in Celebration, Florida.

Following the moment of silence, ACCA presented James “Jim” Isaac of Isaac Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. in Rochester, New York, with the inaugural Skip Snyder Humanitarian Award. Skip’s wife, Laurel, was on hand for the presentation of the award, which was accepted by Jim’s son, Ray Issac, on his behalf.

Building on the success of ACCA 2014 and the IE3: Indoor Environment & Energy Expo, ACCA has already started planning for 2015 when contractors will meet at the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine, Texas. Contractors have already started planning and registering to attend. Three contractors who have pre-registered will be selected to win one of three upgrades at the Gaylord Opryland to use while they are attending ACCA 2015.

Make sure to save the dates March 16 – 19, 2015 for ACCA 2015 and the IE3: Indoor Environment & Energy Expo at the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine, Texas.

Visit www.accaconference.com

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PMI welcomes new technical director

Plumbing & Mechanical Contractors - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 17:52

ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill. — Barbara C. Higgens, CEO/Executive Director of Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI) has named Matt Sigler as PMI’s technical director, effective immediately.

As technical director, Sigler is in charge of analyzing and reporting proposed code and standard changes, maintaining and managing effective relationships with PMI members, certification agencies and industry peers. Sigler will also represent PMI at various industry meetings and code hearings.

Most recently, Sigler was a plumbing code development administrator with the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) in Ontario, California. During his tenure with IAPMO, Sigler managed the development of several Uniform Plumbing Codes and provided technical assistance to IAPMO’s membership. Sigler comes to PMI with the full support and blessing of IAPMO which is an Allied Member of the organization.

“We are delighted to welcome Matt to the PMI team. He comes to PMI highly recommended by his peers and with the blessing of IAPMO. We look forward to working with him. He is a great addition to our talented staff,” noted Higgens.

Previously, Sigler worked as a consultant for CodeSmart, LLC of Indiana and a corporate manager of code administration for C.P. Morgan Communities in Indianapolis, IN. He has a Bachelor of Science in Construction Technology/Management from Indiana State University as well as a number of industry certifications. He is a member of the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) and has served on several of their technical committees. Additionally, he served on technical committees for the International Code Council (ICC), and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) where he served on the Board of Directors from 2005-2009—during that same time frame, Sigler was also the national director of the Indiana Builders Association.

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CSA Group joins ASPE’s Affiliate Sponsorship program

Plumbing Engineer - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 15:43

CHICAGO, Ill. — The American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE) is pleased to announce that CSA Group, a global testing and certification organization and standards development organization (SDO), has joined ASPE’s Affiliate Sponsorship program. As an ASPE Affiliate Sponsor, CSA Group will benefit from numerous opportunities to build name recognition within the North American plumbing engineering community.

“We are very excited to become an ASPE Affiliate Sponsor,” says Glenn Tubrett, Global Business Leader of Plumbing for CSA Group. “CSA Group has a long history developing standards and encouraging best practices within the plumbing industry. Working with the other ASPE sponsors, we will be able to reach more industry groups and continue to help make plumbing products and services safer for everyone.”

As Canada’s largest SDO, CSA Group has developed more than 3,000 standards, codes, and related products in a wide range of subject areas affecting product safety and performance, process improvement, best practices, and safer work environments. In addition, CSA Group provides consumer product testing and certification services for a broad range of industries including industrial equipment, plumbing and construction, electro-medical and healthcare, appliances and gas, alternative energy, lighting, and sustainability.

“By becoming an ASPE Affiliate Sponsor, CSA Group joins an impressive list of prestigious plumbing industry manufacturers and service organizations,” says David Jern, ASPE’s Director of Affiliate Relations. “We look forward to working with CSA Group to increase awareness of the importance of plumbing system standards and product certification.”

ASPE Affiliate Sponsors gain a direct connection with ASPE’s 6,000 members via exposure in ASPE’s official publication, Plumbing Engineer, and its e-newsletter, ASPE Pipeline.

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Tyco names new Sales Director, Water Products

Plumbing Engineer - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 14:06

LANSDALE, Pa. — Tyco Fire Protection Products named Don Russell as the Sales Director, Water Products for the Americas region. In this role, Russell has responsibility for the sales leadership of the company’s fire sprinklers, resale items, and valves and devices that use water to suppress or extinguish fires.

Russell joined Tyco in 2004 as a regional manager for the GRINNELL Mechanical product segment, after spending five years with Victaulic, a mechanical pipe joining manufacturer. As regional manager, Russell supported Tyco’s re-launch of the GRINNELL brand into the U.S., developing a go-to-market strategy, building a sales team and developing the market channel. As the mechanical business grew, Don was then promoted to eastern divisional manager, and then again to director of sales for the company’s North American mechanical offering.

When Tyco wanted to further develop national accounts that required solutions across its numerous fire and mechanical products, Russell took on the role of director, national accounts. In this role, he focused on building out relationships with the company’s U.S. restaurant, government, distribution and reseller customers who used Tyco special hazards fire suppression, fire sprinkler systems, and mechanical products.

In 2011, Russell next accepted the position of director of sales, Eastern U.S., responsible for representing the company’s industry leading brands in addition to supporting national accounts. When Tyco acquired the mechanical piping company SHURJOINT in 2012, Russell was a leading member of the team who integrated the SHURJOINT business into the overall Tyco mechanical sales offering.

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American Standard saves 18 trillion gallons of water

Plumbing & Mechanical Contractors - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 13:44

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Americans have saved more than 18 trillion gallons of water — roughly the volume of Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay — by embracing low-flow toilet technology over the past two decades since the U.S. enacted the 1992 Energy Policy Act (EPAct) that mandated less water per flush, according to the Alliance for Water Efficiency (AWE).

In the process, the amount of water consumed has been reduced by more than half, with usage rates down by 54 and 63 percent. These savings have been impactful, as toilets represent the single largest source of water consumption in a home, accounting for nearly one-third of residential water use, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Additionally, today’s commercial fixtures offer 1.1 gpf toilets that yield a 31 percent savings over standard 1.6 gpf toilets, and urinals that operate with a meager 0.25 gpf, and cut water use by as much as 87 percent over standard urinals.

“As we mark the EPAct’s 20th anniversary, it’s important to appreciate the significant water usage efficiencies that smart plumbing technology has brought our nation,” said Jay Gould, president and CEO of American Standard Brands. “As much of the nation faces the worst drought in half a century, it is heartening to look back upon twenty years of this successful water conservation policy and realize the enormous volume of water saved by highly efficient plumbing products.”

The estimated 18.2 trillion gallons in cumulative water savings that has resulted from the use of low-flow toilets highlights how water conservation policies, such as the 1992 EPAct, affect and help sustain the nation’s water supplies, said Mary Ann Dickinson, president and CEO of Chicago-based AWE, the national nonprofit organization dedicated to the efficient and sustainable use of water.

“These toilets help save an estimated 4.6 billion gallons of water each and every day in the U.S.,” Dickinson said. “When you add in the further water reductions achieved by high efficiency 1.28 gpf toilets, the savings are even more outstanding. Water is the critical resource issue of our time, and smart water conservation policies work to ensure that we have sustainable supplies for the future.”

The American Standard Champion PRO series toilets offer a flush that can easily remove 1,000 grams of solid waste, the Champion PRO models use only 1.28 gpf, meeting rigorous WaterSense-certification standards.

All American Standard bathroom sink faucets use only 1.5 gallons per minute (gpm) and are WaterSense-certified for using 32 percent less water than standard 2.2 gpm styles, without sacrificing performance. Supporting the use of water saving faucets, the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) reported that almost half of the designers responding to its annual 2014 Kitchen and Bath Design Trends survey specified water-saving faucets and fixtures in 2013.

“American Standard is privileged to have been a part of this amazing water savings accomplishment ― conserving over 18 trillion gallons of water in the U.S over the past two decades,” Gould said. “It’s all part of our company’s efforts to raise the standards in bringing innovative solutions and technical leadership to the plumbing industry and our world. It’s been part of our company’s heritage for over 140 years.”

Visit www.americanstandard.com

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Allen joins MCAA Board of Directors

Plumbing & Mechanical Contractors - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 16:27

ROCKVILLE, Md. — Jim Allen became the Manufacturer/Supplier Council representative to the Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA) Board of Directors at the close of the association’s annual convention on March 13. The event was held at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Allen is the President and CEO of Sloan Valve Company, a Franklin Park, IL-based manufacturer of water- and energy-efficient plumbing systems. A LEED accredited professional, he has written several articles on the topic of Water Conservation and Sustainability and regularly speaks to groups regarding LEED and strategies for making Water Efficiency part of a corporate sustainability initiative.

His service on the MCAA Board of Directors runs concurrent to his term as Chairman of MCAA’s Manufacturer/Supplier Council Executive Committee. He has served on the Manufacturer/Supplier Council’s Governing Board since 2008. In addition, he has been a member of the Plumbing Contractors of America Board of Directors and the Green Coordinating Committee.

The Mechanical Contractors Association of America, Inc. (MCAA) serves the unique needs of approximately 2,800 firms involved in heating, air conditioning, refrigeration, plumbing, piping, and mechanical service. We do this by providing our members with high-quality educational materials and programs to help them attain the highest level of managerial and technical expertise. MCAA includes the Mechanical Service Contractors of America, the Plumbing Contractors of America, the Manufacturer/Supplier Council, the Mechanical Contracting Education and Research Foundation and the National Certified Pipe Welding Bureau. Visit www.mcaa.org.

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