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Deadline nears for World Plumbing Council scholarship

ONTARIO, Canada — World Plumbing Council (WPC) Chairman Sudhakaran Nair announced the launch of the WPC Education and Training Scholarship Program/

“2014 is the first year that two scholarship opportunities have been offered by the World Plumbing Council,” Nair said. “The scholarships provide an opportunity to increase global awareness of the contribution that plumbing has made to global health and the environment and this year, 2014 sees the introduction of a scholarship program designed specifically for developing and least developed countries in addition to the WPC Scholarship introduced in 2003, which boasts many successful applicants, who having travelled to many parts of the world in their quest for knowledge.”

Nair went on to say that he was particularly proud to announce the new scholarship program which would be known as WPC Scholarship for Least Developed and Developing Countries –Exclusively supported by IPA. He said that this was a great opportunity for WPC and IPA to assist people to access fresh water and sanitation in the least developed and developing countries through plumbing education and training and the creation of a plumbing knowledge base for future generations.

Nair invited personnel involved in the plumbing industry to make an application for these rewarding and educational industry scholarship programs. Each of the scholarships provides up to $10,000 in funding to travel to another country or countries to share innovative ideas and techniques. The scholarships are intended to provide for an educational exchange between countries focusing on plumbing industry training, while at the same time exposing the participants to new technologies and innovations in training systems. They also provide an opportunity to increase awareness of the contribution that plumbing has made to global health and the environment.

Nair stated, “The enhanced scholarship program now offered by the World Plumbing Council was a significant step towards achieving its mission, to promote the role of plumbing in improving public health and safeguarding the environment, by uniting the World Plumbing Industry for the benefit of all.”

The WPC Scholarship program provides the opportunity to live and work within the culture of another country, providing the chance to learn another language and develop friendships. Successful applicants are encouraged to focus on the following areas during their scholarship program:

  • Identification of emerging vocational training needs and trends
  • Plumbing training & education to address the environment and sustainability issues
  • The value of water efficiency to the community and the plumbing industry
  • How does plumbing training or lack of training affect public health in a country or region?

Visit www.worldplumbing.org

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Deadline approaches for World Plumbing Council scholarship

Plumbing Engineer - 17 hours 25 min ago

This year, the World Plumbing Council (WPC) Chairman, Sudhakaran Nair, announced the launch of the WPC Education and Training Scholarship Program for 2014.

“2014 is the first year that two scholarship opportunities have been offered by the World Plumbing Council, ”Nair said. “The Scholarships provide an opportunity to increase global awareness of the contribution that plumbing has made to global health and the environment and this year, 2014 sees the introduction of a scholarship program designed specifically for developing and least developed countries in addition to the WPC Scholarship introduced in 2003, which boasts many successful applicants, who having travelled to many parts of the world in their quest for knowledge.”

Nair went on to say that he was particularly proud to announce the new scholarship program which would be known as WPC Scholarship for Least Developed and Developing Countries –Exclusively supported by IPA. He said that this was a great opportunity for WPC and IPA to assist people to access fresh water and sanitation in the least developed and developing countries through plumbing education and training and the creation of a plumbing knowledge base for future generations.

Nair invited personnel involved in the plumbing industry to make an application for these rewarding and educational industry scholarship programs. Each of the scholarships provides up to $10,000 in funding to travel to another country or countries to share innovative ideas and techniques. The scholarships are intended to provide for an educational exchange between countries focusing on plumbing industry training, while at the same time exposing the participants to new technologies and innovations in training systems. They also provide an opportunity to increase awareness of the contribution that plumbing has made to global health and the environment.

Nair stated, “The enhanced scholarship program now offered by the World Plumbing Council was a significant step towards achieving its mission, to promote the role of plumbing in improving public health and safeguarding the environment, by uniting the World Plumbing Industry for the benefit of all.”

The WPC Scholarship program provides the opportunity to live and work within the culture of another country, providing the chance to learn another language and develop friendships. Successful applicants are encouraged to focus on the following areas during their scholarship program:

  • Identification of emerging vocational training needs and trends
  • Plumbing training & education to address the environment and sustainability issues
  • The value of water efficiency to the community and the plumbing industry
  • How does plumbing training or lack of training affect public health in a country or region?

Applications must be sent to the council secretariat by July 31.

Visit http://worldplumbing.org/scholarship.html

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GEO presents at Illinois Renewable Energy Conference

Plumbing & Mechanical Contractors - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 13:29

WASHINGTON — Given its first opportunity to participate in the Illinois Renewable Energy Conference, the Geothermal Alliance of Illinois (GAOI) joined the Geothermal Exchange Organization (GEO) and its members to fulfill a day-long track of geothermal heat pump (GHP) presentations at the Illinois Renewable Energy Conference. The conference was held on July 16, at Illinois State University, Normal, Ill.

Attended by more than 250, the event was coordinated by the Center for Renewable Energy, Illinois State University. Partners included the Illinois Wind Working Group, Illinois Solar Energy Association, the Geothermal Alliance of Illinois, the Illinois Biomass Working Group, the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs, and Western Illinois University.

GAOI Executive Director John Freitag gave the opening plenary address on GHPs. GEO President and CEO Doug Dougherty presented during a breakout session on public policy and moderated a panel discussion on GHP commercial case studies.

“It was refreshing to see our technology identified as renewable energy,”Dougherty said. “Many Illinois public policy decision makers were in attendance, so we seized the opportunity to enlighten them on why GHPs should be included in Illinois’ Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard.”

GAOI and GEO have begun discussions on an effort to accomplish that goal during the state’s next legislative session.

Visit www.geoexchange.org

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Armstrong announces online REVIT files from Autodesk Seek

Plumbing Engineer - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 13:02

TORONTO —Armstrong Fluid Technology announced the availability of REVIT models for select Armstrong products on the Autodesk Seek web service, online at www.seek.autodesk.com.

Engineers and system designers needing Building Information Modeling (BIM) models for Armstrong Design Envelope solutions will now be able to retrieve high quality REVIT models that conform to the latest standards outlined by Seek. These REVIT models can be converted and used interchangeably with any Autodesk software product, such as Autodesk Revitor AutoCAD and other BIM software in the ifc format. The files also include parametric data that will help designers with calculations regarding product performance.

Reflecting on the availability of Armstrong Design Envelope solutions through this popular reference website, Brent Ross, Global Director of Configured Building Equipment commented, “This is a great step that we’re taking to better serve our customers. Engineers have been asking for REVIT files in this format for quite some time, and I’m pleased that Armstrong is now responding with high-quality drawings that will serve the engineering and design community.”

Visit www.armstrongfluidtechnology.com

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Spirax Sarco releases mechanical product handbook

Plumbing Engineer - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 14:00

BLYTHEWOOD, S.C. – Spirax Sarco, Inc., released the 15th edition of the “Mechanical Product Handbook.” Subtitled, “First for Steam Solutions,” the manual provides a complete range of information needed to evaluate and apply steam system components.

The book includes descriptive technical information about Spirax Sarco’s regulators, steam traps, condensate recovery, strainers, high purity, liquid drain traps, pipeline ancillaries and engineered products.

Visit www.spiraxsarco.com/us

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ASHRAE introduces strategic plan at annual conference

Plumbing & Mechanical Contractors - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 13:24

ATLANTA – Major actions taken at ASHRAE’s 2014 Annual Conference included introduction of its strategic plan, creation of a new indoor air quality alliance, and announcement of a milestone related to its research program and Foundation.

Some 1,700 people attended the conference, held June 28-July 2 in Seattle, Wash. During the Conference, ASHRAE introduced its newly adopted Strategic Plan. The plan’s four strategic goals—connect, educate, extend, and adapt—serve as broad statements of what the organization most wants and expects to accomplish over the next several years. The goals are supported, in each case, by a handful of objectives that further define specific accomplishments to pursue within the plan horizon.

2013-14 President Bill Bahnfleth noted that the society has had many significant accomplishments this year, but he views the most important one to be the new plan. The plan can be viewed at www.ashrae.org/strategicplan.

Coincidentally, Bahnfleth’s father, Presidential Member Don Bahnfleth, oversaw creation of the Society’s first strategic plan adopted in 1985. The adoption of the new plan also shows how times have changed: the Society used ASHRAExCHANGE, its member-based social media platform, to engage the membership in discussion about the plan and how ASHRAE should evolve to meet industry and professional needs. ASHRAExCHANGE completed its first year of operation June 22, 2013, attracting 15,120 users who generated a total of 80,082 page views, during that period. The society also used its Association App to make attendees aware of the new plan.

It was announced that ASHRAE’s 2013-14 RP campaign reached a new high of $2.35 million donated by members, chapters and companies. ASHRAE RP Campaign funds are used to support ongoing research projects, ASHRAE Learning Institute, YEA Leadership activities and scholarships. In addition, the ASHRAE Foundation also surpassed a significant milestone — more than $10 million in funds and endowments. These funds are used to support the society’s scholarships and educational programs.

In addition, a memorandum of understanding creating the Indoor Environment Quality Global Alliance was signed. Other groups joining the Alliance are the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), Air Infiltration and Ventilation Centre (AIVC), the Air & Waste Management Association (A&WMA), the Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA) and the Federation of European Heating and Air-Conditioning Associations (REHVA). The newly formed Alliance seeks to serve as a global source for information, guidance and knowledge on indoor environmental quality. More information can be found at www.ieq-ga.net.

The new president for 2014-15 is Thomas H. Phoenix, P.E., Fellow ASHRAE, ASHRAE-Certified Building Energy Assessment and Building Energy Modeling Professional, principal and vice president, Moser Mayer Phoenix Associates, Greensboro, N.C. His presidential theme is People, Passion, Performance. The speech is available at www.ashrae.org/phoenix.

The conference featured one Professional Development Seminar and seven Short Courses from ASHRAE Learning Institute. The most popular courses were “Commissioning for High-Performance Buildings,” “Designing High-Performance Healthcare HVAC Systems,” and “Exceeding Standard 90.1-2013 to Meet LEED Requirements.”

ASHRAE also offered its certification exams for the first time at one of  its’ annual conferences. Exams administered in Seattle were the Building Energy Modeling Professional and Building Energy Assessment Professional.

ASHRAE’s 2015 Winter Conference takes place in Chicago, Ill., January 24-28, at the Palmer House Hilton. Held in conjunction with the Winter Conference is the AHR Exposition, Jan. 26-28, at McCormick Place.

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GEO presents at Illinois Renewable Energy Conference

Plumbing Engineer - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 13:56

WASHINGTON — Given its first opportunity to participate in the Illinois Renewable Energy Conference, the Geothermal Alliance of Illinois (GAOI) joined the Geothermal Exchange Organization (GEO) and its members to fulfill a day-long track of geothermal heat pump (GHP) presentations at the Illinois Renewable Energy Conference. The conference took place on July 16, at Illinois State University, Normal, Ill.

Attended by more than 250 people, the event was coordinated by the Center for Renewable Energy, Illinois State University. Partners included the Illinois Wind Working Group, Illinois Solar Energy Association, the Geothermal Alliance of Illinois, the Illinois Biomass Working Group, the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs, and Western Illinois University.

GAOI Executive Director John Freitag gave the opening plenary address on GHPs. GEO President and CEO Doug Dougherty presented during a breakout session on public policy and moderated a panel discussion on GHP commercial case studies.

“It was refreshing to see our technology identified as renewable energy,” Dougherty said. “Many Illinois public policy decision makers were in attendance, so we seized the opportunity to enlighten them on why GHPs should be included in Illinois’ Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard.”

GAOI and GEO have begun discussions on an effort to accomplish that goal during the state’s next legislative session.

Visit www.geoexchange.org

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PHCC Annual Business Meeting announced

Plumbing & Mechanical Contractors - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 13:18

FALLS CHURCH, Va. — The PHCC Annual Business Meeting will be held on October 10, during CONNECT 2014. The meeting will take place at the New Orleans Marriott in New Orleans, La.

Important deadlines are:

  • Prepare and Submit Resolutions and Bylaws Amendments: Monday, August 11
  • Request an Absentee Ballot Form: Wednesday, September 10
  • Register to Vote: Thursday, September 25
  • Return Absentee Ballot: Thursday, September 25

Visits www.phccweb.org

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WQA endorses Wishing Well International Foundation

Plumbing Engineer - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 13:47

LISLE, Ill. — The Water Quality Association (WQA) reported that roughly 884 million people, one in eight worldwide, does not have access to safe drinking water. Every 20 seconds, somewhere around the globe a child dies as the result of a waterborne disease.

Citing the charity’s efforts to solve one of the humankind’s fundamental challenges, WQA announced its official endorsement of the Wishing Well International Foundation (WWIF). WWIF strives to bring clean, safe drinking water to developing areas of the world, while reducing mortality and disease through improvements in sanitation and hygiene.

WWIF is an allied member of WQA, and its leadership team—including Guillermo Guzman of H2O International Inc. (Deerfield Beach, Fla.), Denise Heskett-Al-Kharusy, CWS-VI and Issa Al-Kharusy of KDF Fluid Treatment Inc. (Three Rivers, Mich.), and Kurt C. Peterson of WC&P International (Tucson, Ariz.) —boasts many decades of combined membership in the association.

WQA’s endorsement of WWIF is based on the alignment of the groups’ shared missions and does not include a financial commitment. WQA’s own fund-raising will continue to be directed toward its independent research arm, the Water Quality Research Foundation.

“When selecting a cause to endorse, we needed the organization’s work to be focused sharply on water, water quality improvement and access to clean water,” remarked Dave Haataja, executive director and CEO at WQA. “In addition to having a mission that aligns with our own, we were looking for a financially healthy organization that was committed to transparency and has a clear plan for achieving results.”

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Registration opens for Building Performance Forum

Plumbing & Mechanical Contractors - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 13:13

ARLINGTON, Va. — Home and building performance contractors from all over the country will convene in Charlotte, N.C., for the 3rd Annual Building Performance Forum. Taking place on October 7 -8, 2014, the forum is one of the only educational conferences focused on the needs of the contractors who are actively engaged in whole building performance services for both the residential and commercial markets.

This year, the event will be presented by ACCA, the Indoor Environment & Energy Efficiency Association, and the Building Performance Institute (BPI), in conjunction with Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration News.

The 2014 Building Performance Forum has expanded with an all-new program to meet the needs of contractors in this growing market segment. This year’s schedule will feature three concurrent learning labs during each time slot, which will cover sales, management, testing, and technical topics for contracting business owners and managers.

Topics scheduled to be covered during the forum are:

  • Diagnosing and Fixing Uncommon Duct Problems, with Rick Allgeier, Allgeier Air
  • Getting Technicians on Board with Home Performance, with Rob Minnick, Minnick’s Inc.
  • Ventilation Of Existing Homes…As We Tighten Them Up, with Steve Saunders, Tempo Mechanical
  • Airflow Testing: Tools and Operation, with Bill Spohn, TruTech Tools, Ltd
  • How To Set Up A Very Cost Effective Insulation/Air Sealing Rig, with Hal Smith, Halco

Because home and building performance requires contractors to innovate their internal systems and services, the forum will kick off with an opening general session, “Creating a Culture of Innovation.” Louis Foreman, a prolific inventor and serial entrepreneur, will show contractors how to make embrace an “innovation” that focuses on executable results and solid returns.

“The first two years of the Building Performance Forum, showed that contractors are eager to get this type of quality training, so they can grow their building performance market share,” said Paul T. Stalknecht, president and CEO of ACCA. “This year, we decided to expand the programming based on suggestions from attendees and our members. And we are pleased to welcome BPI as a new presenting partner at the forum.”

“We are excited to serve as a co-presenter of this year’s Building Performance Forum,” said Larry Zarker, CEO of BPI. “This is a great opportunity for contractors who are actively engaged in home and building performance to get together with their peers and learn how to run better businesses while helping their customers reduce energy usage. We’re glad to be part of it.”

Attendees can also spend time talking to some of the top manufacturers, suppliers, and service providers in the industry in the Sponsor Showcase. Sponsors include: AC Leak Freeze; Aeroseal; BPI; Bristol Compressors; CallSource; ComfortRx; Danfoss; Department of Energy; Dr. Energy Saver; Emerson; FieldAware; Mitsubishi; Jackson Systems; NATE; Nexstar; PowerSelling Pros; The Energy Conservatory; Trane; and Ultra-Aire. In addition, attending contractors will have the option of receiving BPI and/or NATE continuing education credits.

Register at http://buildingperformanceforum.com

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hilmor ‘Retool Your Future Contest’ back for second year

Plumbing & Mechanical Contractors - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 20:11

EAST LONGMEADOW, Mass. — hilmor is literally giving students tools to succeed. The second annual “Retool Your Future Contest” gives students the chance to win one of six $5,000 scholarships.

Other rewards include a brand new Starter Kit of hilmor’s revolutionary HVAC/R tools, the
AHR EXPO 2015 Prize Package allowing students to travel to one of the largest HVAC/R trade shows, and the hilmor Green Wall that features exclusive new hilmor tools for the classroom.

Students currently enrolled or applying for admission to an established, recognized HVAC/R program in the US or Canada (excluding Quebec) have the opportunity to win. To enter, student must submit a 250-word essay on how the HVAC/R industry will retool their life.

Apply at www.retoolyourfuture.com/hilmor14/essay/register

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Fire Equipment Manufacturers’ Association selects ‘Advocate of the Year’

Plumbing Engineer - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 19:55

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Fire Equipment Manufacturers’ Association selected Sean DeCrane, Battalion Chief and Chief of Training for the Cleveland Fire Training Academy, for its Fire and Life Safety “Advocate of the Year” award.

The award is given to a person who has demonstrated a commitment to enhancing the safety of the public through innovative efforts, including legislative, educational, enforcement or other effective means.

“Sean DeCrane has shown a passion and dedication for reducing life and property losses from fire throughout his career,” said Eric Smith, president of Fire Equipment Manufacturers’ Association. “We wanted to recognize Chief DeCrane’s efforts highlighting fire prevention as a necessary part of every firefighters’ duties with this prestigious award.”

Chief DeCrane, a 23-year veteran of the Cleveland Division of Fire, represents the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) and the Cleveland Fire Department as chairman of the International Fire Code Development Committee. He is also a member of the NFPA 1 Fire Code Committee and Vision 20/20, a national effort to define and implement fire prevention strategies nationally. Through the IAFF, he has developed fire prevention training and promotion videos that have helped make a significant difference in the fire service culture.

In addition, he serves on UL’s Fire Council, the United States Fire Administration Residential Fire Environment Workshop Project and the United States Fire Administration project on Fire Fighting Tactics in Wood-Frame Residential Construction. He is also a contributor for Fire Engineering Magazine and co-hosts its “Taming the Fire Environment” podcast.

DeCrane will be formally presented with the Fire and Life Safety “Advocate of the Year” award during the Fire Equipment Manufacturers’ Association’s Annual Meeting on October 22-24, in Naples, Fla.

The Fire Equipment Manufacturers’ Association is a more than 60-year-old non-profit trade association dedicated to saving lives and protecting property by providing education of a balanced fire protection design.

Visit www.femalifesafety.org

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PMA installs board, presents annual awards

Plumbing & Mechanical Contractors - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 19:30

JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. — The Plumbing & Mechanical Association of Georgia, the state affiliate of the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors National Association, installed its 2014-2015 Board of Directors and awarded its highest honors. PHCC National Zone 2 Director Rick Thompson installed the Board of Directors at 122nd PMA Annual Conference on June 26-29. Held at the historic Jekyll Island Club, the following individuals took office for the 2014-2015 term:

President Bobby Burns
Lakeside Plumbing, Eatonton

1st Vice President Michael Dalton
KDJ Plumbing, Lilburn

2nd Vice President Tim Irvin
Delta Plumbing, Stockbridge

Secretary/Treasurer Danny Richardson
Richardson Plumbing, Elberton

Returning to the Board:
Mike Adams, Director
Covenant Mechanical, Douglasville

Jay Cunningham, Director
Superior Plumbing, Kennesaw

Mike Dupree, Director
Dupree Plumbing, Marietta

Robert Echols, Director
McKenney’s, Atlanta

Michael Gordy, Director
Fulton Services, Atlanta

Billy Guinade, Director
Bill-John Plumbing, Alpharetta

Nick Marine, Director
Marine Plumbing, Marietta

Mitzi Moore, Director
Sundial Plumbing Services, Marietta

Scott Roberts, Director
Roberts Plumbing, Hoschton

Jim Sabol, Director
Plumb Works, Atlanta

John Forness, Industry Director
Winnelson, Conyers

New to the Board for 2014-2015:
David Cunningham, Director
Superior Plumbing, Kennesaw

Jacob Irvin, Director
Delta Plumbing, Stockbridge

Chris Johnson, Director
C&A Johnson Plumbing, Sugar Hill

Matt Rawlins, Director
Rawlins Mechanical Contractors, Buford

Bob Carpenter, Industry Director
Cast Iron Soil Pipe Institute, Lilburn

PMA of GA also awarded their highest honors at the Awards Breakfast on June 28, 2014. President Bobby Burns was proud to award the following deserving individuals.

Contractor of the Year 2014-2015
The prestigious Contractor of the Year award is recognized as a symbol of excellence throughout the plumbing industry. It is presented to the PHCC plumbing contractor who best represents the ideals of the profession. Nominees are judged on professionalism, innovative plumbing techniques, trade involvement and community service. The 2014-2015 Contractor of the Year is Chris Johnson, C&A Johnson Plumbing, Buford, PHCC of Alameda & Contra Costa Counties.

Last year when PMA’s Future Leadership Council (FLC) was beginning its third year of operation, and continued to address the challenge of how to get the younger generation of members active in PMA events, Chris Johnson was chosen to chair the council. His first order of business was organizing a “Big Day or Family Day” themed event. PMA Family Day on Snow Mountain was born and was held January 26. The event was a resounding success with ticket sales of 253. Johnson entered the plumbing industry 16 years ago, when a friend of his asked if he would help him with his plumbing company. He agreed and took a liking to the trade. After working in the trade for another PMA member for over seven years, he decided to begin his own company in 2005 and joined PMA. Johnson became an active participant in the NE Metro area and served on several committees. Johnson is an active participant in the annual CEFGA Career Expo & SkillsUSA competition. Working in PMA’s “World of Plumbing” for the last four years, he enjoys engaging the kids, their parents and guidance counselors about the benefits of working in the trade. Johnson recently was elected to the board of PMA.

Industry Member of the Year 2014-2015
The Industry Member of the Year recognizes excellence in trade partners within PMA. This award is presented to the industry member who best represents the ideals of the profession. Nominees are judged on professionalism, reputation for quality service and integrity to its clients, and involvement in plumbing industry community as well as involvement throughout PMA chapters statewide.

The 2014-2015 Industry Member of the Year is James Reeves, Reliance Worldwide. Reeves, chaired and help create what will become the blue print for future trade shows in Georgia. Last August during the planning stages, he heard from many members who were skeptical about whether or not a trade show would be successful. According to older members “about 15-20 years ago PMA tried one and it failed.” With the backing of members from NW Metro Local, and not one to be discouraged, Reeves dug into his contact book and started making calls. He aggressively worked industry meetings, other tradeshows and events promoting the PMA EXPO.

The 1st Annual PMA Plumbing Heating Cooling Expo Trade Show was held April 24, in Marietta, Ga. at the Jim Miller Fair Grounds. The trade show drew over 250 attendees, 100 contractor companies, 62 vendors, 3 sport celebrities, 10 Iron Man Competitors, 8 education sessions and 7 title sponsors. It was the first trade show held in the Metro Atlanta area dedicated to the plumbing heating cooling industry in over 20 years. The event was also a financial success. This wasn’t a one-time commitment to PMA. Over the last 10 years Reeves has been a member and a technical instructor for various continuing education programs held throughout the state. James also actively participates in all PMA local chapter meetings. If he isn’t at a monthly meeting you hope he’s okay. He serves on PMA’s Board of Directors and the Future Leadership Council (FLC).

Lifetime Achievement Award went to Dave Runyan, Runyan Plumbing, Brunswick, Georgia. This is the 7th Lifetime Achievement award given by the PMA in over 30 years. PMA’s Lifetime Achievement Award winner started in the plumbing industry after returning from Vietnam. He started his own plumbing company in 1983, and after struggling with running a business as a one man shop, and before throwing in the towel, he contacted the PMA state office. After asking then executive director Diane Olsen for help, Diane along with members Danny Richardson, Tommy Addis and other PMA leaders headed down to Brunswick to assist. Not only did Dave Runyan’s business become successful, he joined PMA. In 1991 he also began the Brunswick Chapter of PMA.

The following PMA milestone anniversaries were acknowledged for attendees at 122nd PMA Annual Conference:

PMA Anniversary Memberships:
35 Years
Speedy McQuaig & Sons, Waycross

25 Years
Plumb Works, Atlanta

20 Years
Bobby Burns Lakeside Plumbing, Eatonton

15 Years
Dupree Plumbing, Marietta
Scientific Detection Services, Lilburn

10 Years
Georgia Power, Atlanta

5 Years
Equipment Controls

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American Standard President, CEO appointed to LIXIL Corp. Board

Plumbing & Mechanical Contractors - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 13:51

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — American Standard Brands announced that President and CEO Jay Gould has been appointed to LIXIL Corporation’s Board of Directors, the parent company of American Standard.

Gould joined American Standard Brands in January 2012. Over the course of 18 months, Gould executed a plan that quadrupled the company’s EBITA, grew sales by 10 percent and improved gross margins by 700 basis points.

Prior to American Standard, Gould was president of the Home and Family Group of Newell Rubbermaid, taking an innovative, consumer-driven approach to building demand, significantly increasing revenues for the Company’s Levolor, Calphalon, Rubbermaid and Graco brands throughout the economic downturn. Preceding Newell Rubbermaid, Gould held senior executive roles at the Campbell Soup Company, the Coca-Cola Company and General Mills, Inc.

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American Standard President, CEO appointed to LIXIL Corp. Board

Plumbing Engineer - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 13:34

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — American Standard Brands announced that President and CEO Jay Gould has been appointed to LIXIL Corporation’s Board of Directors, the parent company of American Standard.

Gould joined American Standard Brands in January 2012. Over the course of 18 months, Gould executed a plan that quadrupled the company’s EBITA, grew sales by 10 percent and improved gross margins by 700 basis points.

Prior to American Standard, Gould was president of the Home and Family Group of Newell Rubbermaid, taking an innovative, consumer-driven approach to building demand, significantly increasing revenues for the Company’s Levolor, Calphalon, Rubbermaid and Graco brands throughout the economic downturn. Preceding Newell Rubbermaid, Gould held senior executive roles at the Campbell Soup Company, the Coca-Cola Company and General Mills, Inc.

Visit www.americanstandard-us.com

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Greenbuild 2013 Sustainability Report released

Plumbing & Mechanical Contractors - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 13:49

DALLAS, Texas — Greenbuild, in conjunction with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) released the Greenbuild 2013 sustainability report, announcing valuable metrics regarding the sustainability and overall footprint of the 2013 event, held last fall in Philadelphia.

The Greenbuild Sustainability Report is an annual report Greenbuild releases each year to report on the progress of its robust sustainability program, which has creatively addressed the environmental impacts of 23,000 attendees, hundreds of educational sessions, and football fields of exhibits.

The comprehensive report details the sustainability programs implemented in 2013 through a review of all objectives, goals, and best practices. Case studies provide detailed overviews of the processes used to implement innovative new projects, from exhibitor engagement to a redesigned sourcing process. The report can be accessed here on the Greenbuild website.

As the premier gathering of green building professionals, “Greenbuild has worked to integrate sustainability into every aspect of planning for Greenbuild, in hopes of reducing our impact while positively affecting attendees and creating change within the industry,” said Kate Hurst, Director, Greenbuild Conference and Events for USGBC. “The Greenbuild Sustainability Report highlights both our successes and challenges and is utilized to spread best practices and help our industry peers learn from our experience.”

The report highlights progress of Greenbuild’s seven sustainability objectives, including the following highlights:

  • Waste: Greenbuild catalyzed the total overhaul of waste management at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, helping the convention center go from a 10 percent annual waste diversion from landfill rate to 67 ercent the week of Greenbuild.
  • Energy: To reduce energy use, 100 percent of laptops and projectors used for 120 education sessions were ENERGY STAR Certified. 100 percent of carbon emissions caused by Greenbuild, including attendee travel emissions, were offset through the purchase of carbon offsets.
  • Stakeholder Engagement: The report includes a case study on implementing one of the industry’s largest exhibitor sustainability programs, Greenbuild Mandatory Exhibition Greening Guidelines (GMEGG), which requires exhibitors to comply with mandatory greening requirements ranging from limiting handouts to using energy-efficient displays.
  • Sourcing: The City of Philadelphia’s many sustainability initiatives made it a fitting host for Greenbuild 2013, from its progressive energy and water benchmarking laws to the Pennsylvania Convention Center’s LEED Gold expansion building.
  • Community: Greenbuild partnered with the Delaware Valley Green Building Council, Smith Memorial Playground and Public Workshop on the 2013 Greenbuild Legacy Project to create a youth-built “Adventure Playground” at Smith’s historic facility in East Fairmount Park.
  • -Leadership: Greenbuild worked with the Delaware Valley Green Building Council to engage, educate and support the Philadelphia hospitality community in compliance with new energy and water benchmarking and reporting regulations in Philadelphia.

Greenbuild 2014 is scheduled for Oct. 22-24 at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, La. Online attendee registration is now open and available on the Greenbuild website. Registration options include Expo Passes to walk the show floor, Day Passes to walk the show floor and attend education sessions and the Full Conference Pass. Additional offerings include summits, LEED workshops, tours and special events.

Visit www.greenbuildexpo.com

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Greenbuild 2013 Sustainability Report released

Plumbing Engineer - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 13:28

DALLAS, TX — Greenbuild, in conjunction with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) released the Greenbuild 2013 sustainability report, announcing valuable metrics regarding the sustainability and overall footprint of the 2013 event, held last fall in Philadelphia.

The Greenbuild Sustainability Report is an annual report Greenbuild releases each year to report on the progress of its robust sustainability program, which has creatively addressed the environmental impacts of 23,000 attendees, hundreds of educational sessions, and football fields of exhibits.

The comprehensive report details the sustainability programs implemented in 2013 through a review of all objectives, goals, and best practices. Case studies provide detailed overviews of the processes used to implement innovative new projects, from exhibitor engagement to a redesigned sourcing process. The report can be accessed here on the Greenbuild website.

As the premier gathering of green building professionals, “Greenbuild has worked to integrate sustainability into every aspect of planning for Greenbuild, in hopes of reducing our impact while positively affecting attendees and creating change within the industry,” said Kate Hurst, director of the Greenbuild Conference and Events for USGBC. “The Greenbuild Sustainability Report highlights both our successes and challenges and is utilized to spread best practices and help our industry peers learn from our experience.”

The report highlights progress of Greenbuild’s seven sustainability objectives, including the following highlights:

  • Waste: Greenbuild catalyzed the total overhaul of waste management at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, helping the convention center go from a 10 percent annual waste diversion from landfill rate to 67 percent the week of Greenbuild.
  • Energy: To reduce energy use, 100 percent of laptops and projectors used for 120 education sessions were ENERGY STAR Certified. 100 percent of carbon emissions caused by Greenbuild, including attendee travel emissions, were offset through the purchase of carbon offsets.
  • Stakeholder Engagement: The report includes a case study on implementing one of the industry’s largest exhibitor sustainability programs, Greenbuild Mandatory Exhibition Greening Guidelines (GMEGG), which requires exhibitors to comply with mandatory greening requirements ranging from limiting handouts to using energy-efficient displays.
  • Sourcing: The City of Philadelphia’s many sustainability initiatives made it a fitting host for Greenbuild 2013, from its progressive energy and water benchmarking laws to the Pennsylvania Convention Center’s LEED Gold expansion building.
  • Community: Greenbuild partnered with the Delaware Valley Green Building Council, Smith Memorial Playground and Public Workshop on the 2013 Greenbuild Legacy Project to create a youth-built “Adventure Playground” at Smith’s historic facility in East Fairmount Park.
  • Leadership: Greenbuild worked with the Delaware Valley Green Building Council to engage, educate and support the Philadelphia hospitality community in compliance with new energy and water benchmarking and reporting regulations in Philadelphia.

Greenbuild 2014 is scheduled for October 22-24 at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, La. Online attendee registration is now open and available on the Greenbuild website. Registration options include Expo Passes to walk the show floor, Day Passes to walk the show floor and attend education sessions and the Full Conference Pass. Additional offerings include summits, LEED workshops, tours and special events.

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ClimateMaster receives Federal Laboratory Consortium award

Plumbing & Mechanical Contractors - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 13:46

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – ClimateMaster, in conjunction with Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), has received the Federal Laboratory Consortium’s (FLC) 2014 Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer for its Trilogy 40 geothermal heat pump system. The award recognizes lab employees and private collaborators that accomplish outstanding work in successfully transferring technology developed in federal laboratories into commercialized products.

“We are honored to have received such a prestigious award from the FLC, which further underscores the groundbreaking success of our Trilogy series of geothermal heat pump systems, providing the industry’s leading efficiencies that now achieve upwards of 45 EER in accordance with AHRI standards,” said Raj Hiremath, director of Marketing at ClimateMaster. “As a company we are also proud to provide an example of the successes that can be achieved by partnering with federal and academic entities to develop commercially viable solutions that are scalable and effectively applied in real-world situations.”

ClimateMaster and ORNL were among an elite group of 17 recipient teams recognized across the more than 250 federal laboratories and facilities represented by the FLC. A congressionally-chartered organization, the FLC annually evaluates work across these entities to acknowledge their top achievements in technology commercialization.

The Trilogy 40 geothermal heat pump system, released commercially in 2012, paved the way for the Trilogy 45 Q-Mode variable-speed geothermal heat pump system. Trilogy 45 provides the industry’s highest efficiencies of 45 EER and saves even more energy via on-demand hot water generation capabilities. The system also offers easy programming, monitoring and control for homeowners and dealers over the internet from any WiFi-enabled device.

“Providing the lowest operating cost of any heating, cooling and hot water generation system presently on the market, the Trilogy 45 Q-Mode significantly outperforms the closest competitive variable-speed unit available,” said Hiremath. “With this latest innovation, ClimateMaster has maintained its position as the industry’s leader, setting a new record by delivering the highest efficiencies recorded by AHRI at more than 45 EER in ground loop applications. The Trilogy 45 Q-Mode also significantly improves comfort through superior temperature and humidity control.

In addition to the highest efficiency ratings, the Trilogy 45 Q-Mode’s patent-pending Q-Mode technology reduces hot water operating costs by providing full-time, year-round domestic hot water heating at over 500-percent (5.0 COP) efficiency.

The Trilogy 45 Q-Mode is ENERGY STAR Tier 3-qualified, and exceeds requirements for the currently uncapped 30-percent federal tax credit for geothermal heat pump systems. Available in vertical-upflow, vertical-downflow and horizontal configurations, the system is also offered in 0930 kBtuh (9k to 30k Btuh, or .75 tons to 2 tons) and 1860 kBtuh (18k to 60k Btuh, or 1.5 tons to 5 tons) capacities. The Trilogy 45 Q-Mode is exclusively available through ClimateMaster GeoElite Dealers.

 

The Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer (FLC) is the nationwide network of federal laboratories that provides the forum to develop strategies and opportunities for linking laboratory mission technologies and expertise with the marketplace. Organized in 1974 and formally chartered by the Federal Technology Transfer Act of 1986 to promote and strengthen technology transfer nationwide, the FLC recognizes approximately 300 federal laboratories and centers and their parent departments and agencies as current members.

ClimateMaster, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of geothermal and water-source heat pumps, which are considered to be the most energy efficient and environmentally friendly type of heating and cooling systems available on the market today. Headquartered in Oklahoma City, Ok, ClimateMaster, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of LSB Industries, Inc. whose common stock is traded over the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol LXU.

Visit www.climatemaster.com

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ClimateMaster receives Federal Laboratory Consortium award

Plumbing Engineer - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 13:25

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – ClimateMaster, in conjunction with Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), has received the Federal Laboratory Consortium’s (FLC) 2014 Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer for its Trilogy 40 geothermal heat pump system. The award recognizes lab employees and private collaborators that accomplish outstanding work in successfully transferring technology developed in federal laboratories into commercialized products.

“We are honored to have received such a prestigious award from the FLC, which further underscores the groundbreaking success of our Trilogy series of geothermal heat pump systems, providing the industry’s leading efficiency that now achieve upwards of 45 EER in accordance with AHRI standards,” said Raj Hiremath, director of Marketing at ClimateMaster. “As a company we are also proud to provide an example of the successes that can be achieved by partnering with federal and academic entities to develop commercially viable solutions that are scalable and effectively applied in real-world situations.”

ClimateMaster and ORNL were among an elite group of 17 recipient teams recognized across the more than 250 federal laboratories and facilities represented by the FLC. A congressionally-chartered organization, the FLC annually evaluates work across these entities to acknowledge their top achievements in technology commercialization.

The Trilogy 40 geothermal heat pump system, released commercially in 2012, paved the way for the Trilogy 45 Q-Mode variable-speed geothermal heat pump system. Trilogy 45 provides the industry’s highest efficiency of 45 EER and saves even more energy via on-demand hot water generation capabilities. The system also offers easy programming, monitoring and control for homeowners and dealers over the internet from any WiFi-enabled device.

“Providing the lowest operating cost of any heating, cooling and hot water generation system presently on the market, the Trilogy 45 Q-Mode significantly outperforms the closest competitive variable-speed unit available,” Hiremath said. “With this latest innovation, ClimateMaster has maintained its position as the industry’s leader, setting a new record by delivering the highest efficiencies recorded by AHRI at more than 45 EER in ground loop applications. The Trilogy 45 Q-Mode also significantly improves comfort through superior temperature and humidity control.

In addition to the highest efficiency ratings, the Trilogy 45 Q-Mode’s patent-pending Q-Mode technology reduces hot water operating costs by providing full-time, year-round domestic hot water heating at over 500-percent (5.0 COP) efficiency.

The Trilogy 45 Q-Mode is ENERGY STAR Tier 3-qualified, and exceeds requirements for the currently uncapped 30-percent federal tax credit for geothermal heat pump systems. Available in vertical-upflow, vertical-downflow and horizontal configurations, the system is also offered in 0930 kBtuh (9k to 30k Btuh, or .75 tons to 2 tons) and 1860 kBtuh (18k to 60k Btuh, or 1.5 tons to 5 tons) capacities. The Trilogy 45 Q-Mode is exclusively available through ClimateMaster GeoElite Dealers.

The Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer (FLC) is the nationwide network of federal laboratories that provides the forum to develop strategies and opportunities for linking laboratory mission technologies and expertise with the marketplace. The Federal Technology Transfer Act of 1986 to promote and strengthen technology transfer nationwide, the FLC recognizes approximately 300 federal laboratories and centers and their parent departments and agencies as current members.

ClimateMaster, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of geothermal and water-source heat pumps, which are considered to be the most energy efficient and environmentally friendly type of heating and cooling systems available on the market today.

Visit www.climatemaster.com

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Tub Accessory

Plumbing Products News - Wed, 01/23/2013 - 13:00
This new accessory from Canadian manufacturer WETSTYLE solves freestanding tub owners' dilemma: where to stash the soap?
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