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New LUXE Square Wedgewire shower drain introduced

Plumbing & Mechanical Contractors - Tue, 01/13/2015 - 13:49

ATLANTA — LUXE Linear Drains, a leading manufacturer of architectural-grade, 100 percent stainless steel linear and tile insert shower drains, has introduced the new LUXE Stainless Steel Square Wedgewire Drain for stylish, modern design custom showers in all residential and commercial settings. LUXE Linear Drains addition of the stainless steel square wedgewire drain joins the 5 x 5 inches stainless steel square tile insert drains to help complete the multiple award-winning collection of premium linear wedgewire, pattern grate, tile insert and stainless steel specialty shower drains that have no equal in craftsmanship, strength, function, aesthetics and design possibilities.

The new LUXE Stainless Steel Square Wedgewire Drains are the perfect choice to replace the outdated round-center drain with stylish, contemporary modern design elements for private homes and multi-shower commercial interior projects of any scope and size. The new LUXE stainless steel square wedgewire drains prove ideal for designing safe, easy to use barrier-free, zero-threshold entry custom showers for modern seniors aging at home. And the new LUXE Stainless Steel Square Wedgewire Drains also allow commercial architects and interior designers to enjoy the same freedom when designing ADA-compliant, wheel-in-entry showers for large scale hotels, casino resorts, healthcare facilities, office buildings, multi-housing projects, educational settings and more.

The new LUXE Linear Drains are remarkably fast and easy to install in new construction, existing showers and trendy tub to shower conversion projects. LUXE Stainless Steel Square Wedgewire Drains are manufactured independent of any specific waterproofing membrane, installation materials and methods. Like all LUXE Linear Shower Drains, the new stainless steel square wedgewire drains feature universal design with welded 2 and 3 inches central diameter outlets that simply replace the strainer and flange in all standard clamp-down shower floors.

LUXE Linear Drains is a veteran-owned, U.S.-based manufacturer of architectural-grade, 100 percent stainless steel modern design linear and tile insert shower drains. The multi-award winning collection of low-profile linear decorative wedgewire, pattern grate and tile insert drains have inspired architects, interior designers and craftsman to achieve a wide-range of stylish, contemporary custom shower designs in private homes and prestigious building projects worldwide.

Visit www.lineardrains.com

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New LUXE Square Wedgewire shower drain introduced

Plumbing Engineer - Tue, 01/13/2015 - 13:44

ATLANTA — LUXE Linear Drains, a leading manufacturer of architectural-grade, 100 percent stainless steel linear and tile insert shower drains, has introduced the new LUXE Stainless Steel Square Wedgewire Drain for stylish, modern design custom showers in all residential and commercial settings. LUXE Linear Drains addition of the stainless steel square wedgewire drain joins the 5 x 5 inches stainless steel square tile insert drains to help complete the multiple award-winning collection of premium linear wedgewire, pattern grate, tile insert and stainless steel specialty shower drains that have no equal in craftsmanship, strength, function, aesthetics and design possibilities.

The new LUXE Stainless Steel Square Wedgewire Drains are the perfect choice to replace the outdated round-center drain with stylish, contemporary modern design elements for private homes and multi-shower commercial interior projects of any scope and size. The new LUXE stainless steel square wedgewire drains prove ideal for designing safe, easy to use barrier-free, zero-threshold entry custom showers for modern seniors aging at home. And the new LUXE Stainless Steel Square Wedgewire Drains also allow commercial architects and interior designers to enjoy the same freedom when designing ADA-compliant, wheel-in-entry showers for large scale hotels, casino resorts, healthcare facilities, office buildings, multi-housing projects, educational settings and more.

The new LUXE Linear Drains are remarkably fast and easy to install in new construction, existing showers and trendy tub to shower conversion projects. LUXE Stainless Steel Square Wedgewire Drains are manufactured independent of any specific waterproofing membrane, installation materials and methods. Like all LUXE Linear Shower Drains, the new stainless steel square wedgewire drains feature universal design with welded 2 and 3 inches central diameter outlets that simply replace the strainer and flange in all standard clamp-down shower floors.

LUXE Linear Drains is a veteran-owned, U.S.-based manufacturer of architectural-grade, 100 percent stainless steel modern design linear and tile insert shower drains. The multi-award winning collection of low-profile linear decorative wedgewire, pattern grate and tile insert drains have inspired architects, interior designers and craftsman to achieve a wide-range of stylish, contemporary custom shower designs in private homes and prestigious building projects worldwide.

Visit www.lineardrains.com

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Sloan signs with Chicago Cubs as Legacy, Water Efficiency Partner

Plumbing & Mechanical Contractors - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 21:48

FRANKLIN PARK, Ill. – Sloan Valve announced it has joined the Cubs organization as a Legacy Partner and the team’s Official Water Efficiency Partner. As part of this agreement, the Cubs Spring Training facility in Mesa, Arizona, will be named Sloan Park.

Sloan, the world’s leading manufacturer of intelligent water solutions, will help the Cubs expand its ongoing sustainability efforts and improve fan experience at Sloan Park and at Wrigley Field. Sloan’s expertise in water efficiency will help the Cubs reduce their overall environmental impact – especially important in drought prone areas such as Arizona.

“We are a global organization founded in Chicago, so partnering with another iconic Chicago brand is a natural fit. Sloan products have been in Wrigley Field since 1914, and this exciting new partnership with the Chicago Cubs helps Sloan tell its story on a major league level,” said Jim Allen, President of Sloan. Jim continued, “water is an increasingly important natural resource, by helping communities and organizations like the Chicago Cubs save water, Sloan helps to raise awareness of water conservation in this country and around the world. Responsible use of water is critical to local communities and to the world. Our partnership with the Chicago Cubs organization gives us the opportunity to help build winning teams through sustainable solutions.”

“Teaming up with Sloan is an important move for the Chicago Cubs. Sloan brings more than a century of experience and success in creating cutting edge water solutions for a wide variety of venues all around the world,” said Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts. “We are pleased to work with and learn from Sloan as we enhance our facilities and build for the future.”

The Cubs will utilize Sloan’s products in the newly-named Sloan Park in Mesa and plan to integrate inside Wrigley Field and its surrounding facilities as part of the 1060 Project construction — helping the organization expand its ongoing sustainability efforts. Sloan also will have brand presence at Sloan Park and Wrigley Field including designated areas to showcase Sloan products and state-of-the-art water saving technologies along with fixed signage on the visiting team’s bullpen.

Sloan becomes the sixth Legacy Partner of the Chicago Cubs, joining Anheuser-Busch, ATI Physical Therapy, Starwood Hotels and Resorts, Under Armour and Wintrust.

Visit www.sloanvalve.com

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Sloan signs with Chicago Cubs as Legacy, Water Efficiency Partner

Plumbing Engineer - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 21:44

FRANKLIN PARK, Ill. – Sloan Valve announced it has joined the Cubs organization as a Legacy Partner and the team’s Official Water Efficiency Partner. As part of this agreement, the Cubs Spring Training facility in Mesa, Arizona, will be named Sloan Park.

Sloan, the world’s leading manufacturer of intelligent water solutions, will help the Cubs expand its ongoing sustainability efforts and improve fan experience at Sloan Park and at Wrigley Field. Sloan’s expertise in water efficiency will help the Cubs reduce their overall environmental impact – especially important in drought prone areas such as Arizona.

“We are a global organization founded in Chicago, so partnering with another iconic Chicago brand is a natural fit. Sloan products have been in Wrigley Field since 1914, and this exciting new partnership with the Chicago Cubs helps Sloan tell its story on a major league level,” said Jim Allen, President of Sloan. Jim continued, “water is an increasingly important natural resource, by helping communities and organizations like the Chicago Cubs save water, Sloan helps to raise awareness of water conservation in this country and around the world. Responsible use of water is critical to local communities and to the world. Our partnership with the Chicago Cubs organization gives us the opportunity to help build winning teams through sustainable solutions.”

“Teaming up with Sloan is an important move for the Chicago Cubs. Sloan brings more than a century of experience and success in creating cutting edge water solutions for a wide variety of venues all around the world,” said Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts. “We are pleased to work with and learn from Sloan as we enhance our facilities and build for the future.”

The Cubs will utilize Sloan’s products in the newly-named Sloan Park in Mesa and plan to integrate inside Wrigley Field and its surrounding facilities as part of the 1060 Project construction — helping the organization expand its ongoing sustainability efforts. Sloan also will have brand presence at Sloan Park and Wrigley Field including designated areas to showcase Sloan products and state-of-the-art water saving technologies along with fixed signage on the visiting team’s bullpen.

Sloan becomes the sixth Legacy Partner of the Chicago Cubs, joining Anheuser-Busch, ATI Physical Therapy, Starwood Hotels and Resorts, Under Armour and Wintrust.

Visit www.sloanvalve.com

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ISH 2015 to include ‘Pop up my Bathroom’ feature

Plumbing Engineer - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 13:28

FRANKFURT — Modern bathroom design adapts to future lifestyles and changing demands. In the run up to ISH 2015 and on behalf of Messe Frankfurt, the ‘Pop up my Bathroom’ platform for new trends, initiated by the Association of the German Sanitation Industry (Vereinigung Deutsche Sanitärwirtschaft e.V. – VDS) will be concerning itself with the requirements that need to be taken into account in the conception of bathrooms appropriate to the various stages of life.

Variable ground plans and modern systems of installation are likely to be able, in future, to enhance the adaptability of the bathroom, that it can be changed to fit in with the lives of its users.

Messe Frankfurt is one of the world’s leading trade show organizers, generating around € 545 million in sales and employing some 2,000 people worldwide. The Messe Frankfurt Group has a global network of 28 subsidiaries and around 50 international Sales Partners, allowing it to serve its customers on location in more than 150 countries.

Messe Frankfurt events take place at more than 30 locations around the globe. In 2013, Messe Frankfurt organized 113 trade shows, of which more than half took place outside Germany. Comprising an area of 578,000 square meters, Messe Frankfurt’s exhibition grounds are home to ten exhibition halls. The company also operates two congress centers. The company is publicly owned, with the City of Frankfurt holding 60 percent and the State of Hesse 40 percent.

Visit www.messefrankfurt.com

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TOTO launches sustainability app

Plumbing & Mechanical Contractors - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 12:41

MORROW, Ga. — TOTO, the plumbing manufacturer with $5.1 billion dollars in annual sales, announced that it has further enhanced its position as a leader in sustainable product design and marketing providing by consumers and professionals with a new web-based sustainable purchase analysis app—MyGreenPayback.

TOTO’s new app enables users to calculate in real time their financial return on investment and the planet’s return on environment for the high-efficiency TOTO products they purchase for their homes and businesses.

“We wanted to make the sustainable purchasing process easier by demonstrating our high-efficiency products’ water and energy savings across their life cycle in a format that is easy to understand,” said Bill Strang, president of Operations for the Americas at TOTO. “MyGreenPayback enables us to do that as well as demonstrate our products’ benefits to the planet and human health.”

TOTO’s MyGreenPayback may be accessed from the web or a favicon installed on a computer, tablet, or smart phone. Users may compare up to three products, create their own products collections, and add products to a project for a payback calculation.

Rather than spending hours pouring over reams of technical data, consumers and professionals can now spend just a few minutes to understand and evaluate the benefits of their high-efficiency TOTO products.

“The MyGreenPayback team has enjoyed working with TOTO, and we are excited to help them simplify sustainable product decision making,” said Paul Shariari, founder and CEO of MyGreenPayback. “Having an ROI calculator in the hands of their designers, engineers, contractors, plumbers, and customers will help everyone see the massive impacts we can have on our built environment.”

To calculate their payback, users simply input their product data (quantity, usage profile, and purchase price) or their project profile (product data, utility rates, inflation, and time horizon). Once the data is input, users can quickly and easily calculate their ROI and their payback breakeven point.

MyGreenPayback provides users with the financial impact and potential savings breakdowns for energy cost savings, water cost savings, and total cost of ownership (life cycle). Users can easily do another calculation by simply adjusting their product or project parameters.

Visit www.totousa.com 

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Harsco P-K to unveil new boiler at AHR Expo

Plumbing & Mechanical Contractors - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 18:48

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Harsco Industrial Patterson-Kelley (Harsco P-K) will be unveiling its new stainless steel boiler at AHR Expo 2015. The expansion of the P-K SONIC line of commercial boilers now includes the SC-2000 (2,000 MBTU/HR).

The addition of the SONIC SC-2000 stainless steel boiler from its Harsco Industrial Group’s Patterson-Kelley division continues to expand the boundaries of its commitment to energy efficiency and innovative design.

As with the SC-4000 and SC-3000 the P-K SONIC SC-2000 will also feature the powerful DUET technology. This concept allows each section of the engine to be engineered independently to deliver better heat transfer and higher reliability through the condensing process. This unique design permits the P-K SONIC boiler to operate at 96 percent efficiency with a 5:1 turndown and ultra-low emissions.

The P-K SONIC line is controlled by proprietary NURO touch-screen control system. The NURO’s unique mini-computer design covers all aspects of a boiler’s operations. The NURO provides facility managers with simple touchpad controls for enhanced diagnostics, customizable adjustments and the ability to upgrade software via USB.

Harsco Industrial Patterson-Kelley is a leading producer of heat transfer equipment for institutional and commercial building applications, such as schools, offices, apartment buildings, dormitories, hospitals and hotels.

 Visit www.harscopk.com

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Harsco P-K to unveil new boiler at AHR Expo

Plumbing Engineer - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 18:46

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Harsco Industrial Patterson-Kelley (Harsco P-K) will be unveiling its new stainless steel boiler at AHR Expo 2015. The expansion of the P-K SONIC line of commercial boilers now includes the SC-2000 (2,000 MBTU/HR).

The addition of the SONIC SC-2000 stainless steel boiler from its Harsco Industrial Group’s Patterson-Kelley division continues to expand the boundaries of its commitment to energy efficiency and innovative design.

As with the SC-4000 and SC-3000 the P-K SONIC SC-2000 will also feature the powerful DUET technology. This concept allows each section of the engine to be engineered independently to deliver better heat transfer and higher reliability through the condensing process. This unique design permits the P-K SONIC boiler to operate at 96 percent efficiency with a 5:1 turndown and ultra-low emissions.

The P-K SONIC line is controlled by proprietary NURO touch-screen control system. The NURO’s unique mini-computer design covers all aspects of a boiler’s operations. The NURO provides facility managers with simple touchpad controls for enhanced diagnostics, customizable adjustments and the ability to upgrade software via USB.

Harsco Industrial Patterson-Kelley is a leading producer of heat transfer equipment for institutional and commercial building applications, such as schools, offices, apartment buildings, dormitories, hospitals and hotels.

Visit www.harscopk.com

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All-Geothermal project features ClimateMaster systems

Plumbing & Mechanical Contractors - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 13:38

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – ClimateMaster Inc. announced the groundbreaking of Moore, Okla.-headquartered McAlister Construction Inc.’s Avondale residential development project, which will feature geothermal-based heating and cooling across 100 percent of its homes.

The homes, ranging from 1,600 to 2,500 square feet, will specifically include one to two Tranquility 22 Digital Two-Stage (TZ) Series geothermal heat pump systems from ClimateMaster, manufactured within close proximity at the company’s headquarters facility in Oklahoma City. The heat pumps will work in conjunction with one to three boreholes drilled underneath the front yard of each home to deliver year-round heating and air conditioning.

According to McAlister Construction co-owners Greg McAlister and Josh Kitchen, the Avondale development, located on Eastern Avenue between NE 12th and NE 27th streets in Moore, Okla., will be the first of its kind to incorporate affordable historic craftsman-style design and exceptional geothermal heating and cooling efficiency in a single residential community.

“We have been placing a strong emphasis on energy efficiency since 2007 and creating an all-geothermal development like Avondale made sense,” Kitchen said. “As builders, we want to build the most efficient houses in the most cost-effective way. That is why we already incorporate elements like 2×6 exterior walls, blown-in fiberglass insulation, Low-E Argon gas-filled windows, and even independent third-party energy and air-leakage testing with all our homes. Geothermal adds a dimension of energy efficiency that we are really excited about on behalf of our homeowners. It allows them true heating and cooling energy independence as well as added benefits like free domestic hot water generation.”

Kitchen shared that the homes in the new Avondale community are expected to achieve Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index scores in the 30s and 40s, making them up to 90 percent more efficient than a typical existing home on the market today. As he explained, the lower a HERS score, the more energy efficient a home will be.

“Conventional existing homes score around 130 on the HERS Index, with new homes scoring around 100,” explained Kitchen. “Building homes with a HERS score in the 30 to 40 range is definitely unique – particularly at this home size and price point. We are excited about blazing a new trail in this respect.”

“The Avondale development is as much a teaching tool as it is a residential development,” said ClimateMaster Marketing Development Manager Titian Burris. “With an all-geothermal community like this, we are showing homeowners why they should not only embrace, but also be really excited about, the opportunity to save money and experience exceptional comfort with a geothermal system. Homeowners here will experience just how quickly they see a return on their investment as energy bill savings are immediately realized, and their neighbors are all sharing similar experiences.”

Construction will officially commence on the first 10 homes in the Avondale community by the end of this year and are expected to be completed by April. A total of 46 homes will be built in the Avondale community. The project at-large will additionally include the development of two acres of commercial frontage on Eastern Avenue that will also feature geothermal heating and cooling.

Visit www.climatemaster.com

 

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TOTO launches sustainability app

Plumbing Engineer - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 13:26

MORROW, Ga. —TOTO, plumbing manufacturer with $5.1 billion dollars in annual sales, announced  that it has further enhanced its position as a leader in sustainable product design and marketing providing by consumers and professionals with a new web-based sustainable purchase analysis app—MyGreenPayback.

TOTO’s new app enables users to calculate in real time their financial return on investment and the planet’s return on environment for the high-efficiency TOTO products they purchase for their homes and businesses.

“We wanted to make the sustainable purchasing process easier by demonstrating our high-efficiency products’ water and energy savings across their life cycle in a format that is easy to understand,” said Bill Strang, President of Operations for the Americas at TOTO. “MyGreenPayback enables us to do that as well as demonstrate our products’ benefits to the planet and human health.”

TOTO’s MyGreenPayback may be accessed from the web or a favicon installed on a computer, tablet, or smart phone. Users may compare up to three products, create their own products collections, and add products to a project for a payback calculation.

Rather than spending hours pouring over reams of technical data, consumers and professionals can now spend just a few minutes to understand and evaluate the benefits of their high-efficiency TOTO products.

“The MyGreenPayback team has enjoyed working with TOTO, and we are excited to help them simplify sustainable product decision making,” said Paul Shariari, founder and CEO of MyGreenPayback. “Having an ROI calculator in the hands of their designers, engineers, contractors, plumbers, and customers will help everyone see the massive impacts we can have on our built environment.”

To calculate their payback, users simply input their product data (quantity, usage profile, and purchase price) or their project profile (product data, utility rates, inflation, and time horizon). Once the data is input, users can quickly and easily calculate their ROI and their payback breakeven point.

MyGreenPayback provides users with the financial impact and potential savings breakdowns for energy cost savings, water cost savings, and total cost of ownership (life cycle). Users can easily do another calculation by simply adjusting their product or project parameters.

Visit www.totousa.com 

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Culligan joins ASPE Affiliate Sponsorship Program

Plumbing Engineer - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 18:40

CHICAGO — The American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE) welcomed Culligan International Co. to its growing list of Affiliate Sponsors. Headquartered in Rosemont, Ill., Culligan is a leader in delivering water solutions for commercial and residential applications.

ASPE created its Affiliate Sponsorship program to give the society’s manufacturer partners a more direct connection to ASPE’s 6,000 plus membership base, which comprises plumbing engineers, designers, specifiers, and related trade professionals. By becoming an ASPE Affiliate Sponsor, Culligan increases awareness of its commercial and industrial water treatment portfolio and network of 600 plus Culligan dealerships throughout North America.

“Culligan offers a comprehensive array of solutions, bringing together application engineering, innovative products, and industry-leading technical service to reduce operating costs and improve each customer’s water treatment program,” said Jim Stewart, Culligan’s Director of Commercial and Industrial Sales Support.

Affiliate Sponsors are recognized in ASPE publications, including Plumbing Engineer magazine and the ASPE “Pipeline” e-newsletter, as well as on the ASPE website and at national ASPE events. Affiliate Sponsors also are allowed to use the special ASPE Affiliate Sponsor logo to publicize their participation in the program.

“We welcome Culligan to our distinguished list of ASPE Affiliate Sponsors who utilize the program to increase market awareness of their products and services in the global plumbing industry community,” said David Jern, ASPE’s Director of Affiliate Relations.

Visit www.aspe.org

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RectorSeal acquires SureSeal

Plumbing & Mechanical Contractors - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 14:23

HOUSTON — RectorSeal Corp., a leading manufacturer of quality plumbing and HVAC/R products, acquired selected assets and the SureSeal brand from SureSeal Manufacturing (SSM), Tacoma, Wash., on January 2. SSM manufactures and distributes SureSeal, the leading brand of waterless floor drain trap seals.

“SureSeal is established as the premier brand in this category, therefore it’s a natural fit that provides RectorSeal with an outstanding growth opportunity.” said David Smith, president of RectorSeal Houston.

The SSM product line consists of ASSE-1072-certified SureSeal floor drain trap seals (aka waterless trap primers) and two upcoming products.

“We are excited to expand our relationship with RectorSeal, because they have the industry connections, distribution network, and organizational resources that are key to taking SureSeal to the next level and beyond,” said Kevin Huber, senior vice-president of business development of the surviving company renamed Specialty Plumbing Products Manufacturing LLC (SPP).

The SureSeal acquisition is the second transaction between RectorSeal and the team responsible for creating SureSeal, Don Huber, vice president of manufacturing & product development, and Al Stakset (retired). Huber and Stakset co-invented the Hubsett product line of test couplings that was sold to RectorSeal in 2001.

While SureSeal started as a retrofit product, its use is now approved by two of the three national model plumbing codes for use as an alternative to trap primers for blocking sewer gas backflow though floor drains into occupied spaces. Sewer gas is a dangerous threat to public health and believed to cause and spread deadly diseases, such as SARS and Legionnaires’ Disease.

SPP will continue manufacturing the product line for RectorSeal from its Tacoma production facilities. SureSeal’s former national sales manager, Rick Ensley will administer the brand from RectorSeal’s Houston headquarters as its product line manager. The acquisition also contracts both Hubers and Jorge Duque, CFO, to remain in three-year-long advisory roles for a seamless transition.

RectorSeal, which is a portfolio company of investment group Capital Southwest Corp., Dallas, Texas, has actively acquired other companies and brands in the last four years. Acquisitions include:

  • Airtec, a conglomerate of brands that include Aspen Pumps, Fortress and Big Foot Systems
  • AquaGuard condensate management float switch product line, and Goliath and Titan brands of plastic condensate overflow pans from Resource Conservation Technologies (RCT)
  • Glue-On- Nozzle (G-O-N) a nickel-bronze downspout product line for commercial building roof drains
  • Recently Australian-based Evolve Group’s Evo-Crete and PolySlab brands

The www.thesureseal.com website will continue to operate. SureSeal will continue to be sold through traditional wholesalers serving the PHC and HVAC/R markets and is now supported by RectorSeal customer and technical support departments at 800-231-3345.

Visit www.rectorseal.com

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RectorSeal acquires SureSeal

Plumbing Engineer - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 14:18

HOUSTON — RectorSeal Corp., a leading manufacturer of quality plumbing and HVAC/R products, acquired selected assets and the SureSeal brand from SureSeal Manufacturing (SSM), Tacoma, Wash., on January 2. SSM manufactures and distributes SureSeal, the leading brand of waterless floor drain trap seals.

“SureSeal is established as the premier brand in this category, therefore it’s a natural fit that provides RectorSeal with an outstanding growth opportunity.” said David Smith, president of RectorSeal Houston.

The SSM product line consists of ASSE-1072-certified SureSeal floor drain trap seals (aka waterless trap primers) and two upcoming products.

“We are excited to expand our relationship with RectorSeal, because they have the industry connections, distribution network, and organizational resources that are key to taking SureSeal to the next level and beyond,” said Kevin Huber, senior vice-president of business development of the surviving company renamed Specialty Plumbing Products Manufacturing LLC (SPP).

The SureSeal acquisition is the second transaction between RectorSeal and the team responsible for creating SureSeal, Don Huber, vice president of manufacturing & product development, and Al Stakset (retired). Huber and Stakset co-invented the Hubsett product line of test couplings that was sold to RectorSeal in 2001.

While SureSeal started as a retrofit product, its use is now approved by two of the three national model plumbing codes for use as an alternative to trap primers for blocking sewer gas backflow though floor drains into occupied spaces. Sewer gas is a dangerous threat to public health and believed to cause and spread deadly diseases, such as SARS and Legionnaires’ Disease.

SPP will continue manufacturing the product line for RectorSeal from its Tacoma production facilities. SureSeal’s former national sales manager, Rick Ensley will administer the brand from RectorSeal’s Houston headquarters as its product line manager. The acquisition also contracts both Hubers and Jorge Duque, CFO, to remain in three-year-long advisory roles for a seamless transition.

RectorSeal, which is a portfolio company of investment group Capital Southwest Corp., Dallas, Texas, has actively acquired other companies and brands in the last four years. Acquisitions include:

  • Airtec, a conglomerate of brands that include Aspen Pumps, Fortress and Big Foot Systems
  • AquaGuard condensate management float switch product line, and Goliath and Titan brands of plastic condensate overflow pans from Resource Conservation Technologies (RCT)
  • Glue-On- Nozzle (G-O-N) a nickel-bronze downspout product line for commercial building roof drains
  • Recently Australian-based Evolve Group’s Evo-Crete and PolySlab brands

The www.thesureseal.com website will continue to operate. SureSeal will continue to be sold through traditional wholesalers serving the PHC and HVAC/R markets and is now supported by RectorSeal customer and technical support departments at 800-231-3345.

Visit www.rectorseal.com

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ACCA Maintenance of Commercial Refrigeration Systems Standard out for review

Plumbing & Mechanical Contractors - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 13:36

ARLINGTON, Va. — The Air Conditioning Contractors of America Educational Institute (ACCA-EI) Standards Task Team (STT) announced an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) public review period for its BSR/ACCA 14 QMref -201x, “Quality Maintenance of Commercial Refrigeration Systems” as a revised industry standard.

The 45-day public review period started on January 2, with a comment deadline of February 16. This new standard prescribes inspection tasks and offers recommended corrective actions to maintain commonly installed commercial refrigeration equipment and systems found in supermarkets, convenience stores, refrigerated warehouses, etc. Equipment checklists are provided by equipment type and detail the minimum visual inspections, performance tests, measurements, and component evaluations.

ACCA is a non-profit association serving more than 60,000 professionals and 4,000 businesses in the indoor environmental and energy services community. Founded more than 40 years ago, today ACCA sets the standards for quality comfort systems, provides leading-edge education for contractors and their employees, and fights for the interests of professional contractors in every state in the country.

This new standard draft and response form can be found at www.acca.org/ansi.

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IAPMO Group hires new SVP of Water Systems

Plumbing Engineer - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 13:22

ONTARIO, Calif. — The IAPMO Group announced the hiring of Thomas Palkon as senior vice president of Water Systems. Palkon brings to IAPMO 18 years of hands-on experience — all with the Lisle, Ill.,-based Water Quality Association (WQA) — in strategic development and implementation,  program/process design and development, and business operations within the water treatment industry. As vice president and chief operations officer of WQA since 2012, Palkon provided oversight and direction to all phases of the association’s operations, including sales/marketing, product certification, laboratory testing, facility inspections, and professional certification.

Palkon spent the previous 10 years as WQA’s director of Product Certification, overseeing service to more than 400 companies and thousands of certified products. He began his work at WQA as a laboratory chemist before
promotions to laboratory supervisor and ultimately director.

“I’m very excited to begin this new role for The IAPMO Group and to continue working with the water industry; the industry I’ve gotten to know so well the past 18 years,” Palkon said.

A bachelor of science in biology graduate of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Palkon received his master of business administration from Keller Graduate School of Management, Chicago, graduating with distinction. He was recently named by Water Conditioning & Purification magazine as one of the 50 most influential people in the water treatment industry.

“Thomas’ considerable experience and industry knowledge will no doubt go a long way toward the expansion of IAPMO’s services in the areas of water filtration and treatment,” said GP Russ Chaney, CEO of The IAPMO Group. “We are extremely excited to bring him on board to lead these efforts.”

The IAPMO Group has been protecting the public’s health and safety since 1926 by working in concert with government and industry to implement comprehensive plumbing, mechanical, solar, swimming pool and spa, backflow prevention, radiant and hydronics systems around the world. The IAPMO Group is a complete service organization, providing code development assistance, industry-leading education, product testing and certification, building product evaluation, a manufacturer-preferred quality assurance program, management systems auditing (ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001), factory inspection, product standards development, and personnel training and certifications. Each component of

Visit www.iapmo.org

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MSCA webinars to focus on team-building leadership

Plumbing & Mechanical Contractors - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 13:34

ROCKVILLE, Md. — Building an effective and successful team to carry out an organization’s mission is a top priority for leaders, and MSCA’s new webinar series will give you the insights and information needed to meet that challenge.

Steve Thomas, MSCA’s highest ranked conference speaker to date, will teach what a “team” really is (and isn’t), and how to embody it as a team player and a leader in this six-part series. The first webinar will take place on February 11 at 1:00p.m. (EST).

Tentative dates for the remaining webinars are April 1, June 3, September 2, November 4, and December 6. This series is free to all MCAA/MSCA members as a benefit.

Registration is now open at https://msca.webex.com

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Hydraulic Institute collaborates on NPSH technical webinar

Plumbing Engineer - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 13:20

PARSIPPANY, N.J. – In its continuing effort to provide education on current and important topics to the pump industry, the Hydraulic Institute has collaborated with its NPSH committee members in developing a technical webinar program that focuses on NPSH and its relationship to cavitation and other pump operation. No end user or pump supplier wants to experience the issues associated with lack of NPSH such as increased noise and vibration due to cavitation, beginning of head or efficiency drop, and eventual damage to pump impeller or casing.

Designed for pump distributors, manufacturers and end users, the NPSH webinar instructs participants on how to calculate the available NPSH, understand how insufficient NPSHA will affect pump operation and what NPSH margin is needed to ensure good performance longevity to pump equipment.

Mark Sullivan, HI’s Education & Marketing Director, explained, “Understanding NPSH margin is critical to ensuring optimum and long-term pump performance. Working with HI committee members in developing this webinar that focuses on NPSH is an important achievement as the industry needs education on this topic.”

The one-hour webinar will be conducted January 13, at 1:00pm(EST) with time allotted for a live Q&A session. Cost is $119, with HI members receiving an additional 25 percent discount, along with attending earning 1 PDH credit at conclusion. HI also offers corporate group webinar site licensing for the lowest prices in training larger groups.

Registration is open now at: http://estore.pumps.org/Rotodynamic-Pumps-Guidelines-for-NPSH-Margin-Webinar-Session-P597.aspx

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ISH 2015 to include ‘Pop up my Bathroom’ feature

Plumbing & Mechanical Contractors - Mon, 01/05/2015 - 21:34

FRANKFURT — Modern bathroom design adapts to future lifestyles and changing demands. In the run up to ISH 2015 and on behalf of Messe Frankfurt, the ‘Pop up my Bathroom’ platform for new trends, initiated by the Association of the German Sanitation Industry (Vereinigung Deutsche Sanitärwirtschaft e.V. – VDS) will be concerning itself with the requirements that need to be taken into account in the conception of bathrooms appropriate to the various stages of life.

Variable ground plans and modern systems of installation are likely to be able, in future, to enhance the adaptability of the bathroom, that it can be changed to fit in with the lives of its users.

Messe Frankfurt is one of the world’s leading trade show organizers, generating around € 545 million in sales and employing some 2,000 people worldwide. The Messe Frankfurt Group has a global network of 28 subsidiaries and around 50 international Sales Partners, allowing it to serve its customers on location in more than 150 countries.

Messe Frankfurt events take place at more than 30 locations around the globe. In 2013, Messe Frankfurt organized 113 trade shows, of which more than half took place outside Germany. Comprising an area of 578,000 square meters, Messe Frankfurt’s exhibition grounds are home to ten exhibition halls. The company also operates two congress centers. The company is publicly owned, with the City of Frankfurt holding 60 percent and the State of Hesse 40 percent.

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All-geothermal project features ClimateMaster systems

Plumbing Engineer - Mon, 01/05/2015 - 21:19

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – ClimateMaster Inc. announced the groundbreaking of Moore, Okla.-headquartered McAlister Construction Inc.’s Avondale residential development project, which will feature geothermal-based heating and cooling across 100 percent of its homes.

The homes, ranging from 1,600 to 2,500 square feet, will specifically include one to two Tranquility 22 Digital Two-Stage (TZ) Series geothermal heat pump systems from ClimateMaster, manufactured within close proximity at the company’s headquarters facility in Oklahoma City. The heat pumps will work in conjunction with one to three boreholes drilled underneath the front yard of each home to deliver year-round heating and air conditioning.

According to McAlister Construction co-owners Greg McAlister and Josh Kitchen, the Avondale development, located on Eastern Avenue between NE 12th and NE 27th streets in Moore, Okla., will be the first of its kind to incorporate affordable historic craftsman-style design and exceptional geothermal heating and cooling efficiency in a single residential community.

“We have been placing a strong emphasis on energy efficiency since 2007 and creating an all-geothermal development like Avondale made sense,” Kitchen said. “As builders, we want to build the most efficient houses in the most cost-effective way. That is why we already incorporate elements like 2×6 exterior walls, blown-in fiberglass insulation, Low-E Argon gas-filled windows, and even independent third-party energy and air-leakage testing with all our homes. Geothermal adds a dimension of energy efficiency that we are really excited about on behalf of our homeowners. It allows them true heating and cooling energy independence as well as added benefits like free domestic hot water generation.”

Kitchen shared that the homes in the new Avondale community are expected to achieve Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index scores in the 30s and 40s, making them up to 90 percent more efficient than a typical existing home on the market today. As he explained, the lower a HERS score, the more energy efficient a home will be.

“Conventional existing homes score around 130 on the HERS Index, with new homes scoring around 100,” Kitchen noted. “Building homes with a HERS score in the 30 to 40 range is definitely unique – particularly at this home size and price point. We are excited about blazing a new trail in this respect.”

“The Avondale development is as much a teaching tool as it is a residential development,” said ClimateMaster Marketing Development Manager Titian Burris. “With an all-geothermal community like this, we are showing homeowners why they should not only embrace, but also be really excited about, the opportunity to save money and experience exceptional comfort with a geothermal system. Homeowners here will experience just how quickly they see a return on their investment as energy bill savings are immediately realized, and their neighbors are all sharing similar experiences.”

Construction will officially commence on the first 10 homes in the Avondale community by the end of this year and are expected to be completed by April. A total of 46 homes will be built in the Avondale community. The project at-large will additionally include the development of two acres of commercial frontage on Eastern Avenue that will also feature geothermal heating and cooling.

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2015 editions of International Codes available

Plumbing Engineer - Tue, 12/30/2014 - 16:19

WASHINGTON — The 2015 I-Codes help achieve resiliency, safety, innovation and affordability in the built environment. Code users can begin to prepare for adoption and use of the newest codes. Code purchases include a free subscription to ICC’s new Code Alert service that provides critical code updates and free access to videos, excerpts from support documents and training resources.

The 2015 International Codes (I-Codes) developed by International Code Council Members and other safety advocates at public hearings using the governmental consensus process.

“The 2015 International Codes reflect the most advanced building science construction methods and practices available,” said ICC CEO Dominic Sims, CBO. “The I-Codes are a comprehensive and coordinated family of codes that support the construction industry to achieve resiliency, safety, innovation and affordability in the built environment.”

The 2015 I-Codes provide flexibility for designers without compromising safety. Many 2015 I-Code sections have been reworded or reorganized to clarify requirements so they can be applied consistently. The 2015 I-Codes address design and installation of innovative materials and encourage the use of new and smarter technological advances.

A variety of book formats are available to code users for added convenience. Code users can select from soft cover, loose leaf, eBook, or PDF download. A new feature added to the 2015 I-Codes in PDF is the Redline version. This new component, included with every 2015 I-Code download purchase, displays deletions and revisions in red and blue font allowing the reader to quickly spot changes and determine the specifics of each change. This option requires a PDF Reader and can be used on mobile devices.

All 2015 I-Code print and digital purchases include a free subscription to ICC’s new Code Alert service that provides critical code updates and free access to videos, excerpts from support documents and training resources.

Helpful resources that assist code users in learning and applying the 2015 I-Codes are scheduled for release throughout the next year. The Significant Changes series, Code and Commentary series and Study Companions will be released this summer, fall and winter, respectively.

First released in 2000, the family of International Codes continues to be the only coordinated and correlated set of construction codes to address building, fire, plumbing, mechanical, fuel gas, property maintenance, zoning and energy efficiency.

The International Code Council is a member-focused association. It is dedicated to developing model codes and standards used in the design, build and compliance process to construct safe, sustainable, affordable and resilient structures. Most U.S. communities and many global markets choose the International Codes.

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