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Hundreds of new products to be showcased at 2015 AHR Expo

Plumbing & Mechanical Contractors - 13 hours 45 min ago

WESTPORT, Conn. — According to a post-show survey of several thousand industry professionals who attended the 2014 AHR Expo, 94 percent said they came to see “what’s new” in the marketplace. An additional 91 percent said attending the show was an important way to look for new suppliers.

According to Clay Stevens, president of International Exposition Company, which produces and manages the AHR Expo, more than 40,000 HVACR professionals expected to attend the 2015 event in Chicago, on January 26-28, 2015, will not be disappointed.

Stevens said that based on a joint ASHRAE and AHR Expo survey of more than 2,000 exhibitors in the 2014 show, more than two-thirds said that they introduced new products at the New York show. However, early indications are that the number of new product introductions and new solutions may be even higher in Chicago. He cited the following facts:

• 85 percent of exhibitors submitting products for the 2015 Product Preview said they will be showing “new” or “upgraded” products.
• There are 112 first-time exhibitors, nearly half from companies outside the US. This means new products never before seen in the U.S. will be showcased for the first time.
• There will be more than 60 presentations from dozens of exhibitors at the New Product & Technology Theaters. This is up from 54 presentations in 2014.
• Several of the more than 100 AHR Expo and ASHRAE educational sessions will deal with new product and/or technology solutions.
• The 2015 AHR Expo Innovation Awards presentation will showcase the most innovative products available in the HVACR Industry.
• The 2015 show is on track for another record-breaking event, which means more exhibiting companies and more new products.

“As the world’s largest HVACR exposition, there are always thousands of new product introductions and innovative solutions debuting at AHR Expo,” Stevens added. “However, it appears that the upcoming Chicago show may set a new standard for product introductions.”

AHR Expo is endorsed by 34 of the leading HVACR industry associations and is co-sponsored by ASHRAE and the Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI). The Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI) is an honorary sponsor.

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Uponor enhances engineering resources website

Plumbing Engineer - 13 hours 57 min ago

APPLE VALLEY, Minn. — Uponor North America recently updated its engineering website to offer more resources for professionals specifying and designing PEX plumbing, radiant heating/cooling, hydronic distribution piping and pre-insulated piping systems.

In addition to the website’s previous features, which included Building Information Modeling (BIM) product data, specifications, submittals and an online product catalog, the updated site offers an extensive library of Computer-Aided Design (CAD) details as well as a pipe-sizing calculator. Additionally, the new site offers a summary of all codes and standards and links to public listings for Uponor products as well as submittal packages for each system that can easily be downloaded with one simple click.

“With the growth we are continuing to see in commercial systems using our PEX plumbing, heating and cooling products, we want to provide our partners with the fastest, most user-friendly resources available to ensure they can specify and design quickly and easily with Uponor,” said Don Costello, product manager, Web, at Uponor.

Uponor, Inc. is an award-winning provider of plumbing, fire safety, radiant heating/cooling, hydronic distribution piping and pre-insulated piping systems for residential and commercial applications. In 2014, the company received the Community Impact Award for Sustainability and the Progress Minnesota award for driving business growth and economic development.

Visit www.uponorengineering.com

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Viessmann showcases products at Open House

Plumbing & Mechanical Contractors - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 20:34

WARWICK, R.I. — Viessmann held an open house at its U.S. headquarters in Warwick, R.I. on September 10. The event was attended by over 250 contractors, engineers and wholesalers from all over the Northeast.

The open house kicked off the heating season in style. The program included a facility and warehouse tour, an extensive training schedule, live-fire demonstration of Viessmann products, and a catered BBQ lunch.

New products, such as the Vitocrossal 300 gas fired condensing boiler and the Vitocell 100 DHW solar tank, were introduced to partners in attendance. Attendees were also shown the Vitomobile, Viessman’s new mobile lab with hands-on live-fire demonstration of the Vitodens 100, Vitodens 200 and Vitodens 222-F boilers.

Guests had an opportunity to meet and chat with Viessmann staff including Dr. Michael Luz, president and CEO of Veissmann U.S., and Steve David, director of Sales at Viessmann.

“We want to provide a quality experience for our partners that’s in keeping with our superior products” Dr. Luz said. “With Viessmann, heating season means an open season of leading heating products and solutions, best practice professional training and education, high quality customer service and innovative marketing support.”

David said, “The open house is an opportunity for Viessmann to showcase and reinforce professionalism. We think of this event as a class re-union for our A-Team mechanical contractors and Viessmann partners.”

The open house gave contractors and heating professionals a chance to mingle and discuss Viessmann products.

Brian Golden, lead technician at Foley Mechanical, said, “One of the most valuable aspects of the open house was comparing notes with other heating professionals and learning how other contractors are installing Viessmann boilers.”

Visit www.viessmann-us.com

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ASHRAE releases Legionellosis Standard for fourth public review draft

Plumbing Engineer - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 20:33

ATLANTA – A fourth version of ASHRAE’s proposed Legionellosis standard is open for public comment until November 10.

Standard 188P, Legionellosis: Risk Management for Building Water Systems, currently under development, will establish minimum Legionellosis risk management requirements for building water systems. The standard is intended for use by building owners and managers and those involved in the design, construction, installation, commissioning, operation, maintenance and service of centralized building water systems and components.

The draft of the document and instructions on submitting comments can be found at www.ashrae.org/publicreviews. The proposed standard will be available for access until November 10.

Changes to the proposed standard since its last public review in January 2013 include:

  • Alignment of the document with the revised title, purpose and scope.
  • Removal of hazard analysis and critical control points (HACCP) terminology; some of the principles of the HACCP process are consistent with the process utilized in the document.
  • Inclusion of a normative appendix for health care facilities meeting specific requirements that provides an alternate compliance path that is more stringent than for other facilities.
  • More emphasis on requirements for design, construction, installation, commissioning, operation, maintenance and service.

Tom Watson, chair of the Standard 188P committee, noted that the standard contains both normative sections and appendices that specify what is required to comply. It also contains informative appendices and references as guidance about how to do things that may be necessary for a given building water system.

“Building water systems vary substantially in their design and their capability for transmission of Legionella,” Watson said. “Scientific evidence is either lacking or inconclusive in certain aspects of Legionella control. The informative guidance is included to provide suggestions, recommendations and references.”

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Viessmann showcases products at Open House

Plumbing Engineer - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 20:32

WARWICK, R.I. — Viessmann held an open house at its U.S. headquarters in Warwick, R.I. on September 10. The event was attended by over 250 contractors, engineers and wholesalers from all over the Northeast.

The open house kicked off the heating season in style. The program included a facility and warehouse tour, an extensive training schedule, live-fire demonstration of Viessmann products, and a catered BBQ lunch.

New products, such as the Vitocrossal 300 gas fired condensing boiler and the Vitocell 100 DHW solar tank, were introduced to partners in attendance. Attendees were also shown the Vitomobile, Viessman’s new mobile lab with hands-on live-fire demonstration of the Vitodens 100, Vitodens 200 and Vitodens 222-F boilers.

Guests had an opportunity to meet and chat with Viessmann staff including Dr. Michael Luz, president and CEO of Veissmann U.S., and Steve David, director of Sales at Viessmann.

“We want to provide a quality experience for our partners that’s in keeping with our superior products” Dr. Luz said. “With Viessmann, heating season means an open season of leading heating products and solutions, best practice professional training and education, high quality customer service and innovative marketing support.”

David said, “The open house is an opportunity for Viessmann to showcase and reinforce professionalism. We think of this event as a class re-union for our A-Team mechanical contractors and Viessmann partners.”

The open house gave contractors and heating professionals a chance to mingle and discuss Viessmann products.

Brian Golden, lead technician at Foley Mechanical, said, “One of the most valuable aspects of the open house was comparing notes with other heating professionals and learning how other contractors are installing Viessmann boilers.”

Visit www.viessmann-us.com

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ASHRAE explores residential

Plumbing & Mechanical Contractors - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 13:20

ATLANTA – When it comes to energy, the residential sector consumes a fifth of all the primary energy used by the U.S. (21 percent) and more than half (54 percent) of all energy used by buildings.

Similar trends are also observed in other parts of the world. For example, in Europe, residential buildings account for 75 percent of the total building stock and are responsible for 26.2 percent of the total European Union final energy consumption in 2012.

Those figures reflect big energy use. They also present big opportunities for sustainability. From economic, environmental and energy security perspectives, a sector responsible for this much energy consumption requires significant attention, noted Tom Phoenix, president of ASHRAE.

The indoor environments of residential buildings have a very significant impact on health, productivity and comfort. Household air pollution from indoor combustion for cooking and heating is estimated by the World Health Organization to result in over 4 million deaths annually worldwide – nearly 8 percent of the total, predominantly in developing economies.

As such, ASHRAE is exploring its role in residential, looking at how it can contribute most effectively to the improvement of the performance of residential buildings. The society recently released a report, “ASHRAE and the Residential Construction Market,” which contains a series of recommendations to the Board of Directors.

“Our members do work on buildings all day and then go home, failing to effectively bring the best of ASHRAE home with us to improve energy efficiency and indoor air quality,” Phoenix said.“

Max Sherman, chair of the Presidential Ad Hoc Committee on the Residential Construction Market that developed the report, noted that one of the first questions the group explored was “what is residential.”

He noted that in the U.S., residential is often associated with low-rise, single-family houses. This association is evident in the division in scopes between the International Residential Code and the International Building Code and between the scopes of ASHRAE standards related to indoor air quality and energy. Additionally, mid-rise multifamily construction often seems to fall through the cracks and is not adequately addressed in either current residential or nonresidential standards, he said.

Sherman said the exploration into residential began under the guidance of 2013-14 ASHRAE President Bill Bahnfleth. The committee looked at the importance of the residential sector, what ASHRAE is already doing in the residential sector and how ASHRAE’s role is viewed in the residential market. As part of that, a workshop for key stakeholders was held earlier in the year.

Sherman said that their research showed the residential sector is of growing importance. Studies show there were over 115 million dwellings in the U.S. (217 million in the European Union) in 2010. The projection is that by 2030 this number will grow to about 141 million in the U.S. (241 million in the European Union). Given that number is increasing, efficiency needs to increase as well. ASHRAE can play a significant role in the efforts to reduce energy consumption and environmental impact of the global building stock.

“Over 74 percent of all existing homes in the United States were constructed before 1989—before widespread adoption of model energy codes governing their construction,” Sherman said. “More than 40 percent of the European residential buildings have been constructed before the 1960s when energy building regulations were very limited. By almost any measure, most of these homes are likely under-insulated, have poorly performing fenestration, have significant envelope air leakage, need upgrades to all HVAC&R components and delivery systems, and contain outdated and inefficient lighting systems when compared to today’s basic energy code minimums. In addition, we need to treat these homes as systems that provide good indoor environmental quality for people. These needs define significant opportunity for energy, carbon, peak power and water savings within the residential sector.”

Sherman said the group found that while ASHRAE has extensive and perhaps unmatched technical abilities in the residential area, it is far from the dominant player. He notes the Society’s involvement requires not only focusing the efforts of its own volunteers but collaborating with existing stakeholders.

The report contains several recommendations to the ASHRAE Board of Directors. Several recommendations have already been acted upon and the rest have been referred to appropriate bodies in the Society. The report and additional information can be found at www.ashrae.org/residential.

The recommendations are designed to raise the priority of residential activity within the Society by increasing visibility of existing work in that area and by providing additional Society resources for future work. ASHRAE will support residential through actions in the report, including the likely formation of a new standing committee. It also plans to involve more residential stakeholders and include more residential content in its research, programs, standards and publications.

Phoenix said that the move into residential also is part of the Society’s newly adopted Strategic Plan under an initiative that addresses ASHRAE’s role in the residential sector. The plan notes that ASHRAE will create partnerships and collaboration with key organizations in the residential sector.

“Together we look forward to working with new partners to develop technology, perform research and educate owners, builders and designers to improve the residential built environment,” Phoenix said.

Visit www.ashrae.org

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American Standard Brands adds to design team

Plumbing Engineer - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 13:30

PISCATAWAY,  N.J. — American Standard Brands recently welcomed three additions to the company’s design team. The newcomers will be working at the company’s design studio at headquarters in Piscataway, N.J., reporting to new Vice President of Design Jean-Jacques L’Hénaff.

Emilie Williams, associate design director for faucets, will lead all design projects for that category. Williams formerly served as senior designer at Ignite USA, where she designed and developed housewares products for the Contigo and AVEX brands.

Greg Reinecker, lead designer, will oversee industrial design projects from concept through implementation across various product categories. Reinecker has worked with two leading design consultancies — Teams Design in Chicago and Axis Design in Austin, Texas — and brings over 10 years of experience in multiple industries, including power tools and housewares.

Gabriela Ravassa, industrial designer, will pursue projects across all categories, but is currently focused on trade faucet lines for American Standard and DXV, the company’s new flagship luxury bathroom and kitchen brand. A graduate of Parson School of Design, Ravassa worked with eyewear brand Don Vetro, as well as OMHU, a Scandinavian brand specialized in elegant mobility aid products for the elderly.

Visit www.americanstandard-us.com

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GROHE garners fifth ‘Red Dot Best of Best’ award

Plumbing & Mechanical Contractors - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 13:18

NEW YORK – The 2014 edition of the “Red Dot Award: Product design 2014” once again included GROHE as leading manufacturer of premium kitchen, bath and shower fixtures. Apart from picking up awards for its Thermostat Grohtherm 2000, its GROHE Rainshower Flower Collection and its Eurodisc Joystick line of faucets, GROHE also won the Red Dot Best of the Best award for its Minta Touch kitchen faucet.

This marked the fifth time in seven years that GROHE was able to secure what is one of the design community’s highest accolades.

Paul Flowers, senior vice president of Design at Grohe AG, said, “When we set out to create GROHE Minta Touch, we started by exploring the boundaries of modern technology in cooperation with our colleagues in R&D. This is why we take pride not only in the faucet’s technical and visual features but also in the cooperative spirit that made it possible in the first place. Winning the Red Dot: Best of the Best is clearly the result of a team effort and we appreciate this award as a very special accolade.”

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Hydraulic Institute announces personnel changes

Plumbing Engineer - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 13:48

PARSIPPANY, N.J. — The Hydraulic Institute, the nation’s largest pump manufacturing trade associated, today announced two significant personnel changes.

Gregg Romanyshyn, HI Technical Director, who has led the Institute’s extensive standards and guideline writing organization since December 1999 has announced his retirement, effective April 30, 2015. During the past 15 years, Romanyshyn and the engineering staff team, have supported nearly 40 HI technical standards and guideline writing committees whose membership includes engineers from leading pump manufacturers, suppliers to the pump industry, and engineering consulting firms who are members of the Hydraulic Institute. The scope of HI’s standards-writing activities has expanded under his leadership to include 33 HI standards and currently five technical guidelines have been published, with plans to release a new guideline annually for the next four years.

During Romanyshyn’s tenure, over the last three and a half years, he’s offered technical guidance and insights into the U.S. Department of Energy pump efficiency rulemaking where HI has taken a leadership role on behalf of the U.S. pump industry. Working closely with hundreds of industry volunteers, and pump and systems experts, in HI’s technical organization he has also made numerous contributions to the growth of Pump Systems Matter, HI’s educational non-profit subsidiary, in creating new courses and webinars that help pump end-users understand pump and pumping systems technology and optimization opportunities. After retirement from the Institute, Romanyshyn will remain available to HI in a consulting capacity.

HI announced the appointment of Peter F. Gaydon as Standards Engineering Director, effective September 8. In this capacity, Gaydon will be responsible for supporting the Director, Technical Affairs, in providing staff leadership for the accomplishment of HI’s Mission, Vision, Goals, and Objectives, focusing on the Institute’s Strategic Plan.

Most recently, Gaydon served as a Pump Improvement Engineer with Flowserve, Flow Solutions Group in Bethlehem, PA. Previously, he was a Design Engineer with Chempump, a Division of Teikoku USA in Warminster, PA. He holds a B.S. Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Alfred University in Alfred, N.Y.

In his new role, Gaydon will assist in the development and support all aspects of the Institute’s technical programs, including the development of standards, guidelines, and technical documents, and will provide support for webinars and educational and certification and labeling programs, as required to maintain the accuracy, high integrity, and objectivity of HI products. He will also ensure that HI standards conform to ANSI Essential Requirements and HI Policy and Procedures.

According to Robert Asdal, HI Executive Director, “On May 1, 2015 Peter will become HI’s third Technical Director succeeding the distinguished technical contributions of Gregg Romanyshyn during his fifteen-year tenure with the Hydraulic Institute.”

Asdal continued, “HI has been fortunate to have Gregg’s technical leadership during a time when HI established Pump Systems Matter and expanded education and training programs based on standards and guidelines. During his tenure HI’s geographic footprint has expanded globally, as have HI’s influence with impending government regulations. Gregg has played key roles in the success of the outcomes of these strategic initiatives. We are grateful for the important roles that he has played in the growth of the Hydraulic Institute…and look forward to working with him as HI sets up the staff leadership transition to Peter Gaydon”.

The mission of the Hydraulic Institute is to be a value-adding resource to member companies, engineering consulting firms, and pump users worldwide by developing and delivering comprehensive industry standards, expanding knowledge by providing education and tools for the effective application, testing, installation, operation, maintenance, and performance optimization of pumps and pumping systems, and by serving as a forum for the exchange of industry information.

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PHCC Educational Foundation adds to Board of Governors

Plumbing & Mechanical Contractors - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 13:14

FALLS CHURCH, Va. — Steven and Ann Rivers, of Rivers Plumbing, Heating & Air in Pleasanton, Calif., have been recognized as major contributors to the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors — National Association’s (PHCC) Educational Foundation and have been named to the organization’s Board of Governors.

The Foundation Board of Governors is composed of leading contractors, manufacturers, and other industry partners who are major contributors to the Foundation. They are responsible for guiding the development of industry education and training programs for contractors and their employees.

“We are so happy to have Steve and Ann join our board of governors,” said Roger Peugeot, Chairperson of the PHCC Educational Foundation. “These two have a genuine passion for helping others. Through their commitment to the Educational Foundation, Steve and Ann will be able to continue putting that passion to work creating educational programs for today’s and tomorrow’s contractors.”

Steve is president & owner of Rivers Plumbing, Heating & Air. He has been a PHCC member for nearly 30 years and has held numerous leadership positions within his local PHCC chapter, as well as the PHCC of California state chapter and the PHCC—National Association. At the PHCC CONNECT 2014 event next month in New Orleans, he will conclude his term as the PHCC—National Association President. Ann is a past president of the PHCC National Auxiliary.

The couple’s belief in helping their community does not end with association work. A segment of highway 680 near their office has been adopted by the company through the Adopt-A-Highway program. Ann can often be found at church helping feed the homeless, and during the Christmas season it is a tradition for Steve and Ann to help pass out presents at the VA Children’s Hospital as Santa & Mrs. Claus.

The PHCC Educational Foundation proudly welcomed Steve and Ann Rivers as they joined other major supporters in promoting the foundation’s mission of developing apprentice, journeyman, and business management training programs for the success of plumbing and HVACR contractors, their employees, and the future of the industry.

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Water Quality Association redesigns website

Plumbing Engineer - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 13:30

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — The Water Quality Association (WQA) announced the re-launch of its website. The newly revamped and redesigned site, which was WQA’s top strategic priority for 2014, features many enhanced tools and a vastly improved user experience.

WQA Communications Director Larry Deutsch announced the official launch at the Association’s annual Mid-Year Leadership Conference in Williamsburg, Va.

“We are absolutely thrilled to give the members of WQA a website they can be proud of, while taking a huge step forward in positioning our Association as an elite resource for consumers interested in improving the quality of their water,” Deutsch said.

Boasting a clean look and new feel, the sitewas redesigned to feature two different user experiences: one aimed at consumers and the other geared toward WQA members. The consumer version of the site features search tools to connect consumers with WQA members, certified professionals and certified products. In addition to the search functionalities, consumers can also find helpful resources detailing common water contaminants and the technologies that are available to reduce contaminants. Additionally, the site now boasts a greatly expanded “About WQA” section as well as members-only studies, industry news and documents.

WQA will continue implementation of the next phase of projects, which will include functionality to allow water treatment professionals to join or renew their WQA membership; access to real-time information for learners on the status of their WQA professional certifications; and a searchable database of national and international regulatory information. WQA also plans to design an interactive tool to assist consumers in diagnosing and solving common water problems.

Visit www.wqa.org

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IRWIN Tools celebrates National Tradesmen Day

Plumbing & Mechanical Contractors - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 13:08

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. – IRWIN Tools encourages all Americans to take time to recognize and thank professional tradesmen – the men and women who are the backbone of this great nation. This year, the company celebrated the fourth annual National Tradesmen Day on September 19.

IRWIN Tools, a world-class manufacturer of a broad line of professional hand tools and power tool accessories, initiated National Tradesmen Day to inspire the nation to show more appreciation and gratitude for skilled workers like auto mechanics, roofers, bricklayers, plumbers, woodworkers, electricians and carpenters – America’s Real Working Hands.

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

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

Visit www.nationaltradesmenday.com 

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ICC establishes new Professional Development Council

Plumbing Engineer - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 13:36

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Anthony DeVoe, Operations Manager, Construction Testing & Engineering

Autumn Hartsoe, Plans Examiner, City of Goodyear

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

Jeff Whitney, Building Official

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

Staff Liaison:
Michelle Porter, Director Certification and Testing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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ACCA, IHACI comment on California HVAC Impact Evaluation

Plumbing & Mechanical Contractors - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 13:05

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

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

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

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

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

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

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CDC unveils Model Aquatic Health Code

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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New Refrigerant R&D Plan announced for HVACR industry

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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NAWIC installs new national president, board members

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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IRWIN Tools celebrates National Tradesmen Day

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

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

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

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

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

Visit www.nationaltradesmenday.com 

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RectorSeal announces acquisition of Evolve Composites

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

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

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

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

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

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

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

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New Executive Vice President, COO named at Bradford White

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

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

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

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

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

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

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