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Bosch Thermotechnology’s Green Living Awards return in 2014

Plumbing Engineer - 2 hours 21 min ago

LONDONDERRY, N.H. – Bosch Thermotechnology is kicking off its annual Green Living Awards contest on Earth Day. The contest made its debut for North America last year. 2013 winners included:

Total System Solution
Harold Turner
HL Turner Group, Concord, N.H.

A/C Geothermal
Tim Cutler
TJ’s Plumbing, Attleboro, Mass.

Floor/Wall-Mounted Boilers
Dustin Oliver
Integrity Services, Jefferson, Maine

The contest seeks entries of energy efficient project installations using Bosch
Thermotechnology heating and cooling products and recognizes best entries with gift cards and recognition prizes. A selected panel of judges from Bosch
Thermotechnology considers entries from the U.S. and Canada.

With the addition of commercial size projects, the Green Living Awards contest now embraces the full building spectrum and is open to contractors, consulting
engineers, building owners and architects. Bosch Thermotechnology products
include boilers (floor & wall-mounted), combi boilers, tankless water heaters,
DHW storage tanks and geothermal heat pumps.

There are two award categories – residential and commercial – and best entries will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in each category. First-place winners in each category will be invited to an awards ceremony during the 2015 AHR Expo in Chicago in January 2015.

An accompanying Children’s Art, Photography and Creative Writing Contest awards cash prizes to entries based on age and creative expression from children in three age groups: 2-6, 7-11 and 12-16 years. The 2013 winners were:

Grand Prize, Age 12-16
Noelle Cordero, Margate, Fla.
“Step by Step”

Age 7-11
Daisy Mayoh, Providence, R.I.
“Go Green”

Age 2-6
Bronson Rhoads, Lebanon, Ohio
“Me and My Dad Make This World Greener”

The Green Living Awards recognize the best Bosch Green installations that
demonstrate energy efficiency and sustainability in service to the environment. In a similar fashion, the Kid’s Art Contest is meant to foster respect for the environment while encouraging creativity.

The project contest runs until December 15, 2014 for submitting entries. To
qualify, submitted project work must have been completed between January 1, 2013 and November 30, 2014. The Kid’s Art Contest runs until November 30 for
submitting entries.

Visit www.BoschHeatingandCooling.com/GLA 

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ACCA publishes ComforTool on orphan gas appliances

ARLINGTON, Va. —  ACCA, the Indoor Environment & Energy Efficiency Association, has published its latest ComforTool for ACCA members to help educate customers. The newest addition to this series of fliers, “Orphan Gas Appliances” explains what orphan appliances are, why they are dangerous, and how to correct the issue.

ComforTools are provided to ACCA members at no cost and cover a variety of topics related to HVACR businesses including design, installation, regulatory issues, business practices, and incentives.

“ACCA ComforTools continue to be one of the most valuable resources we offer our members, because they help them easily education their customers about complex issues that can occur in homes,” said Paul T. Stalknecht, president and CEO of ACCA. “Covering a topic such as orphan gas appliances is extremely important. Many homeowners are not aware of the potential carbon monoxide danger that orphan appliances present or the expensive damage that they can cause to their homes.”

ACCA members can download this new ComforTool, and any of the other ComforTools in the library, for free in the Download section of the Member Service Center.

Visit http://members.acca.org

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Bosch Thermotechnology’s Green Living Awards return In 2014

Plumbing & Mechanical Contractors - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 16:18

LONDONDERRY, N.H. – Bosch Thermotechnology kicked off its annual Green Living Awards contest on Earth Day. The contest made its debut for North America last year. 2013 winners included:

Total System Solution
Harold Turner
HL Turner Group, Concord, New Hampshire

A/C Geothermal
Tim Cutler
TJ’s Plumbing, Attleboro, MA

Floor/Wall-Mounted Boilers
Dustin Oliver
Integrity Services, Jefferson, Maine

The contest seeks entries of energy efficient project installations using Bosch
Thermotechnology heating and cooling products and recognizes best entries with gift cards and recognition prizes. A selected panel of judges from Bosch
Thermotechnology considers entries from the U.S. and Canada.

With the addition of commercial size projects, the Green Living Awards contest now embraces the full building spectrum and is open to contractors, consulting
engineers, building owners and architects. Bosch Thermotechnology products
include boilers (floor & wall-mounted), combi boilers, tankless water heaters,
DHW storage tanks and geothermal heat pumps.

There are two award categories – residential and commercial – and best entries will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in each category. First-place winners in each category will be invited to an awards ceremony during the 2015 AHR Expo in Chicago in January 2015.

An accompanying Children’s Art, Photography and Creative Writing Contest awards cash prizes to entries based on age and creative expression from children in three age groups: 2-6, 7-11 and 12-16 years. The 2013 winners were:

Grand Prize, Age 12-16
Noelle Cordero, Margate, Florida
“Step by Step”

Age 7-11
Daisy Mayoh, Providence, RI
“Go Green”

Age 2-6
Bronson Rhoads, Lebanon, Ohio
“Me and My Dad Make This World Greener”

The Green Living Awards recognize the best Bosch Green installations that
demonstrate energy efficiency and sustainability in service to the environment. In a similar fashion, the Kid’s Art Contest is meant to foster respect for the environment while encouraging creativity.

The project contest runs until December 15, 2014 for submitting entries. To
qualify, submitted project work must have been completed between January 1, 2013 and November 30, 2014. The Kid’s Art Contest runs until November 30 for
submitting entries.

Visit www.BoschHeatingandCooling.com/GLA

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EPA’s Nancy Stoner is keynote at International Emerging Technology Symposium

Plumbing Engineer - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 15:54

ONTARIO, Calif. — Nancy Stoner, the acting assistant administrator of the Office of Water at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), is delivering the keynote address at the Fourth International Emerging Technology Symposium (IETS) in Arlington, Va. this week.

Co-convened by eight organizations — IAPMO, American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE), Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating (CIPH), Mechanical Contractors Association of America and Plumbing Contractors of America (MCAA/PCA), Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors National Association (PHCC), Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI), United Association (UA), and World Plumbing Council (WPC) — the two-day symposium at the Crystal Gateway Marriott enables participants to hear presentations on how the manufacturing, engineering and trade industries are tackling challenges and devising innovative products and practices in the areas of water and energy efficiency, sanitation and health, water reuse, solar and other renewable energies, new efficiencies in HVAC and numerous other timely topics.

Stoner leads the EPA’s work in protecting the nation’s water resources. Under her leadership, the EPA’s Office of Water is responsible for the safety of drinking water for 290 million Americans and the agency’s work to protect the nation’s streams, rivers, lakes and coastal waters. Stoner also oversees the EPA’s successful WaterSense consumer product labeling program, which offers Americans a simple way to use less water through the use of clearly identified water-efficient products in their homes.

Following graduation from the University of Virginia and Yale Law School, Stoner’s career in environmental policy and law began in 1987 as a trial attorney in the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. She then served as director of the EPA’s Office of Policy Analysis in the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance and at the Natural Resources Defense Council as co-director of the Water Program.

“We are extremely pleased to have Ms. Stoner open the discussion during this pivotal industry-shaping event,” said IAPMO CEO GP Russ Chaney. “Ms. Stoner’s experiences in shaping water policy in America will no doubt prove enlightening to participants at the symposium, but will also set a tone of possibility and necessity as we address real concerns and how our industry can address them in a proactive and positive manner.”

Worldwide sponsors include American Standard Brands, SureSeal, TOTO USA, Viega, KEMPER Hygiene System, National Inspection Testing Certification (NITC), and Piping Industry Progress & Education (P.I.P.E.). Registration to attend the full event is $595 ($495 for members of the co-convening organizations) and includes lunch and refreshment breaks. One-day registration is available for $360 ($300 for members). Hotel reservations can be made directly with the Crystal Gateway Marriott. There will be a networking reception the evening of the symposium’s first day at 101 Constitution Ave. Rail passes will be provided to attendees.

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

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EPA’s Nancy Stoner to keynote International Emerging Technology Symposium

Plumbing & Mechanical Contractors - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 15:57

ONTARIO, Calif. — Nancy Stoner, the acting assistant administrator of the Office of Water at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), will deliver the keynote address at the Fourth International Emerging Technology Symposium (IETS), April 23-24, in Arlington, Va.

Co-convened by eight organizations — IAPMO, American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE), Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating (CIPH), Mechanical Contractors Association of America and Plumbing Contractors of America (MCAA/PCA), Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors National Association (PHCC), Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI), United Association (UA), and World Plumbing Council (WPC) — the two-day symposium at the Crystal Gateway Marriott enables participants to hear presentations on how the manufacturing, engineering and trade industries are tackling challenges and devising innovative products and practices in the areas of water and energy efficiency, sanitation and health, water reuse, solar and other renewable energies, new efficiencies in HVAC and numerous other timely topics.

Stoner leads the EPA’s work in protecting the nation’s water resources. Under her leadership, the EPA’s Office of Water is responsible for the safety of drinking water for 290 million Americans and the agency’s work to protect the nation’s streams, rivers, lakes and coastal waters. Stoner also oversees the EPA’s successful WaterSense consumer product labeling program, which offers Americans a simple way to use less water through the use of clearly identified water-efficient products in their homes.

Following graduation from the University of Virginia and Yale Law School, Stoner’s career in environmental policy and law began in 1987 as a trial attorney in the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. She then served as director of the EPA’s Office of Policy Analysis in the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance and at the Natural Resources Defense Council as co-director of the Water Program.

“We are extremely pleased to have Ms. Stoner open the discussion during this pivotal industry-shaping event,” said IAPMO CEO GP Russ Chaney. “Ms. Stoner’s experiences in shaping water policy in America will no doubt prove enlightening to participants at the symposium, but will also set a tone of possibility and necessity as we address real concerns and how our industry can address them in a proactive and positive manner.”

Worldwide sponsors include American Standard Brands, SureSeal, TOTO USA, Viega, KEMPER Hygiene System, National Inspection Testing Certification (NITC), and Piping Industry Progress & Education (P.I.P.E.). Registration to attend the full event is $595 ($495 for members of the co-convening organizations) and includes lunch and refreshment breaks. One-day registration is available for $360 ($300 for members). Hotel reservations can be made directly with the Crystal Gateway Marriott. There will be a networking reception the evening of the symposium’s first day at 101 Constitution Ave. Rail passes will be provided to attendees.

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

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ASPE names Senior Director of Technical, Regulatory Affairs

Plumbing Engineer - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 15:05

CHICAGO  — The American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE) announced the hiring of William Smith, FASPE, to the newly created position of Senior Director of Technical and Regulatory Affairs. In this role, Smith will represent the interests of ASPE and the plumbing engineering community in code and standards activities as well as serve as a technical resource for the ASPE staff and membership.

Smith will build relationships with other industry organizations to ensure that the public’s heath and safety are kept at the forefront of legislation and regulations regarding plumbing system design, installation, inspection, and maintenance.

“Billy’s experience and well-earned respect in the plumbing engineering industry are invaluable to ASPE continuing to increase its value and services for our members,” said ASPE Executive Director/CEO Jim Kendzel, MPH, CAE. “ASPE has been building its presence in the codes and standards arena for several years, and with Billy on the team the Society will have a full-time staff member devoted to strengthening the voice of plumbing engineers/designers in the development of consistent, safe plumbing codes.”

Smith joins the ASPE staff after a long and illustrious career with Jay R. Smith Mfg. Co., a leading manufacturer of quality engineered plumbing and drainage products in the nonresidential construction industry. Smith started with Jay R. Smith in 1981 as a plumbing product designer, after which he became a senior sales engineer and was promoted to engineering manager and finally regional sales manager covering both Jay R. Smith and Acorn Engineering product groups. His involvement with ASPE began in 1993 when he joined the Society as an affiliate member, and he currently is a full member of the Society.

Smith assumed a leadership role in 2002 when he was appointed to the ASPE Board of Directors as Society Affiliate Liaison. During his tenure, the position evolved into Vice President, Affiliate. Smith also served as chair of ASPE’s Exhibitors Advisory Committee for several years. He was elected to ASPE’s College of Fellows in 2012 and received ASPE’s Distinguished Service Award that same year.

In addition to his involvement with ASPE, Smith has actively participated in the codes and standards development activities of other industry organizations, including the American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association, ASSE International, ASME International, ASTM International, CSA Group, the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials, International Code Council, and Plumbing and Drainage Institute.

“I’m extremely excited to have the opportunity to work closely with the Society’s staff, our membership, and the industry as a whole, and the plumbing engineering industry in particular, in the interest of developing consistent codes and standards throughout all organizations and processes,” Smith said.

Visit www.aspe.org

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HVAC apprentices prepare for PHCC foundation national contest

Plumbing & Mechanical Contractors - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 13:42

FALLS CHURCH, Va. — The Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors National Association (PHCC) Educational Foundation announced its second annual HVAC Apprentice Contest will take place on October 8-9, in New Orleans, La.

The HVAC Contest features the nation’s top 12 HVAC apprentices in a hands-on competition that comprises six events: brazing, where contestants assemble a refrigeration circuit with components following a drawing; refrigerant recovery and identification; a written knowledge test; an opportunity to take readings on a working package unit; electrical troubleshooting; and basic electrical skills and wiring.

“The contest really set the bar for what we should know,” said 2013 winner Tyler Plueger, a young field technician with Downey Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning, “and, while it was a bit of an eye opener in some areas, it also helped confirm some things I already knew.”

In the end, Plueger considers the contest’s practical application setting key to his success.

“Hands-on is where you really learn most of your stuff,” Plueger said. “If I had just read the book, there’s no way I could have won. It’s like being in a lab, doing recovery and troubleshooting … that was the biggest factor in helping me in this competition.”

In addition to the actual contest, contestants have the opportunity to attend special educational seminars at CONNECT, complete with peer-to-peer networking and exposure to the latest technologies and products available.

While Plueger is enjoying bragging rights and a big confidence boost, the tool package he received as the contest winner is the more practical part of his victory.

“Especially in the HVAC industry, where things change so quickly with the technology, having those up-to-date tools makes my job so much easier,” Plueger said.

Plueger estimated that the tool package he took home – which included power tools, diagnostic equipment and some small hand tools – is worth $1,500 to $2,000.

As Plueger’s supervisor and the managing partner at his company, Joseph Keays sees great value in this particular perk and encourages local suppliers to continue supporting the contest by donating tools.

“When somebody wins something like that, all those tools end up getting drop-shipped at the office … everybody is checking them out,” Keays said. “If one guy finds a tool that works well or saves time, all of a sudden it’s the shop’s brand!”

Visit www.phccweb.org

 

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‘Acts of Green’ photo contest to celebrate Earth Day

Plumbing Engineer - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 13:22

PHOENIX, Ariz. — Best Western International announced it has partnered with Earth Day Network for the third consecutive year to raise awareness on environmental issues in celebration of Earth Day on April 22.

To help spur the conversation, Best Western has launched an ‘Acts of Green’ photo sharing contest on Instagram designed to inspire fans of the brand to showcase their eco-friendly habits. Daily prizes will be awarded to participants following @bestwestern and @earthdaynetwork using #actsofgreen in their posts. One lucky fan has the chance to win a vacation at an eco-friendly Best Western hotel in one of 10 North American destinations.

“Since 2011, Earth Day Network has collected 1.1 billion Acts of Green from people all over the planet who want to live a greener life,” said Earth Day Network president Kathleen Rogers. “Thousands of these Green Acts have originated from Best Western’s eco-friendly hotel owners and its savvy guests. Now we’re celebrating our Best Western partnership with a sweepstakes – and prizes every day – that will inspire and reward all our friends! We’re grateful to Best Western for its leadership in the hospitality industry and excited to see all the new Green Acts for Earth Day 2014.”

Earth Day Network mobilizes over one billion people in 192 countries through year-round advocacy, education, public policy and consumer campaigns to protect the environment.

Visit www.earthday.org

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Long Beach to host 2014 RSES Conference

Plumbing & Mechanical Contractors - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 13:40

ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill. — The 77th Annual RSES Conference and HVACR Technology Expo will be held on October 15-18, at the Hyatt Regency Long Beach Hotel in Long Beach, Calif. The 2014 conference will focus on education as well as many industry-related topics and the theme will be, “Oceans of Knowledge.” The RSES Long Beach Chapter will host the event.

The 2014 RSES conference will deliver a total learning experience for heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration contractors; service technicians; operations/maintenance managers, engineers and technicians; engineers; sales staff; instructors; and students. Leading HVACR manufacturers and other industry professionals will conduct many educational sessions where attendees can gain valuable industry knowledge, enhance their HVACR skills and discover new technologies.

In addition, daily educational programs will be available to members, nonmembers and students who are looking to attend a particular day of sessions rather than the entire conference.

The following programs and events are tentatively scheduled. The kick-off event of the conference will be Battle of the Regions, which will be held October 15.

The Awards Luncheon will be held October 17, during which the following awards will be presented: Paul B. Reed Awards; Emil T. Zollo, CM, Memorial Award; John Spence Award; Imperial Awards; To Make Life Worthwhile Awards; Newsletter Contest Awards; Rising Star Award; V.V. Solomon Educator/Teacher of the Year Award; Walter B. Stopera, CM, Speaker of the Year Award; RSES Distinguished Service Member of the Year Award; Wayburn Wilson, CMS, Memorial Award(s); Vocational Instructor/School Award; David M. Lawson “Service of Excellence” Memorial Award; W.R. Barranger, CM, Manufacturers’ Service Advisory Council Member of the Year Award; the Refrigeration Contractor of the Year Award; and the RSES Technical Video Contest Award.

As part of the conference, the RSES HVACR Technology Expo will take place on October 16. The trade show event will feature the latest HVACR equipment, tools and services, with manufacturer representatives on hand to answer questions and explain their products’ features.

In addition, there will be special festivities including: the RSES Appreciation Reception on October 16; MSAC Ask the Experts session on October 16; the RSES Annual Business Meeting; RSES Auxiliary Business Meeting October 17; the Closing Dinner on October 18; exciting auxiliary programs to be announced; and preconference training, activities and tour(s) that will be available on October 13-15.

Testing opportunities for RSES Specialized Member, RSES Certificate Member, RSES Certificate Member Specialist, Environmental Protection Agency Refrigerant Usage certification, Universal R-410A certification and North American Technician Excellence certification will be tentatively offered on October 16 and 18.

Visit www.rses.org

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MCERF supports Team USA in Water Innovation Challenge

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Visit www.mcerf.org

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Xylem wins award for employee engagement program

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Lochinvar announces March VIP Contractor program winner

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

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

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

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

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

Visit www.Lochinvar.com

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Mr. Rooter Plumbing creatively celebrates World Health Day

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

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

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

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

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

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Rinnai launches tankless water heater replacement effort

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

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

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

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

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

Visit www.rinnai.us

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LIXIL donates to UNICEF Philippines after Super Typhoon Haiyan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Visit www.lixil-group.co.jp

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NAHB reports popular features found in new homes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Visit www.nahb.org/forconsumers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Veteran appreciates new home from Homes for Our Troops

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

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

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

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

For full story visit www.hardinet.org/news

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Veteran appreciates new home from Homes for Our Troops

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

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

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

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

Visit www.hardinet.org/news

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PMI Supports Senate Legislation Authorizing WaterSense Program

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

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

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

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