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Mestek announces new Residential Sales Representative

WESTFIELD, Mass. — Mestek, Inc., parent company to over 36 HVAC related specialty companies, announced its partnership with URELL, Inc., a premiere full-service manufacturer’s representative servicing the New England region.

Founded in 1949, URELL specializes in the commercial plumbing, mechanical, and HVAC market segments. They bring unprecedented hydronic systems experience as well as superior sales and technical support to the Mestek, Inc. family of high efficiency boiler and water heater products. URELL is located in Watertown, MA and operates a 75,000 square foot multi-faceted facility which includes a full-service warehouse, product training lab, meeting rooms and customer service center to support the needs of their valued partners.

From design room to boiler room, URELL’s dedicated team of technical sales professionals provide pre and post-sales support to engineers, architects, designers, distributors, contractors and end-users. URELL is a member of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) and will represent leading Mestek companies, including Advanced Thermal Hydronics (ATH), manufacturer of the first-ever condensing cast-iron boiler, RBI, and commercial Smith Cast Iron Boilers.

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Delany Products appoints new representative

Plumbing Engineer - 7 hours 53 min ago

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. —Delany Products announced the appointment of ELMCO + ASSOC. to represent its Northern California and Northern Nevada areas.

In 1945, Elmco was founded in California by Earl L. Morris. Soon after, Morris recognized his passion was in selling products specified by engineers rather than generic products. Elmco’s mission is to successfully differentiate its manufacturing partners in the mind and heart of customers through innovative thinking, professionalism, integrity, product education and unyielding service. The company aligns with Delany Products’ mission of continually providing superior Flush Valves and Faucets that deliver the best quality, efficiency and reliability at a fair price.

Scott Delany, president of Delany Products, welcomed Elmco’s expertise. Delany said, “The strong management style and the attention that Elmco’s leadership places on trend-setting and innovation fits with Delany’s own vision as we continue to introduce ground breaking products and solutions in the flush valve and faucet category.”

Kirk Kleinen, president of Elmco + Assoc., said, “Delany Products has the most innovative and dependable products in the market today and we are proud to be able to deliver these valves to our clients. We believe in service from the bid stage through the life of the product. With Delany Products we can be confident of long-lasting top quality valves being installed at our client’s facilities.”

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Franklin Electric introduces enhanced constant pressure drives

Plumbing & Mechanical Contractors - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 20:24

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Franklin Electric Co., Inc. introduced the enhanced SubDrive family of constant pressure drives that provide easier setup and configuration through advanced features and Wi-Fi connectivity for simplified monitoring and troubleshooting. Featuring a NEMA 3R (Type 3) enclosure, the constant pressure drive is rated for both indoor and outdoor use, providing a degree of protection against falling rain or sleet. Its most innovative feature is Wi-Fi capability through the FE Connect mobile app.

The app is a more convenient way to set up and configure the drive in fewer steps. Once configured, it allows real-time monitoring of key system data, adjustment of advanced features and settings to optimize the system to your specific application, and access to your fault history of up to 500 detailed entries that can be emailed for enhanced troubleshooting capability. The new SubDrive retrofits to most pumping systems utilizing a Franklin motor, making the transition smooth and simple for current systems. Basic setup allows users to be ready to pump water with the flip of two switches.

In addition, the new Franklin Electric SubDrive family offers a numerical LCD display that provides important operation statuses and faults. An updated and improved electronic design includes front-facing terminal blocks and components for easy installation. A modular sensor input provides added lightning protection, while easy-to-replace components simplify overall maintenance. The SubDrive family also has a new naming system to better correlate with their respective motor capability. The new, quieter models are named the SubDrive15, SubDrive20 and SubDrive30 (replacing the SubDrive75, SubDrive100 and SubDrive150) and are compatible with Franklin Electric’s three-phase and single-phase three-wire motors. The new SubDrive family also includes the MonoDrive and MonoDriveXT. Sold as a standalone SubDrive or integrated into the market-leading Franklin Electric QuickPAKs (which include a pump and motor), there is a water system solution to fit your constant pressure needs.

The SubDrive constant pressure drives do exactly that: provide constant pressure by continually adjusting the speed of your pump to match water demand. Instead of draining and filling a large tank, the SubDrive pumps more or less water as you need it. It ensures that the user will never lose water pressure, even when using the shower, running the dishwater, doing laundry and watering the lawn – all at the same time. Ideal applications include residential homes, schools, restaurants, car washes, farms and landscape irrigation systems.

Franklin Electric is a global leader in the production and marketing of systems and components for the movement of water and fuel. Recognized as a technical leader in its products and services, Franklin Electric serves customers around the world in residential, commercial, agricultural, industrial, municipal, and fueling applications.

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Franklin Electric introduces enhanced constant pressure drives

Plumbing Engineer - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 20:10

FORT WAYNE, ind. – Franklin Electric Co., Inc. introduced the enhanced SubDrive family of constant pressure drives that provide easier setup and configuration through advanced features and Wi-Fi connectivity for simplified monitoring and troubleshooting. Featuring a NEMA 3R (Type 3) enclosure, the constant pressure drive is rated for both indoor and outdoor use, providing a degree of protection against falling rain or sleet. Its most innovative feature is Wi-Fi capability through the FE Connect mobile app.

The app is a more convenient way to set up and configure the drive in fewer steps. Once configured, it allows real-time monitoring of key system data, adjustment of advanced features and settings to optimize the system to your specific application, and access to your fault history of up to 500 detailed entries that can be emailed for enhanced troubleshooting capability. The new SubDrive retrofits to most pumping systems utilizing a Franklin motor, making the transition smooth and simple for current systems. Basic setup allows users to be ready to pump water with the flip of two switches.

In addition, the new Franklin Electric SubDrive family offers a numerical LCD display that provides important operation statuses and faults. An updated and improved electronic design includes front-facing terminal blocks and components for easy installation. A modular sensor input provides added lightning protection, while easy-to-replace components simplify overall maintenance. The SubDrive family also has a new naming system to better correlate with their respective motor capability. The new, quieter models are named the SubDrive15, SubDrive20 and SubDrive30 (replacing the SubDrive75, SubDrive100 and SubDrive150) and are compatible with Franklin Electric’s three-phase and single-phase three-wire motors. The new SubDrive family also includes the MonoDrive and MonoDriveXT. Sold as a standalone SubDrive or integrated into the market-leading Franklin Electric QuickPAKs (which include a pump and motor), there is a water system solution to fit your constant pressure needs.

The SubDrive constant pressure drives do exactly that: provide constant pressure by continually adjusting the speed of your pump to match water demand. Instead of draining and filling a large tank, the SubDrive pumps more or less water as you need it. It ensures that the user will never lose water pressure, even when using the shower, running the dishwater, doing laundry and watering the lawn – all at the same time. Ideal applications include residential homes, schools, restaurants, car washes, farms and landscape irrigation systems.

Franklin Electric is a global leader in the production and marketing of systems and components for the movement of water and fuel. Recognized as a technical leader in its products and services, Franklin Electric serves customers around the world in residential, commercial, agricultural, industrial, municipal, and fueling applications.

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Thomas & Betts VP named on local ‘Top 40 Under 40′ list

Plumbing & Mechanical Contractors - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 13:27

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Chad Smith, vice president, product management and engineering, at Thomas & Betts (T&B), a member of the ABB Group, was among those selected for the Memphis Business Journal’s 18th annual “Top 40 Under 40.”

The 40 finalists were selected from more than 250 nominations. The program “recognizes the talents of the brightest Memphis-area professionals under age 40, both for career accomplishments and for giving their personal time to help local charities,” according to the article that appeared in the Memphis Business Journal.

Smith joined Thomas & Betts in 2011 and has held various roles in product management, marketing and engineering.

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Legend appoints new Hydronic Sales Manager

Plumbing Engineer - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 13:06

AUBURN Hills, Mich. – Legend has appointed Lance Dyer as Hydronic Sales Manager, Northeast. Dyer will manage and direct Legend Hydronics sales.

Dyer has more than 26 years of experience in the HVAC industry that included selling hydronic equipment and controls in both residential and commercial markets. His knowledge encompasses many aptitudes, from systems design to training to field troubleshooting. Dyer’s leadership and expertise will further enhance Legend’s growing market position in hydronics.

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LAUFEN announces new board member

Plumbing & Mechanical Contractors - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 13:24

MIAMI, Fla. — LAUFEN, the award-winning Swiss-based designer and manufacturer of high-end bathroom solutions, announced that its U.S. managing director, Javier Korneluk, has been appointed to the 2015 Board of Directors for the Decorative Plumbing and Hardware Association (DPHA).

Korneluk has also been elected to serve on the 2015 Advisory Council of DPH for the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA). Since joining LAUFEN in September 2013, Korneluk has been credited with actively rejuvenating the more than 120-year old European company’s presence in the U.S. He has implemented several new marketing strategies to expand its dealer base, hired new sales and support staff and modernized LAUFEN’s existing logistics systems.

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New Geberit AIA CEU course on hospitality bathroom designs

Plumbing Engineer - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 12:58

DES PLAINES, Ill. — Geberit North America, an AIA/CEU approved provider, announced a new CEU course, “A Design Solution: Understanding wall-mount concealed tank toilet system technology, from space and water savings to hospitality ADA requirement.” The course focuses on understanding toilet system technology and incorporating it into hospitality bathroom design.

“The one-hour course will provide designers, architects and other professionals insight into their expanding role in water efficient and aesthetic bathroom design in the hospitality sector,” said John Fitzgerald, director of Marketing for Geberit North America. “The wall-mount toilet with in-wall tank is fast becoming an industry favorite. Not only does the system save space in the bathroom, it also improves hygiene and promotes a faster clean-up, especially important in the hospitality industry.”

The program discusses the expanding role architects, designers and other professionals play in water-efficient hospitality bathroom designs. Course attendees are eligible to earn CEU credits upon completion of the course.
During the course participants will:
• Review toilet styles and determine how to select and incorporate them into bathroom design
• Examine and compare a variety of systems to enhance durability, function and style, and space and water savings
• Discuss installation and mounting options
• Evaluate and review ADA criteria for public buildings and hotels

This comprehensive course, taught by industry experts, will fit the needs of professionals at every experience level. There is no cost to bring this program into firms or chapter meetings.

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ASHRAE Winter Conference Technical Program features new tracks

Plumbing & Mechanical Contractors - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 23:18

ATLANTA – With more than five new tracks, 100 sessions and 400 speakers, the Technical Program at ASHRAE’s 2015 Winter Conference capitalizes on the wide range of systems, equipment and applications in the Chicago area to present several relevant and timely programs.

“With the Conference being held in the big city of Chicago, the Technical Program itself is going big with a focus on big projects, the big picture and big impacts with the intent of presenting big results for engineers, contractors, manufacturers and building professionals,” Doug Cochrane, conference chair, said.

The conference takes place January 24-28, at the Palmer House Hilton, while the ASHRAE co-sponsored AHR Expo is held January 26-28, at McCormick Place. Complete Conference information and registration can be found online.

The Technical Program begins January 24, with special hour-long interactive sessions with audience participation, followed by a networking coffee break. It concludes January 28. The Technical Program offers over 200 Professional Development Hours, as well as Continuing Education Units, which can be applied toward a Professional Engineering license.

The Conference features papers and programs for eight tracks, which address trends in the industry and also are relevant to the design community in the area. The tracks are:

• Systems and Equipment: The proper selection of HVAC&R for a job is critical. This track covers considerations for a proper functioning system.
• Fundamentals and Applications: Basic HVAC&R principles are key in any project. Knowing what they are helps to apply in specific projects. This track covers a broad array of pertinent information.
• Industrial Facilities: Manufacturing and processes can have different requirements for HVAC&R. This track explores design and practices for industrial buildings.
• Large Buildings: Mission Critical Facilities and Applications: Facilities like data centers have different characteristics. This track looks at what is required for these unique applications.
• Energy Efficiency: Energy efficiency is on everyone’s mind as energy costs continue to rise. This track covers an array of considerations to help drive toward net zero energy.
• Life Safety: This encompasses egress, sprinklers, alarms, emergency lighting, smoke barriers and special hazard protection. This track provides the tools for all the factors to consider in life safety and lessons learned.
• Design of Energy and Water Efficient Systems: The trend is to green sustainable buildings. This track looks at what works and what doesn’t to attain these efficient systems.
• Hospital Design and Codes: Healthcare design takes into account some unique aspects. This track explores design and code requirements to ensure patient comfort.

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Results of Hansgrohe + Axor Das Design Competition announced

Plumbing Engineer - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 13:01

ALPHARETTA, Ga. — Hansgrohe Inc. announced the results of its first-ever Hansgrohe + Axor Das Design Competition, which attracted outstanding entries from around the country. The award pool comprises four Winners, three Honorable Mentions and a Special Mention as determined by a jury of media and representatives from the A&D community and Hansgrohe USA.

Open to architects and designers across the U.S., the Das Design competition celebrates excellence in design, sustainability and installation of Hansgrohe and Axor products in real-world projects. It demonstrates the range and versatility within the two brands, from contemporary classics to the more cutting-edge, through intelligent and inspiring interiors, and in the process, honors the work of the brands’ industry partners and its impact on two of the most important spaces in a project—the kitchen and the bath.

Hansgrohe USA President Erik Christensen siad, “We’re absolutely thrilled and encouraged with the level of participation by architects and designers from around the country. The caliber of submissions and degree of thought behind the specification and integration of Hansgrohe and Axor product within each scheme is remarkable. We look forward to building on the success of our first Das Design competition in the years to come.”

The jury found the overall quality of submissions to be very high and was impressed with the wide range of products specified. The winning projects gave careful consideration to the use and application of each of the products within the context of their design brief and clients’ needs.

Michael Reiman, international projects consultant for the North East at Hansgrohe, added, “It was great to see the breadth of ideas within individual projects as well as the hard work that went into the materials for each entry in our inaugural competition—in that sense, they were all winners.”

The winning architect or designer of each category will receive a round trip to Germany—home of Hansgrohe and Axor— and be part of a VIP delegation attending ISH, the world’s largest tradeshow for the combination of water and energy in building solutions, in Frankfurt in March 2015. They will also take part in local cultural activities in the region.

The inaugural Das Design Competition results are:

HOSPITALITY WINNER

Firm: HOK
Project: Five-Star Luxury Suite
Architect: Christina Hart, Senior Principal, Director of Hospitality Interiors
Distributor: Grande Central Showroom on 56 St
Contractor: Pace Plumbing

RESIDENTIAL WINNERS

Firm: Cheryl Chenault Interiors, Inc.
Project: The Retreat
Distributor: The Bath + Beyond
Contractor: Brown & Read Engineering

Firm: *MULTIPLICITIES
Project: Phillips Apartment New York
Contractor: Kornel Borbely

Firm: PSModern, LLC
Project: Rose
Distributor: Keenan Supply, Hajoca Corporation
Contractor: Dean Kurtz Plumbing

RESIDENTIAL HONORABLE MENTIONS

Firm: Nar Fine Carpentry
Project: Zen Bathroom
Distributor: PBK Premier Bath & Kitchen
Contractor: Nar Fine Carpentry

Firm: MMID Corp.
Project: Green Diamond
Distributor: Farrey’s
Contractor: Pedro’s Plumbing

Firm: AA Studio & MA Architects
Project: 250 Bowery
Architect/Designer: Aldo Andreoli & Morris Adjmi
Distributor: AF New York
Contractor: Ariel Mizrahi at Best Plumbing & Heating Inc.

SPECIAL MENTION

Project: Ronald McDonald House of Long Island
Architect/Designer: Various

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Results of Hansgrohe + Axor Das Design Competition announced

Plumbing & Mechanical Contractors - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 13:14

ALPHARETTA, Ga. — Hansgrohe Inc. announce the results of its first-ever Hansgrohe + Axor Das Design Competition, which attracted outstanding entries from around the country. The award pool comprises four Winners, three Honorable Mentions and a Special Mention as determined by a jury of media and representatives from the A&D community and Hansgrohe USA.

Open to architects and designers across the U.S., the Das Design competition celebrates excellence in design, sustainability and installation of Hansgrohe and Axor products in real-world projects. It demonstrates the range and versatility within the two brands, from contemporary classics to the more cutting-edge, through intelligent and inspiring interiors, and in the process, honors the work of the brands’ industry partners and its impact on two of the most important spaces in a project—the kitchen and the bath.

Hansgrohe USA President Erik Christensen remarkED, “We’re absolutely thrilled and encouraged with the level of participation by architects and designers from around the country. The caliber of submissions and degree of thought behind the specification and integration of Hansgrohe and Axor product within each scheme is remarkable. We look forward to building on the success of our first Das Design competition in the years to come.”

The jury found the overall quality of submissions to be very high and was impressed with the wide range of products specified. The winning projects gave careful consideration to the use and application of each of the products within the context of their design brief and clients’ needs.

Michael Reiman, international projects consultant for the North East at Hansgrohe, added, “It was great to see the breadth of ideas within individual projects as well as the hard work that went into the materials for each entry in our inaugural competition—in that sense, they were all winners.”

The winning architect or designer of each category will receive a round trip to Germany—home of Hansgrohe and Axor— and be part of a VIP delegation attending ISH, the world’s largest tradeshow for the combination of water and energy in building solutions, in Frankfurt in March 2015. They will also take part in local cultural activities in the region.

The inaugural Das Design Competition results are:

HOSPITALITY WINNER

Firm: HOK
Project: Five-Star Luxury Suite
Architect: Christina Hart, Senior Principal, Director of Hospitality Interiors
Distributor: Grande Central Showroom on 56 St
Contractor: Pace Plumbing

RESIDENTIAL WINNERS

Firm: Cheryl Chenault Interiors, Inc.
Project: The Retreat
Distributor: The Bath + Beyond
Contractor: Brown & Read Engineering

Firm: *MULTIPLICITIES
Project: Phillips Apartment New York
Contractor: Kornel Borbely

Firm: PSModern, LLC
Project: Rose
Distributor: Keenan Supply, Hajoca Corporation
Contractor: Dean Kurtz Plumbing

RESIDENTIAL HONORABLE MENTIONS

Firm: Nar Fine Carpentry
Project: Zen Bathroom
Distributor: PBK Premier Bath & Kitchen
Contractor: Nar Fine Carpentry

Firm: MMID Corp.
Project: Green Diamond
Distributor: Farrey’s
Contractor: Pedro’s Plumbing

Firm: AA Studio & MA Architects
Project: 250 Bowery
Architect/Designer: Aldo Andreoli & Morris Adjmi
Distributor: AF New York
Contractor: Ariel Mizrahi at Best Plumbing & Heating Inc.

SPECIAL MENTION

Project: Ronald McDonald House of Long Island
Architect/Designer: Various

Visit www.hansgrohe-usa.com

 

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FCIA releases Firestop Containment Worker Education program, manual

Plumbing Engineer - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 12:51

HILLSIDE, Ill. – The Firestop Contractors International Association (FCIA), the leading worldwide professional trade association dedicated to the installation and maintenance of life safety firestop systems, has just released a proprietary Firestop Containment Worker Edition of its Firestop Manual of Practice, as well as a full Education Program including PowerPoint Presentations, Step by Step Videos, Quizzes and Instructor Guides. The Firestop Contractors International Association (FCIA) is dedicated to the education and promotion of the importance of Life Safety Firestop Systems and Effective Compartmentation to interested parties all over the world. The first step to widespread implementation begins with the education of the specialized Firestop Containment Workers performing this work.

The FCIA, celebrating its 15th Anniversary, is strongly focused on promoting knowledge and awareness of the importance of Life Safety and Firestopping and Effective Compartmentation all over the world, as well as educating both the Firestop Containment Worker and the building owners and managers on the importance of installation by specialized firestop contractors to a concise tested and listed system. Once the building has been delivered to the end-user building owner and manager, the need for continual maintenance begins in order to ensure continued fire resistance and smoke resistant compartmentation performance should the need arise due to fire. In an effort to remain the leading authority in the Firestopping and Effective Compartmentation industry, FCIA developed a Firestop Containment Worker Education program to elevate the quality of workmanship provided for this specialized trade. With the release of this comprehensive education program, members will have access to an extensive training program and manual for their workforce that results in a thorough working knowledge of the skill and precision required for the specialized trade of Firestopping and Effective Compartmentation.

The Firestop Containment Worker Education Program (FSCW-EP) is comprised of two parts: the FCIA Firestop Manual of Practice, Firestop Containment Worker Edition (FSCW-M) and the Firestop Containment Worker Instructor Edition, which is the complete Education Program (FSCW-IE). The FCIA Manual of Practice, Firestop Containment Worker Edition is the handbook for the firestop field worker. The practices and procedures that the firestop field worker must know are outlined in the body of the manual. Both FCIA Members and Non-Members may purchase a copy of the FSCW-M by visitingthe website. The Firestop Containment Worker Instructor Program (FSCW-IE) is the complete curriculum necessary for an all-inclusive education and training program. The program includes a DVD with numerous PowerPoint presentations, instructional guides and quizzes, as well as hours of instructional video meant to provide education for the firestop field workforce. The FSCW-IE also contains a copy of the FCIA Firestop Manual of Practice, Firestop Containment Worker Edition. This educational curriculum is only available to FCIA Members and may be purchased by visiting the website.

The Firestop Contractors International Association is a worldwide professional trade association of contractors, manufacturers, consultants, distributors and manufacturer’s representatives. FCIA Members are dedicated to increasing the reliability of Installed Firestop Systems. With active participation in the FCIA and related forums, members contribute to the advancement of the Firestop and Effective Compartmentation industry, as well as maintain exceptional knowledge of this specialized trade. Through the proper DIIM of Firestopping – D-Design, I-Installation (by FM 4991 Approved or UL Qualified Contractors), I-Inspection (conducted to ASTM E 2174 & ASTM E 2393 Firestop Inspection
Standards by IAS AC 291 Accredited Special Inspection Agencies who employ special inspectors who have passed the FM or UL Firestop Exam) and M-Maintenance – for the life of the structure, Life Safety Firestop systems help save lives.

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Legend Valve appoints new Hydronic Sales Manager

Plumbing & Mechanical Contractors - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 18:14

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – Legend Valve has appointed Lance Dyer as Hydronic Sales Manager. Dyers will manage and direct Legend Hydronics sales in the Northeast.

Dyer has more than 26 years of experience in the HVAC industry that included selling hydronic equipment and controls in both residential and commercial markets. His knowledge encompasses many aptitudes, from systems design to training to field troubleshooting. Dyer’s leadership and expertise will further enhance Legend’s growing market position in hydronics.

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ASHRAE announces Student Design Competition Applied Engineering Challenge recipients

Plumbing Engineer - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 17:50

ATLANTA – Students who took part in ASHRAE’s 2014 Student Design Competition were challenged to do research and design for a research and design development facility. The 2014 student competition focuses on a two-story office building in New York City with a research and development facility. ASHRAE student teams outside the United States were allowed to locate the building in the capital of their state, province or country. ASHRAE also announces the recipients of the Applied Engineering Challenge, which focused on the need to improve indoor air quality (IAQ), particularly in residential applications in developing countries.

Among the 39 entries from 13 countries, four were awarded first place in the categories that the competition and challenge offer. First place in HVAC Design Calculations is awarded to a team from the University of Central Florida, Orlando: Christopher Erickson, associate engineer, Universal Creative, Orlando; Ian Faulkner, mechanical designer, exp U.S. Services, Orlando, Fla.; DJ Marshall, mechanical engineer, TLC Engineering for Architecture, Orlando, Fla.; Richard Suarez, quality engineer, Rockwell Collins, San Diego. Calif.; Kristian Jack Szymanski, Coral Springs, Fla.; and Ju Young Yu, Winter Park, Fla. Their faculty advisor is Gabriel Vazquez, Ph.D.

The team’s objective was to design a high efficiency HVAC system with long life cycle, and excellent indoor air quality while maintaining cost effectiveness. They selected variable refrigerant flow (VRF) systems with simultaneous heating and cooling and dedicated outdoor air systems (DOAS) with energy recovery. Other equipment included air valves for lab areas and high efficiency particulate absorption (HEPA) filters and exhaust fans to eliminate contamination.
A 20 ton DOAS unit, three condensing units and several heat recovery units were used to supply required air to all types of VRF units contained within the building. A separate 50 ton DOAS unit was used for lab areas due to the high air change requirement of the clean room and high exhaust rate in the four research and development areas. For each DOAS unit, an exhaust fan was used, and one additional exhaust fan was selected for emergencies only, such as in the case of a refrigeration leak.

The total cost associated with the selected systems was $570,203. The design encompasses efficiency, health and safety, comfort, functionality, longevity, flexibility and maintainability with a low life cycle cost. First place in HVAC System Selection is awarded to a team from Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kans.: John Gaito, Kathryn Helmer, Lexie Oliver, Alex Pint, Megan C. Walkowiak and Gordon Zimmerman, all of whom are senior level students in architectural engineering. Faculty advisors are Julia Keen, Ph.D., P.E., HPBD, and Fred Hasler, P.E.

The students selected a ground source heat pump (GSHP) system where water is pumped through vertical piping in the ground, providing a heat source and heat sink for the heat pumps. The main water loop serves the heat pumps and DOAS allowing heat transfer between spaces to maximize energy efficiency. The GSHP system met all the owner’s requirements in using the ground as a heat sink and heat source to serve the building. As a result, the energy savings are immense. This creates a low-cost, reliable, flexible, maintainable, sustainable system.

An unusual addition to the system was incorporation of a wall of vegetation created by attaching plants that do not require soil to a mesh grid. Given that the building is used for research and design, the exhaust and ventilation rates are significant and consume large amounts of energy. Ten small bio-walls are used to decrease energy consumption for the entire building by decreasing the required ventilation in the office spaces. First place in Integrated Sustainable Building Design is awarded to a team from Montana State University, Bozeman: Elyse Casper; Theresa R. Lindenau, Bozeman, Mont.; Terra Moran, materials engineer, Imperial Oil, Calgary, Alberta; Mary Peterson, project engineer in the commercial solutions division, 3M, Saint Paul, Minn.; and Martin Reaves, founder, Monolithic, Bozeman, Mont. Their faculty advisor is Kevin Amende, P.E.

For the HVAC systems, students implemented multiple systems with high efficiencies, using the nearby river as a heat exchanger. The main system – a VRF system – is more expensive upfront, but more cost-effective and energy saving throughout the life of the building. It was implemented to condition the open office, library, meeting rooms, mailroom and HR office spaces. It has the additional benefit of requiring no duct work; only the routing of small refrigerant lines.
Fresh air is pre-conditioned by a heat recovery ventilation unit that exchanges energy with exhaust air leaving the building. This recovers energy while improving air quality. Fresh air is vented directly into the fan coil units in the VRF spaces, first mixing and then distributing throughout the rooms. Fresh air for the computer server and research and design spaces is ducted into the heat pumps and blown into the rooms directly. Acoustic and filtration specifications were addressed through appropriate noise dampening and filtration products.

Review of data showed energy consumption was reduced by almost 70 percent; cooling load was reduced by over 60 tons; and carbon and greenhouse gas emissions were more than halved. The new design pays back after year twelve, and saves the owner almost $1 million by the end of 40 years. Although the design did not reach net-zero, the improvements were exponential. With a larger budget or new construction, the net zero goal could be realized.
ASHRAE also announces the recipients of the 2014 Applied Engineering Challenge, in which students were required to design and specify a small, portable air conditioner that must be affordable, maintainable and effective in the local cultural environment.

The first place Applied Engineering Challenge recipients are a team from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo: Juan Silva, sales operation, SYSERCO, Fremont, Calif.; and Nelson E. Echeverry, design engineer, Donald F. Dickerson Associates, Tarzana, Calif. Their faculty advisors are Steffen Peuker, Ph.D., and Jesse Maddren, Ph.D., P.E. The system involves a series of measures that a family living in Mexico City can take to improve the IAQ in their house. Starting in the kitchen, a wood stove with a chimney attached was used to vent out the smoke caused from burning biomass. The stove provides heating during cold days, reduces pollution caused by inefficient cooking stoves and provides reliable operation.

Next, in the living room, a window fan was modified with an external air filter at the inlet of the fan, capturing most of the harmful contaminants and allowing fresh air to enter the house. With forced airflow, pollutants are dispersed, thus avoiding high concentrations. A window fan providing a capacity of 1400 CFM is sufficient to supply the entire house. For cooling, students chose a window unit, which helps in reducing humidity. One major benefit is that units are portable and can easily be installed in a new or different home. Two financial tiers were created: one targets low to middle class families, providing equipment and devices to satisfy comfort needs and to improve healthy living, but with less expensive materials. The second tier for high to mid class families contains a power generator and window unit.

The projects will be shared at the 2015 ASHRAE Winter Conference, Jan. 24-28, Palmer House Hilton, Chicago, Ill. Also taking place at that time is the ASHRAE co-sponsored AHR Expo, Jan. 26-28, McCormick Place, Chicago.
ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is a global society advancing human well-being through sustainable technology for the built environment. The Society and its more than 50,000 members worldwide focus on building systems, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, refrigeration and sustainability. Through research, standards writing, publishing, certification and continuing education, ASHRAE shapes tomorrow’s built environment today. More information can be found at

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Watts releases IntelliFlow

Plumbing & Mechanical Contractors - Mon, 11/17/2014 - 13:45

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Watts announced that it has released its next generation Intelliflow A2CM1 automatic washing machine shutoff valve designed to meet the requirements of today’s washing machine technology. The latest model provides enhanced performance and a simplified product set-up procedure.

When the washing machine starts a cycle, the IntelliFlow senses the electric current flowing to the machine and opens the supply of water. Upon completion of the full wash cycle, the machine shuts off and returns to the original current level. IntelliFlow senses the low current and closes both the hot and cold water supplies, relieving pressure on the hoses.

By reducing the likelihood of flood problems, the IntelliFlow addresses one of the leading reasons for insurance claims in North America: water damage caused by burst washing machine hoses. A burst washing machine hose can discharge up to 500 gallons of water in only one hour.

Visit www.Watts.com

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NKBA expands learning, networking for KBIS 2015

Plumbing Engineer - Mon, 11/17/2014 - 13:36

HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. — As owners of the 2015 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS), the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) is increasing learning opportunities, awarding its first-ever Professional of the Year award, and delivering some of the best networking opportunities that the industry has to offer.

NKBA University, the association’s learning and professional development arm, will present NKBA U Courses as well as Voices From The Industry (VFTI) including the Featured Speaker Sessions as part of the KBIS 2015 conference offerings. Many of the sessions give attendees the chance to earn continuing education units (CEUs), allowing them to maximize their KBIS attendance by earning required CEUs to maintain their accreditations.

“We work hard to ensure that conference attendees can maximize their time at KBIS 2015,” explained Nancy Barnes, director of Learning at the NKBA. “By integrating excellent learning and professional development opportunities into the KBIS schedule, we allow our members – all of whom have busy schedules – to include professional development to enhance their KBIS experience.”

For the second consecutive year, KBIS will co-locate with the International Builders’ Show (IBS), to form Design & Construction Week (DCW) — a must-attend event to be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center from January 20 to 22, 2015. In addition to KBIS and IBS, attendees can also take in Surfaces (International Surface Event), IWCE (International Window Coverings Expo), and special events during the Las Vegas Market.

Over 90 sessions are being offered at KBIS 2015 – many will offer continuing education units (CEUs) from the NKBA as well as other industry associations, such as National Association of Homebuilders, National Association of the Remodeling Industry, and American Institute of Architects. The hour-long information sessions are grouped into 11 conference blocks over three days and offer attendees a chance to hear presentations from their industry peers on a variety of current topics and trends. All VFTI sessions are aligned to one of NKBA University’s eight learning paths.

Of the 11 courses offered at the show, the NKBA will include new courses available exclusively at KBIS. The courses will cover topics such as recruiting and hiring, decorative plumbing, creative thinking, customer service, and sales. All courses are taught by top instructors and are designed to further develop an industry professional’s career. The courses have a separate registration fee from the Voices From The Industry pass. A highlight of the 11 Learning Courses offered at KBIS 2015 is the DiSCover Your Selling Style course, offered on January 19. The course uses the DiSC Sales Profile to help participants improve their sales performance and results. The Professional Resource Library will also have the latest editions of its books available for purchase.

VFTI will present two featured speakers during the show. Timing and topics are:

  • January 20: Jason Tester, Research Director, Human-Future Interaction, Institute for the Future shares insights on “Design for Balance in the Home of 2030” (Design and Inspiration – 0.1 CEU).
  • January 21: Kevin Murphy, Chief Operating Officer, Ferguson will present the State of the Industry address on “Embrace Change, Fear Status Quo (Sponsored by Danze).” (Business Management – 0.1 CEU).

The 30 Under 30 is a select group of young kitchen and bath professionals under the age of 30 who represent some of the brightest up-and-comers in the kitchen and bath industry. The 30 Under 30 use the KBIS exhibits as a research tool, investigating industry trends, innovations and new technologies. This talented group will present their findings at Center Stage in the NKBA booth on January 21. They will share the results of their explorations on the KBIS show floor and answer questions from the audience.

On January 20, at Center Stage in the NKBA Booth, just as exhibitors will unveil their latest products, NKBA University will unveil its first-ever NKBA U Professional of the Year. The winner will be announced following the final competition and awarded an all-expenses-paid trip for two to Spain, courtesy of Platinum Sponsor Cosentino.

Runners-up will also receive all-expenses-paid trips for two to tour the headquarters and manufacturing facilities of one of the contest’s Gold Sponsors: Kohler Co., who will provide a tour of its headquarters and manufacturing facilities in Kohler, Wis., and GE, who will provide a tour of its Monogram Experience Center in Louisville, Kentucky.

“The NKBA U Professional of the Year contest embodies the Association’s spirit for professional development across the entire industry, setting a new industry standard for excellence,” said National Kitchen & Bath Association CEO Bill Darcy. “Our finalists have experienced the benefits of NKBA U firsthand—it’s not only a resource for kitchen and bath designers, but an online professional development platform for builders and remodelers, architects, dealers, manufacturers and representatives, as well as retailers.”

Helping to balance the excellent learning opportunities available from the NKBA at KBIS 2015 will be the association’s many networking opportunities. The NKBA has a reputation for hosting some of the most successful events in the kitchen and bath industry, providing invaluable opportunities for professionals to connect in a fun and engaging setting. The NKBA kicks off KBIS in celebratory style with The Party on  January 19, 2015, from 8:00pm to 10:00pm at Tryst Nightclub in the Wynn Hotel (immediately following the presentation of the Design Competition Awards). Traditionally a sell-out event, The Bash is a time when the kitchen and bath industry comes together to celebrate friendships new and old, successes, and all that the future has to offer. The Bash takes place on January 21 from 8:30pm to 1:30am at XS Nightclub, located at the Encore Hotel.

Visit www.kbis.com/conference/conference-schedule

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Slant/Fin announces 2015 Hydro-Master contractor program

Plumbing & Mechanical Contractors - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 13:39

GREENVALE, N.Y. — Slant/Fin is continuing the successful Hydro-Master contractor program into 2015. A primary benefit of the Hydro-Master program is that only certified Slant/Fin Hydro-Masters are listed on the Slant/Fin website. Our website continuously generates new leads throughout the year for service work and new installations. Another great benefit, and arguably the most valuable part of the program, is that the contractor receives a five-year parts and labor warranty on all cast-iron boilers they install. This warranty is non-transferrable and provided only to the contractor installing the boiler. Slant/Fin’s offer is unmatched throughout the industry.

In addition to the warranty program and website listing, each Certified Hydro-Master that submits a boiler registration will be entered into a drawing to win a 60-inch Samsung TV. They get one entry for each boiler registered. The drawing will be held during the first week of January 2016. The winner will be notified in person by a Slant/Fin representative.

Slant/Fin also features a Facebook page where contractors can post pictures of their installation jobs, as well as view other contractor’s showcased work. Facebook is a way to advertise work for free. Slant/Fin is happy to promote those who share their work.

All contractors that register for the Hydro-Master program are entered into our database and receive important information about Slant/Fin programs and promotional material. They will also be mailed the unique Slant/Fin 2015 calendar, featuring award winning movies and boiler stars. This special calendar lists all of the promotions that Slant/Fin will be doing throughout the year. One program will be the annual Installation contest, where the winner is awarded an iPad.

Visit www.slantfinhydromaster.com

 

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Watts releases IntelliFlow

Plumbing Engineer - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 13:35

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Watts announced it has released its next generation IntelliFlow A2CM1 automatic washing machine shutoff valve designed to meet the requirements of today’s washing machine technology. The latest model provides enhanced performance and a simplified product set-up procedure.

When the washing machine starts a cycle, the IntelliFlow senses the electric current flowing to the machine and opens the supply of water. Upon completion of the full wash cycle, the machine shuts off and returns to the original current level. IntelliFlow senses the low current and closes both the hot and cold water supplies, relieving pressure on the hoses.

By reducing the likelihood of flood problems, the IntelliFlow addresses one of the leading reasons for insurance claims in North America: water damage caused by burst washing machine hoses. A burst washing machine hose can discharge up to 500 gallons of water in only one hour.

Visit www.Watts.com

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PHCC supports withdrawal of ‘Waters of the U.S.’ proposal

Plumbing & Mechanical Contractors - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 15:34

FALLS CHURCH, Va. – The Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors—National Association (PHCC) joined with 375 trade associations and chambers from 50 states to voice strong concerns with a rule proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to dramatically expand the scope of federal authority over water and land uses across the U.S. The groups, representing a wide range of industries, called for the proposal to be withdrawn. The effort was led by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

“Although PHCC wholeheartedly supports the protection of our nation’s water and land resources, we see many flaws in this shortsighted regulation,” said PHCC President Kevin Tindall. “This is an effort by the EPA to redefine water in America … to control waters that were never before regulated as waters of the United States, such as waters in all floodplains, banks and man-made trenches and ditches.

“For PHCC’s members – and many others involved in the construction arena – the proposed rule would require obtaining more permits and environmental reviews, which could create project delays or even kill a project, and would result in increased project costs,” Tindall added.

In its official comments, the combined groups detail several examples of the impacts of the proposed rule, including:

  • Maps prepared by EPA show the rule could expand federal jurisdiction over waters from 3.5 million river and stream miles to more than 8 million river and stream miles
  • The rule would make most ditches into “tributaries.” Routine maintenance activities in ditches and on-site ponds and impoundments could trigger permits that could cost $100,000 or more
  • These permitting requirements likely would trigger additional environmental reviews that would add years to the completion time for ordinary projects
  • Even if a project can get a permit, firms will often have to agree to mitigate environmental “damage” with costly restoration/mitigation projects

The proposal likely also would result in more stringent storm water management requirements, which would affect retailers, companies with large parking lots, “big box” stores, etc.

As the co-signers’ comments state: “The proposed rule is really about the Agencies’ overreaching attempt to replace longstanding state and local control of land uses near water with centralized federal control. In light of the overwhelming evidence that the proposed rule would have a devastating impact on businesses, states, and local governments without any real benefit to water quality, the Agencies should immediately withdraw the waters of the U.S. proposal and begin again. The current proposed rule is simply too procedurally and legally flawed to repair.”

Visit www.phccweb.org

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Industry leaders call for abstracts for International Emerging Technology Symposium

Plumbing Engineer - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 13:31

ONTARIO, Calif. – Preparations are already underway for the 2016 International Emerging Technology Symposium (IETS), to be held in May 2016 in the Chicago area. The IETS is widely considered by attendees and participants to be one of the most comprehensive and informative events to discuss timely issues in the water efficiency, water quality, plumbing and mechanical industries.

The IETS is proud to announce that the Alliance for Water Efficiency (AWE) has signed on as co-convener. This brings the number of co-convening organizations to nine. They are: the American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE), AWE, the Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating (CIPH), the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO), the Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA), the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors National Association (PHCC-NA), the Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI), the United Association (UA), and the World Plumbing Council (WPC).

A Call for Abstracts has been issued and can be downloaded at www.iapmo.org/Documents/IETS_Call_for_Abstract.pdf.

“Participation by an increasing number diverse and widely respected organizations in the planning and presentation of this fifth IETS speaks to the growing significance of this International event,” said Russ Chaney, CEO of The IAPMO Group. “IAPMO is honored be part of what will no doubt be another informative and timely symposium.”

The IETS will gather plumbers, contractors, engineers, manufacturers, and water efficiency experts to introduce new technologies for the plumbing and mechanical industries, and to discuss emerging trends, challenges and opportunities important to anyone who cares about how water is used in the built environment.

In addition, the IETS is designed to provide a portal for the host organizations’ partners in the manufacturing, engineering and trade industries to display and demonstrate their innovative solutions to emerging problems and to discuss legislative and regulatory developments that often alter industry landscapes.

Prior presentations and a series of videos from the previous IETS events are available for viewing online at www.youtube.com/user/IAPMOGroup.

 

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