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hilmor ‘Retool Your Future Contest’ back for second year

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Visit www.femalifesafety.org

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PMA installs board, presents annaul awards

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

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

President Bobby Burns
Lakeside Plumbing, Eatonton

1st Vice President Michael Dalton
KDJ Plumbing, Lilburn

2nd Vice President Tim Irvin
Delta Plumbing, Stockbridge

Secretary/Treasurer Danny Richardson
Richardson Plumbing, Elberton

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

Jay Cunningham, Director
Superior Plumbing, Kennesaw

Mike Dupree, Director
Dupree Plumbing, Marietta

Robert Echols, Director
McKenney’s, Atlanta

Michael Gordy, Director
Fulton Services, Atlanta

Billy Guinade, Director
Bill-John Plumbing, Alpharetta

Nick Marine, Director
Marine Plumbing, Marietta

Mitzi Moore, Director
Sundial Plumbing Services, Marietta

Scott Roberts, Director
Roberts Plumbing, Hoschton

Jim Sabol, Director
Plumb Works, Atlanta

John Forness, Industry Director
Winnelson, Conyers

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

Jacob Irvin, Director
Delta Plumbing, Stockbridge

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

Matt Rawlins, Director
Rawlins Mechanical Contractors, Buford

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

25 Years
Plumb Works, Atlanta

20 Years
Bobby Burns Lakeside Plumbing, Eatonton

15 Years
Dupree Plumbing, Marietta
Scientific Detection Services, Lilburn

10 Years
Georgia Power, Atlanta

5 Years
Equipment Controls

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American Standard President, CEO appointed to LIXIL Corp. Board

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

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

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

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

Visit www.americanstandard-us.com

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American Standard President, CEO appointed to LIXIL Corp. Board

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

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

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

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

Visit www.americanstandard-us.com

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Greenbuild 2013 Sustainability Report released

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Visit www.greenbuildexpo.com

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Greenbuild 2013 Sustainability Report released

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Visit www.greenbuildexpo.com

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ClimateMaster receives Federal Laboratory Consortium award

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

Visit www.climatemaster.com

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ClimateMaster receives Federal Laboratory Consortium award

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Visit www.climatemaster.com

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Plastic Pipe Institute announces annual industry awards

Plumbing & Mechanical Contractors - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 13:41

IRVING, Texas – During its recent annual meeting, the Plastics Pipe Institute, Inc. (PPI) honored four individual members and five member-company projects. Winners were recognized for exceptional service and significant achievements involving the use of plastic pipe. PPI is the major trade association representing all segments of the plastic pipe industry.

Presented during the May 4-7 meeting in Palm Springs, the award winners were:

PPI Projects of the Year

BUILDING & CONSTRUCTION DIVISION:
PPI Member Company: Viega, LLC, McPherson, Kansas
Awarded Project: Sun Valley Ski Resort Outdoor Snow Melting System
For one of the largest snowmelt projects more than 14,800 feet of PEX tubing was installed in a single day, which is more than twice the typical amount. With a total of 60,000 square feet of controlled snowmelt and 32 miles of tubing, this project provides two key aspects to Sun Valley’s business. First is safety for resort guests and employees and second, an economic strategy to operate and control this system while adding value to the
bottom line.

ViegaPEX Barrier tubing and Viega PEX Press fittings enabled the Sun Valley resort to install a more efficient snow melting system that saved energy and provided better service to their customers, and complete the project on time.

CONDUIT DIVISION:
PPI Member Company: Southwire Company, Carrollton, Georgia
Awarded Project: Columbia Basin Electric Cooperative Project
The Columbia Basin Electric Cooperative recently replaced some 20 miles of overhead conductor conductor in the Condon, Oregon ice area with high-density polyethylene (HDPE) Cable-In-Conduit (CIC). This CIC installation has helped to reduce maintenance and unplanned outages in an area plagued with fog, ice, and other severe weather. Using Southwire Company’s SIMpull® Cable-In-Conduit has reduced failures due to damage or weather extremes.

CORRUGATED PLASTIC PIPE DIVISION:
PPI Member Companies: Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc., Hilliard, Ohio.
HD Supply Waterworks, Thomasville, Georgia

Awarded Project: Everglades Restoration Project

Large diameter polypropylene pipe was used in a field test project conducted along a 3,000- foot stretch of the levees and canals to determine how best to design and formulate plans for future Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) projects. This prototype project used 10 runs of 100 linear feet of 60-inch diameter Advanced Drainage Systems’ HP storm pipe with vertical lift gates to provide east/west drainage through the levee. The structure has a maximum combined flow of 750 cubic feet per second (cfs) with velocities up to three centimeters a second to allow for pulse releases.

ENERGY PIPING SYSTEMS DIVISION:
PPI Member Company: Flexpipe Systems, Inc., Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Awarded Project: Light Crude Oil Transfer Pipeline, Australia
In 2013 a 170 km (105.6 miles) reinforced thermoplastic pipe (RTP) pipeline was commissioned in Australia to transport light crude oil from a source location in Queensland to an oil processing facility in South Australia. Able to meet the high pressure requirement of 1,500 psi and temperature of 180 F, the four-inch diameter line was installed in preference over trucking the liquids, and was the first of its kind to be installed in this area. The RTP line provided a 50 percent savings compared to steel pipe. For this application, Flexpipe’s RTP met the need to be both easy and fast to install and also stand up to the technical
requirements of Australia’s pipeline standard AS 2885.1 ‘Pipelines – Gas and Liquid Petroleum’.

MUNICIPAL & INDUSTRIAL DIVISION
PPI Member Companies: ISCO Industries, Louisville, KY and
McElroy Manufacturing, Inc., Tulsa, Okla.

Awarded Project: Wichita Falls, Texas Emergency Water Reuse Project.
More than 83 percent of Texas was in severe (D-3) to exceptional (D-5) drought conditions in 2013, and the city of Wichita Falls lost 70 percent of their water supply in the past two years, affecting more than 140,000 people. This project provided an emergency solution – a Direct Potable Reuse (DPW) pipeline constructed using HDPE pipe that was fused together using McElroy units.
This water reuse project takes purified water, created from the 7 to 10 million gallons of treated wastewater that is normally released into the Wichita River every day, and sends it through a 12-mile HDPE pipeline constructed by ISCO Industries to the Cypress Water Treatment Plant. It then goes through extensive filtration, reverse osmosis, and clarification, and is mixed with raw surface water. The 50/50 mixture then goes through another treatment process and finally is supplied to the public.

PPI Members of the Year
In addition to the PPI Projects of the Year, the association also cited members who have contributed their time and expertise to the advancement and technical documentation of thermoplastic pipe.

As voted by their fellow members, the PPI Members of the Year are:
• Greg Bohn, Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc., Hilliard, Ohio, PPI CPPA Division
• Dick Kraft, Endot Industries, Inc. Rockaway, NJ, PPI EPS Division
• Allison Crabtree, Dura-Line Corporation, Knoxville, TN, PPI M&I Division
• Steve Tappan, LyondellBasell Industries, Houston, TX, PPI Conduit Division

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California Fire Marshal earns ICC, IAFC fire safety award

Plumbing Engineer - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 13:21

WASHINGTON — California Fire Marshal Tonya L. Hoover will be honored with the 2014 Excellence in Fire and Life Safety Award for her history of courage, determination, and dedication to fire and life safety. She will receive the award in August during Fire-Rescue International 2014, the annual conference of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) in Dallas.

The International Code Council and the Fire & Life Safety Section of the IAFC developed the award. It honors individuals who have dedicated themselves to saving lives and property through their work on building codes, fire-prevention practices, legislative efforts and strong leadership.

ICC Board President Stephen D. Jones, CBO, said Hoover’s spirit and accomplishments exemplify what the Excellence in Fire and Life Safety Award is all about.

“Tonya Hoover’s work in fire safety and prevention undoubtedly has saved countless lives,”
Jones said. “Her dedication has been inspirational to many. Tonya is a hero in every sense of the word.”

Previous recipients of the award are Sean DeCrane, Anthony Apfelbeck, George Michehl, John Mueller, Ed Comeau, Michael Love and Ozzie Mirkhah.

“Fire Marshal Hoover is a fire service leader who truly values our mission and provides the support to get things done,” said Chief Adolf Zubia, chair of the IAFC Fire & Life Safety Section. “She has the courage to tackle the most significant fire and life safety issues facing the state and the ability to translate complex risk mitigation issues to long-term strategies.” In nominating Hoover for the award, Laura Blaul, Orange County, Calif., retired Fire Marshal/Assistant Chief said Hoover has been indefatigable in her quest to make sure people and buildings are as safe from fire as possible.

“The majority of fires, fire deaths and injuries occur in the home, and Tonya works tirelessly to reduce these losses,” Blaul wrote. “To this end, she has championed and facilitated many fire and life safety initiatives that target home fire and life safety.”

Blaul said the nomination focuses on four solutions to California’s fire problem: residential fire sprinklers; wildfire ignition resistant construction and design; photovoltaic design; and smoke alarm technologies.

“It can be done,” Hoover said. “It takes hard work, willingness to listen, patience and keeping your eye on the ball. But we can succeed.”

Hoover has been actively involved in fire prevention, public education and risk mitigation for more than 20 years. She served as Acting California State Fire Marshal from July 2009 until being appointed to the position in November 2011. She was confirmed in May 2012.

Hoover holds several State Fire Marshal certifications, including certified Fire Marshal and a lifetime teaching credential. An ICC Member, Hoover served as the Vice Chair on the ICC International Fire Code Development Committee. She currently is on the ICC Codes & Standards Council and the Fire Service Membership Council Governing Committee.

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

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International societies form Indoor Environmental Quality alliance

Plumbing & Mechanical Contractors - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 20:40

ATLANTA — A newly formed alliance seeks to serve as a global source for information, guidance and knowledge on indoor environmental quality. A memorandum of understanding creating the Indoor Environment Quality Global Alliance was signed June 29, at ASHRAE’s 2014 Annual Conference in Seattle, Wash.

Other groups joining the alliance are the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), Air Infiltration and Ventilation Centre (AIVC), the Air & Waste Management Association (A&WMA), the Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA) and the Federation of European Heating and Air-Conditioning Associations (REHVA).

The alliance was formed by an ad hoc committee appointed by ASHRAE 2013-14 President Bill Bahnfleth to explore ways in which industry groups could work together to address all aspects of indoor environmental quality and health.

“In the built environment, indoor environmental quality must be our first concern,” Presidential Member Bahnfleth said. “Before we address impacts of buildings and transportation systems on energy consumption and the environment – which, make no mistake, are also critically important – we must ensure that we are providing indoor environments that are safe, healthy, productive and comfortable for occupants. Today, and for some time, we have strongly emphasized energy conservation and protection of the environment to such an extent that the need for progress in indoor environmental quality has been obscured. A broad, coordinated effort is needed to fill gaps in research, transfer the results of science to practice, advocate for higher standards and better educate both the built environment professions and the public. I believe that formation of this Alliance is a key to meeting those objectives. ASHRAE is eager to contribute its expertise to this group and to once again be a leader in the field of indoor environmental quality, beginning with a focus on indoor air quality.”

“Contemporary European architecture is undergoing fundamental changes caused by increased pressure to reduce energy consumption of buildings,” said Karel Kabele, president of REHVA. “Modern approaches, methods and technologies are capable of saving energy, but also affect other functions of the building i.e. indoor environmental quality. In energy efficient buildings we can resolve problems with thermal comfort, air quality and other components of IEQ. I firmly believe that joint efforts of IEQ-GA will contribute not only to saving energy but also to improve IEQ in buildings, we build for next generations.”

“The Air & Waste Management Association (A&WMA) is pleased to be a part of this partnership,” said Jim Powell, executive director of A&WM. “We see the IEQ-GA as a forum to better focus efforts on improving the indoor environment. Efforts to support this partnership will be coordinated with our Health Effects & Exposure Technical Coordinating Committee. This committee is responsible for all of the indoor environment programming within A&WMA.”

“The Indoor Air Quality Association, IAQA, is proud to join key organizations in signing the IEQ-GA agreement,” said Kent Rawhouser, president of IAQA. “This alliance of organizations will lead to collaboration between the best minds in our industry to ensure an improvement in indoor environmental conditions for people around the world. IAQA’s members are experts in the implementation, investigation and remediation of indoor environmental issues.”

“While substantial progress in the energy efficiency of our building stock is crucial, we must guarantee at the same time a good indoor climate in these buildings, including air quality, thermal comfort, visual comfort and acoustics. Given the complexity of the issue and the various challenges, we are very pleased to see the creation of this alliance,” AIVC Operating Agent Peter Wouters said.

“AIHA is very excited to join ASHRAE and other international stakeholders in the IEQ Global Alliance,” Christine A.D. Lorenzo, CIH, president of AIHA. “The Alliance brings together key groups, each of which has members with unique sets of skills and knowledge. We look forward to working within the Alliance to identify new ways to collaborate, and expand international alignment in this important area of occupational hygiene and engineering practice.”

The alliance will provide guidance on the definition of acceptable indoor environmental quality, with an emphasis on thermal conditions and indoor air pollution, to ensure that the knowledge gathered from indoor environmental quality (IEQ) research is promulgated to and implemented by IEQ practitioners and regulatory bodies worldwide.

The mission of the alliance IEQ-GA is to provide an acceptable indoor environmental quality (thermal environment-indoor air quality-lighting-acoustic) to occupants in buildings and places of work around the world and to make sure the knowledge from research on IEQ gets implemented in practice.

The establishment of the alliance is supported by the World Health Organization and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, who will cooperate with the Alliance in the future.

Bahnfleth said the alliance will also seek cooperation from other organizations whose work relates to the indoor environment’s effects on people’s well-being and health.

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PMI CEO named 2014 ‘Business Leader of the Year’

Plumbing Engineer - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 20:21

ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill. — Barbara C. Higgens, CEO of Plumbign Manufacturers International (PMI), was presented with the 2014 “Business Leader of the Year Award” by Rolling Meadows Mayor Tom Rooney at annual Circle of Success dinner May 22. Higgens was selected by the Chamber of Commerce based upon her activities both within and beyond the local community.

In addition to her role at PMI as CEO, the Chamber highlighted her involvement both past and present with organizations and activities including the Storehouse of World Vision procurement committee; Habitat for Humanity; Board of Trustees, Elgin Symphony Orchestra; Lay Eucharistic minister; St Simon’s Episcopal Church; Order of the Eastern Star; Illinois State Past Grand Officer of the Order of the Rainbow; as well as Rotary Club of Palatine; Junior Achievement Advisor; Crystal Lake; Fund Raising Committee for McHenry County Chapter of the American Heart Association; and as Drought Relief team in Orme, TN.

During her acceptance remarks, Higgens described PMI’s mission and successes including passage of the national legislation limited the amount of lead in plumbing products which went into effect this year, and urged the audience to retrofit their plumbing products for maximum efficiency and performance. The PMI Board of Directors sponsored a table at the event.

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Moen recognized for workplace environment

Plumbing Engineer - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 14:15

NORTH OLMSTED, Ohio –Moen was recognized as one of the ‘Top Workplaces’ in northeast Ohio. This marks the third consecutive year that Moen has received this significant honor.

‘Top Workplaces’ are determined solely on employee feedback. The survey is conducted by WorkplaceDynamics, LLP, a leading research firm on organizational health and engagement. WorkplaceDynamics conducts regional Top Workplaces programs with 40 major publishing partners across the U.S. Over the past year, more than 5,000 organizations and one in every 88 employees in the U.S. has turned to WorkplaceDynamics to better understand what’s on the minds of their employees. Through its workplace improvement offerings, WorkplaceDynamics provides solutions, training and tools to help clients improve their workplace.

“The foundation of Moen’s operating philosophy is three core beliefs: doing what’s right, working together, and getting results,” said Robyn Hill, vice president of human resources at Moen. “Moen is proud and honored to be designated as a top workplace in northeast Ohio because our 2,700 global associates follow these fundamentals. We work to build upon Al Moen’s legacy and to empower our associates to thrive within our company and in the Greater Cleveland community.”

While Moen is well known for its reliable, innovative and thoughtfully designed kitchen and bath products, the company also focuses on its employees – offering healthy lifestyle and community support programs. At the corporate headquarters in North Olmsted, Ohio, for example, Moen provides free flu shots and onsite mammograms. The company also holds an annual Health Fair and conducts regular blood pressure testing. In addition, all Moen associates are encouraged to join its state-of-the-art, staffed Wellness Center and participate in programs including fitness challenges and lunch’n’learn sessions.

As part of Moen’s ongoing dedication to giving back, a global community has been established with social causes and organizations including Habitat for Humanity, Ronald McDonald House and United Way. In addition to monetary contributions, Moen associates also donate their time throughout the year.

“Nothing defines ‘achieving success’ more than giving to people in need, and seeing the appreciation and hope that assistance provides,” Hill said.

Moen also encourages associate development. A unique program called “Moen University” provides a comprehensive selection of e-learning tools, onsite classes and university/professional development opportunities. The company supports its associates through a generous tuition reimbursement program and a college scholarship program for their children.

Promoting from within is also a priority for Moen. Accordingly, it posts all open positions internally, resulting in over 30 percent of its openings being filled by current associates. One notable success story is represented by Moen President, David Lingafelter, a northeast Ohio native who began his career with Moen 24 years ago as a marketing manager.

“Our associates are dedicated, passionate individuals who work together as a team,” Hill said. “Without their commitment and drive, Moen would not have the privilege of being designated a top workplace in northeast Ohio.”

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RPA extends System Design Showcase deadline

Plumbing & Mechanical Contractors - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 13:32

MOKENA, Ill. — The Radiant Professionals Alliance (RPA) has extended the entry deadline for its System Design Showcase 2014 competition to Nov. 1, providing an extra three months of time for designers and contractors to demonstrate their creativity and finesse in design and competence in installation before their peers in the radiant and hydronic industry.

The competition categories are: Residential Cooling, Residential Heating, Commercial Cooling, Commercial
Heating, Snow/Ice Melting, Electric and Innovation.

Entries must be postmarked by November 1, and include a completed application, a comprehensive description,
photos and schematics/drawings. The application may be downloaded from the RPA website at
www.radiantprofessionalsalliance.org/Documents/RPA_System_Showcase_Application.pdf.

The RPA’s Technical Committee, made of up industry experts, will screen all projects using a structured
evaluation process. Each entry will be judged on presentation, technical merit and impression. The winners will
be announced in January during the organization’s Annual Membership Meeting and Conference in Chicago.
The conference will coincide with the 2015 AHR Expo. Additionally, winners and their projects will be profiled in Radiant Living magazine.

“This is a great opportunity for our members to toot their own horn. Most of their beautiful work goes
unnoticed, and this is their opportunity to gain recognition,” said RPA Executive Director Mark Eatherton. “It
also allows the other viewing members the opportunity to see how their associates go about putting these
wonderful systems together in a way that makes them presentable.”

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ASPE Senior Director of Technical and Regulatory Affairs appointed to ASHRAE SPC 188

Plumbing Engineer - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 16:32

CHICAGO, Ill. – William M. Smith, FASPE, Senior Director of Technical & Regulatory Affairs for the American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE), was recently appointed to ASHRAE SPC 188, Minimizing the Risk of Legionellosis Associated With Building Water Systems as the Primary Organizational Representative for ASPE and Project Committee Voting Member-User for a two-year term ending June 30, 2016. ASPE’s Executive Director/CEO, Jim Kendzel, MPH, CAE, was appointed the Alternate Organizational Representative for ASPE for the same term.

“I’m extremely excited that ASPE has been selected and has an opportunity to participate in and continue the ongoing efforts of this project committee in the important establishment of much-needed requirements related to Legionellosis risk management for building water systems,” Smith says. “This is another big step in our efforts to broaden the Society’s footprint and bring the depth of talent within our membership to the service of protecting the health and safety of the public.”

For several years, SPC 188 has been involved in developing ASHRAE Standard 188P, Legionellosis: Risk Management for Building Water Systems, which would be the first set of standardized requirements specific to the building industry to manage the risks associated with the growth of and exposure to Legionella. The standard is intended to help facility managers and owners understand how to evaluate the design and operation of their building water systems to reduce the risk of Legionellosis. SPC 188 is a broad consensus group that includes engineers, manufacturers, water treatment providers, representatives from medical, government, and higher education institutions, and plumbing industry associations such as ASHE, IAPMO, PMI, NSF International, and now ASPE.

“Billy’s newly created position of Senior Director of Technical & Regulatory Affairs allows ASPE to become more involved in crucial committees, and his appointment to SPC 188 indicates ASPE’s increased commitment to and involvement in issues facing the plumbing industry,” says ASPE President William F. Hughes Jr., CPD, LEED AP, FASPE. “I am looking forward to working with ASHRAE on this project, and I hope that both of our organizations will become more involved in other projects that will benefit the plumbing community and the industry.”

A fourth public review draft of ASHRAE Standard 188P, which has been substantially rewritten from previous versions, is expected to be made available later this summer.

 

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ASHRAE installs new officers, directors

Plumbing & Mechanical Contractors - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 13:41

SEATTLE – ASHRAE has installed new officers and directors for 2014-15 at its Annual Meeting held June 28-July 2.

The new president is Thomas H. Phoenix, P.E., Fellow ASHRAE, ASHRAE-Certified Building Energy Assessment and Building Energy Modeling Professional, principal and vice president, Moser Mayer Phoenix Associates, Greensboro, N.C. His presidential theme is People, Passion, Performance.

Phoneix said, “People, passion and performance are three things that come to mind when I think about ASHRAE. Thanks to our 53,000 members around the globe, ASHRAE is building a worldwide best practices network of innovative people and successful technologies to serve the built environment community. Our membership also has great passion – I see that in how much time and dedication our people give to helping write standards, develop research, guide in policy and procedure, etc. Together, our people plus their passion ensures performance – whether that’s improving the performance of our great Society or improving the performance of building stock around the world.”

Other officers installed for a one-year term are:

  • President-Elect: T. David Underwood, P.Eng., Fellow ASHRAE, Life Member, ASHRAE-Certified Commissioning Process Management Professional, Oakville, Ontario, Canada
  • Treasurer: Timothy G. Wentz, P.E., Fellow ASHRAE, ASHRAE-Certified High Performance Building Design Professional, associate professor, University of Nebraska – Lincoln, Neb.
  • Vice President: Darryl K. Boyce, P.Eng., Fellow ASHRAE, assistant vice president (Facilities Management and Planning), Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • Vice President: Charles “Chuck” E. Gulledge III, P.E., Member, ASHRAE-Certified High Performance Building Design Professional, senior mechanical engineer, AC Corporation, Greensboro, N.C.
  • Vice President: Bjarne W. Olesen, Ph.D., Fellow ASHRAE, Life Member, professor, Technical University of Denmark, Kongens Lyngby, Denmark
  • Vice President: James K. Vallort, Fellow ASHRAE, senior vice president, Environmental Systems Design, Chicago, Ill.

ASHRAE installed the following directors to serve a three-year term from 2014-2017:

  • Region VII Director and Region Chair: Larry J. Fisher, founder, ECT Services, Louisville, Ky.
  • Region VIII Director and Regional Chair: William K. Klock, P.E., vice president, EEA Consulting Engineers, Austin, Texas
  • Region IX Director and Regional Chair: Blake E. Ellis, P.E., principal, Burns & McDonnell, Kansas City, Mo.
  • Region X Director and Regional Chair: Karine Leblanc, sales engineer, U.S. Air Conditioning Distributors, City of Industry, Calif.
  • Region-at-Large: Farooq Mehboob, P.E., Fellow ASHRAE, Life Member, owner, S. Mehboob and Co., Consulting Engineers, Karachi, Pakistan
  • Director-at-Large: Mark W. Fly, P.E., Fellow ASHRAE, director of engineering and government affairs, AAON, Tulsa, Okla.
  • Director-at-Large: Daniel Int-Hout III, Fellow ASHRAE, Life Member, chief engineer, Krueger, Richardson, Texas
  • Director-at-Large: Mick Schwedler, P.E., manager, applications engineering, Trane, La Crosse, Wis.

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RectorSeal Blue+ approved for multiple applications

Plumbing Engineer - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 13:18

HOUSTON – RectorSeal Corp., a market leader in plumbing and HVAC/R pipe thread sealants, introduced RectorSeal Blue+, a non-setting, multi-purpose, lead free, blue pipe thread sealant approved for use with multiple plumbing and HVAC/R residential, commercial and industrial applications. Blue+ is unrestricted for use with all threaded metal, polyethylene, fiberglass reinforced, PVC, CPVC and ABS pipe.

Blue+ features a smooth, easily brushed texture with polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) resin-enrichment and synthetic fibers providing maximum sealing and lubrication performance.

Unlike other blue thread sealants, the patented Blue+ formula doesn’t separate during storage due to a unique technology that homogenously suspends the compound’s particles. Blue+ was developed by RectorSeal’s in-house laboratory chemists and monitored under strict quality control standards to ensure chemical compatibility with Lubrizol Corp’s FlowGuard Gold, BlazeMaster and Corzan pipe and fittings.

Blue+ is manufactured in the U.S. and formulated for pressures up to 10,000-psi (liquids) and 2,000-psi (gases). It’s through plumbing and HVAC/R wholesalers in ¼-pint brush top cans, ½-pint brush top cans, one-pint brush top cans, quarts with brushes and one-gallon cans.

Other Blue+ features are:
•Meets lead free potable water requirements of the U.S. Safe Drinking Water Act in the NSF/ANSI Standard 61, Annex G and also the Canadian Standards Association (CSA)
•Approved for use on all metal pipe including galvanized steel, iron, brass, copper, aluminum and stainless steel
•Is a non-toxic, low odor, non-flammable compound perfect for working in small or non-ventilated spaces
•Is non-hardening, requires no curing time and can be pressurized immediately after applying
•Works with both hot and cold potable water systems
•Has a guaranteed minimum two-year shelf life

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USGBC announces Alternative Compliance Paths for LEED Neighborhood Development

Plumbing & Mechanical Contractors - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 13:38

WASHINGTON — Alternative Compliance Paths (ACPs) for LEED for Neighborhood Development version 2009 are now available. ACPs allow LEED to be more flexible and applicable to a wide range of building projects across the globe.

LEED for Neighborhood Development, or LEED-ND, was designed to inspire and help create better, more sustainable, well-connected neighborhoods and other district-scale development. It looks beyond the scale of buildings to consider entire communities to curb dispersed land use patterns and promote sustainable development. Projects outside of the U.S. often experience technical challenges when applying LEED ND requirements that are based off U.S. codes and practice.

The new ACPs target solutions for global users through local standards and codes, offering alternative approaches to meeting credits and prerequisites, and providing additional guidance to global users. Metric units were also added to the LEED ND rating system. These equivalency improvements help remove possible barriers to certification.

The LEED 2009 ND Global ACPs were developed with the input of global LEED ND users and members of the LEED International Roundtable, and were approved by the LEED Steering Committee. This approach leveraged the expertise of international users by developing solutions directly in conjunction with the market.

LEED encourages sustainable development and green building practices around the world. Currently there are LEED registered and certified projects in more than 150 countries and territories globally.

Download the LEED 2009 ND Global Alternative Compliance Path Reference Guide Supplement or visit the Credit Library to access the LEED 2009 ND Global ACPs.

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ASHRAE installs new officers, directors

Plumbing Engineer - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 13:21

SEATTLE – ASHRAE installed new officers and directors for 2014-15 at its Annual Meeting held June 28-July 2.

The new president is Thomas H. Phoenix, P.E., Fellow ASHRAE, ASHRAE-Certified Building Energy Assessment and Building Energy Modeling Professional, principal and vice president, Moser Mayer Phoenix Associates, Greensboro, N.C. His presidential theme is People, Passion, Performance.

Phoenix said, “People, passion and performance are three things that come to mind when I think about ASHRAE. Thanks to our 53,000 members around the globe, ASHRAE is building a worldwide best practices network of innovative people and successful technologies to serve the built environment community. Our membership also has great passion – I see that in how much time and dedication our people give to helping write standards, develop research, guide in policy and procedure, etc. Together, our people plus their passion ensures performance – whether that’s improving the performance of our great Society or improving the performance of building stock around the world.”

Other officers installed for a one-year term are:

  • President-Elect: T. David Underwood, P.Eng., Fellow ASHRAE, Life Member, ASHRAE-Certified Commissioning Process Management Professional, Oakville, Ontario, Canada
  • Treasurer: Timothy G. Wentz, P.E., Fellow ASHRAE, ASHRAE-Certified High Performance Building Design Professional, associate professor, University of Nebraska – Lincoln, Neb.
  • Vice President: Darryl K. Boyce, P.Eng., Fellow ASHRAE, assistant vice president (Facilities Management and Planning), Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • Vice President: Charles “Chuck” E. Gulledge III, P.E., Member, ASHRAE-Certified High Performance Building Design Professional, senior mechanical engineer, AC Corporation, Greensboro, N.C.
  • Vice President: Bjarne W. Olesen, Ph.D., Fellow ASHRAE, Life Member, professor, Technical University of Denmark, Kongens Lyngby, Denmark
  • Vice President: James K. Vallort, Fellow ASHRAE, senior vice president, Environmental Systems Design, Chicago, Ill.

ASHRAE installed the following directors to serve a three-year term from 2014-2017:

  • Region VII Director and Region Chair: Larry J. Fisher, founder, ECT Services, Louisville, Ky.
  • Region VIII Director and Regional Chair: William K. Klock, P.E., vice president, EEA Consulting Engineers, Austin, Texas
  • Region IX Director and Regional Chair: Blake E. Ellis, P.E., principal, Burns & McDonnell, Kansas City, Mo.
  • Region X Director and Regional Chair: Karine Leblanc, sales engineer, U.S. Air Conditioning Distributors, City of Industry, Calif.
  • Region-at-Large: Farooq Mehboob, P.E., Fellow ASHRAE, Life Member, owner, S. Mehboob and Co., Consulting Engineers, Karachi, Pakistan
  • Director-at-Large: Mark W. Fly, P.E., Fellow ASHRAE, director of engineering and government affairs, AAON, Tulsa, Okla.
  • Director-at-Large: Daniel Int-Hout III, Fellow ASHRAE, Life Member, chief engineer, Krueger, Richardson, Texas
  • Director-at-Large: Mick Schwedler, P.E., manager, applications engineering, Trane, La Crosse, Wis.

Visit www.ashrae.org

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