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GEO working to reinstate Federal Bonus Depreciation for Geothermal Heat Pumps

Plumbing & Mechanical Contractors - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 13:44

WASHINGTON — Through its D.C.-activist team at Bracewell & Giuliani, LLP, the Geothermal Exchange Organization (GEO) is actively supporting “tax extenders bills” that are now under consideration by the U.S. House of Representatives and in the U.S. Senate. The bills would reinstate and extend several tax incentives that expired last year.

According to GEO President Doug Dougherty, “Section 179 for expensing and bonus depreciation for ‘qualified property,’ which includes geothermal heat pump installations, both expired on December 31, 2013. Both of these tax benefits are extremely significant for the commercial geothermal heat pump (GHP) market.” Under the lapsed expensing provision, he explains, “a business could expense up to $500,000 the year the GHP was installed. Under the bonus depreciation provision, a business could deduct 50 percent of the cost of a GHP in the first year of installation.”

In July, the House passed HR 4718 to make permanent an extension of 50 percent additional first-year depreciation (bonus depreciation) for a variety of “qualified property,” including GHPs. Last April, the Senate Finance Committee passed by voice vote the “Expiring Provisions Improvement Reform and Efficiency (EXPIRE) Act,” which would extend a number of energy related tax breaks, including an extension of expired Section 179 expensing and bonus depreciation incentives through 2015. Tax extenders will not be considered by the Senate until after mid-term elections next month.

GEO successfully ensured that the following provisions that impact tax deductions for GHP installations were included in the Senate legislation:

Bonus Depreciation Taxpayers are allowed an additional first-year depreciation deduction of 50 percent (bonus depreciation) of commercial GHP equipment that is placed into service after December 31, 2013 but before January 1, 2016.

Business-Related Expensing A taxpayer may deduct up to $500,000 per year—indexed for inflation—for GHP equipment and other property used in a trade or business during calendar years 2014 and 2015.

Energy Efficient Homes A contractor may take a credit for each new energy-efficient home used as a residence in calendar years 2014 and 2015. Homes must meet a reduction in annual heating and cooling energy consumption compared to a comparable residence constructed in accordance with standards of the 2006 International Energy Conservation Code. The credit is $1,000 for new homes that meet a 30 percent reduction in annual heating and cooling energy consumption, and $2,000 for new homes that meet a 50 percent reduction in annual heating and cooling energy consumption.

Energy Efficient Commercial Buildings The energy efficient commercial building deduction (section 179D) is extended for calendar years 2014 and 2015. A building owner will be allowed a deduction for equipment installed in 2014 and 2015 as part of a plan to reduce total annual energy and power costs of a building with respect to interior lighting systems; heating, cooling, ventilation; and hot water systems by 50 percent or more compared to a building that meets the minimum requirements for energy-efficient commercial building expenditures under American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) / Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA) Standards 90.1-2001 in 2014 and 90.1-2007 in 2015. The deduction is $1.80 per square foot of property for which the expenditures were made. The deduction is allowed in the year the property is placed into service. Tribal governments and non-profit organizations can allocate the deduction to the person primarily responsible for designing a property.

As noted, tax extenders will not be considered by the Senate until the lame duck session after mid-term elections in November. It is likely that the Senate will pass a two-year extension through the end of 2015 (retroactive to the expiration date of the incentives at the end of 2013). In early September, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) exclaimed that allowing lapsed tax incentives (including Section 179 provisions for bonus depreciation) “is not an option,” vowing to bring them to the Senate floor for a vote by the end of 2014.

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GEO working to reinstate Federal Bonus Depreciation for Geothermal Heat Pumps

Plumbing Engineer - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 13:01

WASHINGTON — Through its D.C.-activist team at Bracewell & Giuliani, LLP, the Geothermal Exchange Organization (GEO) is actively supporting “tax extenders bills” that are now under consideration by the U.S. House of Representatives and in the U.S. Senate. The bills would reinstate and extend several tax incentives that expired last year.

GEO President Doug Dougherty said, “Section 179 for expensing and bonus depreciation for ‘qualified property,’ which includes geothermal heat pump installations, both expired on December 31, 2013. Both of these tax benefits are extremely significant for the commercial geothermal heat pump (GHP) market.”

Dougherty continued, “A business could expense up to $500,000 the year the GHP was installed. Under the bonus depreciation provision, a business could deduct 50 percent of the cost of a GHP in the first year of installation.”

In July, the House passed HR 4718 to make permanent an extension of 50 percent additional first-year depreciation (bonus depreciation) for a variety of “qualified property,” including GHPs. Last April, the Senate Finance Committee passed by voice vote the “Expiring Provisions Improvement Reform and Efficiency (EXPIRE) Act,” which would extend a number of energy related tax breaks, including an extension of expired Section 179 expensing and bonus depreciation incentives through 2015. Tax extenders will not be considered by the Senate until after mid-term elections next month.

GEO successfully ensured that the following provisions that impact tax deductions for GHP installations were included in the Senate legislation:

Bonus Depreciation
Taxpayers are allowed an additional first-year depreciation deduction of 50 percent (bonus depreciation) of commercial GHP equipment that is placed into service after December 31, 2013 but before January 1, 2016.

Business-Related Expensing
A taxpayer may deduct up to $500,000 per year—indexed for inflation—for GHP equipment and other property used in a trade or business during calendar years 2014 and 2015.

Energy Efficient Homes
A contractor may take a credit for each new energy-efficient home used as a residence in calendar years 2014 and 2015. Homes must meet a reduction in annual heating and cooling energy consumption compared to a comparable residence constructed in accordance with standards of the 2006 International Energy Conservation Code. The credit is $1,000 for new homes that meet a 30 percent reduction in annual heating and cooling energy consumption, and $2,000 for new homes that meet a 50 percent reduction in annual heating and cooling energy consumption.

Energy Efficient Commercial Buildings
The energy efficient commercial building deduction (section 179D) is extended for calendar years 2014 and 2015. A building owner will be allowed a deduction for equipment installed in 2014 and 2015 as part of a plan to reduce total annual energy and power costs of a building with respect to interior lighting systems; heating, cooling, ventilation; and hot water systems by 50 percent or more compared to a building that meets the minimum requirements for energy-efficient commercial building expenditures under American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)/Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA) Standards 90.1-2001 in 2014 and 90.1-2007 in 2015. The deduction is $1.80 per square foot of property for which the expenditures were made. The deduction is allowed in the year the property is placed into service. Tribal governments and non-profit organizations can allocate the deduction to the person primarily responsible for designing a property.

As noted, tax extenders will not be considered by the Senate until the lame duck session after mid-term elections in November. It is likely that the Senate will pass a two-year extension through the end of 2015 (retroactive to the expiration date of the incentives at the end of 2013). In early September, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) exclaimed that allowing lapsed tax incentives (including Section 179 provisions for bonus depreciation) “is not an option,” vowing to bring them to the Senate floor for a vote by the end of 2014.

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Emerson Climate breaks ground on HVACR Innovation Center

Plumbing & Mechanical Contractors - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 13:37

DAYTON, Ohio – Emerson Climate Technologies broke ground on its $35 million innovation center on the University of Dayton campus. The facility will foster an ambitious, collaborative approach to conducting research to create new technologies that address heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR) industry challenges.

The new Emerson Innovation Center, also referred to as “The Helix,” is slated to open in late 2015 and will meet the criteria to be LEED certified by the U.S. Green Building Council.

“Since we first conceived this project over a year ago, the support from the State of Ohio, the City of Dayton, and the University of Dayton has been tremendous. The interest and support from leaders in the HVACR industry around the world has also been truly remarkable,” said Ed Purvis, executive vice president, Emerson Climate Technologies. “The needs of the markets we serve are changing dramatically, and the requirements for our business to innovate in the ‘new’ world of information technology and connectivity are much greater and much more challenging than ever. And we see The Helix as a hub where academic researchers and industry professionals can jointly test ideas and concepts at the system level in our real-world environments.”

When completed, the Emerson Innovation Center will employ 30-50 people and focus on five HVACR industry markets: supermarket refrigeration, food service operations, residential connected homes, data center cooling and light commercial buildings. To make this facility a real-world proving ground for solving HVACR challenges, Emerson will offer five specialized research areas under one roof.

To support research on supermarket refrigeration, including alternative refrigerants and controls, Emerson will build a 2,500 square foot model supermarket, complete with refrigerated cases, dry goods shelving and integrated controls that include lighting and point of sale systems.

A fully operational 1,500 square foot commercial kitchen will help Emerson and its collaborators tackle challenges in the food service industry, including connected kitchen concepts, new refrigerants and food safety.

The facility will also include a fully functional two-story, three-bedroom home with ambient temperature control to simulate seasons and climates. The model home will allow Emerson to develop innovations in heating, air conditioning and connected home concepts.

The approximately 1,000 square-foot data center space will expand the ability of Emerson Network Power’s Thermal Management business to deliver more holistic, next generation approaches to controlling the data center environment and managing heat in the most effective way possible. Emerson engineers will use the space to develop intelligent and versatile cooling technologies and controls that improve energy efficiency, maximize free cooling and protect mission critical applications.

Lastly, Emerson will leverage the entire innovation center building to research innovations in heating, ventilation and cooling of commercial buildings, as well as developing new building automation systems to better control them.
Emerson plans for the innovation center to be a global hub of HVACR industry education. The facility includes three training rooms and the company plans to host industry meetings and hold forums for HVACR professionals on-site. HVACR engineering education will also be a focus of the innovation center and the company is working with the University of Dayton on plans to leverage the facility for classes and hands-on student experiences.

“The University of Dayton is proud to be Emerson’s partner in this endeavor,” said Daniel J. Curran, president of the university. “This will be a place where new ideas will be explored — a place where our students, faculty and researchers will engage with Emerson in the kind of product innovation that will make a difference in our world.”

The Emerson Innovation Center, which has been approved for Ohio Third Frontier and local incentives, will begin construction in October 2014 and is expected to be completed by the end of 2015.

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Kohler and NIBCO recognized by PHCC Educational Foundation

Plumbing Engineer - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 12:53

FALLS CHURCH, Va. – The PHCC Educational Foundation recognized the continued commitment of two corporate supporters – Kohler Company and NIBCO INC. – with its Chairman’s Awards. Presented in New Orleans at PHCC’s CONNECT 2014, Educational Foundation Chairman Roger Peugeot commended these manufacturers for their continued contributions toward “allowing the foundation to make a difference to our industry each and every day.”

Kohler Company has been supporting the PHCC Educational Foundation since its pledge to the foundation’s Endowment Fund in 1989. Through the years, the company also has been instrumental in bringing business management training to contractors and their employees by supporting the Foundation’s webinar and seminar series.

“That adds up to more than 550 education programs reaching almost 24,000 industry professionals,” Peugeot said.

Kohler is passionate about supporting the next generation of skilled workers, sponsoring and donating materials to both the SkillsUSA plumbing contest and PHCC Educational Foundation’s own Plumbing Apprentice Contest, held each year at PHCC’s CONNECT event.

Likewise, NIBCO INC., a leading provider of valves, fittings, and piping products, was a key visionary behind the formation of the foundation more than 25 years ago, providing crucial funding to get the foundation started and holding one of the original seats on the Board of Governors. Not only has the manufacturer been a long-time supporter of PHCC’s Plumbing Apprentice Contest, but it also was the first to step up as a sponsor for the Foundation’s HVAC Apprentice Contest, which debuted at CONNECT last year. Additionally, NIBCO provides matching contributions to the Foundation’s annual Invest in Your Future Campaign.

At the CONNECT event, Peugeot praised NIBCO Chief Executive Officer Rex Martin as “a leader in our foundation since day one.”

As the manufacturer representative on the foundation’s Board of Directors, Martin is consistently in front of industry issues, serving, for example, as the driving force behind the Foundation’s formation of the Get the Lead Out Plumbing Consortium, which was instrumental in preparing the industry for the new lead-free laws that went into effect last January.

“We’re stronger because of the support of Kohler, NIBCO, and all our industry partners,” Peugeot said. “With that, I’m proud to present this Chairman’s Award to two manufacturers that have been with us from the beginning and continue to be strong supporters of the Foundation’s mission.”

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WaterSense announces 2014 Partners of the Year

Plumbing Engineer - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 13:38

WASHINGTON — On October 9, the 2014 WaterSense Sustained Excellence Award winner, Partners of the Year, and Excellence Award winners were announced at the WaterSense and Alliance for Water Efficiency Awards Luncheon. The luncheon was held at the WaterSmart Innovations Conference and Exposition Exit EPA Disclaimer.

Since the program’s inception in 2006, WaterSense labeled products have helped Americans save 757 billion gallons of water and $14.2 billion in water and energy bills. In 2013 alone, WaterSense labeled products saved 271 billion gallons of water, a 35 percent increase from the amount saved last year! Working collaboratively, WaterSense partners continue to build strong communities and help consumers save water, energy, and money.

WaterSense recognized nine WaterSense Partners of the Year for helping to promote WaterSense and water efficiency throughout 2013. The winners are:

  • Cobb County (Georgia) Water System
  • Colorado Springs Utilities (Colorado)
  • Delta Faucet Company
  • HydroPoint Data Systems
  • The Home Depot
  • KB Home
  • Energy Inspectors Corporation
  • The Irrigation Association
  • The Sonoma-Marin Saving Water Partnership

Also, WaterSense honored partners who demonstrate both commitment and success in a specific area with Excellence Awards. In 2013, the following organizations excelled in the following areas.

Excellence in Excellence in Outreach and Education
Athens-Clarke County (Georgia) Public Utilities Department
San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Dallas

Excellence in Strategic Collaboration
Denver Walter

Excellence in Promoting WaterSense Labeled Products
Puget Sound Energy (Washington)

The 2014 Sustained Excellence Award Winner was Kohler Co. Kohler is WaterSense’s first two-time Sustained Excellence Award winner. Throughout 2013, the company continued to demonstrate its dedication to water efficiency by promoting WaterSense labeled products with new, innovative technologies and campaigns. For example, Kohler developed a dual-flush trip lever for tank-type toilets that makes selecting a smaller flush easier for those with dexterity challenges, as well as launched the “Trust the Flush” mobile marketing campaign. The cross-country bus tour, which showcased the performance of WaterSense labeled toilets at more than 185 events, also highlighted Kohler’s ability to strategically collaborate with multiple WaterSense partners to further elevate the success of the campaign.

The company did not stop there in its efforts to increase public awareness of WaterSense labeled products. Kohler provided WaterSense labeled products for the Green Builder Media’s VISION House in INNOVENTIONS at Walt Disney World’s Epcot Center in Orlando, Fla., which was visited by more than 200,000 people. Kohler also donated WaterSense labeled products and design support to the California Institute of Technology’s entry for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Reinvent the Toilet Challenge that funds projects addressing health and sanitation issues in developing countries. In addition to all of these initiatives, Kohler’s marketing and social media presence via Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Pinterest contributed to millions of WaterSense labeled toilets, bathroom faucets, and showerheads being sold in 2013.

WaterSense’s 2014 Manufacturer Partner of the Year was Delta Faucet Company. A three-time Manufacturer Partner of the Year, Delta Faucet Company demonstrated its commitment to WaterSense through online and in-person promotions. The Delta brand online faucet video gallery featured 16 clips with WaterSense labeled faucet models, and its Brizio brand website had five videos highlighting WaterSense labeled products.

The company promoted WaterSense labeled products through its continued primary sponsorship of HGTV’s Dream Home Sweepstakes in 2013. In addition, the company’s Brizio brand continued its water-efficient support for the St. Jude Dream Home by donating WaterSense labeled products to 28 homes that have received more than 80,000 visitors.

In 2013, Delta continued to work with the Hospitality Sustainability Purchasing Consortium to ensure that the hospitality industry’s sustainability performance standards aligned with WaterSense specifications for applicable product categories. The consortium’s Web-based purchasing database researches, measures, and reports on the corporate social responsibility, environmental, and product sustainability performance of suppliers. Delta expanded this effort to other multifamily residential sectors in 2013 by promoting the benefits of WaterSense labeled bathroom faucets and showerheads to builders and developers.

Launched in 2008, the WaterSense Partners of the Year awards program recognizes WaterSense partners who:
• Help advance the overall mission of WaterSense
• Increase awareness of the WaterSense brand in a measurable way
• Increase the adoption of water-efficient practices among their constituents or community

Each year, WaterSense Partners of the Year contribute to the program’s success by enhancing the market for water–efficient products, practices, and services. Learn what previous WaterSense Partners of the Year have done to increase water efficiency and promote the WaterSense label within their respective partner categories.

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Kohler and NIBCO recognized by PHCC Educational Foundation

Plumbing & Mechanical Contractors - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 13:23

FALLS CHURCH, Va. – The PHCC Educational Foundation recognized the continued commitment of two corporate supporters – Kohler Company and NIBCO INC. – with its Chairman’s Awards. Presented in New Orleans at PHCC’s CONNECT 2014, Educational Foundation Chairman Roger Peugeot commended these manufacturers for their continued contributions toward “allowing the foundation to make a difference to our industry each and every day.”

Kohler Company has been supporting the PHCC Educational Foundation since its pledge to the foundation’s Endowment Fund in 1989. Through the years, the company also has been instrumental in bringing business management training to contractors and their employees by supporting the Foundation’s webinar and seminar series.

“That adds up to more than 550 education programs reaching almost 24,000 industry professionals,” Peugeot said.

Kohler is passionate about supporting the next generation of skilled workers, sponsoring and donating materials to both the SkillsUSA plumbing contest and PHCC Educational Foundation’s own Plumbing Apprentice Contest, held each year at PHCC’s CONNECT event.

Likewise, NIBCO INC., a leading provider of valves, fittings, and piping products, was a key visionary behind the formation of the foundation more than 25 years ago, providing crucial funding to get the foundation started and holding one of the original seats on the Board of Governors. Not only has the manufacturer been a long-time supporter of PHCC’s Plumbing Apprentice Contest, but it also was the first to step up as a sponsor for the Foundation’s HVAC Apprentice Contest, which debuted at CONNECT last year. Additionally, NIBCO provides matching contributions to the Foundation’s annual Invest in Your Future Campaign.

At the CONNECT event, Peugeot praised NIBCO Chief Executive Officer Rex Martin as “a leader in our foundation since day one.”

As the manufacturer representative on the foundation’s Board of Directors, Martin is consistently in front of industry issues, serving, for example, as the driving force behind the foundation’s formation of the Get the Lead Out Plumbing Consortium, which was instrumental in preparing the industry for the new lead-free laws that went into effect last January.

“We’re stronger because of the support of Kohler, NIBCO, and all our industry partners,” Peugeot said. “With that, I’m proud to present this Chairman’s Award to two manufacturers that have been with us from the beginning and continue to be strong supporters of the foundation’s mission.”

Visit www.phccfoundation.org

 

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ACCA Fall Meetings offer new ideas, approaches

Plumbing & Mechanical Contractors - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 20:12

ARLINGTON, Va. — ACCA presented two back-to-back contractor events in Charlotte, N.C., in October. First was the 3rd Annual Building Performance Forum, and second was the 7th Annual Service Managers Forum.

The Building Performance Forum was held October 7-8, and was presented by ACCA, BPI, and the NEWS. Contractors from across the country came to learn about the future of building performance and how to grow this particular service within their companies.

The event started with Louis Foreman putting innovation into perspective for contractors and wrapped up with “Rapid Fire Roundtables,” a speed networking event that allowed attendees to ask questions and share ideas with each other in small groups. In between, contractors chose from 18 different Learning Labs led by contractors and other experts, covering both introductory and advanced topics.

“I brought real time problems with me to the event and I got a lot of great direction and technical support from the attendees, speakers, and vendors,” said Jennifer Mares, of Carolina Community Actions, Inc.

“There were a lot of people with experience there,” said Darren Hamilton, of Central Cooling and Heating, Inc. “Excellent contractors attended and I learned a lot.”

“The speakers were very knowledgeable about the industry and the networking with other contractors gave me a lot of good information to take back to my company,” added Robert Kanofsky, of G+S Heating Air Energy Services.

The event also included a Sponsor Showcase that allowed attendees to learn about new and innovative solutions to challenges they face on a day-to-day basis.

The Building Performance Forum sponsors were: AC Leak Freeze; Aeroseal; AFC First Financial Corporation; BPI; Bristol Compressors; CallSource; ComfortRx; Danfoss; DOE; Dr. Energy Saver; Emerson; Energy Circle Pro; FieldAware; Honeywell; Jackson Systems; Mitsubishi; NATE; Nexstar; North Carolina Building Performance Association; PowerSelling Pros; Retrotec; The Energy Conservatory; Ultra-Aire; Venmar; and WaterFurnace.

In its seventh year, the Service Managers Forum reached new levels of success, with the highest attendance in history. The day and half event brought contractors from across the country together to learn and network on October 9-10. The event was presented by ACCA and the NEWS.

The event kicked off with leadership expert, Mike Hourigan, explaining how service managers can be great leaders by using both art and science. It wrapped up with a lively “I’ve Got An Idea!”

There were also 12 learning labs, two which were repeated, covering a variety of leadership and management topics created especially for service leaders, from motivating your employees and creating consistent procedures to improving communications and understanding basic HR issues.

“There was great consistency between the messages that were being presented during the sessions,” said Jay Monger, of Excel Heating & Cooling. “The focus was on how to be a good leader, implementing positive change, and empowering employees to correctly implement our company’s policies, which were the right messages to move us forward.”

“There was a good array of ideas for addressing issues and getting feedback not only from our customers, but also out employees,” said Chris Evans, of Airtron.

“The Service Managers Forum was great for making me realize what I need to amend in my management approach,” said Bruce Loughry of Outer Banks Heating & Cooling. “It was really a great forum.”

“I was impressed with all the speakers and I hope that ACCA keeps the program the way it was this year, because it was excellent,” said Ed Rose of Medford Wellington Service Company.

The Service Managers Forum also included a Sponsor Showcase where companies showcased products and services to help service managers increase productivity, improve workflow, and take advantage of new opportunities.

The Service Managers Forum sponsors were: AC Leak Freeze; Bristol Compressors; Callahan Roach; CallSource; Danfoss; Data-Basics; Davisware; Emerson; FieldAware; Honeywell; Jackson Systems; Mitsubishi; NATE; Nexstar; PowerSelling Pros; Precision Recruiter; RepDrive; Service Automation; ServiceTrade; and SurveySquare.com.

ACCA will be announcing the dates and schedule for its 2015 fall meetings, which will be taking place in Indianapolis, Ind., soon.

Visit www.acca.org/education

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Armstrong Fluid Technology unveils ADEPT Pump Selection app

Plumbing Engineer - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 19:38

TORONTO — Armstrong Fluid Technology has enhanced its popular ADEPT Pump Selection Software with the release of a robust new app for iPad and other mobile devices. Designed to take mobile interface to a whole new level, the new ADEPT app allows engineers and end-users to quickly select a variety of intelligent HVAC product solutions from virtually anywhere in the world.

An innovative, intuitive screen design allows users to view line drawings, multi-curves, photos, voltage, motor size, seal operating limits, seal options, construction options and more than a dozen motor options. ADEPT then lists the pumps that meet users’ specific criteria, as well as the key characteristics of each selection, such as efficiency at average load, operating costs and motor size.

According to ADEPT Product Manager, Mohan Gulati, ADEPT is the most advanced selection software in the industry and offers features not available on other pump selection programs. ADEPT has been redesigned for each of the most popular browsers and mobile devices and features a native application for the iPad.

“ADEPT was created to interface with Armstrong’s innovative Design Envelope intelligent engineered fluid systems which help users design more energy-efficient buildings, significantly reduce their installation and operating costs, and gain a smaller footprint in the mechanical room,” Gulati said.

ADEPT complements Armstrong’s Design Envelope products, including commercial and residential pumps, Suction guides and Flo-Trex valves.

Visit www.armstrongfluidtechnology.com

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Sloan Valve names new VP Marketing

Plumbing Engineer - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 13:45

FRANKLIN PARK, Ill. — Sloan Valve Company announced that Parthiv Amin has joined the organization as vice president of Marketing. The announcement was made by Kirk Allen, president and CEO of Sloan.

“Parthiv brings leadership skills and strategic thinking to our company,” Allen said. “His extensive experience in building marketing plans from the ground up will ensure that Sloan remains the global leader within our industry.”

Amin, who has over 20 years of global marketing and business development experience, will have responsibilities that include developing key strategies and formulating global marketing plans to ensure the continued success and profitability of the organization. Prior to joining Sloan, he worked at Enerpac as vice president of Global Marketing and Engineering where he built and implemented the company’s go-to-market strategic plan. Before Enerpac, Amin was at Northern Power Systems as President of the Distributed Wind power market. He also spent four years as President of the Americas to the Wind Drive Systems entity of the Siemen’s Corporation.

“I am excited to join Sloan, the premier brand in the industry,” Amin said. “I look forward to working with the team, customers and partners to develop business strategies to expand Sloan’s global leadership position.”

Amin graduated from University of Illinois at Chicago with a BSME in Mechanical Engineering and received an MBA from Loyola College in Maryland. He will be based in Franklin Park, Ill.

Visit www.sloanvalve.com

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IAPMO participates in White House Green Infrastructure Leadership Roundtable

Plumbing Engineer - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 13:42

WASHINGTON —The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) Government Relations Vice President Dain Hansen attended a pair of White House events surrounding green infrastructure.

At a morning leadership roundtable, Hansen spoke on IAPMO’s green initiatives and detailed the association’s commitment to the Green Infrastructure Collaborative, part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan. Michael Boots, chairman of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, and Gina McCarthy, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator, hosted the event at the White House during which leaders from private sector organizations committed to advancing implementation of green infrastructure joined senior Administration officials to highlight such efforts. Collaborative members worked to establish and develop plans to meet such goals as building climate resilience and more cost-effective stormwater run-off and rainwater harvesting.

Hansen also attended the White House Council on Environmental Quality’s GreenGov Dialogue on Green Infrastructure in the afternoon, another roundtable event highlighting the importance of green infrastructure and low-impact development, and providing a forum to share best practices, lessons learned, and results achieved from green infrastructure implementation in both the private and public sectors.

“With the White House taking the lead and hosting such a high-caliber event, it sends a strong message on the urgent needs our nation must address,” Hansen said. “The IAPMO Group is excited about the creation of such a collaborative, and with our experts and programs being second-to-none, we are committed in bringing these to the table to assist the federal government as they seek answers to highly complex problems.”

IAPMO has long championed conservation of natural resources and was a leader of the green movement before it had such a name. Its Green Plumbing and Mechanical Code Supplement is the first document of its kind to bring standardization to more efficient plumbing and mechanical systems.

Visit www.iapmo.org

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Danfoss president addresses energy productivity at Energy 2030

Plumbing & Mechanical Contractors - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 12:53

BALTIMORE – Danfoss North America President John Galyen addressed energy productivity at Energy 2030 On the Road, on September 29, 2014 in New York City.

Galyen was part of a panel titled, “Modernizing Regulations and Infrastructure to Improve Energy Productivity.” Additional speakers and panelists at the event included former New York Gov. George Pataki and New York Rep. Paul Tonko, as well as others representing various organizations in both the public and private sectors.

Hosted by the Alliance to Save Energy, Energy 2030 On the Road is an education, outreach and action campaign aimed at urging communities throughout the nation to adopt the goal of doubling energy productivity by 2030. The Energy 2030 initiative is organized around three pillars, which set the agenda for the event:

  1. Invest in energy productivity throughout the economy
  2. Modernize regulations and infrastructure to improve productivity
  3. Educate and engage consumers, workers, business executives and government leaders on ways to drive energy productivity gains

Danfoss was a sponsor of Energy 2030 On the Road.

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ASPE to host webinar on health care gas systems

Plumbing Engineer - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 13:36

ROSEMONT, Ill. — On October 29 at 2:00 p.m. EDT, The American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE), will host a one-hour webinar on strategic design concepts found within NFPA 99-2012: Health Care Facilities Code. Participants will become familiar with the current terminology while understanding how to navigate the document.

The presenter will visit key differences between the NFPA 99 1999 and 2012 editions. New technologies, including the use of flameless axially swaged fittings, will be evaluated for their role within life support systems. This session will enable participants to implement new design concepts to reduce costs and minimize system disruption, avoid “hot work” where it is no longer effective, and better understand the latest requirements to begin updating medical gas system standards.

Participants from all levels and backgrounds are sure to walk away with a new appreciation for these critical systems. Tom Spremo presented this session during the 2014 ASPE Convention & Expo in Chicago. For those who couldn’t attend the conference, this is a chance to hear about this exciting topic.

Registration closes at 5:00 p.m. EDT on October 28.

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Viessmann introduces new mobile training unit

Plumbing & Mechanical Contractors - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 12:52

WARWICK, R.I. — Viessmann Manufacturing Company is rolling out its new live-fire mobile training unit equipped with new products and supported with the industry’s leading training. The Vitomobile features several popular gas-fired, condensing boilers from Viessmann – the Vitodens 100 with Combi Plus, Vitodens 200 multi-boiler racking system with the Vitotronic 200 control and the new Vitodens 222-F.

The Vitomobile offers the same quality of certification caliber, hands-on training provided at the Viessmann US Academy. Vitomobile training is free to trade professionals and provides best-in-class instruction from expert staff.

Training includes:

  • Start and preventative maintenance
  • Program controls
  • How boilers are piped to the system
  • Low Loss Header – how it’s piped through multi-boiler racking system

Starting in the summer, the new Viessmann Vitomobile will be visiting wholesalers and contractors throughout the Northeast states – Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York and New Jersey. To attend a Vitomobile training session or reserve a Vitomobile session at your facility, contact a local Viessmann sales rep.

Visit www.viessmann-us.com

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Xylem Group changes corporate and branding names

Plumbing & Mechanical Contractors - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 15:51

ROSWELL, Ga. — Xylem Group, LLC has changed its corporate name to Xync Brands, LLC. The company has also changed the former Xylem product brand name—now Ryvyr—and its former Xylem Hospitality division name, which has become Xync Contract. The name changes of the Roswell, Georgia based company take effect immediately.

With a concentration in the kitchen and bath industry, Xync Brands president Hal Weinstein plans to take the new Ryvyr brand name to market with an array of upcoming, exciting new products.

“The brand name Ryvyr, a playful variation of the word river, represents flowing ingenuity from which streams of products designed and crafted for total satisfaction will stem,” Weinstein said , adding that Ryvyr product designs will be named after a river somewhere in the world.

Using the existing global manufacturing reach of Xync Brands, products constructed under the Ryvyr brand name promise to deliver exceptional design and function, according to Weinstein. The unique product offering begins with sophisticated transitional designs, but it also spans elegant traditional to European modern.

Each product is conceived to seamlessly flow with other products offered by the company. Distinct vessel sinks pair with a myriad of furniture designs. Natural stone and ceramic countertops match exquisitely with finely crafted vanities, and mirrors pair effortlessly to create individual designs.

Visit www.xync.com and www.ryvyr.com

 

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Viessmann introduces new mobile training unit

Plumbing Engineer - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 15:36

WARWICK, R.I. — Viessmann Manufacturing Company is rolling out its new live-fire mobile training unit equipped with new products and supported with the industry’s leading training. The Vitomobile features several popular gas-fired, condensing boilers from Viessmann – the Vitodens 100 with Combi Plus, Vitodens 200 multi-boiler racking system with the Vitotronic 200 control and the new Vitodens 222-F.

The Vitomobile offers the same quality of certification caliber, hands-on training provided at the Viessmann US Academy. Vitomobile training is free to trade professionals and provides best-in-class instruction from expert staff.

Training includes:

  • Start and preventative maintenance
  • Program controls
  • How boilers are piped to the system
  • Low Loss Header – how it’s piped through multi-boiler racking system

Starting in the summer, the new Viessmann Vitomobile will be visiting wholesalers and contractors throughout the Northeast states – Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York and New Jersey. To attend a Vitomobile training session or reserve a Vitomobile session at your facility, contact a local Viessmann sales rep.

Visit http://www.viessmann-us.com

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President of Marlin Mechanical honored with PHCC service award

Plumbing & Mechanical Contractors - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 08:45

FALLS CHURCH, Va. — Mark Giebelhaus, president of Marlin Mechanical Corporation, Phoenix, Ariz., was named the 2014 Col. George D. Scott award winner by the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors—National Association (PHCC)

The prestigious award, presented October 10 during CONNECT 2014 in New Orleans, recognizes a PHCC member who has provided years of service and unselfish devotion to his/her association and industry, and whose industry efforts have provided many benefits to other PHC contractors. It also recognizes the continuing philosophy of dedicated service inspired by Col. George D. Scott, PHCC’s first president.

Giebelhaus has been involved in the industry since the early 1980s. Very soon after founding his company in 1982, he began to accept leadership roles within his local and state PHCC associations. By the 1990s, he had stepped up to the national PHCC level, where he participated in nearly every committee and served as the 1996-1997 PHCC—National Association President.

The current chair of the PHCC Government Relations Committee, Giebelhaus has been a driving force on the political scene, both in the home state and on the federal level. He has represented the plumbing trade to countless politicians and lobbyists, and has been a champion in leading the charge on key issues affecting the industry. He has been recognized as a Delta Faucet Contractor of the Year and PHCC of Arizona Contractor of the Year and is a past recipient of the PHCC Legislative Service Award.

His Col. Scott nomination form stated, “[Giebelhaus] is smart, savvy, and involved in government issues from local to national. He makes it his duty to form relationships with all his legislators, knowing they will listen to his concerns and act upon them. He takes on the challenges for our industry, as well as teaching people in other industries how to work for their own issues. He is not just a member of our chapter, but truly an inspiration to all in our industry.”

Visit www.phccweb.org

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Xylem Group changes corporate and branding names

Plumbing Engineer - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 08:31

ROSWELL, Ga. — Xylem Group, LLC has changed its corporate name to Xync Brands, LLC. The company has also changed the former Xylem product brand name—now Ryvyr—and its former Xylem Hospitality division name, which has become Xync Contract. The name changes of the Roswell, Georgia based company take effect immediately.

With a concentration in the kitchen and bath industry, Xync Brands president Hal Weinstein plans to take the new Ryvyr brand name to market with an array of upcoming, exciting new products.

“The brand name Ryvyr, a playful variation of the word river, represents flowing ingenuity from which streams of products designed and crafted for total satisfaction will stem,” Weinstein said , adding that Ryvyr product designs will be named after a river somewhere in the world.

Using the existing global manufacturing reach of Xync Brands, products constructed under the Ryvyr brand name promise to deliver exceptional design and function, according to Weinstein. The unique product offering begins with sophisticated transitional designs, but it also spans elegant traditional to European modern.

Each product is conceived to seamlessly flow with other products offered by the company. Distinct vessel sinks pair with a myriad of furniture designs. Natural stone and ceramic countertops match exquisitely with finely crafted vanities, and mirrors pair effortlessly to create individual designs.

Visit www.xync.com and www.ryvyr.com

 

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Mestek announces The Reed Institute Educational Center

Plumbing Engineer - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 13:39

WESTFIELD, Mass. — Mestek announced the re-branding of the Mestek Institute to The Reed Institute Educational Center in honor of its founder and hydronics industry pioneer, John Reed, who passed away in 2013. This change takes place as they celebrate the 20th anniversary since first opening its doors to the training facility and following a year-long process of updating the facility, programs, website and supporting materials.

The center is home to dynamic and modern industry trends covering hydronics and HVAC for all Mestek companies including RBI, KN-Series, Sterling HVAC, SpacePak, Sterling Commercial Hydronics. In order to better accommodate the expanded training offerings Mestek also announced its new website, www.TheReedInstitute.com, which offers full class descriptions, registration information, instructor bios as well as links to literature libraries.

The Reed Institute Education Center will honor the memory of John Reed by upholding his vision to make the industry stronger through education. Each year approximately 1,500 students pass through the doors of the Reed Institute. While the majority of students visit to attend  training classes, the facility is available to provide a wide variety of educational opportunities for an equally varied audience.

In the past several months alone, Mestek has hosted an AHRI chapter meeting as well as a Hydronics Systems seminar taught by industry icon John Seigenthaler. Young visitors come to learn about manufacturing through an elementary school program taught by the World Is Our Classroom, a nonprofit organization aimed at taking education beyond school walls.

Visit www.mestek.com

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Mestek announces The Reed Institute Educational Center

Plumbing & Mechanical Contractors - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 13:10

WESTFIELD, MA – Mestek recently announced the re-branding of the Mestek Institute to The Reed Institute Educational Center in honor of its founder and hydronics industry pioneer, John Reed, who passed away in 2013. This change takes place as they celebrate the 20th anniversary since first opening its doors to its training facility. The opening follows a year-long process of updating the facility, programs, website and supporting materials. The center is home to the most dynamic and modern industry trends covering hydronics and HVAC for all Mestek companies including RBI, KN-Series, Sterling HVAC, SpacePak, Sterling Commercial Hydronics.

In order to better accommodate its expanded training offerings, Mestek also announced its new website, www.TheReedInstitute.com, which offers full class descriptions, registration information, instructor bios as well as links to literature libraries.

The Reed Institute Education Center will honor the memory of John Reed by upholding his vision to make the industry stronger through education. Each year approximately 1,500 students pass through the doors of the Reed Institute. While the majority of students visit to attend training classes, Mestek has made the facility available to provide a wide variety of educational opportunities for an equally varied audience.

In the past several months alone, Mestek has hosted an AHRI chapter meeting as well as a Hydronics Systems seminar taught by industry icon John Seigenthaler. The youngest visitors come to learn about manufacturing through an elementary school program taught by the World Is Our Classroom, a nonprofit organization aimed at taking education beyond school walls.

Visit www.mestek.com

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Tub Accessory

Plumbing Products News - Wed, 01/23/2013 - 13:00
This new accessory from Canadian manufacturer WETSTYLE solves freestanding tub owners' dilemma: where to stash the soap?
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