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Kohler and NIBCO recognized by PHCC Educational Foundation

October 23rd, 2014

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.”



WaterSense announces 2014 Partners of the Year

October 22nd, 2014

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.


Armstrong Fluid Technology unveils ADEPT Pump Selection app

October 21st, 2014

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.


Sloan Valve names new VP Marketing

October 20th, 2014

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.


IAPMO participates in White House Green Infrastructure Leadership Roundtable

October 20th, 2014

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.


ASPE to host webinar on health care gas systems

October 17th, 2014

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.


Viessmann introduces new mobile training unit

October 16th, 2014

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.


Mestek announces The Reed Institute Educational Center

October 13th, 2014

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,, 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.


Eemax ‘takes off’ with Aviation Application

October 10th, 2014

SEATTLE, Wash. — The Boeing facilities in and around Seattle, Wash., are state-of-the-art, not only when it comes to manufacturing airplanes and airplane parts, but also when it comes to employee safety. Like other manufacturing facilities, Boeing must comply with codes and regulations set by ANSI and enforced by OSHA.

One of those codes is the ANSI Z358.1, which calls out the requirement for a tepid water supply to emergency fixtures. The codes states that any and all emergency fixtures throughout a facility must be supplied with a tepid water to prevent possible shock and/or hypothermia. The tepid water supply must be within a temperature range of 60-100°F, and be able to flow 25 gpm for a minimum of 15 minutes.

“Eemax provides the performance safety engineers are demanding,” said Chris Fahey, of Mechanical Agents.

With the Eemax SafeAdvantage with PhD platform, Boeing was not only able to meet code, but address operating cost issues as well. Because the electric tankless water heater only uses energy when the safety fixture is activated, it is a cost effective solution for an emergency application.

“With Eemax, compliance meets sustainability,” added Rich Corcoran, VP of Sales. “An on demand solution makes all the sense in the world. The SafeAdvantage heater is a simple way to meet code, and save money in the long run.”

Boeing recently installed 11 72kW SafeAdvantage units for an expansion project with both indoor and outdoor safety shower stations.


KN Series upgrades make boiler line more effective

October 9th, 2014

WESTFIELD, Mass. – In today’s commercial boiler market, efficiency is everything. Architects, engineers, building owners, contractors, and others are seeking systems that offer both top-notch performance and a reduced environmental footprint. To answer that need, the KN Series by Advanced Thermal Hydronics (ATH) has improved upon their industry leading digital control platform, HeatNet 3.0, and their innovative fuel-air flow management system, Tru-Flow, which allow KN boilers to reach operating efficiencies as high as 99 percent.

Ken Cohen, lead design engineer for the KN series, explained that the high efficiency cast iron boilers has been specifically engineered for premium performance and environmental sustainability.

“By further enhancing the KN series with our HeatNet 3.0 digital boiler control software and improved fuel-air management system, we’ve added tremendous value and cost savings to the proven performance of our condensing cast-iron heat exchanger products,” Cohen said. “Plus, ease of set-up, diagnostics with touchscreen programming, and remote system monitoring capabilities keep owners and property owners alerted to out-of-tolerance operation.”

The integrated HeatNet 3.0 boiler management system works in tandem with the improved Tru-Flow Fuel/Air Coupling boiler control system with whirlwind technology, which allows for reduced vent sizes, translating into lower installation costs and application flexibility for the end-user.

HeatNet 3.0 is the latest version of the well-known HeatNet control system, designed for precise digital boiler system control and increased energy efficiency. In addition to its touchscreen interface and real-time remote monitoring of boiler temperatures, limit circuit inputs, and overall system demands, HeatNet also provides seamless boiler-to-boiler communication in all applications, including hybrid designs, and optimizes system efficiency by prioritizing the firing rotation of all boilers within the system. A single HeatNet-enabled boiler is capable of controlling up to 16 boilers and can easily integrate with most building management systems; HeatNet 3.0 can also issue e-mail alerts to supervising personnel.

Key features of HeatNet:
• Touch Screen Programming
• Lead/Lag Cascade (16 Units)
• Adaptive Modulation
• Circulator Pump/VFD/Valve Control
• BMS Integration
• Freeze Protection & Delta T Monitoring
• Hybrid / Base Load Capability
• Priority Boiler Control
• Domestic Hot Water Communication
• Flash Drive Update available

New 3.0 enhancements:
• Web-based remote monitoring / dashboard
• Diagnostics
• Troubleshooting
• Set points
• Service logs and Test data
• Operational scenarios
• E-mail alerts

Cohen added that the Tru-Flow Fuel/Air Coupling boiler control system developed to keep KN Series cast-iron boilers running cleanly and efficiently, has been improved to additional application venting flexibility while maintaining its precision fuel/air premix.

“Enhancing the Tru-Flow with whirlwind allows for reduced vent diameters and longer vent runs for increased application flexibility at installation; a real savings for the building owner,” Cohensaid, noting that all KN Series boiler units are also prepackaged for simple installation, peak mechanical system performance, and easy serviceability. “They’re the first commercial boilers to achieve the high efficiency of condensing applications utilizing durable cast iron, which is both condition tolerant for durability and heat retentive for performance.”


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