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American Standard President, CEO appointed to LIXIL Corp. Board

July 18th, 2014

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.


Greenbuild 2013 Sustainability Report released

July 17th, 2014

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.


ClimateMaster receives Federal Laboratory Consortium award

July 16th, 2014

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.


California Fire Marshal earns ICC, IAFC fire safety award

July 15th, 2014

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.


PMI CEO named 2014 ‘Business Leader of the Year’

July 14th, 2014

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.


Moen recognized for workplace environment

July 11th, 2014

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.”


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

July 10th, 2014

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.


RectorSeal Blue+ approved for multiple applications

July 10th, 2014

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


ASHRAE installs new officers, directors

July 9th, 2014

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.


Holdrite hosts CEU Webinars with ASPE

July 8th, 2014

SAN DIEGO, Calif. — Holdrite now offers the opportunity for plumbing engineers and designers to earn continuing education units (CEUs) for participation in the ASPE-approved educational programs. The CEUs can be earned by scheduling a Lunch & Learn at a business’ location or by attending one of the scheduled webinars.

The webinars include:

  • Pipe Hangers and Supports
  • Firestopping Plumbing Deck Penetrations
  • Plumbing Acoustical Isolation

To schedule a CEU Lunch & Learn, email


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