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Deadline approaches for World Plumbing Council scholarship

July 29th, 2014

This year, the World Plumbing Council (WPC) Chairman, Sudhakaran Nair, announced the launch of the WPC Education and Training Scholarship Program for 2014.

“2014 is the first year that two scholarship opportunities have been offered by the World Plumbing Council, ”Nair said. “The Scholarships provide an opportunity to increase global awareness of the contribution that plumbing has made to global health and the environment and this year, 2014 sees the introduction of a scholarship program designed specifically for developing and least developed countries in addition to the WPC Scholarship introduced in 2003, which boasts many successful applicants, who having travelled to many parts of the world in their quest for knowledge.”

Nair went on to say that he was particularly proud to announce the new scholarship program which would be known as WPC Scholarship for Least Developed and Developing Countries –Exclusively supported by IPA. He said that this was a great opportunity for WPC and IPA to assist people to access fresh water and sanitation in the least developed and developing countries through plumbing education and training and the creation of a plumbing knowledge base for future generations.

Nair invited personnel involved in the plumbing industry to make an application for these rewarding and educational industry scholarship programs. Each of the scholarships provides up to $10,000 in funding to travel to another country or countries to share innovative ideas and techniques. The scholarships are intended to provide for an educational exchange between countries focusing on plumbing industry training, while at the same time exposing the participants to new technologies and innovations in training systems. They also provide an opportunity to increase awareness of the contribution that plumbing has made to global health and the environment.

Nair stated, “The enhanced scholarship program now offered by the World Plumbing Council was a significant step towards achieving its mission, to promote the role of plumbing in improving public health and safeguarding the environment, by uniting the World Plumbing Industry for the benefit of all.”

The WPC Scholarship program provides the opportunity to live and work within the culture of another country, providing the chance to learn another language and develop friendships. Successful applicants are encouraged to focus on the following areas during their scholarship program:

  • Identification of emerging vocational training needs and trends
  • Plumbing training & education to address the environment and sustainability issues
  • The value of water efficiency to the community and the plumbing industry
  • How does plumbing training or lack of training affect public health in a country or region?

Applications must be sent to the council secretariat by July 31.


Armstrong announces online REVIT files from Autodesk Seek

July 28th, 2014

TORONTO —Armstrong Fluid Technology announced the availability of REVIT models for select Armstrong products on the Autodesk Seek web service, online at

Engineers and system designers needing Building Information Modeling (BIM) models for Armstrong Design Envelope solutions will now be able to retrieve high quality REVIT models that conform to the latest standards outlined by Seek. These REVIT models can be converted and used interchangeably with any Autodesk software product, such as Autodesk Revitor AutoCAD and other BIM software in the ifc format. The files also include parametric data that will help designers with calculations regarding product performance.

Reflecting on the availability of Armstrong Design Envelope solutions through this popular reference website, Brent Ross, Global Director of Configured Building Equipment commented, “This is a great step that we’re taking to better serve our customers. Engineers have been asking for REVIT files in this format for quite some time, and I’m pleased that Armstrong is now responding with high-quality drawings that will serve the engineering and design community.”


Spirax Sarco releases mechanical product handbook

July 25th, 2014

BLYTHEWOOD, S.C. – Spirax Sarco, Inc., released the 15th edition of the “Mechanical Product Handbook.” Subtitled, “First for Steam Solutions,” the manual provides a complete range of information needed to evaluate and apply steam system components.

The book includes descriptive technical information about Spirax Sarco’s regulators, steam traps, condensate recovery, strainers, high purity, liquid drain traps, pipeline ancillaries and engineered products.


GEO presents at Illinois Renewable Energy Conference

July 24th, 2014

WASHINGTON — Given its first opportunity to participate in the Illinois Renewable Energy Conference, the Geothermal Alliance of Illinois (GAOI) joined the Geothermal Exchange Organization (GEO) and its members to fulfill a day-long track of geothermal heat pump (GHP) presentations at the Illinois Renewable Energy Conference. The conference took place on July 16, at Illinois State University, Normal, Ill.

Attended by more than 250 people, the event was coordinated by the Center for Renewable Energy, Illinois State University. Partners included the Illinois Wind Working Group, Illinois Solar Energy Association, the Geothermal Alliance of Illinois, the Illinois Biomass Working Group, the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs, and Western Illinois University.

GAOI Executive Director John Freitag gave the opening plenary address on GHPs. GEO President and CEO Doug Dougherty presented during a breakout session on public policy and moderated a panel discussion on GHP commercial case studies.

“It was refreshing to see our technology identified as renewable energy,” Dougherty said. “Many Illinois public policy decision makers were in attendance, so we seized the opportunity to enlighten them on why GHPs should be included in Illinois’ Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard.”

GAOI and GEO have begun discussions on an effort to accomplish that goal during the state’s next legislative session.


WQA endorses Wishing Well International Foundation

July 23rd, 2014

LISLE, Ill. — The Water Quality Association (WQA) reported that roughly 884 million people, one in eight worldwide, does not have access to safe drinking water. Every 20 seconds, somewhere around the globe a child dies as the result of a waterborne disease.

Citing the charity’s efforts to solve one of the humankind’s fundamental challenges, WQA announced its official endorsement of the Wishing Well International Foundation (WWIF). WWIF strives to bring clean, safe drinking water to developing areas of the world, while reducing mortality and disease through improvements in sanitation and hygiene.

WWIF is an allied member of WQA, and its leadership team—including Guillermo Guzman of H2O International Inc. (Deerfield Beach, Fla.), Denise Heskett-Al-Kharusy, CWS-VI and Issa Al-Kharusy of KDF Fluid Treatment Inc. (Three Rivers, Mich.), and Kurt C. Peterson of WC&P International (Tucson, Ariz.) —boasts many decades of combined membership in the association.

WQA’s endorsement of WWIF is based on the alignment of the groups’ shared missions and does not include a financial commitment. WQA’s own fund-raising will continue to be directed toward its independent research arm, the Water Quality Research Foundation.

“When selecting a cause to endorse, we needed the organization’s work to be focused sharply on water, water quality improvement and access to clean water,” remarked Dave Haataja, executive director and CEO at WQA. “In addition to having a mission that aligns with our own, we were looking for a financially healthy organization that was committed to transparency and has a clear plan for achieving results.”


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

July 22nd, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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.


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