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IAPMO supports legislation on Limited Water Supplies

September 17th, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) strongly supports legislation in the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives that aims to help communities nationwide better prepare for the future by providing new incentives and investments to help residents, businesses and local water agencies conserve, recycle and manage limited water supplies.

Introduced in the Senate (S. 2771) by Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and in the House (H.R. 5363) by Reps. Grace Napolitano (D-Calif.) and Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), “W21: Water in the 21st Century” would expand rebates and grants for water conservation and efficiency; support local investments in water recycling and improved groundwater and storage; invest in research into water-saving technologies and desalination; and establish an open water data system. The measure also would seek to help local communities take steps to become better prepared for drought.

”Anyone who knows California knows that we have forever fought about water, and it’s time to change the story,” Sen. Boxer said. “We’re doing just that with ‘W21: Water in the 21st Century,’ which will help us prepare for the future by conserving, recycling and better managing our precious water supplies.”

Napolitano said she was proud to sponsor the bill in the House of Representatives, and appreciates support from stakeholders in the plumbing industry for legislation that will help develop a reliable water supply for the 21st century.

”The Water in the 21st Century Act will help our communities address ongoing drought cycles by providing funds and support to our local water agencies and residents for water use efficiency, water conservation, desalination, and water recycling projects,” she said.

The legislation would strengthen the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) WaterSense program, which promotes water conservation in products, buildings and landscapes through information and rebates. It also would create a new grant program within the EPA for local water systems to conserve water, increase water efficiency or reuse water; modify or relocate existing water system infrastructure made or projected to be made inoperable by climate change impacts; preserve or improve water quality; and other projects.

“Sen. Boxer and Rep. Napolitano realize the positive payback of the WaterSense program,” said Dain Hansen, vice president of Government Affairs for The IAPMO Group. “This program, conceived and supported through a public-private partnership with the EPA, drives water conservation nationwide in a bipartisan, industry-wideapproach.”

IAPMO is leading an effort of major industry organizations in supporting the legislation, and urges individuals to reach out to their representatives and express support for it. Elected officials and their contact information may be accessed at


ASHRAE provides assistance to future engineers

September 16th, 2014

ATLANTA – Twenty five students are receiving nearly $130,000 in financial assistance for the 2014-15 school year via ASHRAE’s scholarship program.

Over the course of 26 years, ASHRAE has awarded more than $1.4 million to over 300 deserving undergraduate and graduate students. The recipients of ASHRAE’s scholarship assistance for 2014-15 are:

  • Reuben Trane Scholarships: $10,000 to be awarded over two years, Hannah Littman, Georgia Institute of Technology, mechanical engineering; Alex Gasper, North Carolina State University, mechanical engineering; and Hunter Bachman, University of Delaware, mechanical engineering. The scholarship was established by the Trane Co. in memory of its founder, an innovative engineer, inventor and business executive.
  • Willis H. Carrier Scholarships: $10,000 for one year, Emmett Konrad, Iowa State University, mechanical engineering; and Elena Stutzer, University of Alaska, mechanical engineering. The scholarship was established by the Carrier Corp. in memory of its founder, who installed the world’s first scientifically designed air-conditioning system.
  • Lynn G. Bellenger Engineering Scholarship: $5,000 for one year, Katelyn Stenger, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, mechanical engineering. The scholarship recognizes a female undergraduate engineering student and is named in memory of the Society’s first female president.
  • Lynn G. Bellenger Engineering Technology Scholarship: $5,000 for one year, Courtney Hart, Vermont Technical College, architectural engineering technology. The scholarship recognizes female engineering technology students and is named in memory of Presidential Member Bellenger.
  • Frank M. Coda Scholarship: $5,000 for one year, Garth Grunerud, Lakehead University, mechanical engineering. The scholarship was created in memory of ASHRAE’s former executive vice president, who served from 1981-2004.
  • David C.J. Peters Scholarship: $5,000 for one year, Harrison Gray, University of Nevada, mechanical engineering. The scholarship is awarded to qualifying students attending Pennsylvania State University, Virginia Tech, California State University, Oklahoma State University, University of Texas, Clemson University, North Carolina State University, University of Nebraska, Cal Poly State University or University of Nevada. The scholarship was created by Southland Industries to honor Peters, an advocate of recruiting quality.
  • General Scholarships: $5,000 for one year, Keshavan Kope, University of California, mechanical engineering; and Arkasama Bandyopadhyay, Oklahoma State University, mechanical engineering.
  • Memorial Scholarship: $5,000 for one year, Nicole Barber, University of Regina, environmental systems engineering.

The following awards provide one-year $3,000 scholarships:

  • Region III Boggarm S. Setty Scholarship: Bayu Demerci, Pennsylvania State University, architectural engineering. This scholarship is awarded to an undergraduate engineering student attending an institution within ASHRAE Region III, which covers Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Washington, D.C. and is named after Setty, Fellow ASHRAE, Life Member.
  • Region IV Benny Bootle Scholarship: Lauriana Cojocaru, Bob Jones University, general engineering. The scholarship was established collaboratively by Region IV and Bootle, a former Region IV director and regional chair on the ASHRAE Board of Directors.
  • Minnesota Chapter Scholarship: Matthew Hamilton, University of Wisconsin, mechanical engineering.
  • Duane Hanson Scholarship: Michelle Shadpour, University of Southern California, mechanical engineering. The scholarship was established by Gayner Engineers and is named for the company’s former president.
  • Alwin B. Newton Scholarship: Andrew Nagus, University of Illinois, mechanical engineering. The scholarship is named for an industry pioneer and ASHRAE Fellow who was granted 219 patents.
  • Henry Adams Scholarship: Jonathan Hankenhof, University of Cincinnati, mechanical engineering. The scholarship was established by Henry Adams, Inc. in memory of its founder, a charter member and sixth president of ASHRAE’S predecessor society, ASHVE, established in 1899.
  • Region VIII Scholarship: Rezaei Someyeh, University of Tulsa. The scholarship is awarded to students attending schools in ASHRAE Region VIII, which includes Arkansas, Oklahoma, Mexico and parts of Louisiana and Texas.
  • Donald E. Nichols Scholarship: Anthony Taylor, Tennessee Technological University, mechanical engineering. The scholarship is awarded to an undergraduate engineering student attending Tennessee Technological University. It is named for a former ASHRAE vice president and graduate of Tennessee Technological University.
  • J. Richard Mehalick Scholarship: Yash Palawat, University of Pittsburgh, mechanical engineering. The Scholarship is named in memory of an ASHRAE member who was a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and oversaw development of air conditioning equipment used in commercial, military, aerospace and transportation applications.
  • Bachelor of Engineering Technology Scholarship: Nicholas Guetterman, Southern Illinois University, Industrial Technology.
  • High School Senior Scholarships: Chelsea Galera, Virginia Tech, mechanical engineering; Vincent Recco, Pennsylvania State University, mechanical engineering; Vasilis Schindle, University of Manitoba, mechanical engineering; and Lance Evans, Wenatchee Valley Community College, environmental systems and refrigeration technology. The scholarships are provided for high school seniors entering their freshman year of college in an engineering or engineering technology program.

For more information on ASHRAE scholarships, visit

Hydraulic Institute executive director to retire

September 15th, 2014

PARSIPPANY, N.J. – The Hydraulic Institute announced the planned retirement of its long-serving executive director.

Robert K. Asdal, who has served as HI Executive Director since February 1, 1991, has announced his retirement plan to the HI Board, which will become effective June 30, 2015. During his tenure the Institute has grown significantly in size, scope, services to members expanding its geographic footprint as well. As Executive Director for nearly 24 years Asdal has helped the Board shape the strategic direction of HI to better serve the needs of members and the customers that they serve.

HI’s membership now includes pump companies worldwide, supported by a relatively new Board-approved policy to admit pump and supplier OEMs outside North America as members. The Institute’s Associate membership program, attracting leading suppliers to the industry is another successful program introduced under Asdal’s leadership. Motor, seal, drive, coupling, bearing, casting, software and instrumentation and control companies now affiliate with HI in important roles from helping write standards to educational offerings.

The HI Standards Partner program for engineering consulting firms, another important innovation led by Asdal has strengthened HI engagement with this important sector of the industry. With his efforts in crafting an enduring vision and mission for energy, efficiency and economics of pump system optimization, HI also created Pump Systems Matter, a 501(c)3 educational subsidiary, which increasingly provides webinars, pump systems optimization courses and e-learning to pump end-users, OEMs, energy efficiency organizations, utilities and pump distributors.

HI has prominently led in representing the pump industry in the U.S. DOE pump efficiency rulemaking, which led to terms for a negotiated rulemaking this summer. HI also engaged with Congress and the Senate and House energy oversight committees on behalf of the pump industry.

Established in 1917, HI was previously run by an association management company. Asdal was HI’s first full-time employee, joining the association when its budget was less than $500,000. During his 24 year tenure HI has grown to over a $3 million operating budget with a staff of sixteen people.

Dennis Wierzbicki, HI Board Chairman, said, “Bob has been a terrific assist to HI and the pump industry with his ceaseless energy, enthusiasm and ideas to continually grow the scope of HI programs and services. The Board and HI members are indebted to him for his years of valued service. The Hydraulic Institute is stronger, more effective and more impactful as a result of his efforts over the years. We are working closely with a search committee and the board to find a worthy successor.”

HI has retained the services of Association Strategies, Inc. to support the HI Search Committee and the Hydraulic Institute Board in conducting a national search for a successor. Interested candidates can apply via the ASI website.


Registration opens for ICC 2014 conference, hearings, expo

September 12th, 2014

WASHINGTON — Registration is open for the Intermnational Code Council’s (ICC) 2014 Annual Conference, Group C Public Comment Hearings and Expo. The vents will take place September 28–October 5 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Attendees can advance their careers by attending top-notch seminars, networking with colleagues and peers, and helping finalize changes to the 2015 International Green Construction Code by participating in the code hearings.

With the Public Comment Hearings that will take place, the future of sustainable construction will be up for discussion. The ICC stresses that attendees help is needed to ensure that the 2015 International Green Construction Code (IgCC), the first green code to be developed that is coordinated with the I-Codes, is a safe, resilient, sustainable and energy efficient model code for use in the built environment. The hearings are free to attend and offer the opportunity to learn more about the codes, get involved in the code development process, and voice opinions about proposed code changes. No other building safety code conference offers more exclusive I-Code resources, tools and educational opportunities under one roof than ICC’s Annual Conference.

ICC Non-Members registering for a Full Conference Registration will receive a free, one year “Building Safety Professional” ICC Membership. For details and a list of exclusive ICC Member benefits and services included in this offer, click here. Membership begins November 1. (Please note, this free Membership offer is not redeemable for cash value and does not include a free code book during your first free year of Membership.)

The World Organization of Building Officials (WOBO) will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the organization’s first conference and hold its Board of Governors meeting in conjunction with the 2014 ICC Annual Conference. WOBO was founded to fill a void and satisfy a number of needs as building officials organization to deal with global issues that began to emerge in the 1970s.

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GEO wants to amend Illinois Regulatory Policy for GHPs

September 11th, 2014

WASHINGTON — Illinois MapThe Geothermal Exchange Organization (GEO), Geothermal Alliance of Illinois and ComEd are collaborating to amend the Illinois Technical Reference Manual (TRM) used by Illinois’ electric utilities to determine the efficiency of geothermal heat pumps (GHPs).

“We changed state law last year to redefine energy efficiency as the reduction of energy consumed for an end use, and now we must change the rules used to determine product efficiency,” said GEO President and CEO Doug Dougherty.

The group’s amendment would change four critical points:

  1. Allowing GHPs to be compared to 80 percent efficient natural gas furnaces
  2. Including the desuperheater water heating efficiencies of GHPs
  3. Recognizing the true cost of air-source heat pumps, raising the average by 54 percent
  4. Extending the useful life of a GHP from 18 to 25 years

“The changes we propose are based on reality, not hypotheticals, and clearly dismiss the arcane notion of fuel switching when comparing the efficiencies of GHPs to fossil-fuel appliances for space and water heating,” Dougherty said. “We’re sharing our amendment with the newly formed NY-GEO (previous article), which is launching a similar effort in New York.”

GEO believes the Illinois changes can serve as a template across the country in states that have similar regulatory impediments.


National Appliance Energy Conservation Act will be a game changer

September 10th, 2014

FALLS CHURCH, Va. — The National Appliance Energy Conservation Act (NEACA) is the new water heater efficiency standards going into effect on April 16, 2015. PHCC will continually be updating its site with new information on the act, as it becomes available.

A “playbook” has been developed in partnership with Bradford White Corporation on the new water heater efficiency standards and how they’ll impact your business.

It includes:
•New Energy Factor Requirements
•Current vs. 2015 Standards in a Variety of Common Size Water Heaters
•A Handy Checklist to Prepare for the Countdown!
•What You Should Tell Your Technicians
•What You Should Tell Your Customers
•Impact on Manufacturers and Distributors
•Click here to download the complete handbook. (Members only)

Changes will vary depending on class and volume. They will be minor in some cases and more radical in others.

PHCC is committed to getting the industry ready for this game changer. Programs and resources currently available are listed on its site. A PHCC webinar is available for viewing, presented by Chad Sanborn of Bradford White Corporation. Learn about the new regulations and potential changes in products and installation.

CONNECT 2014 will feature a Special Educational Session, October 8-10, in New Orleans. Bradford White will give attendees the competitive edge with the latest information on how the new regulations will impact business. These new efficiency standards are a prime opportunity to reach out to both existing and potential customers.


Bradford White joins ASPE’s Affiliate Sponsorship Program

September 9th, 2014

CHICAGO — Bradford White Corp., one of the most technologically advanced manufacturers of water heating, space heating, combination heating, and water storage products in the world, has become an Affiliate Sponsor of the American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE). ASPE Affiliate Sponsors gain a direct connection with the Society’s 6,000 members via exposure in ASPE’s official publication, Plumbing Engineer, and its e-newsletter, ASPE Pipeline, on, and at Society events.

“We are extremely pleased about this extension of our relationship with ASPE and its members,” says Carl Pinto, Director of Marketing for Bradford White Corp. “It will help broaden our opportunities to share information with the plumbing engineering community about many of the exciting things we are doing at Bradford White, Laars, and Niles to help enrich the industry.”

Bradford White is already a recognized supporter of ASPE—the company is a Platinum Sponsor of ASPE’s 2014 Convention and Exposition being held in Chicago later this month and will be exhibiting during the Exposition on September 22-23—and by becoming an ASPE Affiliate Sponsor, Bradford White will increase its opportunities to build name recognition within the plumbing engineering industry year-round.

“ASPE appreciates Bradford White’s support of our events, and we look forward to continuing our relationship during the next year via the Affiliate Sponsorship program,” says David Jern, ASPE’s Director of Affiliate Relations.

To learn more about becoming an ASPE Affiliate Sponsor, contact David Jern at or 847-296-0002 x235.

ASHRAE supports change to NCEES Education Initiative

September 9th, 2014

ATLANTA – A move by U.S. engineering and surveying licensing boards to remove a requirement for an additional 30 credit hours for obtaining licensure as a Professional Engineer is met with approval by ASHRAE.

In 2006, the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) approved language in its model law requiring the additional 30 hours – roughly the equivalent of a master’s degree – to obtain a P.E. license. The requirement was slated to take effect in 2020.

At its 2014 annual meeting, held August 20-23, NCEES voted to modify that approach, and instead develop an official NCEES position statement that supports additional engineering education beyond a bachelor’s degree.

The move was applauded by ASHRAE and other industry associations who had opposed the effort over the last eight years.

“ASHRAE supports this move by the NCEES,” said ASHRAE President Tom Phoenix, P.E., Fellow ASHRAE, BEMP, BEAP. “We saw this as a hurdle to becoming an engineer when engineers are already in short supply. We felt that committing an additional year to obtain 30 credit hours would be a very significant deterrent for many engineers who might otherwise pursue an engineering degree. The current system of examinations and supervision in practice are workable, effective and adaptable resulting in highly competent professional engineers.”

Under the change from NCEES, beginning in 2020, the group’s model law and model rules will continue to require an engineering bachelor’s degree from an EAC/ABET-accredited program to fulfill the education requirement for engineering licensure.

“ASHRAE will continue to develop educational programs that ensure its members remain at the forefront of engineering practice and technologies,” Phoenix said.

ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is a global society advancing human well-being through sustainable technology for the built environment. The society and its more than 50,000 members worldwide focus on building systems, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, refrigeration and sustainability. Through research, standards writing, publishing, certification and continuing education, ASHRAE shapes tomorrow’s built environment today.


First WQA/ASPE Sustainability Standard gains ANSI approval

September 8th, 2014

ROSEMONT, Ill. – To help consumers identify environmentally friendly drinking water filters, the Water Quality Association (WQA) and the American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE) announced that WQA/ASPE/ANSI S-803: Sustainable Drinking Water Treatment Systems has been officially recognized by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as an American National Standard.

WQA collaborated with ASPE to take the original version of this standard (which has been in use as a private standard within the drinking water treatment industry for more than a year) through the formal public review process necessary for a voluntary public standard to be accredited by ANSI. S-803 is now the first sustainability standard for drinking water treatment products to receive such an accreditation.

Products that are certified as meeting the requirements of WQA/ASPE/ANSI S-803 are eligible to bear the WQA Sustainability Mark in recognition of passing the rigorous assessment of sustainable production practices that must be adopted by the manufacturer of these devices. The standard also evaluates the products in all other phases of the product’s life-cycle, from responsible raw material sourcing, through product packaging and consumer use, and finally to end-of-life disposition. It even addresses the basic elements of corporate social responsibility (CSR).

The S-803 standard operates on a points-based system, giving manufacturers the freedom to choose from a menu of sustainability oriented criteria. This allows them to implement those environmental initiatives that have the greatest impact relative to their products and business model, but in the most cost-efficient way possible.

To achieve ANSI accreditation, the original WQA standard underwent two rounds of meticulous public review including manufacturers, professional/trade associations, certifiers, consultants, government regulators, and NGOs, in addition to feedback generated from the companies already certified to the original standard.

“ASPE was honored to be chosen by the WQA to take their standards through the ASPE development process and to ultimately achieve approval as American National Standards,” said Jim Kendzel, MPH, CAE, ASPE Executive Director/CEO. “We are committed to continuing to serve the water treatment industry through the development and maintenance of sustainability standards.”

The scope of S-803 includes drinking water filter products that utilize activated carbon, as well as similar types of filters made from polypropylene, polyethylene, or string fibers. Meanwhile, the companion standard to S-803, WQA/ASPE S-802: Sustainable Activated Carbon for Drinking Water Treatment, is also now in the final stages of the accreditation process and should become an American National Standard by the end of the year. The S-802 standard is a business-to-business standard that focuses on the sustainability of the raw activated carbon used in most of the filter systems that can be certified to S-803.

Efforts are already on the horizon to expand the scope of S-803 to incorporate additional product categories. Add-on modules for UV treatment systems as well as dispensers/coolers are in the final phase of drafting and nearly ready for public review, with reverse osmosis (RO) and softeners/ion exchange media on the list for development in 2015.

WQA/ASPE/ANSI S-803 can be purchased as a download from ASPE’s website.


Liberty Pumps announces building expansion

September 5th, 2014

BERGEN, N.Y. — Liberty Pumps has broken ground on a major building expansion that will add an additional 81,000 square feet to its manufacturing and warehouse space, as well as another 8,000 square feet to its product research and development area. Since its last expansion in 2008, Liberty has more than doubled its sales.

“This expansion will provide needed space for additional manufacturing cells along with supporting inventory – improving workflow and productivity. We want to make sure that as we grow, we continue to provide a high level of service to our customers,” stated Randall Waldron, V.P. of Sales and Marketing at Liberty Pumps. “Expansion to the R & D facilities will support development of new product lines and improve the product time to market.”

The project also includes several pieces of new manufacturing equipment intended to improve efficiencies and further support the company’s “source and build in the U.S.” initiatives. Construction is planned to be completed by February 2015.



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