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Bosch Thermotechnology’s Green Living Awards return in 2014

April 24th, 2014

LONDONDERRY, N.H. – Bosch Thermotechnology is kicking off its annual Green Living Awards contest on Earth Day. The contest made its debut for North America last year. 2013 winners included:

Total System Solution
Harold Turner
HL Turner Group, Concord, N.H.

A/C Geothermal
Tim Cutler
TJ’s Plumbing, Attleboro, Mass.

Floor/Wall-Mounted Boilers
Dustin Oliver
Integrity Services, Jefferson, Maine

The contest seeks entries of energy efficient project installations using Bosch
Thermotechnology heating and cooling products and recognizes best entries with gift cards and recognition prizes. A selected panel of judges from Bosch
Thermotechnology considers entries from the U.S. and Canada.

With the addition of commercial size projects, the Green Living Awards contest now embraces the full building spectrum and is open to contractors, consulting
engineers, building owners and architects. Bosch Thermotechnology products
include boilers (floor & wall-mounted), combi boilers, tankless water heaters,
DHW storage tanks and geothermal heat pumps.

There are two award categories – residential and commercial – and best entries will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in each category. First-place winners in each category will be invited to an awards ceremony during the 2015 AHR Expo in Chicago in January 2015.

An accompanying Children’s Art, Photography and Creative Writing Contest awards cash prizes to entries based on age and creative expression from children in three age groups: 2-6, 7-11 and 12-16 years. The 2013 winners were:

Grand Prize, Age 12-16
Noelle Cordero, Margate, Fla.
“Step by Step”

Age 7-11
Daisy Mayoh, Providence, R.I.
“Go Green”

Age 2-6
Bronson Rhoads, Lebanon, Ohio
“Me and My Dad Make This World Greener”

The Green Living Awards recognize the best Bosch Green installations that
demonstrate energy efficiency and sustainability in service to the environment. In a similar fashion, the Kid’s Art Contest is meant to foster respect for the environment while encouraging creativity.

The project contest runs until December 15, 2014 for submitting entries. To
qualify, submitted project work must have been completed between January 1, 2013 and November 30, 2014. The Kid’s Art Contest runs until November 30 for
submitting entries.

Visit www.BoschHeatingandCooling.com/GLA 

EPA’s Nancy Stoner is keynote at International Emerging Technology Symposium

April 23rd, 2014

ONTARIO, Calif. — Nancy Stoner, the acting assistant administrator of the Office of Water at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), is delivering the keynote address at the Fourth International Emerging Technology Symposium (IETS) in Arlington, Va. this week.

Co-convened by eight organizations — IAPMO, American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE), Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating (CIPH), Mechanical Contractors Association of America and Plumbing Contractors of America (MCAA/PCA), Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors National Association (PHCC), Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI), United Association (UA), and World Plumbing Council (WPC) — the two-day symposium at the Crystal Gateway Marriott enables participants to hear presentations on how the manufacturing, engineering and trade industries are tackling challenges and devising innovative products and practices in the areas of water and energy efficiency, sanitation and health, water reuse, solar and other renewable energies, new efficiencies in HVAC and numerous other timely topics.

Stoner leads the EPA’s work in protecting the nation’s water resources. Under her leadership, the EPA’s Office of Water is responsible for the safety of drinking water for 290 million Americans and the agency’s work to protect the nation’s streams, rivers, lakes and coastal waters. Stoner also oversees the EPA’s successful WaterSense consumer product labeling program, which offers Americans a simple way to use less water through the use of clearly identified water-efficient products in their homes.

Following graduation from the University of Virginia and Yale Law School, Stoner’s career in environmental policy and law began in 1987 as a trial attorney in the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. She then served as director of the EPA’s Office of Policy Analysis in the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance and at the Natural Resources Defense Council as co-director of the Water Program.

“We are extremely pleased to have Ms. Stoner open the discussion during this pivotal industry-shaping event,” said IAPMO CEO GP Russ Chaney. “Ms. Stoner’s experiences in shaping water policy in America will no doubt prove enlightening to participants at the symposium, but will also set a tone of possibility and necessity as we address real concerns and how our industry can address them in a proactive and positive manner.”

Worldwide sponsors include American Standard Brands, SureSeal, TOTO USA, Viega, KEMPER Hygiene System, National Inspection Testing Certification (NITC), and Piping Industry Progress & Education (P.I.P.E.). Registration to attend the full event is $595 ($495 for members of the co-convening organizations) and includes lunch and refreshment breaks. One-day registration is available for $360 ($300 for members). Hotel reservations can be made directly with the Crystal Gateway Marriott. There will be a networking reception the evening of the symposium’s first day at 101 Constitution Ave. Rail passes will be provided to attendees.

Visit www.iapmo.org/Pages/EmergingTechnologySymposium.aspx

ASPE names Senior Director of Technical, Regulatory Affairs

April 22nd, 2014

CHICAGO  — The American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE) announced the hiring of William Smith, FASPE, to the newly created position of Senior Director of Technical and Regulatory Affairs. In this role, Smith will represent the interests of ASPE and the plumbing engineering community in code and standards activities as well as serve as a technical resource for the ASPE staff and membership.

Smith will build relationships with other industry organizations to ensure that the public’s heath and safety are kept at the forefront of legislation and regulations regarding plumbing system design, installation, inspection, and maintenance.

“Billy’s experience and well-earned respect in the plumbing engineering industry are invaluable to ASPE continuing to increase its value and services for our members,” said ASPE Executive Director/CEO Jim Kendzel, MPH, CAE. “ASPE has been building its presence in the codes and standards arena for several years, and with Billy on the team the Society will have a full-time staff member devoted to strengthening the voice of plumbing engineers/designers in the development of consistent, safe plumbing codes.”

Smith joins the ASPE staff after a long and illustrious career with Jay R. Smith Mfg. Co., a leading manufacturer of quality engineered plumbing and drainage products in the nonresidential construction industry. Smith started with Jay R. Smith in 1981 as a plumbing product designer, after which he became a senior sales engineer and was promoted to engineering manager and finally regional sales manager covering both Jay R. Smith and Acorn Engineering product groups. His involvement with ASPE began in 1993 when he joined the Society as an affiliate member, and he currently is a full member of the Society.

Smith assumed a leadership role in 2002 when he was appointed to the ASPE Board of Directors as Society Affiliate Liaison. During his tenure, the position evolved into Vice President, Affiliate. Smith also served as chair of ASPE’s Exhibitors Advisory Committee for several years. He was elected to ASPE’s College of Fellows in 2012 and received ASPE’s Distinguished Service Award that same year.

In addition to his involvement with ASPE, Smith has actively participated in the codes and standards development activities of other industry organizations, including the American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association, ASSE International, ASME International, ASTM International, CSA Group, the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials, International Code Council, and Plumbing and Drainage Institute.

“I’m extremely excited to have the opportunity to work closely with the Society’s staff, our membership, and the industry as a whole, and the plumbing engineering industry in particular, in the interest of developing consistent codes and standards throughout all organizations and processes,” Smith said.

Visit www.aspe.org

‘Acts of Green’ photo contest to celebrate Earth Day

April 21st, 2014

PHOENIX, Ariz. — Best Western International announced it has partnered with Earth Day Network for the third consecutive year to raise awareness on environmental issues in celebration of Earth Day on April 22.

To help spur the conversation, Best Western has launched an ‘Acts of Green’ photo sharing contest on Instagram designed to inspire fans of the brand to showcase their eco-friendly habits. Daily prizes will be awarded to participants following @bestwestern and @earthdaynetwork using #actsofgreen in their posts. One lucky fan has the chance to win a vacation at an eco-friendly Best Western hotel in one of 10 North American destinations.

“Since 2011, Earth Day Network has collected 1.1 billion Acts of Green from people all over the planet who want to live a greener life,” said Earth Day Network president Kathleen Rogers. “Thousands of these Green Acts have originated from Best Western’s eco-friendly hotel owners and its savvy guests. Now we’re celebrating our Best Western partnership with a sweepstakes – and prizes every day – that will inspire and reward all our friends! We’re grateful to Best Western for its leadership in the hospitality industry and excited to see all the new Green Acts for Earth Day 2014.”

Earth Day Network mobilizes over one billion people in 192 countries through year-round advocacy, education, public policy and consumer campaigns to protect the environment.

Visit www.earthday.org

Xylem wins award for employee engagement program

April 17th, 2014

RYE BROOK, N.Y. – Xylem Inc. has been chosen to receive the 2014 Corporate Excellence Award from Charities@Work, an alliance of four nonprofit federations that serves as the cooperative voice for more than 2,000 international, national, and local charities. The award was presented at the Charities@Work 13th Annual Best Practices Summit on Employee Engagement in Corporate Citizenship in New York on April 4.

Xylem received the Corporate Excellence Award in recognition of its employee engagement activities, including a matching gifts program, volunteer opportunities, and senior leadership and executive participation. Director of Corporate Citizenship and Social Investment Michael Fields accepted the award on behalf of Xylem.

“I am proud of the achievements Xylem Watermark has been able to make with our employee engagement program,” Fields said. “Xylem has always taken pride in devoting our technology, time, and talent to advance the smarter use of water. We applaud our employees for their consistent dedication in helping us find solutions to water issues around the world, and we are pleased to be recognized for our strong engagement program and commitment to making it a success.”

Each year, Xylem Watermark offers employees a variety of ways to make their mark on the global water crisis. Through the Employee Matching Gifts Program, Xylem matches each employee’s contributions up to $5000 per year, and in some water-related emergencies, double matches contributions to Xylem Watermark’s nonprofit partners. Employees can also serve as Watermark Champions, leading their offices in programs and fundraisers to help solve water challenges. In addition, an average of 50 employees each year travel to the field with Xylem Watermark’s nonprofit partners to take an active role in addressing critical water needs for communities.

Xylem Watermark’s mission is to provide and protect safe water resources for communities around the world, and does so through a holistic strategy including nonprofit partnerships, corporate citizenship, thought leadership – and employee engagement.

Xylem Watermark is the global corporate citizenship and social investment program of Xylem Inc., a leading global water technology provider. The program seeks to provide and protect safe water resources for vulnerable communities around the world. Xylem Watermark partners with leading international humanitarian organizations – Water For People, Mercy Corps, China Women’s Development Foundation, Planet Water Foundation and Fundación Avina – to support communities in more than 20 countries around the world. Through these partnerships, and by engaging Xylem’s employees around the world, the program has reached more than 2.3 million people with clean water and sanitation solutions since 2008. Learn more at www.xylemwatermark.com.

Charities@Work is an alliance of four nonprofit federations (America’s Charities, Community Health Charities, EartheShare and Global Impact) that serves as the cooperative voice for more than 2000 international, national, and local charities. Its purpose is to provide employers with an efficient way to enhance their employee engagement programs and initiatives and to respond to growing employee interest in a wider range of giving options. The Charities@Work 13th Annual Best Practices Summit on Employee Engagement in Corporate Citizenship brings together new speakers and valuable content through interactive plenary sessions, workshops and peer-to-peer breakout sessions. The Corporate Excellence Award is the top award, given annually to one corporation for overall excellence in employee engagement or Corporate Social Responsibility.

Visit www.charitiesatwork.org and www.xyleminc.com

Mr. Rooter Plumbing creatively celebrates World Health Day

April 16th, 2014

WACO, Texas — April 7 is not only the founding date of the World Health Organization (WHO), it has also become a day to raise awareness of ongoing health concerns “World Health Day.” Each year, a new awareness theme is created to focus attention on public health concerns and encourage families to take action to protect themselves. This year, the WHO focused on bringing to light the threats vector-borne illnesses pose to people around the world.

Mr. Rooter Plumbing traveled abroad in 2009, working with Haitian communities to teach locals simple water purification approaches, making clean water a possibility for the villages. After seeing the contamination they endured, Mr. Rooter Plumbing wanted to continue that outreach.

This year, Mr. Rooter Plumbing decided to utilize a zombie/apocalypse theme in its outreach about clean water and high standards for sanitation. Mr. Rooter Plumbing celebrated World Health Day, and keeping zombies at bay, by following these steps to better protect against water-borne illnesses:
1. Pick up a water filter for home faucets to guarantee contamination-free water.
2. Don’t let loved ones swallow water in swimming pools, hot tubs, rivers, fountains, or oceans.
3. Avoid flushing non-degradable products; this damages sewage treatment processes and causes water pollution.
4. When traveling, bring bottled waters along. But, don’t forget to recycle them!
5. Turn off running tap water to prevent water shortages and reduce the amount of contaminated water needing treatment.
6. Keep an eye on what goes down the drain. Don’t let paints or oils run down them; they’ll contribute to contamination!
7. Try to use environmentally friendly household cleaning products and toiletries.
8. Allow a plumbing professional to clean up any waste or sewage leaks in or around the home. Vector-borne illnesses often camp out in these messy conditions.
9. Clean up litter in your community, and throw it away. If left alone, it’ll contribute to water contamination.
10. Learn common symptoms for water-borne illnesses; education is the best form of protection. Share the wealth of knowledge with family and friends to help them protect themselves as well.

Check out the zombie/apocalypse video that Mr. Rooter Plumbing created in its outreach efforts at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSzkMtz9rJk 

LIXIL donates to UNICEF Philippines after Super Typhoon Haiyan

April 15th, 2014

PISCATAWAY, N.J. ―LIXIL Corporation, a global leader in the housing products and building materials industry, announced that in collaboration with American Standard Brands, its wholly owned subsidiary in the U.S., it supplied UNICEF Philippines with 10,000 SaTo hygienic toilet pans to support reconstruction efforts in the aftermath of the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan.

SaTo – pronounced SAH-toh, derived from “Safe Toilet” – is a sanitary toilet pan designed by American Standard Brands for use in Bangladesh. It works without sewer infrastructure and uses ingeniously simple mechanical and water seals to close off pit latrines from the open air, reducing the transmission of disease. LIXIL and American Standard collaborated to donate these pans to the Philippines, where UNICEF estimates that as many as 4 million children may be affected by the disaster. UNICEF intends to employ the toilet pans as an interim solution until the sewage system in the area can be rebuilt.

“We are delighted UNICEF will be using the toilet pans to effectively improve sanitation in the disaster-stricken area. Improving world sanitation is a key corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative for LIXIL,” said Harumi Matsumura, executive officer and senior managing director, public relations, CSR and environmental for Lixil.

This commitment to supporting the area is in addition to the 10 million JPY ― nearly $100,000 in U.S. dollars ― and 10,000 plates, bowls and spoons donated immediately after the typhoon struck in November 2013.

In addition to emergency responses such as these, LIXIL is implementing the “ISIS 2018” Project, as part of a wider program focused on improved sanitation with UNICEF. This initiative was formalized in a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the two organizations in November 2013.

Victoria Bolam, global brand and CSR director for Lixil, explained that the Improved Sanitation In Schools 2018 (ISIS 2018) program will provide improved sanitation facilities and education to 2,018,000 school children worldwide by the end of 2018. A minimum of 44,000 children will benefit from sanitation education and basic sanitation kits in the Philippines in 2014, and 16,000 school children in rural schools in China will receive new toilet facilities in July.

“LIXIL’s most challenging ISIS project is the installation of eco-sanitation toilet systems in schools located in the poorest and most marginalized communities in Mukuru, Nairobi. These involve design, construction, education, maintenance, compost manufacture and compost sales. The first system will be installed at the beginning of April this year, and will benefit up to 400 children,” Bolam said. “Improved sanitation is not just about toilets. It is about improved health, education, safety, and, most importantly, dignity. We are committed to finding workable, scalable solutions which provide an impactful solution to this global issue.”

Visit www.lixil-group.co.jp

U.S. DOE to present webinar on compliance, enforcement for plumbing products

April 14th, 2014

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), on April 17, from 2-3:30pm (EST), will host an online webinar titled “DOE Certification, Compliance, and Enforcement Overview for Plumbing Products.”

Last year, U.S. Customs and Border Protection finalized regulations that allow officials to refuse admission of consumer products and industrial equipment that are found to be noncompliant with energy conservation and labeling standards, including plumbing products.

“This is the second time in the last couple of years that the plumbing industry has partnered with DOE to provide industry specific guidance,” said Dain Hansen, vice president of Government Relations for IAPMO.
“With U.S. Customs and Border Protection now increasing its ability to enforce and refuse entry to noncompliant products, this training is coming at an opportune time.”

The webinar will explain the obligations that manufacturers, private labelers and importers must meet to ensure their plumbing products comply with the federal water consumption regulations. These obligations include testing in accordance with the appropriate test procedures to ensure compliance with the applicable standard and annually certifying to DOE the compliance of these products.

DOE will explain how to certify compliance as well as the steps DOE takes to ensure products are indeed compliant with their applicable standards. A recently implemented customs rule regarding importation of
products regulated by DOE and the steps importers must take to ensure their products are properly imported prior to sale in the U.S. will also be discussed.

Under authority from the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 (as amended), DOE regulates the water consumption of specific plumbing products. These products include faucets, showerheads, water closets,
urinals, and commercial pre-rinse spray valves.

IAPMO R&T Lab and IAPMO R&T have partnered with DOE for nearly 10 years as a provider of third-party testing and certification services to such DOE consumer product labeling programs as ENERGY STAR and U.S.
EPA’s WaterSense.

Participants may register at www1.gotomeeting.com/register/637357752

Veteran appreciates new home from Homes for Our Troops

April 11th, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Marine Sergeant Jordan Maynard described his new home in Cottonwood, Ariz., with both disbelief and gratitude in his voice. Injured after stepping on an IED while doing foot patrol during his second deployment in Afghanistan in 2011, Maynard was forced to amputate both of his legs above the knee after the blast. He soon found that the residence he was once living in was no longer a good fit, as it could not accommodate his injuries and new lifestyle.

Homes for Our Troops (HfOT), an organization that builds new homes for injured war veterans using donations of money, labor, and materials for construction, chose Maynard to be the recipient for a new home that would be custom designed to fit his unique physical needs and allow him to feel liberated and independent. Since 2011, HARDI has collaborated with the organization by donating funds and equipment through the silent auction and HALO walk held in conjunction with HARDI’s annual conference. This year, HARDI was able to donate over $16,000 in money and donations of material and equipment to Homes for Our Troops.

On February 1, the town of Cottonwood held a special ceremony for Sergeant Maynard, attended by US Armed Forces veterans and Marine Corps soldiers, where he was officially handed the keys to his new home. Before that, the community held a spaghetti supper where $6,106 was contributed to Homes for Our Troops in honor of Sergeant Maynard. To date, Cottonwood has raised more money for Homes for Our Troops than any other city. No small feat for a town with a population of just over 11,000 people.

Visit www.hardinet.org/news

PMI Supports Senate Legislation Authorizing WaterSense Program

April 10th, 2014

ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill. — On April 9, 2014, Senator Tom Udall (D) of New Mexico introduced legislation, The WaterSense Efficiency, Conservation, and Adaptation Act, that would authorize and enhance the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) WaterSense program, providing a dedicated source of funding for the water equivalent of Energy Star.

“We applaud Senator Udall for introducing this legislation which recognizes the importance of the WaterSense program, a public-private partnership, that encourages consumers to decrease indoor water use through more efficient plumbing products, services, and practices which will save water, as well as money and energy,” said Barbara C. Higgens, Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI) CEO/Executive Director. Visit www.pmihome.org.

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