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Pacific Plumbing Supply, Noritz sponsor ‘Wings of Fire Challenge’

August 5th, 2014

SEATTLE, Wash. — On August 14, Pacific Plumbing Supply Co, LLC will host its First Annual “Wings of Fire Challenge” in the Seattle Green Room to benefit the Children’s Hospital. The event is open to all Pacific employees and customers, and is being sponsored by Pacific and Noritz. Lunch will be catered by the Wing Dome and will include a wide variety of their most popular flavors of wings. It is requested that all attendees consider an in-kind donation to Children’s Hospital in lieu of paying for lunch.

The “Wings of Fire Challenge” will start at 12:00pm. Up to eight contestants will have seven minutes to finish seven “Wing Dome 7 Alarm Wings” on stage. For each contestant who successfully completes the challenge, Pacific and Nortiz will together donate $100 to Children’s Hospital.  Winning contestants will also win prizes, notoriety, and an automatic entry into next years’ event. Participants who do not complete the challenge will also receive a prize and congratulations  for their  effort. Cletus Kathol, Pacific’s resident “Wing Man,” is already in training for this event!

Pacific will run a Noritz promotion for all Washington branches from August 14 until September 25. For each Noritz heater that Pacific sells during this period, Pacific and Noritz will together donate $100 to Children’s Hospital. An additional give away will be presented prior to the event.

It is anticipated that the event will be attended by up to 150 people including employees, vendors reps and contractor customers. A professional AV crew will be on site to create a video for publication to industry connections, local associations (PHCC and Master Builders), the West Seattle community (West Seattle Blog), and Children’s Hospital. Local news has also been engaged for potential coverage. The local fire station is planning to post an aid unit at the event. Also, Washington Energy Services just acquired a fire truck that it will bring to the event. To register, call 425-922-3000.


ICC-ES supports manufacturers complying with 2015 Codes

August 4th, 2014

COUNTRY CLUB HILLS, Ill. — Manufacturers can now update their ESRs to the newly published 2015 I-Codes. ICC-ES is prepared to update manufacturers’ existing ICC-ES evaluation reports so that they meet the requirements of the newly published 2015 I-Codes.

Many changes in the 2015 I-Codes provide clarity so they can be applied consistently. The 2015 I-Codes address design and installation of innovative materials and encourage the use of new and smarter technological advances.

As a subsidiary of the International Code Council (ICC), ICC-ES has the technical knowledge and resources to help manufacturers comply with the 2015 I-Codes in a timely manner, according to said ICC-ES President Shahin Moinian, P.E.

“We encourage manufacturers to comply with the most current codes for expanded market acceptance,” Moinian said.

Some of the changes to the 2015 I-Codes which may affect manufacturers include:

  • International Building Code (IBC) – The concrete provisions have been updated to coordinate with the provisions of the referenced standard, ACI 318. Included are revisions to the concrete anchorage provisions; A new wind resistance standard has been added to the code to address the use of foam plastic insulation which is used as an exterior wall sheathing on framed wall assemblies; The roofing provisions have been expanded and updated to include photovoltaic provisions which are correlated with industry practice. Included are new provisions for roof dead, live and snow drift loads for such systems.
  • International Residential Code (IRC) – The wood deck provisions have been significantly expanded to provide additional prescriptive design and construction details for all facets of decks, including the decking, joists, beams, posts and connections; Three new sections have been added which include prescriptive design and details for cladding attachment over foam sheathing which is either attached to wood or cold formed steel framing or attached to masonry or concrete; New provisions for photovoltaic roof shingles, including allowable roof slope, underlayment requirements and attachment have been added to the code.
  • International Plumbing Code (IPC) – All valves in the water supply and distribution system that supplies drinking water must now comply with NSF 61. Previous editions only required certain types of valves to comply; The storm drainage provisions of Chapter 11 have been substantially revised relative to the size of roof drainage systems. Research has shown that ponding of water can increase the pressure in the drainage system to the point where piping failures can occur.
  • International Existing Building Code (IEBC) – Operable windows which undergo replacement are required to be equipped with window opening control devices to provide window fall protection for children. Such devices must comply with ASTM F2090; The structural prescriptive compliance provisions of Chapter 4 for alterations have been revised to require specific design considerations for wall anchorage for unreinforced masonry walls and unreinforced masonry parapets.


Viessmann to host Open House

August 1st, 2014

WARWICK, R.I. — Join the Viessmann team for its 2014 Open House Event on September 10, at the Viessmann Manufacturing Company U.S. Headquarters in Warwick, R.I.

The event will kick off the fall heating season with a day of events from 9:00am to 4:00pm. The event is open to any interested contractors and heating professionals.

Events will include:

  • High-caliber Viessmann training and education sessions
  • Live-fire demonstrations
  • Award-winning BBQ
  • Promotional giveaways
  • Viessmann training staff, technical professionals and sales pros on hand to answer questions one on one

Training sessions will include general product overview, renewables (biomass and solar), residential boilers, commercial boilers, and controls.

Contractors are encouraged to attend to absorb training and knowledge. Guests can  selectively attending only a couple of sessions or stay all day to attend all of the sessions.

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Hansgrohe presents awards for visionary bathroom concepts

July 31st, 2014

ALPHARETTA, Ga. — The competition for the “Hansgrohe Award 2014: Efficient Water Design“ for sustainable design concepts for using water is now over. The prize money, totalling 5,000 euros, is shared among five winners from China, Sweden, the Czech Republic and Germany.

Approximately 180 creative minds submitted entries for the award, which was presented as part of the international competition for up-and-coming young talent, the iF concept design award. The finalists received their awards in Hamburg, Germany. The jury was made up of Andreas Haug, co-founder and partner of Phoenix Design; Axel Meißner, Hansgrohe Product Manager; and Philippe Grohe, Head of the Axor Brand.

This year the jury was particularly impressed by two concepts: the multi-functional Houdini bathroom furniture and the Puro wash basin. The Houdini concept by Christoffer Ohlander from Sweden (Konstfack University, Stockholm) integrates three functions in one “incredibly compact sanitary item.”  The functions are in the wash basin, shower and bath tub. In the opinion of the jury, the shape of the Puro wash basin, which was designed by Fabrice Höfgen from Germany (University of Darmstadt), expresses, “just what it is intended to accomplish: less water consumption.”

Philippe Grohe, Head of Hansgrohe SE’s Axor brand, was enthusiastic about the achievements of the talented young designers.

“We want to give young designers the opportunity to address the element of water and to present their ideas to a jury,” Grohe said. “I was particularly pleased to see the large number of international submissions – these clearly show that the interplay of water and space is gaining in importance with up-and-coming young designers all over the world.”

Three other bathroom visions met with the jury’s approval: Elastigenic by Petr Strejcek (Czech Technical University) largely consists of an elastic material, through which bathroom objects protrude mechanically; these can be modified as required and are retractable for easy cleaning.

“A complete bathroom concept that is truly captivating,” according to the jury.

Also unique is the concept shower Kengai, featuring three cascades, by Oliver Keyerleber and Fabian Bitter (University of Coburg). Like rain, water streams from the top level and through two further modules with steam and herbal applications. These support the use of medicinal plants.

The Energy-Saving Shower, a nomination from China by Xiangying Lin (Huaqiao University, Xiamen), combines a shower with panel functions which help save both water and energy. The jury was keen to highlight the attractive, formal solution.

“The water heating becomes a visible design element. Stunning, purist design,” according to the jury.


Grainger celebrates opening of LEED-certified distribution center

July 30th, 2014

MINOOKA, Ill. — Grainger hosted a grand opening to celebrate its new distribution center in Minooka, Ill. This one-million-square-foot facility serves as the company’s new central stocking distribution center and runs a state-of-the-art automated system. The distribution center helps enable Grainger to deliver products same-day or next-day to its customers nationwide.

“This is Grainger’s most technologically advanced distribution center, designed to enhance our ability to get customers what they need, when they need it,” said DG Macpherson, senior vice president and president of Global Supply Chain and Corporate Strategy at Grainger. “Grainger is dedicated to helping our customers get the job done, and key aspects of this facility were developed with our customers in mind.”

This distribution center is one of the world’s largest LEED certified platinum-rated facilities for Commercial Interiors, and includes:

  • Approximately 2,200 square-foot solar wall, which uses innovative air and solar capabilities to help reduce energy consumption
  • Energy efficient lighting along with motion sensors
  • Electric automobile charger stations
  • A recycling program initiated to collect cardboard and shrink wrap from operations

With the addition of the Minooka distribution center, Grainger now operates 15 LEED-certified facilities in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Grainger was one of the first industrial distributors to have LEED-certified facilities, which, on average, reduce energy costs by 30 percent, water usage by 35 to 50 percent and overall waste by as much as 90 percent. In 2012, each Grainger U.S. distribution center recycled an average of 303 tons of cardboard and 22 tons of plastic wrap for a total recycling rate of 72 percent

Grainger’s commitment to sustainability extends to its offerings, as the company brings innovative products and solutions to its customers, helping them with “green” facility management.

“Grainger chose Minooka for its solid community and strong talent pool,” said Paige Robbins, vice president of North American Supply Chain at Grainger. “We look forward to serving as a member of this community for generations to come.”

In celebration of the Minooka Distribution Center grand opening, Grainger is awarding Joliet Junior College with a check for $10,000 to benefit scholarships for students pursuing degrees in the industrial trades.


NKBA University announces ‘Professional of the Year’ contest

July 29th, 2014

HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. — The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) announced the launch of NKBA U “Professional of the Year.” The contest recognizes driven professionals in the kitchen and bath industry. The contest is open to both NKBA members and non-members, and applications are being accepted until August 22.

“The NKBA U Professional of the Year contest embodies the Association’s spirit for professional development across the entire industry, setting a new industry standard for excellence,” said Bill Darcy, CEO of NKBA. “NKBA U is a resource not only for kitchen and bath designers, but builders and remodelers, architects, dealers, manufacturers and representatives, as well as retailers. We’ve developed learning paths for multiple disciplines and brought the industry’s best instructors onboard to teach the best content—all through the most engaging and convenient platforms.”

In the spirit of NKBA U’s focus on continuing education, the winner will receive an all-expenses-paid trip for two to Almeria, Spain to tour the headquarters and factory of Cosentino, the NKBA U Professional of the Year Platinum Sponsor. The runners-up will also receive all-expenses-paid trips for two courtesy of the contest’s Gold Sponsors, including Kohler Co., who will provide a tour of its headquarters and manufacturing facilities.

“This contest embodies the NKBA’s renewed spirit and focus for developing the very best professionals in our industry, and every applicant exemplifies a bigger lesson: Learning never stops,” Darcy said. “The NKBA U Professional of the Year contest recognizes those who share that belief—both for how it benefits them professionally and how it propels our industry forward as a whole.”

Contest Overview
• The NKBA U Professional of the Year Contest comprises three rounds and runs from July to January. Entrants can apply online now, sharing how they excel in one of the eight NKBA U learning paths and how these skills come to life day-to-day on the job.
• Semifinalists will receive a customized NKBA U curriculum and submit a short video explaining how the courses will advance their career; the videos will then be posted to the
contest landing page for public voting.
• Four finalists, selected by popular vote and a panel of NKBA judges, will receive air, hotel accommodations and a VIP pass to KBIS® 2015 in Las Vegas for the final competition:
A presentation live from NKBA’s Center Stage on what they learned from taking the NKBA U courses and how they are implementing the lessons to fuel their success.

Related Materials
NKBA U Professional of the Year Website
NKBA U Professional of the Year Application
NKBA U Professional of the Year Contest Overview
• NKBA U Homepage

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GEO presents at Illinois Renewable Energy Conference

July 28th, 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) 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 in 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.


DistributionNOW announces new brand identity

July 25th, 2014

HOUSTON – DistributionNOW, one of the largest distributors to the energy and industrial sectors, announced its new brand identity. DistributionNOW, reflects a broadening of the company’s complete service offerings to its customers.

“Selecting a name for our organization was not an easy task. We wanted to honor our history while also positioning ourselves for the future,” said Robert Workman, president and CEO of DistributionNOW.

DistributionNOW’s new brand identity includes an evolved corporate logo, an updated brand store that’s available to employees and customers, and a new website. The website is designed with a modern, fresh look and user-friendly navigation, updated with the latest information about the company’s products and services. The new corporate logo has been developed with the concept of movement, which conveys the rapid distribution of supplies in an efficient, reliable manner.


Watermark Designs adds new rep agency

July 24th, 2014

BROOKLYN, N.Y. – Watermark Designs, the Brooklyn-based manufacturer of faucets, fixtures and accessories for the residential and contract hospitality markets announced the addition of Decorative Resource to their roster of rep firms. The firm will cover the New England territory which includes: Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.

“We were searching for an established firm that knows its way around the plumbing, kitchen and bath industry. Decorative Resource seemed like the perfect fit for Watermark Designs, and we are looking forward to their sales expertise to further expand the brand,” said Avi Abel, president of Watermark Designs, “Decorative Resource also has successful relationships within the A+D community and will help solidify our relationships in the New England regions. We couldn’t be more pleased to welcome them aboard.”

Mark Rutter, principal of Decorative Resource, said, “We see our representation of Watermark Designs as a unique complement to our working with custom builders and the design community. The connection is further enhanced owing to Watermark being made in the USA to environmentally friendly standards and employing state-of-the-art manufacturing technology. It’s a great fit and we look forward to the possibilities.”

Effective immediately, Decorative Resource will be the principle rep firm for New England. They will help promote Watermark Designs to ensure that the company’s unique products like the Elan Vital collection will achieve recognition in the marketplace.


Regis Philbin, Jimmy Johnson to speak at Network ASA

July 23rd, 2014

ITASCA, Ill. — The American Supply Association announced that Regis Philbin will speak at the IPD Breakfast on September 10, from 6:45am – 9:30am.

For the fifth straight year, the Weldbend IPD Breakfast will be one of the highlights of the Annual Network ASA gathering. And since Vegas is never short of headliners, Weldbend is excited to have booked a star to entertain its customers and distributors. Renowned television and media personality Regis Philbin will be the breakfast keynote speaker. A second legend will be revealed at the show as another speaker at the event.

On September 11, from 12:00pm – 2:00pm, Jimmy Johnson will speak at the Future Trends Luncheon. Johnson will speak on the subject, “Teams that Win: The Fundamentals of Success.” Legendary NFL coach, two-time Super Bowl champion, NCAA Division I National Champion and member of the FOX NFL Sunday team, Johnson is a proven leader and motivator as exemplified by his experiences as the architect of the Dallas Cowboys’ consecutive victories in Super Bowls XXVII and XXVIII. Johnson’s presentation will motivate attendees to set the bar high and perform at a successful level at all times.

Additional speakers at Network ASA will  include Robert O’Neill and Alan Beaulieu. O’Neill will speak at the Plumbing Industry Educational Forum & Breakfast, on September 11, from 7:00am – 9:00am. Beaulieu will present the 2015 Industry Forecast on September 11, from 9:15am – 10:30am.


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