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ASHRAE/IES propose verification requirements for Energy Standard

September 19th, 2014

ATLANTA – Multiple compliance options to ensure verification of delivered building envelope performance are being proposed for the ASHRAE/IES energy standard.

Addendum l is one of 14 proposed addenda to ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2013, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, currently open for public comment.

Building enclosure professionals are encouraged to carefully review the proposed changes and to offer their comments to assist ASHRAE in strengthening the code compliance provisions.

Other addenda open for public review until October 5, are:

  • relaxes the existing threshold for lighting control alterations while capturing a lot of energy efficiency by requiring more of the control requirements
  • clarifies an exception to the automatic daylight responsive controls requirements for daylight areas under skylights
  • removes an exception to the variable air volume system ventilation optimization when energy recovery ventilation is installed
  • requires envelope assemblies to comply with Appendix A when complying with the Energy Cost Budget Method in Appendix G
  • updates the text in Section 10.4.1 on electric motors to provide information about the required efficiency of small electric motors shown in Tables 10.8-4 and 10.8-5. In addition, small electric motors were not included in the scope of the Energy Independence ad Security Act of 2007, but now have performance requirements and are being added to the standard
  • updates the IEER values for air-cooled variable refrigerant flow air conditioners and heat pumps above 65,000 Btu/h. Depending on the cooling capacity and product classes, the new IEERs are between 15 and 20% better than the values they are replacing. The new IEERs become effective on Jan. 1, 2017
  • clarifies wording regarding duct seal class to avoid misinterpretation that compliance with the text that is struck out could substitute for the seal class requirement
  • updates Cooling Technology Institute Standard 201 in Table 6.8.1-7
  • limits systems that can take advantage of the fan power pressure allowance for fully ducted return and/or exhaust air systems
  • revises Section G3.1.1 Baseline HVAC System Type and Description to confirm the hierarchy for selecting baseline HVAC systems, clarify what floors to count and specify what building type to use when no one use is predominant
  • adds Exception 2 to to address single duct variable air volume reheat systems with direct digital control
  • adds new requirements for transfer air in exhaust systems

Also open for public comment until October 20 is addendum bm, which makes the requirements from 90.1-2004 the baseline for modeling when using Appendix G. In addition, it allows Appendix G to be used as a compliance path.

ASHRAE 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.


RectorSeal acquires Evolve Composites Pty Ltd

September 18th, 2014

DALLAS — The RectorSeal Corporation, a leading Houston, Texas-based manufacturer of chemical and specialty products for professional tradesmen, has acquired the Polyslab(TM), Evo-Crete(TM) and related HVAC brands from Evolve Composites Pty Ltd (Evolve), based in Queensland, Australia. Evolve manufactures a range of equipment base products for heating and air conditioning systems. RectorSeal has been a portfolio company of Capital Southwest Corporation (Nasdaq:CSWC) since 1967.

“The Evolve transaction is another example of RectorSeal’s demonstrated ability to identify and execute accretive, strategic acquisitions,” said Joseph B. Armes, chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Capital Southwest.

The acquisition of Evolve’s assets represents the 26th acquisition by RectorSeal since 1991.

“We view this transaction as an opportunity to expand the breadth of RectorSeal’s HVAC/R offerings and establish a local presence to more effectively address the Australian market with RectorSeal’s complete product line,” said David Smith, president of RectorSeal.

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.


Valve Basics Education Course to take place in October

September 17th, 2014

WASHINGTON — The Valve Manufacturers Association (VMA)’s next Valves, Actuators & Controls 101 course will take place October 30-31, at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.

Originally created for industry newcomers, the event has received such positive reviews it has become popular among a much larger group. The seminar brings together employees and supervisors of the plants that use valves, actuators and controls with distributors and sales reps who want to better understand the products they sell. Personnel from valve manufacturing companies are in the classroom with staff that specify and purchase valves and related equipment. They learn together with engineers in the early phase of their careers, as well as advanced-level mechanical engineering students (for whom scholarships are available).

The Valves, Actuators & Controls 101 course consists of lessons that guide attendees through the world of valves and the systems they help control, starting with simplest types of valves and moving into the more complicated automated products, including actuators and controls. The two newest lessons cover solenoids and actuator accessories.

The popular “Valve Petting Zoo” is a unique hands-on experience that enables participants to “touch and feel” examples of the many products discussed during the course. Attendees are led in small groups around to tables where valves, actuators and controls are displayed. At each station, an industry expert is on hand to answer specific questions about the products and further explain how they work.

Tabletop exhibits provide attendees with time between education sessions to learn what is offered by valve, actuator and control manufacturers and distributors, suppliers to the valve industry, and valve repair and service firms.

The cost is $725 for the first person from a company and $695 for each subsequent registration from the same company.Participants receive a certificate from VMA indicating they have earned 12 hours of continuing education. Breakfast, lunch, breaks and a reception, as well as a manual and CD, are also included.

VMA also offers Valve Basics Online Training, available on in The VMA Store, a shorter course for those unable to attend the longer event.

For more information or to register, go

New Executive Vice President, COO named at Bradford White

September 16th, 2014

AMBLER, Pa. – Nicholas J. Giuffre, president and CEO of Bradford White, recently announced the promotion of R. Bruce Carnevale to the position of Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. In his new position, Carnevale will be responsible for managing all operational aspects of the company with a primary focus on enhancing the quality and consistency of the Bradford White customer experience across all business channels.

“As our new Executive Vice President and COO, Bruce’s strategic vision and customer-focused leadership make him the perfect candidate to manage Bradford White’s operations for the long-term growth and success of the company and our industry partners,” said Nick Giuffre, president and CEO of Bradford White.

“Bradford White is in an unprecedented period of growth and there is considerable demand for our products,” Carnevale said. “These factors, combined with the largest manufacturing plant expansion in the history of our company, have unquestionably provided us with some considerable challenges and opportunities. As a result, we are putting the right people and the right resources in place to take care of our customers and reps in the way they expect and deserve for many years to come.”

Prior to his promotion, Carnevale was Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Bradford White. He is also a member of the company’s board of directors and serves several industry organizations, committees and boards in support of the plumbing and HVAC industries.

Bradford White Corporation is a full line manufacturer of residential, commercial and industrial products for water heating, space heating, combination heating and storage applications.


National Appliance Energy Conservation Act will be a gamechanger

September 15th, 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.


ASA partners with UnleashWD for Innovation Summit

September 12th, 2014

ITASCA, Ill. — UnleashedWD are the American Supply Association (ASA) are bringing a summit designed for distributors. Looking for that catalyst of change? UnleashWD inspires people to think differently, and provides a framework to push boundaries and try new things.

A great diversity of storytellers who deliver a wealth of new ideas and show what innovation really looks like will present at the 2014 Innovation Summit scheduled for October 29-30. UnleashWD provides two days designed to unleash the innovative genius in employers and  their teams.

The storytellers who are present are purposefully curated to inspire people to look at their business in new ways and explore each component of The Innovative Distributor model. This year’s speakers range from a vice president at Cisco Systems to the CEO of Sherpaa.

Sponsors for the event include: NetSuite, Insite Commerce, WayPoint Analytics, Mits, and 4th Generation Systems.


ICC relocates West Coast Operations to new facility

September 11th, 2014

BREA, Calif. — The International Code Council (ICC) has relocated its Western Regional Office into a new, state-of-the-art facility in Brea, Calif. In July, the new location began providing a global gateway for accreditation and product certification for its subsidiaries ICC Evaluation Service, LLC (ICC-ES) and the International Accreditation Service (IAS).

The new office offers clients and customers the best-in-class service. Global and western regional activities and roles have moved to the Brea location, allowing for ease of access to important services and providing ICC with a platform to better meet the needs of its customers. A global organization with offices in Washington, D.C., Alabama and Illinois, ICC has had a long standing presence in Whittier and can trace its roots back to Long Beach in the early 1920’s.

At the new facility, ICC is investing in an environment conducive to continual growth and improved efficiencies that will provide clients and ICC Members with expanded services. Consistent with ICC’s commitment to efficiency and environmental excellence, the new facility will meet or exceed CALGreen standards.

Located at 3060 Saturn Street in Brea, Calif., the new ICC facility features newtechnology, infrastructure and top of the line security, as well as training facilities. ICC chose the Brea location because it enables the organization to better serve members and customers, and has close access to essential business amenities such as restaurants and hotels.


Hydraulic Institute executive director to retire

September 10th, 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.



RPA conference to be held in conjunction with 2015 AHR Expo

September 9th, 2014

WESTPORT, Conn. — The Radiant Professionals Alliance (RPA) has announced that it will hold its Annual Meeting and Conference in conjunction with the 2015 AHR Expo that takes place in Chicago from January 26-28, 2015. RPA believes that the joint effort will significantly expand its overall presence.

A long-time supporter of AHR Expo and an integral part of the IAPMO Group, RPA is established for the purpose of providing superior leadership and fostering the awareness of innovative technology through comprehensive educational activities, products, codes and standards, and public awareness initiatives. It is RPA’s mission to serve as a clearinghouse of experience, ideas, and information to further the objectives and sustain interest on behalf of the RPA membership.

In addition to relocating its meeting and conference to AHR Expo, RPA will develop a training and education program and host a booth on the show floor. Hundreds of radiant professionals are expected to attend RPA’s Annual Meeting & Conference, which will be held Tuesday, January 27, 2015, at McCormick Place. RPA will also hold its Board Meeting in Chicago on Sunday, January 25, 2015,  the day before the opening of the show.

“The Radiant Professionals Alliance has been an exhibitor at AHR Expo for many years and it has been very beneficial. Now we are thrilled to be working with AHR Expo to enhance education and training for the Radiant-Hydronic Industry,” said Mark Eatherton, executive director of the RPA.

Eatherton said the RPA has already assembled an Education Committee of experts who are developing a complete radiant and hydronic training and education program that will be available to all AHR Expo attendees. In addition, some of the topics that will be addressed at the RPA Annual Meeting include:

  • Updates on the RPA Certification program for Designers and Installers
  • Preview of the new Uniform Solar Energy and Hydronics Code for the United States
  • A review of the RPA Education Committee’s priority list of programs and projects for the industry
  • A presentation of legislative activity involving the Radiant-Hydronics industry by the Public Policy Committee, including their mission to expand rebate programs
  • Market expansion programs for the Commercial Radiant-Hydronics segment, targeted specifically at the Manufacturer and Contractor, and a separate program for Residential Market expansion

RPA is one of nearly three-dozen industry-leading organizations that are Endorsing Associations of AHR Expo, many of which also offer educational programs at the show.

“Participating in AHR Expo enhances RPA’s status as one of the leading organizations in the industry, all of which are there,” said Mark Chaffee, chairman of the Board of RPA.

GP Russ Chaney, CEO of IAPMO, echoed these sentiments and said, “IAPMO endeavors to always be a positive contributor to the Plumbing and Mechanical Industry and we are very pleased that RPA will be expanding its presence at 2015 AHR Expo to better meet the needs of the industry.”

“We are delighted RPA is relocating its annual Meeting and Conference to AHR Expo,” said Clay Stevens, president of International Exposition Company, which produces and manages the AHR Expo. “AHR Expo attendees who are interested in radiant heating and cooling will be able to stay at the cutting-edge of the technology, while RPA members will be able to discover new products and solutions from nearly 2,000 exhibitors and choose from more than 100 AHR Expo and ASHRAE educational sessions.”

Stevens said radiant heating and cooling has been a steadily growing segment of AHR EXPO for several years and features many exhibiting companies showcasing radiant products and solutions.

“AHR Expo represents all segments of the HVACR industry so we are glad any time we can strengthen and grow a key sector of the show,” Stevens said.



Honeywell announces 2015 Diamond Distributors

September 8th, 2014

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Honeywell announced the Authorized Systems Distributors (ASDs) that achieved status as a 2014-2015 Diamond Distributor. Started in 2005, the Diamond Distributor program recognizes those distributors that are achieving exceptional results and driving the market with innovative Honeywell solutions along with a strong, continuous commitment to providing superior value-added services and meeting their customer needs.

“The Diamond Distributor program is a great way to formally recognize top Honeywell distributors for their continued investment in their customers and ongoing business growth via the best industry products,” said Larry Weber, general manager at Honeywell Building Control Systems. “The 2015 recipients continue to drive new technologies while at the same time differentiate themselves among other companies in the marketplace.”

The 2015 Diamond Distributors include:
• Broudy Precision Equipment – West Conshohocken, Pa.
• Control Consultants, Inc. – Weymouth, Mass.
• Control Depot – Omaha, Neb.
• Ener-Tech Industries – Nashville, Tenn.
• Quality Controls – Birmingham, Ala.
• Industrial Controls – Eatontown, N.J.
• M&M Controls – Timonium, Md.
• United Refrigeration, Inc. –Elmsford, N.Y.
• MIControls – Seattle, Wash.
• Stromquist & Company – Smyrna, Ga.
• Universal Supply Group – Hawthorne, N.J.
• WestExcel Automation – Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

ASDs are measured annually from July 1 – June 30. To qualify for the Diamond Distributor program, companies need to achieve a minimum volume of product purchases from Honeywell during the prior measurement period, and earn a top score on the Diamond scorecard that measures both business results and market behaviors.


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