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Hydraulic Institute announces personnel changes

September 25th, 2014

PARSIPPANY, N.J. — The Hydraulic Institute, the nation’s largest pump manufacturing trade associated, today announced two significant personnel changes.

Gregg Romanyshyn, HI Technical Director, who has led the Institute’s extensive standards and guideline writing organization since December 1999 has announced his retirement, effective April 30, 2015. During the past 15 years, Romanyshyn and the engineering staff team, have supported nearly 40 HI technical standards and guideline writing committees whose membership includes engineers from leading pump manufacturers, suppliers to the pump industry, and engineering consulting firms who are members of the Hydraulic Institute. The scope of HI’s standards-writing activities has expanded under his leadership to include 33 HI standards and currently five technical guidelines have been published, with plans to release a new guideline annually for the next four years.

During Romanyshyn’s tenure, over the last three and a half years, he’s offered technical guidance and insights into the U.S. Department of Energy pump efficiency rulemaking where HI has taken a leadership role on behalf of the U.S. pump industry. Working closely with hundreds of industry volunteers, and pump and systems experts, in HI’s technical organization he has also made numerous contributions to the growth of Pump Systems Matter, HI’s educational non-profit subsidiary, in creating new courses and webinars that help pump end-users understand pump and pumping systems technology and optimization opportunities. After retirement from the Institute, Romanyshyn will remain available to HI in a consulting capacity.

HI announced the appointment of Peter F. Gaydon as Standards Engineering Director, effective September 8. In this capacity, Gaydon will be responsible for supporting the Director, Technical Affairs, in providing staff leadership for the accomplishment of HI’s Mission, Vision, Goals, and Objectives, focusing on the Institute’s Strategic Plan.
Most recently, Gaydon served as a Pump Improvement Engineer with Flowserve, Flow Solutions Group in Bethlehem, PA. Previously, he was a Design Engineer with Chempump, a Division of Teikoku USA in Warminster, PA. He holds a B.S. Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Alfred University in Alfred, N.Y.

In his new role, Gaydon will assist in the development and support all aspects of the Institute’s technical programs, including the development of standards, guidelines, and technical documents, and will provide support for webinars and educational and certification and labeling programs, as required to maintain the accuracy, high integrity, and objectivity of HI products. He will also ensure that HI standards conform to ANSI Essential Requirements and HI Policy and Procedures.

According to Robert Asdal, HI Executive Director, “On May 1, 2015 Peter will become HI’s third Technical Director succeeding the distinguished technical contributions of Gregg Romanyshyn during his fifteen-year tenure with the Hydraulic Institute.”

Asdal continued, “HI has been fortunate to have Gregg’s technical leadership during a time when HI established Pump Systems Matter and expanded education and training programs based on standards and guidelines. During his tenure HI’s geographic footprint has expanded globally, as have HI’s influence with impending government regulations. Gregg has played key roles in the success of the outcomes of these strategic initiatives. We are grateful for the important roles that he has played in the growth of the Hydraulic Institute…and look forward to working with him as HI sets up the staff leadership transition to Peter Gaydon.”

The mission of the Hydraulic Institute is to be a value-adding resource to member companies, engineering consulting firms, and pump users worldwide by developing and delivering comprehensive industry standards, expanding knowledge by providing education and tools for the effective application, testing, installation, operation, maintenance, and performance optimization of pumps and pumping systems, and by serving as a forum for the exchange of industry information.


ICC names new Professional Development Council

September 24th, 2014

WASHINGTON — The International Code Council’s (ICC) new Professional Development Council (PDC) was recently established to better coordinate career path resources for ICC Members and other stakeholders by utilizing shared knowledge between ICC Education and Certification programs.

The ICC Board of Directors approved the new Council Policy #45 in April to create the PDC and by which it will be governed. This critical new council, replaces both BIPS and the Education Committee. A major purpose of the PDC is to align the ICC Education and Certification Programs to ensure quality training is available to meet the needs of ICC Members, all ICC educational customers and ICC Certification holders while maintaining the credibility and validity of the ICC Certification Program. The council is as follows.

Chair: Cindy L. Davis, Director, State Building Code Office, Virginia Department of Housing & Community Development

Board Liaison(s):
Alexander “Cash” Olszowy, III, Building Inspection Supervisor, Lexington Fayette Urban County Government

Gilbert Gonzales, CBO, Chief Building Official, Murray, Utah, Public Services Building

Staff Liaison:
Mark Johnson, Executive Vice President & Director of Business Development
Assistant: Casey Thomas

Certification Committee:
Cindy L. Davis, Director, State Building Code Office, Virginia Department of Housing & Community Development

Anthony DeVoe, Operations Manager, Construction Testing & Engineering

Autumn Hartsoe, Plans Examiner, City of Goodyear

Jeremy Searfoss, Lieutenant- Office of the Fire Marshal, Department of Fire & Rescue Services, Reading PA

Jeff Whitney, Building Official

Rick Witt, Director of Building Inspection, Chesterfield County, Virginia

Staff Liaison:
Michelle Porter, Director Certification and Testing

Education Committee:
Jeff Camp, Chief Building Official, City of Elizabethtown

John Delesandro, Supervisor of Licensing & Education, New Jersey Department of Community Affairs

Dave Horras, Chief Building Official, City of Westminster, Colorado

Tom Johnson, Code Official, Zoning Administrator, Health Officer, Town of Durham

Sean Reid, Program Manager, Johnson County Planning Department, Contractor & Licensing Program

Nancy Springer, Building Division Manager, CBO, Butte County—Building Division

Staff Liaison:
Doug Thornburg, Vice President, Education & Certification


Refrigerant R&D Plan announced for HVACR Industry

September 23rd, 2014

ARLINGTON, Va. – At a White House event , Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) President and CEO Stephen Yurek announced that the nation’s heating, ventilating, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVACR) industry will invest $5 billion in research and development funds over the next decade to develop the next generation of refrigerants and the air conditioning and refrigeration equipment in which they will be used.

The event, sponsored by the White House Council on Environmental Quality, highlighted the positive work by the private sector in developing alternatives to high global warming potential (GWP) refrigerants. Yurek told those in attendance, which included Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, and State Department Special Envoy for Climate Change Todd Stern, that the HVACR industry has been proactive in developing refrigerants with lower GWP.

“Close to $2 billion has been spent by the industry since 2009 researching energy-efficient equipment and the utilization of low-GWP refrigerants,” Yurek stated, “and over the next 10 years, the HVACR industry will invest an additional $5 billion for R&D and capital expenditures to develop and commercialize low-GWP technologies.”

Yurek touted the positive, proactive efforts by the HVACR and water heating industry in energy conservation and environmental stewardship. He said that in the late 1980s, the industry supported international efforts to protect the ozone layer by developing non-chlorine-containing refrigerants, and agreeing to an aggressive timetable to phase-out ozone depleting chemicals while steadily improving the energy efficiency of its equipment.

“During the past decade, the industry has worked diligently to reduce the potential impact on the Earth’s climate of refrigerants used in our equipment,” Yurek said.

Yurek noted that, with no encouragement from government, AHRI and its member companies launched the Low-GWP Alternative Refrigerants Evaluation Program in 2011, the first phase of which was completed at the end of 2013. The second phase of the program is currently underway. The intent of the program is to evaluate different refrigerants in several applications.

“The industry is committed to working with the international community in transitioning away from high-GWP refrigerants in a managed and orderly process, and this research is a tangible part of that commitment,” Yurek said.


Bradford White donates to PHCC-NA

September 22nd, 2014

AMBLER, Pa.  – Bradford White Corporation has provided $15,000 to support 2014 student scholarships through the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors (PHCC) Educational Foundation and PHCC National Auxiliary. The scholarships are designed to attract and support new talent that is essential to the future of the plumbing and HVACR industry.

The PHCC Educational Foundation’s Scholarship Committee met in August and selected winners for the three $2,500 awards sponsored by Bradford White. This year’s scholarship award recipients were:

- Adam Menken of Stormville, New York. Adam is pursuing a two-year degree in Plumbing, Heating & Refrigeration at SUNY (State University of New York) – College of Technology.

- Constantino Morales of Oceanside, California. He is working full-time at Brinks Investigation Restoration Services in San Diego and is enrolled in the PHCC Apprentice Academy of San Diego.

- Steve Winsett of San Diego, California. Steve is working full-time at Bill Howe Plumbing, Inc. and is enrolled in the PHCC Apprentice Academy of San Diego.

The remaining $7,500 in Bradford White’s scholarship support is awarded through the PHCC National Auxiliary, with winners to be announced during the PHCC—National Association convention; CONNECT 2014 in New Orleans, October 8-11. The PHCC National Auxiliary was founded in 1987 and is comprised of state and local chapters located throughout the country.

“The professional contractors who install Bradford White Water Heaters every day make our support of these awards possible,” said Carl Pinto, director of Marketing at Bradford White. “We are glad to have this opportunity to build the next generation of professionals for our industry.”

Bradford White has sponsored the scholarships since 2003, and awarded $180,000 in scholarships in that time. Bradford White Corporation is a full line manufacturer of residential, commercial and industrial products for water heating, space heating, combination heating and storage applications.


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.


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