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Zurn champions efficiency, sanitation on World Plumbing Day

March 25th, 2014

ERIE, Pa. — Zurn Industries, LLC joined plumbing organizations and their members in recognizing World Plumbing Day on March 11. Zurn renewed its pledge to continue offering industry-leading solutions that achieve significant water efficiency and sanitary water environments.

“Everything Zurn does is aligned with the values represented by the observance of World Plumbing Day,” said Scott McDowell, VP of Global Marketing and Business Development at Zurn. “In an age when the demand for potable water is outpacing supply, Zurn has long provided the products needed to achieve both water efficiency and water sanitation.”

The roster of Zurn products that help people use less water and create a sanitary environment includes the Zurn ZTR6203 Flush Valve for urinals–launched on World Plumbing Day in 2013 as the companion product to the ZTR6200 Sensor Flush Valve for water closets introduced the previous year. Other such products include sensor faucets, backflow preventers with leading edge freeze-protection devices, and the Zurn GO BLUE flush valves.

Zurn also has created a proactive education program with AIA-approved CEU courses on topics that include “Sustainable Restroom Design,” “Creating a Sanitary Water Environment,” and “Innovative Water Conservation Fixtures.”


Rheem announces ‘man cave’ winners

March 24th, 2014

ATLANTA —  Rheem announced the winners of its ‘Man Cave’ furnace promotion, which was launched in September 2013 to coincide with the launch of the company’s new 90 percent plus Gas Furnace platform.

The new platform delivers increased efficiencies and roughly 30 added features to make installations and service calls faster and easier.

For every qualifying gas furnace purchased from a Rheem distributor between October 1 and November 30, 2013, contractors received an instant rebate of up to $100 and an entry into the Man Cave grand prize drawing. Five winners were selected from more than 9,800 contractor entries.

Gerald Plumbing and Heating Inc. of Moon Township, Penn. was the grand prize winner of the Man Cave Package valued at $7,500, consisting of a HD movie screen and projector system, surround sound, theater seating, gaming console and accessories. Four $1,000 Visa gift cards were awarded as runner-up prizes to Guardian Heating & Cooling Service of Chicago, Honeycreek Heating & Cooling of Brookfield, Wis., Extreme Heating & Cooling of Garretson, S.D., and Keller Heating & Cooling of Pekin, Ill.

Ruud, part of the Rheem family of quality brands, also announced five winners of the ‘Man Cave’ furnace promotion.

American Weathermakers of Northbrook, Ill. was the grand prize winner of the Man Cave Package valued at $7,500, consisting of a HD movie screen and projector system, surround sound, theater seating, gaming console and accessories. Four $1,000 Visa gift cards were awarded as runner-up prizes to A. & A. Feder’s, Inc. of North Hollywood, Calif., NRG Home Services of Houston, Kearns Heating Corp. of Theresa, Wis., and Garcez Heating & AC of San Antonio, Texas.


ST Sales, WMS Decorative Resource achieve milestone for Watermark Designs

March 21st, 2014

LAS VEGAS – Watermark Designs presented two of its manufacturer representatives with awards recognizing that they had exceeded a million dollars in sales of Watermark Designs products in 2013, making them the newest members of Watermark’s million dollar club.

Steve Toor and Jerry Williams, principals of ST Sales and WMS Decorative Resource, were on hand to accept the custom-designed awards in their honor.

“I am proud to recognize this year’s top performers for their outstanding work. Hitting this milestone in this highly competitive sector takes enormous dedication,” said Avi Abel, president of Watermark Designs. “All of our reps do fantastic work as brand advocates but when a firm, or in this case, two firms, meet and exceed expectations, we think it’s important they be recognized.”

The awards were presented to them during Watermark’s annual sales meeting, this year held in Las Vegas during KBIS. Not content to present generic plaques, the awards themselves were designed and manufactured by Watermark Designs and they exemplify Watermark’s creativity and design prowess.


Ferguson, PHCC Foundation celebrate decade of education

March 20th, 2014

WASHINGTON —Ferguson and the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors (PHCC) Educational Foundation are celebrating 10 years of educational programs made possible by Ferguson contributions. These generous gifts to the Foundation’s annual giving campaign have supported the Foundation’s mission of providing quality business management and technical educational programs to contractors and their employees. The campaign also funds scholarships through the PHCC National Auxiliary’s scholarship program.

In 2005, Ferguson made a major charitable gift to the Foundation’s Invest in Your Future Annual Giving Campaign in support of industry education, and has continued to give generously each year since.

“Ferguson’s track record of support illustrates that loyalty and a belief in the value of long-term relationships are integral parts of their corporate values,” said Roger Peugeot, chairperson of the Foundation. “They have our thanks – and that of the industry – for making a decade of great education possible.”

“Ferguson joined the Foundation’s Board of Governors back in 1990,” said Henry Wood, senior director of Residential Business Group & Corporate Counter Development at Ferguson. “It has been a pleasure to expand this relationship through our backing of the Invest in Your Future Campaign over the past ten years. Enabling the Foundation’s efforts to provide training for thousands of people makes the scale of what we have accomplished together remarkable.”

The 2014 fundraising goal for the Foundation’s annual campaign is $150,000 to support the development and delivery of industry educational programs and scholarships. InSinkErator also provides matching contributions for the fundraiser.

By making a gift to the annual giving campaign, contractors, suppliers and manufacturers can show their support for the industry and be included on the Foundation’s published contributor thank you list. Gift forms and a list of industry donors are available on the Foundation website.


HARDI settles in lawsuit with DOE

March 19th, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Heating, Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI) announced that a settlement has been reached in the long-running lawsuit regarding Regional Efficiency Standards for residential gas furnaces and central air-conditioners finalized by the Department of Energy (DOE) in October 2011. The settlement would remand the efficiency standards for gas furnaces, forcing the DOE to begin the process for assessing efficiency standards anew and in a more transparent manner.

The increase and regionalization in the standards for central air-conditioners will remain. But, the DOE has allowed for a “sell-through” period of 18-months and agreed not to penalize HVACR distributors as part of the enforcement of the Regional Standard. Additionally, the DOE has agreed to engage in a process to review the regulatory processes that established the Regional Efficiency Standards.

The settlement signifies a victory for HVACR distributors.

“Our goal from the start has been twofold. The first was to provide relief to our members who faced damages as a result of DOE’s actions. The second has been to fix the process, so this will never happen again. We believe this settlement accomplishes both goals to the greatest extent possible,” said Royce Henderson, president of HARDI.

HARDI Executive Vice-President andCOO Talbot Gee said, “While of course not perfect, this notably favorable outcome is entirely owed to the exemplary leadership of our Board of Directors, Policy Task Force and HVAC Council who, for multiple years now, have put aside competitive interests, endured sometimes intense pressure from suppliers and customers, and have maintained the foresight to focus on what’s in the best interest of HVAC distributors and our industry today, tomorrow and in years beyond.”

Henderson acknowledged his predecessors’ work leading up to this settlement.

“Richard Cook (Johnson Supply), Bud Mingledorff (Mingledorff’s Inc.) and Brian Cobble (G.W. Berkheimer Co.) deserve praise for guiding us through much of this process, which was uncharted territory for HARDI,” Henderson said.


AHRI releases new Heating, Cooling Equipment Shipment data

March 18th, 2014

ARLINGTON, Va. — A full report of the January monthly shipments is available from The Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI).

According to the report, Residential Storage Water Heaters U.S. shipments of residential gas storage water heaters for January increased 2.2 percent, to 370,850 units, up from 363,004 units shipped in January 2013. Commercial Storage Water Heaters Commercial gas storage water heater shipments decreased 13.0 percent in January to 7,206 units, down from 8,282 units shipped in January 2013.

For more details, including information on Warm Air FurnacesCentral Air Conditioners and Air-Source Heat Pumps, see the full report on the AHRI website.

AHRI is a trade association representing manufacturers of air conditioning, heating, commercial refrigeration, and water heating equipment. An internationally recognized advocate for the industry, AHRI develops standards for and certifies the performance of many of these products. AHRI’s 300 plus member companies manufacture quality, efficient, and innovative residential and commercial air conditioning, space heating, water heating, and commercial refrigeration equipment and components for sale in North America and around the world.


Winters adds new lead free instrumentation

March 17th, 2014

TORONTO, Ontario — Winters Instruments introduced a line of lead free products for drinking water.

Winters Instruments launched a new line of lead free pressure gauges, thermometers and accessories. The line is manufactured to comply with the 2014 Safe Drinking Water Act. The act, which took effect January 4, limits the amount of lead content of all products installed in potable/drinking water systems.

Winters Instruments is a global manufacturer of pressure and temperature instrumentation, with distribution in over 80 countries.


Illinois ranks No. 1 in U.S. for LEED Green Building

March 14th, 2014

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) released its ranking of the Top 10 States for LEED, in which the state of Illinois placed first. The list highlights the regions around the U.S. that are at the forefront of the movement for sustainable building design, construction and operation.

Utilizing less energy and water, LEED-certified spaces save money for families, businesses and taxpayers; reduce carbon emissions; and contribute to a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community.

“In the face of the extraordinary global challenge of climate change, our national imperative to create resource-efficient and cost-effective green buildings has never been greater,” said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair of USGBC. “Illinois has a strong base of dedicated individuals who are using LEED to transform its built infrastructure into high-performing spaces that promote the health of our planet and the people who use these buildings each and every day.”

“Illinois’ national ranking is the result of the robust network of businesses committed to sustainability working together with elected officials who understand the benefits of green building,” said Brian Imus, executive director of the Chicago-based USGBC Illinois Chapter. “It’s great to see passion from so many people making an impact and moving Illinois closer to the goal of everyone living, working and learning in a green and healthy building.”

The per-capita list is based on 2010 U.S. Census data and includes commercial and institutional green building projects that were certified throughout 2013. Illinois certified 171 projects representing 29,415,284 square feet of real estate, or 2.29 square feet per resident, in 2013.

USGBC calculates the list using per-capita figures as a measure of the human element of green building, allowing for a fair comparison of the level of green building taking place among states with significant differences in population and, accordingly, number of overall buildings.

A few notable projects that certified in Illinois in 2013 include:
• The Illinois Holocaust Museum in Skokie, LEED Gold
• Choices Mental Health Facility in Ottawa, LEED Platinum
• 300 North LaSalle, a 57-story, 1.3 million-square-foot tower in Chicago developed and managed by USGBC Platinum Member Hines, LEED Platinum
• The Caterpillar Visitors Center in Peoria, LEED Gold
• Engine Company 16 in Chicago, LEED Platinum
• Lincoln Hall at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, LEED Platinum
• Powell Elementary School in Chicago, LEED Gold
• Lincoln Land Community College Workforce Careers Center in Springfield, LEED Silver

There are 541 USGBC member organizations with headquarters in Illinois, employing more than 14 million people and grossing more than $106 billion in annual revenue. In addition, there are more than 8,600 LEED credentialed professionals in the state.

Collectively, 1,777 commercial and institutional projects became LEED certified within the top 10 states in 2013, representing 226.8 million square feet of real estate. Worldwide, 4,642 projects were certified in 2013, representing 596.8 million square feet.

More than 20,000 projects representing 2.9 billion square feet of space have been LEED-certified worldwide, with another 37,000 projects representing 7.6 billion square feet in the pipeline for certification.

USGBC launched LEED v4, the newest version of the rating system, in the fall of 2013. The latest version continues to raise the bar for the entire green building industry, which McGraw-Hill Construction projects could be worth up to $248 billion in the U.S. by 2016. LEED v4 features increased technical rigor; new market sector adaptations for data centers, warehouses and distribution centers, hospitality, existing schools, existing retail, and mid-rise residential projects; and a simplified submittal process supported by a robust and intuitive technology platform.

The full ranking of the top 10 states includes:
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Reliable Controls names VP Sales and Marketing, Americas

March 13th, 2014

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NOVATO, Calif. — Reliable Controls announced the promotion of Rick Rosine to vice president of Sales & Marketing, Americas.

Rosine has worked in the Direct Digital Controls industry his entire career, starting as a DDC Technician in 1986, the same year Reliable Controls was founded, then moving to a position as an Application Engineer for a temperature controls company in 1992, followed by an Engineering Manager role for one of our past dealers in 1998, before accepting the role of Regional Sales Manager – Central U.S. for Reliable Controls in 2007.

During his tenure with Reliable Controls as RSM – Central US, Rosine was instrumental in growing the region in six out of seven years, typically posting double-digit growth. At the end of 2013, the Central – U.S. region was home to four of the top 10 dealers in the global Reliable Controls Authorized Dealer network, and sales closed at an astonishing 3.5 times than when Rosine joined the company.

Rosine now takes on the challenge of helping the existing team of Regional Sales Managers in the Americas to grow the respective regions, and to develop distribution in Central and South America.


Emerson’s Andre Patenaude to present at CMPX Show

March 12th, 2014

ST. LOUIS — Emerson Climate Technologies announced Andre Patenaude, director of marketing at Emerson Climate Technologies Canada, will speak at the 2014 Canadian Mechanical and Plumbing Exposition (CMPX). CMPX will be held in Toronto on March 19–21.

Patenaude will present “Enhanced Refrigeration Solutions” at 10:30 a.m. (EST) on March 19. Patenaude will discuss several enhanced solutions that can be applied in both retrofit and new refrigeration and air conditioning applications. Lowering energy consumption, through precise system control and modulation, will also reduce the carbon footprint. These enhanced solutions will provide faster and more accurate system diagnostics. He will also present several case study examples in which an enhanced solution has benefited both the contractor and the end user.

Emerson works closely with hundreds of manufacturers of commercial refrigeration and air conditioning equipment. Driven by energy regulations and North American guidelines, this equipment continually evolves to become more energy efficient and environmentally friendly. Within the commercial sector, foodservice has one of the highest energy uses per square foot, due largely to the need for commercial refrigerators and freezers. All of this equipment — ice machines, refrigerators, walk-in coolers and rooftop air conditioners — benefits from recent compressor innovations, new refrigerants and improvements in system efficiency.

Patenaude leads Emerson’s Canadian market strategy, planning and implementation of programs for its refrigeration and air conditioning business. His focus is to research market dynamics, define opportunities, identify synergies and work with the sales business development teams to provide individual customer strategies. Patenaude is a Certified Mechanical Engineering Technologist and has served as director of the Manufacturer’s Division of the Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute. He is an active member of the Refrigeration Service Engineers Society, Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists and ASHRAE.


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