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RPA extends System Design Showcase deadline

July 11th, 2014

MOKENA, Ill. — The Radiant Professionals Alliance (RPA) has extended the entry deadline for its System Design Showcase 2014 competition to Nov. 1, providing an extra three months of time for designers and contractors to demonstrate their creativity and finesse in design and competence in installation before their peers in the radiant and hydronic industry.

The competition categories are: Residential Cooling, Residential Heating, Commercial Cooling, Commercial
Heating, Snow/Ice Melting, Electric and Innovation.

Entries must be postmarked by November 1, and include a completed application, a comprehensive description,
photos and schematics/drawings. The application may be downloaded from the RPA website at

The RPA’s Technical Committee, made of up industry experts, will screen all projects using a structured
evaluation process. Each entry will be judged on presentation, technical merit and impression. The winners will
be announced in January during the organization’s Annual Membership Meeting and Conference in Chicago.
The conference will coincide with the 2015 AHR Expo. Additionally, winners and their projects will be profiled in Radiant Living magazine.

“This is a great opportunity for our members to toot their own horn. Most of their beautiful work goes
unnoticed, and this is their opportunity to gain recognition,” said RPA Executive Director Mark Eatherton. “It
also allows the other viewing members the opportunity to see how their associates go about putting these
wonderful systems together in a way that makes them presentable.”



ASHRAE installs new officers, directors

July 10th, 2014

SEATTLE – ASHRAE has installed new officers and directors for 2014-15 at its Annual Meeting held June 28-July 2.

The new president is Thomas H. Phoenix, P.E., Fellow ASHRAE, ASHRAE-Certified Building Energy Assessment and Building Energy Modeling Professional, principal and vice president, Moser Mayer Phoenix Associates, Greensboro, N.C. His presidential theme is People, Passion, Performance.

Phoneix said, “People, passion and performance are three things that come to mind when I think about ASHRAE. Thanks to our 53,000 members around the globe, ASHRAE is building a worldwide best practices network of innovative people and successful technologies to serve the built environment community. Our membership also has great passion – I see that in how much time and dedication our people give to helping write standards, develop research, guide in policy and procedure, etc. Together, our people plus their passion ensures performance – whether that’s improving the performance of our great Society or improving the performance of building stock around the world.”

Other officers installed for a one-year term are:

  • President-Elect: T. David Underwood, P.Eng., Fellow ASHRAE, Life Member, ASHRAE-Certified Commissioning Process Management Professional, Oakville, Ontario, Canada
  • Treasurer: Timothy G. Wentz, P.E., Fellow ASHRAE, ASHRAE-Certified High Performance Building Design Professional, associate professor, University of Nebraska – Lincoln, Neb.
  • Vice President: Darryl K. Boyce, P.Eng., Fellow ASHRAE, assistant vice president (Facilities Management and Planning), Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • Vice President: Charles “Chuck” E. Gulledge III, P.E., Member, ASHRAE-Certified High Performance Building Design Professional, senior mechanical engineer, AC Corporation, Greensboro, N.C.
  • Vice President: Bjarne W. Olesen, Ph.D., Fellow ASHRAE, Life Member, professor, Technical University of Denmark, Kongens Lyngby, Denmark
  • Vice President: James K. Vallort, Fellow ASHRAE, senior vice president, Environmental Systems Design, Chicago, Ill.

ASHRAE installed the following directors to serve a three-year term from 2014-2017:

  • Region VII Director and Region Chair: Larry J. Fisher, founder, ECT Services, Louisville, Ky.
  • Region VIII Director and Regional Chair: William K. Klock, P.E., vice president, EEA Consulting Engineers, Austin, Texas
  • Region IX Director and Regional Chair: Blake E. Ellis, P.E., principal, Burns & McDonnell, Kansas City, Mo.
  • Region X Director and Regional Chair: Karine Leblanc, sales engineer, U.S. Air Conditioning Distributors, City of Industry, Calif.
  • Region-at-Large: Farooq Mehboob, P.E., Fellow ASHRAE, Life Member, owner, S. Mehboob and Co., Consulting Engineers, Karachi, Pakistan
  • Director-at-Large: Mark W. Fly, P.E., Fellow ASHRAE, director of engineering and government affairs, AAON, Tulsa, Okla.
  • Director-at-Large: Daniel Int-Hout III, Fellow ASHRAE, Life Member, chief engineer, Krueger, Richardson, Texas
  • Director-at-Large: Mick Schwedler, P.E., manager, applications engineering, Trane, La Crosse, Wis.


USGBC announces Alternative Compliance Paths for LEED Neighborhood Development

July 9th, 2014

WASHINGTON — Alternative Compliance Paths (ACPs) for LEED for Neighborhood Development version 2009 are now available. ACPs allow LEED to be more flexible and applicable to a wide range of building projects across the globe.

LEED for Neighborhood Development, or LEED-ND, was designed to inspire and help create better, more sustainable, well-connected neighborhoods and other district-scale development. It looks beyond the scale of buildings to consider entire communities to curb dispersed land use patterns and promote sustainable development. Projects outside of the U.S. often experience technical challenges when applying LEED ND requirements that are based off U.S. codes and practice.

The new ACPs target solutions for global users through local standards and codes, offering alternative approaches to meeting credits and prerequisites, and providing additional guidance to global users. Metric units were also added to the LEED ND rating system. These equivalency improvements help remove possible barriers to certification.

The LEED 2009 ND Global ACPs were developed with the input of global LEED ND users and members of the LEED International Roundtable, and were approved by the LEED Steering Committee. This approach leveraged the expertise of international users by developing solutions directly in conjunction with the market.

LEED encourages sustainable development and green building practices around the world. Currently there are LEED registered and certified projects in more than 150 countries and territories globally.

Download the LEED 2009 ND Global Alternative Compliance Path Reference Guide Supplement or visit the Credit Library to access the LEED 2009 ND Global ACPs.


AGC joins Hiring Our Heroes program

July 8th, 2014

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) announced that it is joining the national Hiring Our Heroes program as part of the construction industry’s effort to add 100,000 veterans over the next five years. The new partnership will make it easier for construction contractors to find, recruit and hire veterans, according to AGC officials.

“The only thing keeping many of our members from hiring vets is figuring out how to find them,” said Stephen E. Sandherr, chief executive officer of AGC. “This new partnership will make it easier for construction firms to find, recruit and hire veterans.”

The association’s members, commercial and civil construction firms across the country, are committed to hiring at least 100,000 veterans within five years, Sandherr said. He added that the new partnership will give member firms access to job fairs and other recruiting tools operated by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes program.

Sandherr said that the new partnership comes at a time when two-thirds of construction firms report having a hard time finding skilled workers to fill positions. The partnership with Hiring Our Heroes will make it easier for firms to fill vacancies with highly qualified workers and will be a key part of the association’s Workforce Development Plan.

“Construction firms are always eager to hire veterans because they make such great professionals,” Sandherr said. “As the economy continues to expand our members will be looking to hire even more veterans than they already do.”

Sandherr added that construction firms already hire a significant number of veterans, noting that veterans are more likely to be hired in construction than non-veterans, according to federal employment data. Many firms report having a hard time figuring out how to identify soldiers, sailors and airmen that are about to leave active duty and enter the private-sector workforce, Sandherr noted.

AGC will begin distributing information to its members and state and local chapters about the new partnership, Sandherr said, and help recruit expanding construction firms to participate in job fairs and other hiring events organized by Hiring Our Heroes.


ACCA pays respects to past chairman Maurice Jacobson

July 7th, 2014

ARLINGTON, Va. — ACCA informed its membership that Maurice “Maury” Jacobson, passed away on June 30 at the age of 93. Jacobson was chairman of ACCA’s Board of Directors in 1975.

Jacobson was a dedicated member of the HVACR industry. Not only did he own and operate a contracting business and serve on ACCA’s Board of Directors, but he also served on the South Palm Beach Florida Code Enforcement Board. Jacobson became Mayor of South Palm Beach in 2005, serving three, two-year terms. He also served his local community on the Community Affairs Advisory Board, the Palm Tran Service Board, the Palm Beach County League of Cities, and the Technical Advisory Committee for the Florida State Building Code and Energy Code Commission.

“Maury was an insightful member of the HVACR community and I always enjoyed spending time talking to him,” said Paul T. Stalknecht, president and CEO of ACCA. “His dedication to our industry and his local community is unrivaled by most people. His presence will be greatly missed.”

A memorial service was held July 3, at Beth Israel Memorial Chapel in Boynton Beach, Fla. Interment followed at Royal Palm Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to Trustbridge/Hospice of Palm Beach County (, or the Blinded Veterans Association (


Carrier, CEIVA partner on energy efficiency solution

July 3rd, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS – Carrier, a world leader in high-technology heating, air-conditioning and refrigeration solutions, teamed with CEIVA Energy, a utility-controlled home energy management system (HEMS) provider. The two companies will develop a new way for homeowners to improve energy efficiency. Carrier is a part of UTC Building & Industrial Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp.

The partnership combines CEIVA’s HEMS with the Carrier smart ComfortChoice Touch thermostat to provide enhanced intelligence and control for both utility companies and homeowners. Using the integrated platform, utility companies have the capability to adjust thermostat settings based on outside temperatures, communicate energy-efficiency and demand-response programs to residential customers, share real-time demand information and encourage customer engagement around energy use.

At the same time, residential customers can increase energy efficiency and reduce energy consumption in the home by eliminating wasteful heating and cooling. Customers can monitor and control their home energy usage through the user-friendly thermostat and convenient mobile and Web platforms.

“This innovative solution uses best-in-class technology to help homeowners and utilities realize great efficiencies,” said Raymond Archacki, senior product manager at Carrier. “The more homeowners can easily monitor and control their home energy use via smart, secure and easy-to-use thermostats and a broader HEMS platform, the more they’ll reduce energy and engage with their utility.”

National Grid, a utility based in Worcester, Massachusetts, will be the first utility company to adopt Carrier and CEIVA’s integrated offering and roll it out to residential customers. Carrier’s 200,000 installed smart thermostats throughout the U.S. will be equipped for the CEIVA platform, enabling a seamless transition as other utilities offer the technology.

“Utilities face increasing mandates to reduce home energy use and engage their customers,” said Dean Schiller, chief executive officer at CEIVA Energy. “Heating and cooling are significant drivers of home energy use — in some regions, they can account for more than 50 percent of the home’s total energy. The combination of CEIVA’s commitment to customer engagement and Carrier’s proven track record for connectivity and usability means we now offer utilities and their customers the best solution on the market.”


ASHRAE,IES publish manual for Standard 90.1

July 2nd, 2014

ATLANTA – Guidance on how to incorporate changes regarding building envelope, lighting, mechanical and the energy cost budget in the 2013 energy standard from ASHRAE and IES are included in a newly published User’s Manual.

ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2013, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, incorporates 110 addenda, reflecting changes made through the public review process.
Because the standard is written in mandatory language and is not intended as a design specification or an instruction manual, the User’s Manual was developed to minimize multiple interpretations of Standard 90.1 that may occur.

The manual helps users of the standard understand its principles and requirements and how to comply with them. It also includes measurements and calculations in both I-P and SI units, making it usable with either edition of Standard 90.1.

The book includes sample calculations, application examples and references to helpful resources and websites. It is intended for architects, engineers, contractors, code officials and other building professionals, and is also suitable for use in educational programs.

In addition, purchasers of this User’s Manual can download compliance forms and tools online.

“Including all the forms and instructions together in one location vs. including them in print allows users to download the package for continual use in their business,” said Drake Erbe, Standard 90.1 committee chair.

The cost of the User’s Manual to ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2013, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, is $115 ($98, ASHRAE members). To order, contact ASHRAE Customer Contact Center at 1-800-527-4723 (U.S. and Canada) or 404-636-8400 (worldwide), fax 678-539-2129, or visit the online bookstore.


State Water Heaters donates to the Armed Forces Foundation

July 1st, 2014

ASHLAND CITY, Tenn. – State Water Heaters recently supported Kurt Busch in his “Double” attempt on May 25, when he raced in both IndyCar’s Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR’s Coca-Cola 600. As part of that partnership, State agreed to support Busch’s charity of choice, the Armed Forces Foundation (AFF), by donating $25 for each mile the driver completed of the 1,100-mile race.

After his engine expired in the last half of the Coca-Cola 600, Busch clocked in with 906 miles, bringing State’s total donation to $22,650. The water heater manufacturer was on hand at the Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts race in Sparta, Ky. to present the check to Busch and AFF.

“State Water Heaters’ generous support of the Armed Forces Foundation is incredibly valuable to our mission to assist those men and women who have bravely fought for this country,” said Patricia Driscoll, president of the AFF. “We’re honored to have State as a partner in our efforts, and the company’s significant contribution will undoubtedly have a measurable impact on veterans’ lives.”

Busch is an advocate and representative of the AFF, utilizing motorsports as a platform to bring attention to the Foundation and its efforts to offer vital assistance to active-duty and retired military personnel, National Guard, Reserve Components and military families.

“It makes me proud to have a sponsor like State, who cares so passionately about serving a charity that is close to my heart,” said Busch. “Their support of both me during the “Double” and our country’s veterans through this donation is truly remarkable, and I look forward to building our relationship even further.”

“It’s great to have partners like Kurt and the AFF who so closely mirror the values of the State Water Heaters family,” said Jeff Storie, senior manager of marketing for State. “The State team is thrilled to be giving back to those who serve our nation’s heroes.”


Rinnai America names new general manager

July 1st, 2014

SARASOTA, Fla. – Frank Windsor has joined Rinnai America as general manager, and will be responsible for leading the organization to achieve its overall growth objectives and corporate strategies. Rinnai America Corporation is a leading brand in North America in the tankless gas water heater category.

Windsor comes to Rinnai from Kohler Company where he has enjoyed a very successful career of over the past 24 years. Most recently, Windsor served as vice president of sales – Plumbing Americas. He started his career at Kohler in 1990 as zone sales executive in Columbia, Md., and progressed to Branch Manager in Atlanta and then Detroit; director of builder, hospitality, and commercial sales; director of retail sales; and director for the Central Region.

In 2006, Windsor was promoted to the role of vice president of Sales – Plumbing Americas. In this capacity he was responsible for all sales including wholesale, retail, builder, commercial and hospitality for the Americas. His initiatives included generating double-digit growth, key distributor growth, supply chain alignment, Latin America entry strategy and roll out of the Kohler Store.

“I am thrilled to have an opportunity to join the Rinnai team and look forward to helping them exceed their objectives,” Windsor said.


PHCC announces National Standard Plumbing Code public hearing

June 30th, 2014

FALLS CHURCH, Va. — The PHCC National Standard Plumbing Code Committee will hold a Public Hearing at the Tropicana Casino and Resort in Atlantic City on July 23. Proposed changes, submitted for the 2015 edition of the National Standard Plumbing Code, will be reviewed in this public forum.

The proposed changes will be available for review or download beginning June 17 through the PHCC website. The hearing is open to all interested parties who wish to comment on the proposed changes.

For additional information, please email Chuck White at Call 800-247-8767 to make reservations (reference the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors–National Association meeting.) Cutoff date for reservations is today.


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