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PMI welcomes new technical director

April 8th, 2014

ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill. — Barbara C. Higgens, CEO/Executive Director of Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI) has named Matt Sigler as PMI’s technical director, effective immediately.

As technical director, Sigler is in charge of analyzing and reporting proposed code and standard changes, maintaining and managing effective relationships with PMI members, certification agencies and industry peers. Sigler will also represent PMI at various industry meetings and code hearings.

Most recently, Sigler was a plumbing code development administrator with the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) in Ontario, California. During his tenure with IAPMO, Sigler managed the development of several Uniform Plumbing Codes and provided technical assistance to IAPMO’s membership. Sigler comes to PMI with the full support and blessing of IAPMO which is an Allied Member of the organization.

“We are delighted to welcome Matt to the PMI team. He comes to PMI highly recommended by his peers and with the blessing of IAPMO. We look forward to working with him. He is a great addition to our talented staff,” noted Higgens.

Previously, Sigler worked as a consultant for CodeSmart, LLC of Indiana and a corporate manager of code administration for C.P. Morgan Communities in Indianapolis, IN. He has a Bachelor of Science in Construction Technology/Management from Indiana State University as well as a number of industry certifications. He is a member of the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) and has served on several of their technical committees. Additionally, he served on technical committees for the International Code Council (ICC), and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) where he served on the Board of Directors from 2005-2009—during that same time frame, Sigler was also the national director of the Indiana Builders Association.

American Standard saves 18 trillion gallons of water

April 7th, 2014

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Americans have saved more than 18 trillion gallons of water — roughly the volume of Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay — by embracing low-flow toilet technology over the past two decades since the U.S. enacted the 1992 Energy Policy Act (EPAct) that mandated less water per flush, according to the Alliance for Water Efficiency (AWE).

In the process, the amount of water consumed has been reduced by more than half, with usage rates down by 54 and 63 percent. These savings have been impactful, as toilets represent the single largest source of water consumption in a home, accounting for nearly one-third of residential water use, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Additionally, today’s commercial fixtures offer 1.1 gpf toilets that yield a 31 percent savings over standard 1.6 gpf toilets, and urinals that operate with a meager 0.25 gpf, and cut water use by as much as 87 percent over standard urinals.

“As we mark the EPAct’s 20th anniversary, it’s important to appreciate the significant water usage efficiencies that smart plumbing technology has brought our nation,” said Jay Gould, president and CEO of American Standard Brands. “As much of the nation faces the worst drought in half a century, it is heartening to look back upon twenty years of this successful water conservation policy and realize the enormous volume of water saved by highly efficient plumbing products.”

The estimated 18.2 trillion gallons in cumulative water savings that has resulted from the use of low-flow toilets highlights how water conservation policies, such as the 1992 EPAct, affect and help sustain the nation’s water supplies, said Mary Ann Dickinson, president and CEO of Chicago-based AWE, the national nonprofit organization dedicated to the efficient and sustainable use of water.

“These toilets help save an estimated 4.6 billion gallons of water each and every day in the U.S.,” Dickinson said. “When you add in the further water reductions achieved by high efficiency 1.28 gpf toilets, the savings are even more outstanding. Water is the critical resource issue of our time, and smart water conservation policies work to ensure that we have sustainable supplies for the future.”

The American Standard Champion PRO series toilets offer a flush that can easily remove 1,000 grams of solid waste, the Champion PRO models use only 1.28 gpf, meeting rigorous WaterSense-certification standards.

All American Standard bathroom sink faucets use only 1.5 gallons per minute (gpm) and are WaterSense-certified for using 32 percent less water than standard 2.2 gpm styles, without sacrificing performance. Supporting the use of water saving faucets, the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) reported that almost half of the designers responding to its annual 2014 Kitchen and Bath Design Trends survey specified water-saving faucets and fixtures in 2013.

“American Standard is privileged to have been a part of this amazing water savings accomplishment ― conserving over 18 trillion gallons of water in the U.S over the past two decades,” Gould said. “It’s all part of our company’s efforts to raise the standards in bringing innovative solutions and technical leadership to the plumbing industry and our world. It’s been part of our company’s heritage for over 140 years.”

Visit www.americanstandard.com

Allen joins MCAA Board of Directors

April 4th, 2014

ROCKVILLE, Md. — Jim Allen became the Manufacturer/Supplier Council representative to the Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA) Board of Directors at the close of the association’s annual convention on March 13. The event was held at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Allen is the President and CEO of Sloan Valve Company, a Franklin Park, IL-based manufacturer of water- and energy-efficient plumbing systems. A LEED accredited professional, he has written several articles on the topic of Water Conservation and Sustainability and regularly speaks to groups regarding LEED and strategies for making Water Efficiency part of a corporate sustainability initiative.

His service on the MCAA Board of Directors runs concurrent to his term as Chairman of MCAA’s Manufacturer/Supplier Council Executive Committee. He has served on the Manufacturer/Supplier Council’s Governing Board since 2008. In addition, he has been a member of the Plumbing Contractors of America Board of Directors and the Green Coordinating Committee.

The Mechanical Contractors Association of America, Inc. (MCAA) serves the unique needs of approximately 2,800 firms involved in heating, air conditioning, refrigeration, plumbing, piping, and mechanical service. We do this by providing our members with high-quality educational materials and programs to help them attain the highest level of managerial and technical expertise. MCAA includes the Mechanical Service Contractors of America, the Plumbing Contractors of America, the Manufacturer/Supplier Council, the Mechanical Contracting Education and Research Foundation and the National Certified Pipe Welding Bureau. Visit www.mcaa.org.

Registration open for 2014 AHRI Spring Meeting

April 4th, 2014

ARLINGTON, Va.  — Registration is open for the AHRI 2014 Spring Meeting, May 6-8, at Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, Va.

The AHRI Spring Meeting is the place to reconnect with industry colleagues and learn about the latest issues affecting the industry. AHRI’s product sections will meet to discuss product-specific standards, certification, communications, statistics, and policy issues; and AHRI staff will again present the Need-to-Know session, alerting attendees to developments on issues relevant to our members and the industry.

AHRI’s Spring Meeting is open only to employees of member companies and invited guests. Registration Fees are: $250 through April 14; and $300 after April 14.

AHRI 2014 Spring Meeting Sponsors include:

  • Intertek
  • CSA Group
  • UL

Visit www.ahrinet.org/ahri+2014+spring+meeting.aspx

ASHRAE joins NAHB, ICC on national Green Building standard

April 3rd, 2014

WASHINGTON — The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), ASHRAE, and International Code Council (ICC), agreed to jointly develop the 2015 edition of the ICC/ASHRAE 700 National Green Building Standard. This is the third edition of the standard and the first time that ASHRAE has partnered on its development.

“ASHRAE’s participation is welcome news for the home building industry,” said NAHB Chairman Kevin Kelly. “This cements the position of the National Green Building Standard as the preeminent green standard for residential construction.”

In 2007, NAHB and ICC convened a consensus committee of home builders, code officials, product manufacturers, building science and energy-efficiency specialists and governmental representatives to develop the standard. It was approved in 2009 by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as the first green standard for residential construction, development and remodeling. Since then, the National Green Building Standard has helped define and advance sustainable home building, remodeling and development – a sector expected to represent as much as a third of the market by 2016.

Now known as the ICC 700 National Green Building Standard (NGBS), it was updated in 2012 by a subsequent consensus committee and again approved by ANSI. NGBS has been used to certify more than 32,000 single- and multifamily homes and residential developments for reaching its established benchmarks for energy, water and resource efficiency, indoor environmental quality, home owner education and site development.

“As one of the nation’s leading societies for building technology, ASHRAE brings years of experience and knowledge to the table, particularly in the areas of indoor environmental quality and energy efficiency,” said ICC Board President Stephen Jones, CBO, and CEO Dominic Sims, CBO, in a joint statement. “ASHRAE’s welcome involvement will help position the ICC/ASHRAE 700 National Green Building Standard even further ahead as the leading consensus standard in the industry.”

Applications to serve on the NGBS consensus development committee are open through April 6. That’s also the deadline to submit proposals to update or amend the new edition. The application and the proposal submission forms can be found at www.homeinnovation.com/ngbs, the website for the Home Innovation Research Labs, which again is serving as secretariat, or administrator, for the standard development process.

“ASHRAE is pleased to stand beside NAHB and ICC as a co-sponsor of Standard 700-2015,” said ASHRAE President Bill Bahnfleth. “This collaborative agreement provides a path forward for ASHRAE to contribute its technical and standards expertise to support one of the most important sectors of the built environment – our homes. We look forward to this joint effort to promote sustainability in the residential sector.”

Visit www.ashrae.org

Josam Co. unveils new website, app

April 2nd, 2014

MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. — In April, Josam Company introduced its new website and mobile app. In addition to a completely new and refreshed look, the new website is now mobile friendly and offers many improved features and benefits.

Easier navigation around the site will bring up crisp new product photos with many added photos of drains with commonly used optional features. Search features, such as product application searches and cross reference and carrier fixture guides, have been updated and refined for effortless use. Quick links to pricing an item, sales representative locator, submittal drawings, literature, news and customer service all have been enhanced also!

Along with introduction of the new website, Josam Company also unveiled a new cutting-edge mobile app for IOS and Android users. This free app provides easy access to Josam product details and customer support from your mobile device. Registered users of this app will have the ability to communicate with Josam customer service and engineering team via real time communication. The mobile app allows users to mark-up photos or videos taken in the field to possibly rectify an installation or product issue or address a remedy for a specific application.

Josam’s new website and mobile app were designed with providing comprehensive and detailed information to the user without sacrificing simplicity of use.

Visit www.JOSAM.com

Hansgrohe Axor recognized for excellence

April 1st, 2014

ALPHARETTA, Ga. – Hansgrohe’s Axor brand is starting 2014 with a number of prestigious honors. The distinctions include the 2013 Georgia Launching Opportunities By Exporting (G.L.O.B.E) Award.

For the past four years, Axor has been successfully increasing export of its U.S. assembled, German-engineered products to emerging markets overseas, resulting in mutually beneficial international business relations. Most recently, the brand garnered the attention of the Georgia Department of Economic Development. The governor of Georgia formally bestowed the organization’s G.L.O.B.E award upon Axor, commending the company for its excellence in international trade in 2013.

Hansgrohe was also recognized for supporting the U.S. workforce, while strengthening Georgia’s position in global commerce. Axor Starck Organic was shortlisted for World Interiors News Annual Awards in the Interior Accessories category. The awards celebrate and present the best international interior design and cutting edge products. The red dot design awards’ iconic red dot symbol is internationally known, signifying the “best in design and business.”

Axor also received the 2013 award for Axor Starck Organic in the product design category. The KBCULTURE Awards focuses on recognizing the very best in Kitchen & Bath. In the 2013 edition, Axor Starck Organic took the No. 1 spot in the bathroom fittings category.

Along with other interior design and innovation awards, Axor also received trade publication awards and recognition from Interior Design , Architectural Record, Architectural Products , Professional Remodeler and Professional Builder publications.

Visit www.hansgrohe-usa.com

Oatey launches national Pro Plumbers Tour

March 31st, 2014

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Oatey Company recently kicked off its national Pro Plumbers Tour to rave reviews in Southern Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina and Louisiana. “Our Pro Plumbers Tour is a unique opportunity for professional plumbers to get their hands on our latest product innovations, and also provide critical feedback on soon-to-be-released products while they are still in the prototype or final development stages,” said Dean Field, Global VP of Sales & Marketing for Oatey SCS.

With tour stops planned in nearly 30 states and over 100 cities in 2014, Oatey is taking its rough plumbing products to its best customers. Events take place at local wholesale locations, rep locations or local plumbing schools. The Oatey “Innovation Station” was most recently the star of the show at the WinWholesale Bi-Annual Meeting in Dallas, Texas.

“Demand has been incredible,” said Field. “In some cases we are planning as many as three events per day. That’s how excited the plumbers and wholesalers are to host these events. We have so much information we want to share with pro plumbers. Our new Hercules MEGATAPE has been a huge hit along with our True Set adjustable drain for light commercial applications. And plumbers are always eager to get their hands on our professional grade Hercules STA PUT ULTRA putty, MEGALOC thread sealant and dozens of other products. All of our industry leading brands are represented: Cherne, Dearborn Brass, Hercules and Oatey.”

Apple technology drives the innovation both inside and outside the trailer. Five flat screen TVs broadcast instructional and safety videos, while iPad tablets collect valuable survey data and new product ideas.

“This effort is so much more than just a sample trailer. We combine the best elements of a counter day with the resources of a tradeshow to create a one-of-a-kind, multimedia educational experience for the plumbers,” said Field. “Plus they get to speak directly with Oatey product managers, engineers and senior management so they know their ideas are being heard, and in many cases will be acted upon.”

Follow the tour online and enter contests at www.facebook.com/OateySCS or www.twitter.com/OateySCS.

Kohler celebrates legacy of board member

March 28th, 2014

KOHLER, Wis. — William“Bill” Boyd passed away on March 22, at his home in Scottsdale, Ariz. He was 87 years old. His long and successful career included many years as president of Sterling Faucet Company. After the Sterling Plumbing Group became a Kohler Company, Mr. Boyd continued to run the company and became a member of the Kohler Board of Directors.

Boyd left with no regrets. He had, what he himself called, a charmed life. Born in Evanston, Ill., he was a life-long Chicagoan and loved his city. His parents were teachers and administrators in the Chicago public school system.Boyd attended grade school and high school in Evanston, Ill. and received his undergraduate degree and graduate degree in business administration from Northwestern University. He was a life-long Wildcat fan.

After receiving his MBA, Boyd traveled west and worked as a waiter at the Yellowstone Lodge. He played Old Faithful in the employee show for guests since he could squirt water higher than anyone else. He spent that winter in Sun Valley, Idaho where he was a bell hop at the Sun Valley Lodge. It is there that he met Janet Scantland — the woman who would be his wife of almost 60 years. Janet who came from the prairies of Canada and Bill, who was from the prairies of the Midwest, were a perfect match. The two shared a set of core values that guided their life together – family, hard work, doing your best, following your path, honoring commitments, being a good friend. Boyd had three children – Bruce (married to Beth), Keith (married to Margie) and Ann (married to Kurt) and were the devoted grandparents of Jake, Charlie, Sam, Tyler, Jessie, Ella and Viola. Jan passed away in 2011.

Boyd spent his career in business. His first job was with Bell & Howell. Looking for more responsibility, he interviewed with Bill Kinkead of Kinkead Industries. Kinkead was looking for a factory foreman. The interview went well but when Kinkead asked about Boyd’s salary expectations, they were higher than what Kinkead was prepared to pay. As Boyd was leaving the office, Kinkead opened the door and shouted, “Young man, I like your attitude. You’re hired.”

Boyd spent many years at Kinkead Industries, eventually becoming president. He left Kinkead to become a Group Vice President at United States Gypsum where he successfully built their home products division, among other things, through the acquisition of Kinkead Industries. Boyd and his colleague at USG, Dave Wright, left the company to purchase the Sterling Faucet Company. What became the Sterling Plumbing Group was later acquired by the Kohler Company. Boyd continued to run Sterling following the acquisition and served for many years on the Board of the Kohler Company.

Since retirement, Boyd, affectionately known as the “Energizer Bunny,” remained active as a member of the boards of Kohler, Cummins Allison and Elmhurst College. Boyd and his wife spent increasing amounts of time at their adobe home at Desert Highlands in Scottsdale, Arizona where Boyd, on at least two occasions, missed shooting his age on the golf course by a single shot. Through his final days, Boyd retained his signature sense of humor and positive attitude. During his six month battle with Lymphoma, he never uttered a cross word.

A gathering to celebrate Boyd’s life was held at Desert Highlands on March 23, and will be scheduled in the Chicago area in late April or early May. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the William and Janet Boyd Scholarship Fund at Elmhurst College (190 Prospect Ave., Elmhurst, Ill. 60126).

Visit www.us.kohler.com

Lubrizol CPVC offers app for Android

March 27th, 2014

CLEVELAND – The Lubrizol Corporation’s CPVC mobile app is a handy, useful jobsite resource for building and construction professionals. Previously available for the Apple iPhone and iPad, the app is now also available for free download on Android devices.

Lubrizol CPVC designed the app to provide easy access to valuable information and tools about Lubrizol CPVC’s trusted brands, including FlowGuard Gold Pipe & Fittings, BlazeMaster Fire Sprinkler Systems and Corzan Piping Systems.

The mobile app features the Lubrizol CPVC FBC System Compatible product finder, a tool that helps identify the chemical compatibility between Lubrizol CPVC piping systems and other common construction materials. This tool supports project success, taking the guesswork out of chemical compatibility. The app also includes the latest news from Lubrizol CPVC, as well as regional contact information for training and support in the field.

“We want all our customers to have easy access to the valuable information and tools, so they can be confident in all their projects that use Lubrizol CPVC,” said Mike Taylor, manager of Marketing Communications at Lubrizol CPVC Piping Systems. “We’re pleased with the continued advancement of our mobile app and look forward to learning more about how our customers are using it to implement further improvements.”

The Lubrizol CPVC mobile app initially debuted for the Apple iPad at the 2013 NAHB International Builders’ Show. It was later expanded in the fall of 2013 to include the Apple iPhone and more recently updated for Android devices.

The Lubrizol CPVC app is available for download on the App Store at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/cpvc-more-inside/id591743274?mt=8.

Visit www.lubrizolcpvc.com

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