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July 2014

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In the July issue of pme, read about the rainwater harvesting system Alizabeth Cherian designed for the San Francisco waterfront at James R. Herman cruise terminal. It is supposed to dramatically decreased the amount of water runoff that spills into the San Francisco Bay. Also in this issue find out the ten things you need to know about steam traps, read about the main focus at the IAPMO meeting and which online courses you can take to better your plumbing knowledge. Also, read the latest news and check out the newest products in the plumbing industry.

Rainwater harvesting system greets James R. Herman cruise terminal

Set sail from Pier 27.
By John McNally
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Expansive rainwater harvesting application has San Francisco cruise terminal leading by example.


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Georgia county lowers water usage in multifamily units

A helping hand in Georgia.
By John McNally
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Cobb County, Ga., multifamily units lower water usage through cooperative program.


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Smartphones have amazing technology, but let’s be smart about how we use them.

Beware the Smartphone.
By John McNally
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According to the FMI report, the need for building new spaces has slowed as e-commerce — while still a small but growing percentage of total sales — picks up the slack for new business. Additionally, engineers and contractors’ pricing continues to be challenged as building owners desire more green construction methods.


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Pellet-fueled boilers are sized differently from conventional units

Bigger is not better.
By John Siegenthaler P.E.
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Pellet-fuel boilers come closest to mimicking the fully automatic operation of oil- and gas-fired boilers.


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10 things you should know about steam traps

Don’t get stuck!
By Dan Holohan
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Let’s get right to it with some steam-trap advice.


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IAPMO meeting focuses on drainage sizing

Tough decisions.
By Julius Ballanco, P.E., CPD
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Drainage sizing, ad-hoc committee created at recent IAPMO meeting.


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Team USA wins Water Innovation Challenge

Team USA defeated Team Australia at the Water Innovation Challenge.
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The Water Innovation Challenge was held during the International Water Week in Singapore.


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Weil-McLain recalls Ultra Series boilers due to risk of fire, explosion

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Boiler manufacturer Weil-McLain is recalling its Ultra models 80, 105, 155 and 230 MBH Ultra Series gas-fired boilers used for space heating. A cap on the boilers’ manifold can crack and release gas into the home, posing a risk of fire and explosion.


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Zurn opens new innovation center in Cary, N.C.

Zurn fuels more engineered water solutions.
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Zurn Industries announces the opening of its new Innovation Center in Cary, N.C. 


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HeatSpring announces Integrated HVAC Engineering online course in partnership with pme

Online course will cover “Mastering Comfort, Health and Efficiency”.
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10-week online course with Robert Bean: September 22nd - November 28th, 2014.


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Lubrizol products listed by ICC

Lubrizol products listed by ICC-ES for plenum spaces.
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FlowGuard Gold and Corzan piping systems are now listed by the International Code Council-Evaluation Service for use in return air plenums.


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Stainless-steel control valve from Paxton Corp.

Paxton’s V43 stainless-steel control valve is available in sizes 1/2” to 2” NPT.
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A copy of the test report is available on request. Together with the 15-second actuator VM800, the V43 can be used to control domestic hot water (potable water) from a building automation system or the standalone controller TC250D.


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Automatic flow-balancing valve from Caleffi

Caleffi’s FlowCal is an automatic flow-balancing valve.
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The FlowCal has union-end connections for ease of installation and maintenance with 16 flow rates available from 0.5 to 10 gpm. Connection sizes are 1/2”, 3/4”, 1” NPT, sweat connections and 3/4” press connections.


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Cast-iron Balmoral bathtub from Cheviot

Cheviot introduces the Balmoral hand-crafted contemporary bathtub.
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Their factory complies with EU emission standards. Cheviot uses double-A-grade titanium-based enamel on the interior which is harder, thicker and less porous, making the tubs durable, harder to scratch, easy to clean and resistant to stains and bacteria.


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High-efficiency circulator pump from Bell & Gossett

The maximum flow is 265 gpm.
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Features include: electronically commutated permanent magnet motor; proportional pressure, constant pressure and manual set constant speed; and Modbus or BACnet access for system management.


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New 3350 valve from Taco

Taco’s new 3350 valve automatically feeds water to a hydronic system.
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The valve automatically exits the fast-fill mode once the system is full and the desired set pressure is reached.


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Flanged ball valve series from NIBCO

The automatic valves are dezincification-resistant and are offered in both solder and threaded ends.
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The valves are available in sizes 1/2” through 2” and feature double union ends with PSI ranges from 125-300, maximum temperature ranges from 250-260° F, while each valve is equipped with two test points for differential pressure measurements.


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Flanged ball valve series from American Valve

The actuators have an unmatched cycle life.
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American Valve also provides turnkey automation packages.


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July 2014

2014 July

In the July issue of pme, read about the rainwater harvesting system Alizabeth Cherian designed for the San Francisco waterfront at James R. Herman cruise terminal. It is supposed to dramatically decreased the amount of water runoff that spills into the San Francisco Bay. Also in this issue find out the ten things you need to know about steam traps, read about the main focus at the IAPMO meeting and which online courses you can take to better your plumbing knowledge. Also, read the latest news and check out the newest products in the plumbing industry.
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