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2014 December

The December issue is PME's 2015 BIG Book.

Greenbuild exhibitors say interest in sustainable construction still strong

Exhibitors at the 2014 Greenbuild attributed the frequently light traffic on the show floor Oct. 22-23 to a number of factors: educational workshops being conducted during trade show hours; declining attendance at trade shows in general; and the location of the event in New Orleans. 

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Ward celebrates 90th anniversary with new branding initiative

Ward Manufacturing has come a long way from the company Joseph P. Ward founded in 1924 in Blossburg, Pa., with 30 employees who produced a small line of cast-iron steam and drainage fittings, plugs and bushings. 

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pme Profile: Miwaukee Valve's Rick Giannini

Manufacturer will expand valve offerings and add fittings line.
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ICC's first foray into online voting struggles to gain traction

This year ICC fully implemented its cdpAccess online voting for code changes after a few trial runs.
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A sampling of low-temperature heat emitters

When you look at the big picture of hydronic heating on a worldwide basis, one of the most evident trends is migration toward low-temperature distribution systems.
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Decide: It's one of the most powerful words around

Advice sometimes comes unsolicited (such as now) and other times it comes after you've asked for it (if you’re lucky). Some advice has the power to change your life.
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Manufacturers ramp up efforts to fight Legionella

In this space over the course of my first full calendar year at pme, I have banged the drum (and not slowly) in favor of enhancing water savings in fixtures and applications. 

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Plumbing manufacturers search everywhere for water savings

While they continue to make products that save water, leading plumbing manufacturers say more needs to be done to use water efficiently inside and outside buildings.
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Mobile CSST information app from Ward Mfg.

Ward’s WardFlex Jobsite Assistant is a free app for Android and Apple mobile devices.
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Plumbing industry news and appointments -- Dec. 2014

New York City-based WSP, an international engineering design and environmental consultancy firm, acquired Houston-based national MEP engineering and commissioning firm ccrd.
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Industry leaders call for abstracts for symposium

The 2016 International Emerging Technology Symposium, set for May 2016 in Chicago, has signed the Alliance for Water Efficiency as a co-convener.
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LIXIL announces new operating model

Tokyo-based LIXIL Corp. announced a new global operating model, which goes into effect April 1, 2015.
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USGBC extends LEED 2009

Allows more time for industry to prepare for v4.


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Taco partners with Askoll to make high-efficiency pumps

Taco President and CEO John Hazen White Jr. made the announcement in Cranston during a ceremony attended by Taco employees.


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Letters to the Editor -- December 2014

To the Editor: The August pme article on the Seattle jail omits to say why many other buildings in Seattle do not have the same problems as the jail.
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Recycled water pipe from Aquatherm

Aquatherm’s Lilac recycled/reclaimed water piping system is a durable and corrosion-resistant polypropylene material that is easy to design and install for applications such as toilet/drain water, rainwater collection, laundry/cleaning and irrigation.
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Touchless flush toilet from Kohler

Kohler adds its touchless flush technology to the company’s San Souci toilet line.
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VRF zoning systems from Mitsubishi Electric

Mitsubishi Electric’s Hyper-Heating R2 series of variable-refrigerant flow zoning systems joins the Hyper-Heating Inverter (H2i) family of products.
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Education brochure from Chicago Faucets

Chicago Faucets’ Education Solutions brochure provides information about products for each functional area and unique application.
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Temperature-controlled showerhead from Niagara Conservation

Niagara Conservation will release its Hot Start showerhead, its latest Stealth System product offering, in January 2015.
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Enhanced pumps from Armstrong Fluid Technology

Armstrong Fluid Technology’s Design Envelope pumps now are available with single-phase motors to meet optimum efficiency and energy savings for all building loads.
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Piston flushometer from Sloan Valve Co.

Sloan’s Crown piston flushometer line features the addition of sensor- and manually operated urinal models flushing at 0.125 gpf or 0.25 gpf.
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Wall-hung, dual-flush toilet from Duravit

All of Duravit’s wall-hung toilets (available in Starck, Caro, Happy D., Happy D/2, Vero and Foster, among others) are WaterSense-approved and include commercial dual-flush toilets.
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Lavatory systems from Bradley Corp.

Bradley Corp.’s Advocate AV-Series lavatory system is an all-in-one sink with a hands-free, infrared 0.38-gpm faucet and infrared high-speed dual-sided hand dryer.
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Commercial water-source units from GeoStar

GeoStar introduces the Aston Compact and Arbor Base to its product line of commercial water-source units.
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Stainless-steel boiler from Harsco

Harsco introduces its P-K SONIC boiler, which contains an innovative stainless-steel heat exchanger design with segments designed to work together to help optimize efficiency and improve reliability.
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Water-saving shower system from TOTO

TOTO’s Aero shower system offers AeroJet+ with patented air injection technology to increase the volume of each water droplet.
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Plumbing industry news and appointments -- Dec. 2014

New York City-based WSP, an international engineering design and environmental consultancy firm, acquired Houston-based national MEP engineering and commissioning firm ccrd.
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Control valve from Paxton

Paxton’s V43 stainless-steel control valve is available in sizes 1/2” to 2” NPT.
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High-efficiency urinal from Mansfield

The 401HE Adam urinal from Mansfield Plumbing is a high-efficiency model that features the same performance and price points as the original unit.
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Shutoff valve from Watts Water Technologies

Watts Water Technologies’ Intelliflow A2CM1 automatic washing machine shutoff valve provides enhanced performance and an easier setup procedure.
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BIM offering from Lubrizol

The Lubrizol Corp. is expanding its offering in Building Information Modeling real-time, 3D modeling software to include availability of BlazeMaster fire sprinkler systems.
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Compression thermostatic mixing valve from Webstone Valve

Webstone offers the 3/8 Compression size in its line of thermostatic mixing valves.
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Condensation-elimnating bracket from Victaulic

Victaulic’s VicFlex style AB6 assembly reduces hands-on installation time.
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Snow-melt controller from Danfoss

Danfoss’ OJ ETO2 snow-melt controller offers an intelligent all-in-one control solution for ice and snow melting suitable for any application which uses hydronic or electric heating, including driveways, parking lots, sidewalks, stairs, ramps and bridges.
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Orbital flare from Hilmor

Hilmor’s Orbital Flare features a simple setup, precise positioning, secure hold and an automatic stopping clutch mechanism.
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Hydronic heating distribution manifolds from Caleffi

The Caleffi TwistFlow distribution manifolds use integrated balancing valves, enabling precise 0.25- to 2-gpm adjustment to each circuit.
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Wafer ball valves from Bonomi

Bonomi’s Valpres 725000 series valves are “true” wafer stainless-steel, full-port ball valves.
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Point-of-use drinking water system from Waterline

Waterline’s DWS-HFC-1000PLUS two-stage treatment train can provide a final barrier of protection from the unknown micro-organisms with sanitary quick change and sealed cartridges.
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Water leak alarm from Flood Buzz

Flood Buzz’s Pro-02 is a water leak alarm created specifically for use in condensate pans.
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Multifamily faucet options from Cleveland Faucet Group

The Capstone line from Cleveland Faucet Group (CFG) includes both kitchen and bath products.
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Toilet bowl venting unit from SerenityAirflo

The SerenityAirflo system provides an odor-free bathroom while maintaining the appearance of an all-in-one unit with a “no slam” toilet seat.
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Updated controls from Johnson Controls

Johnson Controls has updated the York brand of commercial packaged and spilt-system products with its Simplicity Smart Equipment.
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Swing bracket from T&S Brass

T&S Brass’ heavy-duty stainless-steel table leg hose reel swing bracket is designed for convenient right-hand or left-hand mounting on table-leg and lower-cross members.
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Water treatment system from EcoWater

EcoWater Systems’ HydroLink Plus Wi-Fi Web-based technology makes it possible to monitor and manage water-treatment systems and water usage via a smartphone, tablet or computer from inside or outside the home.
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