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The September issue of PME features a special look at the ASPE 2014 Expo as well as a look at how owners can better understand fuel savings by way of lower heat complaints.

2014 Plumbing Engineer of the Year: Affiliated Engineers' Sarah Balz

Water conservation, laboratory research the primary focus of this 18-year industry veteran.

Throughout the years in Hollywood, the guidance counselor has received a very unfair rap. Typically, the position is portrayed as a goof that students just roll their eyes at.


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Advanced snow-melt systems in commercial projects

Snow-melt systems are becoming more advanced and popular in commercial settings.

Ever so slowly the market for commercial snow-melt systems continues to crystalize. 


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2014 ASPE Expo expands floor hours

Focuses on green technologies.

“It’s the 50th anniversary celebration. It’s going to be really nice,” says Pam Rosenberg, ASPE’s manager of education and certification. 


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Residential fire sprinklers are winning over critics

One jurisdiction at a time.

No longer the bad guy.


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The correct pipe-joining method will cause less stress throughout a mechanical system

Noise and vibration decreases the life of various system components.

Calming presence.


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Immerse yourself in ASPE 2014 Expo

The 50th anniversary of the American Society of Plumbing Engineers is the perfect time to roll out the red carpet with the 2014 ASPE Convention and Exposition Sept. 20-24 at Chicago’s McCormick Place.


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P.E. is still the most important industry designation

There seems to be a proliferation of letters following people’s names. I’ll admit, I can add three different designations following my name. 


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Specific operating conditions require specific hardware in biomass boilers

Help owners understand fuel savings via lower heat complaints, not payback.

“They don’t live in the building. They never complain because they have nothing to complain about. They don’t have agents, and best of all, they pay their rent on time.” 


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The human thermostat

My children were students a local elementary school which was affiliated with the church we also attend. 


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Do you have a succession plan in place?

Most business owners agree they must plan to pass on their business. Most business owners also admit they have no such plan. How do you make sure you have such a plan?


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Appointments and plumbing news — September 2014

Appointments and plumbing news


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Armstrong hosts multi-city symposium

The Chicago event was the sixth of 10 for the company.

Armstrong Fluid Technology’s Design Envelope Symposium recently stopped in Rosemont, Ill.


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Industry groups to streamline green building program

The agreement outlines the development, maintenance and implementation of new versions of certain codes.

This cooperation hopes to create a framework for jurisdictions looking to adopt green building regulations and codes.


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PMI supports federal legislation

W21: Water in the 21st Century Act

The bill would take important steps to improve water-use efficiency by promoting water conservation, recycling and water projects.


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RPA, ASSE seek input on creation of new standard

This standard will allow authorities to recommend certification as a minimum requirement.

RPA will revise the current certification program.


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ASHRAE seeks papers for conference on energy and environment in ship

Abstracts (400 words in length) are due Oct. 13, 2014.

The focus is on the state-of-the-art trends and issues related to environment, HVAC, energy security, and health and safety in ships.


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Caleffi announces new warranty for valve

Caleffi now provides an industry-exclusive five-year warranty.

The Z-one Series valves are used to automatically shut off the flow.


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NSF acquires Jana Laboratories

Jana Laboratories has a staff of 14 people and a 20,000-sq.-ft. testing facility.

NSF International recently acquired the laboratory portion of Jana Laboratories.


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Rinnai North America celebrates 40th anniversary

During its time in North America, Rinnai has enjoyed major growth.

The tankless water heater manufacturer set up operations in Los Angeles in 1974.


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Grundfos' Water-pressure booster

Grundfos’ Hydro MPC BoosterpaQ system, which will be showcased in booth #1816 at ASPE 2014, offers superior pressure boosting for water-supply applications. 


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Sheet-molded compound showers from Aquatic

Aquatic’s A² line of sheet-molded compound showers and tub showers is ideal for both remodeling and new construction projects. 


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Balancing valve with flow meter from Caleffi

Caleffi’s QuickSetter+ manual balancing valve featuring a built-in visual flow meter takes the guesswork out of balancing hot water recirculation systems. 


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Victaulic's Vic-300 butterfly valve

Victaulic’s new Vic-300 MasterSeal stainless-steel butterfly valve (series 461) is an extension of the Vic-300 MasterSeal butterfly valve line. 


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Condensing tankless water heater from Nortiz

The NCC1991 condensing tankless water heater from Noritz America delivers a thermal efficiency of 94% with an input range of 16,000 to 199,900 Btu. 


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Hot-formed steel pipe from Wheatland Tube

Wheatland Tube’s SureThread standard steel pipe is hot-formed, meaning the entire piece is heatedduring tube formation, not just the edges. 


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Pex-a pipe support from Uponor

Uponor’s PEX-a pipe support provides continuous support of Uponor PEX pipe for suspended piping applications in commercial plumbing and hydronic distribution piping systems, enabling hanger spacing similar to copper or steel pipe. 


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Moen Commercial's sensor-operated faucets

Combining additional style options with optimal hygiene protection, Moen Commercial’s M•Power line of sensor-operated faucets has expanded to include new modern and transitional-styled models with looks that fit with any design preference. 


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Navien's tankless water heater

Navien’s new NPE-S series condensing tankless water heaters have a rated efficiency of 0.99 EF. 


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Pull-out end suction pump from Crane Pumps

The Weinman 375 & 575 series end suction pump from Crane Pumps minimizes capital, maintenance and operating expenses. 


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Bradley's enhanced tankless tempering system

Bradley introduces two new and improved models to its Keltech tankless tempering systems, which deliver on-demand ANSI-required tepid water to emergency safety showers and eye/face washes. 


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Lochinvar's condensing water heater

Lochinvar’s ARMOR commercial water heaters use stainless-steel heat exchanger technology with modulating/condensing combustion for superior energy efficiency. 


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Chemical waste drain system from Charlotte Pipe

Charlotte Pipe’s ChemDrain was created for institutional, academic and commercial laboratories and offers a safe, durable and economical alternative for the disposal of a wide range of chemicals. 


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Scale-reducing water heater from Bradford White

Bradford White introduces the new Infiniti tankless water heaters featuring the exclusive SRT scale-reduction technology. 


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NIBCO's press system

Made to undergo extensive and rigorous testing, NIBCO’s Press System is engineered to make secure, consistent and leak-proof connections. 


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Hydromechanical grease interceptor from Canplas

Canplas’ Endura XL is the latest hydromechanical grease interceptor developed and will be part of the Product Innovations Showcase at ASPE 2014. 


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Faucet attachement from Neoperl

Neoperl’s Careguard faucet line features a soft aerated stream that is produced when air and water combine in the faucet aerator’s mixing chamber. 


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A. O. Smith modulating gas water heater

A. O. Smith introduces the Cyclone Mxi, its first modulating, high-efficiency commercial gas water heater. 


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Mansfield Plumbing's HET children's toilet

Suited for hospitals, schools or other children’s applications, Mansfield Plumbing’s Elementray toilet is a 1.28-gpf HET speficially designed for kids. 


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WaterFurnace's commercial chiller

WaterFurnace’s CLW chiller optimizes system performance using a combination of hardware and software options. 


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High-efficiency circulator frin Wilo

Wilo expands its warranty on the Stratos, Stratos D and Stratos Z high-efficiency circulators. 


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System manager from Danfoss

Danfoss’ ADAP-KOOL system manager was honored at the 2014 AHR Expo Innovation Awards in the refrigeration category. 


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Manual flushometer toilet from American Standard

American Standard offers 1.1-gpf manual flushometer toilet systems. 


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Tankless water heater from Rinnai

Rinnai’s Ultra Series condensing water-heating technology combines traditional tankless water heaters with commercial applications. 


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ASHRAE GreenGuide

The newly published fourth edition of the “ASHRAE GreenGuide” contains updated guidance that reflects how green building practices as well as the industry have changed. 


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Waterless Co.'s soybean-based urinals

Waterless’ high-performance composite urinals are now offered and partially made (up to 30%) of Envirez, a soybean-based resin. 


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Solar hot water guidebook from Energy Conservation Services

Energy Conservation Services’ newly revised book “Solar Hot Water Systems: Lessons Learned 1977 to Today,” includes practical knowledge to successfully install residential and commercial solar hot water and pool-heating systems. 


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Radiant heating/cooling systems from REHAU

REHAU radiant heating and cooling systems circulate heated or chilled water through RAUPEX crosslinked polyethylene pipe installed in floors, walls or ceilings. 


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Taco's multipurpose tanks

Taco’s commercial multipurpose tank product line offers tank sizes ranging in volume between 50 and 1,050 gal., across 16 model sizes with nozzle connections varying between 2” and 10” as standard. 


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CPVC brass adapter fittings from Matco-Norca

For use in new or retrofit installations in residential and light commercial plumbing systems, Matco-Norca offers new lead-free CPVC brass adapter fittings in time for the federal lead-free mandate. 


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Variable speed booster from A.Y. McDonald

A.Y. McDonald introduces an addition to its DuraMAC Booster Pump product line. 


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Air-handling units from VTS

VTS America’s VENTUS “Born in the U.S.A.” line of air-handling units with frameless-casing panels is comprised of polyurethane foam with double-sided zinc-coated steel sheets. 


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Energy Star-certified water heaters from American Standard Water Heaters

American Standard Water Heaters announces its high-efficiency series of commercial and residential water heaters are Energy Star-certified. Launched in 1992, the Energy Star program is a voluntary labeling program jointly administered by the US Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy that identifies energy-efficient products. 


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SorTech's free cooling software

SorTech AG offers free software to calculate the economic viability of adsorption-based air-conditioning solutions. 


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Compact pumps from AquaMotion

AquaMotion pumps are rugged, easy to install and feature quiet running operations. 


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The September issue of PME features a special look at the ASPE 2014 Expo as well as a look at how owners can better understand fuel savings by way of lower heat complaints.

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