The March 2023 issue of PM Engineer features advancements in technology, government mandates spur interest in energy-efficient solutions, proper drainage system helps steer brewery to success, and more.
Heat pump technology is becoming increasingly recognized as the way forward to achieve decarbonization goals. According to a 2022 report by the International Energy Agency, while 190 million heat pump units were in operation in buildings worldwide in 2021, heat pumps still only meet about 10% of the global heating need in buildings — below the deployment level required to get on track with Net Zero emissions by 2050. Which leaves lots of opportunity for growth in this market.
PM Engineer Chief Editor Nicole Krawcke had the chance to chat with Jon Dommisse, Bradley Corp.’s vice president of marketing, to discuss how these commercial restroom trends are evolving in 2023, what the hottest products are and how codes are influencing the design of these spaces.
“Brewing is as much an art form as it is a science,” said Ironshield co-owner and Brewmaster Glen Sprouse, a nationally-recognized brewer and brewery designer. “And of course there’s passion, but there’s a need for all of it — fine art, hard science and obsessive enthusiasm — if the beer is to acquire a following, and favor, in today’s very crowded marketplace.”
“Bếp” in Vietnamese means “kitchen,” which made it the perfect word for Adam Gilpatrick and his wife to use when naming their first restaurant, Bếp Vietnamese Kitchen, in downtown Holly Springs, North Carolina, a suburb of the state’s bustling capital of Raleigh.
Democrat or Republican, we can all agree that lead in drinking water is bad. That was the takeaway from President Joe Biden’s State of the Union Address last month, where he discussed the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) and how it has funded 20,000 projects since the legislation passed in 2021.
The first time I ever bid and landed a commercial plumbing contractor, it was for a huge retail store on the upper floor of a local shopping mall. Every bidder was required to provide submittals for virtually everything being installed.
In my January column, I began a series focused on chemical and non-chemical additives or technologies that I treat as “must consider” for plumbing engineers in their design practices to reduce the risk of legionella bacteria developing in the domestic water system.
In terms of civic engagement, younger generations have been voting and volunteering at higher rates than previous generations. Regardless of one’s political beliefs, I think we can all agree that politics has become a much bigger portion of daily life. Whether on social media or at our local coffee shop, we all are spending more energy talking about the bigger picture.
Building and safety codes are near and dear to my heart as they, undoubtedly, have a significant impact on public health, safety and welfare. Buildings in every jurisdiction in the United States use some version of building and safety codes. In addition, building and safety codes cover most products manufactured for the building and construction industries.
When designing hydronic circuits, most engineers focus on what’s necessary for that circuit to absorb thermal energy at a heat source, carry it along like a conveyor belt and drop it off at one or more heat emitters.
The document provides the rationale, data and formulas for determining the proper wall thickness for a fused, highly ductile, flexible HDPE water main in a seismically sensitive area, subjected to an induced lateral spread.
Established as the community investment arm of Terracon, the foundation has granted nearly $4 million to community organizations, universities and dependents of employees, as well as disaster relief efforts.
Merging the benefits of storage in a standard tank water heater with the efficiency of tankless into one powerful unit, the new Hybrid Hot Series provides a continuous hot water supply and quick hot-water recovery with a 10-year warranty.
Mueller Steam Specialty, a Watts brand, introduced the Series 90 butterfly valve, designed for commercial and industrial applications working with pipes from 2" to 40" and meeting high-performance specifications, especially for data centers, hospitals and educational institutions.
The AMP-L condensing boiler and water heater is available in five sizes: 400, 500, 650, 800 and 1000 MBH. AHRI-certified and rated at 97% and 98% thermal efficiency respectively, the AMP-L is available in either a natural gas or propane configuration.
Bradford White Water Heaters Brute FT floor standing boilers feature a stainless steel fire-tube heat exchanger and multiple venting options, low-pressure drop design with a sealed combustion chamber and pre-mix ceramic fiber burner.