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Deerfield Beach, Fla. — Grundfos has expanded its U.S. footprint to Florida to serve the water and wastewater industry with its industry-leading solutions. On Thursday, Nov. 8, Grundfos hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony at its new facility in Deerfield Beach, Florida, to celebrate the expansion. Located at 620 S.W. 12TH Ave. in Deerfield Beach, the Read More

Deerfield Beach, Fla. — Grundfos has expanded its U.S. footprint to Florida to serve the water and wastewater industry with its industry-leading solutions. On Thursday, Nov. 8, Grundfos hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony at its new facility in Deerfield Beach, Florida, to celebrate the expansion.

Located at 620 S.W. 12TH Ave. in Deerfield Beach, the new facility serves as a distribution hub for Grundfos water and wastewater pumps, controls, and related accessories, and offers service and testing to the area.

At 4 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 8, Deerfield Beach Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Denise Jordan joined Grundfos leadership and the local business community for a ribbon cutting ceremony at the new location.

“By placing a location in the heart of Florida, we will now provide inventory, personnel and local expertise to assist customers with all of their water and wastewater pumping, treatment, and control/monitoring challenges,” said Robert Montenegro, executive vice president of sales for Grundfos Water Utility. “We look forward to supporting businesses and municipalities with world-class Grundfos solutions.”

Earlier in the day, Grundfos hosted consulting engineers and municipality personnel for a series of continuing education courses provided by the Grundfos Technical Institute. The Florida Rural Water Association approved one of the courses offered to include continuing education units (CEU) and professional development hours (PDH) for participants.

Grundfos is not only investing in the new Florida facility, but also expanding its innovative, efficient, reliable pump offerings to service the market. The new patent-pending Grundfos SE/SL submersible wastewater pumps feature enhanced durability for dry pit and submerged applications, and the new Grundfos SD range of pumps offers the water quality industry a durable solution to solids handling for wastewater and Stormwater collection and treatment that can be customized for a wide range of applications.

To learn more about Grundfos products, attendees at the ribbon cutting toured the facility, viewed our pumps, and met the Grundfos experts.

For more information, visit www.grundfos.us.

Hershey, Pa. — Taco Comfort Solutions has signed on as a top level Expo Sponsor for Eastern Energy Expo 2019 to be held at Hershey Lodge & Convention Center, Hershey, PA, May 19-22, 2019. According to Ken Watson, Vice President of Corporate Marketing for Taco Comfort Solutions, based in Cranston, R.I., “Eastern Energy Expo has Read More

Hershey, Pa. — Taco Comfort Solutions has signed on as a top level Expo Sponsor for Eastern Energy Expo 2019 to be held at Hershey Lodge & Convention Center, Hershey, PA, May 19-22, 2019. According to Ken Watson, Vice President of Corporate Marketing for Taco Comfort Solutions, based in Cranston, R.I., “Eastern Energy Expo has proven to be a great venue to showcase our products and services and we are proud be a part of this exciting event. We have been an active participant and supporter for the last three years and are excited to continue in the top tier of sponsors in 2019. This show provides us a great opportunity to network and develop relationships with so many outstanding people and companies.”

Taco Comfort Solutions engineers and manufactures high efficiency indoor heating, cooling, and air quality comfort systems. The company’s expertise, products and support save their customers’ resources while improving their indoor environmental quality. Taco joins ADD Systems and Federated Insurance as a top level sponsor to the annual event. Diamond Sponsors include: RW Beckett, Buckeye Energy Services; Citgo; Lucknow-Highspire Terminals, Sunoco, LLP; and Valero Marketing and Supply. Weil Mc-Lain is a Technical Education Sponsor and the show’s mobile app is sponsored by Cargas.

Eastern Energy Expo brings together under one roof: wholesale and retail heating fuel marketers, motor fuel distributors, diesel and biodiesel distributors, propane marketers and service professionals—all shopping for the latest and best in products and services. Eastern Energy Expo excels in placing buyers in front of our exhibitors. When many industry shows draw attendees in the hundreds, EEE has averaged 4,000 attendees over the past three years.

The annual convention and trade show is co-hosted by the Atlantic Region Energy Expo (AREE), the Oil & Energy Service Professionals (OESP) and the Pennsylvania Petroleum Association (PPA).

Sponsors and exhibitors will have instant access to the leading providers of fuels and home comfort needs to millions of consumers in the Northeast, one of the most populated regions in the United States.

The two-day trade show will be open May 21 and 22, showcasing the latest products and services for the petroleum marketing and HVAC industry.

The 2019 floor plan features nearly 300 exhibits in two halls as well as an outdoor Truck Showcase and outdoor equipment displays. Additionally, numerous sponsorship and marketing opportunities, to increase branding and visibility for participating companies, are available. Exhibit space is nearly 50% sold.

Learn about it all at EasternEnergyExpo.com

Ontario, Calif. — Building on the foundation of a great tool and with more than one year of additional input from engineers, contractors and building owners, the Hydronic Industry Alliance-Commercial (HIA-C), a committee of the Radiant Professionals Alliance (RPA), has upgraded its total commercial building HVAC system efficiency comparison tool that continues to be available Read More

Ontario, Calif. — Building on the foundation of a great tool and with more than one year of additional input from engineers, contractors and building owners, the Hydronic Industry Alliance-Commercial (HIA-C), a committee of the Radiant Professionals Alliance (RPA), has upgraded its total commercial building HVAC system efficiency comparison tool that continues to be available online at no charge.

The interactive Building Efficiency System Tool™ (BEST) solved a long-standing industry issue of being able to accurately compare different styles of HVAC systems, which are all tested to different standards, with various efficiency ratings (EER, IEER, SEER, COP, HSPF), as they are applied in an actual building. The BEST 2.0 easily allows designers to comply with ASHRAE 209 Early Box Modeling requirements with the inclusion of real cost, budget, and comparative energy efficiency predictions. This results in understandable, better decision-making information for prospective builders, consulting engineers, and design-build professionals about their selection options for HVAC systems in the early design process.

The BEST 2.0 now has an even easier-to-use “dashboard” feature preloaded with different system configurations. The preliminary comparisons can be simply updated with actual energy and installed per-foot system costs, if known, for an even tighter model. The underlying algorithms use the Building Energy Efficiency Ratio (BEER), which takes certified AHRI data, manufacturers’ published performance data at multiple performance points, as-applied correction factors, performance curves for components, and pipe and duct required in a typical system, and combines them to bridge the gap between certified equipment efficiencies and real-world, entire building system efficiencies.

“BEST is unique in that it accounts for the performance of HVAC systems in the real world, and not just laboratory test conditions,” said Mark Chaffee of Taco Comfort Systems. “It uses this information to compare systems at the early stages of a project with limited information. Most of the legacy energy modeling software requires detailed input on the building construction and systems to arrive at any output. BEST does this quickly and easily.”

For example, most direct-expansion equipment is laboratory tested at fixed points that include an 80°F room air temperature and 50 percent humidity (80 DB/67 WB). While a designer needs to know the rated performance to calculate system efficiency, BEST goes further by using the performance at actual operating temperatures (73 DB/61 WB) to develop an overall system efficiency, thereby more closely mirroring actual building operation.

Simply enter the square footage of the building, the number of stories, and the nearest city for local weather data, and then chose up to four types of HVAC systems to compare—from more than 30 pre-loaded systems. The BEST features more than 100 default input settings, including system cost per square foot (provided by more than 50 contractors around the United States), each of which are adjustable to model any building in any location. BEST quickly outputs estimated installation cost, replacement cost, maintenance cost, monthly energy cost, electrical and fossil fuel consumption costs, total life cycle cost, cumulative life cycle cost by year, system payback time (as compared with other modeled systems), pump and fan HP, system integrated energy efficiency ratio (IEER), coefficient of performance (COP), and more.
To download the Building Efficiency System Tool™ for free, learn more about the Hydronic Industry Alliance-Commercial and the Radiant Professionals Alliance, or to join this important efficiency advocacy effort, visit www.HIA-C.org and www.radiantpros.org.

The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) has been selected to serve as the ANSI-Accredited Standards Developer (ASD) to pursue the national adoption of ISO 30500, Non-sewered sanitation systems — Prefabricated integrated treatment units — General safety and performance requirements for design and testing.   ISO 30500 is an international standard developed by 32 Read More

The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) has been selected to serve as the ANSI-Accredited Standards Developer (ASD) to pursue the national adoption of ISO 30500, Non-sewered sanitation systems — Prefabricated integrated treatment units — General safety and performance requirements for design and testing.
 
ISO 30500 is an international standard developed by 32 participating economies and 16 observing members where ANSI served as the U.S. Technical Advisory Group (TAG) Administrator for ISO PC 305. The U.S. TAG recently voted to pursue the national adoption of ISO 30500 and selected IAPMO as the ASD to pursue this effort. ISO 30500 was published in early October 2018.
 
“IAPMO is delighted to have been selected to serve as the ASD to pursue the national adoption of ISO 30500,” said IAPMO Group CEO GP Russ Chaney. “IAPMO will facilitate the development of this important standard working in support of the U.S. TAG and will ensure that all materially affected interests have the opportunity to have their contribution considered. We look forward to beginning this very important effort in the coming weeks.”
 
The ISO 30500 standard specifies general safety and performance requirements for design and testing, as well as sustainability considerations, for non-sewered sanitation systems (NSSS). An NSSS, for the purposes of this document, is a prefabricated integrated treatment unit comprising frontend (toilet facility) and backend (treatment facility) components. It is applicable to sanitation systems that are either manufactured as one package or manufactured as a set of prefabricated elements designed to be assembled in one location without further fabrication or modification that influences the system function.
 
IAPMO will be generating a technical committee to be responsible for the adoption of the national standard. The technical committee will operate in accordance with ANSI Essential Requirements: Due process requirements for American National Standards and the IAPMO PP-1, Policies and Procedures for Consensus Development of American National Standards. A notice seeking participation for this committee will be published soon.
 
“It is a testament to the confidence the industry has in IAPMO, which in turn strives to continue to serve the industry to protect the welfare of public,” said Hugo Aguilar, IAPMO vice president of Codes and Standards.  
 
For more than 30 years, IAPMO has developed plumbing product standards as American National Standards, initially as the Secretariat for the ANSI Z124 Technical Committee in 1984, and since 2005 independently under its own American National Standards Institute (ANSI) accredited standards development procedures. IAPMO is also accredited by the Standards Council of Canada (SCC) for the development of National Standards of Canada (NSC), thus holding responsibility for the development of CAN/IAPMO designated standards.
 
Founded in 1926, IAPMO is a worldwide leader in the promotion of healthy and safe plumbing and mechanical systems. IAPMO has developed industry standards for more than 30 years, with a focus on plumbing products, water efficiency, solar heating systems and components, mechanical products (including heating, ventilation, cooling and refrigeration system products), and products used in the recreational vehicle and manufactured housing industry.
 
For more information, contact Kyle Thompson at standards@IAPMO.org.

Earlier this month, more than 200 deserving families across the U.S. and Canada benefited from the warmth of a free, brand-new Lennox furnace, thanks to the Lennox “Feel The Love” program (www.feelthelove.com), which awarded free home heating equipment to families in need who have been nominated in their local communities. Recipients were chosen based on Read More

Earlier this month, more than 200 deserving families across the U.S. and Canada benefited from the warmth of a free, brand-new Lennox furnace, thanks to the Lennox “Feel The Love” program (www.feelthelove.com), which awarded free home heating equipment to families in need who have been nominated in their local communities.

The Michael Hall family from Morgantown, WV, was one of nearly 200 families that received free heating equipment from Lennox Dealers across the U.S. and Canada.

Recipients were chosen based on a variety of criteria, including physical, mental, or social disabilities; financial challenges; job loss; military service; and community service, through nominations that were accepted through the Feel The Love website. Feel The Love events (in-home equipment installations) will occur on one day in markets across North America. Lennox donates all heating and cooling equipment and Lennox dealers and their employees donate the materials and labor needed to install the new, high-efficiency gas furnaces.