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Brought to you by the Coffee with Caleffi™ Webinar Series Many multi-family buildings with medium to large domestic hot water (DHW) systems can suffer from numerous problems. Is your commercial DHW system giving you trouble? Then it’s time to receive the benefit of Mark Eatherton’s 49 years of hot water heating and troubleshooting experience at Read more

Brought to you by the Coffee with Caleffi™ Webinar Series

Many multi-family buildings with medium to large domestic hot water (DHW) systems can suffer from numerous problems. Is your commercial DHW system giving you trouble? Then it’s time to receive the benefit of Mark Eatherton’s 49 years of hot water heating and troubleshooting experience at the next Coffee with Caleffi™ webinar on Thursday, Sept. 30 from 12 noon – 1:00 p.m. CDT.

There aren’t many situations that Eatherton hasn’t encountered and resolved in his nearly 50 year career in the industry. He loves to teach, write and educate and has been doing so for over 25 years. Eatherton is responsible for designing, managing and troubleshooting tough plumbing and hydronic related problems for Advanced Hydronics, Inc. (Denver, Colo.).

The monthly educational webinars are free and are intended for engineers, contractors, designers and wholesalers. A Certificate of Attendance is emailed to attendees following the event for continuing education audits.

Please visit our website at www.caleffi.us for schedule details and registration.

Talk resiliency with customers after downloading PERC’s free power generation guide In celebration of National Preparedness Month, the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) is encouraging construction professionals to download its new resource, The Ultimate Guide to Power Generation. This free, downloadable resource gives construction professionals an in-depth look at propane’s capabilities as a resilient Read more

Talk resiliency with customers after downloading PERC’s free power generation guide

In celebration of National Preparedness Month, the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) is encouraging construction professionals to download its new resource, The Ultimate Guide to Power Generation.

This free, downloadable resource gives construction professionals an in-depth look at propane’s capabilities as a resilient energy source for residential, commercial, and industrial use by:

  • Detailing the different types of propane power generation including prime, standby, towable and portable, and micro-combined heat and power (CHP).
  • Educating construction professionals on how to bundle propane generators and propane appliances for more affordable protection.
  • Sharing case studies of residential and commercial projects relying on propane generators and micro-CHP systems.

“If you think about the number of systems and appliances that are powered by electricity—whether in a home or commercial building—you can get a sense of the impact a power outage can have,” said Bryan Cordill, director of residential and commercial business development at PERC. “Recent vulnerabilities in our electric grid have prompted Americans to take a closer look at their energy selections and we want them to know they can rely on propane power generation for true peace of mind and security—all without sacrificing cost or environmental impact.”

Propane’s stability and portability make it the ideal backup power energy source. Propane-powered generators offer an efficient, versatile solution to keep homes and businesses running and protect them from the damage a power outage can cause. Available in a wide variety of capacities, there’s a model that can meet the needs of any size home, business, or commercial building. Plus, propane can power other major energy systems, too, reducing a building’s reliance on standby power.

“We want construction professionals to be well-versed in propane’s role in a resilient design and encourage them to start a preparedness conversation with their customers,” Cordill said. “After all, preparedness is the best defense.”

Download PERC’s backup power resource for free at Propane.com/Generators. To learn more about the benefits of propane, visit Propane.com.

Acquisition is the first step of company’s bold plan to expand in Latin American commercial water heating market Rinnai America Corporation, the leading manufacturer of tankless water heaters in North America, announced today the acquisition of Industrias MASS, the leader in the commercial water heater market in Mexico. This acquisition marks the first by Rinnai Read more

Acquisition is the first step of company’s bold plan to expand in Latin American commercial water heating market

Rinnai America Corporation, the leading manufacturer of tankless water heaters in North America, announced today the acquisition of Industrias MASS, the leader in the commercial water heater market in Mexico. This acquisition marks the first by Rinnai America Corporation and follows the launch of its Strategic Business Initiative announced earlier this year, meant to accelerate the company’s presence via acquisitions and partnerships.

Founded in 1964, Industrias MASS is the leading manufacturer of commercial water heaters in Mexico, with penetration of approximately one-third of the overall commercial segment. With an 86,000 square foot plant and more than one hundred employees across the country, Industrias MASS also specializes in the production of water treatment systems and the manufacturing of commercial tanks that collectively integrate advanced technology, locally manufactured materials, and a best-in-class service network. Their client base spans hospitality, healthcare, food service and other commercial verticals served by offices in Mexico City, Leon, Merida, Monterrey, Guadalajara, and Mazatlán.

“Acquiring Industrias MASS is a critical step in our commitment to the Latin American market,” said Frank Windsor, President of Rinnai America Corporation. “Our goal is to build upon the success of Industrias MASS by further investing in the company, its people, and products as a platform for growth. Through our shared pledge to innovation, as well as a complementary set of products, we’ll fuel growth while also delivering on our brand promise of Creating a healthier way of living®.”

This strategic acquisition will enable Rinnai America Corporation to establish its local presence in Mexico, for both manufacturing and distribution, through partnership with a clear and established market leader. Industrias MASS’ complimentary product line also includes products which Rinnai has not historically offered, such as water treatment, allowing the company to expand its footprint and offer a broader product portfolio.

In addition, as part of its commitment to success in the region, Rinnai America Corporation has named Victor Molgado as its first Mexico General Manager. Molgado has more than 25 years of experience in local, regional, and international manufacturing operations and was most recently the General Manager for a large joint venture institution in Mexico.

“I’m excited about the opportunity to accelerate Rinnai’s expansion in Mexico in partnership with Industrias MASS,” Molgado said. “The combination of Industrias MASS’ market dominance and Rinnai’s technology and global market leadership unlock great potential for the Mexican market and is the clear choice to accelerate the company’s growth strategy throughout Latin America.”

“The experienced team at Industrias MASS, as well as the in-facility leadership under Victor’s direction, are critical parts of our strategy to capture the growth opportunities we see in the market,” added Windsor.

Through this acquisition Rinnai America Corporation will extend its presence across Latin America, building upon the success of its existing operations in Brazil. The company plans to advance in the region through a combination of organic growth, investment and new alliances to achieve a dominant market share in the commercial water heater market.

To learn more about Rinnai, visit www.rinnai.us.

The campaign encourages implementation of the most up-to-date energy codes to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase energy efficiency, and enhance resiliency and safety The International Code Council – the leading global source of model codes and standards and building safety solutions – launched its “Code on a Mission” challenge today which aims to have over Read more

The campaign encourages implementation of the most up-to-date energy codes to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase energy efficiency, and enhance resiliency and safety

The International Code Council – the leading global source of model codes and standards and building safety solutions – launched its “Code on a Mission” challenge today which aims to have over a third of the U.S. population covered by the 2021 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) by the end of 2023. To make this a reality, the Code Council is challenging the building industry and communities alike to update their building energy codes to meet or exceed the requirements of the 2021 IECC. Already industry leaders like Architecture 2030, the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT), Energy Efficient Codes Coalition (EECC), Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP), National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) and Responsible Energy Codes Alliance (RECA) have shown their support for the initiative.

As communities race to reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and increase energy efficiency, modern and innovative energy codes are essential. Recognizing the increasing need for impactful tools and resources, the 2021 IECC incorporates significant improvements for both residential and commercial buildings over the 2018 edition including:

  • Increased insulation requirements and reduced fenestration U-factors and solar heat gain coefficients for both residential and commercial provisions.
  • New mechanical ventilation testing and exterior lighting requirements for residential buildings.
  • Lower ERI path values and additional energy reduction requirements in the residential requirements.
  • Updated mechanical equipment efficiency requirements, new provisions for data centers and plant growth lighting, and increased lighting efficacy and decreased lighting power density requirements for commercial buildings.
  • Zero energy appendices for jurisdictions wishing to implement zero energy building requirements today.

On July 21, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released its final determination finding that the residential provisions of the 2021 IECC provide a 9.4% improvement in energy use and an 8.7% improvement in carbon emissions over the 2018 IECC, saving homeowners an average of $2,320 over the life of a typical mortgage. Since 2006, the IECC has provided an approximately 40% improvement in energy efficiency, meaning that residents in states and cities on older IECC editions would see far greater savings. The Department has also released data on energy, cost and GHG reductions each state and many cities could achieve by adopting the 2021 IECC, which are available here.

With the zero-energy building goals set forth by the U.S. Administration for new construction by 2030 and 2050 for all buildings, it is imperative that national, state and local governments incorporate energy codes to meet their GHG reduction objectives and align with these goals. Additionally, states and localities have set either GHG reduction goals or established zero-energy building targets that will require an alignment with modern energy codes.

Currently, per the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, 14 states have adopted codes that are at least 20% less efficient than the current IECC while another ten states have no statewide energy code adopted.

“Reducing society’s GHG emissions is no longer a ‘nice-to-do’ but rather a critical necessity, and governments, communities and the building industry as a whole are increasingly recognizing the contributions of buildings,” said Ryan Colker, Vice President of Innovation at the International Code Council. “Luckily, modern and innovative model building codes like the IECC have already been developed to significantly curb emissions and help achieve zero-energy buildings. We urge national, state and local governments to accept our challenge and members of the building industry to support code updates.”

Please visit iccsafe.org/iecc-on-a-mission:

  • For more information on the “Code on a Mission” campaign.
  • To learn more about the benefits of the adoption and implementation of the 2021.
  • To report an adoption of a code that meets or exceeds the 2021 IECC.
  • To become a mission supporter or to access adoption resources.

 About the International Code Council
The International Code Council is the leading global source of model codes and standards and building safety solutions. Code Council codes, standards and solutions are used to ensure safe, affordable and sustainable communities and buildings worldwide.

Viega Works online training also will continue. Broomfield, Colo. — Viega LLC will reopen its seminar centers in Colorado and New Hampshire on Aug. 1. The centers had been closed since March 2020 due to COVID-19. Viega is reopening them with new safety measures in place, including limiting class size, cleaning stations and mask requirements Read more

Viega Works online training also will continue.

Broomfield, Colo. — Viega LLC will reopen its seminar centers in Colorado and New Hampshire on Aug. 1.

The centers had been closed since March 2020 due to COVID-19. Viega is reopening them with new safety measures in place, including limiting class size, cleaning stations and mask requirements when appropriate.

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“We’re excited to reopen and welcome back our customers, contractors and distributors,” said Jason McKinnon, director oftechnical services. “We moved training online during the pandemic and that’s been successful, but it’s going to be great to work in-person again with people.”

The seminar centers are located at Viega LLC headquarters in Broomfield, Colo., and in Nashua, N.H. Each features classrooms, hand-on workshops and interactive learning displays. Viega offers courses in a variety of subjects, including pressing, design and installation, and each course is customizable to meet the needs of our customers.

In response to customer demand during the lockdown, the company created Viega Works, online sessions largely limited to single companies. These programs, which can be as short as 30 minutes, are custom designed to cover the topics customers request.

“Customers like Viega Works because it’s fast and affordable and gives them the exact information they need without requiring travel or a major time commitment,” McKinnon said. “With the reopening of our seminar centers we offer even more opportunities to engage with our technical consultants than ever before. Customers can attend in-person at one of our seminar centers or contact us to set up a unique virtual experience with content specific to their team. No matter where or how you want to connect with our experts, we will make it easy and valuable for you and your organization.”