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Uponor North America and San Diego, Calif.-based Pestan North America (PNA), a supplier of PP-RCT pipe and fittings, today announced the signing of an agreement naming Uponor the exclusive distributor of PNA’s proprietary PP-RCT (polypropylene, random copolymer, with modified crystallinity and temperature resistance) products throughout the U.S. and Canada. Beginning in 2020, Uponor will market more than 270 of PNA’s Read more

PP-RCT (polypropylene, random copolymer, with modified crystallinity and temperature resistance), Uponor, Pestan North America (PNA), pipingUponor North America and San Diego, Calif.-based Pestan North America (PNA), a supplier of PP-RCT pipe and fittings, today announced the signing of an agreement naming Uponor the exclusive distributor of PNA’s proprietary PP-RCT (polypropylene, random copolymer, with modified crystallinity and temperature resistance) products throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Beginning in 2020, Uponor will market more than 270 of PNA’s products, making it the only North American company to offer hybrid systems including PEX and PP-RCT. Products will range from 1/2-inch to 12 inches in diameter; up to 24 inches for special product requests. PP-RCT is used in an array of commercial plumbing and hydronic projects.

“We worked diligently to find a partner who offers a quality, differentiated product that is in alignment with Uponor’s business mission and vision. I’m confident we’ve found this and more in Pestan North America,” said Bill Gray, president, Uponor North America. “We’re excited to discover the new doors this partnership will open for our company in the commercial construction market.”

“At Pestan North America, we believe that the transition from metal piping to leading-edge polymer piping is still in its early stages and foresee a significant increase in demand for PNA products in the North American markets,” said Nenad Nastic, co-CEO, PNA.

“Based on the strength of our technology and the world-class team at Uponor, we are confident we will achieve and maintain a leadership role in this sector for years to come,” added Marko Radovanovic, co-CEO, PNA.

Gray also said that the agreement signifies a huge step toward affirming Uponor’s position as the leading polymer pipe solutions provider for commercial plumbing and HVAC, and that the company plans to proceed thoughtfully throughout the next year, building a long-term, sustainable competitive advantage.

“Our approach is to strategically evolve our skills and resources related to this new offering by way of a staggered market approach, as we believe a measured rollout will help ensure both a positive customer experience and long-term business success.”

Historic resolution passed unanimously at Northeast Industry Summit PROVIDENCE, RI — The Northeast’s heating oil industry has resolved to achieve net-zero carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 2050. This ambitious goal was set at the Northeast Industry Summit held during the 2019 Heating & Energizing America Trade Show (the HEAT Show) at the Rhode Island Convention Read more

Historic resolution passed unanimously at Northeast Industry Summit

PROVIDENCE, RI — The Northeast’s heating oil industry has resolved to achieve net-zero carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 2050. This ambitious goal was set at the Northeast Industry Summit held during the 2019 Heating & Energizing America Trade Show (the HEAT Show) at the Rhode Island Convention Center.

The industry’s resolution calls for a 15% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2023, a 40% reduction by 2030, and net-zero-carbon emissions by 2050. The resolution also directs industry associations and other groups assembled at the meeting to work with each other to achieve these emissions reductions.

The resolution was raised by event moderator Charles Uglietto, of Cubby Oil & Energy in Somerville, MA, and seconded by Rick Bologna, of Westmore Fuel in Greenwich, CT. Over 300 industry leaders from New England and New York attended the Northeast Industry Summit. The resolution passed unanimously. When Uglietto asked if there were any objections, none were raised.

“I am thrilled that our industry came together to support a cleaner and greener future for our environment, our customers and the entire Northeast region,” said Uglietto. “Resolving to achieve a net-zero carbon footprint positions our industry as a key player in the climate change discussions happening in halls of government, local communities and dinner tables across the country.”

“The heating oil professionals gathered here represent the backbone of Main Street America,” said NEFI President & CEO Sean Cota. “These companies are already delivering renewable liquid heating fuels, and this resolution doubles-down on our ongoing commitment to help protect the environment and ensure a sustainable future.”

National Biodiesel Board CEO Donnell Rehagen said, “The heating oil and biodiesel and renewable diesel industries work together to provide homes and businesses with low-carbon fuel options. We are excited to see this partnership strengthening and look forward to a continuing collaboration.”

The Northeast heating oil industry delivers renewable liquid heating fuel to more than 5 million homes and businesses across the region — 80% of the national heating oil market. The average retail heating oil company is a multi-generation family-owned and -operated business with a median of 25 employees. NEFI, the nation’s largest heating oil association, was a lead organizer of the 2019 Northeast Industry Summit and HEAT Show. Partnering with NEFI for this event were the Connecticut Energy Marketers Association, Energy Marketers Association of New Hampshire, Maine Energy Marketers Association, Massachusetts Energy Marketers Association, New York Oil Heating Association, Oil Heat Institute of Rhode Island and Vermont Fuel Dealers Association. For more information, visit nefi.com or heatshow.com or call 800-796-3342.

More speakers, more topics, plus a sold-out trade show The Canadian Hydronics Conference (CHC2019) opens in Ottawa, Canada in just four weeks (September 24-25). The two-day conference includes a sold-out trade show and is attracting contractors, wholesalers and engineers from across Canada. The Conference is presented for the industry by the Canadian Hydronics Council (CHC) Read more

More speakers, more topics, plus a sold-out trade show

The Canadian Hydronics Conference (CHC2019) opens in Ottawa, Canada in just four weeks (September 24-25). The two-day conference includes a sold-out trade show and is attracting contractors, wholesalers and engineers from across Canada. The Conference is presented for the industry by the Canadian Hydronics Council (CHC), a council of the Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating. CHC has be representing Canada’s hydronics (modern hot water heating) industry for more than 40 years.

“With 20 presenters from across Canada and the U.S. it’s an exciting program”, stated Conference Co-Chair Mike Wills of Wolseley Canada. “Whether you are a seasoned pro or newer to the industry, CHC2019 will give you the technical training, business insights, product information and industry contacts you need to succeed”.

“It’s going to be an incredible opportunity to meet North America’s leading hydronics industry leaders”, added Conference Co-Chair Dave Harrison of Jess-Don Dunford Limited. “It’s also a fantastic way to meet other industry members from across Canada and share ideas”.

CIPH Chairman of the Board Andrew Dyck of Barclay Sales Ltd. along with the Canadian Hydronics Council Chairman Dave Hughes will attend the conference and present the 2019 Canadian Hydronics Council Award of Merit. The award recognizes an individual for their significant contributions over a lifetime to the Canadian hydronics industry; it is the hydronics industry’s highest honor. The presentation will take place at 1:30 pm on Wednesday, September 25.

For complete details about the Canadian Hydronics Conference and registration information, visit www.ciph.com/CHC2019 or email info@ciph.com.

Previous CHC Award of Merit Recipients

 2018

Barry Cunningham, General Manager, Triangle Supply Ltd. (a division of Bartle & Gibson Co. Ltd.)

Kenneth Webster, formerly Director, Sales & Marketing, Viessmann Manufacturing Company Inc. (retired)

2017

Richard Peck, Vice President, Slant/Fin Ltd.

2014

Roy Collver, Contributing Editor – Hydronics, Plumbing & HVAC Magazine

Harald Prell, President, Viessmann Manufacturing Company Inc. (Canada)

2013

John Goshulak, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Weil-McLain Canada Sales Inc.

 

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Classes to be held in Colorado and New Hampshire Viega, LLC has announced its Fall 2019 lineup of courses at its seminar centers in Broomfield, Colo., and Nashua, N.H. The offerings include topics from radiant design and LoopCAD software to press technology. With two fully equipped state-of-the-art seminar centers, Viega is an industry leader in Read more

Classes to be held in Colorado and New Hampshire

Viega, LLC has announced its Fall 2019 lineup of courses at its seminar centers in Broomfield, Colo., and Nashua, N.H.

The offerings include topics from radiant design and LoopCAD software to press technology. With two fully equipped state-of-the-art seminar centers, Viega is an industry leader in supporting the trades and helping contractors become more versatile, skilled and efficient. To date, more than 40,000 people, from self-employed contractors to employees of large firms, have taken courses at the centers.

The classes are taught by experts with years of experience in the field and offer ample hands-on experience. Attendees leave with skills and knowledge that will show immediate benefits on the job.

Training seminars are listed below:

Radiant Design, Piping and Controls
Oct. 1-3, Nashua, N.H.
Dec. 4-6, Broomfield, Colo.
Covers design theory and practice, piping arrangements and control strategies. Includes hybrid systems, multiple temperature piping arrangements and system component placement.

LoopCAD
Oct. 29-30, Nashua, N.H.
Sept. 23-24 and Nov. 11-12, Broomfield, Colo.
How to use LoopCAD software for radiant design and layouts. Covers heat loss, drawing layout, material selection and snow melt.

Commercial Piping Solutions
Oct. 8-9 and Dec. 3-4, Nashua, N.H.
Oct. 2-3, Broomfield, Colo.
Covers Viega systems and products and their appropriate uses. Includes PureFlow, ProPress and MegaPress; hybrid systems; installation techniques; project savings; hands-on installation and competitive information.

Hydronics 101 & Radiant Systems
Oct. 22-23, Broomfield, Colo.
Provides a basic understanding of how hydronic systems work. Topics include methods of heat transfer, piping materials and components, control strategies and installation methods.

Carbon Steel Press Technology
Oct. 15, Nashua, N.H.
Covers the use of carbon steel press systems for residential, commercial and industrial piping applications.

Stainless Steel Press Technology
Nov. 14, Nashua, N.H.
Covers the use of stainless steel press systems for commercial and industrial plumbing, heating and piping applications. Properties and chemical compatibility of 304 and 316 stainless steel will be covered.

For more information and to register, click here.

Ontario, Calif. — The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) is accepting applications and seeking technical experts to participate in a task group relating to hydronics. The scope of the Hydronics Task Group is to review all hydronics proposals submitted as published in the 2019 Uniform Solar, Hydronics and Geothermal Code (USHGC) Report Read more

Ontario, Calif. — The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) is accepting applications and seeking technical experts to participate in a task group relating to hydronics.

The scope of the Hydronics Task Group is to review all hydronics proposals submitted as published in the 2019 Uniform Solar, Hydronics and Geothermal Code (USHGC) Report on Proposals (ROP) monograph and develop public comments for technical committee consideration.

Task group members will participate via conference call or web meeting, provide their perspective on the code, and assist in drafting recommendations for action by the USHGC Technical Committee. Applicants are not required to be members of the USHGC Technical Committee.

Those interested in participating in the Hydronics Task Group can apply at the following URL: https://forms.iapmo.org/iapmo/committee/app_task_group.aspx

The deadline to apply is Aug. 31.

Developed and subsequently republished at the conclusion of each three-year code cycle, the Uniform Codes are designed to provide consumers with safe plumbing, heating, and mechanical systems while, at the same time, allowing latitude for innovation and new technologies.

Interested individuals may contact Taylor Costea at (909) 218-8126 or by email at taylor.costea@iapmo.org.