Irving, Texas and Springfield, Ill. — The Plastics Pipe Institute, Inc. (PPI) and the International Ground Source Heat Pump Association (IGSHPA) announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will advance the benefits that both organizations provide to the geothermal exchange industry. David Fink, president, PPI and Jeff Hammond, executive director IGSHPA, made the joint announcement Read more
Irving, Texas and Springfield, Ill. — The Plastics Pipe Institute, Inc. (PPI) and the International Ground Source Heat Pump Association (IGSHPA) announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will advance the benefits that both organizations provide to the geothermal exchange industry. David Fink, president, PPI and Jeff Hammond, executive director IGSHPA, made the joint announcement virtually from their respective headquarters.
The purpose of the geothermal heat pump industry is to promote a sustainable and decarbonized future across the globe through the adoption of geothermal as the cleanest, most efficient heating and cooling technology.
Established in 1950, PPI is the non-profit North American trade association representing the plastic pipe industry and its members through research, education, technical expertise, and advocacy. Founded in 1987, IGSHPA is a non-profit, member-driven organization established to advance ground source heat pump (GSHP) technology on local, state, national, and international levels.
“For more than 70 years, PPI and our members have focused on the development of plastic pipes and fittings which are the vital connection to the earth and bodies of water for geothermal exchange systems,” Fink stated. “We have always sought ways to work with other like-minded groups to amplify the benefits to the industry. Our work with IGSHPA has been highly rewarding, and we are looking forward to doing even more.”
“This is a very exciting time in the ground source heat pump industry,” said Hammond. “In 2020, IGSHPA became an independent non-profit, no longer part of Oklahoma State University. We see utilities, building owners, governments, and many others recognizing that ground source (geothermal) systems are the best technical solution for reducing energy costs and carbon emissions for heating and cooling buildings. The geothermal industry needs sound technical leadership and guidance and IGSHPA is striving to meet those needs. The collaboration with PPI couldn’t have come at a better time.”
One of the key components of the MOU is technical development, where PPI and IGSHPA agree to foster technical cooperation by providing opportunities to participate in and comment on proposed standards, guidelines, policies, and position statements on technical subjects, encouraging members in each organization to collaborate on technical committees and task forces, and establishing liaison representatives to key technical committees.
Recognizing the important role that research plays in accelerating the transformation to a more sustainable built environment, PPI and IGSHPA also agree to identify and collaborate in the development of projects related to the design and construction of efficient and long-lasting piping systems for geothermal applications. They will also promote research in areas where results will add to the body of knowledge in conservating natural resources, increasing energy efficiencies and sustainability.
“PPI has enjoyed a close relationship with IGSHPA for a number of years,” stated Lance MacNevin, P. Eng., director of engineering for PPI’s Building & Construction Division (BCD). “IGSHPA’s scope of work related to geothermal exchange systems is very much in line with PPI’s scope of work. Since becoming a member of IGSHPA in 2008, I have benefitted from the resources made available to their members and have seen how PPI’s input specifically related to plastic piping materials can assist IGSHPA members. Several PPI member firms are also members of IGSHPA.”
Part of PPI’s mission is to educate the geothermal industry about correct usage of plastic piping materials HDPE, PEX, PE-RT, and PP. “It is important that geothermal engineers have access to accurate information about these pipe materials. There are ideal applications for each of these materials, when utilized correctly,” MacNevin said. “The MOU with IGSHPA will help to accelerate our goal to deliver accurate and thorough information about these systems, so that the best pipe material can be selected for each application.”
MacNevin said that within his division, the Geothermal Steering Committee focuses on specific industry-related issues. “This group is dedicated just to the geothermal industry that includes helping to update standards and codes. Plus, it publishes documents about the use of plastic piping systems for geothermal applications, and serves as a technical resource for geothermal system designers, with regards to plastic piping technologies.”
Other areas addressed in the MOU include advocacy and publications. In addition to the recent MOU, each organization maintains official membership in the other.
“This Memorandum is certainly very exciting,” MacNevin said. “It clearly defines our goals, outlines the initiatives, and sums up the strong support structure of why and how we have forged this agreement. The collaborative work of IGSHPA and PPI members, based on their years of experience and knowledge, is intended to benefit the geothermal community and, ultimately, the public.”
“The wealth of knowledge contained in both of our organizations is second to none,” Hammond said. “So, we are looking forward to expanding our relationship with PPI to help increase the technical knowledge of the industry.”.
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Caleffi North America, Inc., a leader in state-of-the-art engineered solutions for hydronic and plumbing systems and committed to providing Excellence in Education, is proud to introduce the 30th edition of idronics™: Hydronics for Low-Energy & Net-Zero Buildings. This newest edition describes concepts and technical details in crafting hydronic systems for these modern buildings. It stresses simplicity, repeatability and resilient approaches that deliver comfort without the complexity and cost.
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Integrity, work ethic, dedication, community. These are the values identified when selecting Mechanical Hub’s inaugural “Person of the Year.” Please help us in saluting Jim Godbout, Jim Godbout Plumbing & Heating, Inc. and Provencher Fuels in Biddeford, Maine for this prestigious nomination. Godbout certainly represents the industry with true professionalism and class. But it’s not Read more
Integrity, work ethic, dedication, community. These are the values identified when selecting Mechanical Hub’s inaugural “Person of the Year.” Please help us in saluting Jim Godbout, Jim Godbout Plumbing & Heating, Inc. and Provencher Fuels in Biddeford, Maine for this prestigious nomination. Godbout certainly represents the industry with true professionalism and class.
But it’s not necessarily what he does in the field that makes this honor most deserving—it’s what he does outside of the office with his free time, as well, that must be commended.
Godbout has been mechanically inclined since a very young age, specifically plumbing with his grandfather. “It’s hard to believe that back in the early ’70s I used to run the melting pot for my grandfather many years ago running sewer pipe out to the ocean,” says Godbout.
Godbout’s grandfather passed away, and, at the time, Godbout worked on a variety of jobs including building homes to roofing and siding work. He did not return to the trades until he was about 17 years old. “I saw a great need for professional plumbing and heating techs at which point I made my way back into the trade.”
Plumbing with his grandfather early in life, Godbout saw need to start his own company at very young age. “Times were tough in the ’80s, where the company did everything from plumbing and heating to roofing and groundskeeping, anything to keep company alive,” says Godbout.
But persevere, he did. For more than 30 years, Godbout has run a successful plumbing and heating business in southern Maine, specializing in plumbing, HVAC, geothermal, mechanical piping, heat exchangers, solar heating, thermal imaging and fuel delivery. “We have the diversity to take care of any plumbing, heating, refrigeration and mechanical problem in-house including construction services,” says Godbout.
Community is Key
Godbout is known for his community support and he is active in youth development. He has led several youth organizations and coached local sports teams. Godbout’s dedication to community and philanthropic work stems from the fact the he grew up without having much, and learned very quickly how important it is for people to take care of people. “We are only here a very short time and what we do daily can truly change people’s lives, from the smallest gift of friendship to financially helping those in need. It helps me reduce stress from our demanding profession by really stepping back, and with a little help, I can help others be the best that they can be,” says Godbout.
One of Godbout’s focus has been combatting drug addiction in the area. The issue is personal: he’s had dozens of friends and family members dies as a result of drug overdoses. “We’re going to lose an entire generation here if we don’t start making a difference,” Godbout has said. Godbout has been an active member in the local Biddeford-Saco Rotary Club. “I am a very active Rotarian—a group that makes an impact in the lives of so many around the world—and it is a great avenue to give back to our communities.”
Within Rotary, nearly five years ago, Godbout started the Red Ribbon program, an education committee on substance abuse and helping children make healthy choices. The committee has developed educational programming about substance abuse with schools in Biddeford. “The one thing I know that works is providing unconditional love for our youth providing them with healthy choices,” Godbout has said. “Prevention and culture change for all of us regarding use of substances works. Help our youth develop good habits as they embark on becoming young adults in this very confusing world in which we live. As role models it is the most important thing we can do in our lifetime.”
Godbout has also been busy with the renovation of Biddeford’s Waterhouse Field, where he and other volunteers worked tirelessly last year to transform the football field of which the entire community can be proud.
The field, named after Alfred Waterhouse, a clerk who worked in a hardware store in the late 1920s, is unique because it is not city owned but board run. Waterhouse bought the field for local athletes by taking quarters out of his modest weekly paycheck. “His actions many years ago, I believe, is what has help motivate me to give back and mentor our youth,” says Godbout. “All we have to do is take care of each other and good things happen,” says Godbout.
Godbout has been the current president of Waterhouse Field alumni board now for more than 10 years. “The city uses field but had no capital improvement budget, so I took bull by horns and rallied up troops to use labor and financial support of community to rebuild field. The field was closed prior to this due to condemned bleachers and it just wasn’t safe for public use. A lot of pride went into that field and I was not going to let it sit vacant,” says Godbout.
The nine-month project included new bleachers, lighting, rebuilt field with AstroTurf, new storm drainage, fencing, scoreboard, sound system, press box and asphalt work.
Students never lost a year playing on the field.
Into the Future
Godbout has 12 employees in his company under age of 25; he says he has some of the most talented employees and he needs them to share their knowledge and work ethic. Industry-wide Godbout shares the same view, “I think everyone needs to mentor our youth to help guide them through next generation of mechanical contractors.”
When asked about hanging up the wrenches, Godbout says he has no plans to slow down. In fact, the company just moved into a larger space, which positions the them to be a more sustainable company. In addition, Godbout recently acquired Provencher Fuels. When the previous owner—with whom Godbout had worked for more than 30 years—became ill, Godbout purchased it from the family “to keep small company values for our customers.”
In addition, he’s too busy with his new project. Godbout is remodeling a historic church into a cultural community center for My Place Teen center in Biddeford. He will be building a commercial kitchen to help teach culinary arts and feed hundreds of kids aged 10-18 daily.
“I just don’t have that picture of retiring unless, of course, my health would fail. I do love to golf and be on the water so maybe I’ll try and spend a little more time doing those things,” says Godbout.
Flipping a home often means buying it, making some aesthetic or functional improvements, and selling it for a higher price. For Mike Spillane, owner of Spillane & Sons Building and Remodeling, it meant totally gutting a 1,500-sq.-ft. building and upgrading it with the latest in efficient design. Spillane purchased the residence in Batavia, Ill., with Read more
Flipping a home often means buying it, making some aesthetic or functional improvements, and selling it for a higher price. For Mike Spillane, owner of Spillane & Sons Building and Remodeling, it meant totally gutting a 1,500-sq.-ft. building and upgrading it with the latest in efficient design.
Spillane purchased the residence in Batavia, Ill., with the intention of doing a complete remodel. Built in 1930, the home had, until recently, been owned by an elderly woman, whose daughter had sold it to Spillane. “Our goal was to build a brand new home within four old walls,” he explains.
Combining Water and Space Heating
One crucial aspect of remodeling the home was deciding on what kind of space and water heating systems to install. The home had previously used a tank-style water heater and a forced-air furnace system. Spillane needed to decide whether to install like for like or try something new.
When it came to the water heating, his decision was simple. “My subcontractors and I have been installing exclusively tankless water heaters for the past 10 years due to their energy efficiency and space savings.” Unlike tank-style water heaters, tankless units operate only on-demand, quickly superheating water for as long as needed. This on-demand operation is far more energy-efficient than the constant cycling of tank-style heaters. “Condensing” tankless units add even greater efficiencies by preheating incoming cold water using a secondary heat exchanger that captures additional heat from the combustion gases before they escape up the flue.
Spillane’s water heating solution ultimately ended up being his space heating solution as well when Noritz donated its new CB Combination (Combi) Boiler to the project. The Combi delivers hot water to both domestic hot water (DHW) and hydronic heating applications and is able to convert 95 percent of the fuel it consumes into useable heat, meaning it has the potential to yield substantial energy savings over time.
The unit also contains a special flow control valve inside that ensures a consistent temperature for domestic hot water demand, regardless of incoming water temperature. As a result, the user can count on the water always hitting a comfortable setpoint temperature.
“As a general contractor, we had not previously specified a combination unit such as this. But, from prior experience, we trusted the Noritz brand and were optimistic that the product would perform well,” explains Spillane, who decided to install the Combi as part of a hybrid heating system, whereby coils are heated in an air handler to distribute warm air throughout the entire home. The unit also provides all the home’s domestic hot water.
A Great Fit
J.R. Nasti of Nasti Plumbing Inc. installed the Combi in the home with his son, Luke. “The technology behind tankless water heaters is truly impressive,” exclaims Nasti. “They take up a lot less space than a tank-style heater and have a longer lifespan.”
The unit’s space efficiency was especially beneficial for this home, with its particularly narrow basement, which had previously been occupied by the bulky furnace system and tank-style water heater. Nasti was able to install the unit in roughly four hours without any problems.
The installation “was very straightforward,” he says. “I had to learn only how to program it, which didn’t take very long.”
Spillane agrees, citing no problems with the operation: “We, of course, tested the hot water and space heating once everything was finished, and it performed flawlessly.”
In addition to the new domestic hot water and HVAC system, the completely remodeled home now has a new electrical system and has increased to roughly 1,850 square feet after a second bathroom was added. In total, it contains three bedrooms and two and one-half bathrooms.
The home has been sold to a husband and wife who were looking to downsize their living space after raising their children. “The couple who bought the home were especially drawn to its central location in downtown Batavia, the manageable size and the energy-efficient technology it contains, such as the combination boiler and LED lighting,” explains Spillane.
Although it is too soon to gather specifics at this stage, Spillane expects that the couple will enjoy significant energy savings, thanks to the home’s efficient design. “Once they start living in the home for a while, the new homeowners will notice the energy-saving promises of products like the Combi come to fruition,” he predicts. “We are more than confident in this home’s future performance.”
Climate-Tech, Inc. is a third-generation family-owned business serving western Cuyahoga and parts of Lorain County Pennsylvania. The business was started in 1972 by John E. Dubecky (originally called Budget Air) and grew to an Angie’s List super service award-winning business for the last 13 years, specializing in indoor climate control. Currently operated by John J Read more
Climate-Tech, Inc. is a third-generation family-owned business serving western Cuyahoga and parts of Lorain County Pennsylvania. The business was started in 1972 by John E. Dubecky (originally called Budget Air) and grew to an Angie’s List super service award-winning business for the last 13 years, specializing in indoor climate control.
Currently operated by John J. Dubecky and son Josh, Climate-Tech specializes in environmentally friendly HVAC systems in residential and commercial applications.
According to Josh Dubecky, Climate-Tech had been maintaining the HVAC systems in five commercial buildings operated by Flair Management for about a year, when two 30-year-old 650,000 Btuh flextube boilers in building one required replacement. Climate-Tech recommended Buderus GB162 gas-fired condensing boilers in a four-unit cascade configuration with total input of 1,332 MBH.
“We replaced two 650,000 Btuh flextube boilers and a 40-gallon hot water tank with the Buderus GB162 TR-400 cascade package and one Buderus SST150-40 indirect tank,” explained Josh. The system is controlled by an open source building control system that sends a low-voltage staging signal to the Buderus MCM-10, which rotates firing of the boilers to meet building heating and domestic hot water demand, thus saving fuel. The mechanical room is located in a fourth-floor penthouse. In order to minimize disruption to building tenants, Climate- Tech prepped and protected the flooring, disassembled and removed the old boilers on a Saturday, and assembled piping on the roof before transporting it into the mechanical room.
Overall, the installation required one week, and went relatively smoothly, according to Josh. The building is comfortable and the two restrooms enjoy adequate hot water provided from the single Buderus 40-gallon tank. Although the winter of 2015-16 has been relatively mild in Ohio, energy savings are anticipated from the new heating system in coming years.
Buderus Gas Condensing Boilers, Building One, Flair Management Plaza, Middleburg Heights, Ohio
Wholesaler: R.E. Michel, Elyria, Ohio
Buderus sales representative: Bernardini & Link, Ebensburg and Pittsburgh, PA
Equipment Installed: Buderus GB162/100, MCM10 Modulation Control, SST150 Indirect Water Tank
Completion Date: October 2015