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Aeroseal LLC, the owner and licensee of aeroseal duct sealing technology has acquired Comfort Institute (CI), a leading provider of home performance equipment and training for the HVAC industry. The acquisition combines the two organization’s expertise to immediately create the HVAC industry’s most complete and authoritative outlet for home performance training and ongoing professional support. Comfort Institute LLC will continue to provide the current CI service offerings while adding additional services, all now as a wholly owned business unit of Aeroseal LLC. “This is a strong move for both companies and it’s a stronger move for the industry as a whole,” said EPA’s National Manager, Energy Star HVAC Verified Installation Program, Chandler von Schrader. “Home performance needs competent contractors that understand total systems and how to remediate them. This includes the distribution systems, and Aeroseal really fills that void. This is a good move across the board.” The merger will ... Read More

“Caleffi Excellence” Better than Ever!

Caleffi Excellence, an ongoing contest which invites designers of hydronic or plumbing systems opportunity to showcase their work and receive wide recognition, is recommencing. Beginning September 2014 and continuing for 12 monthly periods, designers and installers can submit via an online portal, installations that incorporate Caleffi products. New to this year, Caleffi will select three finalists from each monthly period; the winner will be determined by an instant poll of attendees to Coffee with Caleffi™, our popular monthly education webinars. The winner will receive an iPad® mini. After one year, a grand prize winner will be chosen from the 12 monthly winners. Selected by Caleffi executives, the grand prize winner and their guest will travel to Italy to see Caleffi World Headquarters and receive a personalized tour of our factories and design facilities. \ To learn more, please visit Read More

Slant/Fin Announces Changes In Senior Management

Slant/Fin Corporation is pleased to announce that its President, Adam Dubin, has been advanced to the position of Chairman and CEO, a position held by Melvin Dubin since his founding of the company in 1949. Adam, a graduate of New York University, joined Slant/Fin on a full time full time basis in 1996. Melvin Dubin will continue to be active in the company as Chairman Emeritus. Donald Brown will continue in his current and long term role as Vice Chairman. “The change in Adam’s position reflects eighteen years of increasing responsibility successfully accomplished. The new alignment reflects our continuing commitment to growth and leadership in the baseboard and boiler industry” said Mel Dubin, Slant/Fin’s founder. Read More

Armstrong Unveils Expanded Range of Three-speed Circulators

Armstrong Fluid Technology has announced the expansion of its Astro wet-rotor circulator offering with the introduction of the Astro 2 Series. Featuring four new sizes, the Astro 2 Series now offers flange-to-flange and bolt-to-bolt compatibility with 100% of competing models in terms of performance. Designed for fast and convenient installation and years of trouble-free operation, the new models also address a broader range of applications. Key features include: three field-selectable operating speeds, double the head and triple the flow, a plug-in terminal strip to save time on installation, e-coating on the inside of the cast iron volutes to provide enhanced corrosion protection, pre-installed high-flow check valve and availability in cast iron, stainless steel and lead-free bronze. In addition, Armstrong has announced an industry-leading five-year warranty on both the Astro and Compass Circulators. Commenting on the company’s commitment to a five-year warranty, Rod Hightower, Armstrong’s Commercial Director, US stated, "The five-year ... Read More

Laars Mascot® LX Combination Boiler and Tankless Water Heater

Laars introduces the new Mascot LX condensing combi boiler and tankless water heater. Mascot LX features a Laars heat exchanger, designed and manufactured by Laars in the USA. The natural gas or LP-fired unit offers 95% efficiency, full modulation and a plentiful supply of domestic hot water on combi units. Mascot LX comes in 10 models to meet the demands of any size home or small business: three combi boiler/tankless water heater (125, 150 & 175 MBH) and seven heating only (50, 75, 100, 125, 150, 175 & 220 MBH) sizes. Packed with features, the Made-in-America Mascot LX includes an easy to use, advanced control system with auto cascade setup for multiple boiler installations, outdoor reset, primeless condensate trap, zero clearance installation and venting up to 150 feet. Learn more at Read More

Navien’s Water Saver

Navien’s NPE-A series innovative ComfortFlow® technology incorporates a built-in buffer tank and recirculation pump inside the unit to provide a zero GPM activation rate. Additionally, with the ComfortFlow buffer tank, the “cold water sandwich”, common in other tankless units, is eliminated. With a return line, the pump saves thousands of gallons of water per year. Additional Navien NPE standard features include: dual stainless steel heat exchangers, 1/2” gas lines up to 24’ and 2” PVC venting up to 60’. These technical advances make the NPE-A series ideal for commercial and residential tank water heater replacement as well as new construction. About Navien An official ENERGY STAR® partner of the Residential Water Heater Program, Navien is the recognized leader in condensing technology and combination gas boilers. Navien products are available in the United States and Canada through a selected network of wholesale distributors. For more information visit us at ... Read More

RPA/ASSE Seek Input for Development of New Personnel Certification Standard

The Radiant Professionals Alliance (RPA) and ASSE International are seeking professional input toward the development of an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) recognized standard for hydronic and radiant heating/cooling designers and installers. The standard will allow authorities to recommend certification as a minimum requirement to obtain a business license to practice hydronic heating and cooling within that jurisdiction. “Smaller cities and townships rarely have a minimum certification requirement in order to design and install these systems,” said RPA Executive Director Mark Eatherton. “It’s our goal to provide a high degree of consumer confidence in the designers and contractors who have made the effort to become certified.” The RPA will revise its current certification program so that it meets all the requirements of the newly developed standard. The training curriculum will assure that a professional contractor meets all of the testing requirements needed to achieve “ASSE Certified” status. This demonstrates a ... Read More

An Exclusive 5-year Warranty With Z-one™

Install a Z-one™ Zone Valve together with a ZVR Z-one™ Relay and both qualify for our industry exclusive 5-year warranty. The Z-one Series valves are used to automatically shut-off the flow or redirect hot and chilled water in hydronic heating and cooling systems, and is UL listed for plenum installations. The ZVR Series of controls are used for zoning up to six zone valves (model dependent),along with a system pump, secondary pump(s)and primary pump. For more information, please contact us at Read More

IAPMO Green Plumbers and QWEL to Collaborate on Training and Certification Program

Recognizing a need for local stakeholders with limited resources to deploy training programs to workers with similarly limited resources and time, IAPMO Green Plumbers Training and Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper (QWEL)® are collaborating to provide turnkey water use efficiency training to these urban water-related tradespeople to learn to use water more wisely. The leading training programs in their respective fields of plumbing and landscaping, IAPMO Green PlumbersTraining and QWEL believe that centralized administration of curriculum and program maintenance, coupled with local promotion and delivery, provides a more cost effective platform for increasing the water efficiency expertise of a community’s water related tradespeople. “The QWEL program is high quality and accomplishes for the landscaping industry the same benefits Green Plumbers provide for the plumbing industry,” said Sonoma County Water Agency Principal Programs Specialist Carrie Pollard. “Together we can deliver nationally recognized certification programs cost effectively, while maintaining the traditional distinction between ... Read More

Caleffi Releases the 15 th Edition of idronics ™: Separation in Hydronic Systems

Twelve years after Caleffi North America was established, air, dirt and hydraulic separation issues continue to be frequent topics in the technical support calls we receive. These calls confirm that an understanding of air and dirt separation, as well as hydraulic separation is critically important to those who design, install or maintain hydronic systems. Those who comprehend these topics well are more capable of creating and maintaining the modern, energy-efficient systems today's marketplace demands. The 15th edition of idronics™ examines the principles and modern methods of application in these three distinctly different forms of separation within hydronic heating or cooling systems. The new edition is now available on our website at Subscribers of the journal will receive their hard copy in August. Are you interested in receiving your own complimentary copy? Please register today. Read More
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