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NATE Achieves Prestigious ANSI Accreditation

North American Technician Excellence (NATE) is pleased to announce that it has officially been recognized as an ANSI-accredited certification body. ANSI, which stands for the American National Standards Institute, has served as the coordinator of the U.S. private sector, voluntary standardization system for more than 90 years.   In early 2011, NATE formally applied for ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024 accreditation, which involved a review of all practices and processes in place. Based on the 17024 requirements, NATE implemented a wide range of updates and enhancements to strengthen its processes and ensure that the integrity of NATE certification is upheld at all levels.   Patrick Murphy, Vice President of Certifications, spearheaded the application for ANSI accreditation and led the NATE team in their efforts toward achieving this goal. On December 13, 2011, the ANSI Personnel Certification Accreditation Committee (PCAC) met to review NATE’s assessment report.  Upon their review, PCAC granted NATE ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024 accreditation as a ... Read More

Volcanic Heater Inc. Commemorates 100 Years in Business

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RPA Membership Ratifies Move to IAPMO

The RPA (formerly known as the Radiant Panel Association, Inc.) will officially be joining the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) effective this month. The move, along with an official name change to the Radiant Professionals Alliance, was formally and officially ratified by RPA membership by a strong majority of affirmative votes on Dec. 5.   “The foremost concern of RPA members is their membership status,” said Dorothy Biggs, President, RPA. “IAPMO has assured us that the anniversary dates of all RPA memberships will be recognized, will remain intact for all subsequent renewal purposes and will immediately entitle every member to the multitude of benefits associated with RPA and the structure with IAPMO.”   Members can also be assured that all of RPA’s publications and reference materials will continue to be available, including training manuals, home study tools, DVD seminars, the Webinar series, the RPA Standard Guidelines, and ... Read More

NATE Names Final Winner in “Showcase Your NATE” Sweepstakes

North American Technician Excellence (NATE), has selected the fourth and final winner  in the “Showcase Your NATE” Sweepstakes, which rewards contractors for promoting their NATE-certified technicians.  Bovard Heating & Cooling from Altoona, Pennsylvania submitted the winning entry, earning the company $1,000 in local advertising and/or NATE promotional materials. To demonstrate the various ways they showcase their NATE-certified technicians, the Bovard team submitted examples of their promotional brochures, informational videos and print ads that prominently feature NATE.  One of their entries was randomly selected from the numerous submissions received from contractors throughout the country, including various examples of how each company highlights their NATE-certified technicians. “We pride ourselves on hiring NATE-certified technicians, as we know they provide superior service to our customers,” stated Charlie Bovard, Vice President and General Manager for Bovard Heating & Cooling.  “We look forward to continuing to provide knowledgeable, quality service and to spread the word about ... Read More

Navien Recalls Tankless Water Heaters Due to Risk of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

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Contractors Ending Year With Cautious Outlook

According to the December Contractor Comfort Index (CCI), contractors are continuing to have a cautious outlook when it comes to short-term growth. The Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) began measuring contractor attitudes toward short-term economic growth with the CCI in February 2010.   For December 2011, the CCI is 53. These results also show that contractors are feeling less confident than they were 12 months earlier when the CCI was 61.    The CCI is calculated based on a survey of the association's contractor members, who are asked how positive they feel about new business prospects, existing business activity, and expected staffing decisions in the short-term future. Weighted and averaged into one number, a CCI of 50 or above reflects anticipated growth.   The CCI is released prior to the start of each month; the next index number will be released during the last week of January.   ... Read More

Fulton Receives New York State Workforce and Economic Growth Grant

Fulton Companies (, the global manufacturer of steam, hydronic and thermal fluid heat transfer products and provider of innovative energy management solutions, has been identified as the recipient of $349,000 in New York State’s strategic plans to stimulate the economy and spur job growth. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo held a competitive funding round for Regional Economic Development Councils (REDC) across the Empire State. The Fulton award was one of several announced in the state’s funding initiatives. The Fulton award will fund projects that are tied to growing the workforce in Pulaski, N.Y., a geographic region with a chronically high unemployment rate. In contrast to the troubled economy of the region, Fulton has expanded in recent years and has its highest employment level since it opened its doors in 1949 – 260 staff members. Fulton’s five-year plan is to add approximately 50 new jobs in Pulaski, according to Fulton CFO ... Read More

10 Million Solar Roofs Act Clears Senate Energy Committee

The U.S. Senate's Committee on Energy and Natural Resources has approved S.1108, the 10 Million Solar Roofs Act, according to an email alert released by the committee.First introduced by Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., in February 2010, the bill calls for rebates that, along with other incentives, would cover up to half the cost of the 10 million solar power systems and 200,000 water heating systems. Nonprofit groups and state and local governments also would be eligible. (more) Read More

Wilo launches new GIGA pump

Wilo has announced that it has launched the Wilo-Stratos GIGA in the UK. Wilo says that it is the company’s first high-efficiency glanded pump – and it is targeted specifically at the building services and industry sectors. The Wilo-Stratos GIGA offers building designers, specifiers and architects the chance to easily optimize the energy costs and environmental balance of a building or industrial complex, says the company. With its hydraulic output and specification, the new Wilo-Stratos GIGA is ideal for commercial, industrial and residential buildings. It’s the first pump from Wilo’s new high-efficiency series for heating, cold-water and cooling applications, and it’s targeted at projects where energy saving pumps will pay significant dividends over a typically 15-year lifecycle. (more) Read More


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