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Wolseley planning Swiss tax move

Building and heating materials group Wolseley has announced plans to set up a new holding company in Switzerland in order to reduce its corporate tax bill. (more) Read More

Uponor’s Paul McCulloch Appointed to ICC Development Committee for Fire Sprinkler Exam

Paul McCulloch, technical support supervisor for Fire Safety at Uponor, was recently appointed to the Residential Fire Sprinkler Design and Installation Exam Development Committee by the International Code Council® (ICC) Board for International Professional Standards (BIPS). The appointment is a three-year term from Sept. 2, 2010, through Dec. 31, 2013.According to a letter from Greg Wheeler, chair of the BIPS, McCulloch was chosen because the Board felt he would “make a significant contribution to the success of the committee.” McCulloch, who started with Uponor in 2003, has been designing, installing and training on residential fire sprinkler systems for more than 12 years. Through his time at Uponor, he has moved from designer to lead designer and now supervisor on the company’s multipurpose plumbing and fire sprinkler system, called AquaSAFE™, quickly becoming Uponor’s premier expert on residential fire sprinkler systems as well as U.S. and Canadian building and fire codes. ... Read More

Contractor in Danbury court on alleged chimney scam

DANBURY, CT -- A contractor who investigators said hired unskilled labor for his chimney repair business, gave workers minimal training and turned them loose to prey on elderly homeowners made an appearance in state Superior Court here Wednesday. Marc Anthony, 44, didn't enter a plea on an array of felony and misdemeanor counts, including larceny and attempted larceny, which were filed against him last month after an investigation by Danbury police and inspectors from the state Department of Consumer Protection. Anthony is a co-owner of CT Builders LLC, a company based in Long Island. He was represented in court by attorney Kevin Black, of Wilton, a former assistant prosecutor in the Danbury State's Attorney's Office. The investigation began in March after two of his employees were allegedly found to be installing chimney liners without obtaining building permits from the city and without having the state licenses required to perform the work. Police ... Read More

RPA to Join ACCA and IAQA at 2011 Indoor Air Expo

ROCKVILLE, MD--(Marketwire - September 13, 2010) -  The Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA), the Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA), and the Radiant Panel Association (RPA) have announced that the three organizations will hold their annual meetings at the same time in 2011, and share the Indoor Air Expo. ACCA is the nationwide non-profit trade association representing the business, technical, and policy interests of heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration contracting businesses. IAQA is a non-profit professional organization dedicated to the exchange of indoor environmental information through education and research. RPA is a non-profit national association representing manufacturers, distributors, designers, dealers, and installers of radiant panel heating and cooling systems and components. The 2011 Indoor Air Expo will be held February 15-17, 2011 in San Antonio, Texas. At the same time, ACCA will conduct its 43rd Annual Conference, IAQA will hold its 14th Annual Meeting, and RPA will hold its Annual Conference. ... Read More

Ohio Judge dismisses class-action suit from all-electric homeowners

Geauga County Common Pleas Judge David L. Fuhry dismissed a class-action lawsuit from owners of all-electric homes against electric companies.Fuhry said that only the Public Utility Commission of Ohio, not him, had the authority to oversee the matter.The lawsuit stems from FirstEnergy’s rate increases earlier this year.Previously, the company had offered reduced rates to those with all-electric homes, electric hot water heating systems or electric load management systems. First, the electric company said it would abandon the reduced rates. Then, after homeowners protested, the company decided to gradually phase out its reduced rates during the next eight years. (more) Read More

ITT AND MERCY CORPS COLLABORATE TO PROVIDE SAFE WATER AND SANITATION TO FLOOD VICTIMS IN PAKISTAN

MORTON GROVE, Illinois, September 9, 2010 – ITT Corporation, parent of Bell & Gossett, Goulds Pumps and other brands serving the HVAC and plumbing industry, announced today that through its partnership with Mercy Corps that the company is donating five portable water treatment systems to the Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinces of Pakistan in response to the recent flooding. Of the more than 15 million people the Pakistan floods are estimated to have affected, the World Health Organization estimates only 1.2 million had access to critical safe water supplies. The water treatment units, which have the potential to provide clean water to as many as 200,000 people, were donated by ITT and are being deployed through Mercy Corps’ large-scale humanitarian aid response. This collaborative disaster response is part of a strategic partnership between ITT's corporate citizenship program, ITT Watermark®, and Mercy Corps to provide safe water and sanitation during emergencies. ... Read More

Goulds Pumps Introduces New e-SV™ Line of Stainless Steel, Vertical Multi-Stage Pumps

MORTON GROVE, Illinois – September 1, 2010 – ITT has enhanced its Goulds Pumps line of stainless steel, vertical multi-stage pumps with the introduction of new e-SV™ models.  Featuring an innovative hydraulic design and highly efficient motor that significantly lowers lifecycle costs and increases energy savings, the pumps are suited for a wide variety of commercial and industrial applications.             The new hydraulic design also provides superior NPSHR levels, and by eliminating the need to remove the motor, maintenance time is significantly reduced.   The mechanical seal is also replaceable without the need for pump disassembly, and the “O” ring seat is designed to allow easy disassembly of the outer sleeve.              All-stainless steel construction and NSF certification allow the e-SV pump to meet municipalities’ requirements for pure water while providing superior corrosion resistance and easy installation.             “Environmental and economic conditions are driving the need and demand for more energy-saving, ... Read More

Plumbers strike as talks stall

About 1,000 union plumbers are out on strike this morning after talks to forge a new three-year deal stalled over a move to ease long-term joblessness. Kevin L. Cotter, the business manager of Plumbers & Gasfitters Local 12, said his union asked management to adopt a so-called “referral list,” which would have compelled contractors to hire first those union plumbers who’d been out of work the longest. Hugh Kelleher, executive director of the Plumbing, Heating and Cooling Contractors Association of Greater Boston, said employers couldn’t give up the right to choose.  It would be challenging to run a business,” Kelleher said.The plumbers work for contractors across eastern Massachusetts. They won’t picket work sites, Cotter said, and their members will report to jobs where project labor agreements forbid striking. “Given unprecedented levels of unemployment, we’ve asked them to be considerate to the unemployed and give them a share of future jobs,” ... Read More

Bob "Hot Rod" Rohr to present Solar and Radiant Heating seminar

The two-day course will be in Paonia, Colorado on October 9 & 10. Please click HERE for the details. Read More

Don't Miss GasNetworks' 10th Annual Conference

GasNetworks will hold its 10th Annual Heating Professionals Fall Conference on Thursday, September 23, 2010 at the Lantana located in Randolph, MA. This day-long conference will feature expert trainers and speakers and will focus on high efficiency natural gas heating equipment and installation practices. Preliminary sessions will focus on hydronic heating, on-demand water heating, condensing and modulating boilers, near boiler piping, indoor air quality, and more! Equipment manufacturers and suppliers will be on hand to display the latest in natural gas heating products and technology. A trade show and reception will be held at the end of the day. The registration fee is just $65 if you sign up by September 10. This includes continental breakfast, all seminars, buffet lunch, trade show, and reception! Register online or by phone (1-877-389-0598). Read More
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