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Webstone Expands Their Line

Webstone has expanded its product line once again and now includes Thermostatic Mixing Valves.  These forged lead free brass valves provide output ranges from 95-131-degree F, making them ideal for point of use, hydronic heat or water distribution systems.  Union ends simplify installation and temperature-locking handles ensures user safety.  Suitable for residential- or light-commercial applications, available with or without integral check valves, in MIP or SWT, sizes ½-1” and guaranteed for life.  Founded in 1954, Webstone is recognized as an industry leader for innovative design of residential- and commercial valves used in plumbing-, hydronic-, radiant-, solar- and geothermal applications. These designs focus on time-and space-saving concepts that simplify future maintenance and upkeep of all piping systems. Some of Webstone's trademarked and patented items include; Hydro-Core™, The Isolator®, Isolator EXP™, Pro-Connect™, and Pro-Pal® step saving valves. Read More

RAUGEO™ PEXa System from REHAU Certified for Use in Canadian Earth Energy System Applications with Publication of CSA C448 Series 2013

REHAU announced today that its RAUGEO™ crosslinked polyethylene (PEXa) piping system has been certified for use in Canada following revisions to the CSA Group’s new Standard C448/2013 Design and Installation of Earth Energy Systems.   The previous 2002 series of CSA C448 dictated exclusive use of non-crosslinked polyethylene pipe for ground heat exchangers.  With the implementation of the revised C448/2013 standard,  PEXa pipes and F2080 cold-expansion compression-sleeve fittings may now be used in these applications throughout Canada.   The C448 standard was developed and approved by a technical committee and subcommittee representing multiple geothermal industry stakeholders including installers, drillers, designers, equipment manufacturers, regulators and utilities. CSA C448 applies to new and retrofit installations and  includes requirements for piping, installation techniques, and ground-source heat pumps for residential and commercial buildings.    “While HDPE is a reliable, traditional piping material, specifiers and installers across Canada have been requesting the option to ... Read More

Wood Stove Decathlon to Use Wohler’s SM 500

Wohler’s new SM 500 real-time particle emission rate analyzer will help judges during the Wood Stove Decathlon from November 16-19, 2013 in Washington, DC.   The Wood Stove Decathlon, sponsored by the Alliance for Green Heat, encourages participants to design a cleaner, more efficient, and more versatile wood stove. The competition’s goals are to inspire innovation and build community, as well as educate the public and policymakers about modern wood heater emissions.   Wohler’s SM 500 uses brand new technology that makes emissions testing for small, solid-fuel appliances more efficient. The current dilution tunnel test procedure can be time consuming and costly. Wohler’s SM 500 will give the judges quick and accurate readings as they test up to 14 wood stoves throughout the competition.   “Wohler’s SM 500 is an example of our continued commitment to developing technology to meet our customers’ needs,” says Peter Cullen, Wohler’s Chief Operating Officer. ... Read More

ClimateMaster Celebrates 300th Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity Home Built with Geothermal Heating & Cooling

ClimateMaster held a reception at the Central Oklahoma Home Builders Association banquet facility this month to celebrate completion of Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity’s 300th home featuring a geothermal heat pump-driven heating and cooling system.  The home, located in the organization’s Las Rosas development in Oklahoma City, represents a unique collaborative commitment to construct all Habitat for Humanity homes in the region with geothermal heating and cooling systems.   “Thanks to ClimateMaster and its president, Dan Ellis, we are one of the most energy-efficient homebuilders in the state of Oklahoma, and among the top in the nation, saving families $700 to $800 on average per year,” said Ann Felton, president of Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity.  “We value our partnership with ClimateMaster and I am honored to have the opportunity to work with Dan.  With his knowledge and expertise, he has really catapulted our construction program to the next ... Read More

ClimateMaster Launches Tranquility® Vertical Stack (TSM) Series Product Line

ClimateMaster announces the launch of its Tranquility® Vertical Stack (TSM) Series heat pump units, offering simple, cost-effective installation combined with the industry’s highest energy performance in the vertical stack product category.  Available in ¾- through 3-ton capacities, the units are engineered to provide energy-efficient heating and cooling as part of either boiler/cooling tower or geothermal heating and cooling systems.   Designed for a variety of applications including educational, office, hospitality, apartment and condominium buildings, the TSM Series streamlines installation as its risers, cabinet and chassis are available for shipment individually or in combination.  This and ClimateMaster’s phase scheduling allow for the units’ delivery and installation to seamlessly coincide with the overall building’s construction schedule.  The space-saving TSM Series units are also installed virtually out of site behind drywall, which translates to a clean and visually appealing end result.   “The next-generation TSM Series of heat pumps leapfrogs the industry ... Read More

WaterFurnace extends Perfect Choice Savings Event for Fall 2013

WaterFurnace International, Inc., the leading manufacturer of geothermal and water source heat pumps, announces the extension of its Perfect Choice Savings Event for Fall 2013. From Sept. 28 through Dec. 20, 2013, homeowners will have a choice of three packages that include WaterFurnace’s flagship 7 Series 700A11 variable capacity geothermal heat pump or the 5 Series 500A11 geothermal heat pump, with rebates ranging from $750 to $2,000. “We’re pleased to announce the extension of The Perfect Choice Savings Event through Fall 2013,” said Tim Litton, WaterFurnace director of marketing communications. “By offering several attractive instant rebate options, The Perfect Choice Savings Event is designed to help homeowners across the country upgrade to an energy-efficient WaterFurnace geothermal heating and air conditioning system. When you combine those rebates with a 30 percent federal tax credit, several local incentives and year-round savings on utility bills, it’s clear The Perfect Choice Savings Event ... Read More

Raven Products Announces Partnership With Mondale & Associates

Raven Products has named Mondale & Associates as our exclusive representative for the states of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, North Dakota & South Dakota. This prestigious firm is strategically located in a critical target market for our continued expansion commented Mark J. DAgostino; Vice President of Sales & Business Development. We are very proud and excited to be partnering with an agency of this size, expertise and stature. For further information on Raven Products, please visit www.ravenproducts.usMark J. DAostino can be reached at Read More


McGraw Hill Education has published a follow-on graduate-level textbook to its highly successful Geothermal HVAC: Green Heating and Cooling undergraduate textbook, published in 2011.  In addition to geothermal consultant Jay Egg, one of the authors to the first textbook, the new volume, Modern Geothermal HVAC: Engineering and Control Applications, which came out this summer, features contributions from Greg Cunniff, P.E., Applications Engineering Manager for Taco, Inc. and Carl Orio, chairman of Water Energy Distributors.  Modern Geothermal HVAC: Engineering and Controls Applications was designed for graduate level students and industry professionals who wish to deepen their knowledge of geothermal applications and advanced hydronics.  The textbook contains fifteen chapters ranging in topics from geothermal open and closed loops and standing well methods and applications to HVAC basics, equipment, and the latest developments in radiant cooling with chilled beams, variable speed pumping and controls.   The book also includes the latest information on ... Read More

Uponor Commercial Products Now Available in Trimble® PipeDesigner 3D® Database

In an effort to continuously support its commercial PEX piping business, Uponor North America (Uponor) products are now available in the Trimble® PipeDesigner 3D® (formerly QuickPen®) software manufacturer database for plumbing and radiant heating and cooling systems. A link to the Uponor Product Library in Trimble PipeDesigner 3D is available on in Technical Support/Downloads.“With the momentum in our commercial business continuing to increase, we are consistently striving for ways to make it easier for our customers to do business with us,” says Chris Moore, vice president of Information Technology (IT) at Uponor. “Adding our products to the Trimble PipeDesigner 3D database provides a single source for professionals looking to prefabricate and design Uponor commercial PEX piping systems for use in plumbing and radiant heating and cooling applications.”Trimble PipeDesigner 3D is a single detailing solution for mechanical, piping and plumbing contractors familiar with the AutoCAD® platform. It features the ... Read More


Lochinvar has announced the launch of its 2013-2014 VIP Contractor Program.  Kicking off on Oct. 1, the program offers participating contractors multiple ways to earn awards and accolades for their installations of Lochinvar’s residential boilers. From participating in the VIP Installation Showcase contest on Facebook to receiving Visa® Reward Cards for product registrations, VIP Contractors can enjoy the program’s many perks this heating season.   Rewards for Registrations From Oct. 1, 2013, through April 30, 2014, approved VIP Contractors will receive a Visa® Reward Card[1] for every eligible product they register. Qualified products include the high-efficiency KNIGHT® Boiler, Solution™ Boiler and, added to the program this year, the new Cadet™ Boiler. Each of these boilers, along with the Squire® Indirect Water Heater, has a VIP Contractor Registration Card shipped with the product. Contractors can also register purchases quickly and easily at  For every eligible boiler registration, the VIP ... Read More
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