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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

1st “Caleffi Excellence” Winners Announced

The year-long program - “Caleffi Excellence” – which encourages designers and installers of hydronic or plumbing systems to showcase their work and receive national recognition has completed the first quarter competition of the contest.   The top four contestants, as determined by most audited votes received from the public, received an iPad™ mini and will be invited to join Bob Rohr, Caleffi training and education manager, on our next Coffee with Caleffi™ webinar (October 31) to discuss their winning designs.   The grand prize winner is Piotr Zelasko of Able Distributors (Chicago, Ill.).  Mr. Zelasko and a guest of his choice, has won a trip to Italy to see Caleffi World Headquarters and will receive a personalized tour of our factories and design facilities.  Mr.Zelasko’s entry:  Hydronics Inc. GeoX Hybrid Comfort System was selected from a panel of industry experts and Caleffi executives.   “Interestingly the top four vote-getters all showcased renewable systems ... Read More

2012 Census Shows Wood Heating Continues Growth Streak

Alliance for Green Heat, Sept. 25, 2013 - According to recently released U.S. Census statistics, 63,566 more families used wood or pellets as a primary heating fuel in 2012 compared to 2011, which amounts to an increase of 2.6%, making wood again the fastest growing heating fuel in America.             From 2000 to 2010, wood and pellet home heating grew by 34%, faster than any of the other heating fuels, including solar and natural gas. Oil and propane use declined between 2000 and 2010, and the decline continued in 2012.             Today, 2.1% of Americans use wood or pellets as their primary heating fuel, up from 1.6% in 2000. An additional 7.7 % of U.S. households use wood as a secondary heating fuel, according to the 2009 EIA Renewable Energy Consumption Survey.             Nearly 2.5 million households use wood as a primary heating fuel, making it, by far, the dominant ... Read More

CIPH launches career information website,

A resource for students, job-seekers and employers, the Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating (CIPH) has recently launched, an information website that sheds a new light on available careers in the industry. Canada's plumbing and hydronic (hot water) heating industry, as represented by CIPH includes over 260 potential employers and more than 20,000 employees across Canada. highlights the wide range of career paths, co-op education opportunities and potential employers within Canada's plumbing and hydronic heating industry. Visitors to the website will also find information on the CIPH Scholarship Program, which awards $25,000 in scholarships to community college students annually. With increased emphasis on water resources and energy efficiency, more products are being developed to manage what we put down the drain and how we control the air we breathe to make our homes and buildings safer, healthier, cleaner and more efficient. All this makes Canada's plumbing and hydronic heating industry ... Read More

Uponor Innovations Identifies Emerging Markets and Game-changing Products

Uponor, Inc. is excited to announce the launch of Uponor Innovations LLC — a new, wholly owned subsidiary and corporate enterprise designed to identify emerging markets and create new, game-changing products“We are very fortunate to work with very talented and creative people at Uponor,” says Bill Gray, president of Uponor North America. “But, we have to recognize that no single company has a monopoly on good ideas. Uponor Innovations is one way we can connect with others externally and help turn their good ideas into a reality.” Anyone from entrepreneurs to startups, business owners, management teams, investors and funds can submit an executive summary of their ideas to Uponor is open to exploring ideas that may or may not build on its existing product profile and business model. “Someone may have a good idea, but lack the resources to gain any traction or success,” says Gray. “That’s where ... Read More

PPA Fall Energy Conference Blends the Past and Future

The Pennsylvania Petroleum Association (PPA), formerly PPMCSA, held its Fall Energy Conference from September 16-18, 2013 at the historic Omni Bedford Springs Resort in South Pennsylvania's scenic Cumberland Valley. Participants enjoyed beautiful weather and networking in this unique, historic setting. Much like our industry, the Omni Bedford Springs Resort has a rich history. Founded in 1806, the resort has hosted 10 US presidents and has been the site of many significant moments in American history. It is a National Historic Landmark and has undergone a stunning renovation, making it the perfect blend of past and future. The Conference began on Monday with the Chic and Marty Muetzel Golf Tournament. Participants enjoyed a relaxing afternoon on one of our country’s first golf courses. The tournament celebrated the many contributions Chic and Marty Muetzel have made to our industry. Tuesday featured a full day of education focusing on our industry’s future. Ben ... Read More

Mark Your Calendar for the OESP 2014 Road Show

OESP, the National Association of Oil and Energy Service Professionals, invites you to mark your calendar for the OESP Road Show events in 2014. The first event will take place at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut from May 12-13, 2014 and the second event will be held in Gettysburg, PA at the Wyndham Hotel from September 21-23, 2014. “The OESP Road Show is an exciting new trade show format we’ve designed based on your feedback,” says Judy Garber, Executive Director of OESP. “We still have a traditional trade show planned in Hershey for May 17-21, 2015, but we look forward to offering this valuable new opportunity to both attendees and exhibitors.” The OESP Road Show’s condensed format is tailored to make the most of your time. Both events will feature a full day of education on Monday, as well as an evening reception where exhibitors and attendees can mingle among the ... Read More

Mechanical Ventilation and ASHRAE 62.2-2013 (Up to 1 BPI CEU) webinar now available.

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ECR International, Inc. is pleased to announce several new additions to its sales organization. Bryan Nowill, Simon Olean, Mike Little and Matt Conant have all joined the growing ECR family.Bryan Nowill has been named as Regional Sales Manager for New England and Simon Olean is now Field Support Representative for New England. Bryan comes to ECR after serving as Sales Manager – Residential Hydronic Products for Mestek, Inc. He will oversee sales and marketing in the New England Region. Simon Olean, is a licensed contractor in both Massachusetts and Rhode island will provide onsite technical support and training. Dave Wash, Director of Sales for ECR International says, “Having a new team in New England presents a great opportunity for ECR and our customers. Both Bryan and Simon will deliver unmatched sales and technical support.”Mike Little also joins ECR as a Field Support Representative for the Metro NY/NJ area. Mike was ... Read More
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