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Ontario, Calif. — The chief impact officer for water.org, a nonprofit organization that has been working to bring water and sanitation to the world for 25 years, and the president/CEO of the public utility San Antonio Water System will be the keynote speakers for the seventh biennial Emerging Water Technology Symposium (EWTS), May 12-13 in Read more

Ontario, Calif. — The chief impact officer for water.org, a nonprofit organization that has been working to bring water and sanitation to the world for 25 years, and the president/CEO of the public utility San Antonio Water System will be the keynote speakers for the seventh biennial Emerging Water Technology Symposium (EWTS), May 12-13 in San Antonio, Texas.

The EWTS provides an opportunity for experts to present new ideas and approaches, emerging technologies coming to market, innovative green plumbing and mechanical concepts, and more. Professionals from the manufacturing, engineering, plumbing and mechanical, and water utility industries participate, along with individuals from government and academia.

Dr. Richard E. Thorsten is the chief impact officer for water.org, which has helped provide access to clean water and safe sanitation to more than 25 million people in 16 nations. He will discuss critical roles of financing access to piped water and off-grid sanitation solutions in developing countries. He will also outline examples of partnerships that water.org has undertaken in these markets, especially connecting water utilities and product manufacturers with sources of household and enterprise financing.

Also delivering a keynote address will be Robert Puente, who has served as president/CEO of the San Antonio Water System (SAWS) since 2008. As chief executive of one of the nation’s largest utilities, he provides leadership in delivering water and wastewater services to more than 1.7 million consumers, developing new water resources, continuing infrastructure upgrades throughout the community, and building regional partnerships. Before coming to SAWS as the President/CEO, Puente served in the Texas House of Representatives. First elected in 1991, Puente was appointed to the House Natural Resources Committee, which develops water policy for the state.

In addition to the keynote addresses, EWTS attendees will view presentations and discussions on today’s most pressing water-related issues. The topics will include: best risk management practices for Legionella and pathogen control, including high-capacity filtration; identifying key research needs for premise plumbing; enabling competitions to drive behavioral change; preventing temperature fluctuations in showers; wastewater treatment and whether it can be a consumer product; the applied water-energy nexus — using an integration framework; PFAS contamination in water; emerging water-from-air technologies, and many more.

“The EWTS provides attendees with a unique opportunity to hear from manufacturers, engineers, academia, futurists, policy makers and water efficiency experts,” said Pete DeMarco, IAPMO’s Executive Vice President of Advocacy and Research. “The two-day symposium will address global problems pertaining to the safe delivery and use of water in buildings and the new technologies and strategies that are being developed to keep plumbing systems safe and efficient. Having again received a record number of outstanding abstracts, this year’s program will provide attendees with an amazing opportunity to hear from and interact with today’s water leaders.”

The symposium will be co-convened by the American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE), the Alliance for Water Efficiency (AWE), the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO), and Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI), in cooperation with the World Plumbing Council (WPC).

Attendees are advised to register early as this symposium will sell out. The early-bird rate of $495 ends March 15. Additional information and details on how to register for the symposium may be found online at www.ewts.org. Videos of presentations from previous symposiums are also available on the website.

 

Recognizing brands committed to creating accessible, comfortable, safe and beautiful homes The Living In Place Institute (LIPI), the educational entity behind the Certified Living in Place Professional program, is pleased to announce its first Preferred Industry Partner—Viega. An international manufacturer of HVAC and plumbing solutions products and systems, Viega is committed to offering the finest Read more

Recognizing brands committed to creating accessible, comfortable, safe and beautiful homes

The Living In Place Institute (LIPI), the educational entity behind the Certified Living in Place Professional program, is pleased to announce its first Preferred Industry Partner—Viega. An international manufacturer of HVAC and plumbing solutions products and systems, Viega is committed to offering the finest service and product solutions including revolutionary approaches to designing for Living in Place.

“Our commitment to driving the industry with leading edge products, services and solutions makes the decision to be a Living In Place Preferred Industry Partner an easy one,” said Mark Brodie, Director of Marketing, Viega. “The products we supply in the plumbing space is important to delivering the products CLIPP professionals need to deliver accessibility, comfort and safety in the home. We are pleased to be an early adopter.”

The Living In Place Preferred Industry Partner program is designed to help manufacturers and marketers better align their products and services with the Living In Place Institute’s philosophy and programs. Two participation levels are offered which include a variety of educational, promotional and awareness building efforts around the concept of Living in Place. Some of the benefits as a partner include brand participation in LIPI “Designing & Remodeling for Everyone” CEU events, both in person and virtual, CLIPP or Living In Place AssociateTM (LIPATM) courses for staff, brand promotion in CLIPP training and education materials, product highlights on the LIPI website and in marketing materials.

“We are excited that Viega has joined us as a Preferred Industry Partner,” said Louie Delaware and Erik Listou, co-founders of the Living In Place Institute. “Viega understands the value of the Living in Place concept and is a perfect partner. Our collaboration is sure to raise awareness and understanding about the value of working with Certified Living in Place Professionals as well as the importance of designing all homes for accessibility, comfort and safety.”

For more information, visit www.viega.us/evolve.

 Arlington, Va. – The Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) expressed strong support for legislation introduced in the House of Representatives by Representatives Paul Tonko (D-NY), Pete Olson (R-TX), Scott Peters (D-CA), and Elise Stefanik (R-NY) that would boost American manufacturing of next-generation refrigerant technologies, promote American technology, and create tens of thousands of new Read more

 Arlington, Va. – The Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) expressed strong support for legislation introduced in the House of Representatives by Representatives Paul Tonko (D-NY), Pete Olson (R-TX), Scott Peters (D-CA), and Elise Stefanik (R-NY) that would boost American manufacturing of next-generation refrigerant technologies, promote American technology, and create tens of thousands of new jobs.

The American Innovation and Manufacturing Leadership Act, HR 5544, would bring about a phasedown of a class of refrigerants known as hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and allow for a market- and consumer-friendly transition to new and better performing refrigerants and related products and equipment.

The bill is similar to the American Innovation and Manufacturing Act (S.2457), introduced in the Senate on October 30 by Senators John Kennedy (R-LA) and Tom Carper (D-DE), which now has 32 bipartisan co-sponsors. Although the bills differ slightly in structure and organization, both would produce the same Federal regulatory framework to phase down HFCs.

“This bill brings us one step closer to implementing an HFC phasedown and reaping the substantial economic benefits associated with this transition in refrigerant technologies,” said AHRI President and CEO Stephen Yurek. “Both the House and the Senate bills will accomplish our industry’s refrigerant objective while also protecting consumers and providing significant economic and environmental benefits.”

According to a 2018 study by the Interindustry Forecasting at the University of Maryland (INFORUM), an HFC phasedown will create 33,000 new manufacturing jobs, increase direct manufacturing output by $12.5 billion, and increase the U.S. share of the global HVACR export market by 25 percent.

Arlington, Va. – The Clifford H. “Ted” Rees, Jr. Scholarship Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation of the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI), and the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA), today announced scholarship awards totaling $85,500 to 49 students, including seven military veterans, studying to become technicians in the HVACR and water heating industry Read more

Arlington, Va. – The Clifford H. “Ted” Rees, Jr. Scholarship Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation of the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI), and the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA), today announced scholarship awards totaling $85,500 to 49 students, including seven military veterans, studying to become technicians in the HVACR and water heating industry.

“We are pleased to award scholarships to these qualified and dedicated students and veterans, and we look forward to welcoming them into the industry,” said AHRI President and CEO Stephen Yurek. “Each year, the Foundation provides aid to these aspiring technicians, helping to promote careers in the industry and fill good-paying jobs that cannot be outsourced.”

“Supporting workforce development and employee retention programs are ACCA’s highest priorities and we’re pleased to work with the Rees Scholarship Foundation and AHRI to help contractors recruit and retain skilled workers,” said ACCA President and CEO Barton James. “These scholarship awards also support ACCA’s work with President Trump and his pledge to America’s workers, which is focused on providing educational opportunities to develop a strong workforce. Congratulations to these very deserving young men and women, we look forward to you advancing in our industry and becoming tomorrow’s leaders.”

HVACR and Water Heating Technician Program Recipients:

Justin Adams, Illinois Central College, East Peoria, IL

Simon Adkins, Gadsden State Community College, Anniston, AL

Kristopher Aguero, Brownson Technical School, Anaheim, CA

Ethan Arnold, InterCoast College, Fairfield, CA

Alonso Avila, Brownson Technical School, Anaheim, CA

Gaspar Baltazar, Wallace Community College, Dothan, AL

Christopher Bearden, Bevill State Community College, Sumiton, AL

Chance Beasley, Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology, Okmulgee, OK

Travis Bolton, Institute of Technology, Redding, CA

Gabriel Cristee, Vista college, Fort Smith, AR

Casey Dallas, Front Range Community College, Fort Collins, CO

Michelle Deckard, Front Range Community College, Loveland, CO

Lukas Ferguson, Gadsden State Community College, Anniston, AL

Matthew Ferren, Front Range Community College, Loveland, CO

Jared Frost, Bevill State Community College, Sumiton, AL

Israel Galicia, Lone Star College, Houston, TX

Davion Gilbert, Georgia Piedmont Technical College, Clarkston, GA

Benjamin Grubb, Southern Maine Community College, South Portland, ME

Nar Guragai, Georgia Piedmont Technical College, Clarkston, GA

Kailey Hardy, Gadsden State Community College, Gadsden, AL

Matthew Jacobs, Johnston Community College, Smithfield, NC

Darryl Johnson, Wallace Community College, Dothan, AL

Henry Kuhfeldt, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Rapids, MI

Jacob Lett, Bevill State Community College, Sumiton, AL

Jose Luna, Perry Technical Institute, Yakima, WA

Moisses Macaraeg, Brownson Technical School, Anaheim, CA

Cory McLiechey, College of Southern Nevada, Las Vegas, NV

Christian Morano, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Williamsport, PA

George News, Georgia Northwestern Technical College, Rome, GA

Arnaud Niyonkuru, Southern Maine Community college, South Portland, ME

Jessica Otto, Lone Star College, Houston, TX

Jesse Owens, Minneapolis Community & Technical College, Minneapolis, MN

Sorin Popa, Oakton Community College, Des Plaines, IL

James Reid, Gadsden State Community College, Gadsden, AL

Phillip Relos, San Joaquin Valley College, Temecula, CA

Bruno Santos, Vista College, Fort Smith, AR

Anthony Thompson, Moore Norman Technology Center, Norman, OK

Michael Tibbitts, Great Oaks Career Campuses- Diamond Oaks, Cincinnati, OH

Johnathan Zajac, Moore Norman Technology Center, Norman, OK

Isaiah Zendejas, Brownson Technical School, Anaheim, CA

Zhijun Zhang, Brownson Technical School, Anaheim, CA

Isidro Zuniga, Jr, Brownson Technical School, Anaheim, CA

Veterans Program Recipients:
Donavon Clark, Bevill State Community College, Sumiton, AL

Paulo Hinton, College of Southern Nevada, Las Vegas, NV

Ryan Hoffman, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Williamsport, PA

Derek McElhiney, Texarkana College, Texarkana, TX

Corey Peltier, Brownson Technical School, Anaheim, CA

Daniel Pinto, Brownson Technical School, Anaheim, CA

Charles Redmond, San Joaquin Valley College, Temecula, CA

Peachtree City, Ga. — Rinnai Corporation announced that it has received the ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management Systems Certification. The certification recognizes design and engineering support, component laboratory testing, manufacturing and assembly of residential and commercial water heaters, and space heating products and accessories. Established by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), the ISO 9001:2015 standard provides a framework Read more

Peachtree City, Ga. — Rinnai Corporation announced that it has received the ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management Systems Certification. The certification recognizes design and engineering support, component laboratory testing, manufacturing and assembly of residential and commercial water heaters, and space heating products and accessories.

Established by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), the ISO 9001:2015 standard provides a framework for an organization’s Quality Management System (QMS) built around the concept of continual improvement. The ISO 9001 certification allows organizations to identify and certify the key processes that will maintain and improve the quality of the in-scope processes.

“Meeting this stringent ISO standard reinforces our commitment to ensure all of our employees have a work environment where they feel empowered and are given the best tools to complete the job, ultimately increasing customer satisfaction,” said Frank Windsor, President of Rinnai America Corporation. “We continue to make significant investments in our people and products, going above and beyond to follow through with our brand promise of ‘creating a healthier way of living’ for our customers, our employees and our society.”

Four Rinnai facilities have aligned to the ISO 9001 QMS standard: the Rinnai US Headquarters, Rinnai’s Manufacturing Facility in Griffin, Ga., Rinnai’s Distribution Facility in Peachtree City, Ga. and Rinnai’s Distribution Center in Sparks, Nv.

Customer satisfaction is the ultimate goal of adopting an ISO 9001 QMS standard. By providing employees with a standardized process for customer support, Rinnai has experienced an improved level of quality for the entire organization, every process and every product.