Industry News

Ontario, Calif. — The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) added three codes to the IAPMO Codes mobile app — the 2021 Uniform Plumbing Code (UPC), 2021 Uniform Mechanical Code (UMC) and 2018 National Standard Plumbing Code (NSPC)-New Jersey are now available for download — giving users constant access to their purchased code Read more

Ontario, Calif. — The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) added three codes to the IAPMO Codes mobile app — the 2021 Uniform Plumbing Code (UPC), 2021 Uniform Mechanical Code (UMC) and 2018 National Standard Plumbing Code (NSPC)-New Jersey are now available for download — giving users constant access to their purchased code books on their mobile devices even when they are offline.

Users are able to make annotations and recordings, view the current code development timeline and to stay informed by receiving automatic notifications for breaking news, upcoming committee meetings, proposal submission deadlines, and much more.

The IAPMO Codes app provides the public with an additional tool. This added service benefits inspectors, contractors, installers and homeowners as they will be getting direct access to the IAPMO technical team for any code questions and be engaged in the code development process. The app allows users to view their purchased codes in offline mode while traveling in an airplane or in rural areas with poor connection. During the Covid-19 pandemic, it is essential that the industry has quick access to the codes, even when there is not reliable Internet access.

The free IAPMO Codes mobile app is available for iOS and Android and gives anyone direct access (by phone and email) to the appropriate IAPMO technical staff for codes interpretation, a huge time and cost savings for jurisdictions and the industry alike.

Inspectors, contractors and tradespeople frequently need assistance in code interpretation and application on the job site. IAPMO provides a free formal code interpretation service that is answered by qualified professionals so users may receive immediate opinions on the code provisions in question, thus avoiding job shutdowns.

The IAPMO Codes app is available on both the iOS and Google Play app stores. For more information, please call (909) 230-5528.

The COVID-19 pandemic is causing commercial buildings such as day care facilities, hotels, schools and health clubs to remain closed for abnormally long periods. When the coast is clear to begin reopening, ensuring safe and sanitary plumbing water will be of utmost importance. Plumbing systems left idle can be susceptible to harmful bacteria such as Read more

The COVID-19 pandemic is causing commercial buildings such as day care facilities, hotels, schools and health clubs to remain closed for abnormally long periods. When the coast is clear to begin reopening, ensuring safe and sanitary plumbing water will be of utmost importance. Plumbing systems left idle can be susceptible to harmful bacteria such as Legionella which can proliferate to dangerous concentrations.

Experienced water maintenance managers know susceptible systems should be flushed before reusing. Important considerations should not be overlooked such as ensuring all service lines are purged and dead legs drained.

Several factors determine if the system equipment requires treatment such as how long a system is left idle, the temperature of the stagnated water and condition of the internal surfaces. This is so bacteria that are resistant to simple purging/draining and have become resident in biofilm can be addressed. Common methods include thermal treatment or treating with chemicals such as chlorine, chlorinated gas and chlorine dioxide.

COVID-19, coronavirus, legionella, legionnaire's disease, Legiomix, Caleffi, Hydronics, plumbing, heating, HVAC

A significant benefit of thermal treatment is that it’s a proven, cost-effective method for bacteria management on an ongoing basis in the hot side of the plumbing system. The cold side doesn’t typically require ongoing treatment unless water remains stagnated for extended periods within the temperature range that Legionella grows which is 68°F to 122°F.

Thermal treatment requires little additional maintenance compared to chemical treatment. Also, common plumbing equipment such as seals, gaskets and polymer components are not exposed to potentially incompatible life-shortening chemicals.

Residual chemicals in the water can also be a human health concern if acceptable concentration values are exceeded. In contrast, most common plumbing materials can withstand, without effect, thermal shock temperatures such as 160°F.

Thermal treatment consists of periodically circulating elevated water temperature such as 160°F through the entire system for a specific and measured period of time, thereby killing harmful bacteria and restoring the water to a safe and usable condition. During this period it is important to ensure all point-of-use fixtures are either disabled for access or equipped with anti-scald devices. An example is the Caleffi scald-protection valve SinkMixerTM — an innovative, easy to install valve for under-sink applications.

Often the most difficult portions of the hot water side to circulate sufficiently through is the recirculation return risers. This because they are sized and balanced to a relatively low flow rate such as 0.5 GPM. The Caleffi ThermoSetterTM thermal balancing valve automatically responds when it senses high temperature water by fully opening an internal by-pass, thereby allowing a sufficient return riser flushing during treatment. It then automatically returns to standard operation state when water temperature decreases to normal.

If a building is equipped with a Caleffi LEGIOMIX digital mixing valve, it will enjoy highly accurate mixed water temperature 24/7. The LEGIOMIX has industry-unique, calendar- based automatic thermal disinfection programs. For thermal monitoring, it has data logging capabilities and can connect to a building automation system for remote monitoring and access.

LEGIOMIX combined with SinkMixer anti-scald valves and ThermoSetter recirculation balancing valves offer an innovative total thermal solution for control of safe and sanitary domestic hot water.

Watts is helping bring heat to a Nebraska veteran’s tiny house—soon enabling him to live in a heated home for the first time in years. The project in Hubbard, Nebraska, is a partnership between “Project Veteran Tiny Home” in Hubbard, Nebraska, and Support Siouxland Soldiers in Sioux City, Iowa. Recently, the “Tiny Home” project lead Read more

Watts, philanthropy, SunTouch WarmWire heating cable, Command Thermostat, plumbing, heating, HVAC, radiant heating

Navy veteran Rick Lewis outside his new home.

Watts is helping bring heat to a Nebraska veteran’s tiny house—soon enabling him to live in a heated home for the first time in years.

The project in Hubbard, Nebraska, is a partnership between “Project Veteran Tiny Home” in Hubbard, Nebraska, and Support Siouxland Soldiers in Sioux City, Iowa. Recently, the “Tiny Home” project lead contacted Watts, who, in turn, donated 500 square feet of its SunTouch WarmWire heating cable, Command Thermostat, plus related supplies.

Watts, philanthropy, SunTouch WarmWire heating cable, Command Thermostat, plumbing, heating, HVAC, radiant heatingThe home is one of a growing number of “tiny homes” in the U.S., which meet a variety of low-cost housing needs. When finished, the veteran’s 500 square foot home will include a bedroom/living room, full kitchen, a bathroom, and will enable him to leave the camper where he lived previously.

“We finally got everything installed and it’s warm!  I cannot thank you enough for everything,” said Heather Millard, the project lead, who approached Watts after living for years in a home with a Watts heating system. “Rick (our veteran) was so impressed!”   For more information about SunTouch heating systems, go to SunTouch.com.

Uponor is committed to using 100 percent renewable resources to power its facilities globally by 2025. Apple Valley, Minn. — In conjunction with Earth Day 2020, Uponor North America is pleased to announce that its Lakeville, Minn., distribution center now receives 100 percent of its electrical power from wind energy, and is the first major Read more

Uponor is committed to using 100 percent renewable resources to power its facilities globally by 2025.

Apple Valley, Minn. — In conjunction with Earth Day 2020, Uponor North America is pleased to announce that its Lakeville, Minn., distribution center now receives 100 percent of its electrical power from wind energy, and is the first major manufacturing customer to participate in Dakota Electric Association’s Wellspring Renewable Energy program.

Uponor North America, 100 percent wind energy, sustainable energy, lowering carbon footprint, PEX piping, plumbing, Lakeville Minn. distribution center, renewable resources

Wellspring Renewable Energy subscribers pay a slight premium to purchase wind energy sold in 100 kilowatt-hour blocks. As a partner in the program since Jan. 1, 2020, Uponor will annually purchase approximately 2.2 million kilowatt-hours of wind-generated electricity, which is equivalent to powering 263 homes’ electricity use for one year.

“Wellspring provides a way for businesses to receive all their power from renewable sources without having to build infrastructure or get in the energy business,” said Dakota Electric Association President and CEO Greg Miller.  “Uponor has demonstrated its environmental commitment in a tangible way, and we are happy to assist the company in achieving its environmental goals.”

Since 2017, Uponor has worked with local utilities to purchase renewable energy blocks, increasing its renewable energy consumption in North America to 36 percent of its total energy use. Globally, Uponor continues to work towards its commitment of achieving 100 percent renewable resources to power its facilities by 2025.

“Globally, Uponor’s sustainability platform is centered on four key areas: conserve water, reduce waste, improve energy efficiency and empower labor,” said Bill Gray, president of Uponor North America. “The milestone reached at our Lakeville facility is a leap toward achieving not only our goals for improving energy efficiency in North America, but also on a global scale.”

Houston — Grundfos announced the appointment of Jim Swetye, Grundfos Technical Training Manager, to serve on the Board of the Hydraulic Institute (HI) for 2020-2021 as Vice President of Education. “It is really an honor to be entrusted with this role as an educator,” said Swetye. “For me, the great thing about this organization is that Read more

Houston — Grundfos announced the appointment of Jim Swetye, Grundfos Technical Training Manager, to serve on the Board of the Hydraulic Institute (HI) for 2020-2021 as Vice President of Education.

“It is really an honor to be entrusted with this role as an educator,” said Swetye. “For me, the great thing about this organization is that we at the Hydraulic Institute can continue to develop training based on the knowledge and skill sets needed to assure that sound technical decisions are made concerning the world’s pumping systems. And these systems are a critical part of global infrastructure.”

Grundfos, Hydraulic Institute, plumbing, heating, HVAC, Jim Swetye

Michael Michaud, Executive Director of the Hydraulic Institute, and Jim Swetye, Grundfos Technical Training Manager, February 2020.

As Vice President of Education, Swetye is responsible for leading educational initiatives within HI. The position ensures educational content is in alignment with HI’s technical standards and guidelines, while also remaining accessible and addressing user needs.

In addition to serving on the Board of HI, Swetye serves on the Board of HI’s educational subsidiary Pump Systems Matter (PSM) as Vice Chairman. PSM, the primary focal point for HI’s pump systems education and outreach, helps the pump industry and users gain a more competitive business advantage through strategic, broad-based energy management and pump system performance optimization.

Swetye is a strong, long-time supporter of HI and its educational initiatives. He has served as the Chair of the first HI Educational Affairs Committee and was a founding member of Pump Systems Matter. In 2018, he received the PSM Leadership Award for his long-term and sustained efforts to develop pump system training materials and his commitment to bring high-quality pump systems educational content to a wide range of pump end-users.

“Jim’s experience as an educator and pump industry veteran, along with his knowledge of pedagogy, pumping systems and HI technical documents gives him a holistic perspective needed to steer HI’s efforts to help the industry develop and train its workforce,” said Michael Michaud, Executive Director of the Hydraulic Institute.

With 42 years’ experience in training and the pump industry, Swetye oversees operations of the Grundfos Technical Institute where he develops and delivers training on an extensive range of technical topics concerning pumps and systems in a wide variety of markets and applications. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Hiram College and a Master of Science in Education from Emporia State University.

For more information on the Hydraulic Institute, visit pumps.org.

For more information on the Grundfos Technical Institute, visit go.bluevolt.com/Grundfos.