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The International Code Council and the ICC Evaluation Service (ICC-ES) are proud to join design and construction professionals at the 2019 National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) International Builders’ Show (IBS) and the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) in Las Vegas, Nevada, for the sixth annual Design and Read More

The International Code Council and the ICC Evaluation Service (ICC-ES) are proud to join design and construction professionals at the 2019 National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) International Builders’ Show (IBS) and the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) in Las Vegas, Nevada, for the sixth annual Design and Construction Week (DCW). Bringing together more than 80,000 professionals, DCW is one of North America’s largest gatherings of the residential design and construction industry.

“The Code Council is proud to be a major sponsor and exhibitor for another year at this important event,” said Code Council Chief Executive Officer Dominic Sims, CBO. “Design and Construction Week is a great opportunity to come together with our partners in the homebuilding community to address how we can tackle important challenges in the built environment like resiliency, affordability and labor shortages.”

“We have seen explosive growth in Design and Construction Week over the past few years, primarily due to the draw of having so many big industry players all in one place,” said NAHB CEO Jerry Howard. “The support of the International Code Council only further bolsters the prominence of this event. DCW has become the premier event for our industry, and we expect the 2019 show to be the best year yet.”

“NKBA is delighted about the continuation of this significant collaboration, which brings so many industry professionals together in one place,” said NKBA CEO Bill Darcy. “The co-location of these two important shows creates huge value for everyone involved, and it’s ultimately a huge win for consumers, as we lead the way in connecting the industry.”

The Code Council and ICC-ES are sponsoring a number of activities during DCW that provide opportunities for participants to network and learn about the latest trends and technologies in the building industry.

  • ICC-ES is exhibiting at IBS booth C3022 and KBIS booth SL4222 from Tuesday, February 19, through Thursday, February 21. Each booth will be staffed with a dedicated team of industry professionals. The ICC-ES team will be there to share how the company’s business solutions can help manufacturers achieve their growth and innovation goals.
  • Additionally, this year the ICC-ES IBS booth will feature a stage and full presenter schedule. Attendees to the presentations will be exposed to a number relevant topics, including how ICC-ES can help manufacturers expand to other markets safely.
  • On Wednesday, February 20, the ICC-ES team will be offering coffee, donuts and breakfast pastries from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. at the IBS booth and on Thursday, February 21, at the KBIS booth.
  • The Code Council will be a sponsor of this year’s IBS Store, which will feature daily drawings.
  • ICC-ES has once again sponsored the annual Metrostudy Housing Outlook Breakfast on Wednesday, February 20. Speakers will discuss exclusive insights into the economic and industry trends that impact the building and construction communities.
  • Along with other industry thought leaders, Code Council executives will participate in the DCW Executive Roundtable to discuss issues and trends in the housing market.

To learn more, visit www.iccsafe.org/dcw.

The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) remains committed to providing support for initiatives that speak to the growing need for skilled labor in all segments of the residential design and construction industry. At this year’s Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS), the association has created a forum for numerous panels, tours and events that Read More

The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) remains committed to providing support for initiatives that speak to the growing need for skilled labor in all segments of the residential design and construction industry. At this year’s Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS), the association has created a forum for numerous panels, tours and events that shine a light on the need to develop programs to help train and develop anyone interested in a career in the industry.

“The NKBA is striving to build awareness about the plentiful, lucrative opportunities within our industry, and provide the next generation of kitchen and bath professionals with knowledge surrounding skilled-labor careers,” said NKBA CEO Bill Darcy. “Our all-industry Association celebrates the opportunity to pursue a multitude of paths in design, showroom sales, skilled labor and more.”

NKBA ‘NextUp’ Panel and KBIS Tours

On Thursday, Feb. 21, the NKBA will host 150 high school students from Las Vegas-area high schools for a half-day program that will include the sharing of stories and journeys of residential design and construction professionals. The event includes a panel discussion, led by Karl Champley, an Australian master builder, television personality and currently appearing on Ellen’s Design Challenge. Other participants will include This Old House contractor Jeff Sweenor and TOH TV Jamestown Project House apprentice Kevin Barker,plus other industry pros who have chosen a trade career path over attending a traditional four-year college or university program.

“As an industry professional who took a different path to a successful career in this industry, the NextUp initiative is near and dear to my heart. Facilitating conversations between the panelists and students is a win-win,” said Suzie Williford, chief strategy officer and executive vice president of industry relations for the NKBA.

Kerry Larnerd, director of career and technical education for the Clark County School District, added, “Our goal is to ensure that all students are provided opportunities to explore career pathways by engaging with industry partners in a variety of experiences. Having the opportunity to work with the NKBA has been exciting for our entire team. Students will be amazed at how the skills they’re learning in the classroom can be applied to the kitchen and bath industry. We can’t wait to see how this partnership develops.”

Following the panel, students will meet NKBA executives and practicing designers, tradespeople and other industry professionals while touring the KBIS show floor. Each panelist will guide 15 students around the show, introducing them to the products, programs, people and technologies that are changing the face of the business.

This Old House and NKBA ‘Cheers for Trade Careers: Skilled Labor Panel Discussion’

The NKBA, This Old House and the Skilled Labor Fund have teamed up again to honor the industry’s mission to inform brands, channels and educators about the numerous paths to success that are alternatives to traditional university/college options. The “Cheers for Trade Careers: Skilled Labor Panel Discussion” takes place on Tuesday, Feb. 19, from 3 – 4:00 p.m. at the KBISNeXT Stage. This Old House heating and plumbing expert Richard Trethewey will moderate. The discussion will feature a diverse panel who will be sharing their experiences on how the industry can get involved to address the skilled-labor shortage.

Panelists include Norm Abram, This Old House Master Carpenter; Jeff Sweenor, This Old House contractor, Rhode Island Builder of the Year, and NAHB Custom Builder of the Year nominee; Kate Campbell, contractor and host of HGTV’s Custom Builder and founder of Build Women Up; Nathan Gilbert, former This Old House apprentice and the newest member of the Ask This Old House crew; and Jonathan Cheever, journeyman plumber, American Standard spokesman and Olympic and World Cup medalist snowboarder.

Said Eric Thorkilsen, Executive Chairman of This Old House Ventures, LLC. “We are honored to collaborate again this year with the NKBA to bring attention to our industry’s biggest challenge: closing the skills gap and encouraging young people to pursue a rewarding career in the trades. We hope you’ll join us.” Immediately following the panel, guests are invited to stay for a networking reception from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

The Skilled Labor Fund

The Skilled Labor Fund is an industry-wide effort to raise funds to address the shortage of skilled labor entering the residential construction market. The Fund is a part of the National Housing Endowment, a 501(c)(3) Foundation. Affiliation with the National Housing Endowment allows 98.5 percent of all funds raised to be spent on the Foundation’s mission. The Fund is 100 percent focused on the residential construction market and its mission is to attract and train skilled labor for the residential market by providing funds to accredited training schools as scholarships.

“Being a part of this important initiative and offering a forum to continue dialogues about opportunities and needs is an important part of our Association’s advocacy work,” said Darcy, who sits on the board of the Skilled Labor Fund. “We are committed to bringing all parties together to drive awareness for the need, but also to help make things happen. Our partnership with This Old House is core to that goal.”

Leading up to KBIS, the NKBA, in partnership with This Old House Ventures’ Generation Next campaign, has set up a donation opportunity on the KBIS website that gives registrants the chance to donate to the Skilled Labor Fund. Any amount contributed is added to the registration fee to promote a seamless process, and 100 percent of the tax-deductible donations go toward scholarships and education programs through the Skilled Labor Fund.

Waco, Texas — Neighborly® celebrated another milestone year in 2018. In June, the company announced The Riverside Company’s sale of Neighborly to new private equity partner Harvest Partners, LP. Neighborly also completed two acquisitions, Real Property Management and Mosquito Joe. This brings the total number of service brands under the Neighborly umbrella to 20. Neighborly Read More

Waco, Texas — Neighborly® celebrated another milestone year in 2018. In June, the company announced The Riverside Company’s sale of Neighborly to new private equity partner Harvest Partners, LP. Neighborly also completed two acquisitions, Real Property Management and Mosquito Joe. This brings the total number of service brands under the Neighborly umbrella to 20.

Neighborly grew to a total of nearly 3,600 franchisees across nine countries in 2018. The company sold a total of 325 new franchise units across its brands. In addition, the company’s annual systemwide sales reached a total of $2 billion.

“This past year was a period of transformation and growth for Neighborly,” said Mike Bidwell, President and CEO of Neighborly. “We changed our company name after 37 years from Dwyer Group to Neighborly, completed three major acquisition deals, and put our company on a new growth trajectory. We are thankful for our amazing corporate team and franchisees who make it all possible. We look forward to continued growth in the years to come.”

Other highlights for the year included:

  • The launch of The Neighborly Project, an initiative to honor a veteran with complimentary home repair services.
  • The introduction of GetNeighborly.com version 2.0, which updated the company’s website platform that provides a one stop shop for all consumers’ home service needs.
  • Inclusion in top industry rankings, such as Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500, Top Franchises for Veterans, Fastest Growing Franchises, Top Brands and Best Franchises for Any Budget; Military Times’ Best for Vets; Franchise Gator’s Top 100; Forbes America’s Best and Worst Franchises to Buy; and Franchise Business Review’s Top Franchise Opportunities.

“As we move forward, Neighborly will continue to grow and flourish in new ways we never thought possible,” Bidwell added. “I look forward to seeing how the successes of 2018 impact the future of Neighborly and its brands in this new year.”

 

Coffee with Caleffi: Fundamentals of heat metering in hydronic systems webinar. Heat metering has practical applications including apportioning energy costs to multiple customers served by a central system based on individual consumption.  Another common application is verifying if a heating (or cooling) source is producing its expected thermal output.  With the recently defined ASTM E3137 Standard Specification for Heat Read More

Coffee with Caleffi: Fundamentals of heat metering in hydronic systems webinar.

Heat metering has practical applications including apportioning energy costs to multiple customers served by a central system based on individual consumption.  Another common application is verifying if a heating (or cooling) source is producing its expected thermal output.  With the recently defined ASTM E3137 Standard Specification for Heat Meter Instrumentation, the stage has been set for the standard to appear in specifications and job requirements in North America.

John Siegenthaler, P.E. kicks off the 2019 webinar series to elaborate on the benefits of heat metering including concepts and illustrations of practical applications at the next extended edition of Coffee with Caleffi on Thursday, Feb. 21at 12 noon – 1:30 p.m. CST.

You’ll learn:

→ Does antifreeze fluid passing through a heat meter affect its ability to accurately measure heat flow?
→ Can the same heat meter be used to measure heating energy and cooling energy delivery?
→ What’s the best way to change the length of a temperature sensor cable on a heat meter?
→ How many conductors are necessary to connect multiple CONTECA heat meters together?

A seasoned industry leader and passionate teacher, John shares his over 35 years’ experience in the understanding and proper application of water-based engineering principles with our audience. He is the principal of Appropriate Designs and a regular contributor to industry publications.

Coffee with Caleffi technical training webinars are free and intended for contractors, designers and wholesalers. All attendees receive a Certificate of Attendance following event.  By submitting your webinar registration, you are consenting to email communications to keep you up-to-date on industry news. Please note that your personal information is respected and NOT shared externally.

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If you have questions on webinar content, please direct them to bob.rohr@caleffi.com.

Brown and Caldwell, a leading environmental engineering and construction firm, has opened a new, permanent office in the Metro Vancouver area to better serve clients in the region’s municipal and private water and wastewater sector. The new office is located at Metrotower I, 4710 Kingsway, Burnaby. “This new office aligns with our vision of expanding Read More

Brown and Caldwell, a leading environmental engineering and construction firm, has opened a new, permanent office in the Metro Vancouver area to better serve clients in the region’s municipal and private water and wastewater sector. The new office is located at Metrotower I, 4710 Kingsway, Burnaby.

“This new office aligns with our vision of expanding full-service solutions in the Lower Mainland while continuing our legacy of solving Metro Vancouver’s most complex water and environmental challenges,” said Brown and Caldwell’s Vancouver Local Leader Bryan Paulson.

Brown and Caldwell’s history in the Lower Mainland dates back more than 60 years, including the development of Vancouver’s original sewerage plan, the Rawn Report, in 1953. In the decades since, the firm has delivered planning and engineering services on many of Vancouver’s most complex wastewater challenges. Projects include the design of the original Lions Gate Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) and the Iona Island WWTP in addition to numerous upgrades at the Annacis Island and Lulu Island WWTPs.

Brown and Caldwell’s Canada Leader Mike Thorstenson added, “Our local and established team is committed to leaving a positive impact on the community as the region continues to prepare for population growth, regulatory changes, and climate and seismic risks.”