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Atlanta — ASHRAE has published a revised edition of its standard that provides a more comprehensive approach to preventing the growth and spread of Legionella. ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 188-2018, Legionellosis: Risk Management for Building Water Systems establishes minimum legionellosis risk management requirements for building water systems. The 2018 edition provides clarification of compliance requirements, as well Read More

Atlanta — ASHRAE has published a revised edition of its standard that provides a more comprehensive approach to preventing the growth and spread of Legionella.

ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 188-2018, Legionellosis: Risk Management for Building Water Systems establishes minimum legionellosis risk management requirements for building water systems. The 2018 edition provides clarification of compliance requirements, as well as an update to enforceable, code-intended language to facilitate adoption of the standard for code and regulatory purposes.

The standard was originally developed to assist designers and building operators establish water management plans that include practices specific to the systems that exist in a particular building, campus or health care facility. It is intended for use by those involved in design, construction, installation, commissioning, operation, maintenance, and service of centralized building water systems and components.

“Standard 188 was the first industry standard in the U.S. to address Legionnaire’s disease prevention,” said Paul Lindahl, chair of the Standard 188 committee. “Since this standard centers on the development and implementation of good design, operations and maintenance procedures, it is important to make updates on a regular basis. The 2018 edition of the standard focuses on improved usability, offering better guidance to minimize the risk of this potentially fatal disease and save lives.”

The 2018 edition of Standard 188 provides:

• A description of environmental conditions that promote the growth of Legionella.
• Informative annexes and bibliography with suggestions, recommendations, and references to additional guidance.
• Minimum Legionellosis risk management requirements for buildings and associated potable and non-potable water systems.
• Requirements for Legionellosis control strategies and documentation.

The CDC estimates there are between 8,000 and 18,000 cases of Legionnaires’ disease in the United States each year – and more than 10 percent of these cases are fatal. Legionella can also cause a less-severe influenza-like illness known as Pontiac Fever. Most of those cases are the result of exposure to Legionella found in building water systems.

The cost of ASHRAE Standard 188-2018 is $75 for ASHRAE members ($88, non-members). To order, visit www.ashrae.org/bookstore or contact ASHRAE Customer Contact Center at 1-800-527-4723 (United States and Canada), 404-636-8400 (worldwide) or fax 678-539-2129.

Washington, D.C. – The International Code Council Board of Directors established an ad hoc committee to comprehensively explore and assess building safety and security. Building safety is an issue of upmost importance to our families and communities as we tackle outdated facilities, fire safety concerns, active shooters and other emergency situations. The design, layout and Read More

Washington, D.C. – The International Code Council Board of Directors established an ad hoc committee to comprehensively explore and assess building safety and security. Building safety is an issue of upmost importance to our families and communities as we tackle outdated facilities, fire safety concerns, active shooters and other emergency situations.

The design, layout and building features in new and existing buildings can have an impact on both safety and security. Safety and security touches a myriad of code regulations as well as considerations which go beyond code compliance. The new committee will consist of a broad cross section of experts from the building industry, building owners and facility managers, the education sector and security fields, code officials, engineers, architects, standards developing organizations such as the National Fire Protection Association, and the federal government. Several organizations, including the American Institute of Architects and UL, have already expressed interest in participating. ICC Board Directors Mike Boso, Kris Bridges and Shirley Ellis will be active committee participants and Angie Wiese, P.E., CBO, will chair the effort. In addition to studying the issues thoroughly, the ICC committee will determine best practices and investigate the need for additional guidelines.

“After discussions with our partners and members, we have moved swiftly to launch this new initiative,” said ICC Board President Jay Elbettar, P.E., CBO, LEED AP, CASp. “The committee’s goal is to provide comprehensive, sound and valuable tools to guide local and state leaders as they work to keep all building occupants, including children and teachers in schools, safe from intruders and other life-safety hazards.”

“Our members and our stakeholders are searching for solutions to address the growing need for building safety and security,” said ICC Chief Executive Officer Dominic Sims, CBO. “This committee was created to enhance activities already ongoing at other standards development organizations in the building industry in order to solve some very complicated issues. Together we will continue to improve the construction of safe, sustainable and resilient buildings for our families and communities.”

“Safety and security in buildings is of the utmost importance to our children, our coworkers and our communities,” stated ICC Board Director and Committee Chair Angie Wiese, PE, CBO. “I look forward to working closely with the design community, building managers, school districts, and local and state leaders to develop the tools we need to keep us safe in emergency situations.”

All interested parties are encouraged to participate. View the call for committee members and draft committee scope.

Annandale, Minn. — Malco Products, SBC, a leading manufacturer of high-quality, American-made tools for professional use, has a history of providing significant support to the technical education community across the U.S. And that tradition has continued—most recently with a $24,400 in-kind donation of Malco Backpack Tool Kits for SkillsUSA State Association Sheet Metal Champions who Read More

Annandale, Minn. — Malco Products, SBC, a leading manufacturer of high-quality, American-made tools for professional use, has a history of providing significant support to the technical education community across the U.S. And that tradition has continued—most recently with a $24,400 in-kind donation of Malco Backpack Tool Kits for SkillsUSA State Association Sheet Metal Champions who went on to compete at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Kentucky in June 2018.

As a strong supporter and advocate of careers in the trades, Malco donates more than $134,000 of in-kind products and apparel annually to a variety of skilled trade education programs, competitions and events across the country, including high school, post-secondary technical and apprenticeship programs, regional apprenticeship contests and SkillsUSA state and national conferences.

“We are proud to work with education professionals across the country to recognize the hard work and dedication of the men and women in the trades,” said Mardon Quandt, Malco CEO and president. “Malco is pleased to help ensure as many tradespeople as possible are able to tackle a job with our high-quality, labor-saving tools.”

Furthermore, Malco’s year-round “Head of the Class” Student Recognition Program partners with education programs across the country to recognize high-achieving students and entire graduating classes in the HVAC/sheet metal, building construction and autobody repair fields.

Through the no-cost Head of the Class program, educators can nominate an outstanding graduating student to receive their choice of a significant Malco tool gift with an average value of $150. The entire graduating class also receives Malco caps. Since 2005, the Head of the Class program has reached more than 55,000 students, including 3,000 “Head of the Class” honorees, representing more than 700 high school career technical education programs, technical schools, union Joint Apprenticeship Training Committees and industry association programs across the U.S. and Canada.

“I’m proud that we have reached so many trade and technical education students in the past 13 years,” says Malco Head of the Class program creator Mike Janey. “When we started the Head of the Class program in 2005, I personally packaged and sent the awards by hand, and ever since then the program has been referred to internally as ‘Mike’s Pet Project.’ I couldn’t be happier to have that honor.”

In 2018, the program has seen a record number of participants, and Malco aims to engage with even more educators and students next year. Total donated products and apparel through the 2018 Head of the Class program alone amounts to nearly $100,000. Malco also offers discounts and a custom tool-kitting program to educators and students through its distributors.

Women in Energy’s next Lunch & Learn will help you take charge of your financial future. The event will take place on September 19, 2018 from 11:45 AM – 1:30 PM at the Heritage Hotel in Lancaster, PA. Experts from Janney Montgomery Scott LLC will lead this empowering educational program. Pete Costanzo (Sr. V.P. of Read More

Women in Energy’s next Lunch & Learn will help you take charge of your financial future. The event will take place on September 19, 2018 from 11:45 AM – 1:30 PM at the Heritage Hotel in Lancaster, PA.

Experts from Janney Montgomery Scott LLC will lead this empowering educational program. Pete Costanzo (Sr. V.P. of Wealth Management) and Laura Pontz (Registered Private Client Associate) will provide insightful tips regarding investment strategies, 401(k), IRA/Roth IRA, retirement incoming planning, social security, and estate planning.

Set yourself up for success and join Women in Energy for this exciting event. Tickets are $59 per person and advanced purchase is required. Visit https://wewomeninenergy.com/events to register.

QSC @ CONNECT, a three-day experience during CONNECT 2018, Oct. 10-12 in Albuquerque, will equip plumbing and HVACR service and repair contractors with real solutions to transform their businesses. Set against the majestic backdrop of the Sandia mountains and the International Balloon Fiesta, this targeted program is powered by Quality Service Contractors (QSC), an Enhanced Read More

QSC @ CONNECT, a three-day experience during CONNECT 2018, Oct. 10-12 in Albuquerque, will equip plumbing and HVACR service and repair contractors with real solutions to transform their businesses. Set against the majestic backdrop of the Sandia mountains and the International Balloon Fiesta, this targeted program is powered by Quality Service Contractors (QSC), an Enhanced Service Group of the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors National Association (PHCC).

“QSC looks forward to providing a comprehensive program developed specifically to meet the challenges service and repair contractors experience every day in their businesses,” says QSC Chair Dan Callies. “Besides a full-day business strategy workshop, we’re really excited about two brand new education and networking opportunities that will be offered: a Service Contractor Central and Service Contractor Solutions Pavilion. With all of these expanded chances to share ideas and best practices, contractors are definitely going to find solutions to their hot-button issues—what I like to call ‘all meat’ … no filler, no theory, no fluff … just real-world answers to their top concerns.”

Pillars of Success (with Secrets from Farmers!)
Owners and managers will get a unique, personalized opportunity to enhance their business strategy and create a strategic plan for their companies during Pillars of Success, a specialized workshop on Oct. 10. Based on the revolutionary Pillars of Success system, this highly interactive program will break down the concepts and process and help participants understand the components of a powerful and winning strategy.

Also, as part of the workshop, author and entrepreneur Mike Michalowicz will reveal what he calls “the pumpkin plan,” a simple strategy for growing a remarkable business, inspired by those he believes hold the secret to explosive growth: pumpkin farmers!

Solution Labs and Roundtables
On Oct. 11 and 12, QSC will facilitate business coach-led “how to” sessions and peer conversations tailored specifically to topics that service and repair contractors want most. Among the solutions: the do’s and don’ts of vehicle marketing, what drives customers’ decisions, 7 keys to unlocking hidden profits, and how to ensure long-term engagement and success among employees. The venue for these sessions is just as impressive, set to take place in QSC’s new Service Contractor Central, a “home away from home” conveniently located at the heart of CONNECT where contractors can network, grab snacks, and relax with their peers.

Also New This Year
QSC will give service and repair contractors a place to make the most of their time in the CONNECT exhibit hall at its new Service Contractor Solutions Pavilion. Filled with the best products and services for service contractors, this hub brings together top suppliers with solutions specifically geared for this audience.

QSC @ CONNECT is open to all CONNECT registrants, but advance registration is required because space is limited. Learn more about QSC programs at CONNECT 2018 at https://www.qsc-phcc.org/events/qsc-connect. And, check out the full CONNECT program at www.phccweb.org/connect.