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This year’s event will be held in person in September with some virtual offerings The International Code Council will host its 2021 Annual Conference and Group A Public Comment Hearings from September 19-28 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The conference brings together professionals from every sector of the building industry to learn new skills, share best practices, and Read more

This year’s event will be held in person in September with some virtual offerings

The International Code Council will host its 2021 Annual Conference and Group A Public Comment Hearings from September 19-28 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The conference brings together professionals from every sector of the building industry to learn new skills, share best practices, and hear from leading professionals in the building safety and construction space. Immediately following the conference, attendees will participate in the Group A Public Comment Hearings on the development of the 2024 International Codes, the most widely used and adopted set of building safety codes in the world.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s event will have additional measures in place to allow our members, stakeholders and employees to gather together safely. In addition to the in-person event, some sessions will be offered virtually. More details about the schedule are forthcoming.

“After making the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 event, we are very excited to safely host this year’s in-person conference and hearings,” said Code Council Chief Executive Officer Dominic Sims, CBO. “We will strictly follow the recommended precautions to ensure the health and safety of all our attendees. The 2021 event will offer training and networking opportunities for industry professionals looking to learn from top experts and discuss the latest innovations in building technology.”

Sponsorship opportunities are available. Download the 2021 Visibility Prospectus to learn more.

For additional information, visit www.iccsafe.org/conference.

Acquisition means expanded service and building automation systems for customers throughout Idaho  Harris, a leading mechanical contractor, today announced that it has acquired HVAC Controls & Specialties, a privately-held company based in Garden City, ID. With the acquisition, Harris will extend its workforce in Idaho – from Boise and the Treasure Valley, to Jerome, Burley, McCall, and Sun Valley. Known Read more

Acquisition means expanded service and building automation systems for customers throughout Idaho 

Harris, a leading mechanical contractor, today announced that it has acquired HVAC Controls & Specialties, a privately-held company based in Garden City, ID. With the acquisition, Harris will extend its workforce in Idaho – from Boise and the Treasure Valley, to Jerome, Burley, McCall, and Sun Valley.

Known for its work in service and building automation systems, HVAC Controls & Specialties will be incorporated by Harris and led by Executive Vice President of Service + Building Automation, Bob Swanger.

“This acquisition reflects our continued commitment to serve customers throughout Idaho,” says Swanger. “Specializing in automation, mechanical and energy solutions, we knew Todd’s business would merge well with ours and that his group of highly-trained workers would complement Harris’ team in serving new and existing customers. Our values align as well. Todd has operated his company as a close-knit family business with a culture that emphasizes loyalty, strong ethics, and a ‘do it right or don’t do it’ mentality.”

Over the past year, the companies partnered on a project for St. Luke’s Hospital in Boise, Idaho. Working on the hospital’s new central utility plant, parking structure, and shipping and receiving building, crews provided a complete controls package, then integrated the new system into existing controls. Harris’ General Manager Jacob Mecham from the Blackfoot, Idaho office worked on the project and says, “without Todd’s team, we could not have gotten this project completed.”

Since 1994, HVAC Controls & Specialties has provided service and installation solutions for commercial buildings, including hospitals, schools, factories, government and high tech industries. The acquisition means greater access to skilled and trusted technicians, programmers, engineering specialists, and installers.

“It’s about delivering peace of mind and excellence to our customers,” Swanger continued. “Building owners know their facilities will be maintained with the highest level of quality and performance. This offers a great opportunity to grow and manage BAS and service at Harris and bring our expertise to more customers in this region.” HVAC service/installation, DDC controls and design, energy saving solutions, commissioning, air-balancing, DDC system integration and retrofits will remain key business components.

HVAC Controls & Specialties President Todd Petersen started his career working in general construction. After an injury, he went on to study electrical instrumentation. He worked in pneumatic and direct digital controls before starting his own company nearly 30 years ago.

“I’m very excited about this next stage of our business,” says Petersen. “As part of the Harris family, we will be able to maximize resources and capabilities for our customers and provide great opportunities for our team.”

Plans in place to continue awareness efforts through the month of April Carrier is proud to support Habitat for Humanity International’s Home is the Key campaign, aimed at unlocking more families’ futures with homeownership – a fundamental steppingstone to better health, more financial freedom and security. The company has begun its fundraising effort with an Read more

Plans in place to continue awareness efforts through the month of April

Carrier is proud to support Habitat for Humanity International’s Home is the Key campaign, aimed at unlocking more families’ futures with homeownership – a fundamental steppingstone to better health, more financial freedom and security. The company has begun its fundraising effort with an initial $250,000 donation to the campaign and will continue to raise awareness throughout the month of April by engaging its distributor and dealer network and employees through advertising, social media, and digital outreach efforts. Carrier is a part of Carrier Global Corporation (NYSE: CARR), the leading global provider of healthy, safe and sustainable building and cold chain solutions.

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Launched in 2017, Home is the Key is one of Habitat for Humanity’s signature fundraising and awareness campaigns, taking place annually in April. With support from Carrier, as well as funds raised through Home is the Key, more families can partner with Habitat to secure the strong foundations a safe, decent, and affordable home provides.

“Habitat for Humanity is an organization that is very dear to us at Carrier, and we have been fortunate enough to be able to support its efforts for the last several decades,” said Justin Keppy, President, NA Residential & Light Commercial, Carrier.

“The Home is the Key campaign is designed to inspire individuals and businesses to donate to Habitat for Humanity during the month of April to help more families build a decent, affordable place to call home. In addition to the many fundraising and awareness efforts we have planned, we are engaging our employees and distributor and dealer networks to support this campaign.”

Along with its support of Home is the Key, Carrier employees have helped build one Habitat home a year in Indianapolis since 1998, and the company has donated an HVAC system to every Habitat home built in the city since 1995. In addition, Carrier has supported Habitat for Humanity International as a Gold Level Sponsor at the 2018 and 2019 Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project, and during the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, Carrier donated 100 ductless units to assist in the re-build. Carrier has provided financial support, product donations – including from Carrier’s Healthy Homes suite of indoor air quality solutions – and countless employee volunteer hours to local Habitat organizations.

“We’re proud to have the support of companies like Carrier as we look to continuously help homeowners create stronger and healthier lives for themselves and their families,” said Julie Laird Davis, Vice President of Corporate and Cause Marketing Partnerships at Habitat for Humanity International. “Habitat has built a strong relationship with Carrier over the last several decades and we’re grateful for the contributions they’ve made to our efforts. We are looking forward to making an impact together again during this year’s Home is the Key initiative.”

To learn more, please visit: carrier.com/homeisthekey.

Leading manufacturer equips plumbing and HVAC professionals with essential information so they can meet increasing consumer demand for efficient, reliable solutions Bradford White Water Heaters, an industry-leading manufacturer of residential, commercial and industrial water heating and storage products, announces a new campaign to inform contractors and distributors in the Pacific Northwest about the advantages of Read more

Leading manufacturer equips plumbing and HVAC professionals with essential information so they can meet increasing consumer demand for efficient, reliable solutions

Bradford White Water Heaters, an industry-leading manufacturer of residential, commercial and industrial water heating and storage products, announces a new campaign to inform contractors and distributors in the Pacific Northwest about the advantages of energy-efficient heat pump water heaters (HPWH).

The effort, which runs April 1 through June 30 in four states; Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington, is a supplement to Hot Water Solutions’ campaign to raise regional consumer awareness of HPWH.

“Bradford White and Hot Water Solutions are creating an opportunity to transform the heat pump water heater market,” said Ryan Kiscaden, senior strategic marketing manager for Bradford White. “While Hot Water Solutions is empowering consumers to identify a HPWH solution that fits their needs, we’re helping contractors continue to satisfy homeowners’ demand for efficiency, reliability and performance with HPWH products.”

The campaign equips plumbing and HVAC professionals to make informed decisions about the HPWH category, including Bradford White’s extensive portfolio of HPWH products, such as the Bradford White ENERGY STAR®-certified AeroTherm® Series, which is available in 50, 65 and 80 gallon capacities.

“This collaboration offers a unique way for contractors to connect with their customers,” Kiscaden said. “HPWH is an increasingly important category in our industry. By providing plumbing and HVAC professionals with comprehensive information in an accessible format, they can work with homeowners to identify the right solution for almost any situation.”

Bradford White’s HPWH education campaign includes print and digital advertising, editorial, social media and a dedicated website at https://www.bradfordwhite.com/water-heaters-neea-homeowners.

To learn more about Bradford White’s Aerotherm heat pump water heater, please visit https://www.bradfordwhite.com/aerotherm or call (215) 641-9400.

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Marty Walsh issued the following statement after President Biden announced the American Jobs Plan, a comprehensive infrastructure package that will create millions of good-paying jobs and make America more competitive: “President Biden’s American Jobs Plan is a historic investment in the working people of America. It will Read more

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Marty Walsh issued the following statement after President Biden announced the American Jobs Plan, a comprehensive infrastructure package that will create millions of good-paying jobs and make America more competitive:

“President Biden’s American Jobs Plan is a historic investment in the working people of America. It will create millions of good paying, family sustaining jobs that rebuild the middle class by empowering our workers to build America’s future.

“This plan is what building back better looks like – 21st-century infrastructure including rail, roads, bridges and broadband; clean energy and drinking water for healthy communities; expanded job training and apprenticeships, so workers can take control of their futures; research and development to grow good manufacturing jobs; investment in the essential care professions that our families and communities depend on; and equity for historically marginalized communities, so nobody gets left out.

“As a former construction worker, I know a good job can change your life. As a former mayor, I know that these investments will transform struggling communities and grow local economies. As Labor Secretary, I stand ready to make sure these opportunities reach workers from all walks of life and in every corner of our country.”