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Viega LLC will reduce paper waste by 32 tons a year by eliminating printed instructions in favor of QR codes Beginning in October, the printed instructions inside the packages of most ProPress, MegaPress and PureFlow products made in the United States will be removed in favor of a QR code printed on the product label. A Read more

Viega LLC will reduce paper waste by 32 tons a year by eliminating printed instructions in favor of QR codes

Beginning in October, the printed instructions inside the packages of most ProPress, MegaPress and PureFlow products made in the United States will be removed in favor of a QR code printed on the product label. A scan of the code will send the user to the product instruction page on viega.us. It’s estimated that this will eliminate more than 6 million pieces of paper a year, paper which often wound up littering jobsites.

Having the instructions in digital format means any updates are immediately and automatically reflected, another benefit.

“Viega LLC is committed to reducing its environmental impact in ways big and small,” said Adam Botts, Portfolio Manager for piping systems. “This is an example of a simple measure that, in total, will save an enormous amount of paper without inconveniencing customers. This absolves them of having to recycle or dispose of the instruction sheets properly. We look forward to rolling out additional initiatives, both seen and unseen, that will have positive impacts on our company footprint.”

Earlier this year, Viega Holding GmbH & Co., parent company of Viega LLC, was named one of the 50 Sustainability & Climate Leaders by TBD Media Group.

Brasfield & Gorrie, ranked 22nd among the nation’s Top 400 Contractors for 2020 by Engineering News-Record, has implemented the WINT Water Intelligence leak prevention solution, a tech partner in AXA XL’s Construction Ecosystem. WINT, a leader in cutting-edge water management and leak-prevention solutions for construction, commercial and industrial applications, and AXA XL, the property & casualty (P&C) and specialty risk division of Read more

Brasfield & Gorrie, ranked 22nd among the nation’s Top 400 Contractors for 2020 by Engineering News-Record, has implemented the WINT Water Intelligence leak prevention solution, a tech partner in AXA XL’s Construction Ecosystem. WINT, a leader in cutting-edge water management and leak-prevention solutions for construction, commercial and industrial applications, and AXA XL, the property & casualty (P&C) and specialty risk division of AXA, have partnered to provide exclusive terms and pricing for AXA XL’s customers, such as Brasfield & Gorrie, for WINT’s advanced AI-powered protection to eliminate the costs, delays and pain that result from water leaks on construction projects.

AXA XL’s Construction Ecosystem offers Brasfield & Gorrie exclusive access to a curated Technology Library including WINT’s innovative advanced solution, which deploys artificial intelligence, machine learning and signal processing technology to conduct real-time water-flow analysis and identify leaks at their source.

“Water leaks and damage are a major pain point for contractors, and their impact adds up quickly when you consider physical damage, lost time and productivity and the overall disruption to business,” said Yaron Dycian, WINT’s chief product and strategy officer. “Additionally, insurance carriers face significant losses on claims related to leaks and water damage. As a leading insurance provider, AXA XL recognizes that WINT’s AI-driven IoT technologies are key to reducing water-related claims and reduce a persistent source of stress and expense for contractors.”

Water damage is the leading cause of property loss in construction projects. With WINT’s advanced water-flow analysis, owners, developers, and contractors can avoid costs associated with remediation, repair, and increased insurance premiums. Moreover, the WINT solution can cut ongoing water consumption and waste by 20%-25% to reduce operational expenses and reduce the environmental footprint of construction projects.

“At AXA XL, reducing risk for our customers is a top priority,” said Rose Hall, VP and Head of Construction Innovation, AXA XL. “Our mutual success depends on strong relationships with customers like Brasfield & Gorrie, and strong partnerships with technology solutions like WINT. We support the construction industry’s ability to complete projects safely, on time, on budget, with minimal disruptions and/or losses through innovation and technology. Our Construction Ecosystem’s Technology Library provides contractors with risk-reducing technology options, like WINT’s leak-detection and prevention solution to help thwart potential water damage, and the costs and delays associated with it.”

“Brasfield & Gorrie has been searching for a technology solution to help us mitigate the potential for water-related losses on our projects for many years,” said Brasfield & Gorrie Vice President of Risk Management Katie Voss. “WINT’s expertise and engagement during preconstruction and product installation, combined with their sophisticated monitoring capabilities, have been very impressive. We appreciate AXA XL working with us to find a solution for our water mitigation needs and look forward to implementing WINT on more of our projects.”

AXA XL provides insurance and risk management products and services for mid-sized companies and large multinationals and offers reinsurance solutions to insurance companies globally. For more information, visit www.axaxl.com.

Brasfield & Gorrie is one of the nation’s largest privately held construction firms, providing general contracting, design-build and construction management services for a wide variety of markets, including health care, commercial, institutional, federal, municipal, industrial, infrastructure and water/wastewater treatment. For more information, visit https://www.brasfieldgorrie.com.

RIDGID, part of Emerson’s professional tools portfolio, is committed to supporting trade education RIDGID, a part of Emerson’s professional tools portfolio, will award scholarships to four plumbing and HVACR apprentices as part of its partnership with the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors (PHCC) Educational Foundation and its apprentice contest. Each winner will receive a $1,000 education scholarship, plus Read more

RIDGID, part of Emerson’s professional tools portfolio, is committed to supporting trade education

RIDGID, a part of Emerson’s professional tools portfolio, will award scholarships to four plumbing and HVACR apprentices as part of its partnership with the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors (PHCC) Educational Foundation and its apprentice contest.

Each winner will receive a $1,000 education scholarship, plus $1,500 of tools from RIDGID and a special recognition at PHCC CONNECT 2021, Oct. 20-22, in Kansas City, Mo. Scholarship winners are selected by the PHCC Educational Foundation Scholarship Committee’s contractor members.

“RIDGID has had a long-standing commitment of supporting trade education and has been a proud sponsor of the PHCC Apprentice Contest for over a decade,” said Denis Hanna, director of sales and vocational training programs, RIDGID for Emerson. “The contest is a great opportunity for apprentices to showcase their skills and learn from others. We’re excited to see the impact each of this year’s RIDGID scholarship winners has on the industry in the coming years.”

2021 scholarship recipients include:

  • Christopher Friendly of Anchorage, Alaska, is studying plumbing installation, service and repair at Alaska Vocational Technical Center.
  • Paul Kwiecinski of Chicago, Ill., is studying HVACR installation, service and repair at HVAC Technical Institute Chicago.

Paul Kwiecinski

  • Martin Gorman of Belmont, Mass., is studying plumbing installation, service and repair at New England Institute of Technology.

Martin Gorman

  • Tyler Earle of Forestdale, Mass, is studying plumbing installation, service and repair at Upper Cape Tech Adult & Continuing Education.

Tyler Earle

To learn more about RIDGID, visit RIDGID.com.

Bigger, better truck delivers mobile tradeshow experience Viega LLC is bringing its tradeshow experience to customers across the country with a new and bigger demo truck. The new Viega Roadshow truck displays a complete line of Viega products, including the ProPress, MegaPress and PureFlow fittings, PureFlow tubing, as well as valves, radiant heating systems and Read more

Bigger, better truck delivers mobile tradeshow experience

Viega LLC is bringing its tradeshow experience to customers across the country with a new and bigger demo truck.

The new Viega Roadshow truck displays a complete line of Viega products, including the ProPress, MegaPress and PureFlow fittings, PureFlow tubing, as well as valves, radiant heating systems and marine fittings. The 30-foot vehicle has two slideouts, a folding stage to safely accommodate more visitors and an island for hands-on demonstration of Viega tools and products.

“Viega put a lot of time and thought into designing this vehicle,” said Jim DeBroeck, the project manager. “As a result, it virtually duplicates the tradeshow experience for customers without them having to travel. Rather, we bring it to them.”

The new black-and-yellow truck replaces a smaller vehicle that was pulled off the road last year when the pandemic began. The customized V8-powered Ford F-650 has been on the road since August. It will continue to travel throughout the continental United States, visiting distributors, tradeshows, construction sites and plumbing associations.

The wall displays have been designed to not only highlight the products, but also educate visitors about how to use the products and how Viega can benefit their businesses.

“The truck delivers the ‘a-ha’ moment for customers. When they see the range of Viega products, pull the trigger on a press tool and learn about the efficiencies Viega delivers, they will have what they need to incorporate Viega systems into their work and begin realizing the benefits,” DeBroeck said.

The industry-leading trade associations will join forces for the technology-focused conference in January. Tampa, Fla. — The Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA), the National Electric Contractors Association (NECA) and the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association (SMACNA) announced a joint partnership for the second consecutive year leading the annual MEP Innovation Conference Read more

The industry-leading trade associations will join forces for the technology-focused conference in January.

Tampa, Fla. — The Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA), the National Electric Contractors Association (NECA) and the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association (SMACNA) announced a joint partnership for the second consecutive year leading the annual MEP Innovation Conference, which now has open registration for the in-person January 2022 session.

A three-day event known as the best technology conference for mechanical, electrical, plumbing, service and sheet metal contractors and their staffs, the MEP Innovation Conference provides educational sessions at all levels of experience, and opportunities to learn about the latest industry innovations in software, tools, and technologies. As part of the joint partnership, conference attendance is open to all members of MCAA, NECA and SMACNA and their union counterparts for the second consecutive year.

“Both NECA and SMACNA were great partners at the last MEP Innovation Conference this past April,” said Armand Kilijian, MCAA President. “They both provided ample content to expand our sessions, broadened attendance with many members participating across the different trades and immensely helped with making the switch to a virtual setting for the first time in seven years. We’re thrilled at the long-term partnership planned for this event based on the success of last year’s conference.”

Sessions at this year’s conference will be led by contractors from all three trade associations and include roundtable discussions, exhibitor demonstrations, breakout sessions and presentations. Sessions will be geared towards operation, VDC, project management, IT, and estimating.

“The construction trades are more interconnected than ever. Owner needs for shorter construction timelines have driven the development of new technologies and improved communication and coordination between construction team members. The more information and awareness our respective members can gather about construction technology and the processes of other MEP contractors, the better the stronger the partnerships become in the shop and on the jobsite.” said Vince Sandusky, CEO of SMACNA. “This conference offers a holistic view of the trends and innovative solutions appearing on the horizon.”

MCAA first launched this conference for its association members back in 2016 as a way to share knowledge and spark ideas and innovation through collaboration, demonstration and peer-to-peer instruction. The event has continued to grow year after year with over 1,350 virtual attendees in 2021.

“We’re excited to join forces with MCAA and SMACNA for this year’s conference and to give our members the opportunity to attend and network with a variety of other innovative, forward-thinking contractors,” said David Long, NECA CEO. “This event marks an ideal setting to learn about how new tools and technologies are impacting operations across the board for the mechanical, electrical and plumbing industries. We believe it is imperative to collaborate with likeminded leaders from across the world of construction.”

The MEP Innovation Conference will be held in-person in Tampa, Florida from January 24-26, 2022.