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Delta has been named a 2020 Energy Star Partner of the Year for the fifth consecutive year by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its energy-efficient, quiet and reliable, Delta Breez Indoor Air Quality solutions. The milestone also represents the third year in a row the company was honored with the distinguished “Sustained Excellence” designation, the highest honor among the Energy Star Awards and which recognizes companies that have gone above the Partner of Year Award criteria. In 2019 alone, Delta provided more than 600,000 Energy Star-qualified Delta Breez ventilation fans across the United States, including hotels, homes, apartments, student housing and other facilities. More than 90% of the Delta Breez portfolio is Energy Star qualified due to the fans' exclusive use of brushless DC motor technology and LED lighting to maximize energy savings. Since last year, Delta has introduced 10 new exhaust fans within the Delta BreezSignature, Delta BreezIntegrity and Delta BreezElite series – all of which are certified Energy Star Most Efficient 2019. Delta BreezElite fans save 67% more energy than typical AC motor counterparts, with some of the line's models exceeding Energy Star requirements by more than 200%. Among its large-scale installations in 2019, Delta provided 1,700 Energy Star Most Efficient fans for a university student housing complex in California. Another 1,200 fans were installed in a riverfront hotel renovation in Kentucky with an estimated savings of $14,000 off the annual electric bill compared to typical AC motor fans. To learn more, visit www.deltabreez.com or www.delta-americas.com. [...]
Sat, Apr 04, 2020
Source: HVAC Products HVAC Free
The Government of Ontario recently announced that it has made changes to the list of essential workplaces that can remain open across the province. These changes were made following the advice of Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health. To review the full list, visit: https://www.ontario.ca/page/list-essential-workplaces. [...]
Fri, Apr 03, 2020
Source: Mechanical Business
MBizLink We thank the many of you who shared insights via the survey we distributed last week about how your companies are adjusting to the business environment that essential providers of HVAC/R, plumbing and mechanical service and supplies are facing. One of the biggest messages received is that companies are working, but with some modifications to scopes of work or procedures. Earlier this week we shared what those firms on the mechanical contracting side are doing. Today, let's have a look at the supply side of the business, to see what mechanical wholesalers are doing to ensure that products are available to the contractors who are continuing the installation, maintenance and repair of the heating, cooling, refrigeration and plumbing systems that Canadian households and businesses rely upon. Here are some key highlights from the mechanical wholesale sector: Survey Results: What Canada's mechanical wholesalers are doing Listed in order of most commonly cited measures being implemented, here are the results: Day-to-day operational changes: Some staff working from home. Limiting access to the office/branch. Changes to pickup and delivery procedures. Rotating staff to minimize numbers in the office/branch. Closed service counter for walk-ins; providing service via phone and email. Not accepting items for return at this time, including refrigerant containers. New Precautions/Procedures: Social distancing. Contacting customers and fellow employees virtually. Amplified cleaning and disinfection programs. Use of safety gear (masks, gloves, goggles). Mandatory hand-washing/sanitizing procedures. Some interesting responses: No touch pickup: “Our shipping department is loading up shipments with the driver in the vehicle, reducing chances of virus contact.” Most creative greeting: “Use foot bumps rather than hand shakes.” Potentially grouchy, but effective: “Wearing a mask and gloves, and asking others present to leave me alone.” A busy response: “Business is still busy as ever with deliveries, etc. Going strong, despite the empty streets and panicked mood in town.” Thank you to everyone who helped us with this survey and shared their responses. [...]
Fri, Apr 03, 2020
Source: Mechanical Business
Woodford's Model 19 freezeless, anti-burst residential wall faucet is designed to prevent burst pipes even if the hose is attached. It features a pressure relief valve that protects pipes from pressure build up to 125 psi. It has a 3/4” male hose thread nozzle, stainless steel seat and EDPM packing to prevent leaks. woodfordmfg.com [...]
Thu, Apr 02, 2020
Source: Mechanical Business
Cleaver-Brooks' Prometha Connected Boiler Solution is an Internet-of-Things (IoT) powered control system that offers users the ability to remotely monitor boiler systems from anywhere, providing alerts and actionable insights. Prometha collects data on each point of a boiler system's health and transmits it wirelessly to a single dashboard, accessible to authorized users on any mobile phone, tablet or computer. cleaverbrooks.com [...]
Thu, Apr 02, 2020
Source: Mechanical Business
MBizLink As the business community adjusts to the impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak in Canada, the federal government has announced a number of support programs to assist companies and their employees through the difficult economic times. The announced measures aim to help Canadian businesses – including HVAC/R and plumbing companies and their supply chain partners – protect the jobs that Canadians depend on, while being able to still pay the company's bills. Included in the business-focused programs is a new Canada Emergency Business Account, which will provide funding to eligible financial institutions so that they can provide interest-free loans in the form of lines of credit of up to $40,000 to businesses with payrolls of less than $1 million. A quarter of this loan will be eligible for complete forgiveness, but full program details have yet to be revealed. Also available through Canadian financial institutions is a co-lending program where eligible businesses may obtain incremental credit amounts of up to $6.25 million. In addition to the loan programs, the government has also announced an increase of its wage subsidy program for qualifying businesses. Originally introduced as a 10 per cent subsidy up to a maximum of $1,375 per employee and $25,000 per employer, the federal government has now committed to a 75 per cent subsidy for up to 3 months on the first $58,700 earned, retroactive to March 15, 2020. Official details of this program are still pending, but Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has stated that it will be available to any business with at least a 30 per cent revenue decrease because of COVID-19. How that 30 per cent is determined is still to be disclosed. Earlier announcements also of interest to business owners include the deferral of GST and HST payments, to June, and an extension of the maximum duration of the Work-Sharing program, [...]
Thu, Apr 02, 2020
Source: Mechanical Business
Greenheck's Vektor-H high plume laboratory exhaust systems in single- and two-fan configurations can now be specified with a factory-preprogrammed controls package. The independent control system maintains duct static pressure by modulating fan speed, bypass damper position and isolation dampers as selected in Greenheck's Computer Aided Product Selection program. The control system includes variable frequency drives, a duct sensor and a separate factory-programmed logic controller and can operate as a standalone or integrate with a building management system using BACnet. Installation is made easy as dampers are powered and controlled from the PLC with quick-connect cables. The PLC control box and VFDs can be remote-mounted for easy access while the factory-programmed components reduce start-up time. With performance capacities up to 26,000 cfm and up to 4 in. wg, the Vektor-H is licensed to bear the AMCA Seal for Sound and Air Performance and has received Miami-Dade NOA Certification and Florida Product Approval. For more info, visit www.greenheck.com [...]
Wed, Apr 01, 2020
Source: HVAC Products HVAC Free
Registration is open for the 2020 ASHRAE Annual Conference, June 27-July 1 in Austin, Texas. Early bird registration ends May 3. “We are living in a constantly changing world. ASHRAE members are facing a major evolutionary change in how buildings and energy systems interact,” said Bing Liu, chair of the 2020 Annual Conference. “Instead of individual equipment and systems, buildings are becoming integrated, flexible and resilient systems to respond to the climate change challenges. The 2020 ASHRAE Annual Conference aims to address these challenges and features a strong technical program with a wide range of topics applicable to engineers, architects, designers and professionals.” The five-day conference includes eight conference tracks, tours, social events, award recognitions and a keynote message from polar explorer, Ann Daniels. More than 100 technical committee meetings will take place concurrently with the conference. During the President's Luncheon, on Monday, June 29, incoming 2020-21 ASHRAE President Chuck Gulledge, P.E., Fellow ASHRAE, will present his inaugural address and share the society theme for the coming year: The ASHRAE Digital Lighthouse and Industry 4.0. The 2020-21 ASHRAE board of directors will also be installed. The conference's technical program will include dynamic new tracks, such as Grid-Interactive Efficient Built Environment, which focuses on the effects of industry trends in grid-enabled buildings on system, building and community design practices. The new track, Zero Energy Buildings and Communities: Opportunities and Challenge, will explore topic such as integrated-design approach, zero-energy design tools and resources, onsite renewable generation and more. Conference tracks include: Fundamentals and Applications HVAC&R Systems and Equipment Research Summit Professional Development Grid-Interactive Efficient Built Environment Multifamily and Residential Buildings Resilient Buildings and Communities Zero Energy Buildings and Communities: Opportunities and Challenges ASHRAE Learning Institute will offer full-day seminars and half-day courses and ASHRAE certification exams will be administered during the week. For more info, visit: ashrae.org/austin. [...]
Wed, Apr 01, 2020
Source: HVAC Products HVAC Free
Watts is pleased to announce the launch of SpecHUB, a comprehensive new one-stop project specification tool and the latest addition to their engineering planning resources. SpecHUB helps engineers, architects, and design build contractors specify and select Watts products, create submittal packages and plumbing schedules, and easily share project information with colleagues. SpecHUB enables users to: • Save time researching products with instant access to all the product information engineers, architects, and contractors need. • Save time creating written specs, plumbing schedules, BIM files, submittals, and more. • Specify and select Watts products according to building requirements and codes. • Share project information and product selections easily with colleagues. To register and use the innovative new tool, visit Watts.com/SpecHUB. About WattsFounded in 1874, Watts designs, manufactures, and sells an extensive line of flow control, water safety, water filtration & treatment, and drainage products for the commercial, residential, and institutional markets. For more information, visit www.watts.com. [...]
Wed, Apr 01, 2020
Source: Mechanical Business
MBizLink Last week we asked you and your peers in the HVAC/R, plumbing and mechanical contracting and supply segments about how your companies are adjusting operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. We received so many responses that it was somewhat overwhelming, but in a very good way. Having been listed as essential service providers in provinces and territories with such listings, a considerable majority of companies that responded to the survey are offering services to their clients, but with a few adjustments to how they go about their tasks. Here are some key highlights from the mechanical contracting sector: Survey Results: What Canada's mechanical contractors are doing Listed in order of most commonly cited measures being implemented, here are the results: Day-to-day operational changes: Responding to emergency calls only Staff rotation to share work Daily updates to employees New Precautions/Procedures: Social distancing (from fellow employees and clients) Pre-screening customers Restricted and/or closed office/shop access Requiring techs to work alone (if tasks need a second person, use the same partner every day) No signing for pickups/drop-off (clients and staff) No tool sharing Most-used PPE: Gloves Masks Hand sanitizer and wipes Some interesting responses: Most comprehensive PPE: Full protective suits Most puzzling PPE: Hard hat (???) Most disturbing response: No protective gear Most uplifting response: Have (keep) a good sense of humour Most confused response: “Eat Tumeric, chilly, ginger, garlic and pepper.” (We're not sure about preventing COVID-19 … but add some steak and we're in!) Thank you to everyone who helped us with this survey and shared their responses. [...]
Wed, Apr 01, 2020
Source: Mechanical Business
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