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Fresh-Aire UV has recently named Sam Gravatt as its North American distribution specialist. The 31-year HVAC veteran is responsible for assisting North American wholesale distributors and manufacturer's representatives sell and support Fresh-Aire UV's residential and commercial volatile organic compound reduction and biological disinfection products to the HVAC trade. Gravatt will also act as a conduit between Fresh-Aire UV's sales team, contractors and wholesalers. Gravatt, who has master's and bachelor's degrees from the University of Missouri and Baker University, Baldwin, Kansas, respectively, entered the HVAC industry in 1986 and spent 21 years with Lennox International, mainly with the Richardson, Texas-based manufacturer's distribution arms. More recently, Gravatt held various positions ranging from management to sales and marketing for Gemaire Distributors from 2010 to 2014 and Baker Distributing from 2014 to 2017. [...]
Wed, Nov 07, 2018
Source: HVAC Products HVAC Free
ASHRAE is seeking a third round of public comments on ASHRAE Guideline 12- 2000R, Proposed Revision of Guideline 12-2000, Managing the Risk of Legionellosis Associated with Building Water Systems. Guideline 12 is open for a 45-day public review until Dec. 17. Those interested in reviewing and commenting on the guideline can do so through the ASHRAE Online Comment Database. In this Independent Substantive Change public review draft, only revisions in strikethrough and underlined are open for comment. The purpose of ASHRAE Guideline 12 is to provide information and guidance to assist in control of legionellosis associated with building water systems. It also provides guidance useful in the implementation of ASHRAE Standard 188, “Legionellosis: Risk Management for Building Water Systems.” ASHRAE Guideline 12 is intended for use by owners of human-occupied buildings and those involved in the design, construction, installation, commissioning, management, operation, maintenance and service of centralized building water systems and components. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates there are between 8,000 and 18,000 cases of Legionnaires' disease in the United States each year, with more than 10 percent of the cases fatal. Most are the result of exposure to legionella associated with building water systems. For more information and to comment, visit ashrae.org/publicreviews. [...]
Mon, Nov 05, 2018
Source: HVAC Products HVAC Free
ORANGEBURG, N.Y. –At the TOPS store in Alden, New York, 1,200 pounds of Creard R-407H has been used to provide more than 25 cooling tons in medium-temperature refrigerated cases and displays. It has replaced R-22. Daikin's new Creard R-407H refrigerant is an economical, low-GWP blend designed for new refrigeration systems and as a replacement for R-22, R-404A and R-507 in existing systems. Creard R-407H has a GWP of 1,380 (Assessment Report 5), one of the lowest GWP options for refrigeration systems, providing a unique combination of outstanding performance while being economical relative to the products it is replacing. Customer requirements and results: The Daikin Engineering team worked closely with TOPS to address the following key requirements: A GWP of [...]
Thu, Nov 01, 2018
Source: HVAC Products HVAC Free
ATLANTA, Ga. – The technical program has been announced for the 2019 ASHRAE Winter Conference, to be held Jan. 12-16 in Atlanta, Georgia. The conference technical program, which offers over 100 sessions, is now available in the ASHRAE 365 app and corresponding event website. Registration for the conference provides free entry to the co-sponsored AHR Expo, also being held Jan. 14-16. The five-day event includes eight conference tracks, selected to represent areas of focus common among ASHRAE membership. A new and anticipated track at this year's conference, Renewables and Natural Systems, will explore topics such as energy technologies, renewable energy sources and the future of the smart grid. Another new conference track, The Engineer's Role in Architecture, will examine the integral role engineers have toward the safe design of buildings and structures. Topics include designing resilient building using historical insight, equipment selection and strategies to facilitate integrated project delivery. Conference tracks include: Systems and Equipment HVAC&R Fundamentals and Applications Refrigeration Construction, Operation and Maintenance of High Performance Systems Common System Issues and Misapplications The Convergence of Comfort, Indoor Air Quality and Energy Efficiency Building Integrated Renewables and Natural Systems The Engineer's Role in Architecture PDH's are available to attendees who attend any of the Technical Sessions or ALI Courses. Additionally, ASHRAE will offer onsite administration of ASHRAE certification exams on Jan. 12 and Jan. 16. The exams being administered include: Building Commissioning Professional (BCxP and CPMP Recertification); Building Energy Assessment Professional; Building Energy Modeling Professional; High-Performance Building Design Professional; Healthcare Facility Design Professional and Operations & Performance Management Professional. Applications must be submitted by Dec. 21. ASHRAE President Sheila J. Hayter will provide an update on the 2018-2019 society theme, “Building Our New Energy Future” at the President's Luncheon on Jan. 14. Major contributors to the ASHRAE RP Campaign will also be recognized at this lunch. For complete conference and expo info, visit the 2019 ASHRAE Winter Conference [...]
Wed, Oct 31, 2018
Source: HVAC Products HVAC Free
Dave & Kortney Wilson
By Adam Freill There are countless contractors out there moonlighting as musicians and dreaming about a life in the limelight. It may come as no surprise that there are far fewer musicians who have dreamt of trading in their guitars and microphones for hard hats and work boots, but that's what happened with Dave and Kortney Wilson, a couple of Canadian kids making their way in Nashville. Although they each made their way to Music City independently, they found each other through mutual friends while both were emerging artists, and the pair has been making each other laugh and cringe, in a good-hearted way, ever since. ”When Kortney got her record deal, I thought that she was going to be really rich and famous, so I attached my wagon to her horse,” laughs Dave while sitting at the kitchen table bantering with his wife and recalling their early days together. ”We were both really lucky,” says Kortney. ”We both signed major label deals, and got nice big record advances, but then they just sat on our records.” The need to provide for a growing family led the pair to the home renovation and reselling business. ”We put up every bit of equity that we had in the house that we owned at the time and, in a way, we were very naïve,” explains Kortney as Dave pipes in a comment from across the table about maxing out one's equity as not being great advice for aspiring home flippers. ”We pulled all of the equity out and we bought our first flip, and we made $25,000. Our goal was to make $10,000.” Looking back at that goal, the pair get a laugh at how much things have changed. ”Right now,” says Dave, ”if we run our numbers and only see $10,000 profit, well, if you've watched the shows, you [...]
Wed, Oct 31, 2018
Source: Mechanical Business
Hotel Monville
By Denise Deveau When your goal is to create a ”new generation” hotel it's not just about the décor and high-tech bells and whistles. For the recently opened Hotel Monville in Montreal, innovation was something that was considered from the ground up – including the HVAC systems for the 20-storey property. ”Heating and cooling was one of the first design considerations,” says Marc Saunier, asset manager for the property. ”Energy savings is extremely important in the hotel industry since it represents the third biggest expense after payroll and municipal taxes.” Construction of the hotel started in the early winter of 2016. Given this was a brand new hotel concept, Saunier, along with the engineering consulting firm BPA, had free rein to decide on how they could make the most of their energy savings. Rather than installing the usual dedicated heating and cooling system, they decided to take a less conventional route: leveraging the hotel's domestic water system to provide the heating in winter and cooling in summer. Saunier describes it as a completely self-contained design. It makes sense, given the fact that water usage by guests in hotels tends to be at specific times of the day. ”In the hotel business the water is mainly used for guests to take their showers in the a.m. and during certain times in the evening. Otherwise we just wait for them to come back. So we thought, let's try to do something with the hot water in winter and do the same with the cold water in summer.” ”Typically you have a dedicated four-pipe system – two for the boiler and two for the chiller,” explains Dominique Frenette, BPA's commercial market director. ”The difference with this is that we are connecting them to the domestic hot water system to reduce costs and cut down on the amount [...]
Wed, Oct 31, 2018
Source: Mechanical Business
Fixtures & Finishes
By Denise Deveau The kitchen is seen as an entertainment hub and the community space within the home, whereas the bath has become a bit of a space to escape to so that we can relax and recharge. And while both rooms serve very different purposes, design, layout and functionality of each are equally important to homeowners. ”While the kitchen serves as an area for entertaining, the bath is being treated as a peaceful retreat,” says Brad Campeau, Masco business development manager for luxury showroom. ”Consumers are now choosing transitional pieces that lend themselves to a contemporary setting.” Selling up There's always an opportunity for a bit of upselling when working on a kitchen or bathroom renovation. ”Even a small change of the faucets can give a spark to the kitchen or bathroom,” says Riobel's Kathleen Saint-Yves. Custom finishes with a vivid splash of contrast are hot right now. With so many finish options across appliances and fixtures, consumers are opting to mix metals in a fashion-forward look, says Masco's Campeau. ”Black stainless steel, for example, is less reflective and warmer than traditional stainless steel, offering a modern look that easily pairs with a variety of finishes. Matte black coordinates with most other fixtures and accents and can be used to complement traditional transitional spaces. Champagne bronze provides a splash of contrast and can be paired with traditional, transitional and contemporary décor.” Another upsell opportunity is with retrofit shower rail systems, which also happen to be available in a variety of finishes. Retrofit systems are an ideal way for homeowners to add a handheld component to a single showerhead system. ”They can do that easily without the cost of a major renovation without having to replace anything behind the wall in the home,” says Garry Scott of Moen. ”If someone has a standard bathroom with just a showerhead and valve, you can put in a [...]
Wed, Oct 31, 2018
Source: Mechanical Business
MILWAUKEE, Wis. – The YORK brand of Johnson Controls has released the YORK YVFA Free-Cooling Chiller line expansion capacity range, now up to 500 tons. The YORK YVFA chillers deliver the lowest possible operating cost and smallest energy footprint compared to other air-cooled chillers. Johnson Controls uses an Annual Energy Cost modeling tool to produce a customized report factoring all key variables – geographic location, building type, operating hours, utility costs and local weather data. In most locations, a facility operating 24/7 with a constant cooling load can achieve an operating cost payback in as little as two years. Performance of the chiller is assured by AHRI certification—the first time it has been given to an air-cooled screw chiller with free cooling. For more information, visit http://www.york.com/yvfa-free-cooling. [...]
Wed, Oct 24, 2018
Source: HVAC Products HVAC Free
WILSONVILLE, Ore. – FLIR Systems, Inc. has launched the FLIR ONE Pro LT, a new lower price point thermal imaging attachment for smartphones in the FLIR ONE Pro series. The FLIR ONE Pro LT features many of the professional-level tools and advanced thermal image quality that define the FLIR ONE Pro series. Powered by the FLIR Lepton thermal microcamera core, the FLIR ONE Pro LT builds on the advanced features of the FLIR ONE Pro. Key tools include FLIR's patented MSX image enhancement, which combines the thermal and high-definition visible camera images to produce crisp, detailed images that are easy to interpret. All FLIR One Pro models feature FLIR's MSX and VividIR video signal-processing technology to deliver improved thermal image quality and clarity. Additionally, the patent-pending OneFit camera connector allows users to adjust the device to attach to their smartphone through many popular protective cases. FLIR is also releasing an updated version of the FLIR ONE App, which includes tools such as multiple spot temperature meters, custom onscreen temperature tracking regions, helpful tips for problem solving and use-cases. Smartwatch compatibility with the Apple Watch and select Android smartwatches provides the ability to stream live thermal imagery to see around corners and take images or video from your device. For more info, www.flir.com/flirone. [...]
Mon, Oct 22, 2018
Source: HVAC Products HVAC Free
The 2019 AHR Expo released its full line up for the 2019 Education Program, including more than 120 sessions of free seminars, professional certifications and continuing education courses. The Education Program continues to grow each year and is the most comprehensive, all-inclusive opportunity to hear directly from industry leaders about trends and best practices in HVACR. The 2019 AHR Expo will be held Jan. 14-16 in Atlanta, Georgia. To register, visit the AHR Expo registration website. Education Sessions This year's show features nearly 75 free sessions presented by industry experts from leading organizations. The sessions, ranging from one to two hours, provide attendees with potential solutions to the most pressing challenges facing the industry. Attendees can listen in on general HVACR industry subjects, as well as sessions specific to their own line of practice. Highlights for this year's free seminar agenda include: General Industry-wide Topics Low-Cost Leads are Hurting Your Business, presented by Women in HVACR Trends in the Global HVAC Market, presented by BSRIA Ltd. What it Takes to Get an Installed HVACR System to Operate at Equipment Rated Capacity, presented by National Comfort Institute Engineering Next Generation HVAC Controls: Open Hardware – Open Software, presented by AutomatedBuildings.com IoT and Air Quality: Embedding Smartness into IAQ, Presented by Indoor Air Quality Association Providing Safety, Efficiency, and Value with Hydronic Snow Melting, presented by Radiant Professionals Alliance Bilingual Sessions NAFA Best Practice Guideline for Hospital & Healthcare Facilities – Updated to Include the Impact of SSPC 170 Updates, National Air Filtration Association La Mejor Guia de NAFA para Hospitales y Centros de Salud – Actualización que incluye el impacto de cambios del standard ASHRAE SSPC 170, National Air Filtration Association Contractor-focused Virtual Reality Training for HVAC is Here, presented by NEBB Variable Frequency Drives: Method of a Test and a Case Study, presented by Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute Psychometrics Without Tears, presented by Green Mechanical Council Specialized Controls Strategies for [...]
Fri, Oct 19, 2018
Source: HVAC Products HVAC Free
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