DOE Issues a Final Rule Pertaining to Energy Conservation Standards for Commercial Packaged Boilers
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register final rule pertaining to energy conservation standards for commercial packaged boilers. (December 28, 2016).
- This pre-publication final rule is subject to the procedures at 10 CFR 430.5
- The effective date of this rule 60 days after date of publication in the Federal Register.
- Find more information on the rulemaking, including statutory authority; current standards and test procedures; waivers, exceptions, and exemptions; and contact information.
- All notices, public comments, public meeting transcripts, and supporting documents associated with this rulemaking are included in Docket No. EERE-2013-BT-STD-0030.
Legislative Updates — US Agrees to Pay Billions to Marines Affected By Toxic Water.
Good news for veterans who trained in North Carolina this past week. After years of waiting, soldiers who were exposed to contaminated drinking water while assigned to Camp Lejeune in North Carolina may now be able to receive a portion of government disability benefits totaling more than $2 billion. Beginning in March, the cash payouts from the Department of Veterans Affairs may supplement VA health care already being provided to eligible veterans stationed at the Marine base between 1953 and 1987. Outgoing VA Secretary Bob McDonald determined that there was "sufficient scientific and medical evidence" to establish a connection between exposure to the contaminated water and eight medical conditions for purposes of awarding disability compensation. The estimated taxpayer cost is $2.2 billion over a five-year period. The VA estimates that as many as 900,000 service members were potentially exposed to the tainted water. Documents uncovered by veterans groups over the years suggest Marine leaders were slow to respond when tests first found evidence of contaminated ground water at Camp Lejeune in the early 1980s. Some drinking water wells were closed in 1984 and 1985, after further testing confirmed contamination from leaking fuel tanks and an off-base dry cleaner. The Marine Corps has said the contamination was unintentional, occurring when federal law didn't limit toxins in drinking water.
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Member Benefit – Service Roundtable
As a member of RPA you are receiving an Associate Membership at no cost to you. If you haven't heard of Service Roundtable yet, let me start by introducing who we are and what you can look forward to as one of our Associate Members.
Service Roundtable is the world's largest private residential contractor alliance group. We are dedicated to providing service contractors with an affordable means to drive new business and get higher sales. We work with business owners, contractors and consultants in the HVAC, Plumbing, and Electrical fields to help them grow their business through our 3 key components:
Marketing, Mentoring and Money- the Three M's of Success
Our dedicated marketing and design team bring you marketing pieces and business tools that you can download to your computer and customize instantly for your company.
Join Service Roundtable at our contracting events, training, and meetings at Service Roundtable member discount pricing.
The most important aspect for many companies is the money you make. Why not help increase those profits with our Roundtable Rewards program? With our Roundtable rewards you are able to get money back for purchases of goods and services from our library of over 100 Preferred Partners.
Did You Know?
RPA members have exclusive access to previously recorded HydroniX Talk shows. There are now nearly 30 videos of us interviewing numerous manufacturers, industry icons and other items of interest to our contracting and manufacturing partners. You can gain access through the RPA Members Only portal of the RPA web site, www.radiantpros.org
If you've forgotten your access codes to the Members Only site, contact Alan Wald at firstname.lastname@example.org
The more you know, the better off you are.
Plastic Pressure Pipe Design Calculator -- BCD Plastic Pressure Pipe Design Calculator
To assist with proper sizing of PEX, PE-RT and CPVC plastic pressure pipe and tubing, the BCD Plastic Pressure Pipe Design Calculator is designed for hydronic heating and cooling, snow and ice melting, plumbing, fire protection and geothermal applications. Developed by PPI's Building & Construction Division (BCD), this free online tool performs calculations for pressure and head loss, thermal expansion and contraction, surge pressures, plus pipe weight and volume. It can even help designers determine the lengths of expansion arms or loops, especially important for larger diameter piping systems. Users can select the pipe type, size and length; flow rate; fluid characteristics such as temperature and antifreeze content; add in fittings; and calculate results. Calculation details may be shown and results can be printed or emailed. Access the Calculator directly at www.plasticpipecalculator.com
Member Benefit - Spotlight
The RPA would like to “spotlight” members in our monthly newsletter. If you have something new to promote, a current project you are working on, etc. please send the information to email@example.com and we will place it in our monthly newsletter. We will need the particulars: Who, What, When, Where and Why and limit it to 200 words or less and 6 photographs. We want to Publish Your Project Photos! This is your opportunity to garner additional exposure. Tell us about your company and its accomplishments, and provide us with some HD pictures so we can show the world your excellent work. This is not limited to contractors only. If you are a wholesaler, or a distributor or a manufacturer, this program is open to you as well. Help us to help you promote you and your business.
The Value of Being Certified
ASSE International is widely recognized for its professional certifications in the specialized segments of backflow prevention, fire protection, blood-borne/water-borne pathogens and service plumbing. In 2016, ASSE introduced the ANSI-approved Standard 19210 Hydronics Heating and Cooling Installer Professional Certification. The benefits that come with achieving professional certification to Standard 19210 include increased credibility, peer recognition and marketing value, thereby giving certified professionals a competitive advantage over other non-certified hydronic contractors. In cooperation with ASSE, the Radiant Professionals Alliance provides a rigorous 24-hour training course tailored to address all subject areas addressed in the Standard. See what the experts are saying here.
ASSE Certification is the ultimate validation of experience and knowledge in the growing hydronics and radiant heating and cooling industries, and only ASSE Certified individuals are allowed to use the ASSE Certification seals in their marketing and outreach. Smart professionals choose ASSE Hydronic Certification, and knowledgeable consumers choose certified professionals.