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Seattle’s Via6 is poised for LEED Gold certification 
Poised for LEED Gold certification, Via6 is an eco-friendly, centrally located building consisting of two 24-story towers with a six-story podium in between and three levels of below-grade parking. The $200 million real estate project began construction in late 2011 and was completed in spring 2013.
Pennsylvania DCNR seeks renewable fuel to fire a district hydronic heating system, Part 2 
PINE GROVE, PA. — Over the past several decades, the term “automatic heating system” was lost in the cold, ash heap of time. Once in the vernacular of heating professionals, the term was conceived when oil took America’s heating systems by storm after M.A. Fessler invented the oil burner to take advantage of the crude oil that was seeping out of the California ground in 1903.
Ground-source heat pumps will heat, cool entire apartment complex  1
When finished, Solaire Apartments, in Brighton, Colo., will be entirely heated and cooled by ground-source heat pumps. The 252 unit, 12-building complex uses 112 wells to provide 326 tons of heating and cooling capacity.
Comfortech 365 will sharpen business skills, streamline operations
CONTRACTOR and Contracting Business magazines present Comfortech 365, a free online and educational forum geared for business owners and contractors in the hydronics, plumbing and HVACR industries, March 5, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. Eastern.
Pennsylvania DCNR seeks renewable fuel to fire a district hydronic heating system, Part 1 
PINE GROVE, PA. — Over the past several decades, the term “automatic heating system” was lost in the cold, ash heap of time. Once in the vernacular of heating professionals, the term was conceived when oil took America’s heating systems by storm after M.A. Fessler invented the oil burner to take advantage of the crude oil that was seeping out of the California ground in 1903.
The Charles Machine Works Inc. upgrades its campus with geothermal system, Pt. 2  1
In the late 1940s, 28-year-old Ed Malzahn applied a combination of knowledge from his father’s blacksmith business and his degree in mechanical engineering to produce a machine that would revolutionize the underground construction industry as we know it today.
Mechanical contractor solves office building’s heating problems during hydronic retrofit 2
We’re Associates hired the mechanical contracting firm, “C Me 4 Pipe” based in Holtsville, N.Y., to install the strainer in the mechanical room. Heat for the building comes from two, 175 HP Scotch Marine steam boilers.
The Charles Machine Works Inc. upgrades its campus with geothermal system 
Rising fuel costs and an elevated interest in renewable energy technologies have made geothermal heating and cooling a more popular HVAC industry choice in recent years, particularly in relation to the exceptional comfort and long-term energy savings it can provide.
Grainger opens Illinois-based USGBC LEED Platinum distribution center 1
MINOOKA, ILL. — Grainger is making great strides in becoming a more sustainable company with construction of its own facilities. This is a reflection of the company’s business model in that Grainger’s commitment to sustainability extends to its offerings, as the company brings innovative products and solutions to its customers, helping them with “green” facility management.
Aquatherm enables Illinois high school to go from 'H' to 'HVAC' with PP-R, Part 2
The tight time frame of the job made things very interesting. According to Cicciarelli, the key aspect of the PP-R system that fit so well on this job was that this was a $6 million retrofit that had to be completed in two and a half months.
Aquatherm enables Illinois high school to go from ‘H’ to ‘HVAC’ with PP-R — Pt. 1
Coincidentally, The Pipco Companies Ltd., (PIPCO) had recently become an approved installer of the German-manufactured Aquatherm polypropylene-random pipe (PP-R), and proposed using the relatively new-to-North America option. PIPCO won the mechanical contracting bid on the job for installation of the heat pump loop water piping in the building’s existing vertical chases.
Pueblo School District solves its water woes thanks to Watts OneFlow
Template assisted crystallization — or TAC — systems, which typically consist of nothing more than a plastic or fiberglass reinforced housing or tank with TAC media inside — are sized by flow rate, with applications as small as 1 GPM for point-of-use scale prevention, to multiple-tank applications for larger volume needs. Fort Sill Army post in Oklahoma has a system capable of conditioning water at a rate of 900 GPM using 12 Watts OneFlow TAC tanks.
Perfecting comfort: Mickelson Plumbing resuscitates an old cabin with a new radiant system 1

When in Missoula, do as Missoulians do, which would probably include hiking, biking, fishing, skiing, kayaking on the Clark Fork and Bitterroot Rivers, talking about the different forest fires currently burning in the area, and generally soaking up every ounce of the outdoors as possible.

But to really, truly be accepted by the vista-loving locals, you’d need to adopt some colloquialisms, such as pronouncing “creek” like “crick, or referring to anything with three or more wheels and an internal combustion engine as a “rig.” 

Contractors discuss implementation, installation challenges at Lead Free seminar

ST. LOUIS —Recently the St. Louis Plumbing Industry Council and manufacturer’s rep firm Mack McClain & Associates held a well-attended “We Are Lead Free” seminar here in St. Louis.

Rainwater capture is simplest alt water source 25

INDIANAPOLIS — Some place, somewhere in the United States is experiencing drought conditions today. It’s become a constant part of life in America. Plumbing manufacturers have been under pressure from the Environmental Protection Agency to keep reducing the amount of water used by plumbing fixtures, and much work remains to retrofit old, water-hogging plumbing fixtures.

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