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February 23, 2012

Jacuzzi Group Worldwide, a manufacturer of bath and spa products, announced that it has expanded its product portfolio to include a new collection of energy-efficient tankless water heaters, which will be available exclusively at select Lowe’s stores and Lowes.com. 

Powered by natural gas or propane, Jacuzzi tankless units heat water as it is needed. They use up to 30% less energy than a traditional tank-style water heater.

February 13, 2012

With the new requirement in the 2012 International Residential Code (IRC) stating that builders must install mechanical ventilation in all homes, it is more important than ever that builders understand what ventilation solutions are available, according to Mike Moore, PE, LEED AP, Research Associate, Newport Partners, LLC, Davidsonville, Md. 

February 9, 2012

A portable air conditioner that provides 144,000 BTU/hr of cooling yet rolls through a standard doorway is being brought to the market by Atlas Sales & Rental. Only 34 ins. wide, the 12-ton Atlas PACslim can be used in offices, computer server rooms, event tents and other indoor/outdoor locations.

January 9, 2012

Fountain Valley, Calif.-based Noritz expanded its ecoTough Series of gas-fired residential condensing tankless water heaters with the new NRC83.

The Energy Star-rated unit is designed for smaller homes and multi-family dwellings. Available in both indoor (the two-pipe, direct vent NRC83-DV) and outdoor (NRC83-OD) models, the new wall-mounted units have an energy factor (EF) of 0.92 for natural gas and 0.94 with liquid propane -- approximately 30 points higher than a standard, storage tank-type, gas-fired water heater.

December 15, 2011

West Chester, Pa.-based Air King added the do-it-yourself, snap-in BFQ80 exhaust fan to its line of ventilation fans. 

The BFQ80 is an 80 CFM, 2.0 sone exhaust fan offering an Energy Star-qualified solution for residential ventilation needs, the company said.

“What makes the BFQ Series unique is the simple, one-person installation system,” said Jeff Kenkelen, president, Air King. “Most ‘traditional’ fans utilize either a hanger bar or mounting tab system, while the BFQ is installed using a convenient mounting bracket.”

December 6, 2011

Mary-Jo Salzburg, the former director of marketing at Johnson Controls, has re-joined Member Insurance Agency as VP marketing.

Salzburg’s 15 years of marketing experience includes media strategy, database marketing, advertising, public relations and trade shows. Since 2008, she has been the marketing communications program manager for Johnson Controls, a Milwaukee-based provider of equipment, controls and services for heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigeration. The company also provides products for the automotive industry.

December 5, 2011

Tax credits for energy efficiency home improvements like insulation, replacement windows, and upgraded HVAC systems will end on Dec. 31, and Congress has not yet renewed them for 2012.

This warning from the Alliance to Save Energy gives homeowners less than a month to take advantage of as much as $500 in tax credits on their 2011 federal tax returns.

November 30, 2011

Demand in the U.S. for heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment is projected to increase 5.1 percent annually to $16.8 billion in 2015, according to a study just released by The Freedonia Group, a Cleveland-based market research firm.

October 21, 2011

Luxury home builder Toll Brothers has partnered with EchoFirst, a solar energy provider, to build new communities in Arizona that provide a complete solar energy system for water, heating and cooling. EchoFirst supplements conventional solar electric PV panels with solar thermal technology that generates electricity for hot water, as well as thermal energy for heating and cooling the home. This enables Toll Brothers to offer homes that use 70% to 80% less energy than a standard code-built home, according to the announcement.

September 28, 2011

Novi, Mich.-based BrassCraft Manufacturing Co. is celebrating its 65th anniversary while promoting its commitment to "Made in the USA."

Since its founding in 1946, the company has led the industry in a number of innovations. It points to the invention of the modern-day flexible riser to the development of the one-piece water stop. Recent BrassCraft products include PushConnect water stops for quick, secure connections, and new solutions for tankless water heater installations.

September 22, 2011

Ashland City, Tenn.-based A. O. Smith launched a new line of XP Boilers and XP Automatic Circulating Water Heaters for large-volume commercial applications. Designed for versatility and energy savings, these units bring together touchscreen simplicity and high-efficiency operation and reliability, according to the manufacturer.

August 29, 2011

Ashland City, Tenn.-based A. O. Smith has entered into a contract with the U. S. General Services Administration (GSA). The new contract will allow the water heater manufacturer to easily interact with federal, state and local government agencies in need of commercial water heaters and boilers.

August 22, 2011

The Coalition for Energy Star Water Heaters has joined Facebook, in an effort described as a way to share current information about higher-efficiency water heating.

Contractors, plumbers and homeowners can now access the most up-to-date information about the national awareness and education campaign at facebook.com/ESWaterHeaters. 

July 20, 2011

An article in the PatriotLedger.com reported that hardware and appliance stores say air conditioner supplies are dwindling.

A heat wave across the United States is making air conditioning a high-priority home improvement project. The newspaper quotes one Massachusetts retailer saying: "I would think there won't be anything left by Thursday or Friday." 

June 29, 2011

Innovation has not escaped the attention of the following home improvement companies. July’s New Product Showcase features goods from eco-friendly cleaners to a heated jacket and everything in between. Make sure to sign up for the HCN Daily and check out homechannelnews.com for the industry’s brightest product ideas.

June 23, 2011

Towson, Md.-based Porter-Cable has introduced a heavy-duty, 1-gal., 135 Max PSI quiet trim compressor (C1010). The new one-man compressor offers contractors a lightweight, compact design and quiet operation for custom trim and/or punch-out work. 

The C1010 can be used for case, base, crown and chair rail trim molding, custom installation of furniture, shelves or built-ins; as well as for cabinet trim installation and new plumbing line pressure testing.

June 7, 2011

Milwaukee, Wis.-based A. O. Smith announced that Daniel Kempken has been named VP and controller.

In his new position, Kempken will oversee the accounting, financial planning, internal audit and risk management functions for the global manufacturer of residential and commercial water heating equipment.

April 15, 2011

Air King, the West Chester, Pa.-based exhaust fan manufacturer, introduced a dual-speed exhaust fan designed for cost-effective, energy-efficient ventilation.

The Air King model AK100D dual-speed Quiet Series exhaust fan features a low profile grill design and a spring-loaded, back draft damper prevents drafts from entering back into the room through the ducting.

February 22, 2011

Ashland City, Tenn.-based A.O. Smith is about to begin a cross-country journey called the High Efficiency Revolution Tour to promote its line of water heaters. 

The two-year long traveling show will begin this month, driving around the country in a custom-made RV dubbed the High Efficiency Mobile Marketing Vehicle. 

February 10, 2011

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with DeVilbiss Air Power Co. of Jackson, Tenn., has issued a voluntary recall of certain air compressors due to a fire hazard.

January 14, 2011

Dallas-based heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration manufacturer Lennox International announced it has completed its purchase of the Kysor/Warren business from The Manitowoc Company.

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