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April 17, 2015: IAPMO Releases 2015 Uniform Mechanical Code

Changes Made to Several Chapters

The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO®) has released the hardcopy and digital versions of its 2015 edition of the Uniform Mechanical Code (UMC®). Both the hardcopy and eBook version can be purchased and downloaded via the IAPMO web store at www.iapmo.org

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April 17, 2015: House of Representatives Passes Bill to Repeal Estate Tax

White House Has Threatened a Veto

The U.S. House of Representatives voted to permanently repeal the estate tax, also known as the death tax, passing H.R. 1105, the Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015, by a margin of 240-179. The bill, authored by Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas), would repeal the estate tax and the generation-skipping transfer (GST) tax for all future transfers.

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April 16, 2015: Software Can Now Simulate Performance of Small-Diameter Copper Tube

Customizable Software Tool Allows Designers to Simulate and Optimize the Performance of Heat Exchangers

The International Copper Association (ICA) and Optimized Thermal Systems Inc. (OTS) announced that newly developed MicroGroove™ small-diameter copper tube correlations will be implemented in CoilDesigner® software, a proprietary heat exchanger simulation and design optimization tool.

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April 16, 2015: ZigBee Alliance and Thread Group Collaborate on Smart Home Connectivity

Agreement Opens Door for ZigBee Cluster Library Application Protocol to Run on Thread Networks

The ZigBee Alliance and the Thread Group announced they are collaborating to enable the ZigBee Cluster Library to run over Thread networks. By working together, ZigBee and Thread can jointly provide an interoperable solution to help streamline product development and improve the consumer’s experience in the connected home.

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April 15, 2015: WinWholesale Acquires Security Supply

Adds 12 Locations Serving New York, Massachusetts, and Vermont

WinWholesale Inc. has announced the acquisition of Security Supply, Selkirk, New York. Security Supply is a wholesale distributor of plumbing, heating, and air conditioning products with 12 locations serving the lower Mid-Hudson Valley, north through the Adirondack region of New York, western Massachusetts, and eastern Vermont.

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April 15, 2015: Forty-One More California Jurisdictions Launch HERO Efficiency Program

Financing Helps Residents Install HVAC, Solar, and More to Save Money on Energy and Water Bills

An additional 38 cities and three counties across California have launched the Home Energy Renovation Opportunity (HERO) Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program. The program enables homeowners and commercial property owners to pay off energy- and water-efficiency improvements through their property tax bill.

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2015 ACCA Conference

Images from the 2015 ACCA Conference in Grapevine, Texas. Posted on April 8, 2015.


NEWSMakers: Leslie McDowell

Leslie McDowell, director of communications at the Building Performance Institute Inc., discusses the nonprofit organization's new homeowner centric website. Posted on April 10.

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