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April -18, -2006

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  You Don't Have To Wait On Hot Water

At April's meeting Bernadette Reidy with Snider Inc., manufacturers representatives,
announced the addition of
Grundfos Pumps to Snider's product line. Ms. Reidy introduced
Barry Nauss, District Sales Manage, with Grundfos. Together they showcased Grundfos' hot
water recirculaiton and constant pressure pump systems.
Comfort System Retrofit Includes Pump & By-Pass
... ... No hot water return piping needed.
... ... Pump is located at the water heater.
... ... By-pass is located at the most distant hot water supplied fixture.

UP 10-16 All In One For New Homes
... ... Hot water return piping required.
... ... Built in timer, line cord, and aquastat.
... ... No other components required.
... ... Can save up to 16,000 gallons of water.

EZ Boost™ Constant Pressure System Some Applications Include
... ... Low water pressure.
... ... Irrigation systems.
... ... Constant or higher water pressure requirements.

If you have any questions give Ms. Reidy a call at (704) 588-0915.

  Thanks Phil!

Philip Edwards, Chief Plumbing/Mechanical Inspector for Mecklenburg County, took the
podium at Tuesday's meeting to share information and insights concerning his department.
Some items of enlightenment were:
Code book print problems, higher cost ($55), who knows when they'll be ready
The lobby of the Hal Marshall Center is a wi-fi hot spot.
Check your air admittance device! Is it for single or group fixture venting?
Last Wednesday of the month Code Consistency meeting in Phil's office.
Phil's Q&A via e-mail.
NCDOI and Mecklenburg County code interpretations.

For more info on the above and a wealth of other knowledge, visit Phil's site. 

  CPHCCA Welcomes Kirk Alter, Special Meeting May 23rd!

Kirk Alter, Associate Professor at Purdue University, will be our special guest speaker
in May. His topic will be Pre-Construction Planning: Increasing Productivity and Profitability.

This FREE event is open to state licensed PHCC contractors and their project managers.

Mr. Alter's appearance is a direct benefit of our new affiliation with our state and national
associations. This new federation will afford our membership local access to the best minds
in our industry.

Due to space limitations you must register before May 16th. You can register via e-mail,
call PHCCNC at (919) 532-0522, or download the
form and fax it to (919) 532-0523.

Don't miss this opportunity to learn meaningful strategies for professional growth.

  PHCCNC '06 Expo / NC-SkillsUSA Competition

Stay tuned here for the latest news from the PHCCNC '06 Expo and Convention, plus,
the announcement of this year's
NC-SkillsUSA Plumbing & HVAC Division winners!

  State Board of Examiners of Plumbing, Heating & Fire Sprinkler Contractors

The SBoE held a Public Hearing, April 11, 2006, to solicate comments in response to a
"Petition for Rulemaking" that proposes the creation of a Limited Residential Water
Heater Contractor License. We will follow up on this.

  PHCCNC CE Classes At Our Meetings

Carla Gilbert, PHCCNC's CE Manager, has completed the schedule for CE classes to be conducted
at three of our meetings this fall. The three two hour classes will be held on the following dates.
Tuesday, August 8th
Tuesday, September 12th
Tuesday, October 10th

Preregistration will be required so that proper documentation can be prepared for each
two hour session. All three CE classes must be attended. We'll be meeting a half hour
earlier at six, dinner will begin immediately, and the class will be started promptly at seven.

If you would rather attend a single day event which includes all six hours of CE, PHCCNC
is currently planning a session in Charlotte on the 3rd or 4th Saturday in September.

More good news from the PHCCNC CE program. Lower prices! PHCCNC members currently
receive 12 hours of CE at no cost. To answer the need of some members who have three or
more licensees,
PHCCNC now offers six hours of CE at the amazing low cost of only $50.00
per person. On top of that
PHCCNC extends this offer to nonmembers alike! Now, nonmembers
can take advantage of the most comprehensive and convenient CE available for only $50.00
per person, per six hour session.

  New Year, New Opportunities, New Challenges

The new year has come in and brought with it new opportunities and challenges.

Some of the opportunities we'll enjoy this year stem from our new affiliation with the
PHCCNC. They include better access to PHCC-NA, an improved members only section of
the state web site, and CE Classes made more convenient for our membership.

Of course the challenges are there too. President Gilbert List resigned his office effective
December 31, 2005, Secretary Chad McCarter relocated to Baltimore, and our membership
and meeting attendance continues to decline.

In order to take full advantage of the opportunities and meet the challenges of the coming year
we need strong leadership. Don't miss this opportunity to serve our industry! Step up to the
challenge and volunteer to fill one of these positions!

  Join Group! We're Switching Group E-mail Host

In the continuing effort to better serve our cause we're switching our group e-mail host.
We have terminated our yahoo groups account. Our new group e-mail host will be the
.mac site
at
www.apple.com. We sent out invitations but thus far only one member has responded. When
you receive the invitation just click on the big orange "Join group" button in the body of the
e-mail. The new service will be easier to manage and has a much cleaner look because there's
no third party advertising.

  Take the Blue Panet Tour

The Blue Planet Water Environmental Center is a hands-on educational experience which
explains the water cycle in its entirety. Located in the Lee S. Dukes (North Mecklenburg)
Water Treatment Plant in Huntersville, N.C. this special exhibit was opened to the public
in December 2003.

Tours are available by appointment. If you have questions or would like to schedule a tour,
e-mail or call (704) 621-0854.

  New Inspections Pass Rate Incentives Program In Mecklenburg County

In response to a continued high rate of inspection failures, among certain contractors, the
Code Compliance Task Force (CCTF) reconvened to study the problem.

The results of the CCTF's work is a three part plan to provide incentives to contractors with
an inspection failure rate of 40% and higher. If a contractor's failure rate exceeds the 40%
level it will mean greater inspection response time, a pre-inspection performed by a qualified
party and/or continuing education to meet department requirements. These measures will add
significant time and cost to a project.

The plan was presented to the Building Development Commission (BDC) and approved for adoption.

You can download a copy of the CCTF's report here. Just look for the link in the right column.

For more information please contact Geraldine Walton at waltogb@co.mecklenburg.nc.us.

  2006 North Carolina Code Amendments.

The 2006 amendments to the 2003 code are available for download here. The new code was
adopted September 13, 2005. The proposed effective date will be July 1, 2006. The Residential
Code is still incomplete at this writing. We will keep you posted.

 

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