PPFA-Press Releasesindex.aspxRecent Press ReleasesSun, 17 Dec 2017 03:51:29 GMTLasco Fittings is the First Fittings Producer to be Certified to PPFA’s SM-CAP http://www.ppfahome.org/members/currentnews.aspx<p> The Plastic Pipe and Fittings Association (PPFA) is pleased to announce that Lasco Fittings is the second company in North America and first fittings producer to be certified to PPFA&rsquo;s &ldquo;Sustainable Manufacturing Conformity Assessment Program for Plastic Piping Components&rdquo; (SM-CAP). &nbsp;The program certifies reductions in a manufacturer&#39;s year-over- year environmental footprint by careful analysis and measurement of resource use.</p> <p> Jack McDonald, President and CEO of Lasco Fittings, said:&nbsp; &ldquo;Lasco is very happy to have the first plastic fittings facility certified under PPFA&rsquo;s SM-CAP program. The program pushes us to create efficiencies in our manufacturing processes and improve the environmental footprint of our facilities.&rdquo;</p> <p> &nbsp;Certification to SM-CAP means that a facility meets the requirements set forth in PPFA&rsquo;s &ldquo;Sustainable Manufacturing Standard (SMS-01-2012)&rdquo;.&nbsp; The standard establishes requirements for measuring both the existing environmental performance and the continuous improvement thereof by manufacturers of plastic piping system components. SMS 01-2012 applies to those who manufacture plastic piping system components and to the resources used in their manufacture.</p> <p> SM-CAP creates year-to-year reductions in water use, energy use, packaging materials waste, material conversion efficiency, and product material waste.&nbsp; In addition criteria are set to promote plant safety, safe product use, continual participation in industry Life Cycle Analysis, maintaining certification for American National Standards governing product quality and safety, and generally lowering the company&rsquo;s environmental footprint.</p> <p> Richard Church, PPFA&rsquo;s Executive Director stated, &ldquo;While the plastic pipe and fittings manufacturing process is very clean by any comparison to other manufacturing processes, our members felt PPFA needed to create a program that challenged the industry to continue to improve the process to leave less and less of an environmental footprint.&nbsp; Our certification program lays the foundation for this to happen.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p> For more information on the PPFA Sustainable Manufacturing Conformity Assessment Program for Plastic Piping Components&rdquo; program please visit:&nbsp; <a href="http://www.ppfahome.org/smcabout.aspx">http://www.ppfahome.org/smcabout.aspx</a>.</p> <p> For more information on Lasco Fittings, visit:&nbsp; http:// <a href="http://www.lascofittings.com/">www.lascofittings.com</a></p> <p> The Plastic Pipe and Fittings Association (PPFA) represents the leading manufacturers of plastic piping, fittings and solvent cements for plumbing and related applications, and leading suppliers of raw materials, ingredients or machinery for the manufacturing process. &nbsp;To learn more about PPFA, visit the website at <a href="http://www.ppfahome.org/">www.ppfahome.org</a>.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMTU.S. Green Building Council and the American Chemistry Council to Work Together to Advance LEEDhttp://www.americanchemistry.com/Media/PressReleasesTranscripts/ACC-news-releases/US-Green-Building-Council-and-the-American-Chemistry-Council-to-Work-Together-to-Advance-LEED.htmlThe new initiative is designed to ensure the use of sustainable and environmentally protective products in buildings by applying technical and science-based approaches to the LEED green building program.Wed, 27 Aug 2014 11:30:00 GMTSilver-Line Plastics First to be Certified to PPFA’s SM-CAPhttps://www.ppfahome.org/members/currentnews.aspx<p> The Plastic Pipe and Fittings Association (PPFA) is pleased to announce that Silver-Line Plastics is the first North American plastic pipe producer to be certified to PPFA&rsquo;s &ldquo;Sustainable Manufacturing Conformity Assessment Program for Plastic Piping Components&rdquo; (SM-CAP). &nbsp;The program certifies reductions in a manufacturer&#39;s year-over- year environmental footprint by careful analysis and measurement of resource use.</p> <p> Ricky Silver, President and CEO of Silver-Line Plastics, said:&nbsp; &ldquo;We are pleased PPFA has established a program that pushes industry facilities to improve their environmental footprint and create efficiencies in our manufacturing processes.&nbsp; Silver-Line Plastics is also thrilled to be the first company to have a facility certified under this program and expects to have all of its plants certified by year&rsquo;s end.&nbsp; It was a thorough task that required us to examine many of our own processes, but it lead us to make good changes and we certainly believe it was well worth it.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;Certification to SM-CAP means that a facility meets the requirements set forth in PPFA&rsquo;s &ldquo;Sustainable Manufacturing Standard (SMS-01-2012)&rdquo;.&nbsp; The standard establishes requirements for measuring both the existing environmental performance and the continuous improvement thereof by manufacturers of plastic piping system components. SMS 01-2012 applies to those who manufacture plastic piping system components and to the resources used in their manufacture.</p> <p> SM-CAP creates year-to-year reductions in water use, energy use, packaging materials waste, material conversion efficiency, and product material waste.&nbsp; In addition criteria are set to promote plant safety, safe product use, continual participation in industry Life Cycle Analysis, maintaining certification for American National Standards governing product quality and safety, and generally lowering the company&rsquo;s environmental footprint.</p> <p> Richard Church, PPFA&rsquo;s Executive Director stated, &ldquo;While the plastic pipe and fittings manufacturing process is very clean by any comparison to other manufacturing processes, our members felt PPFA needed to create a program that challenged the industry to continue to improve the process to leave less and less of an environmental footprint.&nbsp; Our certification program lays the foundation for this to happen.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p> For more information on the PPFA Sustainable Manufacturing Conformity Assessment Program for Plastic Piping Components&rdquo; program please visit:&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ppfahome.org/smcabout.aspx">http://www.ppfahome.org/smcabout.aspx</a>.</p> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 00:00:00 GMTBuilding and Construction Industry Leaders Announce Formation of the American High-Performance Buildings Coalitionhttp://www.betterbuildingstandards.com/126/<p> Washington, DC (July 18, 2012) &ndash; Today, more than 27 leading associations representing a wide range of interests in the building and construction industry announced the formation of the American High-Performance Buildings Coalition (AHPBC) (<a href="http://www.betterbuildingstandards.com/">www.betterbuildingstandards.com</a>). These organizations have come together to promote and support the development of sustainable building standards, which are based on consensus and scientific performance data.</p> <p> &ldquo;As energy efficiency and building performance become increasingly important priorities for the public and private sectors, green building standards and rating systems should be based on the best available data, gathered from a range of stakeholder with relevant expertise.&nbsp; This coalition brings together industry leaders with an incredible range relevant expertise in manufacturing, material science and building performance, who will work to bring needed perspectives to this important work. The coalition will advocate for performance- and consensus-based standards for green building, which are the best way to achieve exceptional energy-efficiency,&rdquo; said Steve Russell, vice president of plastics for the American Chemistry Council (ACC).</p> <p> The coalition will provide critical experience and expertise to the development of green building standards, and will support performance-based building codes, standards and rating systems developed in conformance with the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), the established voice of the U.S. standards and conformity assessment system. ANSI-accredited systems recognize transparency, balance of interests represented and consensus decision-making.</p> <p> The coalition announcement comes as the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) is in the process of reviewing the use of green building standards by the federal government and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) revises its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating system.</p> <p> The AHPBC supports certification systems based on sound data, scientific methodology and developed using a consensus process. The coalition will advocate that position with GSA, other federal agencies and in other venues where green building certifications are under consideration.</p> <p> Stephen Eule, vice president for climate &amp; technology at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce&rsquo;s Institute for 21st Century Energy said, &ldquo;The business community is actively engaging to develop and support green building standards through transparent and consensus-based processes. We believe this is the best way to create high-performing buildings that are energy efficient and practical to implement. The U.S. Chamber is pleased to be part of this important coalition to advocate for sustainable building using science, performance and consensus-based standards.&rdquo;</p> <p> Chip Yost, National Association of Manufacturers assistant vice president of energy and resources policy said, &ldquo;Manufacturers have led the way in innovating technologies and solutions to improve energy efficiency and keep energy affordable. With buildings using approximately 40 percent of the energy in the United States, green standards play an important role in the manufacturing of energy-efficient products. It is important that organizations setting the standards use a consensus-based and transparent process, grounded in good science.&rdquo;</p> <p> &nbsp;&ldquo;Vinyl products have a proven role in making homes and buildings energy efficient and conserving resources. In order for the green building movement to evolve, it is critical for standards and rating systems to encourage the use of products with the strongest life-cycle profiles, since these products will contribute most to building performance,&rdquo; said Richard Doyle, president &amp; CEO of the Vinyl Institute.</p> <p> &ldquo;The manufacturers and wholesale-distributors that comprise the American Supply Association (ASA) are committed to delivering essential building materials that reduce water consumption, will efficiently heat and cool our homes and workspaces and will make energy and water conservation a reality.&nbsp;ASA looks forward to partnering with those in the building materials industry to continue bringing sustainable solutions to the marketplace,&rdquo; said Dan Hilton, American Supply Association. &nbsp;</p> <p> &ldquo;The formation of this coalition is yet another positive step on the road to making green construction not an exception but rather standard operating procedure for the construction, design and building maintenance communities in this country. As building product manufacturers, we understand our responsibility to work with the design community to achieve truly energy efficient high performing, 21st century buildings,&rdquo; said Jared O. Blum, president of PIMA.</p> <p> &ldquo;Today&#39;s highest performing building materials combine long-term durability with energy efficient properties and numerous other environmental benefits. Green building certification systems and standards should promote the use of these important materials, rather than penalize their selection,&rdquo; said Craig Silvertooth, president of the Center for Environmental Innovation in Roofing.</p> <p> The members of the coalition include the American Architectural Manufacturers Association, the American Chemistry Council, the Adhesive and Sealant Council, the American Coatings Association, American Fuel &amp; Petrochemical Manufacturers, the American Supply Association, the Center for Environmental Innovation in Roofing, the Chemical Fabrics and Film Association, the EPDM Roofing Association, the Expanded Polystyrene Industry Alliance, the Extruded Polystyrene Foam Association, the Flexible Vinyl Alliance, the Industrial Minerals Association, the National Association of Manufacturers, the National Hispanic Landscape Alliance, the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association, the Plastic Pipe &amp; Fittings Association, the Polyisocyanurate Manufactures Association, the Resilient Floor Covering Institute, the Society of Plastic Industry, the Society of Chemical Manufacturers &amp; Affiliates, the Southern Forest Products Association, the Treated Wood Council, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Vinyl Institute, the Vinyl Siding Institute, and the Windows &amp; Door Manufacturers Association.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p align="center"> ###</p> Thu, 19 Jul 2012 00:00:00 GMTBuilder Confidence Rises Five Points in Mayhttp://nahb.com/news_details.aspx?sectionID=134&newsID=15296<p> Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes gained five points in May from a downwardly revised reading in the previous month to reach a level of 29 on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI), released today. This is the index&rsquo;s strongest reading since May of 2007.</p> <p> <a href="http://nahb.com/news_details.aspx?sectionID=134&amp;newsID=15296">Click here</a> to read the full article.</p> Thu, 17 May 2012 00:00:00 GMTHole in Melted Plastic Water Pipe Helps Extinguish Petaluma Garage Firehttp://www.ktvu.com/news/news/hole-melted-water-pipe-helps-extinguish-petaluma-g/nMLSn/<p> A hole in a water pipe helped extinguish a garage fire in Petaluma, California early Friday morning&hellip;.The hole in the melted plastic water pipe acted as a sprinkler over the fire area in the garage&hellip;.</p> <p> <a href="http://www.ktvu.com/news/news/hole-melted-water-pipe-helps-extinguish-petaluma-g/nMLSn/">Click here</a> to read the entire story.</p> Mon, 09 Apr 2012 00:00:00 GMTNew Jersey residential fire sprinkler bill is up for considerationhttp://contractormag.com/piping/new-jersey-fire-sprinkler-bill-1234TRENTON, N.J. — Fire sprinkler systems could soon be required in all new homes built in New Jersey.Wed, 21 Dec 2011 17:12:00 GMTBall State University’s geothermal system will be largest in U.S.http://contractormag.com/news/Ball-State-geothermal-1234Ball State University will soon be home to the largest geothermal system in the U.S<p> <a href="http://imageads.googleadservices.com/pagead/imgclick/5606?pos=0"> <img width="468" height="60" border="0" src="http://imageads.googleadservices.com/pagead/ads?format=468x60_abgnc_img&client=ca-primedia-pbmm-feeds_png&output=png&url=http%3A%2F%2Fcontractormag.com%2Fnews%2FBall-State-geothermal-1234&num_ads=1&cuid=5606&color_text=666666&color_bg=ffffff&color_border=dddddd"/> </a> </p>Mon, 05 Dec 2011 19:07:00 GMTIAPMO Standards Council Releases 2012 UPC, UMChttp://contractormag.com/news/iapmo_standards_council_releases_2012_upc_umcThe International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) Standards Council has issued the 2012 editions of the Uniform Plumbing Code (UPC) and Uniform Mechanical Code (UMC).Mon, 05 Dec 2011 16:42:00 GMT