Hydronics

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  • Rachel’s profile about Spokane-based Gold Seal Mechanical ran in Reeves Journal as a cover story - promoting Bradford White, Taco and Watts technology.
  • John’s part 1 of a 4-part series about the challenges we face in the industry.  Acquiring and retaining young trade pros is an enormous challenge.
  • Part one of a two-part jobsite feature, developed by Common Ground for a Walter Hackett byline, looking at a residential/commercial-scale mechanical systems installation.
  • John’s article in the December ’16 issue of HPAC Engineering is one of the years’ most definitive descriptions of how and why hydronics continues to succeed.
  • Here’s how one heating company tackles the challenges of winter in Juneau, such as isolation, harsh weather, long heating seasons and power outages.  Clue: product reliability is key.
  • Survival of the fittest.  Steady evolution of commercial and hydronic systems is tied not only to extreme efficiency, comfort and flexibility, but also to much-improved connectedness to other building systems.  John’s article is one of the year’s most definitive descriptions of how and why hydronics continues to succeed.
  • Our Thomas Home renovation article received a big, two-page spread for its broad coverage of complex challenges . . . and high-efficiency, water quality, comfort solutions.
  • John Barba’s cover story on variable speed circs for radiant heat applications stemmed from our conversation with the editor of Wisconsin PHC Contractor earlier in the year.
  • Here’s a Big (green) Apple story: In New York City, a super-efficient co-gen installation for Ronald McDonald House has won broad accolades.  This Federal Construction cover story tells all, including the role of Laars hydronic equipment.
  • Our multi-client cover story promotes effective, super-efficient technology on a demanding residential job site.  It entailed broad use of geothermal, hydronic, electronic and water treatment systems.
  • Dan’s article about a new cancer patient center with an HVAC system connected to a giant aquifer below it won the top spot.
  • Rachel’s York Hospital feature article about the facility’s new radiantly-heated helipad promotes Watts Radiant technology.
  • Stemming from a 2-day editorial even at Watts, this full-page article about Watts’ new training center promotes Watts training, technology and expertise.
  • April/May 2016 Southern PHC – Our Taco cover story is a full page longer than previous features in this magazine.  Focus is new management, vision and energy products and technology.
  • Rachel’s Mercury Mechanical contractor profile ran as a major feature article in the March edition of PHC News.
  • Hydronic columnist, Anthony Tosco promotes Taco training and technology.
  • Dan’s NYC Ronald McDonald house retrofit article gets about as close to defining “green” as any job we’ll likely see in the near future.  Our hats are off to Integrated HVAC Systems & Services.
  • Taco photography, independent contractor expertise and Laars photography seal the deal in this hydronics perspective.
  • Taco and Laars photography – as well as Rich McNally expertise on tap for Watts – secure their participation in this hydronics market overview.
  • John worked closely with Taco’s Jim Garrett and Rich Medairos to complete this “optimizing hydronic system performance” article, published in Mechanical Business.
  • Common Ground worked with Taco’s John Barba to lay out simple math – offering insights into the workings of variable speed circulators.
  • Dan’s big feature about a Boston church’s hydronic radiant retrofit solved a problem that generations of churchgoers had to endure.  Taco and Watts Radiant technology, and Emerson Swan expertise . . . to the rescue.
  • Rachel’s “Avanti” contractor profile looks at water and energy savings technology in the heart of PA.
  • Our “Re-greened” home story covers new geothermal integrated with existing hydronics.  Owners are delighted!
  • Our cover story profile about this contractor in Maine tells of his business success, focusing on a clever hydronics recipe.
  • Bet you didn’t know a guy led a blind man to the top of Mt. Everest.  Well, it’s true.  And his home required a troublesome hydronic retrofit, and there’s the story.
  • Dan’s 7-page SNHU hydronic energy retrofit cover story – promoting commercial Viridian pump technology – provides readers with insight into state-of-the-art pumping strategies and superb, well-documented energy savings.
  • Our contractor profile about Maine contractor Jim Godbout’s firm shares with readers the importance of giving back.
  • Dan’s article about NY-based Moe’s Plumbing, promotes the need for constant education growth in the trade and  features Taco technology.
  • Dan’s feature story about Tulsa’s Remington Tower  tells about the substantial carbon footprint reduction.It promotes Taco iWorX and commercial technology.
  • John’s article about optimizing commercial hydronic system flow offers a look at how designers are integrating state-of-the-art technology to achieve greatest efficiency.
  • Rachel developed this feature article about a Connecticut technical high school system determined to bring more youth into the trade, and provide them with state-of-the-art training.
  • John developed this “Flow II” article with industry experts to examine state-of-the-art commercial hydronic pumping.
  • This contractor profile by Rachel stemmed from our trip out west in ’13.  These guys do some amazing work. No job is complete before the Gold Seal goes on it.
  • Rachel’s contractor profile about Providence, RI-based Bill Riley won the top spot in the industry’s leading radiant heating supplement.
  • Our Red Bulls soccer field turf conditioning project won the cover story position, promoting Watts Radiant and Taco technology.  We developed key parts of this article for Kelly Faloon, Plumbing & Mechanical.
  • Common Ground worked closely with Watts to develop this lengthy Wholesaler magazine feature recognizing Watts Water Technologies’ 140th anniversary.
  • John Abularrage, president of Advanced Radiant Design in New York, completed this unique biofuel job; Watts R-Flex, Taco technology and the boiler manufacturer are recognized.
  • Dan’s “Montana wood-fired heat” cover story promotes the best in bio-fuel heating solutions for a home and business that severs its dependence on expensive fossil fuel.
  • Dan’s article about a cancer patient healthcare facility in Missoula, MT – heated and cooled by tapping a giant, underground aquifer – won the cover story spot in PME’s March ’14 issue.
  • Dan’s Webb Expo feature appeared in Wholesaler and Phc News magazines a month before the event in 2014, timed perfectly to bump-up attendance. Taco, Watts and Modine are promoted.
  • Dan’s “Orleans School” case study appeared in the April ’14 issue of Southern PHC. Taco’s self-sensing pump technology is promoted.
  • Dan’s “Home on the Range” article focuses on a very special Montana installer and a small, but exquisite mountainside hydronic project.
  • Here’s Taco expert John Barba’s “Part 2″ treatise on Delta-T residential pumping.
  • John worked with Greg Jannone, author, to craft this commercial boiler maintenance cover story. It appeared in the February ’14  issue of Fuel Oil News.
  • Dan’s article about SMC Geothermal’s huge, multifamily geo job in Colorado won a cover story spot, promoting Watts’ Triton pipe fusion technology.
  • Dan’s Orleans, Mass. school retrofit story focuses on the use of Taco SelfSensing pumps for dramatic improvements to overall system efficiency.
  • John’s Salt Lake City/City Creek Center feature looks at the mechanical systems for one of the most ambitious urban renewal projects of the decade.
  • Dec. 13 Mechanical Business – John changed a dash, or some punctuation while working with Taco’s John Barba on the “Straight Story on Pump Curves.” But that’s about it. If we can get the guy to sit still for more than 5 minutes, great things happen.
  • Commercial Building Products 12/13 – John’s article provides insights into a competition of sorts between VRF and chilled beam technologies. Each offers unique advantages for commercial buildings.
  • John’s APR Expo article and photos promoted the wholesaler’s sales even while also promoting Taco, Modine, Fujitsu, Bradford White and Watts technology and expertise.
  • Our visit with ECI resulted in a story about the firm’s dedication to commercial hydronics and an affinity for Laars technology.
  • Dan’s article about Travers Mechanical, one of the top shops in Albuquerque, points to an extraordinary team; Fujitsu + Laars are promoted.
  • October/November 2013 – Our Taco cover story reveals many new and emerging technologies at the HVAC giant.
  • March 18 ACHR New – Dan’s Penn Foundation article won substantial coverage about state-of-the-art HVAC solutions that include geo-to-chilled beam systems with modular iWorx controls.
  • We won a Taco cover story in the October/November issue of Southern PHC magazine. The article promotes Taco products, technology, training and expertise.
  • We worked closely with independent contractor Greg Jannone to develop this commercial boiler service clinic feature for the September ’13 issue of Contracting Business.
  • Leave it to a Lancaster farmer to create a shift in te agricultural and sustainable energy industries. Here are insights into how it came to be.
  • In the world of pumps, system designers and installer want pumps and circulators to operate at their best efficiency point. We worked closely with Adam Freill, editor of Mechanical Business, and Taco’s RIch Medairos, to develop this reference article that appeared in the June ’13 issue.
  • Dan’s article about Hanover, MA home’s hydronic retrofit won the cover story spot for clients Watts and Taco in the March ’13 issue of Contractor Magazine.
  • The ACHR News’ March 4 2013 edition offered great visibility for Taco with Dan’s Alaska chilled beam installation story, and also in the “Hydronic Trends” feature.
  • Common Ground developed this “all about Taco story” for Equity Plumbing Group’s quarterly newsletter, the Advocate. 
  • John wrote this article about a light commercial biofuel solution built by John Abularrage and the pros at Advanced Radiant Design.
  • Rachel’s contractor profile about iFH delves into the operation of one of Canada’s leading hydronic shops; Taco, Bradford White and Watts are recognized.
  • Rachel’s article about Santa Fe-based  Pro Tech focuses on the mostly-residential contracting firm’s dedication to the craft. Wrightsoft, Taco, Bradford White and Fujitsu are promoted, too.
  • Albuquerque -based Travers, one of the city’s leading commercial contracting firms, was the subject of Dan’s profile promoting Fujitsu and Laars technology . . . in addition to the firm’s broad expertise.
  • Dan’s “ITEC” article tells about a very interesting partnership between Taco and Bradford White in the development of Bradford White’s new training center.
  • Dan’s article about this “re-greening” hydronic home renovation in Manheim, PA won a top spot in the ACHR News‘ January 28, 2013 issue.
  • This hydronic system “Service Clinic” feature – which we developed with Dave Yates – appears in the Jan. ’13 issue of Contracting Business magazine.
  • Dan developed this commercial contractor profile about Albuquerque-based  hydronic powerhouse, ECI; Laars technology is promoted.
  • We developed this company profile for Taco; it appeared in the inaugural issue of HVAC/P 2013.
  • John’s article – “It’s All About Flow” – taps Taco expertise to examine one of the fundamental needs for effective commercial hydronics. The article won the cover story position in the winter ’12 issue of Wisconsin PHC Contractor.
  • John’s variable speed pumping technical feature appeared in the December ’12 issue of HPAC Engineering. The article looks at smart use of variable frequency drives, tapping Taco and independent engineer expertise.
  • This advertorial, about Taco products and technology now at work following a substantial retrofit at a home in Manheim, PA, appeared in the December ’12 issue of PHC News.
  • We worked with Taco’s Drew Wolf to develop this insightful pumps n’ flow educational piece for the December ’12 issue of Mechanical Business magazine.
  • Dan’t article about Vertex Mechanical‘s superb installation of green mechanical systems – promoting ClimateMaster, Taco and Bradford White technology – appeared as a cover story in the November 5’12 issue of the ACHR News.
  • Rachel’s feature story profile for Denver-based Major Geothermal won the top, cover story position in the November ’12 issue of Reeves Journal, promoting ClimateMaster, Laars + Taco.
  • John’s technical article about the ideal co-joining of “mod-con” and “non-con” boilers, which ran in the September ’12 issue of HPAC Engineering, won rave reviews by readers.
  • The August ’12 issue of Mechanical Business included our feature article about the use of zone valves, authored by Taco’s Rick Brindamour.
  • Dan’s article about a Colorado school’s mechanical makeover, involving a lot of new Taco (Viridian pump) technology won top billing in the August issue of Contractor magazine.
  • Taco, Fujitsu and Laars are all promoted in this “Enchantment” contractor profile written by Rachel.
  • Building an old school Harley Bobber and hydronics may have a lot more in common than you might expect. This time, it was Common Ground that built the product… for Taco.
  • We worked closely with John Mesenbrink and Mary Jo Martin in the development of this wholesaler/contractor profile story about APR Supply and Vincent R. Boltz, a mechanical contractor. Watts, Fujitsu, Bradford White and Taco are promoted.
  • Dan’s article about a Manheim, PA home’s mechanical makeover by mechanical pro Dave Yates appeared in the August  issue of Indoor Comfort Marketing. Taco, Watts, Burnham and Bradford White technologies are all recognized.
  • We worked closely with Taco’s Rick Brindamour during the development of this technical piece about hydraulic separation for hydronic systems. This article appeared in the June issue of Mechanical Business.
  • The Boltz/APR Supply story – revealing the close ties that can form between an installing contractor and their wholesaler – appeared in the May ’12 issue of Phc News.
  • Our White Eagle profile ran in the May issue of Phc News. It promotes the contractor’s resourcefulness and expertise, and loads of Taco technology, and Watts.
  • John’s cover story profile of John Abullarage and his firm, Advanced Radiant Design, won the top spot in the May ’12 issue of Phc News.
  • Dan closely tracked developments of a huge mechanical retrofit to the “Council Towers” hi-rise apartment complex in St. Louis. Jarrell Mechanical Contractors eviscerated the entire existing system, replacing it with a single-pipe, Taco LoadMatch-driven heating and cooling system. The article appeared in the Feb. ’12 issue of Engineered Systems.
  • Our “Baby Steps” article about the realities of solar thermal heating, was developed with author Dave Sweet, Taco inventor and product manager. It won a big placement in the April ’12 issue of Reeves Journal.
  • Developed by Rachel, this Ken Dunn profile installation feature looks at the skills and talents of a young hydronics pro brought to bear against a very interesting mechanical challenge that included integration of solar thermal heat.
  • Rachel’s profile about Huhtala Fuel Oil, and a large church renovation they did, won the cover story spot in the Feb. ’12 issue of Indoor Comfort Marketing.
  • Our vast library of professional trade photos wins again. This May ’11 cover photo was a slam dunk for Phc News‘ urgent need for a cover shot. Dozens of good candidates were offered freely; here’s the winner – and a win for Laars.
  • Our article about the Wenger’s ultra-green, light commercial biofuel heating system won the cover spot in the May ’11 issue of Fuel Oil News.
  • “Borrowing Barba” is the slogan we chose for a program, and the story behind it, loaning-out Taco’s top trainer John Barba.
  • Dan V’s North Pole, AK story looks at large-scale mechanical ingenuity, turning waste heat into home comfort for thousands who serve.
  • Dan’s article about a common man’s “heavyweight” hydronics system won the cover story spot for the February ’11 issue of Phc News.
  • Anatomy 101 for Taco technology runs in the May ’11 issue of Minnesota Contractor.
  • Our May ’11 feature in Engineered Systems offers a pathway to improved, variable-speed hydronic flow.
  • Anatomy of a … circulator? You got it. We developed this article with Taco’s John Barba for inquisitive minds; published in the Feb. ’11 issue of Canada’s Mechanical Business.
  • John’s “New Age of Hydronics” article won the cover story spot for the January ’11 issue of HPAC Engineering‘s Boiler Systems Engineering supplement which also appeared in Contractor and Contracting Business magazines.
  • Here’s our November ’10 Reeves Journal cover story about Klebs Mechanical in Anchorage – one of Alaska’s top mechanical shops.
  • We developed this snowmelt feature with author Kolyn Marshall for publication in the Dec. ’10 missue of Engineered Systems.
  • Dan Vastyan hit one outa’ th’ park with his Eric Aune cover story which inaugurated Phc News‘ big, redesign overhaul.
  • Dan Vastyan won a big cover story with his Kimbel Mechanical article, published in the August ’10 issue of Phc News.
  • Our ultimately renewable fuel story, from here in Pennsylvania’s heartland, was a big hit with Contractor magazine’s readers, Feb. ’11 issue.
  • John worked with Taco’s Greg Cunniff to develop an end-of-2010 article about
    emerging, new technology – chilled beams. It appeared in the industry’s
    newest magazine, Canadian Journal of Green Building & Design.
  • Dan’s article about Seaman’s Mech in the September ’10 issue of Contractor is one of the year’s largest articles. It’s all about geo + radiant + green technology, smartly applied.
  • Chicago’s big monthly, Chief Engineer, used John’s Spring Creek boiler retrofit article as the cover story for the October 2010 issue.
  • Chief Engineer magazine published our big Columbus Police Academy article as a cover story in their September ’10 issue.
  • Our hydronic retrofit/massive mechanical overhaul story won a cover story placement for Laars in the Feb. ’10 issue of PM.
  • Our ICON technology story, pointing to new safety technology from Bradford White, was published in the August ’10 issue of Phc News.
  • Watts now offers a preassembled, readily off-the-shelf, near boiler piping assembly that even Dan Holohan says is one smart solution!
  • The June ’10 issue of Contractor carried our new construction mini split + radiant heat “co-existence” article with Dave Yates as the resident expert.
  • John’s variable speed pumping article won a top placement in HPAC Engieering‘s September ’10 issue.
  • Integrated HVAC in NY got the nod to install many super-efficient Laars Rheos+ modulating-condensing boilers in this large, urban multi-housing unit.
  • This May ’10 Engineered Systems magazine article looks at new pump and piping enhancements for small and large commercial hydronic systems.
  • Dave Yates’ innovative approach to integrating forced air and hydronics won a top spot in Contractor‘s June ’10 issue.
  • John developed this big hydronic retrofit story for Laars and Integrated HVAC, published in the June ’10 issue of HPAC Engineering.
  • Lufthansa tapped Taco and Watts Radiant for this $30 million classic airplane restoration project in Maine. The ACHR News gave it big coverage in their March 8 ’10 issue.
  • The editors of Commercial Building Products turn to John routinely to develop “round-up” articles; this Building Power supplement cover story reviews new and emerging technology prior to the big, 2010 AHR Expo.
  • John developed the Ciardelli Fuel Oil profile for Phc News’ Dec. ’09 issue, promoting Bradford White, Watts Radiant, Taco and Fujitsu.
  • This Chief Engineer cover placement for Laars offers insight into an ultra-green commercial heating system.
  • This November 09 cover story for Contractor magazine (part 1) extols the virtues of a geo-to-radiant system for ultra-green home comfort.
  • This Southern PHC magazine cover story tells the Taco story.
  • The ACHR News ran this Common Ground story about a farm house radiant heat overhaul near here.
  • The Reeves Journal editor (for 11/09) was planning to write an article about ECM circulator efficiency, but we steered him toward a more comprehensive approach, considering Taco’s key contributions to system efficiency.
  • This story in the November issue of Phc News tells about the very first commercial installation of Laars’ NeoTherm mod-con boiler. The installer turned the job into a win for the entire multi-housing development.
  • This story promotes an extraordinary hydronic installation … by the homeowner. With a little help from new friends at the local distributor, this guy accomplished one heck of a nice job.
  • John developed this über-green, geo-to-radiant system story for the 12/09-1/10 issue of Home Power magazine.
  • We developed this technical feature for Plumbing & Hydronic Contractor News, published just as a Taco competitor rolled out a campaign for their new pump.
  • In this Oct. ’09 Mechanical Business article, hydronics experts Jeffrey Young, Mark Eatherton and Rick Brindamour pitch in to promote hydroseparation technology.
  • This Reeves Journal “industry round-up” cover story was a winner for Laars. We won it with superb cover and intro photos and information from the manufacturer.
  • Commercial Building Products ran this article about hydronic system retrofits. It combines superb photos and a mix of information about Taco, Watts Radiant and Laars technology.
  • This Laars cover story is an “industry round-up,” written by Reeves Journal Editor Jack Sweet.
  • This TecHome Builder cover story tells how Habitat for Humanity combined radiant and solar for a home that’s “as green as it gets.
  • The September ’09 issue of HPAC Engineering featured this huge building retrofit story about über-green mechanical systems.
  • John Barba and John Vastyan teamed up on this variable-speed circulation
    article
    for the June ’09 issue of Wholesaler magazine.
  • PhcNews wrote a water heater “round-up” based on interviews with experts; we saw to it that Bradford White was well represented.
  • iGreenBuild.com – one of the nation’s leading green e-zines – ran our Laars/Phoenix Convention Center story as a lead article in August.
  • Wholesaler magazine published our “Barba Tells All” article with new insights into variable speed hydronic circulation.
  • Variable speed hydronic circulation is one of the newest trends in the trade. Read all about it.
  • John developed this “succeeding in tough times” article for Contracting Business magazine’s June ’09 issue.
  • It snows in London. Ohio, that is. BNP’s June ’09 “Radiant Heat Report” carried our Watts Radiant/Laars story about how one car wash there tacked the problem.
  • When Laars reached its 60th birthday, they asked us to share the news.
  • Canada’s Mechanical Business magazine commissioned this Feb. ’09 article on “micro-zoning” by Dave Yates and John Vastyan.
  • Hydronic heat in Phoenix? This April ’09 Southern PHC magazine green-build cover story offers insights into a large boiler installation in sunny Arizona.
  • This Jan. ’09 Phc News cover story looks at an Ohio contractor’s recipe for success.
  • Reeves Journal Editor Jack Sweet developed this Aug. ’08 cover story article with notes and photos from our trip to Wyoming in ’07.
  • Economy got you down? Here’s a look at several pros who refuse to participate.
  • We developed this Jan. ’09, PhcNews corporate profile/smart pumps story for Grundfos.
  • HPAC Engineering asked John to develop this building retrofit story for their April ’08 issue.
  • Alaska contractor Kurt Wilkin develops a hydronics/radiant package for the common man.
  • John developed this “smart pumps” article for the October issue of Plumbing Engineer.
  • Mitsubishi Motors can squeeze more miles per gallons than most. So they know a thing or two about efficiency when selecting key mechanical components at their plants.
  • The editors of both Phc News and Oilheating magazines gave this oil heat retrofit story top billing in their May ’07 issues.
  • PHC News ran our ACA Denver Boiler contractor profile story, with loads of great press for Laars, in their September ’07 issue.
  • One of the leading hydronics contractors in Denver is the subject of this cover story profile in Wholesaler magazine.
  • This Phc News cover photo won the top spot for Laars, September ’07.
  • Plumbing & Mechanical Editor Steve Smith asked John for help with this May ’07 cover feature story about the PEX industry with a focus on its use by an Alaskan firm, Partusch Plumbing.
  • PM magazine ran this article about a high profile job in Columbus, OH, one that extensively used Watts Radiant and Laars technology.
  • BNP Media asked John to develop this article for the ISH-NA trade show daily
    magazine, offering insight into new hydronic technology. It promotes Laars,
    Caleffi, Grundfos and Watts Radiant.
  • This PEX cover feature story, authored by John Vastyan, ran in the June ’07 issue of Plumbing Engineer.
  • Contracting Business’s Editor-in-Chief Mike Weil and I traveled for a week in Alaska in ’06; this is one of the many (Grundfos + Caleffi) articles that resulted.
  • In ’06, CB’s top editor, Mike Weil and I spent a week in Alaska. This article — promoting Grundfos and Bradford White — ran as the Dec. ’06 cover story.
  • John developed this “Modern Hydronic Technologycover story for the April ’06 issue of PME.
  • HPAC Engineering commissioned this article about low loss headers for the June ’06 issue of Boiler Systems Engineering.
  • Hydronic hippo, and a wallaby in the boiler room? This January ’06 cover story in Plumbing & Mechanical magazine features two exceptional installations.
  • Here’s an ACHR News cover story about a challenging hydronic and radiant heat installation in Columbus, OH.
  • This multi-speed circulation application feature was developed for Plumbing Engineer’s April ’06 issue.
  • Engineered Systems magazine commissioned John to develop this lengthy “New Millennium of Hydronics” article which appeared in the Sept. ’05 issue.
  • John developed this PE-bylined article for Plumbing Engineer describing an installer’s preference for multi-speed circulators.
  • John published this Grundfos case study in Plumbing Engineer for design engineer Tim Rosen.
  • Humor at the homesite. This Seuss-inspired poem illustrates the only downside to hot water heat.
  • Finely-tuned hydronics: this brief feature was developed to illustrate state-of-the-art system circulation.
  • This 2-part contractor profile for Laars and Grundfos ran in the July and August ’05 issues of Contracting Business. It stems from a 4-day trip to Colorado that John took with Editor-in-Chief Mike Weil.
  • PHC News ran this “advantages of multi-speed circulation” article in their
    April ’05 issue.
  • PHC News called for a unique cover photo. We met the need with a photo of Hot Rod Rohr in the midst of an intriguing Grundfos-Caleffi installation.
  • We developed variations of the “multi-speed circulation” article for publication in several magazines; here’s the Oilheating Journal version.
  • John developed this cover story for Laars and Watts Radiant about an extensive renovation project for an old Central Pennsylvania home.
  • John’s article about a heating system overhaul for an Olympic pool won a major placement in the May ’05 issue of HVACR News.
  • John developed this article about a daunting domestic water overhaul at Canada’s popular resort, the 355-room, 4-star Fantasyland Hotel.
  • Mammoth Job”, Plumbing & Mechanical cover story for Laars & Watts Radiant – a superb snowmelt job with the first-ever Rheos boiler installation and professional photography helped to win placement top placement for the October ’03 issue.
  • This cover story in the ACHR News won the top spot on October 11, 2004 for Laars. It tells of extensive mechanical system upgrades at the U.S. Water Polo National Training Center in Los Alamitos, CA.
  • When Southern PHC magazine was looking for a hydronics cover story for their December ’04 issue, John met the need with this new technology/manufacturer profile for Laars Heating Systems.
  • HPAC Engineering published this “High Performance Hydronics” article in their Jan. ’05 issue, developed by John Vastyan and Bill Root for Laars Heating Systems.
  • John writes routinely for the national trade magazine, HVACR News. This article tells of an extensive boiler replacement project at Boise State University.
  • A wallaby in the mechanical room? This unique cover story in PHC News, developed by John and Dave, won great reviews by readers. Watts Radiant and Laars equipment finds a new home at the Rehabitat animal rescue facility.
  • Laars wins attention as the key energy-savings supplier at this Seattle college. Our case study ran in the Sept. ’04 issue of Plumbing & Mechanical.
  • Indirect-Fired Water Heaters”, John Vastyan and Rich McNally developed this – the definitive guide to indirect-fired water heaters – as a resource for Journal of Light Construction readers.
  • Contracting Business called with a rushed need for a hydronics Service Clinic column. John worked with John Warner at Laars to develop this in short order.
  • High Performance Hydronicscover story for Plumbing & Mechanical presents a compelling story about a top drawer contracting firm’s commercial project using new technology by Laars Heating Systems.
  • This “Large Radiant Systems – a boiler’s worst nightmare” article appeared in the Jan. ’04 issue of HPAC Engineering as a lead feature for the Boiler Systems Engineering supplement. John developed the article with author/design engineer Keith Whitworth.
  • Economic Outlook”, Article written for an insert in Contracting Business on the Hydronics Market, Contracting Business.