The Residential Vent Newsletter
Issue #6 Feb, 2020

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        New Year, New Innovations!
2020 marks my 22nd year with DuraVent.  I must admit, there has never been a dull moment. However, my 22-year history pales in comparison to that of our Customer Relations Manager, Marie Schweitzer, who has been with us for 48 years! If you have worked with DuraVent for any period of time, you undoubtedly have spoken with Marie as she has assisted generations of customers. I know of two customers, in particular, whose companies are now being run by the grandsons of the original owners. The one constant was that Marie was there to help. Congratulations to Marie for her devoted service. I know this for sure, Marie LOVES her customers.

The new year brings new products and new regulations. In this edition of The Vent, you will see articles on new HVAC regulations in Massachusetts and the expansion of specifications for our current product, the DuraVent Concentric Vent System (CVS®).

In major industry news, the Massachusetts Plumbing Board, has implemented a ban on the use of PVC piping. The ban was passed last month and is currently waiting for the Governor’s signature. The expectation is that the ban will be enforced later this fall and will only allow Poly Propylene, CPVC and Stainless Steel for category IV condensing appliances. We anticipate that other local and state authorities will follow suit.  

This month’s newsletter also discusses the expanded specification for fireplaces of our 3"x 5" CVS. This product allows installers to install fireplaces in locations that are more aesthetically pleasing than just along an outside wall. CVS allows flue gases to be vented in longer, horizontal runs and even in a downward direction.

We have an update on a new product, DirectVent® Flex. We have spent the last year working with our OEMs in order to develop a product that installers need. Based on this feedback, we decided an investment in new flex equipment was the best solution. The equipment has been ordered and is being custom-made in Germany. We expect to see product on the shelf in September and are excited to introduce this product addition to our Direct Vent offering. More updates to come!

Remember if you are in New Orleans on March 12, 13, and 14 come by and see us at the HPB Expo, booth 719!

Sincerely yours,

Todd Lampey
Vice President – Distribution Sales

Photo courtesy of Sherwood Industries – shows DuraVent’s CVS venting undergoing tests with an all new, three-sided fireplace design; one of three models being launched within Sherwood ’s Urbana Luxury Gas Fireplace brand.
A New Solution With Concentric Venting
DuraVent has ignited new hope among those who want to see fewer limitations on fireplace applications. Our newest solution combines the installation flexibility of power venting with the ability to reduce required vent space. We have designed a special adapter that makes it possible to use compact, 3 x 5 co-axial pipe to vent most gas fireplaces as long as it is approved by the fireplace manufacturer. Some leading fireplace manufacturers are already using custom adapters in combination with DuraVent’s Concentric Venting System (CVS). Additionally, new adapters are being developed by DuraVent, which is exciting news for anyone who understands the value and desirability that fireplaces lend to a wide variety of residential and commercial properties, including single-family homes, multi-unit dwellings, hotels, venues, and even restaurants. Our brand new whitepaper describing how this innovative new vent system can enhance installation flexibility and the aesthetics of gas fireplaces can be read in full by clickingng the link blew!

Industry News: PVC Ban in Massachusetts
Earlier this month the state of Massachusetts became the first state to ban the use of PVC piping in commercial and residential buildings. Since the 1950s, the construction industry has turned to PVC piping for a wide range of applications, most notably for plumbing drainage and waste piping. Despite the construction industry’s ready acceptance of the product, debate about the safety and environmental impact of the material continues. Those opposed to the use of PVC for virtually any application cite numerous health and environmental risks. Most notable among these are the toxic chlorinated organic compounds (especially dioxins, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and hexachlorobenzene) that are released in the manufacturing of PVC and the burning of wastes that contain PVC. These are known to be extremely hazardous and long-lived pollutants. The ban was just passed this January. Legislation has gone to the Governor for signing and we expect it to be enforced later this fall. This ban will only allow Polypropylene, CPVC and Stainless Steel for category IV condensing appliances. Click below to read more on why DuraVent's PolyPro® is the safest and smartest choice!

New DuraVent Video Series!
Our next set of product videos have arrived on the DuraVent YouTube channel! In this installment, we are taking you through our many chimney support box options as well as the best ways to properly install! In this second series, our Southwest Regional Sales Manager, Dale Menges will explain the advantages of our support box products, as well as the most efficient ways to install them in your home. In even more exciting news, DuraVent has debuted its, first ever, Corporate Overview Video which we launched at this year's AHR Expo in Orlando, FL! Watch as our Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Scott Schindlbeck takes you around the most iconic Detroit landmarks and explains who we are and what we do in the HVAC industry! Click below to see these all these new videos on the DuraVent YouTube channel.

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