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Beyond the Boilerplate

January Newsletter - Curated by Boilersource

Welcome Ethan Bauer!

We are pleased to announce that Ethan Bauer has joined Boilersource in Engineered Sales. Ethan’s experience in project and contractor management, coupled with his technical expertise, will serve our customers well.

News You Can Use

News You Can Use


IBC Boilers and Water Heaters –  NEXT-GENERATION THINKING
for hydronic
and domestic water heating


Boilersource is now a distributor for IBC Boilers and Water Heaters.  IBC is a member of the Rheem family along with Raypak.


IBC is focused on innovative products with intent, engineering solutions with lifetime sustainability in mind, from material selection to smart features to responsible recycling. And, our products are designed to meet our customers’ needs, giving them greater control over their energy and water consumption, lowering their environmental impact. We are transforming the industry by introducing ground-breaking, intelligent air and water solutions to homes and businesses around the globe.






Oilon ChillHeat heat pumps


Boilersource is proud to announce that in addition to Oilon burners,

we now also represent Oilon ChillHeat heat pumps.


Industrial heat pumps – Boosting the energy transition

To combat climate change, we need new ways of producing energy. Oilon’s energy-​efficient industrial heat pumps are a tangible solution for reducing emissions. Besides traditional HFC refrigerants, we offer HFO refrigerants with an extremely low or near-​zero global warming potential (GWP). Our heat pumps are a flexible solution that can be used for different heating and cooling applications in industrial operations and large properties as well as for district heating and cooling.


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Searching for an Energy Efficient Solution?

Boilersource has a wide selection of vendors that offer extremely efficient systems. No matter how big or small your operation may be, we can help find the best solution.

Combined heating and cooling
– tapping into industrial waste streams

Modern heat pumps allow companies to use waste heat sources which would be otherwise difficult or impossible to use. For example, low-​temperature waste heat from industrial processes can be used as a source of energy for district heating.  

The best coefficient of performance (COP) can be achieved with combined heating and cooling (CHC). In CHC solutions, a heat pump cools down one part of a process and uses the extracted energy to heat up another part of the process, reducing the need for traditional forms of heating. This arrangement can be used to create a fully carbon-​neutral heating and cooling solution.

National Interest:

New Energy Standards for Federal Buildings Will Spur Renovations, Says White House

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Federal buildings are a major source of the U.S. Government’s direct greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Image: Vladyslav Horoshevych/

Following are key sections of a fact sheet issued by the White House in conjunction with an announcement of new energy standards for current and new federal buildings.

In the United States, residential and commercial buildings represent 35 percent of carbon dioxide emissions. Commercial and government buildings cost $190 billion to power each year. With eighty percent of all existing U.S. buildings expected to remain in service in 2050, electrifying existing buildings is essential to achieving President Biden’s climate goals.

Council on Environmental Quality Announces First-Ever Building Performance Standard for Existing Federal Buildings


The Council on Environmental Quality’s (CEQ) Federal Building Performance Standard requires agencies to cut energy use and electrify equipment and appliances to achieve zero scope 1 emissions in 30 percent of their buildings by square footage by 2030. To reach that mark, agencies will be buying American-made products such as heat pumps, electric water heaters, and other energy efficiency and building system technologies supported by the Inflation Reduction Act.

Federal buildings are a major source of the U.S. Government’s direct greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Energy used in Federal buildings for space heating, water heating, cooking, and other needs account for over 25 percent of Federal emissions. In addition to lowering costs, efficient electrification of building equipment and appliances reduces air pollution — [thus] improving health in workplaces and communities.

Upgrading the Federal building portfolio to meet the new standard will reduce reliance on imported fossil fuels from volatile parts of the world and cut millions of tons of GHG emissions. Funding provided through the President’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, agency operating budgets, and the Climate Smart Buildings Initiative will aid implementation. To further reduce costs and maximize efficiencies, agencies will apply electrification strategies in conjunction with deep energy retrofits, energy use and water use reductions, and other facility improvements.

New Energy Standards for Federal Buildings Will Spur Renovations, Says White House

Today DOE released a Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking public comment on a forthcoming rule, Clean Energy for New Federal Buildings and Major Renovations of Federal Buildings, to support building decarbonization. The rule would set emissions reduction targets and require equipment and appliance electrification in new Federal buildings as well as Federal buildings undertaking major renovations. The rule is projected to save $8 million per year in building costs. The Federal Building Performance Standard and the rule work together to ensure a comprehensive approach to Federal building decarbonization while reinforcing the urgency to reduce GHG emissions and creating new markets and well-paying jobs.

Agencies Are Taking Action Now to Cut Building Energy Use and Emissions

In response to the President’s early executive orders and Federal sustainability goals, Federal agencies are advancing net-zero goals across new building construction, major modernizations, and existing building retrofits—electrifying systems, saving energy, and lowering emissions. Highlights include:

Last month the General Services Administration (GSA) announced that it will not use Inflation Reduction Act funding to install fossil fuel-based equipment, a commitment that reaffirms the Federal Government’s commitment to building electrification.

In 2023, GSA will open the Des Moines U.S. Courthouse, a new all-electric, energy-efficient Federal courthouse for the Southern District of Iowa that features a highly reflective cool roof, insulated windows, and LED lighting. Next year GSA also will complete the modernization of the Denver Federal Center Building 48, an existing vacant warehouse that will be converted into an efficient, all-electric 150,000-square foot office space for the Department of the Interior. Modernizing this existing building will minimize embodied carbon emissions, and it will be designed and operated to achieve net zero carbon emissions.

Earlier this year DOE announced a $38 million Net Zero Labs (NZL) Pilot Initiative to decarbonize four national laboratories and lay the foundation to address hard-to-decarbonize industries. The Initiative will demonstrate solutions that can be replicated at facilities across DOE, state and local governments, and the Federal Government. Project examples from this initiative that will meet the new Federal Building Performance Standard include:

By 2023, DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will eliminate the use of gas at its Flatirons Campus by converting four existing facilities to electric heating. Further, NREL aims to eliminate the use of gas for heating and switch to a carbon-free district heating and cooling system at its South Table Campus by 2027.

In 2021, DOE’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) began a replacement project to upgrade a gas-fired boiler and steam system at Battelle Inhalation Lab with two efficient electric boilers. Additionally, in 2023, PNNL will replace aging gas-fired steam systems that support four buildings with new high efficiency electric systems. These conversions will improve facility reliability and increase energy efficiency, yielding significant cost savings and reducing GHG emissions.

Upcoming Webinar

Upcoming Events & Webinars

Make the Case for Large-Scale Energy Reduction Projects with ISO 50001

January 24, 2023

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Make the Case for Large-Scale Energy Reduction Projects with ISO 50001


Better Buildings partners discuss how pursuing ISO certification helped to develop an organization-wide approach to energy data collection and efficiency improvements across multiple facilities.


Jan 24, 2023 11:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

AHR Expo in Atlanta February 6-8

Are you going to the AHR Expo in Atlanta this February?


We’ll be there! If you are going and would like to meet, please contact Tony Ranallo at or Dave Bogot at


Entertainment & Amusements




Q: At Chinese New Year celebrations:
I breathe fire, dance and run amuck
With a few men to guide my steps
My presence brings good fortune and luck
What am I?

A: Dragon

Q: What is a cow’s favorite holiday?

A: Moo Years Day!!


Q: What do you tell someone you didn’t see on New Year’s Eve? 

A: “I haven’t seen you for a year!”


Q: Did you hear about the New Year’s Eve kidnapping?

A: Don’t worry, she woke up.


Q: What happened to the man who pondered all the reasons to give up drinking in the New Year?

A: He gave up thinking, as his resolution.

Q: Why did the police go to the daycare center on New Year’s Eve?

A: It was naptime and someone was resisting a rest.

Monthly Recipe

Monthly Recipes

With many of us more mindful of our diets after the holiday season, here is an easy-dinner recipe that is healthy and easy!

Honey Mustard Salmon with Mango Quinoa


  • 1 (8 ounce) fresh or frozen skinless salmon fillet

  • 2 teaspoons honey

  • 2 teaspoons spicy brown mustard

  • 1 large clove garlic, minced

  • ⅔ cup cooked quinoa, room temperature

  • ½ cup chopped fresh or frozen mango, thawed if frozen

  • 1 to 2 tablespoons seeded and finely chopped fresh jalapeño chile pepper (see Tip) 

  • 1 tablespoon sliced almonds, toasted (see Tip)

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil 

  • ⅛ teaspoon salt

  • Pinch ground black pepper

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro


Step 1

Thaw salmon, if frozen. Rinse fish and pat dry with paper towels. In a small bowl, stir together honey, mustard and garlic. Brush both sides of salmon with honey mixture. For a gas or charcoal grill, place salmon on grill rack directly over medium heat. Cover and grill for 4 to 6 minutes per 1/2-inch thickness of fish until salmon begins to flake when tested with a fork, turning once.

Step 2

Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, stir together quinoa, mango, jalapeño pepper, almonds, olive oil, salt and black pepper. Top with fresh cilantro. Serve salmon with quinoa.

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Because chile peppers contain volatile oils that can burn your skin and eyes, avoid direct contact with them as much as possible. When working with chile peppers, wear plastic or rubber gloves. If your bare hands do touch the peppers, wash your hands and nails well with soap and warm water.

To toast nuts, spread in a shallow baking pan lined with parchment paper. Bake in a 350 degrees F oven for 5 to 10 minutes or until golden, shaking pan once or twice.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 

3 1/2 ounces cooked salmon and 2/3 cup quinoa mixture


Per Serving:

326 calories; protein 26.4g; carbohydrates 26.6g; dietary fiber 3g; sugars 12.3g; fat 12.2g; saturated fat 1.7g; cholesterol 62mg; vitamin a iu 616.5IU; vitamin c 22.2mg; folate 75.7mcg; calcium 41.1mg; iron 2.1mg; magnesium 85.9mg; potassium 780.5mg; sodium 281.2mg.

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