New Training and Propane Products to be Showcased at 2013 International Builders' Show

Three Generac LP3250 portable generators to be given away

WASHINGTON (Jan. 16, 2013) – The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) will offer training sessions and showcase new propane-fueled products at this year's International Builders' Show (IBS) located at the Las Vegas Convention Center from Jan. 22-24. In addition, attendees can enter to win one of three Generac LP3250 portable generators at PERC's booth, C2614, throughout the show.

Training Tools for Builders
IBS attendees will have the opportunity to explore PERC's newly updated Propane Energy Pod interactive tool. The Propane Energy Pod is a model for new construction that treats a home's five key areas of energy use – space heating, water heating, cooking, clothes drying, and fireplaces – as components of an integrated, whole-home energy package. Builders can use the interactive tool to compare energy costs, HERS scores, and carbon dioxide emissions between Propane Energy Pod homes and standard homes.

"The Propane Energy Pod interactive tool gives builders a localized comparison of energy choices," said Bridget Scanlon, director of residential and commercial programs for PERC. "Builders can select their county and home size to see results based on data specific to their area and the homes they build. It's one of the many builder resources available free of charge on our builder information website, buildwithpropane.com."

2013 Training Opportunities
PERC is sponsoring the following free training sessions during the show:
  • "Specifying Standby Generators as an Option for Remodeling Projects"
    Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2-3 p.m., NAHB Remodelers Central – North 259
  • "Bundling Energy and Environmental Savings in Five Key Areas of the Home"
    Thursday, Jan. 24, 9:30-10:15 a.m., Custom Builder Central – South 230

Innovative Propane-Fueled Products
The new Generac LP5500 portable generator will be on display in the PERC booth. The small footprint, 5.5 kW portable generator features a revolutionary, dolly-style frame that improves portability and eliminates manual tank handling.

In addition, the Generac LP3250 portable generator will be on display and attendees can enter to win one of three models that will be given away. This 3.25 kW portable generator is easy to transport because of its integrated tank, mounted wheels, and ergonomic handle.

Propane-fueled portable generators give builders several advantages on the job site. Unlike gasoline, propane does not degrade over time, virtually eliminating performance problems related to fuel quality. Propane also emits fewer carbon dioxide emissions and toxic pollutants than gasoline, improving job site air quality. Finally, in many cases, propane fuel costs less than gasoline, improving builder profit margins.

The new Yanmar propane-fueled 5 kW high-efficiency micro-Combined Heat and Power (micro-CHP) energy system will also be on display. The CP5WN micro-CHP model generates electrical power and converts engine heat into energy for water and space heating. Builders can learn when and how the CP5WN micro-CHP can be used in buildings up to 8,000 square feet – buildings such as residential homes, small offices, restaurants, fitness centers, and stand-alone establishments.

"The commercialization of new propane technology is a core initiative for us," said Scanlon. "Generac and Yanmar are bringing innovative new products to market and we are excited to be able to feature some of them in our booth."


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