variable-speed pumps

Exploring New Efficiency Rules
It might be the biggest change the pool industry has seen since passage of the Virginia Graeme Baker Act: The U.S. Dept. of Energy is banning most single-speed pumps and changing the way all of these devices are rated.
Patient Perfection
When you target the high-end custom pool market, you have to be prepared to work with clients who like to change things along the way. It can be a real challenge because it causes delays, re-engineering and sometimes removing work you've just installed. More than anything, you have to remain patient, constantly listening and explaining the ramifications of changing things to the client. It helps when you have a good rapport from the start. All of that was true and then some for the project pictured here. It's located in an upscale neighborhood in Sherman Oaks, Calif. The property is about a third of an acre on a relatively flat corner lot completely surrounded by tall fichus hedges for privacy.
Pathways to Efficiency
Creating swimming pools that save on energy costs is a consuming passion for Douglas Cook. As he explains here, he achieves best results with combinations of energy-smart solutions -- often including solar heating and power generation -- that can lead to dramatic savings.      
Certikin Introduces New Form of Filter Medium
Certikin (Witney, Oxfordshire, England) is the worldwide distributor of the OC-1 Filtration Medium. This recyclable…
Custom Molded Products Offers Chlorinator
Custom Molded Products (Tyrone, GA) has launched Powerclean Ultra VS, a chlorinator designed to maintain…
FlowVis Flow Meters from H2O Flow
H2O Flow (Sylvania, OH) has introduced the FlowVis Flow Meter, an affordable, reliable control device…
Hayward Expands its Variable-Speed Pump Line
Hayward Pool Products (Elizabeth, NJ) has added the Super Pump VS to its line of…
Watershaping, Green-Style
Last time, I mentioned the fact that many of my design clients these days are environmentally aware and want to make certain I can help them devise landscapes and hardscape treatments that make sense in eco-friendly ways. To at least the same extent, clients who contact us at The Green Scene (Northridge, Calif.) want us to work with their pool, spa, fountain and pond designs in the same way:  They want us to minimize the
Brave New Worlds
If you're like me, news stories in magazines and on television that cover innovations in science and technology are far more interesting than about 95 percent of the stuff featured in the mainstream media these days.  To me, few things are more intriguing than peeking in on the