Don Denton Named Technical Consultant for Vent-Free Gas Products Alliance PDF Print E-mail

Don_and_Sue.jpgArlington, VA –November 19, 2007: In a major expansion to its senior staff, the Vent-Free Gas Products Alliance is pleased to announce the appointment of Don Denton as the Alliance’s Technical Consultant. Mary S. Carson, the Alliance’s Program Director, will continue to manage the operations and public relations activities of the Vent-Free Alliance.

Denton’s responsibilities include management of all technical and code matters relating to the Alliance. He represents the Alliance in several gas industry committees, including the American Gas Association Building Energy Codes and Standards Committee; the International Association of Plumbers and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) Mechanical Technical Committee; and the ANSI Z21.11.2, ANSI Z21.94, and ANSI Z21.11.3 Technical Advisory Groups. He also looks after the Alliance’s interests in the National Fuel Gas Code, the International Code Council I-Codes, and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) standards. Denton testifies on behalf of the Alliance at regulatory hearings.

“Don Denton was a major factor in the Alliance’s success in gaining acceptance of vent-free gas appliances by all U.S. code groups and every state except California,” said Sue Walker, Chairman of the Alliance. “When he was with DESA International and Worgas, Don chaired the Technical Committee with terrific results. For example, he served as the only industry member of Governor Pataki’s New York State Energy Research and Development Authority that worked over two years to win that state’s acceptance of vent-free gas products. Don also managed the Alliance’s commissioning of independent research studies on indoor air quality by the American Gas Association Research (AGAR) Division (now part of CSA), nitrogen dioxide (NO2) measurement methodology by Arthur D. Little (now TIAX), and indoor relative humidity by Risksciences. He has played an instrumental role in continually improving and updating the national product standard for vent-free heating products, ANSI Z21.11.2. Don is respected throughout the industry for his initiative, integrity, and dedication, and he adds an important new dimension to our staff.”

Denton’s technical expertise, effective communications skills, and results-oriented leadership have made him a driving force in many significant endeavors. They include his service as the number two Planner and Designer of the Atlanta Hartsfield International Airport, the world’s largest construction project at the time. He holds two patents for his invention of polyurethane foam-insulated water heaters. He served as one of two representatives for the water heater industry in the development of U.S. Department of Energy efficiency test methods and Federal Trade Commission product labeling for the implementation of the National Appliance Energy Conservation Act. After serving for twenty years as VP of Engineering for DESA International, Denton established and became President of Worgas, Inc., as the USA subsidiary of Worgas Bruciatori, Srl, an Italian burner company. After six years in this position, Denton has been succeeded in the management of Worgas by Dr. Gunther Berthold, Managing Director.

The Vent-Free Gas Products Alliance is a coalition of members of GAMA – a national trade association representing more than 200 manufacturers of space heating and water heating appliances and equipment, all certified to national ANSI standards.

For a free copy of the new 20-page Consumer Guide to Vent-Free Gas Products – which includes detailed sizing guidelines, and the results of independent studies on indoor relative humidity and indoor air quality – and other new publications on energy- and cost-savings, write to the Vent-Free Gas Products Alliance, 2107 Wilson Blvd., Suite 600, Arlington, VA 22201, email to ventfree@gamanet.org , or visit the newly designed web site at www.ventfree.org .