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Tracy Burleson The International Builders’ Show 2016

More than 110,000 home builders, remodelers, architects, designers and suppliers attended the third annual Design & Construction Week (DCW) in Las Vegas, Nevada on January 19 through 21. The National Association of Home Builders’ International Builders’ Show (IBS) and the National Kitchen and Bath Association’s Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) once-again co-located at the Las Vegas Convention Center to offer an exhibition and educational experience for all facets of the residential construction industry.

IMG_0879In its 70th year at the show, the American Gas Association (AGA) partnered with 10 natural gas appliance manufacturers to feature the latest industry technology in a 2,500 sq. ft. exhibit booth, powered entirely by an EcoPower micro CHP unit. Other manufacturers included Rinnai, Navien, BlueStar, RH Peterson, Westport, Lennox, FiveStar, Marathon, Bevolo Gas and Electric Lighting, and Dettson West.

IMG_0846According to show organizers, many of this year’s new products focused on home technology and increased energy efficiency – two factors boosting the return of buyers to the new home market. This theme was reflected in the AGA booth with the addition of a Ford F-150 pickup truck powered by compressed natural gas (CNG), provided by Westport, as well as the introduction of Wi-Fi connectivity for new and existing natural gas tankless water heaters by Rinnai.

Westport and Rinnai

Another unique feature of the booth this year, was a colorful natural gas range and oven on display by BlueStar, designed in the 2016 Pantone Colors of the Year, rose quartz and serenity, just two of the more than 750 color choices consumers can select from when designing their own appliances.


Throughout the week AGA booth attendees had the opportunity to register to win a beautiful natural gas urn by RH Peterson. AGA would like to congratulate Carl Fernandez, of Prairieville, Louisiana, for being the lucky winner.


AGA looks forward to being a part of the 4th Annual DCW when IBS and KBIS join forces on January 10 through 12, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. The two shows will continue to co-locate through 2022, alternating between Orlando and Las Vegas every two years. For information about next year’s show and beyond, contact Tracy Burleson at

For more photos of the Builders’ Show, check out AGA on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Watch video highlights below.

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Tracy Burleson Ecopower Can Help Consumers Save Money on Utility Bills

Households across the Unites States that use natural gas for heating, water heating, cooking and clothes drying spend an average of $840 less per year than homes using strictly electricity for those same appliances. The ecopower microCHP demonstrates how natural gas is not only clean, domestic and abundant, but may be more efficient and affordable as well.

Using a natural gas or propane fueled Marathon engine, the ecopower system is designed to produce heat while simultaneously co-generating electricity, essentially providing consumers with their own on-site power plant. While creating the thermal energy for space heating, domestic hot water and other appliances, the system is also producing electricity to supplement or replace the reliance on grid supplied energy, reducing your overall utility bill and saving you money.ecopower

Benefits of installing ecopower:

  • Provides heat and electrical power
  • Runs on low-cost natural gas
  • Reduces CO2 emissions
  • May reduce your energy bill


Producing 13,000 – 47,000 BTUs per hour, the ecopower system will modulate based on the thermal needs of the application. Sensors located in the buffer storage tank tell the engine when to slow down and speed up as needed, ensuring the unit runs as long as possible in order to create the 1.2 – 4.4kW of byproduct electricity per hour. Accordin to ecopower, any application with a large thermal demand, such as large homes, multi-family buildings, pools, hotels, sports facilities and nursing homes, is the ideal candidate for one or more ecopower units.

With an engine life of more than 40,000 hours and long service intervals, the Marathon Engine is the prime energy source for ecopower. Clean burning natural gas contributes to the long life and thermal efficiency of the system.

For more information, please visit or visit the American Gas Association booth C2615 at the 2016 International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas on January 19 through 21.

*Statements of fact or opinion in this blog post are the responsibility of ecopower alone and do not imply an opinion or endorsement on the part of the American Gas Association.







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More homes use natural gas today than ever before and the numbers continue to increase. Due to the incredible gains we have made in energy efficiency, the average home uses 50 percent less natural gas than a home in 1970 despite homes today being 61 percent larger. When it comes to cooking, natural gas not only provides customers with an efficient option, but it can also offer a charming look when you cook—just ask BlueStar. A manufacturer of high performance appliances for the home, BlueStar invites you to bring home a new appliance  to adorn your kitchen with its take on the Pantone 2016 Colors of the Year—Rose Quartz or Pigeon Blue.

“The use of color in a kitchen can make a distinct and very personal statement,” says Eliza rose ovenSheffield, vice president of marketing, BlueStar. “It’s possible to create a stunning focal point with a range and kitchen hood that is customized to your personal taste and cooking preference—from the choice of colors and trims, to the configuration and power of the burners.”

Available in more than 750 colors and finishes, and with almost infinite configuration possibilities, BlueStar® premium products offer virtually unlimited personalization options. To view the possibilities, BlueStar offers an interactive website tool, “Build Your Own BlueStar,” which allows you to customize everything from the intensity of the burners to the color of the knobs and the range itself.

Handcrafted in Reading, PA since 1880, BlueStar® cooking products are designed for discerning home chefs who demand restaurant-quality results in their own kitchens. The BlueStar® product line features high-performance gas ranges, cooktops, wall ovens and hoods. BlueStar notes that unique performance features include an open gas burner system that produces up to 25,000 BTUs of cooking power, precise 130 degree simmer burners, blue ovenand oversized convection ovens with professional-grade infrared broilers.

For more information, please visit or visit the American Gas Association booth C2615 at the 2016 International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas on January 19 through 21 to see Bluestar products.

*Statements of fact or opinion in this blog post are the responsibility of Bluestar alone and do not imply an opinion or endorsement on the part of the American Gas Association.

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Tracy Burleson AGA to Join the 70th Annual International Builders’ Show

American Gas Association (AGA) is looking forward to its return to Las Vegas on January 19-21 for the 70th annual International Builders’ Show (IBS). This year, IBS and the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) will again co-locate at the Las Vegas Convention Center to create Design and Construction Week. AGA’s space will include eleven natural gas appliance manufacturer displays featuring the latest industry technology available to consumers as well as provide a one-stop location where builders can learn about the mostUrn modern gas appliances. Manufacturers include Bevelo Gas & Electric Lights, Westport, BlueStar, FiveStar, Bradford White, Dettson Industries, Lennox Industries Inc., Marathon Engine Systems, Navien, Rinnai Corporation and RH Peterson Co.

Over the course of the event, AGA will be using social media platforms to promote the American Natural Gas Industry Exhibit in booth C2615. In addition, there will be a give-away for a Fyre Designs Fire Urn. New to American Fyre Designs, a contemporary Fire Urn adds warmth and modern styling to outdoor living spaces and is manufactured from glass fiber reinforced concrete. Forms will be available at the booth to register for the give-away for all attendees.

IBS 2016 promises to be a successful event delivering the largest number of building professionals in one location. If you are interested in supporting the natural gas industry efforts at IBS as a volunteer or manufacturer, please contact Tracy Burleson at For more information, please follow or like our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages. We look forward to seeing you in Las Vegas!

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