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Green Stormwater Infrastructure article

Aug 13, 2020 11:37:16 AM / by Tim Zacharias posted in Flood Protection

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Last August, the City of Houston’s Chief Recovery Office commissioned a one-year study to identify and recom­mend incentives to encourage the use of green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) in private land develop­ment, leading to economic, social, and environmental benefits as well as resilience.

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Disaster Preparedness Planning for Hurricane Season

Jun 1, 2020 4:18:32 PM / by Tim Zacharias posted in Flood Protection

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June 1st marks the beginning of Hurricane Season, and the NOAA predicts 2020 will be busier than average.  While many property & facility managers are still working through the building operations changes required due to COVID-19, there are some additional measures to consider in preparation for potential heavy rains and flooding.  The National Weather Service and FEMA have guidelines for the overall planning, so we will highlight a few items specific to water systems in commercial buildings.

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Maintaining Water Quality in Under Occupied or Unoccupied Buildings

May 19, 2020 5:08:54 PM / by Tim Zacharias posted in Water Contamination, Water Quality

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The COVID-19 pandemic has changed everything about our lives in the last sixty days.  With the “Stay Home, Work Safe” orders and school closures, many commercial buildings are now under-occupied or completely unoccupied and may continue to be for months. 

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Guide to Reopening Buildings After COVID-19

May 11, 2020 9:13:05 AM / by Tim Zacharias posted in General Info, Water Contamination

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Buildings that have been unoccupied or under-occupied for the last 30-60 days may have some water quality issues to address before opening back up. Here are some resources to help this transition as smooth as possible:

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Cougar USA Customer Service during COVID-19 Outbreak

Mar 16, 2020 10:35:53 AM / by Tim Zacharias posted in General Info

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At this point, you have received multiple emails regarding companies’ response to COVID-19, so this will be a brief update on how Cougar USA can be of service moving forward. Our first priority is the safety of our employees, partners, and customers, and we will adapt to the changing situation to serve our customers the best we can.

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5 Ways to Protect Your Building From City Water Disruptions

Feb 28, 2020 8:04:51 AM / by Tim Zacharias posted in Water Contamination

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Water is the Life Blood of commercial buildings, used for consumption, comfort heating & cooling, and patient care & sterilization in Hospitals. Disruptions in the city water supply can cause major issues from building closures to damaged equipment. Here are some ways to protect your building before, during and after losing the city water supply.

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Avoiding Cavitation in Water Pressure Reducing Valves

Apr 23, 2019 11:15:00 AM / by Tim Zacharias posted in Pressure

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High-rise buildings present multiple challenges for water distribution due to the high pressures required to reach the top of the building. The high pressures in the lower levels of the building cause high-pressure drops across Pressure Reducing Valves (PRVs), over 100 PSI or more, creating the potential for cavitation within the valves.

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Design Considerations for Water Pressure Reducing Valve (PRV) Stations in Commercial Buildings

Apr 15, 2019 10:49:32 AM / by Tim Zacharias posted in Pressure

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Pressure Reducing Valve (PRV) Stations are an important component of a water-distribution system in a commercial building. The 2015 Uniform Plumbing Code Section 608.2 states that PRVs are required at any point where the system static pressure exceeds 80 PSI. Typically, this applies to mid- and high-rise buildings when the pressure boost required at the ground floor to serve the upper floors in the building is over 80 PSI. When designing a PRV Station, you must consider the station pressure drop, water flow, and safety devices.

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A personal story of living Cougar’s mission

Feb 15, 2019 12:41:00 PM / by Tim Zacharias posted in General Info

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Cougar USA’s mission is to make buildings work, so the people inside can do theirs. Over the last few months, this has become a personal mission of mine as well.

In November, my son Joey was born at Texas Children’s Hospital Pavilion for Women, and earlier this month had surgery in Legacy Tower to remove a benign cyst from his abdomen. Thanks to the amazing doctors and staff at TCH, Joey made a quick recovery – he definitely handled the surgery better than my wife Ashley and I did! After spending a few days recovering in West Tower, Joey was back smiling and being his happy self. Ashley and I feel very blessed that Joey’s case was minor compared to many families at Texas Children’s.

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Cougar's Mission & Values

Feb 1, 2019 12:32:00 PM / by Tim Zacharias posted in General Info

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Mission

At Cougar USA we are proud to provide complete, tailored solutions for our customers. We have the technical knowledge and experience to identify their needs, wants and potential issues. We also help design, deliver and support a complete solution. Every day, Cougar supports Consulting Engineers, Installing Contractors and Building Engineers, especially after hours and weekends for emergencies. We continue to serve our customers long after the initial sale. This level of service and quality of products build trusting, long-term relationships with our customers and partners.

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