Archive for December 2010


New Steam Shower Sizing App Available from Mr. Steam

Posted on December 27, 2010 by Nora DePalma

Mr. Steam unveiled a free steam shower sizing app, now available for most smartphones, including the iPhone®, iTouch®, iPad or ® BlackBerry®. The new app allows users to quickly enter room dimensions, materials (e.g., tile/ stone/marble), as well as style and finish options through a series of pull-down menus -– all on their smartphone. Once the preferences are entered, the information and prices can be emailed to a designer or contractor.

The app allows users to get answers with a direct link to Steamtherapy® Consultants to help personalize their selection, and also makes it easier than ever to enter information on-the-go at jobsite or showroom.

Click here for more information on the new Mr. Steam sizing app.


American Standard Donation Helps Autistic Teen “Toilet Guru” Improve Park Facilities

Posted on December 13, 2010 by Nora DePalma

American Standard Brands was recently John-Michael with American Standard's Cadet 3 toiletin the news for collaborating with John-Michael Gigliotti, a 14 year old autistic teenager and highly knowledgeable toilet fan, to help him improve the restrooms at a public park in his hometown of Camden, PA.

John-Michael has been fascinated by toilets since the age of 3 and learns all he can about the different styles, brands, and flushing mechanisms available. Earlier this year John-Michael was given a tour of American Standard’s Piscataway, NJ-based factory, where he thoroughly impressed the staff with his knowledge of the brand’s product line.

The company donated the toilet of John-Michael’s choosing to his family and has also agreed to donate plumbing fixtures to update the restrooms at their local park at his request. American Standard representatives asked John-Michael to identify what is needed at the park and the company will then donate product to meet his specifications.

John Michael’s father, Camden City Council Member John Gigliotti, sent a lovely note to the company thanking them for their generosity and for their engagement with his son, saying, “it is going to take this spirited type of thinking and approach to help transition many of these children into adulthood and obtain semi-independent living with meaningful employment.”


American Standard Brands Employees Take USGBC Green Building Training

Posted on December 10, 2010 by Nora DePalma

Employees of American Standard Brands - along with American Standard Employees at a USGBC LEED Training
O’Reilly/DePalma team member Mary Ann Blackburn -  voluntarily participated in a recent LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification training program to learn the fundamentals of green building design, construction, operation and performance.

The educational program was conducted by the N.J. chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC-NJ) and is the LEED® certification preparatory class taken by architects, engineers, developers and other commercial users of American Standard plumbing products. This was a great opportunity for company employees, as American Standard is a market leader in high performance plumbing products that help meet LEED requirements. We also appreciated the opportunity for our team to be able to participate in the program as well to learn the fundamentals of green design, construction and operations, and overall building high performance.


Five Bathroom Renovations That Help Sell a Home

Posted on December 3, 2010 by Nora DePalma

AOL Real Estate writer Tom Kraeutler quoted Nora DePalma as an industry expert on bathroom remodeling in this article on the best bathroom renovations to help sell a home:

“Bathrooms are one area where home buyers make decisions because it will be one of the most used rooms in the house,” says industry expert Nora DePalma of O’Reilly/DePalma. “Make them look bright, absolutely spotless, and loaded with storage options. Your home will sell faster and at a better price.”

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