Bell & Gossett expands Online Little Red Schoolhouse at 2016 AHR Expo


Bell & Gossett expands Online Little Red Schoolhouse at 2016 AHR Expo

Interactive curriculum bolsters Xylem’s commitment to education

ORLANDO, FLA. – Jan. 25, 2016 – Xylem’s Bell & Gossett brand continues its 100-year legacy of training and education to assist HVAC industry professionals with the release of a new online course on waterside economization during the 2016 AHR Expo.

“An important part of B&G’s legacy is to deliver the best hydronic system design training in the industry,” said Mark Handzel, Xylem Vice President, Product Regulatory Affairs, and Director, HVAC & Commercial Buildings Business Unit Americas. “In the 1940s, B&G distributed things like technical manuals that were used by the government and educational institutions for training and procurement. Today, we’ve adapted our educational offerings to reach an online global audience through our Online Little Red Schoolhouse.”

The Online Little Red Schoolhouse was launched at AHR 2015 and is a complement to the hands-on training that more than 60,000 engineers, contractors and installers have experienced since 1954 at the B&G Little Red Schoolhouse, a state-of-the-art facility in Morton Grove, Illinois. There, HVAC professionals learn the proper design, installation and maintenance of hydronic systems, as well as the latest technologies and regulations that affect the industry. A second Little Red Schoolhouse opened in 2013 in Nanjing, China.

“With investment in the commercial building sector expected to be close to a trillion dollars in the coming years to integrate sustainable and efficient systems, there is a tremendous opportunity in the HVAC industry to lead the way,” Handzel said. “Knowing how to design systems to achieve stringent energy goals begins with a firm understanding of centrifugal pump fundamentals. Concepts such as waterside economization are being applied in the most energy-efficient buildings of our time.”

The new Online Little Red Schoolhouse course will consist of four modules on waterside economization systems. As with all Online Little Red Schoolhouse courses, the course is free to engineers, designers, contractors, building operators and students, and qualifies for continuing education unit credits.

The Online Little Red Schoolhouse curriculum consists of 22 modules on centrifugal pump and piping system basics. Online courses are accessible through a dedicated learning app on a computer, tablet or any mobile device.

“The online courses are interactive and self-paced and appropriate for engineers new to the hydronics field or for those already in the industry who are seeking a refresher course,” Handzel said.

Visit Xylem Booth 2212 during AHR 2016 in Orlando, Florida, Jan. 25-27, to experience the Online Little Red Schoolhouse. In addition, the booth will feature B&G’s extensive portfolio of highly efficient products and system solutions, including the newly released Series e-80 in-line centrifugal pumps and the award-winning ecocirc XL large wet rotor circulator pump, recognized with a Silver Award for 2015 HVAC Product of the year by Consulting-Specifying Engineer.

To learn more about the Online Little Red Schoolhouse, review the schedule or sign up for a course, please visit

For more information about Bell & Gossett products, visit or locate a Bell & Gossett representative at

About Xylem

Xylem (XYL) is a leading global water technology provider, enabling customers to transport, treat, test and efficiently use water in public utility, residential and commercial building services, industrial and agricultural settings. The company does business in more than 150 countries through a number of market-leading product brands, and its people bring broad applications expertise with a strong focus on finding local solutions to the world’s most challenging water and wastewater problems. Xylem is headquartered in Rye Brook, New York, with 2014 revenues of $3.9 billion and approximately 12,500 employees worldwide. Xylem was named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for the last four years for advancing sustainable business practices and solutions worldwide and the Company has satisfied the requirements to be a constituent of the FTSE4Good Index Series each year since 2013.

The name Xylem is derived from classical Greek and is the tissue that transports water in plants, highlighting the engineering efficiency of our water-centric business by linking it with the best water transportation of all – that which occurs in nature. For more information please visit us at