Cougar USA Blog

  • Cougar USA Appoints New President, Expands Leadership Team
    We are excited to announce the promotion of Tim Zacharias to President of Cougar USA!  Tim has been with the company since 2007, having worked in various roles, most recently…
  • Green Stormwater Infrastructure article
    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…
  • Disaster Preparedness Planning for Hurricane Season
    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…
  • Maintaining Water Quality in Under Occupied or Unoccupied Buildings
    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…
  • Cougar USA Customer Service during COVID-19 Outbreak
    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….
  • Guide to Reopening Buildings After COVID-19
    Reopening buildings that have been unoccupied or under-occupied for the last 30-60 days may create some water quality issues you may need to address. Here are some resources to help…
  • 5 Ways to Protect Your Building From City Water Disruptions
    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…
  • Low-Flow Shutdown Sequence for Pressure-Boosting Systems
    According to ASHRAE 90.1, Domestic Water Booster Systems must shut down during periods of no flow demand. Operating pump systems when there is little or no demand wastes energy and increases…
  • Design Considerations for Water Pressure Reducing Valve (PRV) Stations in Commercial Buildings
    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…
  • Avoiding Cavitation in Water Pressure Reducing Valves
    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…
  • A personal story of living Cougar’s mission
    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…
  • Cougar’s Mission & Values
    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….
  • Overflow and Flood Protection for Break Tanks in Commercial Buildings
    Many commercial buildings in Houston have large water storage tanks to meet city plumbing code requirements. These break tanks provide water for fire protection pumps and domestic (potable) water pumps to…
  • Break Tank Fill Valve Types – Float Versus Electronic
    Many commercial buildings use storage tanks for Domestic (Potable) and Fire Water Applications, especially in Houston where it is required by Houston Amendments to the Uniform Plumbing Code Section 607. As…
  • Why is a Break Tank Required in Houston for Pumping Applications?
    Some call them House Tanks, others Break Tanks, Storage Tanks or Buffer Tanks. If you have been in the pump room of a building in Houston, you’ve seen these large…
  • Older Domestic Booster System Modifications Versus Replacement
    In Houston, there was a construction boom in the 1970s and ’80s, with hundreds of high-rise buildings adding to the skyline. Many of these buildings are still using the original…
  • Design Considerations for Pressure-Boosting Systems in Commercial Buildings
    More than 60 years ago, the late Dr. Roy B. Hunter developed a system for calculating water loads in commercial buildings. The estimated water demand of fixtures (water closets, sinks, etc.) is given a…
  • Building Assessments for Energy Efficiency and System Performance Improvements
    In 2017, about 39% of total U.S. Energy Consumption was consumed by the residential and commercial sectors. In a commercial building, HVAC equipment (i.e., chillers, boilers, cooling towers, etc.) and lighting are…
  • Why We Need to Conserve Water
    When you see photographs of Earth taken from space, water seems abundant. Most of that water, though, can’t be used for drinking or for growing crops. In fact, only 1…