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Efficient, Practical VRF Installation Policies

Contractors, Manufacturers Recommend Reading, Following Equipment Manuals

If a system is not installed correctly, then it doesn’t work properly, and it will not reach its maximum energy-efficiency potential. VRF systems require the same level of care and quality work as ducted HVAC systems, maybe even slightly more.

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How to Effectively Sell VRF Technology

Contractors Highlight VRF’s Versatility, Energy Efficiency, and Ease of Installation

It’s the contractors job to educate consumers about the product and communicate the differences and benefits involved in order for them to fully understand what they are purchasing.

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Instructor Brings Experience to Classroom

Manatee Technical Institute’s Brian Forbes is Firm, Yet Understanding

Brian Forbes’ tireless commitment to his students’ success, along with his constant effort to continue his own education, helped him become The NEWS 2014 Best Instructor award winner.

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Best Trainer Lets His Personality Shine

Training is a ‘Two-way Street’ for MARS/Heat Controller’s Gerry Wagner

Gerry Wagner’s experience in the industry, coupled with his engaging and thorough teaching style, are what make him The NEWS’ 2014 Best Trainer.

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Instructor Champions Online HVACR Learning

Industry-accredited HVACRedu.net Brings Training to Techs

Compton’s passion and dedication to providing quality HVACR training for technicians and students worldwide is what makes him The NEWS’ 2014 Best Instructor runner-up.

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Trainer Balances Humor with Knowledge

Rick Streacker Uses Industry Experience, Sense of Humor to Train at Packard Inc.

It’s Streacker’s sense of humor coupled with his knowledge and dedication to the job that make him The NEWS’ 2014 Best Trainer runner-up.

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Opportunities in Building Automation

Trend Toward Integration Creates Opportunities, Challenges for Contractors

Those who understand BAS and are able to improve their clients’ overall energy efficiency are finding opportunities for growth.

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States Incentivize High-efficiency Biomass Heating Systems

Commercial, Residential Programs Encourage New Installations

While those familiar with biomass heating are acutely aware of its numerous benefits and versatile applications, others remain unfamiliar with the recent technological advances that have made biomass heating an efficient, viable option for many customers.

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Massachusetts Maintains Status as Most Efficient State

State Scorecard Offers Policymakers Toolkit to Increase Energy Savings

The report declared Massachusetts as the most energy-efficient state in the nation for the fourth year in a row, narrowly edging out California. 

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Coordinating a Green Building Code

Five Industry Organizations Combine to Develop Single Green Standard

While these organizations have been working together for years, they have never before attempted to coordinate their efforts into developing one comprehensive code. Now, they have committed to such a task and intend to release a green code in 2018.

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2014 World Energy Engineering Congress

Scenes from the 2014 World Energy Engineering Congress in Washington, D.C.


NEWSMakers: Jim Johnson

Jim Johnson,an experienced trade school and community college instructor, discusses the HVAC industry and his column in The NEWS, ‘The Service Ticket.’ Listen now for a hint to the Not Enough Heat question from the Dec. 15 issue. Posted Jan. 30.

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2015 National Plumbing & HVAC Estimator

Every plumbing and HVAC estimator can use the cost estimates in this practical manual!

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