The Amazon Echo is a voice-activated device that can answer spoken questions; play music; make to-do lists; set alarms; stream podcasts; and provide weather, traffic, and other real-time information. However, perhaps most interesting to contractors is its ability to control several smart devices using itself as a home automation hub.
The Food Marketing Institute’s (FMI’s) 2016 Energy & Store Development Conference attracted more than 600 attendees and 105 suppliers and featured educational sessions on refrigeration, energy, and store development along with networking opportunities and a manufacturer/retailer exchange.
The Kigali amendment is subject to ratification in the U.S. and will formally take effect when 20 member parties to the Montreal Protocol ratify or accept the amendment, which could take up to two years.
The constant variation in loads means water temperatures along the primary circuit could vary over a significant range. How do you properly size a heat emitter if you don’t know what the supply water temperature might be, depending on what other loads are active?
Nearly 1,000 HVACR and sheet metal professionals gathered in Phoenix for the Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association’s (SMACNA) 73rd Annual Convention Oct. 16-19 at the J.W. Marriott Desert Ridge.
Behler-Young hosted the 2016 HVACR Expo of Michigan, Sept. 29, at the Suburban Showplace in Novi, Michigan. The event featured more than 100 vendors and booths with new technologies from a variety of manufacturers.
The ACEEE produces its state scorecard annually. This year’s edition zeroes in on six policy areas in which states pursue energy efficiency, including utility and public benefits programs and policies, transportation policies, building energy codes, combined heat and power (CHP) policies, state government-led initiatives around energy efficiency, and appliance and equipment standards.
According to an online survey produced by LevelFunded Health, a national health insurance agency, 87 percent of small businesses that offer group health care saw health insurance premiums rise by 25 percent since 2014, with 12 percent experiencing premium increases of 50 percent or higher.
For consumers to make an educated buying decision, contractors must be able to thoroughly explain the potential features and benefits of a motor retrofit. These include energy savings, benefits from operating the fan continuously, reduced operating noise, and improved airflow control.