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Hydronic Radiant Ceiling Cooling for Smaller Buildings

Though More Expensive, Radiant Trumps Forced Air in Comfort

The combined cost of hydronic radiant panel heating, along with a separate central cooling system, often strains the construction budget to a point where something has to go, and that something is usually the radiant heating option. It gets trumped by a lower-cost forced-air system that delivers both heating and cooling, albeit often at reduced comfort.


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Health Care Organization Perfects Repurposed Building

Modulating Boilers, Packaged Rooftop Units Contribute to Makeover

Nobody would argue the building needed a mechanical retrofit, so once the Providence Center raised the funds, Victory Heating and Air Conditioning Co. Inc., Bellingham, Massachusetts, was hired to design and install components that would provide a solution. 


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NEWSmakers Q&A:

Wilkins Retiring After Long HVAC Career

Despite coming from humble beginnings and not having air conditioning as a kid, Wilkins became one of the most respected voices in the HVAC industry.


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Software Agreement Benefits 15,000-plus Sheet Metal Students

Autodesk, Industry Arrangement Merges Apprentices and Technology

As technology continues to evolve at breakneck speed, many institutions are reporting difficulties keeping up with emerging technologies and software options.


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The Department of Labor’s Focus on Supply Chains

How to Avoid Safety and Legal Compliance Problems

The Obama Administration and its union and academic supporters dislike some of the methods by which manufacturers and distributors manage the supply chain. The Administration distrusts the shift of “non-core functions” from large manufacturers to specialized companies and more closely scrutinizes supply chains.


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HVAC Industry Lays Out Refrigerant Plan

AHRI Asked the Government to Set the Objectives and Work Together with Industry

HVACR industry associations, manufacturers, end users, and fluorocarbon producers met with senior White House officials to show support and voluntary commitments to phase down HFCs. Industry coalition the Alliance for Responsible Atmospheric Policy and the White House hosted the event Sept. 16 at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building.


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EPA Targets High-GWP Refrigerants in SNAP Proposal

R-134a, -404A, and -507 Face Proposed Use Restrictions in 2016

The rule deems certain HFC refrigerants unacceptable in specific applications on or after Jan. 1, 2016. 


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Aeroseal LLC Acquires Comfort Institute

Company to Build Centralized Training Center in Ohio

Comfort Institute will continue to provide the services it currently offers while adding additional services, all as a wholly owned business unit of Aeroseal.


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Manufacturers Bringing the Heat this Fall

New Products Save Energy, Keep Customers Warm

Every year, The NEWS introduces the latest residential heating equipment that is available for the upcoming winter season. Here is an alphabetical listing of those products.


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Manufacturers Explain Refrigerant Directions

Brochures, Case Studies, Define Refrigerant Technologies, Applications

Commercial refrigeration systems, whether utilized in supermarkets or restaurants, seem to be constantly changing. 


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Chris Mathis, president of Mathis Consulting Co. and vice chair of ASHRAE’s residential ad hoc committee, talks about ASHRAE’s exploration into the residential market. Posted on Oct. 17.

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