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Builder Show Attracts HVAC Attendees

IBS Celebrates the Launch of Design & Construction Week
March 10, 2014

With more than 1,700 combined exhibitors covering more than 650,000 square feet of floor space, the first annual Design & Construction week, Feb. 4-6, delivered an educational experience for more than 75,000 global attendees.


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Train Your Team Accordingly

Make Sure Your Team is Up to Speed on Today’s Changing Technology
March 10, 2014

We need to focus on what we already have to reduce consumption, while maximizing our existing resources.


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Regional Standards Settlement Expected by March 17

Sources Anticipate a Mediated Ruling Within Two Weeks
March 3, 2014

While a previous court document identified March 3 as the last day for the expected filing of a settlement in the ongoing regional standards lawsuit, it appears the judicial system may need a few extra days.


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HVAC Equipment Shipments Spike in 2013

AHRI Year-to-Year Data Supports Industry Momentum, Positive Economic Outlook
March 3, 2014

The numbers support the growing consensus in the industry that things are definitely improving. 


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Global Consumers Embrace Energy-Efficiency Initiatives

Global Interest in Energy Efficiency Up 116 Percent Since 2010
March 3, 2014

New research from Johnson Controls shows interest in energy efficiency has risen 116 percent globally since 2010, with those who set goals taking the biggest strides in reducing energy use.


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Time Tested and Contractor Approved

Contractors Share Their Favorite Tools
March 3, 2014

When you find a good tool — one that takes a lickin’ and keeps on tickin’ — you’re bound to keep it around for years, and, in some cases, decades. 


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Instrumental High-Performance Tools

Vibration, Power, and Sound are Among the Characteristics Tested
March 3, 2014

Before making energy-efficiency improvements within a commercial building, a contractor must establish a baseline measurement. 


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Countdown Begins for HFC Phase Down

Move Away from Hydrofluorocarbon Refrigerants Guided Globally, Domestically
March 3, 2014

Many advocates and policy makers are taking action now to find and use refrigerants with much lower GWPs than HFCs to anticipate the phase down and avoid what could be a costly double transition. 


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The Professor: Understanding, Avoiding Transformer Burnouts

Solving Low-Voltage Power-Consuming Faults
March 3, 2014

This column will try to explain the voltages associated with the high or wild leg coming from the secondary of a Delta service transformer. 


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Ice Breaker: How to Size Replacement Cap Tubes

Replacing Because of Restrictions
March 3, 2014

One field problem frequently encountered with this type of metering device is that it can become plugged with system debris, causing a restriction. When this happens, the cap tube will typically need to be replaced.


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