Russel Wright was one of the best known designers of home furnishings in America and an outspoken proponent of American design. His home is considered to be a masterpiece of the late designer. The home was recently listed with the National Register of Historic Places and is being meticulously restored to its original grandeur. Part of that restoration includes replacing and upgrading the original mechanical systems.
A doctor in Tampa, FL, is in the process of building a spectacular home, which has an equally amazing HVAC system. At 15,000 square feet, this home will provide more than enough room for its occupants. Given the hot and humid conditions in Florida, it’s no wonder that the owners wanted to spare no expense on comfort. The result is an HVAC system that’s sure to keep them comfortable no matter what the weather decides to do.
Everyone could use a little help from their friends sometimes, especially when it comes to marketing. You spend your hard earned marketing dollars day in and day out trying to attract clients in the same area. What if there was a way to lessen the financial burden you have every time you try and reach those clients?
Ken Zans specializes in ergonomics. He has a degree in the subject, and his company, Ergonomics Solutions (Shawnee Mission, KS), is devoted to its study. Zans spoke on the topic at the Conference on Worker Safety and OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) Compliance, sponsored by Keye Productivity Center.
There seems to be an increasing number of meetings that contractors feel they should and must attend each year to keep up-to-date on industry trends and to keep in touch with manufacturers and fellow contractors. This month, The News explored how our contractor consultants cope with the necessity of attending meetings.
There are some sure-fire ways to guarantee that OSHA will knock on your door, according to Ken Zans, conference speaker for the Keye Productivity Center. However, he was quick to add some tips on what do when that happens.
If a building has too much humidity, not only will its occupants tend to be more uncomfortable, there’s also higher risk of mold and fungi growth, resulting in poor indoor air quality (IAQ). If humidity is too low, occupants can experience static shock, their sinuses may become too dry, and wood furniture may split. Now that ASHRAE has set aside funds to study the interaction of humidity control technologies with Standard 62 on ventilation, The News decided this is a good time to look at some of the newer humidity control products hitting the market.
Looking to the next century, imagine if an air conditioner was smart enough to tell how efficiently it is running, shut itself off when energy use peaks, and/or perform diagnostic tests without the home or building owner having to call the local utility or service company. Tomorrow’s smart appliances will have a big impact on home energy use, and the ability to keep cool all summer.