The Mechanical Inspectors Association of Michigan (MIAM) held its Fall Conference recently. Among the issues discussed were questions raised by inspectors on various Michigan residential and commercial codes.
The new owner of an Albany, NY, historic home wanted air conditioning, but did not want to compromise the house’s historical integrity with a conventional cooling system, which, at best, would have required removing and repairing plasterwork, if not architectural details, to install ducts. The homeowner then learned about the Unico high-velocity mini-duct system from PBS’s “This Old House” program.
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Until you can recite for me a list of at least 12 ways that consumers save money by doing business with your company, you have no right to complain about the price objection. If you can’t tell people how they save money by doing business with your company, how can you expect your customers to do it?
Mechanical consultant O.J. Clayton thinks that putting students in a classroom where the temperature is 85 degrees F and the humidity is nearly 90% cannot possibly be conducive to learning. It seems that the State of Arizona has come around to his way of thinking. Recently, the state’s School Facilities Board established minimum facilities guidelines for all schools in Arizona. Any school that is measured against the new guidelines and exceeds them will eventually be converted from the commonly used evaporative cooling systems to air conditioning systems.
A packed room of members of the Mechanical Inspectors Association of Michigan (MIAM) recently gathered to listen to and discuss the many aspects of the proper installation of underground duct systems. This was just one of several seminars presented at the MIAM Fall 2002 Educational Conference in Midland.
Lately I’ve been doing a lot of speaking and teaching for the building construction industry and one of the most common questions I get at schools, trade shows, and in e-mails is, “How do I figure my profit percentage?” Or (including the hidden meaning), “How do I know I’m getting enough profit?”
Pittsburgh’s great tradition of suspension bridges is paid homage by internationally known architect Rafael Vinoly’s sloping suspended cable roof design for the new $354 million David L. Lawrence Convention Center. But the roof’s perpetual flexing presented HVAC designers with a very difficult challenge of effectively distributing heating and cooling throughout the 250,000-square-foot space.
Carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning caused one death and more than 60 emergency room visits in Louisiana parishes most severely hit by Hurricane Lili, the state’s health officer told The News. Home generators that operated during storm-caused power failures are being blamed.
There are a lot of open spaces around Dunkirk, OH. In fact, there are a lot of open spaces around Hardin County, which is home to Dunkirk. So how does a Hardin County HVACR contractor find enough work to keep busy and budget time to crisscross the county for sales and service calls? That’s just what The News wanted to find out during a recent visit to Aire Serv/JBS Heating & Cooling Inc.