In today’s world of Sick Building Syndrome and potentially harmful molds and bacteria, HVACR products could use a shield to protect against unwanted microbes. Enter AK Steel and its antimicrobial-coated steel, which is now being offered by Seal-Tite for its duct products.
Five years ago during the frenzy of the consolidation movement, a company named Group Maintenance America Corp. (GroupMAC) joined the fray. In 2000, GroupMAC merged with Building One Services Corp. to form Encompass Services Corp. Today, Encompass is attempting to fight off a massive debt load that has forced the company to submit a restructuring plan under Chapter 11 of the bankruptcy code.
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.
Want a tool that shows commercial/industrial customers the energy savings they can realize with your services? Want it for free? For those contractors that provide energy services, pointing out solutions for optimizing energy efficiency, the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (NAIMA) offers a software tool called 3E Plus that quickly provides valuable information. And it won’t cost you a cent.
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.