Many of the product section meetings at the Gas Appliance Manufacturers Association’s (GAMA’s) 67th annual meeting were business as usual — continuations of existing projects, and discussions of federal vs. local regulatory changes. But two product meetings had a different bent. They represented beginnings and possibly endings.
“The year has presented challenges for the industry as a whole and for many of us as individuals. But through it all, we have persevered and remained strong.” Those were the words 2001-02 chairman Steve McLeod used
to open the annual conference of the International Institute of Ammonia Refrigeration (IIAR).
When it comes to CO2, what goes around, comes around. Carbon dioxide as a refrigerant was popular from the late 1800s to the 1930s, before giving way to CFCs. CO2 is now the subject of renewed interest.
In mid-March, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a letter on the subject of “Use of Disinfectants and Sanitizers in Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Systems.”
If the 1,400 contractors, technicians, and manufacturer reps who make up the membership of the Refrigeration Service Engineers Society (RSES) of Canada want to adopt a theme for the year ahead, one suggestion focuses on safety.
Many service technicians troubleshoot refrigeration and air conditioning systems on a daily basis. Learning the most efficient methods of troubleshooting not only saves the service technician’s time, but also the customer’s money.
The general didn’t pull any punches. At the Gas Appliance Manufacturers Association’s (GAMA’s) recent annual meeting, members were privileged to hear retired General Dennis J. Reimer’s remarks on the state of terrorism readiness in the United States today.
Just because a building is given a clean bill of health doesn’t mean that the cleaning process ends. “The work doesn’t end when remediation is over,” said Steve Ashkins of Healthy Housekeeping Solutions.