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Troubleshooting Challenge: A Gas Furnace That’s Operating Intermittently

By Jim Johnson
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Your troubleshooting situation involves a standard natural gas, induced draft, hot surface ignition system furnace. This is a new installation that has been accomplished in anticipation of the upcoming heating season, and the problem is that during the initial start-up the unit did not perform properly.


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Dirty Sock Syndrome: What It Is, How to Prevent It

Applying a Solution That Works
By Forrest Fencl
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In the 1970s, heat pumps were touted as the energy efficient HVAC systems of the future. New markets typically have new problems, and for heat pumps the nature of the problem related to odors. A particular foul smell was so prevalent that the moniker Dirty Sock Syndrome was coined and universally accepted.


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10 Things Any Emergency Preparedness Plan Should Include

One in Five Organizations Lacks an Emergency Preparedness Plan
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The International Facility Management Association (IFMA) and RLE Technologies have released a report providing perspectives on emergency preparedness and business continuity in North America, called “High Stakes Business: People, Property and Services.”


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European Legislation Landscape Won't Get Any Easier, Says New HEVAC President

HVAC Industry Needs to Tackle the Skills Shortage to Meet the Challenge of Tougher Regulations and Standards
By Andrew Gaved
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Graham Wright, the new president of heating and cooling manufacturers’ group HEVAC has called on the industry to tackle skills shortages and to keep supporting training, if it is to meet the challenge of increasing legislation.


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Syska Hennessy Provides Design Services for New College Football Hall of Fame

The Company Collaborated with a Number of AEC Firms in the Design and Construction of the Landmark Project
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Syska Hennessy Group Inc. announced that it provided the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP); architectural lighting design; and low voltage infrastructure design for the new College Football Hall of Fame and Chick-fil-A Fan Experience, located in Atlanta.


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Btu Buddy 137: Heat Pump Problem in the Summer

By Bill Johnson
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Bob and Tim were on their way to a no cooling call; in fact, it sounded like a heating call. The customer has a bonus room on the third floor that used to be attic space. When Bob and Tim arrived, the customer told them, “The bonus room upstairs seems much too hot and the air coming out of the registers is hot to the touch.”


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Biomass Boilers Offer a Cost-Effective Alternative, Says GSA

Testing Shows High Boiler Efficiency and Favorable Payback under Many Conditions
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Advances in pellet combustion and control automation have recently positioned wood-pellet-fired biomass boilers as economical alternatives to traditional boilers. Their targeted use promises distinct benefits to the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA).


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A ‘Year of Action’ Leads to Years of Regulation

Another Executive Order Increases Compliance Headaches for Federal Contractors
By Richard D. Alaniz
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In keeping with his promise of a “year of action” during this year’s State of the Union address, on July 31, President Obama signed an executive order — entitled Fair and Safe Workplaces — that vastly extends the federal government’s enforcement reach over private federal contractors’ employment policies.


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Global A/C Market Starting to Warm Up

BSRIA World Air Conditioning Market Trends Reveal Increased Sales Worldwide
By Julian Milnes
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In 2013, the world air conditioning market was valued at $91.6 billion, having grown more than 6 percent compared with $86.8 billion in 2012 — evidence that the global a/c market is finally out of the woods. 


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Ammonia Chiller Provides Tailor-Made Refrigeration Solution for Ice Rink

Chiller Features a Very Low Ammonia Charge
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Live Active Leisure needed to replace its existing system due to the legally imposed phaseout of HCFCs in the United Kingdom. Johnson Controls proposed the installation of an air-cooled ammonia chiller complete with heat recovery and a very low ammonia charge due to the location being close to a pedestrians’ footpath.


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