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TAG Mechanical Installs HVAC, Solar for Net-Zero Village Hall

Facility Is First Net-Zero Municipal Building in New York State
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Mechanical contracting firm TAG Mechanical Systems Inc. announced that it provided HVAC mechanical systems and a 54 kW solar photovoltaic (PV) system for the Skaneateles Village Hall in Skaneateles, N.Y. The facility is the first municipal net-zero energy building in New York State.


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Being Prepared for an EEOC Investigation

Recent Trends and Tips
By Richard D. Alaniz
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The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has taken an increasingly aggressive posture toward enforcement actions against employers. Employers should be aware of these troubling trends in EEOC behavior and be prepared to properly respond to an EEOC complaint.


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Church Recommissioning Project Yields Energy Savings, Utility Rebates

Payback Period for the Church Will Be Less Than Eighteen Months
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Grace Church, a non-denominational congregation in Eden Prairie, Minn., is saving more than $100,000 annually in utility charges as a result of completing a recommissioning of its facility.


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HVACR Tips: Creating a Frame for Return Air Grilles

By Leo A. Meyer
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To establish the openings for return air grilles, you can use a frame made on the job from sheet metal. It forces the wall hangers to cut the return air openings as they install the sheetrock.


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Take the Long-Term View to a BEMS Investment

A Building Energy Management System Is an Investment in the Future
By Chris Monson
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A building energy management system (BEMS) represents a significant investment, so it’s important to look beyond initial cost and specify one that is flexible, scalable, and backwards compatible in order to receive maximum value and return on investment over the long term.


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How to Address Employee Disengagement

Author Says It’s Time to Focus on Individuals’ Strengths
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A Gallup poll published earlier this year should be quite alarming to the business community: Most American workers either hate their jobs or don’t care one way or the other about them.


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Perdue Farms Headquarters Renovation Earns LEED Platinum

Renovation Includes High-Efficiency HVAC, Integrated Carbon Dioxide Sensors and Fresh Air Ventilation, and More
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Perdue Farms announced that it has received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Platinum green building certification — the highest possible ranking — from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for the renovation of its corporate office building.


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Btu Buddy 126: Gaining Efficiency with Subcooling

By Bill Johnson
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Bob and Tim have been tuning up a system with an orifice metering device for the correct evaporator charge, when Bob said, “There is another verse to tuning up a system, and it’s called subcooling.”


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San Diego Urban Village Is Model of Energy Efficiency

Designated a ‘Smart Energy Community’ by Using Latest Technology
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While Civita’s residents are still settling in, the 230-acre Mission Valley urban village is living up to its promise to become a model of sustainability and energy efficiency.


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Preparing for a Storm of Disability Claims

EEOC Complaints Are Being Filed at a Record Pace
By Richard D. Alaniz
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Several factors that have been developing over the last several years are poised to plunge employers into a new wave of disability claims. There are a number of proactive steps that employers can take to avoid problems.


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