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IGSHPA Keynote Urges Contractors to Stop Apologizing

Architect Calls Geothermal an Important Part of Reducing Energy Footprint of Buildings
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Architect Eric Corey Freed specializes in green designs and makes extensive use of geothermal heating and cooling. That experience led the International Ground Source Heat Pump Association (IGSHPA) to invite him to deliver the keynote at this year’s Technical Conference and Expo. Here is a Q&A with Freed.


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New Ohio Efficiency Resource Fund to Help Upgrade Buildings

Small and Medium-Sized Businesses Can Now Get Funding for Energy Efficiency Retrofits
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Smaller businesses, schools, churches, and clinics throughout Ohio could potentially cut tens of millions of dollars a year off their energy bills using a new financial tool launched by the Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE).


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Troubleshooting Challenge: A Package Unit That’s Not Moving Air

By Jim Johnson
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In this month’s troubleshooting situation, our customer has called to say that the roof-mounted gas pack on their 1,500-square-foot home isn’t keeping them cool. Their specific description of the problem is that they “can’t feel any air” coming from the supply registers.


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Ventilation Solution Slashes Development’s Energy Bill by 30 Percent

Cost to Ventilate the Property’s Garage Has Been Reduced by $59,400 a Year
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Nagle Energy Solutions (NES) announced that an innovative garage ventilation system the company designed and installed at Oceanview Village, a large urban development in San Francisco, cut the entire annual electric bill by 30 percent.


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Three Secrets to Selling in the Social World

The Ability to Leverage Social Media Is Becoming More of a Factor in Selling
By Chuck Terry
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There will always be a huge need for improving interpersonal skills in selling, but every day social media impacts our lives a bit more. How can sales professionals make the most of social media in their selling efforts? Here are three tips.


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Beth Israel Hospital Is New York AEE’s Energy Project of the Year

Hospital Installs Combined Heat and Power (CHP) System
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The energy efficiency project at Continuum Health - Beth Israel Brooklyn has been named Energy Project of the Year by the New York City chapter of the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE).


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Btu Buddy 125: Superheat Explained - Part 2

By Bill Johnson
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Bob and Tim were on their way to a no cooling call at a residence. They were pretty sure that it was a low refrigerant call. Bob said, “I hope that we can put the last lesson into practical practice. We have gone to a great deal of trouble to understand superheat.”


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Induction Beams: Engineered Comfort for Today’s Buildings

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This article presents the induction beam, an induction terminal that has been updated for today’s buildings and applied in the ceiling plane. As we explore the induction beam system, we will compare it to the traditional variable air volume (VAV) system as well as another newcomer to the American market, the chilled beam system.


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A Narrower Definition of ‘Supervisor’ Aids Employers

Supreme Court Ruling Helps Limit Liability
By Richard D. Alaniz
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On June 24, 2013, the United States Supreme Court narrowed the definition of who qualifies as a “supervisor” for the purposes of harassment cases. This holding is a significant win for employers and affords opportunities for employers to limit their liability when harassment claims are made.


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CHP and Fog Humidification Cut Energy and O&M Costs

Army Research Laboratory Switches to More Efficient System
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The Army Research Lab (ARL) is going through a series of programs to improve its energy efficiency. One step called for installing an onsite generator and using the waste heat to replace the boiler generated hot water. But the boiler was also producing steam to humidify some of the laboratory’s clean rooms.


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