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Btu Buddy 118: Tim Gets a Shock

January 21, 2013
Bob and Tim arrived at their fifth service call of the day. They were both wet from servicing a heat pump outdoor unit in the snow. This was a no heat call for a gas furnace. The weather was cold and there was no heat at all in the house. 


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Consultant Offers Top 10 Green Building Trends for 2013

January 21, 2013
Leading green building and sustainability consultant Jerry Yudelson has released his annual list of “Top 10 Megatrends” for the green building industry. Yudelson said, “It looks like a good year ahead for the green building industry.”


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Minimizing Employee Litigation Through Arbitration Agreements

January 21, 2013
Lawsuits are expensive and inconvenient, but employee litigation can be even more painful for companies, executives, and managers. Fortunately, employers can minimize many employee lawsuits and their fallout through arbitration agreements, where a neutral arbitrator hears the facts of the dispute and makes a binding ruling.


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New York High-Rise to Install Combined Cooling, Heating, and Power System

January 21, 2013
Tecogen Inc. announced that it has signed a contract with the Brevoort East, a luxury 323 unit high-rise co-op in Greenwich Village, N.Y., to provide a turnkey Tecogen combined cooling, heating, and power (CCHP) system. The system will deliver electricity, space heating, domestic hot water, and air conditioning to the building’s common areas.


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Troubleshooting Challenge: A Gas Furnace That Won’t Heat

January 7, 2013
In this troubleshooting problem, the customer’s general definition of the situation gets more specific when you arrive at the site and discover that the reason there is no heat is because although the burners ignite on a call for heat, the air handling system never starts, and the system’s limit control shuts the furnace down.


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Increasing the Lifespan and Reliability of Electrical Components

January 7, 2013
Heat is both a byproduct and one of the greatest enemies of electrical and electronic components. If not dissipated, this heat has the potential to cause early failures and malfunctions.


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Consumers, Manufacturers Are Focused on Quality and Safety, Says UL Study

January 7, 2013
Underwriters Laboratories (UL) has released the 2012 findings of its annual global study, The Product Mindset, which examines manufacturer and consumer perceptions about how products are made, sold, bought and consumed. This year's findings show high expectations about quality and safety.


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How Commercial Building Owners Can Save this Winter

January 7, 2013
The winter season is unpredictable, and nobody knows what frigid weather may be coming up in 2013. Tozour Energy Systems, an HVAC equipment and service provider, offers a short list of tips for commercial building owners and operators to help them save on their energy bills this season.


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Btu Buddy 117: Oil Burner Pump Problem - Part 2

December 17, 2012
Bob and Tim have gotten together after work to discuss the oil furnace service call that they were on earlier in the day. Bob had asked Tim if he would be willing to stay after work and review the call and Tim readily agreed.


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Contractor Boosts Revenue with Mobile Work Order Management

December 17, 2012
Hank’s Plumbing of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, replaced paper forms with mobile software from Flowfinity Wireless Inc., Vancouver, British Columbia, on its field technicians’ smartphones to gain significantly improved management of time and materials.


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