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Seasonal Start-ups: They're Not as Simple as You Think

April 22, 2013
The cooling season is upon us. Are your customers’ commercial HVAC systems up to the task? Now’s the time to conduct a seasonal start-up, to make sure you’re able to provide reliable, efficient cooling throughout the warmest months of the year.


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Minimizing the Risk of Background Checks

April 22, 2013
Hiring is an expensive, time-consuming process — employers want to make sure they get it right the first time. For many employers, background checks represent a key tool in ensuring the people they hire are trustworthy and have the skills, experience, and education they claim to possess.


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Net Zero Energy Bullitt Center Celebrates Grand Opening

April 22, 2013
Seattle's Bullitt Center, designed to become the world’s largest functioning, commercial Living Building — a facility certified to an international sustainable performance standard — is inviting the community to celebrate Earth Day with an grand opening event on April 22, 2013, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.


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Fifteen Essentials of a Residential HVAC Tune-Up

April 8, 2013
It’s well recognized that your car or truck needs regular maintenance. HVAC contractors and technicians likewise emphasize to their residential customers that their HVAC system needs a regular tune-up to keep the unit up and running and provide optimum performance. Here are 15 essentials of a residential HVAC tune-up.


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Polypropylene Pipe Helps Ease Elementary School’s Transition to Geothermal

School District Leverages Grant Money to Upgrade Heating System
April 8, 2013
The Park Orchard Elementary retrofit included replacing classroom heating systems. The Kent School District was awarded a $1 million-plus grant from the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction for project design enhancements including the installation of a ground-source heat pump system.


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Five Tips to Take Your Business to the Next Level

April 8, 2013
Almost on a daily basis, news reports detail the marketplace factors that can affect businesses large and small. No matter what potentially game-changing information is coming out of Washington, D.C., though, there are winning strategies that not only endure but should be part of every workplace’s culture.


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GSA Completes Restoration of Hipolito Federal Building

April 8, 2013
The General Services Administration (GSA) has completed the restoration of the Hipolito Garcia Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in San Antonio. The renovated building is expected to achieve a 38.8 percent reduction in energy usage, which will result in energy cost savings of approximately $87,515 per year.


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Btu Buddy 120: Heat Pump No Heat Call - Part 1

March 18, 2013
Bob and Tim were on their way to a service contract routine procedure when the dispatcher called and asked them to go to a residence that had no heat and had a very sick family member. They needed heat as quickly as possible.


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How to Bid and Win Air Sealing Jobs

March 18, 2013
For HVAC contractors looking to increase sales, weatherization services like air sealing can be a natural extension of their businesses, offering many professionals a way to boost profits and reduce outsourcing. Bidding an air sealing job, however, can be an intimidating process. Here are a few easy steps to simplify the bidding process.


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Impact of Decision Holding President Obama’s NLRB Appointments Unconstitutional

March 18, 2013
On Jan. 25, 2013, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (D.C. Circuit) ruled that President Obama had unconstitutionally appointed three board members to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Thus, the NLRB has lacked its required quorum of three members for the past year, calling all of its decisions into question.


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