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Ameresco Begins $45 Million Performance Contract for GSA

Comprehensive Contract to Address Energy Efficiency, Provide Renewable Energy Solutions
March 24, 2014

Ameresco Inc. announced that implementation of a $45 million energy savings performance contract (ESPC) is now underway for the General Services Administration (GSA). The ESPC will serve two federal buildings within the GSA’s National Capital Region outside of Washington, D.C.


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Troubleshooting Challenge: A Split System That’s Not Cooling

March 10, 2014

Looking ahead to the upcoming cooling season, the equipment in this troubleshooting situation is a split system that’s approximately eight years old, consisting of a gas furnace that provides heat in the winter and a condensing unit and A coil to provide summer cooling.


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Customizing PTFE Seals and Gaskets for Enhanced Performance

Not All Seals and Gaskets Are the Same; Here Are Some Performance Characteristics and Other Factors to Consider
March 10, 2014

When it comes to the supply of the PTFE seals and gaskets commonly used in combination with other parts that make up many components and assemblies, there are a number of important factors that specifiers need to consider, according to industry experts.


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Consumer Search Behavior Shows Mobile Is Growing

Mobile Climbs as Consumers Continue to Adopt Online Purchasing Habits
March 10, 2014

DAC Group and Kantar have released the results of their latest consumer search behavior survey. Results in the categories of general consumer search behavior, mobile, and social search show steady trending in digital adoption.


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European Spotlight

India Blocks HFC Phasedown, Spain Approves F-Gas Tax

India Is Concerned About Economics, Spain Will Not Tax First Refrigerant Charge in New Equipment
March 10, 2014

India has continued to block the move for a global HFC phasedown at a meeting of Montreal Protocol nations due to concerns over cost and availability of technology. Spain has approved the introduction of a tax on f-gases that will see refrigerants being taxed at up to €20 per tonne of CO2 equivalent by 2016.


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European Spotlight

R-22 Phase Out — HCFC’s Final Orders

Now Is the Time to Act and Replace R-22
March 3, 2014

Europe is now only a year away from a total ban on R-22 and other hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs). And Peter Dinnage warns, the HVAC industry has to act fast to get the message across to customers.


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Btu Buddy 131: Oil Burner Service Call

February 17, 2014

Bob and Tim were on their way to an oil heat service call. It is cold and the owner has no heat. Tim read the service ticket for today and said, “The owner says that the burner won’t burn and makes a sputtering sound for a few minutes and shuts off.”


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Wireless Instruments Increase Accuracy, Streamline Service

Do It Better and Shorten Time on the Job
February 17, 2014

Successful contractors are always looking for ways to be more efficient and do a better job. Using wireless instruments to take all measurements simultaneously can make the job easier and better, resulting in quicker, more accurate diagnoses and a system that’s optimized for peak performance. 


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Best Practices in Hiring: Reducing Turnover and Limiting Liability

By Putting a Little Effort into Finding Quality Employees, Employers Can Reduce Turnover
February 17, 2014

Finding good employees is a key step in retaining employees and thus reducing turnover. There are a number of steps employers can take to help improve their hiring procedures.


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Pepco Awarded Performance Contract from U.S. Army

Contract Has an Initial Design and Construction Value of Approximately $8 Million
February 17, 2014

Pepco Energy Services Inc. has been awarded a task order to implement a comprehensive energy savings performance contract (ESPC) at the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Systems Center in Natick, Mass.


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