Ensuring energy efficiency, cost effectiveness, and comfort
June 8, 2015
Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS), located in the Atlanta metro area, is the largest school system in Georgia. The school district runs a full preventive maintenance program on most of its mechanical equipment. And it continues to add new preventive maintenance job plans for pieces of equipment that didn’t have one before.
On a recent call to replace an aging gas boiler, the owners reported a persistent gas smell. The gas company had previously inspected the building and couldn’t find a leak. Yet the smell continued. The point is, if you smell gas, however subtle the smell, there is a gas leak. Somewhere. The challenge can indeed be where to find it.
Your employees are your company’s most valuable assets. The way that your employees drive says a lot about them and your company, notes the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Be sure they make a positive statement by following these work-related safe driving practices.
A new report has found that the environmental challenge caused by booming global demand for refrigeration could be far greater than previously thought. Due to changing demographics, particularly in Asia, the number of refrigerated vehicles on the road could feasibly reach 15.5 million by 2025, up from less than 3 million in 2013.
Watkins experiencing 30 percent mpg improvement with hybrid electric powertrain
June 8, 2015
XL Hybrids Inc., a supplier of fleet electrification solutions for commercial and municipal fleets, has announced the successful installation of its XL3 hybrid electric drive system in the fleet of Watkins Heating & Cooling, a HVAC service company headquartered in Springboro, Ohio.
Bob and Tim were at a no cooling call, the first of the year. They turned the thermostat to cooling and put it on a low setting so the heat pump would come on and stay on. They went to the outdoor unit and felt the leaving air and the piping and Tim said, “The unit is running in the heating mode. I wonder what is going on?”
Now is a good time for contractors — along with facility operators and engineering firms — to take a close look at ASHRAE’s pending Legionella standard. ASHRAE 188P, “Legionellosis: Risk Management for Building Water Systems,” could become a standard as early as July if the latest comments do not warrant another public review.
When Wendy’s International LLC created its employee handbook, the company probably never imagined it would become the poster child for what not to do. Yet the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has held up Wendy’s efforts as an example of illegal, overbroad rules and regulations in violation of federal labor laws.
A survey of over 100 ammonia refrigeration systems operating in food manufacturing facilities in the United Kingdom found that less than 20 percent met legislation covering dangerous and explosive materials.
Contractor Offers HVAC, Plumbing, Fabrication, BIM, and LEED Capabilities
May 18, 2015
Computer Guidance Corp., a developer of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software for the construction industry, announced that Ivey Mechanical Inc., a customer of Computer Guidance since 1990, has successfully gone live with the company’s latest ERP solution — eCMS v.4.0.