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BACnet Global Roadshow Schedule Announced

Roadshow Will Launch in Chicago on April 14

BACnet International and the BACnet Interest Group Europe (BIG-EU) have announced the schedule for the BACnet Global Roadshow 2015. The roadshow highlights the migration from proprietary systems to open standards in building automation.


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Getting a BEMS Back on Track

The Importance of Conducting a BEMS Audit

It is an alarming fact that many building energy management systems (BEMS) have either never been serviced or have received little or no maintenance in years. To enable users of its systems to address this potentially costly problem, a comprehensive BEMS audit should be carried out.


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Dress the Part: Implementing Dress Codes in the Workplace

Make Sure Your Dress Code Doesn’t Provoke Discrimination Claims

Tattoos, piercings, suggestive clothing, and other employee wardrobe choices can present sticky issues for employers. While companies generally have wide latitude to create and enforce dress codes, they may face unexpected landmines if they don’t plan ahead and consider the implications of their dress codes policies, or lack thereof.


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Embraco Unveils World’s First Oil-Free Compressor for Domestic Refrigeration

Removing Oil Circuit Opens Up Potential to Redesign Concept of Domestic Refrigerator, Says Company

Small compressor giant Embraco has unveiled the first oil-free compressor for domestic refrigerators in the world. The firm said it believes the new concept “will revolutionize residential refrigeration, expanding the possibilities in designing new refrigerators — from format to even additional smart features.”


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GSH Group Wins HVAC Services Contract from NYC Department of Correction

GSH to Provide HVAC Repairs, Replacement, Maintenance, and New Installation

GSH Group Inc., a multi-national facilities and energy management provider, announced that it has been awarded a three-year contract with the New York City Department of Correction. The contract, valued at over $2.7 million, is for HVAC services at various department facilities.


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Electric Arc Welding Safety

Preventing Electrical Shock Should Be a Priority

While workers performing electric arc welding are subject to hazards related to the inhalation of toxic fumes, eye hazards, burns or fires, the most potentially perilous hazard they face is electrical shock, which can result in electrocution and other horrific physiological problems.


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Building Your HVAC Business: 4 Ways to Appeal to Millennials

How to Attract This New Customer Base

The millennial generation, born between 1980 and 2000, will make up 50 percent of the global workforce by 2020. Over the next six years, this generation will climb the income ladder, purchase homes, and even start their own businesses. Here are some ways to begin cultivating and successfully acquiring this new customer base.


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AREA Releases New F-gas Regulation Guide

Changes Will Become Reality on Jan. 1, 2015

European contractor’s association AREA has launched its guide on the new F-gas regulation, aimed at clarifying the forthcoming changes for professionals who work in the refrigeration, air conditioning, and heat pump sectors.


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NEWSMakers: Mark Crockett
Mark Crockett vice president, Crockett Facilities Services, explains the importance of technician training, the value of being a top minority-owned company in the U.S., current projects the company is managing, and much more. Posted on April 24.
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