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Natural Ventilation: Keeping Health Care Buildings Healthy

For an Energy Efficient Solution, Natural Ventilation Should Be Fully Automated
By Chris Monson
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Keeping large buildings well ventilated has always been a challenge. In health care buildings especially, supplying clean fresh air is of utmost importance to prevent CO2 and other contaminants from accumulating. The answer to energy efficient, healthily ventilated ambient environments? Natural ventilation.


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Building Your Brand: Go Big or Go Home

Book Explains How to Build Your Brand into a Major Asset
By Greg Mazurkiewicz
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Many small businesses have plain, nondescript logos, and have built a plain, nondescript brand. In his book, Building a Big Small Business Brand, Dan Antonelli notes that it doesn’t have to be that way. Building a big brand can make a big difference for the small business owner.


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Five Digitally Vulnerable Areas You May be Overlooking in Your Business

List Includes Digital Devices Used Every Day That Could Result in a Security Breach
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According to a recent study by the Ponemon Institute, data breaches cost U.S. enterprises an average of $5.4 million per incident in 2012. Cintas Corp. partnered with the Ponemon Institute to identify five digital devices that are overlooked areas in a business and could be subject to a security breach.


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Btu Buddy 132: Tuning an Oil Furnace

By Bill Johnson
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Tim had asked Bob to go into depth about tuning an oil burner during the last service call. “You said that oil burning equipment requires more attention than any other type of residential heating equipment,” Tim said. “Can you explain why?”


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Technology Advancements Create New Air Curtain Applications

Air Curtains, or Air Doors as They Are Also Called, Are Finding Broader Use
By Stephen Benes
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There has been a deluge of recent technological advancements that are creating new air curtain applications that were barely imaginable 10 years ago. Advancements have ranged from more efficient electric heaters to manufacturing improvements that now extend lengths up to 16 feet.


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Using Background Checks Wisely: Tips and Recommendations

One of the EEOC’s Areas of Focus Has Been Background Checks, Especially Criminal History
By Richard D. Alaniz
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One of 2013’s hallmarks in the labor and employment field is the aggressive stance taken by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), which enforces federal anti-discrimination laws. One of the EEOC’s areas of focus has been the use of background checks, especially criminal history.


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Ameresco Begins $45 Million Performance Contract for GSA

Comprehensive Contract to Address Energy Efficiency, Provide Renewable Energy Solutions
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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

By Jim Johnson
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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
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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
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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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