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Relying on a Service Professional for Professional Service

Even Do-it-Yourself HVAC Projects Can Benefit from Professional Help
August 5, 2013
The best way to avoid costly HVAC system repairs is to perform regular preventive work, and, while most work is best left to the professionals, some things can be performed without the assistance of a service professional. 


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Multifamily Project Wins Building Brooklyn Award

Steven Winter Associates Honored for LEED and Energy Star Certified Project
August 5, 2013
Steven Winter Associates Inc. (SWA) announced that the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce selected the firm’s multifamily project, The Hegeman Residence, to receive a Building Brooklyn Award. The project received the award in honor of its contributions to sustainable construction in the affordable housing sector. 


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Btu Buddy 124: Superheat Explained - Part 1

July 22, 2013
Bob and Tim were in the company conference room where Bob is set to give Tim some extra training at Tim’s suggestion. Bob said, “Tim, you asked for more explanation of what superheat is. This is not a very simple topic. It will take a couple of meetings to go into detail about it.”


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NREL Adds Eyes, Brains to Occupancy Detection

High-Accuracy Sensor Can Save on Lighting and HVAC
July 22, 2013
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has developed and made available for license the image processing occupancy sensor (IPOS), which combines an inexpensive camera and computer vision algorithms that can recognize the presence of human occupants.


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Managing the Rise of Meritless Whistleblower Retaliation Claims

To Properly Respond, Companies Need to Understand the Latest Trends and Developments
July 22, 2013
In order to properly respond to meritless whistleblower retaliation claims, companies need to understand trends and developments in this area. They must also know how to respond if one of their employees claims retaliation.


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Ruby Tuesday Selects ServiceChannel as Services Management Platform

Restaurant Chain to Leverage Technology Platform for Repair and Maintenance Across All Locations
July 22, 2013
ServiceChannel, a leading facilities services management platform, announced that Ruby Tuesday Inc. has chosen its technology to streamline facilities management across its 750 locations throughout the United States.


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Troubleshooting Challenge: A Preventive Maintenance Check on a Heat Pump

July 8, 2013
In this month’s troubleshooting situation, the customer hasn’t called because their HVAC system has stopped cooling. You’re there because they’ve requested a preventive maintenance check of the five-year-old equipment to determine if there are any potential problems that would affect the system performance in the future.


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The Fuel Cell Market Has Great Potential - or Not

Fuels Cells for Stationary Applications Have Been Touted for a While
July 8, 2013
In checking The NEWS archives, we began regularly writing about fuel cells in the year 2000. Although they have not had a major impact yet, there have been a number of announcements in the last several months that may finally indicate the emergence of fuel cells as a significant factor.


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Don’t Market on the Cheap

Your Sales and Reputation Will Suffer
July 8, 2013
Don’t make the mistake of trying to market on the cheap. If you are not going to make your business look like a million dollars, which when done properly does not cost that much extra, don’t bother with marketing at all.


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Infrastructure Upgrades to Save School District Over $9 Million

Project Includes Lighting, Heating, Cooling, and Indoor Air Quality Upgrades
July 8, 2013
ABM, a leading provider of facility solutions, announced its ABM Building Services business has been selected by Orange County (Va.) Public Schools to implement division-wide energy and infrastructure upgrades to its schools through ABM’s Bundled Energy Solutions Program.


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