Amid a faltering economy, and with primaries for the 2008 elections now in process, the political landscape grows more uncertain for businesses and employers. In the coming months, four issues currently under consideration in Congress loom particularly large because of their potential impact on companies.
As noted in a Newsline story in the Jan. 14, 2008 issue of The NEWS, Johnson Controls announced that four students of Carnegie Mellon University are the first-place winners in its open letter-writing competition - Tomorrow’s Energy Ambassadors, Managers, and Scholars (TEAMS). Here is a copy of the winning letter.
This article focuses on stand-alone data loggers
in conjunction with the logging capabilities of the BAS in the context of use
by a commissioning provider. It also provides tips on specific
procedures and techniques that will enable the efficient and effective use of
data loggers to analyze building performance.
As always, in long tail coverage such as
Workers’ Compensation, there are challenges that cloud the future. The Workers’
Comp outlook for 2008 is one of caution and concern. Here is an assessment of
what employers can look forward to in the year ahead and even beyond.
The information provided here on assorted water heater problems assumes that the water heater was properly installed and was operating correctly before any problems developed. This is just a general guide to the most common water heating problems.
Two of the industry’s most influential manufacturing associations reached a historic merger that creates a powerful advocacy for the trade. The boards of the Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute (ARI) and the Gas Appliance Manufacturers Association (GAMA) approved the merger and sent the proposal for a vote that successfully passed.
Diversity became an increasingly common topic as 2007 progressed. The number of Hispanic workers in the construction trades steadily rose and it is predicted that those numbers will continue to do so in 2008.
Al Gore was not the only one talking tough on the issue of global warming in 2007. DuPont Fluoroproducts made bold statements recognizing many current HFCs as contributors to the global warming situation.
In 2007, sustainability was a major buzzword in the industry. According to many involved in HVACR, including contractors and manufacturers, sustainability should soon become what energy conservation was during the 1970s, recovery-recycling in the 80s, brownouts-blackouts in the 90s, and 13 SEER in recent years.