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Watch Out for UFOs: Worker Centers as ‘Union Front Organizers’

They Don’t Follow the Same Rules as Unions, Even While Some Lay the Groundwork for Unionization
By Richard D. Alaniz
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Non-union companies usually work to keep an eye out for signs of union organization among their workforces. However, they are generally focusing on unions and union organizers, not nonprofit groups like “worker centers.” Yet some of these worker centers have begun partnering with unions.


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Performance Contract to Cut Energy Use by 30 Percent at Appalachian State

Energy Savings Measures Will Be Installed in 28 Buildings Encompassing over 1.6 Million Square Feet
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Pepco Energy Services Inc., a subsidiary of Pepco Holdings Inc., has signed a $16.3 million comprehensive energy savings performance contract (ESPC) with Appalachian State University.


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Leak Testing and Evacuation

Service Tips for Techs
By Mike Taitano
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For newer technicians on the job, here are a couple of HVAC service tips about leak testing and evacuating after repairing a system.


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New Tool Brings Precision, Savings to Energy Audits

Software Package Developed by NREL in Partnership with concept3D
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An energy audit tool that more accurately pinpoints potential energy savings while potentially costing 35 percent to 75 percent less than traditional audits is set to hit the multi-billion-dollar energy retrofit industry next year.


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Using Barter to Boost HVAC Sales

Barter Exchanges Bring New Buyers and Sellers Together, Potentially Creating a New Customer Base
By John Strabley
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Savvy HVAC contractors are discovering that bartering is a great vehicle for using downtime, moving excess inventory, attracting new customers, and generating barter dollars that can be used for advertising and other business expenses.


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Housing Continues to Climb Back to Normal

Nationwide Market Is Running at 86 Percent of Normal
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Housing markets in 54 out of the approximately 350 metro areas nationwide returned to or exceeded their last normal levels of economic and housing activity, according to the latest National Association of Home Builders/First American Leading Markets Index (LMI).


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Btu Buddy 128: Why a Heat Pump?

By Bill Johnson
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The season was getting colder and heating calls were beginning to come in. Bob and Tim were riding to a large residence that had three heat pumps to provide heating and cooling for the structure and Tim asked a question, “Why are heat pumps so popular?”


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Tips for Specifying the ‘Right’ Air Curtain

When Specifying Air Curtains, Engineers, Designers, and Contractors Must Consider Numerous Factors
By Frank Cuaderno
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For engineers, designers, and contractors, determining the right HVAC system for their commercial and industrial building projects is critically important. An air curtain may be a small part of a building’s HVAC package, but it can help turn a good building design into a great building design.


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How Federal Contractors Can Navigate Affirmative Action Compliance

Laws Governing Affirmative Action for Contractors Are Lengthy and Complicated
By Richard D. Alaniz
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If companies with federal contracts or subcontracts are found to be non-compliant in regard to equal employment and affirmative action, they can face mandatory changes in their employment policies as well as bad publicity.


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WSU, Avista Collaborate on Smart Grid Project

Unpredictable Fluctuations in Renewable Energy Create Challenges for Utilities
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One of the challenges of relying on renewable energy, such as solar and wind, is that changes in weather conditions can lead to sudden drops in the amount of power provided. One way utilities can handle this is by “shedding,” or reducing, some of their electrical load.


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