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Being Prepared for an EEOC Investigation

Recent Trends and Tips
October 21, 2013
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has taken an increasingly aggressive posture toward enforcement actions against employers. Employers should be aware of these troubling trends in EEOC behavior and be prepared to properly respond to an EEOC complaint.


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Church Recommissioning Project Yields Energy Savings, Utility Rebates

Payback Period for the Church Will Be Less Than Eighteen Months
October 21, 2013
Grace Church, a non-denominational congregation in Eden Prairie, Minn., is saving more than $100,000 annually in utility charges as a result of completing a recommissioning of its facility.


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HVACR Tips: Creating a Frame for Return Air Grilles

October 7, 2013
To establish the openings for return air grilles, you can use a frame made on the job from sheet metal. It forces the wall hangers to cut the return air openings as they install the sheetrock.


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Take the Long-Term View to a BEMS Investment

A Building Energy Management System Is an Investment in the Future
October 7, 2013
A building energy management system (BEMS) represents a significant investment, so it’s important to look beyond initial cost and specify one that is flexible, scalable, and backwards compatible in order to receive maximum value and return on investment over the long term.


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How to Address Employee Disengagement

Author Says It’s Time to Focus on Individuals’ Strengths
October 7, 2013
A Gallup poll published earlier this year should be quite alarming to the business community: Most American workers either hate their jobs or don’t care one way or the other about them.


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Perdue Farms Headquarters Renovation Earns LEED Platinum

Renovation Includes High-Efficiency HVAC, Integrated Carbon Dioxide Sensors and Fresh Air Ventilation, and More
October 7, 2013
Perdue Farms announced that it has received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Platinum green building certification — the highest possible ranking — from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for the renovation of its corporate office building.


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Btu Buddy 126: Gaining Efficiency with Subcooling

September 23, 2013
Bob and Tim have been tuning up a system with an orifice metering device for the correct evaporator charge, when Bob said, “There is another verse to tuning up a system, and it’s called subcooling.”


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San Diego Urban Village Is Model of Energy Efficiency

Designated a ‘Smart Energy Community’ by Using Latest Technology
September 23, 2013
While Civita’s residents are still settling in, the 230-acre Mission Valley urban village is living up to its promise to become a model of sustainability and energy efficiency.


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Preparing for a Storm of Disability Claims

EEOC Complaints Are Being Filed at a Record Pace
September 23, 2013
Several factors that have been developing over the last several years are poised to plunge employers into a new wave of disability claims. There are a number of proactive steps that employers can take to avoid problems.


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IGSHPA Keynote Urges Contractors to Stop Apologizing

Architect Calls Geothermal an Important Part of Reducing Energy Footprint of Buildings
September 23, 2013
Architect Eric Corey Freed specializes in green designs and makes extensive use of geothermal heating and cooling. That experience led the International Ground Source Heat Pump Association (IGSHPA) to invite him to deliver the keynote at this year’s Technical Conference and Expo. Here is a Q&A with Freed.


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