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Steps in Optimizing a Building to Operate as a High Performance Building

Energy Efficiency Has Made Its Way to the Top of Many Organizations’ To-Do Lists
June 24, 2013
The energy efficiency of commercial buildings has improved over the last several decades, but the HVAC industry has only scratched the surface when it comes to squeezing the energy waste out of underperforming buildings.


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Palmer Helps Benchmark Improve Cash Flow

Field Service Management Solution Operates Via Internet or Smartphones
June 10, 2013
With years of experience working with small businesses and technology, Brent Clark Palmer has always looked for the best solution for whatever company he’s worked for. Joining up with Benchmark Air Conditioning Inc., Bakersfield, Calif., Palmer has helped the business grow in his time there.


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Chilled Beams: What They Are, Why You Should Use Them

May 20, 2013
A chilled beam is an air distribution device with an integral coil that may be installed within a space in order to provide sensible cooling and heating. There are two main types of chilled beams: active and passive.


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Service Manager Course Leads to New HVAC Service Shop

Rick Martinez Opened Home Environment Solutions LLC on March 1
May 6, 2013
Husband and wife team Rick and Kelly Martinez had been kicking around the idea of opening their own HVAC service shop for a few years but could never gather enough information to feel comfortable making the leap. The International Training Institute’s (ITI) Service Manager Course, however, made the difference.


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Seasonal Start-ups: They're Not as Simple as You Think

April 22, 2013
The cooling season is upon us. Are your customers’ commercial HVAC systems up to the task? Now’s the time to conduct a seasonal start-up, to make sure you’re able to provide reliable, efficient cooling throughout the warmest months of the year.


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Polypropylene Pipe Helps Ease Elementary School’s Transition to Geothermal

School District Leverages Grant Money to Upgrade Heating System
April 8, 2013
The Park Orchard Elementary retrofit included replacing classroom heating systems. The Kent School District was awarded a $1 million-plus grant from the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction for project design enhancements including the installation of a ground-source heat pump system.


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How to Bid and Win Air Sealing Jobs

March 18, 2013
For HVAC contractors looking to increase sales, weatherization services like air sealing can be a natural extension of their businesses, offering many professionals a way to boost profits and reduce outsourcing. Bidding an air sealing job, however, can be an intimidating process. Here are a few easy steps to simplify the bidding process.


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Mohegan Sun Improves IAQ While Saving Energy

March 4, 2013
One aspect of Mohegan Sun’s green initiatives is to improve energy efficiency. The challenge is to find ways to maximize efficiency without sacrificing indoor environmental quality. One way that Mohegan Sun achieves this balance is by implementing a ventilation solution known as demand controlled ventilation or DCV.


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Energy Efficiency, Geothermal Heat Pumps, and ‘Negawatts’

The Lowest Cost Unit of Energy Is One That Is Not Used
February 18, 2013
A recent study by Ceres — “Practicing Risk-Aware Electricity Regulation: What Every State Regulator Needs to Know” — concluded that the least cost and least risk for future energy resources is energy efficiency. Indeed, the lowest cost unit of energy is one that is not used.


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The Need for Bearing Protection for Inverter-Duty Motors

February 4, 2013
All major manufacturers of three-phase ac induction motors offer “inverter-duty” or “inverter-ready” models, but while these motors have inverter-rated insulation to protect the windings, the bearings — their most vulnerable parts — are too often ignored. 


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