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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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Ventilation Solution Slashes Development’s Energy Bill by 30 Percent

Cost to Ventilate the Property’s Garage Has Been Reduced by $59,400 a Year
September 9, 2013
Nagle Energy Solutions (NES) announced that an innovative garage ventilation system the company designed and installed at Oceanview Village, a large urban development in San Francisco, cut the entire annual electric bill by 30 percent.


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Induction Beams: Engineered Comfort for Today’s Buildings

August 19, 2013
This article presents the induction beam, an induction terminal that has been updated for today’s buildings and applied in the ceiling plane. As we explore the induction beam system, we will compare it to the traditional variable air volume (VAV) system as well as another newcomer to the American market, the chilled beam system.


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PCACS Reinvents Its Inventory Tracking

HVAC Firm Gains Significantly Improved Inventory Control
August 5, 2013
Professional Cooling and Control Systems (PCACS) provides commercial facilities with high-performance building automation controls and HVAC services. For years, PCACS used an informal approach to tracking inventory. But this resulted in several major issues that cost PCACS valuable time and money.


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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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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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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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