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Multifamily Housing Starts Rise, but Single-Family Numbers Fall Further

May 19, 2008
The downswing in single-family housing deepened in April while a bump up for the month in the volatile multifamily market lifted total housing starts 8.2 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.032 million units, according to figures released by the Commerce Department. Total starts were down 30.6 percent from a year earlier.
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Residential Cooling, Heating Equipment Shipments Down in February

April 7, 2008
United States factory shipments of residential cooling and heating equipment declined in February, compared with the same month a year ago, according to the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI).
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Construction Faces Tumultuous Year For Projects, Prices, Labor

March 10, 2008
Nonresidential construction will experience wide variance in demand, materials cost, and labor availability, according to a Construction Inflation Alert released by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC).
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Short- and Long-Term Economic Doldrums?

February 4, 2008
If you’re down in the dumps over the latest news and views regarding the near term state of the economy, then don’t look at the Congressional Budget Office’s (CBO’s) latest projections to brighten things up for the long run. But let’s first grasp a little history.
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Johnson Controls Competition: Carnegie Mellon Students' Open Letter

January 14, 2008
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.
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The NEWS' Top Stories of 2007

December 24, 2007
Each year the HVAC industry proves to be diverse, resilient, and ever changing. The year 2007 was no different as multiple events spurred change and helped establish new trends.
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ARI and GAMA Joined Forces

December 24, 2007
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.
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Cultural Diversity Tested Industry Flexibility

December 24, 2007
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.
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Gearing Up for Refrigerant Phaseout

December 24, 2007
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.
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Sustainability Became the New SEER

December 24, 2007
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.
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