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Seattle SMACNA Sponsors IAQ Seminars

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The Seattle chapter of the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association (SMACNA) sponsored a seminar that focused on educating HVAC contractors on the latest tools and trends available to assist in dealing with indoor air quality (IAQ) threats and safeguards.
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San Diego Sheet Metal Works Wins SMACNA Award

By Mark Skaer
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California Association of Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors National Association (California SMACNA) presented the 2002 Tom Guilfoy Memorial Architectural Sheet Metal Award to San Diego Sheet Metal Works for its project (“Concourse C”) in the Portland International Airport in Portland, OR.
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Western Nevada Supply Opens New Training Center

By Mark Skaer
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Western Nevada Supply Co., a distributor of Rehau products, recently announced the grand opening of its new state-of-the-art hvac training center at the Truckee Meadows Community College Technical Institute.
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Tucson Campus Benefits From Chilled-Water Plant Improvements

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Improvements in energy consumption in the chilled-water plant at the University of Arizona were significant enough in recent years that the electric utility felt it should check its metering equipment. Plant improvements led to an electric demand reduction in the magnitude of 2 MW.
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Idaho Adopts International Codes

By James Siegel
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Idaho Governor Dirk Kempthorne recently signed House Bill 586 and House Bill 409 into law, which adopts new construction and fire codes for use in the state of Idaho.
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Predicting Air Conditioning Energy Bills Can Be Tricky

By Mark Skaer
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A team of researchers recently analyzed the utility bills of Las Vegas homeowners living in new Building America houses to see if predicted energy savings were being achieved. The analysis turned up some surprises, and the lessons learned should help refine predictions for hot climate energy use.
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Portland Building Installs Under-Floor System

By James Siegel
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Ad agency Wieden + Kennedy's new home in a former Portland, OR, warehouse presented unique challenges in design. It also offered the opportunity to install a very different heating and cooling system provided by The Trane Company.
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Two CA Contractors Honored For Legislative Contributions

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The Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association (SMACNA) recognized two California contractors for their exceptional legislative contributions at its annual legislative awards dinner in Washington, DC.
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No Small Success For Owner Of Energy Conservation Hawaii

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Darren Kimura and Energy Conservation Hawaii (ECH) have each come a long way since 1995. Kimura, who started ECH more than six years ago, has developed into quite a businessman, recently being named the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA’s) 2002 Young Entrepreneur of the Year for Hawaii.
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Information Only Helps If It’s Implemented, Says Contractor

By Mark Skaer
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If International Service Leadership (ISL) ever sought a “poster contractor” — as opposed to a poster child — Leland Smith should be ISL president Bill Efird’s first choice.
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