HVAC Commercial Market

Overcoming High-performance Building Obstacles

Challenges, Opportunities Abound for Savvy HVAC Contractors

With today’s technology, it’s possible for a high-performance building to integrate and optimize all its major functions while also ensuring energy efficiency and comfort. Yet, while opportunities abound for HVAC contractors in this niche, many say there are still barriers restricting the growth of high-performance buildings.


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Optimizing Building Energy Use

System Integration, Advanced Diagnostics Boost High-performance Facilities

The goal of a high-performance building is to optimize its performance and energy use at all times, in all conditions. And, trends in smart controls and system integration are making this goal more achievable than ever before.


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Don’t Overlook the Trees

Modern Approaches to Wood-fired Hydronic Heating

Long before Americans had access to natural gas, propane, fuel oil, or electricity, and long before there were automatically controlled central heating systems, wood was the most commonly used heating fuel.


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Feb. 11, 2015: Optimum Energy Introduces OptiCx Chiller Diagnostics

Provides the Foundation for a Chiller Maintenance Action Plan

Optimum Energy has introduced OptiCx™ Chiller Diagnostics, a tool providing transparency into chiller operations through monthly status reports. Chiller Diagnostics provides a scorecard in red-yellow-green format that forms the foundation for a chiller maintenance action plan.


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Data Center Cooling Market Shows Growth

Demand for Cloud-based Storage and Colocation Services Contribute to Growth

According to research, temperature controls and air conditioning at data center sites together consume about 50 percent of the overall power in a data center. The need to optimize overall infrastructure budgets is driving the need for efficient data center cooling.


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2015 AHR Expo

Photos from the 2015 AHR Expo at McCormick Place in Chicago.

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NEWSMakers: Andy Patron
Andy Patron, partner with FMI Corp., discusses the impact a national labor shortage may have on the mechanical contracting industry. Posted on March 27.
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