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Refrigeration

Ice Breaker: Customer Service is Imperative

Soft Skills Aptitude Needed to be a Better Technician

Having excellent customer service skills not only makes you a better technician — it makes you a better employee. 


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Oct. 2, 2014: DOE to Hold Public Meeting on Test Procedures for WICF Refrigeration Systems

Oct. 22. Meeting is Open to the Public and Available to Attend Via Webinar

The discussion will focus solely on the mechanics of measuring the relevant values and the downstream calculations needed to rate the efficiency of WICF refrigeration system basic models that are either sold as mixed or matched systems.


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HVAC Industry Commits $5 Billion to Refrigerant Plan

Manufacturers, Organizations Look to Reduce Hydrofluorocarbon Use 80 Percent by 2050

AHRI representatives said the HVACR industry is committing $5 billion over the next decade to research and develop new refrigerants and equipment to help accomplish the phasedown.


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Carrier Studies Natural Refrigerants in Europe

Study Decodes Key Drivers For and Against Sustainable Refrigeration

The study seeks to provide a clear picture of the key drivers for and against the adoption of sustainable refrigeration and refrigerant options, and the effects of legislation.


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Sept. 26, 2014: DOE Denies AHRI’s Petition for Reconsideration of Walk-in Coolers and Freezers Rule

AHRI Petition Is Said to be Procedurally Improper

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice in response to the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute’s (AHRI’s) petition for reconsideration of DOE’s final rule on energy efficiency standards for walk-in coolers and freezers (WICFs). DOE announced it is denying the petition.


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Sept. 25, 2014: HVACR Associations Organize Global Refrigerant Management Initiative

Initiative Will Work to Improve the Management of Refrigerants and Reduce Leaks

Three of the world’s leading HVACR associations, the Alliance for Responsible Atmospheric Policy, Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI), and Brazilian Association for HVAC-R (ABRAVA), announced the formation of the Global Refrigerant Management Initiative at the United Nations Secretary-General’s Climate Summit.


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Sept. 22, 2014: Natural Refrigerants Make Sense in Supermarket Applications, Says Carrier Study

Survey Provides Insights from European Food Retail Professionals

Almost two-thirds of large supermarkets surveyed in northern and western European countries now use natural refrigerants in their stores, according to a new report issued by Carrier Commercial Refrigeration, Europe. The research finds that this trend is being driven by industrywide sustainability policies that are outpacing legislation.


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Considering CO2

Contractor Looks at Benefits

Hank Bonar, owner of Bonar Engineering and Construction of Jacksonville, Florida, provided the following as part of his response to a story on refrigeration trends in the Sept. 8, 2014 issue of The NEWS. A portion of this was used in that story; here, Bonar’s comments are presented in their entirety.


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‘Last’ Gen Refrigerants Being Developed

Focus Is on Low-GWP Options

Contractors hoping for a final word on the newest refrigerants will have to wait — but maybe only a bit longer. Research continues and most of the studies are focusing on low-GWP HFCs and HFOs. But the good news is that what is currently being worked on could well represent the last generation of refrigerants.


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Coolers and Concerns

Manufacturers Report on Refrigeration Developments

A couple of manufacturers in the refrigeration sector — Mainstream Engineering and ICOR — are making announcements of developments in that sector.


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NEWSMakers: Chris Mathis

Chris Mathis, president of Mathis Consulting Co. and vice chair of ASHRAE’s residential ad hoc committee, talks about ASHRAE’s exploration into the residential market. Posted on Oct. 17.

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