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May 5, 2015: Mountz Offers New Plate Heat Exchanger Tightening, Loosening Tool

Designed to Decrease Bolting Time and Prevent Tightening Failures

Engineered for tightening or loosening heavy bolt connections with spindles or long threads, Mountz said its RG (radial gearing) torque multipliers have been specially developed for plate heat exchanger applications. The electric or pneumatic torque multipliers are designed to reduce maintenance time and expense.


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May 5, 2015: SMACNA Releases New Change Orders Guide

A Contractor’s Biggest Challenge Is the Inevitability of Project Changes

The Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association (SMACNA) has announced the release of its latest publication, Guidelines for Change Orders. Many factors can result in project changes. A contractor’s biggest challenge is the inevitability of project changes and obtaining proper change orders.


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May 4, 2015: Community of Zero Net Energy Homes to be Built, Evaluated in California

Project is a First in California, Model for State’s ‘Big Bold Goal’

The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) will lead an effort by three companies, a utility, and the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) in evaluating the energy use and grid integration of a new community of at least 20 zero net energy houses, the first development of a community of highly-efficient homes in the state.


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May 4, 2015: Atlanta and Portland Adopt Building Energy Benchmarking Policies

Gives Building Owners and Renters Information to Make Informed Decisions about How They Use Energy

The Atlanta City Council unanimously passed a building energy benchmarking and disclosure ordinance. Two days later, the Portland, Oregon, City Council unanimously adopted its own benchmarking ordinance, making Atlanta and Portland the 12th and 13th U.S. cities, respectively, to adopt such policies.


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May 4, 2015: DOE Supplies Funding to Develop Next-Generation HVAC Systems

New Solutions Are Expected to Offer Significant Energy and Cost Savings

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced nearly $8 million in funding to advance research and development of next-generation HVAC technologies for buildings. With air conditioning using large and growing amounts of energy, these new solutions are expected to offer significant energy and cost savings in new and existing buildings.


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May 1, 2015: Flock’s Heating & Air Conditioning Acquires HVAC Division of Premier Co-op

Premier’s HVAC Manager Will Remain with Business Until Retirement in June to Ensure a Smooth Transition

Flock’s Heating & Air Conditioning announced it has acquired the heating and cooling service division of Premier Co-op, Mount Horeb, Wis. Flock’s installs high-efficiency heating and cooling systems, including geothermal systems, high efficiency boilers, radiant floor systems, and IAQ equipment.


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April 30, 2015: DOI Awards Ameresco Performance Contract for Energy, Water Conservation Services

Energy Efficiency Project to Reduce Electricity Consumption by 31 Percent and Steam Utilization by 12 Percent

Ameresco Inc. announced that the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) has awarded the company an energy savings performance contract, valued at $77 million over the 20-year term, for the implementation of energy efficiency and water conservation measures, and ongoing energy management services at DOI headquarters.


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Mark Crockett vice president, Crockett Facilities Services, explains the importance of technician training, the value of being a top minority-owned company in the U.S., current projects the company is managing, and much more. Posted on April 24.
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