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Jan. 30, 2015: ACCA’s HVAC Quality Installation Specification Out for Public Review

Review Period Has a Comment Deadline of March 2, 2015

The Air Conditioning Contractors of America Educational Institute (ACCA-EI) Standards Task Team (STT) has announced an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) public review period for its BSR/ACCA 5 QI -201x, “HVAC Quality Installation Specification” as a revised industry standard.

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Jan. 30, 2015: AHR Expo Sets Chicago Attendance Record

This Week’s Chicago Event Claims Five New Records

The 2015 AHR Expo has claimed the title of best-attended event ever held in Chicago. Preliminary figures for the HVACR event indicate that more than 61,000 total attendees, including 42,400 visitors, participated in the 2015 AHR Expo, Jan. 26-28, at Chicago’s McCormick Place.

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Jan. 30, 2015: CSB Releases Safety Bulletin on Ammonia Refrigeration Incident

Bulletin Notes the Key Lessons to Prevent Hydraulic Shock

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) has released a safety bulletin intended to inform companies that use anhydrous ammonia in bulk refrigeration operations how to avoid a hazard referred to as hydraulic shock.

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Jan. 29, 2015: Clean Energy Investment Increases 16 Percent in 2014

Global Investment in Clean Energy Was $310 Billion Last Year

World clean energy investment increased strongly in 2014, jumping 16 percent, boosted by demand for large-scale and rooftop solar photovoltaic systems on the back of its greatly improved competitiveness, and by the financing of a record $19.4 billion of offshore wind projects.

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Jan. 29, 2015: OESP to Offer Extensive Educational Program at 61st Convention

OESP’s Education Schedule Features Both Technical and Managerial Courses

OESP, the National Association of Oil and Energy Service Professionals, announced that it will offer an extensive educational program during its 61st Annual Convention & Trade Show at Hershey® Lodge in Hershey, Pennsylvania, May 17-21, 2015.

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Jan. 29, 2015: Fuel Cells to Reach Nearly $57.8 Billion in Annual Revenue by 2023

Shift Toward Distributed Generation Is Driving Increased Interest in Stationary Fuel Cells

Growth in the fuel cell market continues to accelerate, after 2013 and 2014 saw rising demand, especially in stationary applications, says Navigant Research. Stationary fuel cell applications, which vary widely by country and region, include utility-scale, commercial and industrial building, and residential. 

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Jan. 28, 2015: Study Examines Value and Return on Investment of Sustainable Buildings

UL White Paper Predicts Disruption in the Building Market over the Next Five to 10 Years

UL has conducted a study to learn where value and return on investment lie in the area of sustainable buildings. The study and its result is available in a free white paper titled “The Dawn of the Building Performance Era” written by UL’s chief economist, Erin Grossi.

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Jan. 28, 2015: Oak Ridge National Laboratory Develops Next-Generation Insulation

Proposed 2-Inch Board Will Feature Modified Atmosphere Insulation and Target an R-Value of 25

A composite foam insulation panel being developed by Oak Ridge National Laboratory and partners could reduce wall-generated heating and cooling loads in buildings by 38 to 50 percent, potentially saving homeowners $150 or more per year.

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Jan. 28, 2015: ABM Names Industry Veteran Scott Salmirs as Next CEO

Salmirs Has Been with the Company Since 2003

ABM, a leading provider of facility solutions including facilities engineering, energy solutions, HVAC, electrical, and more, announced that its board of directors has named executive vice president Scott Salmirs to succeed current president and chief executive officer Henrik Slipsager, effective March 31, 2015.

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Jan. 27, 2015: Carrier and ecobee Expand Their Strategic Relationship

Combines Carrier’s Heating and Cooling Expertise with ecobee’s Leadership in Smart Thermostats

Carrier Corp. announced that it has made a minority equity investment in ecobee Inc., marking an expansion in the parties’ strategic relationship following their collaboration to create the new Wi-Fi-enabled Carrier® Côr™ thermostat.

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