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July 21, 2014: Watsco Achieves Record Performance in Second Quarter

Driven by Unit Growth, a Stronger Sales Mix of High-Efficiency HVAC Equipment
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Watsco Inc., a distributor of HVAC and refrigeration equipment, reported record results for the second quarter and for the six months ended June 30, 2014. Among key performance metrics, revenues increased 4 percent to a record $1.17 billion.


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July 21, 2014: Nest Helps Lead Effort to Create Wireless Protocol for Home Automation

Thread Group Is Formed to Develop a Simple, Secure, and Low-Power Network
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Seven companies announced that they’ve joined forces to form the Thread Group and develop a new IP-based wireless networking protocol for home automation called Thread. Founding members include Nest Labs, Samsung Electronics, Big Ass Fans, Yale Security, Silicon Labs, Freescale® Semiconductor, and ARM.


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July 18, 2014: Updated Home Performance Data Collection and Transfer Standards Published

Standards Were Published in June 2013, Updated in November 2013; Version 2.0.0 Provides Further Updates
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The Building Performance Institute Inc. (BPI) announced that updates to its BPI-2100-S-2013: Standard for Home Performance-Related Data Transfer (HPXML) and BPI-2200-S-2013: Standard for Home Performance-Related Data Collection have been published and are now available on the BPI website.


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July 18, 2014: Insulation Market Expected to Reach $67.16 Billion by 2020

With a Market Size of $37.94 Billion in 2013, Compound Annual Growth Rate of 8.5 Percent Is Forecast
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The global market for insulation is expected to reach $67.16 billion by 2020, according to a new study by Grand View Research. Expansion in building energy efficient homes especially in the Asia Pacific and Latin American countries coupled with growth in the global construction market is expected to remain a key driving force.


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July 18, 2014: EPA Proposes to Prohibit HFCs in Some Refrigeration Applications

Proposal Includes Retail Food Refrigeration and Vending Machines
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it is proposing a rule that would prohibit the use of certain HFC refrigerants that have high global warming potential in select refrigeration applications.


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July 17, 2014: Trimble Demonstrates New Concept Apps for Google’s Project Tango Program

Company Showcases Advanced 3D Modeling and Visualization Capabilities
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Trimble announced that it showcased two concept apps running on the latest tablet platform of Google’s Project Tango program, an initiative to give mobile devices a human-scale understanding of space and motion. 


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July 17, 2014: Four Are Named Stars of Energy Efficiency by ASE

Recipients to be Honored at Awards Dinner in September
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The Alliance to Save Energy (ASE) has announced four recipients of its 2014 Star of Energy Efficiency Awards: Nest Labs Inc., MGM Resorts International, National Housing Trust, and Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens.


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July 17, 2014: The Sterling Group Completes Acquisition of Roberts-Gordon

Roberts-Gordon Designs and Manufactures Specialty Commercial and Industrial HVAC Equipment
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The Sterling Group, a middle market private equity firm based in Houston, announced that its affiliated investment fund, Sterling Group Partners III L.P., has completed the acquisition of Roberts-Gordon LLC.


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July 17, 2014: HVAC Representatives to Serve on DOE Regional Standards Working Group

The Working Group Restarts the Negotiated Rulemaking Process
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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) intends to establish a rulemaking working group under the Appliance Standards and Rulemaking Federal Advisory Committee (ASRAC) to negotiate proposed regional energy efficiency standards. Two HVAC professionals have been announced as participants in this group.


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July 16, 2014: NECC Offers Universal Calibration Kit for Pneumatic Controls

Kit Is Used by HVAC Technicians to Calibrate, Troubleshoot, and Repair Pneumatic Control Systems
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National Energy Control Corp. (NECC), a wholesale distributor of commercial and industrial HVAC controls, has announced the availability of its Pneuline Controls® brand PCL500 Universal Pneumatic Calibration Kit.


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