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July 23, 2014: IKEA Completes Near-Doubling of Solar Array on Distribution Center

Solar Array is Largest in Maryland and One of the Largest in US
July 23, 2014

IKEA has officially plugged-in an expansion of the solar rooftop array on its Perryville, Maryland, distribution center. The company said installation of the new solar panels nearly doubles the size of the original project, which already was the state’s largest rooftop array.


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July 23, 2014: BPI’s Home Energy Auditing Standard Is Released for Comment

Defines What Is Included in a Whole-Building, Science-Based Energy Audit of Existing Homes
July 23, 2014

The Building Performance Institute Inc. (BPI) has announced that BPI-1100-T-201x: Home Energy Auditing Standard is now available for public comment through Aug. 25, 2014. BPI said the standard was developed to clarify and standardize what is included in a whole-building, science-based energy audit of existing homes. 


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July 23, 2014: European Smart Thermostat Company Raises Funds for Global Expansion

Company Provides Intelligent Climate Control for Consumers
July 23, 2014

Smart thermostat company Tado, headquartered in Munich, Germany, announced that it has closed a new round of financing, raising €10 million ($13.6 million) from current backers Target Partners, Shortcut Ventures, and other investors with the intention of building a global brand.


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July 23, 2014: EPA Warns Against Charging A/C Units with Propane-Based Refrigerants

Using Such Refrigerants in an Existing Air Conditioner Poses Risk of Fire or Explosion
July 23, 2014

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a warning to consumers, contractors, and technicians about the safety hazards related to charging existing home and motor vehicle air conditioning systems with propane-based refrigerants. 


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July 22, 2014: Recurrent Acquires ProTek HVAC

Decision to Acquire ProTek Influenced by Market Demand for Integrated Services in Facility and Energy Management
July 22, 2014

Recurrent Building Intelligence LLC has announced the acquisition of ProTek HVAC, a full-service commercial HVAC and refrigeration contractor serving the Washington, District of Columbia-area, with expertise in Class A commercial properties, retail, multifamily, and BSL laboratories.


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July 22, 2014: Burns Mechanical Launches Building Performance Services for Commercial Clients

Services Provide Verifiable ROI for Maintenance Contracts
July 22, 2014

Philadelphia-area mechanical contractor, Burns Mechanical, has announced the launch of new consulting services for its commercial clients called Building Performance Services. The company said the energy auditing, benchmarking, and monitoring services will provide a measurable, provable return on investment.


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July 22, 2014: Apple and Google Dominate ‘Internet of Things’ Influence

Their Home Automation Efforts Put Them on Top in New Study
July 22, 2014

It’s the early days of the Internet of Things (IoT), but the largest technology players are moving quickly to stake out their territory. In the past month, Apple announced a new smart home platform, and Google made a similar announcement for Android — moves that pushed them to the top in a new influence study on the IoT.


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July 21, 2014: Smartcool Enters Next Phase of Testing for Refrigerated Transport Sector

The First Phase Produced 18 Percent Energy Savings
July 21, 2014

Smartcool Systems Inc. announced that it has received approval for beta testing of its energy efficiency technology with a Florida-based food distribution firm. This test is the next phase in introducing its technology to the refrigerated transport sector.


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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
July 21, 2014

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
July 21, 2014

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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