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April 14, 2015: SolarCity and Nest Announce Partnership

New California Customers Who Go Solar Will Receive a Nest Learning Thermostat at No Cost

SolarCity® has announced a new partnership with Nest Labs, creator of the Nest Learning Thermostat™. The company said the first 10,000 new customers in California who sign up with SolarCity will receive a Nest thermostat installed at no additional cost.


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April 13, 2015: AHRI Creates Flammable Refrigerants Subcommittee

Will Help the Industry Understand the Comparative Risk of Using 2L Refrigerants

The Research and Technology (R&T) Committee of the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) has established a Flammable Refrigerants Subcommittee that will seek to develop a set of application requirements for the use of ASHRAE-designated 2L, or mildly flammable, refrigerants.


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April 13, 2015: Rotunda Capital Acquires Munch’s Supply Co.

Acquisition of HVAC Distributor Provides Platform for Expansion

Rotunda Capital Partners, a private equity investment firm, has acquired a majority stake in Munch’s Supply Co. Inc., a leading HVAC distributor operating in Chicago and northwest Indiana. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.


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April 13, 2015: Direct Energy Brands Partner with TV Personality Mike Rowe to Promote the Trades

New Partnership to Help Promote HVAC, Plumbing, and Electrical Trades

One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning®, Benjamin Franklin Plumbing®, and Mister Sparky® electric, part of the Direct Energy family of brands, announced at their annual convention in Las Vegas a partnership with TV personality Mike Rowe to work with Rowe to help promote the HVAC, plumbing, and electrical trades.


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April 13, 2015: Central Air Conditioner and Heat Pump Shipments Up Nearly 20 Percent in February

Year-to-Date Combined Shipments of Central Air Conditioners and Air-Source Heat Pumps Up 24.5 Percent

United States shipments of central air conditioners and air-source heat pumps totaled 475,926 units in February 2015, up 19.9 percent from 396,863 units shipped in February 2014, according to the latest statistics from the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI).


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April 10, 2015: Revision of ASHRAE IAQ Guideline Open for Public Comment

Document is the Companion Guideline to ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 62.2

ASHRAE announced that it is seeking public input into a proposed revision of its residential IAQ guideline. ASHRAE Guideline 24-2008, Ventilation and Indoor Air Quality in Low-Rise Residential Buildings, is the companion guideline to ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 62.2-2007, Ventilation and Acceptable Indoor Air Quality in Low-Rise Residential Buildings. 


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