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Oct. 9, 2014: ASHRAE Releases Legionellosis Standard for Fourth Public Review

Proposed Standard Will Establish Minimum Legionellosis Risk Management Requirements

A fourth version of ASHRAE’s proposed legionellosis standard is open for public comment until Nov. 10, 2014. Standard 188P, Legionellosis: Risk Management for Building Water Systems, currently under development, will establish minimum legionellosis risk management requirements for building water systems.

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Oct. 9, 2014: Hussmann Announces Transcritical CO2 Refrigeration Systems Alliance

There Has Been Increasing Interest in CO2 Systems

Hussmann Corp. and Systemes LMP, Quebec, Canada, have announced an alliance to provide customized solutions for CO2 transcritical refrigeration systems. Together, the two companies expect to expand the reach of their products to a broader audience.

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Oct. 8, 2014: Savant Introduces Home Automation App

New App Gives Consumers Personalized Control of Their Home Systems

Savant®, a smart home technology company, has announced the Savant App, which enable homeowners to control their HVAC, lighting, security, and entertainment systems from a single, easy-to-use app. Calling the technology the Single App Home©, the company said it offers a high level of personalization.

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Oct. 8, 2014: Conservation Services Group Expands Consulting Services Division

Neuhauser Named Senior Project Manager

Conservation Services Group (CSG) announced that Ken Neuhauser, M.Arch., MSc. Arch., LEED AP, has joined its expanding Consulting Services division. Named a senior project manager, Neuhauser brings almost two decades of energy efficiency and building design experience to CSG.

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Oct. 8, 2014: BuildingIQ Selected for GSA’s Green Proving Ground Program

Predictive Energy Optimization Software to be Deployed in Federal Buildings

BuildingIQ, a leading energy management software company, announced that its technology has been chosen by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) for its Green Proving Ground Program. The program aims to help government buildings move toward net-zero-energy classification and meet targeted sustainability goals.

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Oct. 7, 2014: Solar4America Rolls Out National Program for Fixed Cost Electricity

Initiative Supports American Jobs, Manufacturing, and Energy Independence by Sourcing from Domestic Producers

PetersenDean has announced that its Solar4America campaign will begin offering electricity to consumers nationwide at under six cents per kilowatt hour. The program has already been launched in Arizona and California and will roll out to Texas in October, with four other states to follow in the first quarter of 2015.

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Oct. 7, 2014: ZigBee Alliance Announces Updated Remote Control Standard for Smart Homes

Consumers Can Directly Control All Devices in a Home with One Remote Control

The ZigBee Alliance has announced the ratification of the ZigBee Remote Control 2.0 standard for smart home remote control using fast, reliable radio frequency technology.

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Oct. 7, 2014: Construction Activity Index Continues to Show Strength

Institutional Sector Posts Largest Gain Since 2007

On the heels of recording its strongest pace of growth since 2007, there continues to be a high level of demand for design services signaled in the latest Architecture Billings Index (ABI). A leading economic indicator of construction activity, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the August ABI score was 53.

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Oct. 6, 2014: Johnson Controls to Divest Its Global Workplace Solutions Business

Service-Based Business Is Not Core to Company’s Manufacturing, Engineering, and Product-Based Portfolio

Johnson Controls has announced that it plans to divest its Global Workplace Solutions (GWS) business. The company said the action reflects its previously stated intention to invest in businesses that are core to its long-term growth strategy and multi-industrial portfolio.

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Oct. 6, 2014: New Compressor Design Said to Cut Energy Usage up to 50 Percent

‘Advanced Linear Refrigerant Compressor’ Has a Variety of Applications

Ray McKenzie and Mac Chaney of Dothan and Madison, Alabama, have developed a new compressor that they claim has the potential to revolutionize the HVAC and refrigeration industries. The unit is said to be up to 50 percent more efficient than conventional equipment, and is also small, lightweight, and quiet.

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