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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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